BMW 2009 Adventure Riders Challenge to Begin

RawHyde’s Adventure Riders Challenge, sponsored by BMW Motorrad USA is about to begin on May 14 at RawHyde Adventure Center (BMW’s new West Coast off-road academy).

The event ending on May 18 covers almost 500 miles over mountains, giving riders a chance to show and test their skills, one day on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, one day in the Mojave Desert. That is why the rides are called “Of Oceans and Dirt”. There is also a part of the event called “The Rodeo”, divided in two challenges for the adventurers: ‘The Pit’ and ‘The Pendulums’.

According to, the event is limited to only 250 participants and is open to all brands of motorcycles. The participants have to provide their own ride. A $349 participation fee includes: entrance in rodeo, ten meals, a campsite, a personal photo journal of photos taken of each participant at the event, GPS tracks and routes, a souvenir shirt, live entertainment and more. Spectators are also charged with $319.

“This event is “not” for street bikes, sport bikes or cruisers… its only for “Adventure Riders” It’s a very satisfying thing to get out in the back country and away from it all on your motorcycles with a couple hundred other “Adventurers” and have some fun,” says Jim Hyde, founder of RawHyde Adventures and the Adventure Riders Challenge.

The ride of Oceans and Dirt. The adventure rides will focus on back country roads and equal trails of pavement and dirt. Two routes available, one of tough off road segments and a more scenic one. No matter what route the riders choose, if they complete it, they complete the challenge.

The Rodeo requires strong low-speed and balancing skils.The Pit is a “Team Event” requiring 3 riders, facing natural obstacles and some un-natural as well. The fastest team to make it through is the winner.The Pendulums are an obstacle avoidance exercise that requires nothing other than good balance and timing.


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