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The Practical Wheelie

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At home I have enough space to practice slow maneuvers BUT the only feedback I get is through review of my videos.  I had an invite to go over to Chet’s house to practice and help Brian wrap up the install on (he has acreage, and an accumulation of valuable moto knowledge) to train with… Read more »

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A Year on a Dirtbike

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The Commitment: I SOLD THEM ALL, it took me over 12 months but I did it.  I sold the F800GS, KTM 690, 2 BMW R1200GSA’s and a KTM Super Enduro.  I emptied my garage and decided to simplify my life but I couldn’t go without a motorcycle… The Bike: I needed street legal, light weight and manageable… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Gent Welsh

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Name: Gent Welsh Team: Black River ADV Residence: Yelm, WA Experience:  Growing up in rural eastern Oregon, I’ve been on and around motorcycles from the time I could walk.  I owned a dual sport motorcycle (1985 XL-350R) before I even owned a car.  Other than a couple years living abroad in the United Kingdom, I’ve never… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Sam Hooper

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Name: Sam Hooper Team: Black River ADV Residence: Maple Vally, WA Experience: I have been riding all kinds of street bikes off and on for 25 years, dirt bikes for half as long, team member of a sponsored desert enduro quad  (atv) team, and large adventure bikes for the last 2 years. Bikes: 2013 BMW… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Wiel Penders

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Name: Wiel Penders Team: Black River ADV Residence: Renton, WA Experience: Riding since 1968. Current Bike: 2014 BMW R1200 GSA LC About me: I started doing laps at age 4 on a little 2-stroke in Spa, Belgium and was hooked. Protective gear was a must: Leather helmet, shorts and sandals! Riding motorcycles was in my… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Eric Archambault

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Name: Eric Archambault Team: Black River ADV / Touratech-USA Residence: Seattle, WA Experience: Racing since 2003.  Hare Scrambles, Vintage Motocross, GPs, and a little Desert.  In total a few ‘C’ class podiums in GP and VMX, 2nd place in Adv class at the Stumpjumper Desert 100 in 2014, 8th place in 2015.  Lots of hours of trail-riding… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Alex Patterson

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Name: Alex Patterson Team: Black River ADV Residence: Seattle, WA Experience:  Motorcycles – 6 years     Anything with 2 wheels – 24 years Bike: 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure R About me: The moment I threw a leg over my first bike at age 4, a relationship with 2 wheels was formed and has shaped a big part of… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Iain Glynn

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Name: Iain Glynn Team: Black River ADV Residence: Seattle, WA Experience: I bought a motorcycle at 19 and learned by doing from there. After a few years of riding with friends I took the leap to racing that many people do. My motivation to START racing was the belief that because I could keep up… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Jason Downs

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Name: Jason Downs Team: Black River ADV Residence: Seattle, WA Experience: Been riding since I was 7 when my parents surprised me with a YZ60 for my birthday.  Off and on riding since then so I guess about 28 years in total.  Mix of desert, enduro and GNCC type racing (not much though) and trail riding with friends/family.  Would… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Andrew Salinas

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Name: Andrew Salinas Team: Black River ADV Residence: Renton, WA Experience: Riding 10 years Bike: 2015 KTM 690 Enduro R About me:  I enjoy customizing and building bikes to suit different riding terrains. I have ridden a range of bikes from Super Sports to 600lb Adventure bikes on pristine pavement to overgrown single track. My… Read more »