Doug Carter, of Eubank, Kentucky, is the first to admit he never wins anything - until now. The avid motorcycle enthusiast and American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) member participated in his first AMA BMW National Adventure Ride in Renfro Valley, Kentucky last fall and entered to win a drawing for a 2010 BMW F 800 GS.
Today, he cherishes memories of the ride with its winding back roads, amazing views and challenging off-highway terrain, along with the brand new orange dual-sport motorcycle in his garage.
Carter won the 2010 BMW F 800 GS in a drawing, offered by series sponsor BMW Motorrad USA, which was open to everyone who participated in events that were part of the AMA BMW National Adventure Riding Series.
"I've been riding motorcycles since I was five and I've always been a dual-sport/adventure kind of rider," said the 34-year-old husband and father of two. "I had wanted to get a bigger enduro bike that would allow me to take my wife on some of my off-road adventures. Now, I can do that. For some reason, she trusts me," chuckled Carter, who admits he's a bit of a thrill seeker.
The small dual-purpose bike that Carter brought to the Renfro Valley Adventure Ride, unfortunately, suffered mechanical issues while he was there. Now, says Carter, he's looking forward to participating in the Slate Creek Adventure Ride in Bybee, Tennessee with the new BMW F 800 GS.
"This time, I can ride to the ride instead of having to put the bike on the back of a pick-up truck," he adds.
Laurence Kuykendall, Community and Communications Manager for BMW Motorrad USA, said the company is delighted to see Carter ride into a new season on the advanced BMW F 800 GS -- a motorcycle purpose-built for the type of riding featured in the AMA BMW National Adventure Riding Series.
"We congratulate Doug on his prize and hope that he enjoys many more AMA BMW National Adventure Riding Series events," Kuykendall said. "I'm sure this season will be one of his best ever. There is no better motorcycle for tackling rugged back roads and two-track trails than the incredibly capable F 800 GS."
Riding motorcycles is a family affair for the Carter family, whose home is situated on 25 acres in rural south central Kentucky.
"My seven and nine-year-old boys have dirt bikes and we enjoy riding together on our property and the hundred or more acres adjoining our property," said Carter. "I grew up riding mini bikes and all-terrain vehicles before starting a family. Now, I just enjoy easy off-road riding," he said.
Events on the AMA BMW National Adventure Riding Series are designed for precisely the type of riding that Carter enjoys. For a reasonable entry fee, participants can ride hundreds of miles of trails and back roads in some of the most breathtaking areas of the United States, all supplemented by the local knowledge of long-time clubs and riders.
From the competition-oriented G 450 X to the versatile R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW offers one of the most diverse, most-capable lines of motorcycles ever built. The F 800 GS won by Carter is one of BMW Motorrad's latest additions, and with its lightweight design and eye-opening power, it has achieved new heights of off-road capability for the GS line.
More information about BMW motorcycles can be found at bmwmotorcycles.com and on the entire GS lifestyle including off-road training, events and travel around the world at xplorgs.com.
The 2010 AMA BMW National Adventure Riding Series, which will award another BMW adventure motorcycle to a lucky rider, kicks off on April 17-18 in Bybee, Tenn.
The events - open to AMA members - are scheduled in Alaska, California, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Alabama and Arizona. For the full schedule, see the Riding section of AmericanMotorcyclist.com at amadirectlink.com/roadride/offroad.
Interested participants can join the AMA online or at the Adventure Riding Series events. Members who sign up for auto-renewal or a three-year membership get free AMA Roadside Assistance for their motorcycles, plus all other vehicles, including motorhomes and trailers. Select Join/Renew in the Membership menu of the AMA website and follow the simple steps.