There is no such thing as too much adventure. Consider joining AltRider at their next epic ADV ride: Taste of Dakar on February 22-24, held outside Death Valley in Nevada.The $269 entry fee gets riders stellar off-road routes created by none other than Dakar racing legend Jimmy Lewis, five catered meals, adult beverages, two nights of camping in the scenic desert, and training for riders of all skill level.Riders will also get to meet and hang out with ten-time Baja 1000 winner Johnny Campbell of JCR Honda. Watch the 2012 Taste of Dakar video here to see what kind of killer experience riders are in for.This three-day event will kick off Friday at the Lakeside RV Park in Pahrump, NV where a true adventure awaits. Near the Taste of Dakar “bivouac” is Jimmy’s training grounds for the Dakar Rally—a gorgeous desert with mountains filled with miles of sand dunes, cracked riverbeds, and rocky trails amongst the arid brush. Riders set up camp near the sandy beach on the lake and mingle with like-minded adventure enthusiasts followed by a delicious catered dinner and adult beverages by the campfire.On Saturday, riders take part in an all-day adventure ride through some of the best off-road riding in the west coast—separate routes are catered to riders of different skill levels, from novice to expert. After a hearty lunch in the desert, Jimmy will take riders for a short tutorial in off-road riding on ADV bikes in a few different terrains. After an afternoon of truly epic off-road riding, they will head back to the campgrounds for a special catered dinner and an awards ceremony based on all the hijinks of the day. Prize giveaways will come from sponsors ICON, Freedom Cycle (Triumph, Las Vegas), Wolfman Luggage, Motion Pro, BMW of Las Vegas, Tour USA, and Kenda Tires.Embrace the opportunity to further hone your off-road skills by enrolling in additional classes at the Jimmy Lewis Off-Road Riding School at a deep discount. Classes available with the AltRider event include a Friday class covering all the basics for riders of all levels, and a two day navigation course on Sunday and Monday for more advanced riders. Sign up for these classes on AltRider’s Taste of Dakar registration page (click here for more information).If you’re looking for a rugged weekend full of riding and camaraderie with like-minded riders, join AltRider for this year’s Taste of Dakar. Riders interested can search Taste of Dakar on altrider.com to get more information.Seattle-based AltRider offers exceptional accessories for Adventure Touring Motorcycles such as the BMW GS series, Ducati Multistrada, Yamaha Super Ténéré, Suzuki V-Strom, Triumph Tiger and more. AltRider products are made in the U.S. utilizing only the highest quality methods and materials, deliberately designed with the rider in mind. Whether it’s the beautiful grain finish on the anodized aluminum skid plates or the hand TIG welding on the crash bars, AltRider has provided functionality and form on each protection piece. AltRider is also known for their public involvement with the riding community offering training events, access to exclusive riding terrain, and more. Discover the difference at AltRider.com.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!