AltRider Taste of Dakar 2015The Dakar Rally is arguably the most infamous race in the world – the ultimate test for riders wanting to prove themselves worthy. While few get the chance to participate in this extreme competition, you can get a sample near the Mojave Desert.
Adventure accessories manufacturer AltRider has once again teamed up with Dakar Rally legend Jimmy Lewis to create an unparalleled weekend of adventure riding. AltRider’s Taste of Dakar 2015 will take place March 13th through 15th in Pahrump, Nevada.Riders start the weekend at the Wine Ridge RV Resort, nestled at the base of the Spring Mountain Range. After setting up camp, enjoy a scrumptious catered dinner and a gripping presentation from a guest speaker. Afterwards, head out to the campfire for a few adult beverages then settle in and get some rest for the exciting day ahead.After enjoying a delicious breakfast, epic riding terrain awaits as riders head out Saturday morning across the desert just outside Death Valley – the same terrain Jimmy Lewis used to train for the Dakar Rally.Varied routes ensure there is something for all skill levels, from novice to rugged veteran alike. Stop mid-day to enjoy lunch and swap stories from the first half of ride. After finishing lunch, the rest of the afternoon features more thrilling trails that wind their way back to camp. Wrap the day up with a catered dinner surrounded by new friends, followed by another crackling campfire.Riders also have the option of attending a one day class with Jimmy Lewis Off-Road Riding School on Sunday, March 15. The course focuses on teaching riders skills to tackle off-road riding on ADV bikes. The class is taught by Jimmy and his expert training staff, and is heavily discounted from the normal price. Learn more about Jimmy’s class here.Registration covers two nights of camping under the desert sky, five catered southwestern-style meals, adult beverages, and prize giveaways from AltRider’s event sponsor ICON RAIDEN. There will also be exciting presentations from guest speakers.Participants should come prepared with camping gear and their plated off-road motorcycle. For those travelling from afar, discounted motorcycle rentals are available through event sponsor MotoQuest. Registration for the event is capped, and last year’s event sold out months in advance – go to AltRider.com/Events to reserve your spot. For a better look at AltRider’s Taste of Dakar, watch the video from last year’s event.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!