DirtDaze Adventure Bike Rally, Lake Luzurne NY, June 7-10 2017

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  1. Greenmtnride

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    DIRTDAZE ADVENTURE BIKE RALLY
    June 7 - 10, 2017 Lake Luzurne, NY (In the Adirondacks)

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    DirtDaze is a dual-sport and adventure bike rally in northern N.Y. Last year, the 150+ attendees seemed to love what we did, so we're doing it again!
    • Demos Onsite = Suzuki, Beta, AJP, Ducati. (Offsite = Honda, BMW and Yamaha)
    • Guided and Self Guided Rides in the Adirondacks and Vermont
    • 4 Huge Obstacle Courses, Onsite Camping and Good Food, Guest Speakers from around the Globe.
    • World Class Rider Training by Jimmy Lewis Off Road Riding School, and lots of guest speakers from around the globe.
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    Here's the long description: The DirtDAZE Adventure Bike Rally is a fun, adventurous and educational multi-day festival for dual-sport and adventure motorcycles. It is held on private property with nearby dirt roads through the Adirondacks in New York and the Green Mountains in Vermont.

    The event offers on-site demos and vendors (including companies like Twisted Throttle, Klim, etc), world class rider training, dual sport rides to far off destinations with lunch, fun night time activities, riding games, and contests.

    Our guided rides include a lead and sweep, and travel mostly on carefully created routes on dirt roads, paved roads and some single track. All hero sections are optional, and have easier bypasses around them. All guided rides include lunch. Self Guided Rides (route sheets or GPX files) are y.o.y.o., and offer long and short rides in the area.

    We'll have a handful of big, adv bike-friendly obstacle courses, with easy and hard routes.

    Camping is offered on a big grassy field, with no hook ups, but great showers.

    Good food is served onsite, under a roof, with seats and even indoor plumbing!

    The event is a brainchild of the motorcycle event organizers who began their addiction to bikes on dirt, on trails, tracks, and ice as young foolish men. Now, they are older, still riding on the dirt and still foolish.

    DirtDaze is also fortunate to receive input, advice and the occasional nutty idea from an excellent team of advisers including:

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  3. PackinDirt

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    Does anyone know if there are any spots left in the Jimmy Lewis classes?
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  4. Copracer288

    Copracer288 How hard can it be?

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    I got a "prep" email from DirtDaze on Wednesday that said there were some slots left.
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  5. Racer111v

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    This was a great event !!!!!!
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  6. Aahzimandias

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    Great event, but the guided ride leaders were sloppy. A rider crashed and died, and no one noticed he was gone until his family started calling.. Pretty chilling.
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    Wow. The guided ride I went on Friday was very organized. We got spread out a few times, but the sweep rider always did his job.
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    I'm sure it varied, but I know there weren't really head counts to make sure everyone made it back to camp.
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    I went on two guided rides and both were organized. Leaders and sweeps made sure everyone was accounted for. Having said that, there was opportunity for folks to return on their own if they wanted, but they were instructed to make sure the guides knew they were splitting off from the pack so they would know proper headcount.
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  10. PackinDirt

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    As a sweep rider for one of the guided rides on Friday, we did get spread out at times but always did a head count at each stop. It was only at the end of the day when we were slabbing it back to camp that I allowed two riders, one on a Ural and another on a Royal Enfield, to lag behind me to return at their own pace.

    On the matter of the missing rider, he was a volunteer at Americade (held concurrently with Dirt Daze in Lake George) who went out for a ride by himself and had an unfortunate accident that led to his death. There are lots of news stories about this incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time.

    I will take this opportunity to stress safety anytime we take to the roads especially when going out on seldom used back roads. Always take a buddy or two into the woods and consider a GPS tracker or PLB (personal locator beacon). Spot, InReach, etc.

    On a positive note, we had a great rally with attendance way up from last year and I hope to see everyone next year.
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    I read the news reports about this rider. It is a very sad thing to have happen. It is something that is on my mind all the time when I ride alone. I rode alone to this event, but spent both days that I attended riding with others that I met at this event. And my thanks again to the people that organized and help make this event happen. :wave
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    Yes, very sad news about that rider. Last year I invested in an Inreach tracker/sat com for riding solo off-grid.

    This sounds like the Adirondack Adventure tour that Dave and Bill lead - I did the ride on Thursday and thought those guys did an excellent job. This was no nanny ride, they ran a spirited pace that spread the group group out, but they waited and counted at appropriate intervals... no one would have been left behind.

    Dave said he didn't run the second hero section on Friday though... it was tough on Thursday and he dropped his bike enough (although just mud) - made for good stories back at the bar though.
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    Yep, that's the one. I was determined not to get left behind by a 75 year old geriatric on a KLR (Bill Dutcher). Man, can he ride! I was sort of looking forward to the 2nd hero section as the XR650 felt a little underutilized on that ride. But it's perfect for anyone on a big bike who's not used to riding off-road. We had two Urals and a Royal Enfield in our group and they handled it just fine.
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    Got my Americade Times (Brochure for 2018) and what do you know, here's Wild Bill with me in tow - only idiot in my group willing to keep his pace. :loco

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