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Motorcycle Safety: Always Remember the risks Associated with Riding Motorcycles

Feb 08, 2023 // Trips on Two Wheels //

We were reminded of how critically important rider safety is when Mike Day reached out to us to tell us his story. Mike was riding the Virginia BDR and had a run in with a deer around a gravel filled corner when he hit a berm and went flying 227 ... MORE


FAQ - Taste of Dakar 2020

Feb 19, 2020 // Trips on Two Wheels //

AltRider Taste of Dakar FAQ  Post comments below with any additional questions you may have about the event! Be sure to check back for additional updates! What’s the deal with the schedule? Great news guys- we’ve made the event longer! This means you can show up Thursday and ride all weekend long! Does ... MORE


Taste Of Dakar 2020 is live!

Jan 20, 2020 // Trips on Two Wheels //

  Taste of Dakar is back for 2020! April 16th-19th in Gold Point, NV This year's TOD will feature two days of riding with all new routes on Friday and new modified routes for Saturday with rides for every skill level from Beginner to Expert. We'll also be including points of interest with ... MORE


Taste Of Dakar 2020!

Jan 06, 2020 // Trips on Two Wheels //

AltRider's Taste of Dakar 2020 The rumors are true! Taste of Dakar is back for spring 2020!Now with two GPS-led ride days, more route options, expanded training clinics with on route training, and guest speakers from the Dakar Rally itself. Spend 3 days with us in Gold Point Nevada using your Adventure bike for ... MORE


#Fan Friday - Mark Corsetti

Apr 13, 2018 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our latest Fan Friday is Mark Corsetti from Spring, Texas and uses the handle AdvenchaB4Demencha Currently Mark is ridding a 2013 BMW R1200GSA & 2009 Suzuki VL800 Boulevard, gotta have a cruiser just for shits and giggles says Mark. Corsetti first became interested in the off road world when ... MORE


#FanFriday - Matt Kelley

Mar 29, 2018 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Matt Kelley of Ohio is this week’s Fan Friday – he’s been on motorcycles since the age of five! Motorcycles were a part of his family growing up Matt says, Not only has he raced motocross for about 25 years, he’s been involved just about every type of motorcycle in ... MORE


#Fan Friday - Robert Taylor

Mar 08, 2018 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Robert Taylor lives in our home town of Seattle Washington – we love our pacific northwest! Robert just bought a 2017 Tiger 800 XRt and hadn’t even had the bike for 2 months when a car cut him off, slammed into his bike and almost pushed him into a cement ... MORE


#FanFriday - Matthew Krysinski

Mar 02, 2018 // Trips on Two Wheels //

This Fan Friday we have Matt Krysinski from Washington state. Matt and his girlfriend Susan often ride together and go on weekend get-a-ways when possible. Last season they rode 12k miles and usually go camping for the weekends or evening rides to just get away during the summers nights. Matt ... MORE


#Fan Friday - David Bock

Feb 22, 2018 // Trips on Two Wheels //

This Fan Friday we’ve got David Bock from Littleton, CO and he’s been on a bike for about 10 or 11 years. Before he was serious about riding and when he was a kid his next door neighbor had a little YZ60 that he and friends would ride and rip ... MORE


#FanFriday - Josh Jones

Feb 16, 2018 // Trips on Two Wheels //

This Fan Friday we have Josh Jones from Las Vegas, NV. Josh is a RawHyde Adventures coach, and avid adventurist. Around 2005 Josh heard the call of the motorcycle and decided it was time, he started with a street bike because his friends were street riders. He spent a lot ... MORE


Want to Tour Europe? Explore360°

Jan 15, 2018 // Trips on Two Wheels //

For our European friends, or those traveling to Europe, we are proud to partner with Explore360°. Explore360° is a Swedish travel agency that offers motorcycle tours "Off the beaten track and with a healthy dose of adventure”. They have amazing off-road packages in Iceland, Nepal, Morocco, Norway, Vietnam, Wales, Kenya ... MORE


#FanFriday - Frank Newman

May 05, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Frank’s gorgeous Africa Twin decked out - AltRider style. Photo: Frank Newman It’s the 5th of May and that means: Fan Friday! This week we talked to Frank Newman, 49, who you may know for his awesome Youtube videos (especially reviewing AltRider products). As an electronics engineer from Exeter, MO., Frank ... MORE


#FanFriday - Wil Stillens

Apr 28, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Pretty GS! Photo: Wil Stillens  This Fan Friday we talk to Wil Stillens, 41, out of Riverside, California. Wil is a manufacturing engineer that specializes in 3D modeling, prototyping and manufacturing, as he makes tools, fixtures and a vast array of complex objects including medical devices, electric motors, fruit packaging equipment ... MORE


#FanFriday - James Mellinger

Apr 21, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

The Tiger 800 makes a perfect camping companion. Photo: James Mellinger It’s riding season! Happy Fan Friday to all. This week we sat down with good AltRider friend and fellow Seattle resident James Mellinger, 26. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, James spent his college years in the city while attending ... MORE


#FanFriday - Zachary Hoglund

Apr 14, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Mount Rainer makes a nice backdrop for Zachary’s BMW R 1200 GS   For this week’s Fan Friday we sat down with Zachary Hoglund, 28, out of Bozeman, MT. After a seven year stint in the Navy, he was drawn to the place mainly for the climate and excellent adventure riding. Since ... MORE


#FanFriday - Nicolas Solberg

Apr 07, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Out there on the Triumph Tiger 800. Photo: Nicolas Solberg Friday is our day to celebrate our fans, and they never seem to disappoint. This week we talked with Nicolas Solberg, 51, of Northern California. Originally from Bigfork, Montana, Nicolas now works as a web developer and visual designer for the State ... MORE


#FanFriday - Brad Hunter

Mar 31, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Photo Courtesy: Brad Hunter Spring is here and for much of the country it’s time to wheel the bikes out of the garage and get riding. But for Brad Hunter, 33, of Los Angeles, the riding season is truly all year round. Brad started riding bikes in his 20’s, and has ... MORE


#FanFriday - Jesse Kimball

Mar 24, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Another Friday means another epic weekend of riding is almost upon us, as well as another featured AltRider fan! This week we talked with 40-year old general contractor and inventor, Jesse Kimball, from Temecula, California. With twenty-four years of riding experience under his belt, he also organizes the Flying Monkey ... MORE


#FanFriday - Paul Persinger

Mar 17, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

  For this week's Fan Friday we talked with Paul Persinger, age 56, of Gardnerville, Nevada. Formerly a bush pilot in Alaska, Paul is an airline pilot for Virgin America throughout the U.S. and Mexico and has been riding since the age of 12. He loves to fly and loves to ... MORE


#FanFriday - Brad Barker

Mar 10, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Back in the Saddle Again. Photo Courtesy: Brad Barker To kickoff the final Friday before our annual Taste of Dakar, we sat down with long time AltRider buddy and moto celebrity Brad Barker, to discuss some of the reasons he first got into the ADV scene and what he’s learned while ... MORE


#FanFriday - Steve Shaffstall

Mar 03, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Steve and a fellow Terra Enthusiast talking all things Husky at Hells Kitchen off Ortega Highway. Photo Courtesy: Steve Shaffstall   As the weekend rolls up, riders are beginning to dust off their bikes for the March riding season. This Friday we sat down with AltRider fan Steven Shaffstall, 63, to talk ... MORE


#FanFriday - John Mrakovcich

Feb 24, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

John and his son Dom outside of Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. Photo: John Mrakovcich Another Friday means another epic weekend of riding is almost upon us, as well as another featured AltRider fan! This week we talked with John Mrakovcich, 53, from Connecticut. John’s been riding for forty years, ... MORE


#FanFriday - Matt Murray

Feb 17, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Murray’s latest ride is decked out with AltRider scrambler essentials. Live long and ride on. Photo: Matt Murray   Whether the adventure takes you onto the back roads or into the urban jungle, the new era of retro scramblers has you covered. This week we sat down with Matt Murray, 39, originally ... MORE


#FanFriday - Leslie Sofarelli

Feb 10, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Sofarelli’s F 800 GS is ready for the next great adventure. Photo: Leslie Sofarelli   Our latest Fan Friday rider, Leslie Sofarelli, is a true motorcycle fanatic. Originally from Long Island, New York, Leslie headed north to British Columbia in 1998 before returning to New York in 2015. She’s been riding since ... MORE


#FanFriday - Brett Mullins

Feb 03, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Friday is our day to celebrate fans, and this week we talked to 37 year-old Brett Mullins from Greensboro, Georgia, who has been riding since he was 15 years old. Mullins is an equal-opportunity rider in every sense of the word, owning everything from his newest adventure bike to a ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Robert Okrie

Jan 27, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Okrie having some fun on his BMW HP2 in Astoria, Oregon. Photo: Tim Burke Photography   For this week’s Fan Friday we sat down with Robert Okrie, out of AltRider’s hometown of Seattle, Washington. A motorcyclist for most of his 61 years, he now rides daily for his work commute and escapes ... MORE


#FanFriday - Westen Rogers

Jan 20, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Rogers taking a tour of Titus Canyon on his R 1200 GSW Adventure Photo: Westen Rogers Time for another FanFriday! This week we talked to AltRider fan Westen Rogers of Santa Rosa, California. Westin’s been riding for over 20 years, since the ripe old age of eight. He currently owns a 2015 ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Connie Topliff

Jan 06, 2017 // Trips on Two Wheels //

We have the best customers! New ADV rider Connie Topliff is this week's FanFriday! Thank you for choosing Altrider, Connie! We know you will find new roads and new adventures in 2017! Here's what Connie had to say: ----- I first discovered Altrider when I was looking for aftermarket parts for my ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Peter Edmonds

Dec 09, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our featured fan this week is Pacific Northwest native Peter Edmonds. Check out what Peter had to say below: ---------- In searching for the most functional, thoughtfully designed, and handsome crash bars, I stumbled across reviews of AltRider bars and they emerged as the best possible option for my bike.   First, I like ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Scott Madson

Dec 02, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

This week's featured fan is Scott Madson from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Here's what Scott had to say: "I first learned about AltRider after seeing their crash bars installed on my friend Harry's '14 Yamaha Super Tenere. I really liked the shape, construction and simple installation of the bars. There was no ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Sal Galib

Nov 18, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our featured fan this week is Sal Galib from Oakland. Thanks for sharing your story with us Sal, venture on! ---------- "After I purchased my Yamaha Super Tenere, I was considering Touratech products since I had great experience with them on my BMW. While doing some diligent internet searches for alternative products, ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Pedro Alpiarca

Nov 11, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our featured fan for this week is Pedro Alpiarca from Portugal. Thanks for sharing your AltRider story, Pedro! ----------- I had my first contact with Altrider in a motorcycle exhibition called Expo Moto in my hometown Lisbon, Portugal. I found the In-Parts stand as an excellent show room with a big trail ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Corinne Hall

Nov 04, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our featured fan of the week is Corinne Hall! Corinne recently joined AltRider ambassador Tamaray Raye at Babes Ride Out aboard their AltRider equipped Triumphs. "I first heard of Altrider through a friend when they were doing a promotion, offering items to female riders for Babes Ride Out. I chose the headlamp cover and ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Jason Binder

Oct 28, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

This week's featured fan is Jason Binder! Here's what Jason said about his motorcycling journeys with AltRider. "Through searching the various forums on which is the best crash protection for the Tiger 800, I found AltRider. I am rocking your skid plate and crash bars. Both of which saved my bacon ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Daryl Morse

Oct 14, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

We're excited to present this week's featured fan, Daryl Morse. Check out what Daryl had to say about AltRider and his rides around the country below. ------- I first heard about AltRider when they posted about launching the company on ADVrider. I like that AltRider is not only a US company, but ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Mike Freitas

Oct 07, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our featured fan this week is Mike Freitas, from Southern California. Check out what Mike had to say about AltRider below: -------- I first learned about Altrider after doing much research on the BMW forums and internet searches.  Almost every review was positive, probably the only less than positive reviews were from ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Louise Coleen Powers

Sep 30, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Today's Featured #AltRider Fan is Louise Coleen Powers. ---------- I first learned about AltRider parts when I saw them on someone's bike, and made the comment that I thought they looked beefy. Then it seemed that once I learned about the company, I saw it everywhere. I love that the products are ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Mike Harley

Sep 23, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Meet our featured fan of this week, Mike Harley! --- I first learned about AltRider while prepping my bike for a trip from Neah Bay, Washington, (the farthest west point of the 48 states, and the highest latitude), to Nogales, Mexico,all on dirt or backroads. We called the trip LFWD, after the ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Kevin Hagerty

Sep 16, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our AltRider Featured Fan is no stranger to the world of adventure motorcycling. Read what Kevin Hagerty, managing partner of MotoQuest had to say about his AltRider experience. --- "I believe I first became aware of Alt Rider at a BMW MOA Rally several years ago. I think it was in Johnson ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Chris Roher

Sep 09, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our AltRider #FanFriday for this week is Chris Roher. Check out his story below and if you want to be featured, email Marcie at ----- I first heard about AltRider in the spring of 2014 when leading an adventure ride on a 2014 BMWR1200GS bike from our shop: Velocity Cycles in ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Jed Duncan

Sep 02, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our Featured AltRider Fan this week is Jed Duncan, a riding coach and trainer from Minnesota. He says he first saw AltRider products at the 2014 BMW MOA rally in Minnesota. He likes that AltRider is innovative and Made in the USA. According to Jed: "The dual control brake pedal is ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Glen Comeaux

Aug 26, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our Featured AltRider Fan for today is Glen Comeaux. Glen says he became acquainted with @AltRider because he is also from the greater Seattle area and "AltRider is well known in the ADV market and are extremely supportive of our PNW Tenere Owners Group." Glen adds that he likes #AltRider because "(They ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Marty Garcia

Aug 19, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our Featured Rider for AltRider#FanFriday is Martin "Marty" Garcia. --- Martin Garcia is a Chief Engineer at a Fortune 500 company and a passionate adventure motorcyclist. He and some friends started the nonprofit organization called "Task Force Dagger" which provides assistance to wounded, ill, or injured US Special Operations Command members and their ... MORE


#FanFriday -- Eric Hall

Aug 12, 2016 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Our featured rider for AltRider #FanFriday is Eric Hall, founder of, an online community dedicated solely to big adventure bikes. This photo was taken in our #TasteofDakar event. Here's Eric's #AltRider story: "I think I first learned about AltRider at the Long Beach IMS show at their booth. I got my first ... MORE


A New Challenge: The Baja Rally

Oct 27, 2015 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Jeremy LeBreton // AltRider President This year, with the encouragement of Scotty Bloom, I decided to enter the 3rd annual Baja Rally down in Mexico for my first ever rally. Scotty is a good friend and is the founder of the event. The 4 day ride covers almost 900 miles up ... MORE


The One Show

Feb 18, 2015 // Trips on Two Wheels //

As I left the office Friday morning, the sun was just burning through the thick Seattle fog. Portland is about 2 and 1/2 hours south, and I was looking forward to the ride. A Street Triple may not be everyone's first choice for a long-distance bike, but I've never had ... MORE


The Benefits of Lane Splitting

Feb 11, 2015 // Trips on Two Wheels //

A bill introduced in Washington last week would make this the second state in the U.S. to allow lane splitting. What do you think about this practice? Share your thoughts in the comments below. A maneuver that is common practice in California and the majority of the world is most often ... MORE


Leaving It All Behind -- What to Take With You

Oct 15, 2014 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Guest post by adventure blogger Pat Harris -- Ever thought about giving it all up to go travel the world? Pat Harris did just that. In July 2013, Pat left his demanding career in engineering, loaded up his 2013 F800GS, and left Colorado. From there, he travelled throughout the US, ... MORE


Leaving It All Behind -- Riding Around the World

May 30, 2014 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Guest blogger Pat Harris is currently riding his BMW F 800 GS clad in AltRider parts on an incredible journey around the world. See his adventures at At the time of this posting, he’s been on the road 312 days and clocked over 26,000 miles.   We've all had those days ... MORE


The Ultimate Rally Race - An Intro to the Dakar Rally

Jan 08, 2014 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Perseverance, survival, champion riding ability… the best of the best take on the challenge for the toughest race on earth – The Dakar Rally. Every year, hundreds of teams enter a motorcycle, car, or truck in an attempt to push the limits of their vehicles and themselves.  With the 2014 ... MORE


Conserve the Ride 2012

Aug 08, 2012 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Special guest post by Andrew Phillips of New Hampshire AltRider put on a riding event for the benefit of the Seven Mountains Conservation Corp (SMCC). It was called Conserve the Ride and held over the weekend of June 22-24 near the Woodward Caves in Central Pennsylvania. The whole weekend ... MORE


How I got a Taste of Dakar...

Apr 23, 2012 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Special Guest Post by Jim Coffman of Joplin, Montana. == So here’s the deal. You know that sexy looking luggage rack I got for the Triumph Tiger? Well, the company that made that work of art was putting on a ride in Death Valley. I called in about the luggage rack ... MORE


An Aussie Rides the Rainforest

Aug 25, 2011 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Back in June, we rode out to the Hoh Rainforest with 80 other riders for a weekend of camping in the mountains, eating the traditional foods of the Skokomish Tribe, and riding some of the most stunning terrain in the world. The opportunity to meet and hang out with the ... MORE


From Dream to Reality

Jun 22, 2011 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Special guest post by Stuart Updegrave. Many of us who ride motorcycles dream of taking some big trip. For most, these dreams get sliced up into weekend rides, maybe a couple weeks here and there, but we have a hard time making the break needed for something bigger. About a month ... MORE


Nirvana, David McKay, and the Olympic Peninsula

May 19, 2011 // Trips on Two Wheels //

When the AltRider team began planning our Ride the Hoh Rainforest weekend, we knew there were a ton of great routes on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. One of the reasons we knew it? David McKay’s GripTwister routes.Since 2003, David has been exploring the Olympic Peninsula, searching for the best logging roads, ... MORE


Tenere Tragics: Testing AltRider parts in the Australian Outback

Mar 23, 2011 // Trips on Two Wheels //

It seems like the last few months have had a theme here at the AltRider office: Yamaha blue. As we developed and prototyped our hard parts for the Super Tenere XT1200Z, it seemed like we were eating and breathing and thinking of nothing but that bike. When we sent it back ... MORE


First Impressions of Riding the Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z

Nov 06, 2010 // Trips on Two Wheels //

A lot of you have been asking us about the new Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z, and for good reason. This new adventure bike is being pitted against BMW’s defining standard, the R 1200 GS, with its on and off road abilities. But what is it actually like to ride? This isn’t an ... MORE

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Taking Time Off to Make a Difference

Sep 10, 2010 // Trips on Two Wheels //

One of the great things about the riding community is how everyone helps one another. You can see it from the popularity of online forums like, to fundraisers like the Conga III: everyone is prepared to lend a hand whenever possible. A great example of this is Peter Lunstrum. A ... MORE


Goons in the Dunes Weekend

Feb 10, 2010 // Trips on Two Wheels //

JeremyWell, Jim Thompson is back at it again…Goons in the Dunes.  I (Jeremy) certainly am lucky to get introduced to great people who share a passion for riding.  This summer, Jim put on an epic 10 day ride in the Cascades called “Ride While You Can: the Dual Sport Adventure.”  ... MORE


Beaches, Bikes, and Babies

Jan 12, 2010 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Starting a business really doesn’t allow you to take months off to go on vacation. So, with several days off for Christmas and New Year’s we took advantage and headed down to sunny Puerto Vallarta to spend the holidays with family from across the country. No vacation that we at ... MORE


Finding New Friends in South Africa

Nov 20, 2009 // Trips on Two Wheels //

JeremyBombing down the South African coastline on an R1200 GS. Tearing up pitted gravel roads in the countryside with a local detective as my guide. Touring fantastic vineyards while drinking in some amazing views and rubbing elbows with diplomats. All highlights from my recent, week-long trip to South Africa.By the ... MORE


"Ride While You Can" Dualsport Adventure 2009

Oct 13, 2009 // Trips on Two Wheels //

Jeremy I knew it was high time to escape from the city and get my riding on when the seasons started changing and I had hardly ridden or enjoyed Seattle’s summer this last year. Really, I used to be proud of my riding and face. Lately, I started to feel like ... MORE


Maiden Voyage on the TW 200

Jun 30, 2009 // Trips on Two Wheels //

On Sunday morning the time finally came for me to show of my newly learned skills (from 6 days before). Yes, despite the voice in my head asking me what the hell I was doing, I ventured on the streets of Seattle on my little new motorcycle... the TW 200. ... MORE

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