It seems all the cool kids are setting up adventure riding schools these days; off the top of my head, I can think of four manufacturers that have official schools in the United Kingdom. And this weekend Ducati will be bringing a taste of its Italy-based Ducati Riding Experience (DRE) Enduro Academy to British riders.
The Multistrada Experience will be running as part of this weekend’s Touratech Travel event in South Wales. The experience is designed to give riders a sense of what’s in store for them at DRE headquarters in the Chianti Rùfina region of Italy. That means getting to throw a leg over a Multistrada 1200 Enduro, Multistrada 1260, or Multistrada 950 to explore nearby roads or take on a pop-up off-road course.
Instructors from DRE Enduro Academy will also be on hand, led by former Dakar rider Beppe Gualini. The experience involves spending roughly 45-60 minutes finding out what the Multistrada 1200 Enduro is capable of off road. If that’s not your thing, though, Ducati is also leading short rides on the 1260s and 950s “exploring the local countryside on a specially selected route.”
That probably means running north into Brecon Beacons National Park. This year’s Touratech Travel event is being held at Rheola Grounds, which is just south of the national park’s border.
Ducati says the off-road course is suitable for all: “from beginners who want to gain confidence and control of the bike in conditions with low grip, to those who want to hone their skills further under qualified experts.”
I’m thinking of attending the event, but with that “anyone can do it” claim I’ll almost certainly end up crashing one of the bikes. Maybe that could be TMO’s “thing” – crashing expensive ADV machines in Wales. I’m not sure manufacturers would go for it, though…
Anyhoo, in addition to all the Multistradas, Ducati will also be bringing along its Roadshow fleet, which means you can try out pretty much everything in the Italian manufacturer’s line-up.
To find out more, check out http://touratech.co.uk/ducati-riding-experience/