Our Riders Say
We get great feedback from people who come on our rides. Here’s just a sample of recent comments:
Hi John and Georgina
Thanks guys, what a fantastic day I had. (Level 2 Coaching – Technical Challenges)
I know the saying “give me the child and I will give you the man” is stretching the comparison with John’s coaching and my experience on introduction Level 2 – Technical Challenges a bit far. However I felt apprehensive as any child towards the day’s challenges when I set out on the DRZ400 at 9:00am, and thanks to John’s tips and demo’s throughout the day I came back feeling like a giant, especially after John said in a quiet voice “you’re going well Paul”, after that there was no hill that I wouldn’t tackle and reach the top.
I later found out that “going well” was related to my improvement from the start of the day and didn’t mean John thought I was ready to go head to head with Cyril Despres. My inflated ego of my skills didn’t actual translated into the outcome I thought it would on the last hill of the day, when I stopped just short of the top and wimped out of a second go. Although, looking back on this hill there were many of John’s tips I successfully put into practice. I did manage to turn the bike around without bursting a major blood vessel and recovered from the accelerated descent after knocking the bike into neutral. Blood hell! 135kg of DRZ400 accelerates like a rocket in neutral.
John didn’t actual provide any tips on neutral gear decent as I think he expected everyone to have the skill to find and keep the bike in gear, however his controlled braking tips came in handy and save the day and me. A quick “sorry guy’s I knocked the bike into neutral didn’t seem to pacify the looks of “you stupid prick what are you doing” from 6 pair of wide eyes that watch to see if I would spear into them like a ten pin bowling ball.
Then there was John’s tip “get your braking over before tipping it in and if you can’t make the corner, stand the bike up and continue braking” which came very handy when full of over confidence I came down a rocky decline too fast and finished my braking in the raspberry bushes. When everyone reach the bottom in a more controlled decent, John took the opportunity to tell everyone how well they come down the hill and used me as an example of what happens if they don’t start off slow at the top of the hill before attempting any acceleration when they can see the way clear.
What really made my day was watching Stephanie ride to the top a rocky incline and not take the soft option, which was down to John’s words of encouragement. I think this says it all about John’s rides, he seems to be able to get you to reach the potential you don’t think you have and delivery the advice with the same enthusiasm I’ve seen him deliver over the 4 years I’ve been on his tours . And behind every great man is a great woman and I defy anyone to say otherwise to Georgina knowing that she drove the machinery that graded the ride park and gets John to bake the cakes for lunch.
Just one word of advice from me sitting 230kms from John’s left hook. Georgina, you might get John to lift his game, the rolls were fantastic but the cakes were as dry as the trails in December.
I will be back and I will still eat the cakes they were great.
Dear Georgina and Staino,
Firstly, thank you for your hospitality, facilities and excellent coaching over this past weekend with the big bike coaching. We overcame some significant fears (the first big hill climb for me was the scariest and most brilliant one to complete) and having people there to assist with the inevitable spills was very comforting and nowhere near as demoralising as when it happens with just the two of us to pick each other up and ride on.
We were exhausted after the first day and happy to hit the sack by 9.30pm… All in all we rode just over 700kms over the weekend and were glad to get home, completely delighted with the trip. We both gained a high level of appreciation for what these amazing machines could do, and with us riding them!
Your tuition and confidence building training program saw us doing things we simply wouldn’t have considered attempting, let alone conquering. We will most likely do the course again next year, and would be VERY keen to hear of any organised weekender trail rides that take in the awesomeness of the Sunday trails we did.
A note for Staino too for future courses – a quirk of the GSA 1200’s is the tyre pressure monitor alarm (you may remember my panic on the first morning when the big red warning light flashed on to tell me off for having pressures too low – at 25psi). I was only panicking as I had already spent $300 fixing a damned sensor when I broke an air valve after a month of riding it – and this sensor was warning me against doing it again. Knowing that Paul was on only 17psi made me take the risk to lower the pressures to 25psi and no more (which made life trickier in the soft stuff). That red flashing light stayed on the entire weekend, but as soon as I put air back up to 32 psi, it went away and was all happy. So, when you get the next panicky novice on a GSA, advise them to stick a bit of black tape over the flashing warning light, and they’ll have a much happier time J. If novices can be made more comfortable by making sure they have their electronic ABS and ASC settings all working properly before they set off, they will spend more time learning and less time panicking J.
Once again, thanks for everything and we hope to see you again next year J.
“Thankyou both very much for the tour on Saturday. It was a fantastic route with excellent scenery and good riding conditions. The KTM 250 “Excellent Fun” (thanks Helen for the new name) was a treat and despite wanting to go and buy one, I must remind myself that time does not permit and that I am better to join in with you once or twice a year. It is a cheaper and easier option and also has the additional benefits of joining in with a good crew and learning a few new tricks and routes in our beloved southwest.
You both have put a lot of work into the tours, in track finding, preparation and maintenance of the bikes and gear, the cleaning down after and the many phone calls and emails to get the ride happening. I was convinced by the end of the day (especially when handing in my dirty bike and gear) that love rather than money must be your greatest motivation.
I have spoken about your tours with many envious friends since Saturday (and before) so I hope to have a few mates along next time”
Thanks heaps for the great weekend mate! The whole service was just fantastic & out of the ordinary in this day & age. Chris was more than ecstatic with his treatment & service. Elsewhere he would have been told stiff! Thanks for the great tour, the feed & the courtesy you & your crew showed us. Could have done without the after tour pains but!!
Hi there John, just a quick note to say thanks for the best weekend. All the guys and I can’t stop raving on about it. Everything was perfect, except for the amount of farts by Graeme and Sam in the car on the way back home. But it was well worth the bad air for the experience we had.
So the boys and I are trying to organise time for another trip soon. We wish you the best and hope that all goes well with the dealer ride, and your business is a success as I’m sure it will be. It was the best experience money can buy.
I wanted to tell you what a fantastic time I had riding with you! John, I will never forget those 2 days as long as I live. I’m going to tell the fellas back home, but they wont believe me. I’ve never enjoyed myself so much on a motorbike before, I didn’t know it was possible. So thank you.
P.S. real sorry about breaking your bike
That was the bestest, most awsomest F&%*ing ride I’ve ever been on Johnno, and we’ll be back again real soon
John, thanks for the top ride. We are all very satisfied customers!!!!!!!!