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.
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.
Trophy Motorcycles, a shop specializing in keeping the spirit of vintage motorcycling alive in San Diego, CA often has bike nights on Saturday in the afternoon/evening. Luckily for me this weekend was one of those times. After flying in to San Diego at the crack of dawn and bustling about all day, one of the owners of Cerberus took me over to Trophy.
There was a great lineup- a variety similar to that I see at the events in my home town! Impressive. Quite a few lovely ladies showed up, too.