Event: ALTRider’s Taste of Dakar

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Always wanted to try the high-speed, long-distance, off-road riding of The Dakar rally, but can’t handle the years of training and huge expense it requires? ALTRider, maker of ADV hop-up parts, now puts on the annual Taste of Dakar event in Nevada outside Death Valley. Running Feb 22-24 this year, entry starts at just $269 and includes catered meals, professional tuition and all the logistics that make doing something like this easy for you. Dakar podium finisher Jimmy Lewis plans the routes and leads the training, so this is really as close as you’ll get without chartering a flight to Argentina. I’ll be there too, so your riding will definitely look good in comparison.

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  • Matthew Mason

    Grant you should do a write up on your experience, this looks like a lot of fun!

    • Matthew Mason

      hmmm it works better when you read the article and watch the video…this event didn’t happen yet, facepalm. Looks good though, hope to read a follow up article after the event.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JazzLars Peter Larsson

    I would not use a big burly 1200 GS. Id rather use a CRF250L for that type of riding. Try lifting a crashed 1200 GS 10 times in sand. =P

    • Dustin Edwards

      In the picture it shows an F800.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.r.scott Andy Scott

    Damn I already have a trip planned for those exact dates..this looks awesome. I like riding my 650 amongst the1200 guys..makes me feel like a better rider than I actually am!

  • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

    I was listening to this in the background, and suddenly I was all “HEY! That’s Grant!”

    I miss Grant. And his crazy awesome horizontal layouts. And his photography. And his natural foil to Wes. Still love HFL (and still rock a Dolly on my scruffy Honda F3), but I won’t lie; I miss the Wes/Grant/Sean&Ashlee show.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Funny how there’s no reportage on last year’s event, right?

      We’re growing as a company and growing in a very positive direction. This year, you will see the launch of RideApart.com, a major new consumer portal in the space and HFL will expand too, with new writers, new names and new personalities. Changes happen for a reason.

      • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

        I understand, and appreciate the changes, Wes. I applaud the risk taking and forward motion. I’d keep up the paid subscription, given the chance. I guess I was just waxing a bit nostalgic.

        If this was ADV, I’d sign off with something like “I’ll just shut up and go ride.”