Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (DART)

DART Mission Statement: DART aims to provide quality off-road training at a fair price to all who wish to learn.

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NEW! 2018 Training Dates!

JOIN US FOR MOTO TRAINING AT OVERLAND EXPO WEST! CLICK HERE FOR YOUR OVERLAND MOTO EXPERIENCE TICKETS: Overland Expo Moto Training

And come see us at our home base near Norman, Oklahoma for classes on the following dates: March 19-20, 2018; April 16-17, 2018; and June 4-5, 2018.

Register here for Oklahoma-based classes (Tuition $395): Registration Link

Personalized custom clinics are also available (Up to 6 students/$295 for one day/$450 for two days). Two-up training available upon request.

Scroll down for information on our 2018 immersion tours throughout the United States and Colombia, South America.

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Riders training on the sand in Oklahoma on the South Canadian River

2018 Immersion Tour Dates:

Ride Colombia with Elephant Moto, March 2-11, 2018. Details here: Colombia with Bill Dragoo 2018

SheADV Women’s COBDR Training Tour with Colorado Motorcycle Adventures, July 28-August 3, 2018. Details here: COBDR with SheADV

Alaska Wild ADV Training Tour with MotoDiscovery, August 11-19, 2018. Details here: Alaska Wild with MotoDiscovery

Moab, Utah Adventure Training Tour with MotoDiscovery, June 9-15 and September September 8-14, Moab with MotoDiscovery

Utah Backcountry Discovery Route Training Tour with Colorado Motorcycle Adventures, September 15-22, 2018. Details here: Utah BDR Training Tour

Personalized custom clinics are also available (Up to 6 students/$295 for one day/$450 for two days)

Contact Bill Dragoo at bill1dragoo@gmail.com or phone/text at (405) 830-6630 for more information.

Fitness
See Assistant Instructor Josh Jewell’s article on Fitness for Overlanding, which applies to two-wheeled travel as well, from OutdoorX4 magazine
Fit for Overlanding – OutdoorX4 Issue 19

ADV Rider Resource List
It takes a village. Vendors, designers and innovators who create and supply the bits we enjoy deserve and need our support. Below are some proven providers who have earned the right to be recognized. I hope you will consider these businesses, these men and women and their products when you make your purchases. Ask me any time for details on why I recommend them. Click here for list: adv-rider-resource-list

See this link for photos from our recent training in Washington state: Washington Training 2017

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And see photos here from a recent training at our home base in Lexington, Oklahoma: Lexington OK March 2017

Recap: Adventure Riding Clinic, April 20-21 2015 Sundog Trails

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It was a perfect pair of days in April, with a few spitting raindrops doused dry by buckets of sunshine. It was also a time to remember for a dozen riders who traveled to Oklahoma from as far away as Little Rock, Arkansas, Grand Prairie, Texas and even Minneapolis, Minnesota for two days of adventure rider training. These men came, some with Oil-head GSAs, trail tried KLR650s, a brand new KLX 250s, and a couple of shiny new Water Boxers, all hoping to polish their skills on what are often considered giants among the dual sport motorcycle kingdom. Everyone was challenged and enlightened as they buffed some of the new off of those showroom shiny works of art and discovered a priceless masterpiece beneath the gloss. They discovered their own potential and that of a large but capable motorcycle in it’s natural environment. Kudos to the dirty dozen who turned their backs on their reservations about tackling rough terrain and committed time and again, over some 17 comprehensive and increasingly difficult exercises, to laying it all on the line, giving all  they had, saying NO MORE to old habits, and heading down new trails, standing tall with eyes forward towards adventures unknown.

Thanks to our supporters, AC Spencer of BMW & Euro Tek of OKC,  Eric Hougen of Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage, & Carl Parker of ADV MOTO Magazine and of course, Greg Snow and his crew at Sundog Trails for providing such an amazing venue. Also, thanks to  Josh Jewell and Tobin Vigil for their help on Monday, Chris Johnson for demonstrating his expert trials skills adapted to a heavy dual sport machine and last but not least, my incredible wife, Susan for her never ending support and fabulous photography.

Comments:

“The bruises are blooming, but the smile out shines them. As I sit here listening to the thunder, I’m delighted we had two beautiful days [and no flies or mosquitoes, along the Canadian River? How did you do that?]. Rain and mud would have been ok, too, they are valid parts of such an exercise.

My skills came up several notches, and my comfort zone several more. Great class, great bunch of people. Thanks.

Bruce Parker Norman, Oklahoma

“It was a wonderful class!!! Really enjoyed it. It makes work seam so much more boring… Now I’m stuck inside wishing I was back on my bike.”

Steven Marshall, Moore, Oklahoma

“That was really awesome, guys. It really pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and try new things. I am certainly not afraid of dropping my bike anymore. Though I am discovering bruises in places I didn’t notice earlier. Special thanks to those who helped me rescue my bike and offer encouragement after failed attempts :)”

Aaron Tygart, Grand Prairie, Texas

“Bill you sure teach a great course!  It really helped me get over some ‘mental problems’ I’ve had regarding taking bigger bikes nastier places.”

Chris Johnson, Lawton, Ok.

“I had been thinking of selling my GSA.  Not now, after seeing the beauty of the design and the functionality of the bike I’m thinking it’s a keeper.  I’m not overly afraid of falling with the bike anymore.  Thank you so much, awesome course!”
Aaron Morris, Ardmore, Ok
“Bill, Thanks for the great class. A great group of guys willing to learn and try new things. I know speaking for myself it has greatly improved my ability to handle the big bike in some pretty nasty terrain. I really admire all the guys throwing the fear aside and just doing it. Great school, great time, great experience.”
Jay Thomas, Norman, Ok.
Thanks, Greg Snow and the crew at Sundog for a beautiful facility!
Thanks, Greg Snow and the crew at Sundog for a beautiful facility!
Everyone pitched in to help...
Everyone pitched in to help… Aaron Moore of Ardmore, managing his GSA on a hill fail exercise.
Stress...
Stress…If feels great to be back to the bottom.
We witnessed courage beyond belief...
We witnessed courage beyond belief…Aaron Tygart of Plano, Texas demonstrating grit…and eating a little in the process.
Sand...a nemesis defeated!
Sand…a nemesis defeated! Steven Marshall of Moore, Oklahoma, fresh out of Brown’s Driving School’s Motorcycle Safety Course and already playing in the dirt with the big boys.
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction...sometimes desirable...
Every action has an equal and opposite reaction…sometimes desirable…Getting unstuck is all about thrust.
We witnessed demos...
We witnessed demos…Bill Dragoo demonstrates a log crossing.
Commitment...
Commitment…Bruce Parker rides it to the ground before giving up on his Triumph Tiger XC. Chris and Aaron struggle to figure out which way to run!
We witnessed amazing growth and success...
We witnessed amazing growth and success…Jay Thomas said he never would have considered trying to cross a log with his new Water Boxer before taking this clinic.
As the shine wore off,  so did the fear!
As the shine wore off, so did the fear! Tires, we don’t need no stinkin’ knobbie tires! Says Randy  Gilbert as he rips across the sand on his GSA
Victory!
Victory! Every rider faced some demons and came out the winner.

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