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.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!