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Tackling LA-Barstow-Vegas on a 2WD Ural Gear-Up

LA-Barstow-Vegas on a 2WD 2016 Ural Gear-Up.

It’s well before dawn, and the temperature is below freezing. Ben’s KTM 1190 Adventure says it’s 27 F., but Kurt’s BMW R 1200 GS is somewhat more optimistic at a balmy 31. My Ural Gear-Up is silent on the matter, perhaps in indifference to these mild temperatures. After all, it was originally built to carry Russian soldiers through snow and ...

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Upcoming Events at RawHyde Adventures

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October 22-25, 2015 2016 BMW GS Trophy Qualifier and Adventure Rider Challenge RawHyde will once again host a U.S. qualifying event for the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Challenge. This adventure bike skills challenge will be part of the selection of riders to represent the U.S. at the next GS Trophy Challenge, which will be held in Thailand in 2016. This ...

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CSC Motorcycles to Import the RX-3 Cyclone, a 250cc Adventure Bike

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CSC Motorcycles, based in Azusa, California, announced today that it is bringing in the first shipment of 250cc RX-3 Cyclone adventure touring motorcycles to the United States. The Cyclone, manufactured for CSC by Chinese manufacturer Zongshen, is being certified for highway use in the United States. CSC expects to offer the motorcycles for sale by the end of this year. ...

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Jimmy Lewis Off-Road School Review

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As much as I love riding off-road, every time I leave the pavement my anxiety spikes. My chest gets tight, my heart begins to race. You see, I didn’t grow up riding mini-bikes or dirt bikes. In my neighborhood, we rode pedal-powered BMX bikes, day and night, jumping off every curb and makeshift ramp we could find. In high school, ...

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AltRider’s 2014 Taste of Dakar

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Sun, rain, wind. Hot and cold. Sand, mud, gravel, snow, even some asphalt. Long hours in the saddle, challenging routes, motorcycle field repairs. Grizzled rally veterans, group meals and camping. Sounds a lot like the Dakar Rally, doesn’t it? Getting the flavor of the punishing South American rally raid is what the Taste of Dakar, a dual-sport/adventure pow-wow in the ...

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RawHyde Adventure Demo Experience

RawHyde Adventure Demo Experience

Folks, let’s be honest… motorcycles are toys… and typically anyone that’s thinking about buying a new toy wants a chance to play with it before purchasing. Right? And, if you’re in the market for a new adventure bike you’ll quickly find that’s impossible to get a legitimate test ride on any of the bikes you may be evaluating.  Most adventure bike dealers offer ...

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Rider Blog: Good Samaritans

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As experienced dual-sport/adventure riders, we knew to ride in a group, to be prepared with plenty of water and snacks, tools and first-aid kits, and multiple devices to communicate with the outside world. We had dealt with breakdowns and injuries in the past and knew how to handle the unexpected. But when a fellow rider got hurt and we called ...

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RawHyde Goes Urban

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When the email arrived announcing that RawHyde, best known for adventure bike training and tours, was conducting a fun ride with some challenges in the middle of urban Los Angeles, it got my attention. In its capacity as the official West Coast BMW Off Road Riding School, RawHyde is a well-oiled organization that does everything in a first class manner. ...

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