Touratech DirtDaze Adventure Rally 2019

Nov 19, 2019 View Comments by

Touratech DirtDaze Adventure Rally 2019

After a year of absence from the Northeast region, Touratech returned in August 2019 with DirtDaze, an adventure and dual sport moto camping event. The chosen base camp location was the beautiful Suicide Six Ski Area in South Pomfret, VT, in the heart of The Green Mountain State.

The event started on Thursday morning, August 15, and continued to Sunday, with Friday and Saturday being the main riding days. We arrived on Thursday evening at a bustling and colorful scene dotted with more than 200 attendees of the ADV community. They were riding motorcycles ranging from small dirt bikes to dual sports to large adventure tourers like the KTM 1290 Super Adventure.

A main street “marketplace” emerged in the parking lot—a combination of vendors, clothing and equipment manufacturers, and other motorcycle-related businesses. KLIM had a strong presence, with discounted pricing on the products they had on display. KTM, Triumph, Beta, and Honda offered demo rides of their latest models. Triumph had a dozen Scrambler 1200 demo bikes that were led by none other than elite rider Ernie Vigil, who placed fifth in the 2019 Baja 1000 race riding a stock Scrambler 1200.

Throughout the event, different seminars were given by various presenters. A full and quite demanding enduro obstacle course was prepared near the main street, open for the public to try out but also used by professional instructors who taught advanced off-road technique lessons for preregistered riders. On another hillside area there was a hilarious competition: Riders had to complete a hay course with a cup of water in one hand and return to the starting line without spilling any water.

Paul Guillien, Touratech USA’s CEO, presented an interesting session on how to pack wisely, with pro tips; he even mentioned RoadRUNNER’s own Florian Neuhauser. It seems that Florian taught Paul about the value of packing shower wipes during off-road tours—too much information, perhaps, but funny nevertheless.

Guests could register for guided tours or go on their own unguided tours, similar to RoadRUNNER’s Touring Weekend format; GPX files were sent to email addresses in advance but were also loaded to GPS devices and phones by a staff member on-site.

Riding during Touratech's DirtDaze event in 2019

The essence of any such riding event is the actual routes, and these didn’t disappoint. There were routes for all tastes and skills. They ranged from mellow country roads with a few well-packed dirt roads all the way to dual sport routes composed of 90% off-road with challenging single-track hero sections.
I rode the latter on Friday on my Husqvarna 701 Enduro and can attest it was one of the best off-road rides I’ve had. All riders returned to camp excited and thrilled after a long 180-mile day.

Regardless of the chosen routes, Vermont is stunning, with incredible vistas in every direction. The combination of high mountains, lush green forests, rivers, lakes, farmland, and nonstop winding roads—yet very little traffic—makes Vermont a perfect and world-class motorcycle touring venue. On top of that, the sunrises and sunsets were absolutely stunning.

On Saturday night, as a grand finale, Touratech held a timed competition for the quickest disassembly and reassembly of their new Zega Pro panniers. Much to the amusement of the audience, many guests fiercely competed against the clock, and against each other, for a chance at first prize: the panniers system, which retails for $1,800.

Overall, DirtDaze administration was top-notch and well organized by many devoted volunteers. For more, visit www.dirtdazerally.com.

 

 

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