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24/05/2022

Desert Rose Support Two Wheels for Life

On a fairly damp Friday morning in May, Desert Rose hosted a day’s off road riding instruction that had been donated to the motorcycle/healthcare charity Two Wheels for Life at a charity auction at the Malle Mile. Money raised through the auction will support Two Wheels for Life fund raising efforts and help provide much needed healthcare to some of Africa’s remotest communities. The successful bidders came down to East Sussex and it is fair to say they threw themselves into the exercises with enthusiasm. Huge thanks to the lads for supporting such a worthwhile charity.

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13/05/2022

Desert Rose visit East Sussex Advanced Motorcyclists

Desert Rose’s Patsy Quick was invited to visit ESAM, East Sussex Advanced Motorcyclists for one of their regular club nights. Patsy was asked to talk about her Dakar history, the world of rallye support/assistance and the courses run at Desert Rose Riding Academy. There was a really good turnout and Patsy gave a great insight into what it takes to even get to the start line of an event as big as The Dakar. Attendees heard all about the the attempts in 2003, 2004, 2005 and the ultimate dream finish in 2006, when Patsy became the first British woman to finish what many still believe to be the world’s toughest motor-sport event.

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11/05/2022

Desert Rose Instructors Attend Biker Down Course

The Kent Fire Bike Team came down to East Sussex for a day of off road instruction a couple of weeks ago. Jim and Lol threw themselves at the exercises and had a great day out. Well this week it was 2 of the Desert Rose instructors who became the students, attending a BikerDown course at Rochester Fire Station. Harry and Paul made the trip to Rochester to take part in the training course which is geared towards accident scene management, first aid for motorcyclists and the issue of helmet removal. Whilst we hope never to have to put the skills into practice it is always good to understand the importance of responding appropriately when accidents do happen.

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04/05/2022

Met Police at Desert Rose

The Desert Rose Team were delighted to host the Metropolitan Police BikeSafe Team at our East Sussex training venue. More used to riding fully loaded and marked up Police Service BMW R1250RTs and F750GSs, the team were put through a range of exercises from our Stage 1 and Stage 2 off road rider training courses. Yes of course we put them through the stream! It’s fair to say they all threw themselves at the exercises with enthusiasm and judging by the smiles on their faces at the end of the day all enjoyed the course. Metropolitan Police Service motorcyclists are put through extensive on road training, including blue light response training, which makes them some of the best trained motorcyclists on our roads. It was great to hear their views on how mastering a number of off road riding skills would transfer well into helping to make all motorcyclists safer and more complete motorcyclists.

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10/04/2022

The Girl on a Bike & Desert Rose

Vanessa Ruck, The Girl on a Bike, was with the Desert Rose Team this week delivering her kit for the upcoming Tunisia Desert Challenge which she is competing in, on a Desert Rose supplied, Beta rallye bike. The bike has been prepared by Desert Rose Dirt Tech and is now ready for some custom graphics to be applied. The Tunisia Desert Challenge is an 8 stage rallye, taking in infinite dune sections of the mythical El Borma to iconic Star Wars sites in Tunisia’s seemingly endless desert. To find out how Desert Rose Racing can help you achieve your rally goals, contact them here

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03/04/2022

Kent Fire Bike

We were delighted to welcome Lawrence and Jim from Kent Fire and Rescue Service to a Stage 2 course on a bright if somewhat chilly April day. Lawrence and Jim are part of the Kent Fire Bike Team and Biker Down initiative, which champions accident prevention and first aid skills for motorcyclists. While there are very clear differences in some of the riding techniques, the bike handling exercises and the importance of proper vision while riding off road, over uneven terrain, are skills that transfer well into safe on road riding.

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30/03/2022

Rallye Evaluation Days

The end of March saw our inaugural Rallye Evaluation Days, held in collaboration with @bikeshedmotoco they were a chance for riders to start to get a practical understanding of the rallye/raid world. Building on the presentation that we gave back in January at The BikeShed London these 2 days gave riders the opportunity to ride, ask questions about road books, GPS, bike options, bike gear, nutrition, personal fitness, become part of a team and of course to ride with Patsy Quick and Harry Michael. Throwing in some rallye themed riding exercises, including bike to bike towing, stream crossings, man handling of bikes across streams and mechanical breakdown diagnosis made the days truly memorable. This wasn’t a qualifying event for upcoming rallies, but aimed at helping riders understand what is required to get the most out of any rally, whether that’s a non competitive raid or one of the world’s toughest rallyes.

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20/03/2022

Desert Rose at The Ace Cafe

Desert Rose attended the Ace Cafe’s Overland and Adventure Bike Day, a chance to catch up with old friends, chat about bikes, share stories about adventures and plan the next trip, course or ride out. It was great to see such a range of bikes in attendance. We were delighted to share the car park with big adventure bikes, GSs, Africa Twins, Harleys, Trikes, sports bikes, R1s, GSXRs, Triumphs old and new, a couple of side car outfits, supermotos and of course a couple of C90s. Everyone we spoke to was interested in the Desert Rose Riding Academy and the idea of learning to ride off road, or improving existing off road skills.

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18/03/2022

RUSTSPORTS.COM Joined us in Portugal

We were delighted that Warren from RUSTSPORTS was able to join us on our recent trip to Portugal. Warren rode with different groups during his 4 days with us and observed that one of the best things about the whole experience was the community of riders. There was a load of laughter and shared stories, but the kindness and support shown towards each other was lovely to see. To read Warren’s full article and subscribe free to rust follow this link.

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12/03/2022

T7, 690 Enduro and 701s Join Us On The Trails in Portugal

Our second group of riders to join us out in Portugal for some trail riding included some mid sized adventure bikes. A Yamaha T7, a KTM 690 and a brace of Husqvarna 701s took on some tight single tracks, steep hill climbs and somehow even steeper hill descents alongside our Academy fleet bikes. We brought out a selection of bikes, including Beta 430 RRs, 390 RRs and 2 of our 250 2 stroke bikes.

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09/03/2022

Back in Portugal Again

Having come out to Portugal late last year for some road book training and GPS trail riding we couldn’t resist coming out again. We have not been disappointed. From stunning sea views, tight single track, forest trails, flowing gravel roads and a warm welcome from everyone we have met. Naturally we have found a few water crossings, it just wouldn’t be the same without the water splash shots.

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28/02/2022

The Girl On A Bike at Desert Rose

The Girl On A Bike, Vanessa Ruck will be joining up with Patsy and Harry to host a number of rider courses in early April. Based on our Stage 1 and Stage 2 core training content and taking place at one of our private venues in East Sussex we can tackle everything from the basics of body positioning and bike handling off road, through to hill ascents and descents, braking techniques, ruts, obstacles, off cambers and we may even move on to dropping in and out of streams and river crossings. The Desert Rose Riding Academy use our fleet of late model Beta enduro bikes and we have a full supply of off road riding gear for you to use, so once signed up all you have to do is turn up and ride. Places are limited, so sign up today

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14/02/2022

2 Day Course Brings Out the Best in the Riders

Yes, we started the day with tea and coffee round the fire pit. The first of our Stage 1 Plus courses of the year was run over a Friday and Saturday mid February. The 2 day syllabus gives riders the chance to put the basic building blocks of off road riding into place and get plenty of time on the bike. From body positioning and bike handling, through braking on the flat and downhill, to riding off camber and even tackling the first stream crossing there was a lot to take on board.

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10/02/2022

Rallye Training Day at Desert Rose

Having booked to take part in the Hellas Rallye in late May 2022 with our sister company Desert Rose Racing, 4 riders joined us at the Riding Academy to start their preparation in earnest. None of the riders were new to off road riding, but this would be the first rallye they have taken part in. One of the distinctions between a rallye and a raid is that the rallye is a competitive, timed race where podium positions are up for grabs. Having opted for a rallye, the riders knew that their riding would need to be dialed in, so that they could concentrate on navigation, using road books for the very first time. Riding skills were honed through the day with all 4 tackling everything from body positioning exercises, bike handling, hill ascents, stream crossings and everyone’s favourite titanic moment, not for the faint hearted, followed by a little towing exercise.

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06/02/2022

Did We Say Bring Spare Socks!

Skills development days are a great way to get more time on the bike, tackling a variety of obstacles and terrain. Our focus is on individual riders and helping them get the most out of the day, whether it is getting to grips with pre load techniques to pop the font wheel over obstacles, or pivot turns to help pick your way through gnarly single track and tight turns. Everyone threw themselves into the exercises with a mixture of trepidation and enthusiasm. Before long, logs and fallen trees were no longer being avoided but actively searched out. Rock strewn gullies were tackled in the afternoon. Take a look at how some of the riders got on here

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04/02/2022

Harry Takes to the Trails

A cold, slightly damp late January morning and Harry takes the opportunity to recce a few trails for some upcoming rides. The Husqvarna 701 was chosen from the Desert Rose fleet, mainly as Harry had a fairly long liaison stage at the start of his ride from the South Coast to the Kent countryside. Harry had a set of marked up maps, identifying the byways and green lanes accessible to motorcycles to explore and was tasked with locating the best coffee stops and cafe’s for future rides.

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31/01/2022

Desert Rose at the Valleys Xtreme Enduro

Late January in South Wales sees the tough Valleys Xtreme Enduro come to Walters Arena. Billed as the UK’s toughest enduro, this year’s event attracted a top class field, including hard enduro supremo Paul Bolton and 5 times world enduro champion, David Knight. Desert Rose’s Patsy Quick and Harry Michael made the trip down to Wales to put themselves and their Beta RR Racing bikes to the test.

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23/01/2022

Desert Rose Racing at BikeShed London

The Desert Rose Racing team were invited to London’s BikeShed Motorcycle Club to talk to members and their guests about all things rallye and rallye raid. Since taking part in 4 Dakar Rallyes and becoming the first British woman to complete the world’s toughest race, Patsy Quick and her team at Desert Rose Racing have dedicated themselves to supporting other riders reach their own goals in the rallye world.

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22/01/2022

Here Come the Girls

Patsy put a group of ladies through their paces on a chilly and damp January morning. Tackling everything from body positioning and bike handling through to braking techniques in the morning, with the afternoon seeing the riders getting to grips with braking on hill descents and techniques for dealing with ruts. It is fair to say that everyone threw themselves enthusiastically at the exercises and even when Patsy had everyone jogging across the field to warm up there were plenty of smiles. The fire pit was a welcome sight during breaks in the day’s training.

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16/01/2022

A Crisp Start

The start of January brings a crisp start to the riding season for us at Desert Rose Riding Academy. It’s not long though before riders are warmed up after a welcome brew round the fire pit and a few body positioning exercises, who needs heated clothing. Our private training venues provide the variety of terrain we need to help riders get the most out of the day. You can choose to use your own bike, or make use of one of our late model Beta enduro bikes.

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16/01/2022

Sam’s Win Takes Patsy Back to Dakar

This time of year always brings back memories of Dakar for Patsy. Although the event is no longer held in the Western Sahara and is literally thousands of miles from Dakar itself, the grueling event has lost none of its mystique. Back in 2006 Patsy became the first British woman to complete this ultimate challenge, arguably the hardest motorsport race in the world.

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01/01/2022

Discounts for Emergency Services Personnel

Desert Rose are delighted to be able to offer all serving and past members of the emergency services a discount on any of our progressive Stage 1, Stage 1 Plus, Stage 2, Skills Development and Ladies Day courses. Whether you work or have worked for the Police, the Fire and Rescue Service, The Ambulance Service, The NHS, or Blood Bike Volunteers you are welcome to take advantage of this offer.

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22/12/2021

Desert Rose DirtTech Enduro Build

Desert Rose DirtTech, sister company to Desert Rose Riding Academy and part of the Desert Rose Network have just finished a bespoke bike build for a customer. This 2022 model Beta 300 RR Racing will be taking part in hard and extreme enduro events. Professional suspension set up along with top notch bike protection modifications are key elements to to getting this bike ready for the start line. Take a look at the progress

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15/12/2021

Red Bull Romaniacs 2022

Desert Rose Racing announce support packages for 2022 edition of the Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro. Desert Rose have been attending the event for many years now, both as an assistance team, and as competitors ourselves, enabling us to give you the very best support, from the moment you sign up to when you cross the finish line! In 2020 both Patsy and Harry entered as competitors and completed this grueling and testing event.

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DR Club

15/12/2021

Patsy Quick Quizzed at The BikeShed

Patsy and the Desert Rose team were invited to the Members’ Christmas Party at The BikeShed in Shoreditch. The evening included a live hook up with Vikki and Dutch out in LA, giving members a glimpse into the opening plans for this next exciting chapter in BikeShed history. Having worked with the BSMC team throughout 2021 on running their ever popular scrambles, hosting them on one of our courses and planning future adventures further afield, it was great for the Desert Rose Team to have the chance to get to know a few more of the members and talk all things dirt bike and rallye.

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07/12/2021

Trail Riding in Portugal

Desert Rose Riding Academy laid on some GPS led trail riding in Portugal’s Western Algarve. The GPS routes were loaded onto Garmin Montana units which gave riders the opportunity to put their navigation skills to the test, while experiencing some of the regions endless trails and tracks. From some tight single track, to flowing fire roads and coastal paths, there really was something for everyone.

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07/12/2021

Portuguese Road Book Experience

Desert Rose Riding Academy hosted a Road Book Experience for some of our rallye customers on a recent trip to the Western Algarve. This part of Portugal offers miles and miles of off road trails, tracks, fire roads, single track and steep ascents and descents. The weather was an improvement on the UK and while the factor 50 wasn’t needed there was no need for heated jackets and wet weather gear either.

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22/11/2021

Desert Rose Racing Confirms 2022 Rally Calendar

Desert Rose Racing, part of the Desert Rose Network have confirmed their 2022 Rallye Calendar. Desert Rose Racing have been providing rallye assistance packages for some of the best known rallies across Europe and in Africa for over 15 years. Desert Rose Racing take pride in offering their customers a friendly, honest and open approach. No matter whether you’re a seasoned Rallye veteran looking for an assistance service for your next big event, or are just getting started out in off-road motorcycling. We have the skills, experience and dedication necessary to further your off-road riding career

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Courses

21/11/2021

Skills Development Day Sees Riders Reaching New Heights

A slightly damp Saturday in late November saw a mixed group attend a Skills Development Day. Some riders opted to use their own bikes with others on Academy fleet bikes. These days are intended to offer riders who have attended our Stage 1 & 2 courses further coaching on skills they want to develop. The group tackled some open flowing farm tracks, muddy ruts, deep “bomb holes” and a range of obstacles.

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Courses

10/11/2021

Stage 1 Course in The Autumn Sunshine

Autumn sunshine and a slight chill in the air saw a group attend our Stage 1 course at our exclusive, private, Broad Oak venue. Getting to grips with body positioning and bike handling skills, the chill was soon forgotten as the riders were put through a number of exercises.

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Event

08/11/2021

The Photographer’s Eye

We have been lucky enough to have some very talented photographers join us on a number of our hosted events and on our courses this year. They always seems to have that knack of finding the shot that gets to the heart of the event and the spirit of the motorcycle. This summer Roberto joined us on a BikeShed Moto Club scramble and on one of our Stage 1 courses. We are delighted that as well as taking some super shots and drone footage, he was able to pick up a few off road riding skills.

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03/11/2021

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

Ian G has been riding motorbikes a long time. Fast approaching 60 he thought he was beyond learning new skills and techniques to improve his riding. He spent a day with us at a Stage 2 course, having previously completed Stage 1. Ian started riding dirt bikes over fields and ditches 40 odd years ago. Since then he’s ridden all round Europe, through all manner of boggy trails in the UK and Southern Ireland, and even ridden through sand and over rocks in Zambia.  “Harry has helped me improve my skills level so that I can now tackle obstacles that previously I would have tried to work round or struggle over …. with lots of sweat and curses.”

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08/10/2021

The Essence of the Scramble

Talented photographer Drew Irvine joined us in late summer when BikeShed Moto Club brought their members and guests down to East Sussex to get a taste of an old school “scramble”. No racing, no time cards, no stop watches in sight, this was just riding on the dirt for the sheer fun of it. The Desert Rose Team had prepared a route with harder and easier options available, tight gnarly single track through the woods, faster open sections across the fields, everyone had a blast.

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DR Riding Academy

30/09/2021

Feel The Heat

September 2021 – The desert is calling. Desert Rose were invited by the organisers of the 2021 Qatar Baja to put together a team of riders for this important international FIM rallye. 10 bikes had to be prepared for the challenging conditions of the desert and shipped out to Qatar in double quick time. This 3 day event saw riders competing in super hot and arid desert with temperatures at points, creeping above 50 degrees!

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Event

19/09/2021

Team Building – Company Away Day

Desert Rose have hosted a number of company/corporate away days/team building events through 2021. Not a flip chart or Power Presentation in sight, these days break down barriers, build team spirit, help employee engagement, improve problem solving skills and can be run safely without resorting to Zoom!

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02/09/2021

The BikeShed Goes Scrambling

The Desert Rose Team are delighted to have been asked to host a number of Scrambles for the BikeShed Motorcycle Club.  BSMC members and guests made their way down to one of our private East Sussex venues, bringing with them a range of bikes.  Some chose to hire from our rental fleet, while others rode their own bikes; from custom scramblers, old school dirt bikes, rally reps, modern scramblers and everything in between.  125cc A1 friendly entry level motorcycles could be seen on the same tracks and trails as current enduro bikes and 1250cc 300+Kg fully loaded BMW GSs. 

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DR Riding Academy

01/09/2021

Harry Gets His Hands on a Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

In mid summer Harry had the chance to try out the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE. Triumph claim the bike is the real deal and can handle off road terrain usually reserved for rally bikes, adventure bikes and enduro bikes. Harry took the bike round a small section of the enduro track at Desert Rose’s East Sussex venue. He was pleasantly surprised. Check out how it went here

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19/08/2021

Desert Rose at The Malle Mile 2021

Desert Rose were invited to take part in the 2021 Malle Mile at Grimsthorpe Castle in late July. Set in the stunning grounds of the Castle this was an amazing, exhilarating and truly unique few days. Billed as and living up to its reputation as the most inappropriate festival of motorcycles and art, the Malle Mile is truly a unique event. Bringing together like minded individuals, there were races for customs, for electric bikes, for scramblers, for cruisers. What a weekend, it really was something special.

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Courses

06/08/2021

Dans’ Day in the Dirt

Early August saw Desert Rose hosting not 1, but 2 Dans. BikeShed’s membership supremo Dan was joined by cameraman Dan, down in East Sussex. Hoping to get a flavour of what BSMC members could experience, they both threw themselves into the course with aplomb. Dan beat Dan in the slow control “race”, so bragging rights went to Dan on this occasion.

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05/08/2021

Ladies Days at Desert Rose

Desert Rose are proud of the fact that so many groups choose us for private group riding days. In the summer of 2021 we hosted several groups of lady motorcyclists. We have included snippets of the feedback in our rider reviews. We also feel it worth sharing one of the lady’s stories here. Charlotte joined a Desert Rose Riding Academy course in the summer of 2021 and had an absolute blast. She has ridden in many countries, from the West Coast of the USA on a 1978 XS650 chopper, through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Greece and into Turkey on a little 125cc monkey bike.

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Event

02/08/2021

2021 TRF AGM

During the summer of 2021, Desert Rose played host to The TRF (Trail Riders Fellowship) for their 2021 AGM. This was a weekend event, running from Friday evening to Sunday. TRF members attended the formal AGM, with presentations from the committee members on all things green lane and trail riding. Once the formalities were done time for some riding.

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Courses

30/07/2021

Henry Crew Spends a Day With Us

Henry Crew, who in 2018 became the youngest person to ride solo around the world by motorcycle, joined us on one of courses in the summer of 2021.

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Event

30/06/2021

Desert Rose at the ABR Festival 2021

Late June saw the Desert Rose team head up to Ragley Hall in Warwickshire for the Adventure Bike Rider Festival. The Desert Rose Racing Rally Support Truck and new exhibition trailer made the journey, along with some of our fleet of Beta Enduro bikes and even a couple of the more extreme rallye prepped bikes were on show.

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