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Old 04-08-2014, 06:28 AM   #1
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Adventure RAid... laying waste to the southeast, again.



Ride the Adventure RAid to the BMW RA Rally at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL

Riders on all brands of bike and all skill levels welcome.

Key dates:
  • Meetup for Gypsy Tours - May 26 (2 locations so far)
  • Overnight at Two Wheels of Suches - May 27
  • Arrive at BMW RA Rally - May 28
  • Rally dates - May 29, 30 & 31 - Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL

Join your fellow riders on a week-long adventure ride through some of the best trails in the country. It all starts as Memorial Day weekend ends, with riders meeting up in a variety of great locations across the southeast for a 2-day GS Gypsy Tour ride to the rally at Barber Motorsports Park. GS Gypsy Tours meet up on Monday, May 26 and arrive at the Rally on Wedneday, May 28.

The GS Gypsy Tour


These are ride/camp routes to the rally along some great locals-only roads. Right now, two rides are planned:
  • Start at Cherohala Mountain Trails
  • Start at Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground
  • Any interest for a ride up from Flatistan or points west?

At Barber Motorsports Park

At the park, there will be not one but two premium riding areas onsite, featuring challenges for all levels of riding skill. We're talking slopes, ruts, rocks, single- and two-track riding.

This is an excellent opportunity to practice, learn and improve your off-road abilities! Add to that a women-only riding event, a choice of easy and hard day rides, and of course an adventure track competition. Much more information coming soon!

You can register for the event here, it's free... part of your rally admission fee. Be sure to check the Adventure RAid box as you register.







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Old 04-11-2014, 03:04 PM   #2
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Gypsy Tour

What kind of roads will the Gypsy Tour be taking? Forest service roads? Or more like single track? Is it for experienced off-roaders only? Or can beginners handle it?
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Old 04-11-2014, 03:06 PM   #3
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Adventure Schools

Looks like there is going to be a couple of Adventure Schools available in the area. One is men only, one is women only:


BC Moto Adventures is coming to the BMW RA Rally offering their Off Road Foundations Level 1 on Thursday, May 29, 2014. This one day class is being held at Top Trails Outdoor Park a short drive from Barber Motorsports Park. The over 2800 acre venue has varying terrain to challenge riders as they learn what they and their dual sport bike are capable of!

Riding your own dual sport motorcycle, the one-day program is designed to maximize every rider's ability on dirt, gravel or other non-paved surfaces. BC Moto’s Bill Conger, a certified instructor, graduated from the BMW Instructor Academy in 2006 and entrant in the 2012 Dakar Rally will be the lead instructor for this event. In addition to learning from one of the best, you will also get the chance to hear about what it takes to prepare for and ride in the world's most infamous rally.
The school will consist of approximately six hours of riding time and two hours of classroom instruction. To maximize learning and ride time most “classroom” sessions are held trailside. Riding includes drills on dirt, gravel with trail rides around the 2800 acre park.

In this course, we will start with basic items such as proper riding position, balance, clutch and throttle control working through a progression of skills exercises to help you become more confident on your bike on different surfaces and negotiating obstacles. This class will give you the fundamental skills to build your confidence and allow you to better enjoy your riding whether it’s a day’s jaunt down an old dirt road or a journey around the world.

Riders also will be able to put their newfound skills to use on short dual sport rides with the instructor through the park. Riders are required to wear FULL protective gear including helmet, gloves, a jacket or similar with elbow, back and shoulder protection, knee protection and boots that protect the ankle and shin. Knobby tires are highly recommended. Riders should be proficient in the operation of a motorcycle.

In order to provide a personalized level of attention, class size is limited. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and reserve your spot early as our previous events have sold out. http://www.motorsportreg.com/events/...8#.U0hmYFVdXlV

There is a women's only class being run in-conjunction with this class. If you are female and this interests you please sign up for the women's class. Same great instruction but in a setting of all females. Link: http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.c...C#.Uv1GO2RpsQg

Registration fee: $395

Must have a valid drivers license with motorcycle endorsement, street legal dual sport motorcycle and proper riding gear. Riders should be proficient in the operation of a motorcycle.

Riders are required to wear FULL protective gear including helmet, gloves, a jacket or similar with elbow, back and shoulder protection, knee protection and boots that protect the ankle and shin. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Most of the training is low speed so there is no wind chill to factor. If it is hot please have ventilated gear. Chances are you will sweat no matter the temperature.

Knobby tires are highly recommended.

Class size is limited to eight participants. We need four participants to hold this class. If the requirement is not met a full refund will be given.

Top Trails Outdoor Park is approximately 45 minutes east of Barber Motorsport Park just outside of Talladega, Alabama.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:05 AM   #4
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What kind of roads will the Gypsy Tour be taking? Forest service roads? Or more like single track? Is it for experienced off-roaders only? Or can beginners handle it?
For the Gypsy Tour, all Forest Service roads. I've linked in a map below to whet your appetite.

There will be a day ride to a nearby OHV area, where you can choose your poison: easy or challenging.

Onsite at the rally, there will two areas for riding:

One is a 2-track trail, where we will hold a little time/speed/distance ride with some "special tests" that you can choose to avoid if you want.

The second is a large area featuring slopes, ruts, roots, and.... for smaller bikes only... about 3+ miles of single track. If anyone is familiar with the Vintage event at Barber, this is where they run the cross-country race.


Here's the second day of the Gypsy Tour, which takes you from Two Wheels of Suches to the Barber Motorsports Park. It's 365 miles long.... an all-day sucker! (Note, plenty of bail out opportunities).



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Old 04-16-2014, 07:56 PM   #5
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We have the early signs of life Trying to put together a group coming from Flatistan. Just got back from the Perry Mountain DS and Alabama sure does have some very nice potential.

Have no idea of where we are or where we are going, but we will be making good time Any tracks coming from the South???

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Old 04-17-2014, 06:37 AM   #6
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Have no idea of where we are or where we are going, but we will be making good time Any tracks coming from the South???
Hey Rich, glad to hear you're thinking of coming.

A few years back I mapped out a ride taken by an inmate, Treeman23. It was a long ride, so I broke it into 3 parts.

This was an Adventure Detour for riders heading to The GS Giant in Missouri, 2012.

Here's the first part..... this may go a tad farther to the west than desired, I am working with some of my Alabeemer friends to explore other options.

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Old 04-17-2014, 06:39 AM   #7
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Here's the second part....

This gets you to a bit west of Birmingham... I may modify part of this route so that is ends at Barber Motorsports.

But that area of Alabama west of Montgomery gets you way out in the sticks.

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