COLTON UDALL ENTERS BAJA RALLY 2018

ENSENADA BAJA CA MEXICO-Bajarallymoto.com and Upshift Online announced today that former Honda pilot and multi-time SCORE Motorcycle Champion Colton Udall has entered to compete in the upcoming BAJA RALLY Presented by Rally Comp this October 8-13. This will be Udall’s first entry in a professional rally raid competition but he is no stranger to road book navigation, or to the podium in Baja CA. UpShift Online endorsed Udall’s entry to BAJA RALLY 2018 by selecting him from a small handful of candidates and sending a small team of journalists to cover the event and highlighting Udall’s rally debut.

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KTM ADVENTURE RALLY RIDERS OFFERED THE KTM ULTIMATE RACE OPPORTUNITY AT THE UPCOMING 15TH ANNUAL ADVENTURE RIDER RALLY IN PARK CITY

KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce that qualified registrants of the upcoming 15th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally will have the unique opportunity to vie for two spots to compete in The KTM Ultimate Race during its three-day U.S. Rider Rally on September 14-16, 2018 in Park City, Utah. KTM recently announced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Adventure Rally Riders to qualify for The KTM Ultimate Race at the 2019 KTM Merzouga Rally, held in Morocco from March 31 – April 5. The top two qualifiers from participating KTM Adventure Rider Rallies across the world will earn a fully-supported ride on the all-new KTM 790 ADVENTURE R to be a part of the epic five-day Merzouga Rally in 2019...

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66° NORTH - UPSHIFT ONLINE EXPLORES THE ICELANDIC WILDS

Sitting in the waiting area at the airport heading back to LAX, I was already planning a return trip to Iceland next spring. My UK friend, Chris Modell, and I met five days earlier at the baggage claim at Keflavik International Airport outside the capital city of Reykjavik. A few months prior we had connected with Gunnlauger “Gulli” Karlsson on Facebook and arranged a visit to ride dual-sports on this island known for its lava fields, volcanic mountains, and glaciers. Gulli is an ex-moto racer...

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CROSSING THE CONGO

The adventure of our lifetime started with a simple premise: “Let’s go for a ride south!” At the time Jon and I were architects based in Romania. Going south meant unplugging from our career and switching continents to travel into Africa. So we strapped our essentials on a Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré and left. The serendipity of specifics would unfold along the way...

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FLOCK TO THE ROCK: INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING WOMEN RIDERS

With Spring on the doorstep, Global Moto Adventures is celebrating women adventure riders with a female-centric motorcycle event, Flock to the Rock. Flock to the Rock is all about inspiring women adventure riders to go further, both literally and figuratively: exploring roads less ridden, overcoming fears and challenges, and supporting each other as a community.“FTTR was born from my everyday experience in speaking with women who ride - I really wanted to share the excitement that I feel every time I hear somebody share their story about riding, the first time they rode, their first epic adventure, and so on. I thought, what a perfect opportunity to inspire a group of women who ride!”, - says Ruth Belcher, owner of Global Moto Adventures...

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DESTINATION COSTA RICA - FREEDOM TO RIDE

Famous destination among American tourists, Costa Rica made its reputation around the kindness of its inhabitants, its safety and of course the eye dropping landscapes. More riders from all around the world are coming here to enjoy the endless ride, with no restriction on technical trails in the middle of the humid jungle! If you ever wanted to experience the total freedom of riding, this is the place to go!

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HIGH DESERT ADVENTURES: OREGON WILD WEST DESERT TOUR

Avid dual sport and adventure riders almost unanimously claim Baja California and Colorado as the top choices on a short list of first-class destinations. Vast desert terrain and jagged mountains, along with their lavish views, firmly plant these areas as vacation worthy to hard working explorers. But, what about Oregon? Even the well-traveled nary mention the ninth largest state as a premier destination...

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MOJAVE PRESERVE: ADVENTURE RIDE WITH SCOT HARDEN

Over the years I’ve developed a strong affection for the portion of the California desert now referred to as the Mojave National Preserve; an almost spiritual connection to being in its domain. I can’t explain it or point to a specific cause, all I know is I just love being there. My first visit to this corner of the desert was in the spring of 1973 (long before it was a National Park) while on an exploration ride with riding buddies Casey Folks, Jack Johnson and Max Switzer. Back then whenever there was a break in the racing calendar, we would go on day rides south out of Las Vegas into this remote and relatively unknown area. At 17, these rides were my first introduction to long-distance “adventure” riding. A typical ride usually lasted from dawn to dusk and covered well over 250 miles.  Since we all rode Husky two-strokes back then we would carry 2-cycle oil to mix with gas (where we could find it in various small towns and outposts along the way). Even that was an adventure, as sometimes fuel was in short supply or unavailable all together.  Which reminds me of the time we had to “borrow” fuel from an unattended BLM service truck, but I digress. Suffice it to say, my love affair with the mysteries of the Mojave began long ago and over the years I have returned to the Preserve to recharge the batteries, replenish the soul and to share it with friends... 

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AMSTERDAM TO ANYWHERE: PART ONE

Quitting your job, renting out the house and leaving for a 3-year motorcycle trip around the world: you can probably think of plenty of reasons why it’s impossible for you to do this. We could too. We had good jobs, a nice apartment and thought about having a family. At the same time we shared a feeling of curiosity and a desire to explore the world. Each pro-con list we made had a long list of ‘cons’ but also the words: Now or never! We feared to regret the decision to stay at home and so it happened that day in December 2013 when we got on our motorbikes, waved our family and friends goodbye and left. First destination: Africa!

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ASPROMONTE ITALY: THE ROUGH MOUNTAIN

The foreign tourist imagery about Italy is captured by pictures of the Coliseum, postcards of Michelangelo’s David and Milano Fashion week. Tuscany countryside rules when you talk about landscape; so clean and orderly to look like it was designed by a landscape architect. But the South of Nation offers stronger emotions and, if you decide to ride in it, you’ll feel the same sensations as if you were traveling very far from Europe. For a long time Calabria, the foot of this boot-shaped peninsula, remained isolated from the rest of Italy because of political and historical reasons. Notably, the southernmost tip maintained its wild and unexplored character until now. Its name is Aspromonte, which translated sounds like “ The Rough Mountain.”...

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SCOT HARDEN'S TOP 10 DESERT MOTORCYCLE RACERS OF ALL TIME

I recently came across a couple of lists for the “Top 10 Desert Racers of All Time” and naturally they caught my attention. Like everyone else I read the lists and found areas of agreement and disagreement. Picking a Top 10 isn’t an easy thing to do because there is always going to be room for debate. It’s hard to compare riders from different eras, the overall level competition faced and each rider’s impact on the sport. When someone says “best desert racer of all time” it means something very special to me...

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SOMEWHERE ELSE TOMORROW - STARRING DANIEL RINTZ - LAUNCHES ON DREAM RACER TV

Film offerings on Dream Racer TV continue to expand from the 7x Award Winning Dakar Rally Film - Dream Racer - and now include films produced by National Geographic and other talented film producers. The latest feature film added include Somewhere Else Tomorrow by Daniel Rintz. The story of Daniel Rintz captured in Somewhere Else Tomorrow is the story any world travelers wish for, to be able to travel the world 'NOW' without the burden of waiting until enough money...

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MOTONATION'S BILL BERROTH – SIERRA & SURF
BAJA MEXICO

Upshift’s Simon Cudby recently rode to Baja Mexico for the 1 event to launch their full line of products including: Sidi Boots, Vemar Helmets, Forcefield Body Armour and AGV Sport Adventure Gear. Simon sat down with Motonation founder Bill Berroth to talk shop and Ride Baja....

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TÉNÉRÉ TRAGICS 2017 - TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Weekends away riding with your buddies are some of the most precious moments in your life (I did say “some”) and the memory creations will be looked back upon every time you catch up throughout your future. So imagine if you were a self-diagnosed social outcast within the motorcycle community because your fuel tank is twice the size of most or even better, three times the size of some! I guess that’s what most adventure riders feel until they are surrounded with like-minded, oversized fuel tank owners...

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KLIM PRESENTS: THE ULTIMATE ECUADOR ADVENTURE

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that my first interest in adventure bikes came from watching Charley and Ewan trek around the world in The Long Way Round and The Long Way Down. It was hard not to be inspired after seeing them experience the terrain and culture of far-off lands from the seat of an adventure bike. The films helped make sense out of big, clunky, dual sport bikes like the GS, and really put these bikes into perspective. Fast forward more than a decade, and I now own an adventure bike of my own that I regularly use...

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UPSHIFT STORIES: SCOT HARDEN

Upshift recently got to ride with off-road legend Scot Harden. We sat down over dinner after a long day on the trail to ask Scot about bikes, racing,
and rally. 

Upshift: How do you see the state of play with the current bikes?

Scot Harden: Well, we were talking about some of the new rally bikes that are coming on the market and how some of them seem to be a little bit strange in terms of just their execution. Everything in this rally thing and in this movement towards small-displacement rally bikes...

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TREK - UNDER HIMALAYAN SKIES

It was less than a year ago that my dad called me with a plan: Kashmir. India. Motorcycles. Mountains. Going to the other side of the world to cut loose in a self-funded motorcycle trek. Neither of us had hardly left our country before, let alone our hemisphere, so the prospect was not in the least casual. What could have driven him to this idea? Was this the stereotypical yearnings of a man whose children are no longer children, at various stages of leaving or having left the nest? One would be forgiven for thinking so, but no...

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JEREMY MCGRATH - KAWASAKI KX450
DESERT PROJECT BIKE

Upshift: Jeremy McGrath, 7-time Supercross Champion, all the stadiums, all the lights, all the fans, and we’re out here in the desert by ourselves, why is that?!  McGrath: Ha ha, because we love motorcycles! Yeah, it’s cool with the fans, with the jumps, and the supercross and all the excitement, but the reason I did that is that I love to ride bikes. We are out here with some friends enjoying some of this wet California dirt that we don’t get very often...

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NEPAL - THE UNKNOWN ADVENTURE

We’re 12,000 feet above sea level. The road to the top of the mountain pass has been swallowed by a glacial waterfall. The rocks glisten in the mid-day sun, water lapping and flowing over the sheer cliff to the valley floor below. I attack it with every ounce of skill I’ve got, feet dancing on the pegs and beads of sweat forming on my head. The oxygen starved air has robbed me and the banana yellow XR250 of the little horsepower we started with. I manage to smash my way across the rocks with good speed and a small degree of finesse...

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UK > USA: AN ENGLISHMAN IN UTAH

Ignorance and a lack of knowledge is a brilliant way to travel. The less you know, the more amazed you’ll be. Traveling without prior investigation brings its problems, but the heightened explosion of awe is worth every hurdle that needs to be clambered over. You’ll miss things, but the sights you see, the smells you absorb and the trails you ride will be exponentially more immense. The intensity of riding into Zion National Park without knowing there was even a cliff in the area is enough to drive a man crazy upon the return to civilization....

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SECOND ANNUAL WOMAN-LED ADVWOMAN RALLY DATES ANNOUNCED

Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates Announced for July 20-23, 2017, at Flying Heels Rodeo Arena in Granby, Colorado Dates are announced for the second annual adventure rally organized for women and families. To be held July 20-23, 2017, in Granby, Colorado, the event will include a variety of self-guided rides, Geocache scavenger hunt, classroom training sessions as well as on-range adventure...

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THE BACKCOUNTRY DISCOVERY ROUTES PARTNERS WITH HONDA AND TRAVELNEVADA TO RELEASE THE NEVADA BDR PROJECT

Adventure riding is one of the fastest growing classes of motorcycling for good reason. Adventure bikes are some of the most versatile and capable motorcycles you can buy. They are comfortable enough to conquer hundreds of miles of interstate without a whimper, and they are rugged enough to climb the highest mountain passes. The AMA National Adventure Riding Series offers the best routes, roads and two-track trail...

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ADV NEWS: AMA NATIONAL ADVENTURE RIDING SERIES SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Adventure riding is one of the fastest growing classes of motorcycling for good reason. Adventure bikes are some of the most versatile and capable motorcycles you can buy. They are comfortable enough to conquer hundreds of miles of interstate without a whimper, and they are rugged enough to climb the highest mountain passes. The AMA National Adventure Riding Series offers the best routes, roads and two-track trail...

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BEHIND THE LENS - MOROCCO

Seeking an epic location for photos and video production to highlight the 2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R and 1290 Super Adventure R, KTM traveled to Morocco. Located in North Africa, for those with an interest in geography, Morocco offers the beauty of the ocean as well as some of the most desolate deserts. Morocco also used to be the home of the Dakar Rally, before it moved to South America. The logistics of a big photo and video shoot in a third world country demands a lot of planning, with a sprinkle of luck. Leaning on knowledgeable locals as drivers helped get us through police stops and line up edible food. The production crew handled all the logistics, locations and bike needs...

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TOLGA BASOL - WORLD TRAVELER

Upshift magazine recently reached out through Social Media and asked followers to submit their adventure stories. Among the submissions one stuck out the most: Tolga Basol is known on Instagram as “Ride Must Go On” for his travels around the globe on his KTM 1190 Adventure R. Tolga will be on a new journey in 2017 and Upshift will be publishing his travels through social media and in a Monthly journal on Upshift Online Magazine. For those of you not familiar with his story we asked Tolga to explain why he decided to stop everything and venture around the world…

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TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS

The KTM dealer rolled out the gleaming white KTM 1290 Adventure on a clear crisp sunny morning in Cologne, Germany. I knew this ride was going to be one to remember. Just one day earlier I had been walking the halls of the giant Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, and saw the unveiling of the new 2017 1290 Adventure R, 1290 Adventure T and the all new 1090 Adventure R. KTM’s uber cool media guy Rik van Gerwin had planned our route south. On the first day it would be about 600km of fast German Autobahn, then on day two into the Austrian Alps…

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GIVI EXPLORER ANDES TOUR COLOMBIA 2016

The South American Country was the stage of the 2016 GIVI Explorer Andes Tour, a 1450 Km itinerary in the Cauca Valley, a unique area where the Andes mountains split three ways to create a true motorcycle riding heaven. The group that gathered in Cali year was composed by 24 motorcycles plus two assistance trucks, with riders coming from every corner of the globe, typical for any GIVI Explorer Adventure: Italy, Spain, Slovakia, USA, England, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and, of course, Colombia!...

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UPSHIFT DESTINATION: IDAHO BACKCOUNTRY

When Stephen Clark at Klim asked Upshift's Simon Cudby to come up to ride the Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route for 4 days and try their new Krios helmet and a new unreleased jacket and pant kit, he was immediately on-board. he didn’t know much about Idaho, so a quick check on Google filled him in on the key info: “Idaho is a northwestern U.S. state known for its mountainous landscapes and vast swaths of protected wilderness and outdoor recreation areas.” So, not just potatoes- sounded brilliant...

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MONUMENT VALLEY UTAH WITH BOB “HURRICANE” HANNAH

When Upshift was asked if we wanted to join multi-time MX champion Bob Hannah on a ride through Utah, we jumped at the opportunity. We started the five day trip in the appropriately named Hurricane, Utah, and headed east to Monument Valley, then made a turn north to the adventure capital town of Moab, Utah. What followed was several days of amazing riding through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and the White Rim Trail...

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DUCATI GLOBETROTTER 90° - THE TORCH TRAVELS FROM JAPAN TO THE USA

Globetrotter 90° achieves its next target: Belgian rider Jessica Leyne, the only woman to take on this trip around the world on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro, has now concluded stage three. Having arrived in San Francisco, she has handed the torch to the next Globetrotter, Eduardo Generali. With four stages still to run, the Globetrotter 90° adventure aims to cover a total distance of 30,000 km. This round-the-world trip is a real homage to Ducati and its first 90 years, and one that only 7 riders...

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UPSHIFT CONTRIBUTOR TIM BURKE TAKES AN EPIC RIDE FROM SEATTLE TO ALBERTA CANADA AND BACK

We’re thinking about riding up into Canada and…” I interrupted immediately and said, “I’m in.” It didn’t take much to talk me into returning to Canada to ride the back roads of British Columbia and Alberta. I had been there a couple times before and the beauty blows my mind – every single time. I’d be going with my friends Sam Hooper and Gent Welsh. Sam is a Sheriff’s Deputy in Washington and Gent is Active Duty in the Military. They are both highly experienced riders who have years of adventure motorcycling...

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CARL REESE AND SEBASTIAN MONTERO SET MOTORCYCLE RECORD IN ECUADOR

Professional endurance driver Carl Reese of Santa Clarita, California and Sebastián Montero of Quito, Ecuador set a new world record for riding on motorcycles from the closest point on Earth to the sun to an elevation at sea-level in a single day. After President of Ecuador Rafael Correa and Minister of the Interior of Ecuador José Serrano tweeted about Reese’s eighth world record attempt, the posts became the top tweets in South America. Reese and Montero reached a gain/loss in elevation of 56,678 feet during their endeavor...

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ANDREW SHORT - THE PATH AHEAD

Andrew Short has been a staple of the premier motocross and supercross series since entering his first pro race in 2000. Seemingly always smiling, the approachable fan favorite competed in his last season in 2016, capping a long and lauded career still finishing races in the top ten.

Andrew sat down with long time trainer, friend and fellow ADV addict Coach Seiji to discuss his connection to our beloved activity....

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CASEY STONER, SPECIAL GUEST AT THE DRE ENDURO

NIPOZZANO (Florence, Italy) – After appreciating the characteristics of the Multistrada 1200 Enduro on the hillsides around Bologna, Casey Stoner decided to take part in the DRE Enduro in order to findout more about the new off-road riding school organised by Ducati. Following the 2016 World Ducati Week and its mass of fans (81,000 attendees from all over the world) he allowed himself a couple of days of enjoyment and relaxation with his family at Castello di Nipozzano, not far from Florence...

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