We established the Ornsby Adventure Riding School (Ornsby ARS) to provide training to riders in small groups where the primary focus is on improving skills and competency in riding on dirt or metal roads. Adventure riding is a huge growth sector in motorcycling—which makes sense given the stunning country we live in! But for many motorcyclists—particularly if your riding experience is mainly on tarmac—tackling metalled or dirt roads can be a real issue, and as we all know—motorcycling is a confidence game.

We cover a host of skills on the Ornsby ARS courses, which will benefit riders of any level who have limited or no off-road experience—but please note; these courses DO NOT cover hard enduro or advanced adventure skills.

You DO NOT need to ride a ‘pure’ adventure bike to attend the Ornsby ARS Level 1 course—Taking to the Shingle. Any motorcycle (including LAMs approved) is suitable, provided it can make the open road speed limit, is Plated & Registered, and holds a current WOF.

To attend the Ornsby ARS Level 2 course—Going Back of Beyond, we recommend a bike with off-road capabilities (see the list in the course information). If in doubt—give us a call.

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ORNSBY ARS–level 1: TAKING TO THE SHINGLE >

The Ornsby ARS Level 1 course provides a fun day of training in a small group environment and is the perfect place to start for any rider—on any type of motorcycle—that is new or inexperienced in tackling shingle (metal) roads.

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Novice, intermediate or advanced road riders with limited or no off-road experience who want to improve their competency in this area.
  • NOT suitable for absolute beginners (i.e.: never ridden a motorcycle). You MUST hold a minimum 6L (Motorcycle Learners) licence and be a relatively competent road rider.

YOU GET:

  • A six-hour training session in a small group (maximum six riders) with one of our NZTA certified riding instructors.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • Around your bike:
    • Bike set-up, controls
    • Tyres and tyre pressure
    • Mounting / dismounting
  • Riding skills:
    • Improved bike control through throttle, clutch and brakes
    • Surface appraisal (reading what’s ahead)
    • Road position
    • Riding on different surfaces & gradients
    • Body position (sitting & standing)
    • Braking on loose surfaces
    • Cornering on loose surfaces

TIME REQUIREMENT:

  • A full day (6 hours)

WHERE?

  • Rangiora
  • Amberley
  • Oxford
  • Other locations by request (private groups)

COST

  • Christchurch $295

SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT THIS COURSE:

ORNSBY ARS–level 2: going back of beyond >

The Ornsby ARS Level 2 course provides a full day of training in a small group environment and is the perfect next step for any rider who has completed the Ornsby ARS Level 1 course—or has some (limited) off-road experience but is relatively new to Adventure riding. To attend this course—we recommend riding a motorcycle with some off-road capabilities such as (but not limited to) the following models: KTM Enduro or Adventure, BMW G and F series, Triumph Tiger or Scrambler, Ducati Multistrada, Hypermotard, Desert X or Scrambler, Suzuki VStrom or DR, Harley Davidson Pan America, Kawasaki Versys or KX, Honda Africa, CRF or CB (X model), Yamaha Tenere or WR, Benelli TRK —or any bike similar to those listed. If in doubt, give us a call.

SUITABLE FOR:

  • Intermediate riders who want to improve their confidence off-road.
  • NOT suitable for novice riders. You MUST hold a minimum 6L (Motorcycle Learners) licence and be a competent road rider.

YOU GET:

  • An eight-hour training session in a small group (maximum six riders) with one of our NZTA certified riding instructors.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • Around your bike:
    • What to take / securing loads
    • Basic suspension set-up
    • Dealing with damage, troubleshooting & minor on the spot ‘fixes’
  • Riding skills:
    • Adventure riding on B-roads and tracks
    • Advanced bike control through throttle, clutch and brakes
    • River fording / crossings
    • Riding on different surfaces & gradients
    • Body position (sitting & standing)
    • Cornering & braking on loose surfaces

TIME REQUIREMENT:

  • A full day (8 hours)

WHERE?

  • Rangiora
  • Amberley
  • Oxford
  • Banks Peninsula (excludes training for river crossings)
  • Other locations by request (private groups)

COST

  • Christchurch $395

SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT THIS COURSE:

SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT ORNSBY RTC courses (APPLIES TO ALL):

  • ALL RIDERS are required to wear suitable protective gear (minimum: full-face helmet / gloves / motorcycle-specific jacket and pants (with armour) / boots)—instructors may refuse training to riders who are not properly attired.
  • Unfortunately, we do not hire bikes for Ornsby ARS courses. Your bike is required to have both a current Warrant of Fitness and be Road Registered. Instructors WILL refuse training to riders who turn up to a course on a motorcycle without a current WOF and/or Registration.
  • ALL RIDERS must bring their current Drivers Licence. Instructors WILL refuse training to riders who turn up to a course without a current Drivers Licence.
  • Any rider attending a course currently on their Learner Licence (6L) is required by Law to have an L-Plate fitted to their motorcycle. Instructors WILL refuse training to riders who turn up with a current Learners Licence without an affixed L-Plate on their motorcycle.
  • Any rider attending a course currently on their Learner (6L) or Restricted (6R) Licence is required by Law to be riding a LAMS approved bike.
  • These courses involve road riding—you must be confident enough to ride amongst traffic on sealed tarmac roads. Ornsby ARS courses are not ‘Learn-to-ride’ or ‘Licensing’ training. If you are a beginner rider—please see our Motorcycle Licensing courses.
  • For Adventure Riding courses, please bring water and snacks (e.g. muesli bars, nuts). Lunch will be taken during the on-road group ride at a cafe at your cost.
  • Except in the event of extreme weather (where we will contact you to reschedule), Ornsby ARS courses are not weather dependent. Rain or sun—we’re riding. If it is wet, please bring your wet weather gear. We do not offer refunds to riders who do not ‘show on the day’.
  • If you can not attend a booked course—let us know 24 hours in advance and we will reschedule you at no cost.