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RawHyde crew giving us the intro speech

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Think of Woodstock only with snow and big adventure bikes!  We started calling it “SnOverland Expo.”  Weather like that is a gamble anywhere at 7,000’ in elevation and last year it was 90 degrees.  It was all part of the adventure as they say.  This year's attendance at Overland Expo West was down overall, but that's only because many who hoofed it from the East Coast now have their own version back there.  Exhibitor attendance was up 25%!  Motorcycle attendees where about 1/3rd of the total and half the day pass buyers.

 

Saturday morning snow!

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RawHyde (rawhyde-offroad.com) is a great group of big bike folks who have been leading some amazing rides world wide as well as training from their Castaic, CA and CO locations.  I have ridden with a number of them outside of official RawHyde events but this is just my second official ride w/them.  Perhaps that needs to change.

 

The GS-condo was thoroughly covered by snow

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Being an official BMW-sponsored training center sure helps get the word out too.  Thousands of riders have gotten their training and/or ridden on some of these fantastic rides:  Continental Divide (CDR), Dakar, South American CDR, Roof of Africa, Viking Run, California Adventures, etc…

 

Good friends from old rides and new friends made that day

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$389 was the cost and got you a camping spot, great food/beverage (eight meals), guided rides, skills courses and more.

 

  • Demo experience:  Your choice of four new adventure bikes from BMW.  Nowhere else but here will you have the chance to ride a new bike on dirt.
  • Food/beverage:  Excellent gourmet level food.  We had steak, jambalaya, French toast, etc…  Dakar bar beverages with great local craft beers and an assortment of mixed drinks.
  • Skills demos included a brief clinic for those new to the dirt as well as a sand course led by RawHyde’s Jeff Camacho.
  • Rides included 13 different trails of varying degrees of difficulty.  Unfortunately because of the weather our only ride was Friday and that was a muddy mess!  I’ll have to go back next year to see those trails that lead to the Grand Canyon for sure.

 

Jason digging some mud out of his front fender; a common problem on our last 5 miles of trail that day

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Trails are typically well maintained forest service roads and two-track; mostly dirt with a lot of red clay.  Near Sunset Crater you’ll find some pretty wicked black volcanic sand that I liken to riding through Cocoa Puffs.  Closer to the Grand Canyon you will find faster roads but with more ruts to watch out for. 

 

This is clearly a premiere one-of-a-kind event that’s not to be missed but I can’t help but feel sorry for the RawHyde crew this particular year because of the 100 year record rain/snow weather event.  On the plus side, it did weed out the wannabes and allowed for a lot more socializing and that’s also a big part of adventure riding, right?

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