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Simon Pavey’s Off-Road Motorcycle Skills Course

Simon Pavey


Tasmania: Receive training by one of the worlds most experienced off road motorcycle riders

Compass Expeditions are thrilled to have world renown Dakar rider Simon Pavey conduct a motorcycling training school in Tasmania’s spectacular Tamar Valley. Simon has competed in 10 Dakar events thus far having completed an amazing 8 of them. The training weekend will be followed by an amazing 5 day motorcycle ride-out / tour with Simon as the ride leader where participants can practice what they have learnt. This is a unique training experience where you can learn from one of the worlds very best riders.

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Grade 1 Training

The training course that Ewan and Charley completed before their epic Long Way Round ride.

The Course is all off road and riders will be taught how to manage steep inclines, loose gravel and rocky surfaces which are all part of this training experience where clients will learn all the essential skills to become a competent and safe off road rider

For more information about our Ride Grade System Please Click Here



The Sertao in the Flinders


Off Road training





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2015 Dates: 31st Oct to 1st Nov 2015 Tour CODE: ORS/311015
Bike Options Price Availability
Bring your own bike AU $945.00 FULL
Suzuki DR 650 AU $1,270.00 FULL
BMW Sertao 650 AU $1,305.00 FULL
BMW F 700 GS Twin AU $1,345.00 FULL
BMW F 800 GS AU $1,370.00 FULL
BMW R 1200 GS AU $1,395.00 FULL


Accommodation & Dinner Packages

Single Occupancy: AU $580.00 per person
Shared (Twin or Double): AU $399.00 per person


  • Learning to lift, balance and manoeuvre a motorcycle in awkward situations.
  • Maneuvering the motorcycle at slow speeds, and clutch control exercises.
  • Improved braking ability.
  • Ascending and descending hills safely and confidently.
  • Trail riding on gravel fire roads and dirt tracks.
  • Changeover ride (a short opportunity to test-ride the various bikes).
  • Momentum exercises.


Tour start: Launceston, Tasmania
Tour end: Launceston, Tasmania
Ride Days: 2


  • Motorcycle rental as per your selection (if not bringing your own bike)
  • Support vehicle
  • Breakfast everyday
  • Picnic Lunches
  • Services of Simon Pavey and trainers and support vehicle driver
  • Pre-departure material
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute


  • International flights
  • Transfers to / from Launceston Airport
  • Accommodation
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal items
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities


  • Accommodation is not included in the training weekend.
  • Optional accommodation / dinner packages available.


On both days we include breakfast and a picnic lunch days.

Breakfasts: 3 / Lunches: 2 / Dinners: 0

  • Optional accommodation / dinner packages available.


  • Please note that you will need to be in Launceston the evening prior to start of expedition.

It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition. Compass Expeditions has negotiated a 10% discount with various insurance providers, see Travel Insurance for details.

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Understanding The Tour Grade System

This ride grade system is a guide only and it should not be assumed that if a grade 4 ride, for example, is booked and a rider has had limited experience on dirt that it will be beyond them.

Likewise it should not be assumed that if a grade one ride is booked a rider is assured that no dirt will be ever encountered, governments love road works.

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