In the spring of 2021, I was invited by Dusty Wessels of West38Moto and Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (D.A.R.T.) founder Bill Dragoo to observe one of their collaborative classes in Borrego Springs, California. This desert riding class was intended to prepare students for a five-day immersion tour in Baja California, where they would test and perfect their skills.
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DESERT ADVENTURE BIKE TRAINING
The Southwest desert is arguably one of the most uniquely scenic areas of the United States. Its vast majesty, laced with a network of roads of every kind, encompasses six states. These backcountry byways can take us to some amazingly beautiful and desolate destinations. The catch? They are mostly unpaved and many are technical, sandy, rutted, off-camber desert trails with stream crossings and frequently changing slopes. Wind and rain ensure that no two days will see the exact same conditions.
PEACE, LOVE & NAMASTE
A Venture to the Top of the World
WANNABE COWBOYS RIDE THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
It was our first visit to the U.S. While indulging in stale airline snacks in cattle class on our way to Texas from South Africa, we had a good laugh about all the contradicting and varied opinions of the U.S. we’d heard.
2021 DUCATI MULTISTRADA V4
In many ways, the Ducati Multistrada set the bar for sport touring motorcycles when the first model rolled out of the factory in 2003. And while either you loved the ’80s sci-fi aesthetic or hated it, it was a game changer.
LOST IN BAJA(Sort of)
Passing Rosarito Beach on Highw ay 1 is the moment stress melts away. The headache of crowded southern California interstates, the border crossing, and the packed streets of Tijuana (with Google navigating, of course) disappear when you finally see Baja’s western shore for the first time.
GET ME TO GONDAR!
JOURNEY THROUGH ETHIOPIA
TRIUMPH TIGER 900 RALLY PRO
Long-Term Bike Review
When the Road Ends Lost in the Pacific
A film by Dylan Wickrama Distribution and production: Ride2Explore Available from: Journeyman.tv/film/7775 | iTunes | Amazon Video | Video on Demand Fees: Rent – $5 | Buy – $8.50
THE YOUNGEST TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD? JACK GROVES
In the age of electronics, hyper-communications, and convenience, it’s untrue that the world’s youth have lost the taste for adventure. There will always be an element within the human spirit that demands and grows from new life experiences—an instinct as old as Mankind. And you don’t have to look far to find it.
Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar
Motocross boots have evolved considerably over the last 20 years, but that hasn’t been the case in the ADV segment, and we often have to sacrifice proper protection for dry feet. Meet the new Alpinestars Tech 7 Drystar enduro boot. We’ve been waiting for a boot like this for quite some time and, to this day, it still boggles my mind that it took so long.
CRUEL KATIE COURIC TAKES A BEATING!
Branded most hated woman in H’wood after trash-talk book
Billy & Naomi WEDDING BELLS?
Marriage has never been a big deal for Naomi Watts. She and ex Liev Schreiber were together for 11 years without making things official.
Discovering the Self: The Art of Removing and Creating Habits
Daaji continues his series on refining habits, in the light of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga and current scientific and yogic principles and practices. This month he shares his insights on the fourth Niyama, swadhyaya, which means self-study and self-awareness. It is one of the fundamental pillars of emotional intelligence.
THE GIULIA QUADRIFOGLIO AND M3 COMPETITION FACE OFF TO IDENTIFY THE ULTIMATE CHAMP
The Big Picture
WORLD BEATER: Those still underestimating Hyundai-Kia do so at their own peril.
When ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill left us on July 27, he left a legacy like few others. Jamie Blaine pays tribute, and we revisit words of wisdom from Hill himself
Fingerstyle guru Andy McKee’s first new studio effort in nearly a decade pays homage to Prince and Michael Hedges.
Robben Ford goes bold with Pure, the new instrumental outing he calls “the most complete expression of a musical life.”
BOULEVARD OF BROKEN-IN DREAMS
Billy Rowe’s Rock N Roll Relics look, play and sound like much-loved and well-traveled treasures.
Offensive line an early season concern