Category Archives: Motorcycles

R2R Intro to Dual Sporting – A moto camping adventure

The first (hopefully annual) Ruts to Racelines – Intro to Dualsporting event in George Washington National Forest in VA was a fantastic way to spend a weekend. Part rider training, part ladies only adv/dual sport trip, lots of fun:) As … Continue reading

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Moto Heroes – Ina Coleman

Ina Coleman – Australian trials rider, and hard enduro racer. She has skills for days: I love watching people ride like this, especially women my size. While I have no desire to race, much less hard enduro, it inspires me … Continue reading

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What is Adventure Motorcycling?

When asked to explain adventure motorcycling to the uninitiated, I usually distill it down to something like: “Traveling by motorcycle both on and off road on multi-day or longer trips.” But that explanation isn’t really sufficient. I doubt I could … Continue reading

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Moto Heroes – Taye Perry

I have a lot of admiration for the determination and perseverance of rally racers. You have to really want it to rally race, especially at the world rally level, and even more so to race the Dakar. It takes a … Continue reading

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GPMX

What a difference a year makes. I took this GPMX dirt bike class a year ago, and just had such a good time, I signed up for it again this year. After the class last year, I bought my first … Continue reading

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Moto Heroes – Megan Griffiths (Megs Braap)

Megan Griffiths, Megs Braap, Megan Griffiths Enduro/Racing – Canadian off-road racer, dirt bike enthusiast, general moto riding phenom, and creator of much appreciated video tutorials. I just discovered her recently, and her skills are blowing me away. This is the … Continue reading

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Mayo River State Park

Most of North Carolina’s State Parks have been temporarily closed due to the pandemic. I had hoped that our small local Mayo River State Park would remain open, but it was finally closed off as well until sometime in May. … Continue reading

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Ride and hike – Bottom Creek Gorge Preserve (Bent Mountain Falls)

We don’t usually combine the two, but since the weather was too perfect to decide between going for a ride, and going for a hike, we decided to do both. Inexplicably, we’re still occasionally finding new places to explore within … Continue reading

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Moto Heroes – Joey Evans – Death before DNF

“I’ve realized that when things are really tough and there seems no hope for the future, it’s sometimes just Chapter One of a really cool story, and the ending is entirely up to you.” – Joey Evans How far would … Continue reading

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TET – Trans European Trail

If I could do whatever I wanted in life, I would definitely spend some time touring around Europe on a motorcycle via riding the TET. (Not right now obviously. This is assuming the Covid-19 outbreak calms down and we’re all … Continue reading

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NEBDR

The tracks for the new 1400 mile North East Backcountry Discovery Route (NEBDR) were published in January this year. I pre-ordered the Butler map for the route before it even started shipping in February. I’m pretty excited about riding it. … Continue reading

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Moto Heroes – Linda Bick

“57 Years of Global Biking. Port Lincoln’s Linda Bick is a global adventurer. From finding herself in the middle of an earthquake in Pakistan to negotiating bordercrossing across Asia, she’s travelled by motorbike to five continents since the 1960s. And … Continue reading

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Trans America Trail (TAT)

This is a pretty neat article on the Trans America Trail, a cross country route of mostly off-pavement travel developed by a very dedicated motorcycle enthusiast. ( “Dirt Road America” was published in The New Yorker in November 2019. Hopefully … Continue reading

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Moto Heroes – Anastasiya Nifontova

I definitely have a rider crush on Anastasiya Nifontova, Russian motorcycle racer, and a “self-professed ‘girly girl’ who has become the first woman to complete the Dakar Rally solo.”   I wish I could impress on those who don’t know … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“One of the things that make motorcycling so great is because it never fails to give you a feeling of freedom and adventure.” – Steve McQueen

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Moto Adventure Documentary

We really enjoyed this one: Up&Down Central Asia Adventure – Russia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

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How I set up my Yamaha WR250R as an adventure bike, and why I love it

I bought my 2018 Yamaha WR250R to use as an adventure bike, a motorcycle I ride both on and off-road on multi day trips. In stock form, the WR is advertised as a somewhat dirt oriented “dual purpose” or dual … Continue reading

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Africa Eco Race – Lyndon Poskitt, Team Races 2 Places

The annual Africa Eco Race (“the real Race to Dakar”) is happening right now. The ceremonial start for the marathon rally race was in Monaco on January 5th, 2020, and the the final stage will conclude on January 19th in … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2020

Is it the end or the beginning of a decade? It doesn’t matter, but the debate rages on! Is a New Years Day ride a tradition now? It is for some of the group. A lot of people showed up … Continue reading

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COBDR and NMBDR – Wrap up, Map, and Gallery

Just a quick wrap up about our most recent moto adventure on the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route and New Mexico BDR. On the map, our trip looked like this: We rode about 2800 miles over 23 days, which includes two … Continue reading

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COBDR NMBDR – NM Section 3 to TorC and The End

9/21/2019 Our last day on the New Mexico BDR. After leaving our campground near Reserve in the morning, we headed south on section 3 of the NM BDR, with the goal of reaching the end of the section in Truth … Continue reading

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COBDR NMBDR – NM Sections 5 and 4

9/19/2019 We had a late morning at the KOA in Grants, NM taking care of some admin before starting south on NMBDR section 5. At this point, its been three weeks since we left home in NC. Zuni Canyon Rd … Continue reading

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COBDR NMBDR – Starting the New Mexico BDR, Sections 7 and 6, Headed South

9/17/2019 Once again, for the third or fourth time on this trip, waiting out the rain was a great idea. We left our quirky accommodations in Antonito in sunny and dry weather (and dry enough dirt roads) to head south … Continue reading

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COBDR NMBDR – Into New Mexico

9/16/2019 At first, I mostly regretted leaving Pagosa Springs the morning we headed out toward the northern end of the New Mexico BDR in Antonito, CO.  I wanted to ride the NMBDR, but the weather was not cooperating, it was … Continue reading

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COBDR NMBDR – CO Sections 2 and 1 to the end at Four Corners

9/12/2019 We did not rush out of Lake City this morning in an effort to let the day warm up a bit  from the freezing overnight temperatures before heading up in elevation. The ride out of town goes south past … Continue reading

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