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Dual Sport School was featured on the front page of the Daily Herald on August 10, 2015

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Utah’s first adventure motorcycle school in Utah County

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AUGUST 10, 2015 7:45 AM • GRANT HINDSLEY DAILY HERALD
“It’s freedom,” Fran Tully says. “The adventure begins where

the road ends.”

Tully is an adventure rider through and through. He rides a 1200 cubic centimeter BMW adventure bike 30,000 miles a year around the U.S. and beyond, but calls Utah home. He’s the founder of Utah’s first, and only, adventure riding school.

Adventure riding is similar to both long-distance motorcycle touring on road, and dirt bike riding high up in the hills. It’s both an exhilarating practice that could take you around the world or to hidden spots in your own backyard.

However, like any adventurous outdoor sport, it comes with its risks. Surprisingly, Tully was the first person to teach an adventure motorcycling course in what many consider the Mecca of outdoor activities and OHV riding.

It all started about five years ago when Tully joined a BMW off-road ride with dozens of riders. They came to a small water crossing soon after the riding began, and many laid their bikes over in the water, or just turned around before they got the chance to try it.

“These are guys who spent over $20,000 on a motorcycle, this is what it is designed to do, they are with other people, and they didn’t even want to try it,” Tully said. “That’s a shame.”

So Tully began reading about, watching and mastering adventure riding, and when he felt comfortable after 100,000 miles on the trail, he started Dual Sport School. The program caters to the riders, from beginner to expert, and is an intimate and comfortable way to learn what can be extremely intimidating.

“I tell people what to do, but I also tell them why,” Tully said. “I’m telling them those things, then they watch three other people do it and they say, well, if they can do it I can do it.”

Each edition of the course is kept to a small amount of people over a two- or four-day span, and starts with the basics. The class focuses on small, tight and slow maneuvers. The skill set learned in the basic class helps teach balance and problem solving in tough terrain, which happens at very slow speeds.

Bikes are dropped but egos aren’t hurt. Any motorcycle culture is intimidating, but the start-with-the-basics, work-your- way-up approach lets students move at their own pace.

But the special thing about getting together with Tully and his students is how he spreads the love and excitement of the sport. It’s easy to tell how excited he is about anything on dirt with two wheels.

“I call it the greatest bug-out vehicle ever,” Tully said. “Not to be a ‘doomsdayer,’ but when you just want to bug out and you want to go get out for the weekend you don’t need a camper, you don’t need a trailer, you don’t need a back pack, you put your GPS on there, you put in where you want to go, and this thing will take you wherever a mule could go practically.”

Tully knows it with his experience. He rides often by himself, and will climb hills with his 700-pound machine that looks tough for a motorcross bike. He shows the importance of problem solving in his classes. Every move counts with such a heavy piece of equipment that is your lifeline.

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He finds the excitement in overcoming those obstacles.

“A lot of times if you take a wrong turn or get stuck in the mud, or if you have a tree down in front of you, that’s when the real adventure hits. You have to think your way out of this,” Tully said. “You might meet just someone you never would have met, or you come up with a solution you didn’t know you were capable of. That’s a high.”

It can be a terrifying prospect to put so much trust into an expensive bike, take it hundreds of miles away from anything on mountains, rocks, or sand, problem solve in potential life-or-death situations, and come out with more experience and more knowledge.

Baby steps can be taken to improve rider confidence and ability. In Utah, it can be done in your own back yard.
“This is the greatest terrain in the world for dual sports,” Tully said. “You can go in any direction and there is great riding.”

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