True adventurist seek true adventure. And for ADV motorcyclists, the road to true adventure begins in Plain, Wash., during the Touratech Rally.This year’s fifth edition, which has become “the largest gather of adventure motorcycle enthusiasts on the west coast,” is set for June 25-28.
Like the 2014 edition, the Touratech Rally will once again occur in conjunction with the Washington Overland Rally, and give riders the opportunity to ride some of best off-road routes throughout the Pacific Northwest.These events offer camping, GPS tracks, classes, and group rides, and for 2015 the guest speaker will be world-traveler Ed March.Speaking of this year’s rally, Touratech USA – which turns 25 this year – says “Don’t miss the chance to ride some of the best off-road routes in the Pacific Northwest, as well as attend a handful of free clinics and classes focusing on motorcycle travel, camping, world travel, out door cooking and much more.”Other features of the 2015 Touratech Rally include the ADV Skills Challenge, a ladies only ride, and vendors from throughout the ADV Motorcycle market.Also, Puget Sound Safety will be on-site offering two different off-road skills development-training courses for an additional fee (more info at pssoffroad.com).Speaking of the Touratech Rally, Tracy Jeffries of Wenatchee Powersports says “This is a really fun, adventure packed weekend and one of my favorite events. The riding is fantastic with some of the most scenic views around. The clinics and presentations are a great way to connect with other riders and learn new things. I can’t wait for this year’s rally and more great times and rides with friends.”For a review of a past rally, visit Touratech Rally Review. For additional information and videos of past rallies, visit TouratechRally.com.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.