Behind the Scenes of RideApart’s first episode

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What you can’t see in this photo is that Grant, aboard the KTM 990 Adventure, is actually flying past me on the Yamaha Super Tenere, through a water crossing. Nothing to do with the capability of either bike, just as a relatively new dirt rider, I find riding a 637lbs behemoth absolutely shit-my-pants terrifying. I’m basically going to be comic relief in this first episode of our new show, RideApart, debuting next month on DRIVE.

Photos: Sean “Gimp” Smith

This new show is one of two major reasons we’ve been so massively busy behind the scenes so far this year. For the first episode, we took these big ADV bikes to Angeles National Forest, just an hour north of Los Angeles, to highlight how accessible, fun and rewarding adventure riding can be. Well, that and crack many, many, many jokes at my expense.

We’ll bring you the first episode on HFL when it premiers, but go ahead and subscribe to DRIVE for the rest of the great content being produced there.

  • http://mansgottado.tumblr.com/ Andy Gregory

    Fun pics, really looking forward to watching what you guys come up with here.

  • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

    You guys always look like you are having a total blast. Looking forward to this.

  • Jericho7

    Looking forward to the seeing it!

  • http://www.TroyRank.com Troy R

    This is going to be awesome.

  • Frosty_spl

    Kick ass!

  • Noonz

    This looks relentlessly cool, guys.

  • Robert M

    I have been waiting for a post about the Tenere and would love to know your thoughts about the KTM, the gear, and the Aerostich boots. Both the 990 Adv and the 990 SMT are bikes I have alot of interest in.
    Very cool. Thanks.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Watch the show :)

    • Sean Smith

      The Combat lite boots are totally, amazingly awesome. They even fit under Wes’s Dethkiller jeans, a feat no other boot has ever accomplished.

      • Robert M

        A local moto officer recommended the lites to me with high praise.

  • James Dean Meyer

    Really looking forward to this. Thanks for continuing to work so hard for us!

  • Alejandro Zapata

    Finally!!! I’ve been waiting months for the hfl show on drive!!! I hope it comes out sooner rather than later

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      April.

      • Devin

        We better get a sneak peak and not just this trailer!

  • resonance

    looks like a lot of fun!

    is there any plans for a review on those combat tourers?
    I want to buy a pair for my trip to morocco but not sure if they would be suitable?

  • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub Sean (the other one)

    New headshots for everyone!

    • Sean Smith

      Hey Sean! *click*

  • BMW11GS

    Wes, is that a one piece aerostich?

    • Sean Smith

      Yup. He’s borrowing it while I can’t ride.

      • BMW11GS

        Looks a lot better than my blue and yellow 8 year old version. It still does the trick though!

  • Trevor

    With faces meant for radio you’ve all got balls going in front of the camera!

    KIDDING!

    I can’t wait to see what you guys have in store for us!

    Very excited for all involved and I hope it leads to many great opportunities’ and adventures.

  • Tommy

    So jealous. I want in on one of these trips. Versys needs some knobbies and a bashguard.

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    Motorcycles on DRIVE channel, they cometh!

    I have been waiting for that!