2015 AMA Dual Sport & Adventure Riding Series SchedulesMarch not only marks the changing of clocks an hour ahead, but also the beginning of two recreational riding series – the Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series and the Yamaha Super Ténéré AMA National Adventure Riding Series.

Both series begin in March with two-day events in Florida and Arizona, and at this events and all others throughout the year – participants earn a chance to win a motorcycle from series sponsors Beta and Yamaha.

The first March event – the annual Devil’s Creek Dual Sport and Adventure Ride – kicks off March 7-8 in Brooksville, Fla., and is organized by Dixie Dual Sport Inc., which was awarded 2014 AMA Recreational Off-Road Organizer of the Year.

The next event occurs March 21022 in Tucson, Ariz., for the 2 Sun Adventure 2015 ride promoted by Tucson Dual Sport.

AMA says for many, the Devil’s Creek Dual Sport and Adventure Ride will signal the start of the riding season.

“We have three different route options for this ride,” said Dixie Dual Sport President Robert Frey. “When choosing their route at Devil’s Creek, we ask riders to be honest with themselves about their skill, because our forest can be an unforgiving place.

“The adventure route is paved and dirt-road touring, big-bike friendly. It takes you through the Florida hill country on paved and dirt roads, past numerous points of interest, and gives you a taste of what rural Florida is all about.

“The dual sport route is pure Florida, from pavement to limestone, mud, rocks, roots, water and sand. What we call our discovery option is ‘dual-sport lite.’ It is good for the dual-sport rider with some off-road experience who wants a slight taste of more challenging trail.”

The series then heads to the American Southwest. AMA member Dillon Oliver, who rode the Tucson Dual Sport event in 2014, says: “When I go riding for a couple of days in an area I haven’t been to before, I spend hours looking over maps, Google Earth and chatting in dirt bike forums trying to get to the best trails,” Oliver said. “Once there, I often find my routes are off a bit or my friends and I have to back track. It’s all fun, but sometimes it is more fun to let someone else do all the route planning, provide lunch, provide GPS and roll charts.

“That’s what last year’s ride was about. They cherry picked the best routes around Tucson, and all I had to do was follow the GPS tracks they provided. The routes were very diverse, enough fun stuff to keep you on your toes and some easy stuff to let you relax, mixed in with great scenery. I will definitely be back next year.”

The AMA reports that participants who sign up for each dual-sport event will join all national series riders in getting a chance to win the choice of a 2015 Beta 430 or 500 RS model. The RS line is designed to the same performance standards as the company’s enduro race bikes, but with additional equipment to be legal for on-highway operation. For more information, see www.betausa.com.

Riders in the adventure series earn a chance to win a new Yamaha Super Ténéré from series sponsor Yamaha. Designed to ride for extended periods across just about any kind of navigable terrain, the Yamaha Super Ténéré is the perfect inspiration for the AMA National Adventure Riding Series. The bike, known as the ultimate transcontinental adventure machine, offers a powerful inline twin-cylinder engine, electronic cruise control, dual electronic drive modes, and more. To learn more about the Yamaha Super Ténéré, see www.yamaha-motor.com, the AMA says.

2015 Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series

  • March 7-8: Brooksville, Fla. Dixie Dual Sport Inc., (727) 919-8299, president@dixiedualsport.com, www.dixiedualsport.com
  • March 21-22: Tucson, Ariz., Tucson Dual Sport, LLC., (520) 979-8398, tucsondualsport@hotmail.com, www.tucsondualsport.com
  • June 6-7: Bixby, Mo., Midwest Trail Riders Association, (314) 434-5095, ridemtra@hotmail.com
  • June 6-7: Odell, Ore., Northwest Tour & Trail, (503) 681-8881, tawmn@aol.com
  • June 6-7: Wabeno, Wis., Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders, (920) 350-2030,
    treasurer-widsr@outlook.com
  • June 27-28: Big Bear City, Calif., Big Bear Trail Riders Inc., (818) 391-3031, miguel.burgi@gmail.com, www.bigbeartrailriders.com
  • July 18: Kinross, Mich., The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan, (517) 416-0126, ccckids@frontier.com
  • Aug. 15-16: Columbus, Ind., Stoney Lonesome Motorcycle Club, (812) 343-9772, ngaskil7159@gmail.com
  • Aug. 15-16: Tillamook, Ore., Northwest Tour & Trail, (314) 434-5095, ridemtra@hotmail.com
  • Sept. 19-20: Logan, Ohio, Buckeye Dual Sporters, (740) 385-3050, kaeppners@frontiersman.com
  • Sept. 26-27: Buck Meadows, Calif., Family Off-Road Adventures, (209) 649-3633, lawrence@familyoffroadadventures.com
  • Sept. 26-27: Wabeno, Wis., Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders, (920) 350-2030, treasurer-widsr@outlook.com
  • Oct. 3-4: McArthur, Ohio, Enduro Riders Association, (614) 582-7821, 1sbarber@gmail.com
  • Oct. 3-4: Mount Solon, Va., Washington Area Trail Riders Inc., (540) 379-5631, recdvr@aol.com
  • Oct. 24-25: Payson, Ariz., Arizona Trail Riders, (602) 692-9382, don.o.hood@cox.net
  • Nov. 27-28: Palmdale, Calif., AMA District 37 Dual Sport, (626) 446-7386, paulflanders37@gmail.com

2015 Yamaha Super Ténéré AMA National Adventure Riding Series

  • March 7-8: Brooksville, Fla. Dixie Dual Sport Inc., (727) 919-8299, president@dixiedualsport.com, www.dixiedualsport.com
  • March 21-22: Tucson, Ariz., Tucson Dual Sport LLC, (520) 979-8398, tucsondualsport@hotmail.com, www.tucsondualsport.com
  • May 2-3: Buck Meadows, Calif., Family Off Road Adventures, (209) 649-3633, lawrence@familyoffroadadventures.com, www.familyoffroadadventures.com
  • May 16-17: McArthur, Ohio, Hanging Rock 200, Buckeye Dualsporters, (740) 385-3050, kaeppners@frontier.com, www.kaeppnerswoods.com
  • May 31: Atlanta, Ga., Wayne County Motorcycle Club, (315) 946-3082, wcmc.1939@yahoo.com
  • June 6-7: Odell, Ore., Northwest Tour & Trail, (503) 681-8881, tawmn@aol.com
  • June 6-7: Lockhaven, Pa., Durty Dabbers Motorcycle Club, (570) 748-9456, durtydabbers@yahoo.com
  • June 6-7: Wabeno, Wis., Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders, (920) 350-2030, treasurer-widsr@outlook.com
  • Aug. 15-16: Tillamook, Ore., Northwest Tour & Trail, (314) 434-5095, ridemtra@hotmail.com
  • Sept. 19-20: Logan, Ohio, Buckeye Dual Sporters, (740) 385-3050, kaeppners@frontiersman.com
  • Sept. 26-27: Wabeno, Wis., Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders, (920) 350-2030, treasurer-widsr@outlook.com
  • Nov. 27-28: Palmdale, Calif., AMA District 37 Dual Sport, (626) 446-7386, paulflanders37@gmail.com

The Beta AMA National Dual-Sport Series, created by the AMA in 1987, has become increasingly popular as off-road and street riders alike have turned to dual-sport recreation to experience the freedom of two wheels.

When larger adventure bikes grew in popularity, the AMA started the Yamaha Super Ténéré AMA National Adventure Series to appeal to riders of these bikes. This series also has grown and now boasts rounds in all regions of the continental United States.