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August 28, 2017

Winter Riding Russia's Lake Baikal

Until recently, I’d only limited experience riding on ice. After acquiring a set of studded Mitas tires I was able to ride in local wooded areas near my home in Lithuania during the winter. It’s lots of fun, but the quantity of snow varies greatly, and changing temperatures means the ice on many of the lakes is unsafe. In Lithuania,…
August 22, 2017

Desert Bliss - Touring Through the Mojave and Death Valley

On a Friday morning in Lancaster, CA, we had eight riders loaded up and ready to head out to the Mojave Desert to begin a 3-day dirt bike adventure. Some guys on this trip knew each other, but most were riding together for the first time. Weather was awesome, being a crisp and cool spring day, we all knew it…
May 17, 2017

A Bare Bones Meandering Motorcycle Journey Down Baja Way

There’s something about waking up to rain on a tent that makes it difficult to find motivation for the day ahead. It’s a simple peacefulness that I don’t often appreciate until long after I’m sitting at home with only my memories. But it’s also one of the many small moments that contribute to an insatiable wanderlust. My friend Bailey, however,…
May 16, 2017

Trail Maintenance - Keeping the System Rideable

Do you think those trails you ride during adventure bike weekends, hare scrambles, and enduros cut themselves? Think again. Trail maintenance is often done by small local clubs. It doesn’t matter if you’re a club member or just a guy who rides there a couple times a year—if they put out the call for help with trail maintenance—go to it.…
May 08, 2017

Veterans Riding Toward Recovery - Motorcycle Relief Project

When I first heard about the Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP), I was part of the planning team for the Pacific Northwest March Moto Madness event of 2016. MRP was an easy choice to be one of the non-profit beneficiaries of the event because of what they do to help servicemen with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The MRP is a…
May 04, 2017

Africa by Accident

The only reason that I ended up in Africa was the weather. The bike, a wildly inappropriate Royal Enfield Bullet, obviously wasn’t bought for serious overlanding. In fact, it wasn’t bought for much else other than to look and sound good (a job which it handles with aplomb). But sitting on the shores of southern Spain, winter was coming and…
April 27, 2017

Trail of the Ancients

The morning air is still cool enough to be comfortable as Bill and I ride two-up on his BMW R1200GS, climbing the steep, tight, twisting road from the Mesa Verde National Park entrance to the Far View Visitor Center 15 miles and 1,500 vertical feet away. We attempted this ride last evening on separate motorcycles but a few miles in,…
March 14, 2017

Adventure Riding: A Practical Matter?

“Want me to make a big splash?” asks Cid. “Sure, that would be great!” I say. I want dramatic photos, after all. Anything we can do to create drama is fine with me. As long as it's not dangerous, of course. I’m standing on the edge of a shallow tributary of the Rio Chicamocha in north central Colombia. The stream…
March 08, 2017

British Army Trans-Americas Expedition 2017 Set to Tackle the Darien Gap

• From Desert to Jungle, Warriors Off to Set a World Record and Conquer the Darien Gap Unsupported on CCM GP450s Despite having seen action in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghnaistan, six elite members of the British Armed Forces are leaving next week, March 13th, 2017, to voluntarily attempt what could be their greatest challenge yet – an unsupported 20,000 mile…

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