Not just jeeps: 2022 Overland Expo expands ADV Riding Spotlight

“Overlanding” usually evokes visions of covered 4x4s driven by tough guys or $ 250,000 diesel sprinters loaded with a group of hip young glampers, both following a GPS trail to some secret spot over a dune ocean or some other roadless wasteland they read about on a website while killing time at work.

But we all know the truth: Before we get really far away from anyone and everyone in a military-specific terrain crusher or some advanced, top-heavy supervan that cost more than many family homes was a thing, fearless motorcyclists explored the planet’s remote parts of the planet with a tight budget and get to places like no roaring four-wheel drive diesel ever could hope to discover. Ewan and Charlie may be the latest ADV heroes, but decades before the long haul around the world, fearless riders like Ted Simon and Elspeth Beard inspired thousands of motorcyclists to rethink their bikes, pack up and embark on minimalist adventures that lasted for months. or even years. Oh, your Sprinter has Starlink but it’s not fast enough to stream Netflix? Wow, now it’s hard.

Apart from high mechanical horses, overland or exploring the world with any off-road vehicle is still fun, no matter how many wheels are involved, and every year the Overland Expo sets up in several states to spread the joy. This year there are four stops and an even greater emphasis on adventure motorcycles and ADV riding. And in addition to the usual distribution of new bikes and the latest kit, Overland Expo focuses more than ever on advanced driver training, new driver training and skills such as roadside repairs, packing strategy, bike control and some good clean (maybe) rallying fun with slow races, a riding limbo competition and riding skills competitions.

Want more? There is much more, including the Motorcycle Expedition Skills Area (MESA), with instructions from Bill Dragoo from Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (DART). Topics will include picking up your heavily overloaded ADV bike after a rollover on the slope, tire repair in the field, what tools to pack and how to lighten the load with some minimalist packing tips. In addition, there are some stories to tell from couples on long-distance ADV adventures, a challenging technical course to test your skills and a fundraiser for GoRUFFLY and Girl Up, a worthy cause supported by an inspiring, unusual and ongoing ADV journey.

Of course, we all love to check out the latest equipment and bikes, and there will be no shortage of OX this year. Honda, Triumph, BMW, Specialized Bikes, Mosko Moto, Green Chile and newcomers like UBCO, Volcon and Kraken Adventure Bikes will show off their latest two-wheelers and gear. And just like last year, there will be a new and very tricky Ultimate Overland Motorcycle build, which included a Honda Africa Twin last year. It was eventually sold for $ 20,000 on BaT – a total bargain and all that money went to a good cause. This year? It has not been announced yet, but recently received some insider information about not only which bike is being built, but we will also ride it in the Rocky Mountains in August for a full ride report. Trust us, it will be great fun.

Bring the kids too, as First Steps to Two Wheel Adventure helps small fry to train on the basics of riding their own bikes / e-bikes or small motorcycles. Not a rider yet but want to be? The Motorcycle Industry Council will conduct the Ride With Us Moto Intro course for ADV curious people. And this is all beyond the huge four-wheeled (and beyond) part of the show, because who does not sometimes dream of camping out in blissful comfort by the epic view of a Winnebago Revel? Admit it already.

Overland Expo kicks off live on May 20 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Motocamping at the event starts at $ 165 for the weekend, with VIP and “Experience” options over it. Day pass (no camping) is $ 20, children 14 and under are free. After Flagstaff, the show rolls into the Bend / Redmond High Desert area of ​​Oregon on July 8-10, then moves to Loveland, Colorado August 26-28, and ends in Arrington, Virginia, October 7-9.

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