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.
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!