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VOTD: Motorcycling from Alaska to South America

In some ways motorcycles are the ideal overlanding platform. They’re inexpensive, sip fuel, can get through stalled traffic, or down the narrowest trail. In my experience, they’re two to three times faster over rough roads than 4x4s. And, as this beautiful video shows, they even work for very long distance travel. Between 2010 and 2012…

VOTD: Barstow to Vegas Dual-Sport Ride

via West County Explorers Club: The 2011 AMA District 37 Barstow to Vegas Dual-Sport event took place at the end of last month. Here’s a nicely documented and narrated recap of the 2009 event.

The two-part video is about an hour long and is a little slow to get going but there’s some great footage of guys on BMW R1200GS and F800GS bikes working their way through sandy, rocky canyons, dry river sand washes, and some fantastic flat-out desert riding, including the use of a roll chart for navigation.

Part 2, around 14:45 even shows a guy jumping his big GS over berm.

Here’s Part 2: http://youtu.be/qvgqL0-b83U.

And here’s a link to the event, in case you’d like to take part next year: http://www.labarstowvegas.com.

Get Ready for Black Dog Cycleworks’ Selkirks Adventure Rally!

August 12 – 14, 2011 in Sandpoint Idaho, Black Dog Cycleworks will host its annual Selkirks Rally at Black Dog Headquarters!

Attendance is limited to 50 people who will enjoy camping beside the Upper Pack River and spending their days riding some amazing road and dual sport routs while exploring incredible scenery and end their days with good friends, starry skies, campfires and a pig roast!

Visit www.blackdogcw.com/IdahoRally2011.html to register and www.blackdogcw.com/index.html to get geared up!