Overland Expo 2014

May 23, 2014 View Comments by

Overland Expo 2014This past weekend I attended what is billed as “The premier event for overland adventure travel,” the Overland Expo. Held for the second year in a row in Flagstaff, AZ, it offers much to see and do for both the two and four-wheeled enthusiast.

The three day long event featured off-road rider training classes held by RawHyde and included both a beginners class as well as sessions for the more experienced off-pavement rider. Participants could rent bikes from RawHyde or use their own. I sat in on one the advanced rider courses and the instructors were top notch—demonstrating what, with the proper skill set, large adventure bikes are capable of. It is safe to say that I definitely picked up a few pointers while I was there.

Along with classes, programs, and clinics, several vendors were on hand to help riders get outfitted for the next big excursion. Everything from riding gear and camping equipment to safety and maintance items, all aimed at making long distance travel more comfortable, safe, and enjoyable.

I had a chance to speak with a living legend, Ted Simon, who had limited pressings of his latest book for sale. In addition to Mr. Simon were a few other “round the world” motorcyclists including Alison DeLapp and Carla King.

Motorcycle travel has most certainly entered the mainstream and those looking for the right bike, gear, training, and advice can’t go wrong attending the Overland Expo. If you missed the event there’s good news as the Overland Expo East is scheduled for October 3-5, in Asheville, NC.  More info is available at www.overlandexpo.com.

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I've been called a "Free-Spirit", "A Lost Soul", and "A Wanderer" for as long as I can remember. I prefer to think of myself as a Traveler. Most at ease when I am in motion, two of my favorite things are arriving somewhere new, and heading off for somewhere yet unexplored.