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New Video & Review of Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail

Posted by Eric Lange on October 4, 2011
Eric Lange
Since riding his KTM 950 Adventure down to South America in 2008 and launching RIDE Adventures in 2010, Eric now resides in Oregon for most of each year. Riding is still a regular part of his work though, in that guiding tours is a passion he'll always have, and researching new routes and regions allows RIDE Adventures to continue growing and providing reliable travel services to adventure minded riders and travelers from around the world.

Beautiful autumn weather this past weekend saw riders enjoy the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail as part of a rally organized by the BMW Motorcycle Owner's of America.   With 3 different guided ride options being offered, this video shows us what the “GS North” adventure tour route looked like while others enjoyed the GS South and Sport rides.

This footage also gives us the opportunity to review some basics on how to handle our heavy adventure motorcycles in loose terrain.  Although geared toward helping beginners prepare for their first motorcycle trips that will involved sand and mud riding, even some experienced riders might learn from these basic points:

RIDING IN SAND - Keep as much weight as possible off the front wheel of the motorcycle by:

  • Moving your weight back on the seat
  • Avoiding braking, especially with the front brake
  • Using the throttle when appropriate to lift the front wheel
  • Don’t be afraid to slow down and “walk” through deep sand spots

CROSSING PUDDLES AND MUD PITS – Similar to sand riding, prepare for loose and slippery mud situations by:

  • Choosing a knobby/aggressive tire
  • Removing slippery rubber pads from your footpegs
  • Be ready for surprise rocks, logs, and submerged obstacles
  • Don’t be afraid to slow down and “walk” through the toughest spots

As always, we hope these reminders help riders get out there and try new routes, terrain, areas and countries they might have never ridden in before.  After all, isn’t that what “adventure riding” is all about?

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