American Motorcyclist April 2018

Go Ride: KTM AMA National Adventure Riding Series

Adventure Across America…

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Adventure riding is about exploring the unknown, and challenging yourself in the process. It’s arguably the fastest-growing segment of street (and sometimes dirt) riding.

The KTM AMA National Adventure Riding Series, presented by Kenda Tires, is the easiest way to get involved, with 20 stops from the East Coast to the West Coast.

All bikes are welcome to participate (limited only by the skill of the rider), but KTM continues to support the series. Of course, the Austrian company offers a full line-up of adventure class bikes, including the 1090 Adventure R and the 1290 Super Adventure R.

“We saw fantastic growth in the series in 2017,” said KTM Ride Orange Manager Mark Hyde. “Our staff had a great time meeting the riders at many of the national adventure rides this year and we have expanded our staff to support even more events next year.”

It all kicks off on April 14-15 in Bybee, Tenn., at the Slate Creek Adventure Ride, hosted by the Appalachian Trail Riders.

In addition to KTM and Kenda Tires, the series is sponsored by ADVmoto, IMS Products and Seat Concepts.

…And Maybe Win Stuff

Participants in the series have an opportunity to win one of several prizes, including the grand prize, a full-expense-paid trip to the 2019 KTM East Coast Adventure Rally.

Additional prizes include a seat from Seat Concepts and IMS adventure footpegs. And AMA members also get a 20 percent discount off a subscription to ADVmoto Magazine.

The winner of the 2017 grand prize—a trip to this year’s KTM East Coast Adventure Rider Rally on May 19-20 in Snow Shoe, W.Va.—was Spurgeon Dunbar of Fogelsville, Pa. The rally is hosted by Pine Barrens Adventures LLC, and KTM will provide additional support.

In addition to getting the full factory treatment from KTM, Dunbar will hang out with eight-time AMA National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty and the rest of the KTM staff.

“From the multiple events that I attended throughout 2017, it was amazing to see the level of dedication and support that KTM is delivering to really try to grow a sport that we all love,” Dunbar said.

Dunbar added that he hoped to use the opportunity to expose someone else to adventure riding.

“I plan on working with KTM to bring along a friend who has never ridden an adventure bike before, in an effort to introduce someone new to the world of adventure riding,” Dunbar said.

Other 2017 winners included Joseph Alderson of Houston, Texas, who won a Seat Concepts seat.

Jeff Giannobile of Jamestown, Ohio, and Yossi Butbul of Cherry Hill, N.J., each won a pair of Sidi boots.

The 2018 series schedule and detailed information about the events can be found at

2018 KTM AMA National Adventure Riding Series Schedule

April 14–15: Slate Creek Adventure Ride: Appalachian Trail Riders – Bybee, Tenn.

April 21–22: Perry Mountain Tour Run Adventure Rally: Perry Mountain Motorcycle Club – Stanton, Ala.

May 5–6: Yosemite Adventure Tour: Family Off–Road Adventures – Buck Meadows, Calif.

KTM East Coast Adventure Rider Rally: May 18–20: Snow Shoe Mountain 500: Pine Barrens Adventures LLC – Snow Shoe, W.Va.

June 2–3: Show Me 500 National Adventure Ride: Midwest Trail Riders Association – Bixby, Mo.

June 2–3: Durty Dabbers Great Adventure Dual Sport: Durty Dabbers – Lock Haven, Pa.

June 9–10: Ride for Research: Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders – Wabeno, Wis.

June 22–24: Big Bear Run: Big Bear Trail Riders – Big Bear, Calif.

June 23–24: PA Grand Canyon 500: Pine Barrens Adventures LLC – Gaines, Pa.

June 23–24: Ozark 200: Arkansas Dirt Riders, Inc. – New Blaine, Ark.

July 21–22: Copperhead National Adventure Ride: Hocking Valley Motorcycle Club – Logan, Ohio

August 10–12: Enchanted Circle Adventure Rally: RPI LLC – Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

September 1–3: Wild West Tour: High Desert Adventures – Prineville, Ore.

September 8–9: Blue Ridge Adventure Ride: Appalachian Trail Riders – Pineola, N.C.

September 22–23: Big Woods 200: Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders – Wabeno, Wis.

September 29–30: Renfro Valley Adventure Ride: Appalachian Trail Riders – Mt. Vernon, Ky.

October 13–14: Buffaloe 500 National Adventure Ride: Stoney Lonesome Motorcycle Club – Columbus, Ind.

October 20–21: Howlin’ at the Moon: Arizona Trail Riders – Prescott Valley, Ariz.

October 26–28: Pine Barrens 500: Pine Barrens Adventures LLC – Hammonton, N.J.

November 23–24: L.A. – Barstow to Vegas: District 37 Dual Sport – Palmdale, Calif.

Be sure to follow the series’ official Facebook page at
Post your photos from the events on social media using #AMAadv.