Arkansas: The Untamed Side of the Natural State

Aug 14, 2017 View Comments by

A tawny, striped face stares at me, unblinking. The Bengal tiger must weigh almost 400 pounds, and she is only a few steps away. I didn’t know there were tigers in Arkansas. Her name is Crysta and she is a permanent resident at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, seven miles south of Eureka Springs. Thankfully, two […]

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Going Electric Off-Road: The 2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

Aug 04, 2017 View Comments by

KTM is getting a jump on the electric off-roader market. The company recently announced a pilot program in North America for its Freeride E-XC, an electric version of the Freeride 250R. The E-XC’s easily removable KTM PowerPack uses a 260V, 2.6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in 80 minutes. The bike has […]

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Costa Rica: Call of the Wild

Aug 03, 2017 View Comments by

Arriving in Costa Rica a day 
early, Kris and I decide to take a walking tour of San José, the 
small country’s bustling capital. A first, chance encounter with the legendary Pan-American Highway stops us in our tracks. Standing curbside at the busy roadway with no crosswalks or signals, navigating by foot doesn’t seem wise […]

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AltRider’s Conserve the Ride 2017 Comes to Central Pennsylvania

May 01, 2017 View Comments by

This Fourth of July weekend, AltRider is inviting riders to join Conserve the Ride 2017 and experience some of the best adventure riding the East Coast has to offer. With an all-new location in Palmerton, PA, at the Blue Mountain Resort, this three-day getaway will offer routes for riders of every skill level. From winding dirt trails in […]

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New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route: The Desert Crucible

Apr 04, 2017 View Comments by

The art of creating Damascus steel, that extraordinary blade with the wavy design seen in antique knives and swords from the Middle East, is lost to mankind. Speculation suggests multiple layers of metals were forged, folded, and welded together to form a single blade of exceptional quality. Certain aspects of adventure travel have a similar […]

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Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental Launches Self-Guided Luxury Dirt Tour

Dec 20, 2016 View Comments by

Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental has announced its latest self-guided, off-road excursion, called Dirt Deluxe. The new tour combines award-winning luxury accommodations with an exciting unpaved route that takes riders into the more remote and obscure areas of Ecuador, giving a glimpse into ways of life that have largely disappeared. The six-day tour crisscrosses the northern Ecuadorian […]

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Continental Divide, Part 2: Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico

Dec 01, 2016 View Comments by

Our route out of Rawlins, WY, takes us through the city’s center before turning south and heading out of town. It is a great day for riding, with mostly clear skies and cool temperatures, as we enter the Medicine Bow National Forest. Not far from the Colorado border we come upon Aspen Alley, a peaceful […]

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Sidetracked: Thirdendary Roads

Sep 26, 2016 View Comments by

“Daddy, where is that car going?” My son spoke those words to me three decades ago as he stood tiptoe, looking out the window of our home on the edge of town. The curiosity of a child has inspired many an adventure. They are an elusive lot, adventure riders. To begin with, no one has […]

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2016 Honda VFR1200X: Another Adventure Bike?

Oct 24, 2015 View Comments by

Four New Hondas to be Unveiled– With all the recent hype and anticipation surrounding the forthcoming 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin, it came as a bit of a surprise when Honda announced that it would be releasing another all-new adventure bike for 2016. In fact, Honda will be offering a full range of adventure bikes […]

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12th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally (video)

Oct 14, 2015 View Comments by

The Epitome of ADV Riding – The KTM Adventure Rally is one of the nation’s premiere motorcycle adventure touring events. Held from September 18–20 in Crested Butte, CO, the rally included some of the biggest names in off-road riding including Jimmy Lewis, Mike Lafferty, Russell Bobbitt, Chris Filmore, Andrew Short, and Quinn Cody. 2015 marks […]

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First Ever Female BMW GS Trophy Team

Sep 26, 2015 View Comments by

Competition in the Dirt – The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy competition pits teams of amateur riders from all over the world against each other in a grueling competition to see who’s got the skills to pilot an R 1200 GS over some of the world’s toughest terrain. The 2016 event, which will be held […]

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Overland Expo West 2015

Jun 18, 2015 View Comments by

Off-road Warriors Unite! – I recently had the opportunity to attend what is billed as “The premier event for overland adventure travel” otherwise known as the Overland Expo. Held for the third year in a row in Flagstaff, AZ, the Expo offers plenty to see and do for those of us who like to stray […]

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RoadRUNNER Interview: Dave Bertram

Apr 29, 2015 View Comments by

From Dirt Track to CEO – RR: Tell us about your motorcycling history. When did you first start riding and racing? Dave: I started like most riders—on a mini-bike when I was 7 years old. My father was a long-time rider, and we rode together with friends on weekends. That’s the greatest thing about motorcycling—you […]

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Summer Motorcycle Gear Buyers’ Guide: For the Adventurer

Apr 25, 2015 View Comments by

Practical ADV Gear for On and Off the Road It’s a great time to be a rider. Never before in the history of motorcycles have there been so many options when it comes to both motorcycles and riding gear. There’s a bike for every riding style, preference, and price—whichever mount you choose, there’s plenty of […]

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AltRider’s 2015 Conserve the Ride Rally

Apr 16, 2015 View Comments by

Adventure riding and off-road enthusiasts will want to mark June 12-14 on their calendars as the dates of AltRider’s 2015 Conserve the Ride Rally. Conserve the Ride will be held in central Pennsylvania where riders will enjoy around 160 miles of trail riding. Participants will pitch their tents on Woodward Caves Campground for the three-day […]

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