ADV Training Camp – 2023 draft

Off-Road Motorcycle Training

Adventure Training Camp

ADV riding is as much a game of intellect as riding skill. Bret’s method of teaching riders to ride “nature’s way” is through a process of discovering and understanding cause and effect rather than the traditional formulaic or step-by-step instruction. Formula teaching is fine when you are new, but it lacks the ability to adapt to the requirements of the real world.

Each Adventure Training Camp has a unique feel and the lessons evolve and change each year. Whether you are a beginner or an ADV rider with extensive experience, the same skills need development.  The difference between the beginner and expert is the depth of understanding, application and the environments in which those skills are deployed. The ADV Training Camp offers an environment where you can immerse yourself in learning and – regardless of your experience or background – grow to new heights in your skills and understanding.

Riders all over the world attend Bret’s ADV training events.  This is a true testament to the value of the skills and knowledge provided by Bret, Paul and Christina.

Most instructors teach to the errors observed in each participant.  Bret and Paul teach to the errors observed by your motorcycle’s reactions.  Each rider has their own unique way of riding, based on their physical abilities and limitations, so providing a catch-all fix to the rider can lead to devastating consequences.  When you take a class with Bret and Paul, you can be confident that your motorcycle will give up your secrets and you will be given advice specific to your exact needs.

Classes fill up quickly – put your name on the wait list and be flexible with your plans.  Those remaining on the wait list (or those who have cancelled due to competing obligations) will be first on the list for next years’ classes.  If you know of – or own – any riding areas where an Adventure Training Camp can be held, please contact Bret.


Each location offers a completely different experience, based on your needs and wants.  All the basics will be taught at each class, but the terrain features differ as well as the accommodations.

ADV Camp - Greenville, Virginia

This is our premiere camp, located on a horse farm / ADV mecca.  This location has cabins on-site.


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ADV Camp - Dahlonega, Georgia

A camp designed more for off-road training with dirt bike terrain features available.  This location will give you the most diverse training, with hills, trails, sand, etc.

This location is primarily camping, although hotels are available in nearby Dahlonega.

ADV Camp - Yellow Pine, Idaho

Our most remote camp where the journey to get onsite is part of the experience.  The training will give you a lot more experience on traveling gravel and dirt forest service roads.

Located along the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route, you can ride the BDR, take training, and continue riding the BDR after training.

This location may have a few rustic hotel rooms available.

ADV Camp - Naches, Washington

An eastern Washington location, this camp is located near the Washington Backcountry Discovery Route.

Your Instructors

Bret Tkacs

Bret is uniquely skilled at recognizing the fundamental causes of rider errors. He can watch a rider and accurately diagnose the cause of the problem – whether it’s related to motorcycle setup or suspension, or mental or physical complications with the rider.

He is very systematic and specific with correcting problems, and riders leave with a much greater understanding of how motorcycles function off-road, as well as having significantly-increased confidence and excitement about taking a heavy bike onto remote trails.


Paul Solomonson

Paul is an accomplished and highly skilled motorcyclist in his own right.  He has an in-depth understanding of how the rider and motorcyclist work together – or against each other – and is very skilled at recognizing challenges newer riders present.

A valuable instructor, Paul has the unique ability to explain complex scenarios in a simple, relatable, and often memorable way, leading to much greater understanding and retention.  There is rarely a training session that does not have the dynamic, and often hilarious input of Paul.

Terrain will take place on Class 1 and Class 2 with focused training occurring on Class 3 elements.
Depending on interest and skill level, some riders may be invited to ride Class 4 features with Bret.


Included in your cost: Instruction and personal coaching, snacks (fruit and snack bars), beverages (including coffee), on-site camping for tents and small trailers, dedicated support vehicle for emergencies.

Not included in your cost: Optional training day (must be purchased separately), all meals, gasoline, alcohol, travel or medical insurance,  campsites for large trailers, gratuities or motorcycle.

Cancellation Policy:

Payment must be made in full to guarantee your spot in the class.  If you are automatically converted into a participant due to another student cancelling, you have three business days to complete payment or your spot will be released to the next person on the waiting list.  Notifications will come from and/or by text to the phone number listed in your registration.


– 91+ days prior to the start date: Your tuition will be fully reimbursed minus a $25 fee.

– Between 45 and 90 days prior to the start date: 50% of your total tuition will be reimbursed.

– 45 days or less prior to the start date: No tuition reimbursement is possible due to the difficulty in replacing your spot with such little notice, especially when we’re teaching and not calling dozens of people.

You may choose to move your entire tuition to another camp or training tour without penalty if requested more than 90 days prior to the start of the class you’re initially signed up for. We are huge supporters of our military members and offer an exception to this policy for military members that receive deployment orders that conflict with their training dates, if you are prompt in letting us know.