2014 Wickenburg Desert RideIf you own an adventure motorcycle, chances are you’ve heard about Backcountry Discovery Routes by now. The 501c (4) non-profit organization, whose stated mission is to create and preserve off-pavement riding opportunities for adventure and dual-sport motorcycles has been creating cross-state routes following mostly dirt tracks the last few years. It has completed a Backcountry Discovery Route for Washington, Utah, Coloroado and most recently Arizona.
In late March, the organization held its first fundraiser event called the Wickenburg Desert Ride in Arizona.Operating out of a private oasis in the desert known as the Boyd Ranch, participants were treated to three meals a day from the chuck wagon and guided rides in some of Arizona’s best backcountry terrain.The organizers surprised attendees with a special guest. Quinn Cody who is a multiple time Baja champion and Dakar Rally veteran, showed up to have some fun on big bikes and support a great cause.As evening approached the saloon offered up cocktails and a charming place to swap stories about the day’s adventures. A few steps away from the saloon was a campfire and star filled sky set to the acoustic guitar tunes of Evan Firstman. As eyes got heavy, folks wandered off to their tents for some shut-eye in preparation to do it all over again the next day.“I think everyone had a fantastic time. The venue and surrounding areas offered an amazing adventure riding experience. Our non-profit organization raised much needed funds and connected with a group of riders that truly care about preserving opportunities to ride motorcycles in the backcountry, ” says Inna Thorn, Manager, Backcountry Discovery Routes.
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!