Motor Cycle Monthly sent Staff Writer, Carli Ann Smith, to try out off-roading under the watchful eye of, Ady Smith at the KTM off-road school.
Driving down the single track farm road, I was both excited and nervous about what the day would present. I’d booked onto the KTM off-road experience but I had no idea just what an ‘experience’ it would be.
Apart from bombing around a field on a DT125 when I was a teenager, I had next to no previous off-road history. I thought that this would hold me back, but after talking to a number of the other participants on the day, I was put at ease by their great mix of riding experience. It wasn’t like I was going to be let loose with no training either, and my teacher for the day would be Ady Smith. Having competed in British Championship Enduros every year from 1983 until the end of 2000, and winning a number of supercross and supermoto events at a national and international level – who better to teach me?!
There were tons of bikes to choose from: a selection of 2- and 4-strokes with all capacities from 125cc up to 500cc. Quite a line-up, and we were each going to get the chance to try every one!