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RawHyde ADV Moto School & Expedition CV

Have you ever wanted to ride on dirt but weren’t sure where to start? Look at a mountain while you’re out on a ride and and think, “I want to climb that”? If so, you might want to try adventure riding.

You may, like I did, feel a sense of anxiety when thinking about riding off onto scarecly traveled fire roads and trails all by yourself. What’s more, is you probably don’t yet have the proper skills to do so.

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Even an experienced street rider needs a run down on maneuvering off road. Tips like positioning your weight back or forward during stops and accelleration can save you from a few wipe-outs. Brad Barker put together a great video of his experience in the RawHyde Adventure Motorcycle training school, followed by Expedition CV. It’s the second episode of his series, “The Ride of my Life”. 

It started with skill building at the RawHyde Colorado training camp, moved on to intermediate training, riding to Base Camp Alpha… then onto a deep adventure ride through Death Valley with some of the most amazing views you’ll ever witness. 

Edi Arangies with her Honda XR200 dirtbike- her first motorcycle! Now she has a pretty cool blog called the MX4NAM Motorcycle Diaries where she writes about her Namibian offroading adventures
She told me, “I can not describe or explain to you just how passionate I am about motorcycles!” …which pretty much says it all if you ask me!
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Edi Arangies with her Honda XR200 dirtbike- her first motorcycle! Now she has a pretty cool blog called the MX4NAM Motorcycle Diaries where she writes about her Namibian offroading adventures

She told me, “I can not describe or explain to you just how passionate I am about motorcycles!” …which pretty much says it all if you ask me!

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A photographic example of what my dreams look like. 
I believe this is in Manali, India… please correct me if I am wrong.
[ source: yakman*9 on ADVmoto.com | more adventure photos ]

A photographic example of what my dreams look like. 

I believe this is in Manali, India… please correct me if I am wrong.

[ source: yakman*9 on ADVmoto.com | more adventure photos ]

You know what I love about adventure motorcyclists? They have zero f**ks to give. This guy is riding through snow like it ain’t no thing with a chain set up he made in his garage out of V-bar automotive chain attached with rivets to tubular nylon webbing, doubled back for rim protection. Genius!

[ source: ADVmoto forum thread | more harsh weather ]

While it doesn’t strike some folks’ fancy, I personally love seeing things go places they typically “shouldn’t”. Like SeeSee’s Monster goin’ for some off road adventuring. 

There are things that you know you shouldn’t do, I find myself time and time again gravitating towards those things. someone once said its better to regret the things you’ve done rather than the regret the things you would have done. (SeeSee Blog)

The ever lovely adventure motorcycling Lois Pryce of the book ‘White Knuckles and Red Tape’ as well as the solo lady moto journey across Iran. 
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The ever lovely adventure motorcycling Lois Pryce of the book ‘White Knuckles and Red Tape’ as well as the solo lady moto journey across Iran

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Lois Pryce: One Woman Travelling Across Iran

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As a woman, riding a motorcycle can be a daunting task in and of itself. Whether it’s the anxiety of walking into a motorcycle shop full of guys, or the frustration of finding someone to help you learn about the mechanical workings of your bike without talking to you like you’re an idiot because you weren’t born with a wrench in your hand… some ladies are more fortunate than others in that realm. Even riding around, you’ll sometimes hear comments so stupid you can barely believe they were said like, “Hey, need me to show you how to ride that thing?” or “Oh, cool bike. Who’s is it?” Ladies and gentlemen, these are things my friends have heard on just the West Coast. 

Lois Pryce ventured into a country that the Foreign Office strongly suggests against visiting with only herself, essentials packed in her luggage, and her motorbike. Prospective tourists of Iran are told, “British nationals could be detained in Iran despite their complete innocence”.

Colorful Countryside: Riding the Explorers’ Edge

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A place where traffic moves aside to let you pass, the vibrant colors of fall leaves fill your field of vision, roads are open and inviting… my Northern adventure was full of good times. The best parts? Doing it all on the BMW f650GS, and being in great company. 

Learning the Dirt at the Touratech ADV Moto Rally

When you get a random phone call from the Marketing Manager at Touratech inviting you to attend their 2013 Adventure Motorcycle Rally, you get sort of excited. Then it moves to a sort of horror when you realize you have to tell them you’ve only ridden on a dirt a small amount, and on bikes either unsuited for the terrain, or much smaller than touring and adventure motorcycles. 

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Fortunately for me, one of the reasons they got in touch was because of my enthusiasm for adventure riding but my lack of experience in said environment. The Touratech Adventure Motorcycle Rally is set up for beginners to advanced riders- lessons on cooking with a camp set up, packing your gear as small as possible, and routes mapped and marked by difficulty. 

TerraCorsa: 1199 Panigale Adventure Bike

MotoCorsa is doing some rad stuff. If you don’t already know, I’m no longer working there. Not since last December- but that’s not the point. The point is my friend Taylor Ramsauer (Garage 6) is working on a lot of their projects now. He did a killer video and photoshoot with TerraCorsa- a Ducati 1199 Panigale with knobbies and other mods from Quentin Wilson and MotoCorsa.

Some motorcycle wisdom for your Monday, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
It’s nice to lose traction sometimes, kind of let’s you regain perspective on where the limit is, you know?
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Some motorcycle wisdom for your Monday, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

It’s nice to lose traction sometimes, kind of let’s you regain perspective on where the limit is, you know?

[ more moto quotes and wisdom ]

The last of my Canada adventure riding the Explorers’ Edge… Top to bottom, left to right. We got rained out pretty hard at the end of the trip, torrential downpour on the freeway. My rain pants turned out to be a little too short (testing on the road, sometimes stupid of me) and despite being snapped tight around the outside of my boots, failed and wicked water to my pants and into my boots. Riding with about an inch of water kind of sucked, but we headed to the hotel and got warm in awesome new sweaters. 

The team of riders was a great one- we had Graeme Jones from Inside Motorcyles Magazine, David Burbach from RoadRunner Magazine, and Ron Keys from Motorcycle Mojo. I really couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to ride with, we had a great time on and off the bikes. Amazing conversation, and very knowledgeable people. 

We arrived at the hotel in Gravenhurst, did some more photo and video, and hit a great small steak house called Andreas. Flambe at the table, baked potatoes, and whiskey! It was a good end to the evening. 

My Chrome Industries Niko bag that I picked up just before flying out served me amazingly well, taking stress off carrying gear in rain as well as getting me through airport security with ease. 

See you soon, Portland!

MotoLady… where the wild things are edition! Haha. Mike Jacobs (What A Ride, Ontario Moto Roads) snapped this pic when the photo/videographers were doing their thing. There will be a short video by Adam Wood from our Ride the Edge weekend adventures as well as some amazing photographs by Virgil Knapp. 
Headed home to Portland today! 

MotoLady… where the wild things are edition! Haha. Mike Jacobs (What A Ride, Ontario Moto Roads) snapped this pic when the photo/videographers were doing their thing. There will be a short video by Adam Wood from our Ride the Edge weekend adventures as well as some amazing photographs by Virgil Knapp. 

Headed home to Portland today! 

After lunch yesterday Virgil Knapp (photographer) and Adam Wood (videographer) stashed themselves in the back of the minivan and took some photo and video (which turned out amazing, you’ll see) before we made our way to the amazingly awesome Woodland Echoes Resort.

A cabin in the woods on the lake, with a jacuzzi, and a fish fry in the hall! What motorcycle traveller could ask for more!? Maybe life size chess? They have that too.

Also, a baby dragonfly graced my motorcycle, and I took a power nap laying on it.

Day 2 of the Canada adventure… Huntsville to Parry Sound via Highway 520 and Bunny Trail. Stopped at the Midlothian Castle and Screaming heads… crazy art and house built by some guy in the middle of nowhere. Having lunch now.