Watch RevZilla ride RawHyde

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RawHyde Adventures is where guys with really, really heavy BMWs go to learn how to ride them off-road. Doing that isn’t quite the glamorous experience it’s rumored to be, involving a lot of low speeds, a lot of drops and an awful lot of care. That’s something I think our friends at RevZilla captured pretty well in this video. They don’t make it look easy, but they do make it look fun.

  • http://twitter.com/bloodfalcons motoguru.

    Been wanting to do one of their classes for a while… 2013 feels like a good year to finally make it happen.

    • TP

      Do it guru

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.cook.549221 Corey Cook

    The demographic in the room during the opening sequence was so stereotypical that it hurt. I really am curious how midlife crisis riders choose between a harley and a faux adventure machine. There must be some deeper meaning in that choice.

    • http://twitter.com/threefour Victor Lombardi

      These classes aren’t cheap to produce, and maybe folks don’t have the cash to pay for them until their 40s. Or can’t get away from family responsibilities. Etc. Lighten up.

      • http://www.facebook.com/electricbike Troy Rank

        I know plenty of <30 somethings with GSs. It's really an income based thing. These bikes are capable of abuse, and they're super versatile and can still tour comfortably. Everyone agrees that they're otherwise heavy-ass dirt bikes. I toured Iceland on a F800GS 2up. I wouldn't have preferred any other bike.

    • nick2ny

      I wanted to ride when I was five, I started when I was 16, I still love it, and I imagine I’ll love it when I’m old and stereotypical too.

    • Kevin

      You’ll look at this differently when you reach that age. That is all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.milewski Blu E Milew

      ^ this. I’m 21 and whenever I go to a dual-sport ride, everyone is twice my age. My peers still haven’t graduated from the motocross track or their gixxers.

      • TP

        Baby steps. 23 here. Easing my friends into the whole motorbike scene. Not everybody had dads that rode, but the trend has to start somewhere

        • owen

          24 and I have an 1100GS which is my only vehicle…I also have a CB350 Scrambler I am rebuilding! I try not to care how old my equivalents with same bike are. I like old people a lot more than this twitter generation that make up my peers.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kentaro.a.roy Kentaro Roy

        I hear you. 22 here with a GSA.

    • Scott Jameson

      “… curious how midlife crisis riders choose between a harley and a faux adventure machine. …”
      Each expresses its riders’ desire to be unique.
      These two niches offer mucho gear for machine & rider.
      : )

  • http://www.facebook.com/jose.manuel.12327 Jose Manuel

    revzilla rocks! well done guys….

  • http://twitter.com/mchale2020 Jordan

    You have to give any class some credit that can safely put a student rider in a ‘panic’ situation like what was shown in the earlier part of the video’ed session to help iron out knee jerk reactions. I think that’s what makes the difference for an experienced rider; they can get thrown into an uncomfortable situation and know how to react when an element gets out of their control so as to reintroduce some form of stability.

    In my case, I don’t have to participate in riding schools to improve my riding skill set, I can just take ques from Arnold Schwarzenegger in how he hunted the Predator. It’s actually pretty universal. (Not really)

    (Get to ze chopper)

    • TP

      In my case, I don’t have to participate in riding schools to improve my riding skill set, I can just take queues from Wes Siler in how he hunted ‘the Poonani’. It’s actually pretty universal.

      :)

      • http://twitter.com/mchale2020 Jordan

        It was a little goofy, but at least he did it there, learned from it, and not wipe out on some carved up trail in the dessert and later died from dehydration, which is what I would predict for myself in that situation.

        • TP

          lol I’ll give you that

  • Case

    Purpose of training is to teach you what and how to practice. Looks like awesome training. It looks stressful, but it’s best to have that experience in a controlled environment, with coaches. Good job Revzilla for doing it, and for posting it. @Corey, yeah the crowd is stereotypical except for one thing: those guys are doing it for real. Many midlife crisis guys never even get their bikes dirty. So give them credit for that. Also, two day riding school and a bike that costs at least $10,000? Who can afford that but the middle aged?

  • Geist

    The thing is some of us middle age riders never quit riding we were the canyon and urban crowd then moved to tracks, with racing and track days. Some never took a break for families. Instead we shared it with them and raised our kids to ride too. We look at the noobs coming in and see squid like actions that we participated in too when it was about proving who was the coolest. Anyway I dont care how old you are if you ride, as long as you do it because you want to and do not endanger me or my friends who do.

  • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

    Right f’in mess. Looks like great fun, and if I had a DS (or even anything remotely motardish), I’d be all over it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eran.journo Eran Journo

    I have a GSA that I bought in 2010 when I was 32. I only rode sport bikes prior to that and I still do. Yet if I have to have only one bike the GSA it is. It goes with me on single tracks and catches air (you should see the looks I get from the motocross guys), it goes on the road track and beats the inexperienced and some of the semi experienced guys on the track. It goes on 500 miles a day trips with out making me me feel like crap after. It runs around town in comfort and is a style to its self. And yes it takes a bit of money to get one so I couldn’t afford it at 25, and I still cant afford leaving work for a few months to do the trip I dream of. But until than it is an amazing bike that I love.