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Motorcycle Training Tours in Europe

Motorcycle Training Tours in Europe

Motorcycle Training Tours in Europe

Going on a motorcycle tour is always an amazing adventure. But, while the current COVID-19 situation is preventing us all from traveling to different continents around the world and Europe remaining open, why not combine tours with training? Here at Motobirds, we’ve discovered that motorcycle training tours in Europe can be the next best thing to adventures in Patagonia or the Himalayas.

Teaming up with Pro Enduro PL and other local off-road schools, we’ve been having a great time training riders to feel confident on dirt trails and taking them across country on adventure and dirt bikes. Poland, it turns out, is a fantastic place to ride off-road, and we feel like we’re rediscovering this beautiful corner of Europe anew. So if you’re feeling stuck and unsure what to do with the 2020 riding season, here’s why a motorcycle training tour in Europe might be your best bet.

Skills vs Farkles

When it comes to riding motorcycles, whether on or off the road, one fact remains unchanged across the board: you are never too cool for school. Brushing up on your riding skills is always a great idea, even if you’re a veteran rider. Off-road training is a fantastic way to boost your confidence, connect with other riders, hone your skills, and discover something new about riding. A two-day training weekend followed by a two-day off-road tour to cement your new skills is perfect for deepening the experience and, most importantly, getting to truly enjoy those dirt trails.

Motorcycle Training Tours in Europe

Riding a motorcycle off-road is all about the thrill and the fun. And the more you train, the more fun you will have as you’ll be able to really get into the flow and trust your instinct and your bike as opposed to being stressed out when you’re unsure or afraid. A motorcycle training tour combines the best of the two worlds – training and traveling – and for us, this summer is going to be all about that.

Motorcycle Training Tours in Europe

During our recent all-female training tour, we all had so much fun everyone can’t wait to do it again. We worked hard at the Pro Enduro PL Modlin base outside of Warsaw learning how to conquer sand, ruts, forest tracks, and hill climbs, then hit the trails aboard our off-road-ready bikes on a mission to discover what Poland has to offer.

Motorcycle Training Tours in Europe

We rode on gravel roads, forest trails, and farm fields, swam in lakes, stayed in boutique hotels, visited open-air museums, old monasteries, and little countryside communities, sampled local food, and got to know Poland in a way that no tourist ever does. The best part of the training tour, however, was the teamwork and all the shared laughs we had together.

Motorcycle Training Tours in Europe

With our women’s training tour being a success, we’re taking this new direction for the entire season of 2020 and incorporating more and more off-road training into our European tours. But we’re not going to stop there: if we can have so much fun on a training tour, what would happen if we added sailing, wine tasting, or a food tour into the mix? Europe may not be able to boast vast open spaces and wilderness like South America or vertigo-inducing mountain views like Northern India, but it does have its charm and its own undiscovered places perfect for motorcycling, off-road adventures, and new experiences. Poland, Slovakia, and Croatia are already on our radar, and we’re working hard to scout new routes and add some exciting new training days, off-bike activities, and all-round fun to each of our motorcycle tours commencing in the next few months.

Motorcycle Training Tours in Europe

If you’re not sure which direction to take this year, come and ride with us: mixed motorcycle training tours with varying levels of difficulty, women-only training tours, and just about anything in between is on the menu. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, shoot us a message and we’ll design a custom training tour for you right here in Poland (motorcycle rentals are also available if you prefer to fly and ride).

Women Riders’ Off-Road Campout: Girls and Their Toys

Women Riders’ Off-Road Campout: Girls and Their Toys

Women Riders’ Off-Road Campout: Girls and Their Toys

Motobirds is a female-founded and female-run company, and every once in a while, we love to escape and ride with other women. Why? Because a women riders’ off-road campout is a unique event filled with sisterhood vibes, hard riding, mud-splattered bikes, and so much fun it’s impossible to peel away once it ends.

This weekend, the Motobirds crew – founder Ola and freelance tour guide Egle – set out on a mission to attend the Baby na Motory women riders’ off-road campout in Western Poland. The event is organized by local riders who put some rides together and invite women from all over Poland to join, ride, camp, and hang out. This year’s edition saw forty women attending, and it was the biggest gathering of female dirt bike nutcases in the country to date.

We had some 400+ kilometres to go just to get from Warsaw to the Baby na Motory campout location, and we figured we’d hit the dirt on the way. Sticking to backcountry roads and off-road trails, we hauled some serious ass to cover the distance and managed to get to the campsite just before dark.

women riders’ off-road campout

As we rolled up to the camping area, we both got a feeling we’d come… home. It’s hard to describe the emotion that hits you when you’re greeted by thirty-odd women in bike gear, with tents, motorcycles, and bike trailers scattered all over the place, a few male campers watching the mayhem from the sidelines. Most of the time, women are the odd ones out at any motorcycle event; and while we’re mostly treated well, always being the minority sometimes gets old. Here, at the Baby na Motory camp, women were the majority, and all we can say is, being surrounded by a horde of two-wheeled females is a high in itself.

women riders’ off-road campout

As we were pitching our tents, the gals immediately came to our aid – some helped us with the pegs and the covers, one woman poured some homemade moonshine down our throats, and we soon found ourselves huddled around a huge bonfire exchanging hello’s and beers. There were women from all walks of life – insurance experts, finance consultants, dentists, office workers, travel agents – and the ages varied just as wildly, with our youngest rider being just 23, while some of the women were well into their fifties. The ringleaders Asia, Kasiek, Agnieszka, Emilia, and Elsa welcomed us all explaining there were three track versions for tomorrow: a paved route, a soft off-road route, and a hard enduro trail. Being on a KTM690 and a Suzuki DR650, we weren’t sure if we should do the hard enduro track, but you won’t know unless you try, so we decided to stick the band of hard enduro maniacs. Having demolished some food and beers, we crawled into our tents, hit the hay, and slept like logs.

women riders’ off-road campout

In the morning, after wolfing down some breakfast, we joined a group of twelve-odd women determined to give the hard enduro track a go. While some gals were on small Huskies and KTM’s, there were some Honda Transalps, BMW GS 800’s, and even an old scrambler with skinny tires in the mix, so we knew our big bikes stood a chance, too. Hitting some local single track, we set off weaving in and out of forest trails, meadows, and muddy tracks. Along the way, we stopped at a NATO tank base – it turns out, tanks make fun, wavy tracks with some cool natural jumps – and chanced upon a group of American soldiers. We must have been a sight to behold, a swarm of women on dirt bikes chasing each other across a mangled, muddy field, because the soldier boys came out to say hi and pose for some photos. We can’t say we weren’t happy to see them:

women riders’ off-road campout

Leaving the boys with their toys, we jumped back on ours and took off on the tank tracks. Here, the first casualty happened – one of the gals’ bike had a dead battery – but helping each other out and hooking the quad’s battery up to the bike, we soon revived it and hit the trails again. After some fast sand and gravel tracks where our one and only quad girl, Karolina, showed us all how it’s done drifting around corners and doing donuts in the sand, we ventured deeper into the forest.

women riders’ off-road campout

Now came the “hard” in the hard enduro part where we had some deep, slick mud, water crossings, steep climbs, and huge soft ruts filled with slimy, slippery earth. One drowned and rescued KTM and lots of teamwork later, we left the muddy forest behind and finished the day off with more fast tracks, sand, and a glorious dinner at a local pub.

Back at camp, we were sore, soaked, and covered in mud, but the vibes were in an all-time high. Washing the sweat and the dirt off in the lake, we cracked some beers open, cooked some food, and gathered around the bonfire again exchanging stories and laughing like there was no tomorrow. We wished it wasn’t just a weekend, and that the women riders’ off-road campout would go on for a few more days. Riding with the gals felt nothing short of sublime; we hit some hard trails and got on the gas, but the camaraderie, the sisterhood, and the relaxed atmosphere were just unparalleled.

women riders’ off-road campout

Still, the next morning, it was time to pack up, hug everyone, and hit the road again. We decided to stick to the off-road track for the first two hundred kilometres keeping a good pace and singing along the music on our helmet speakers, and as we travelled cross country on our filthy bikes, our faces covered in dust and grime, our boots still making squelching sounds and our leg muscles working overtime, we both couldn’t help but feel like we’d just taken part in something very special.

women riders’ off-road campout

As we’re writing this, we’re still washing the mud off the bikes and boots, but the one thing we just can’t wipe off our faces are the biggest grins. Huge thanks to the Baby na Motory group founders, our track designers and leaders, and all the badass women we got to meet and ride with! See you next year – ride hard and be safe.

women riders’ off-road campout