It could have been called the “Not Quite There” tour. @Tacticalmedic was on a nine-day tour of British Columbia with two friends when he shot our Featured Image just about a week ago. They had hoped to ride into Alaska to see the Salmon Glacier but pandemic rules would have forced them to quarantine on their return to Canada, so they “stopped to take a photo in front of the Bear Glacier instead.”
It’s a terrific picture, so keenly divided into two scenes that you might think a photo of a glacier had been superimposed onto a shot of two guys and three bikes, so for the scenery, the thoughtful composition, the immediacy (only a week ago!) and the locale (Canada, at last!!), and the exclamation marks (4!) this is our Featured Image in ADVrider’s world-famous Photos of the Week.
That’s Tacticalmedic’s 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R, by the way, and it sits alongside the bikes of his friends, a GS and . . . is that a Triumph? Maybe you can tell. Anyway, below, we have a photo of their turnaround point, the place where B.C. becomes Alaska and where the town of Stewart gives way to the town of Hyder, and Canada becomes USA (worse things have happened). If it hadn’t been for Covid, who knows where this adventure might have gone wrong?
From locales around Poland come these images captured by @Szatanica in recent days while riding her 2014 BMW R1200 GS.
July in Poland is so lively, everything is growing and blooming. Plus heavy storms we had lately make the sky look like something of a masterpiece.
Not in Oz anymore
According to @ScottFree, getting a POTW-worthy shot in Kansas requires some doing. And so here, we have Taos Road “which runs up from KS route 4 to ‘Monument Rocks,’ previously known as the ‘Chalk Pyramids,’ not really near much of anthing.”
So Kansas has badlands, and this big ol’ natural bridge, and I have no idea how they got there. Note that in keeping with official POTW standards, there is a motorcycle in the frame in both pictures. In the second (the one with the arch), it’s just being a bit shy.This particular afternoon, the temperature was 100º with 40% humidity, making a heat index of around 110. Moab was more comfortable. I know because I was there three days later. But anybody can take a POTW-worthy shot in Moab . . .
2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan, photographed just a couple of weeks ago.
This shot of heavy weather and hot dirt was taken at the Mogollon Rim in Arizona sometime last year. That’s. 2018 KTM 690 and your weathermeister for today is @cyclenaut.
Back to work
@HellFishTat went back to work in July 2020, when there weren’t many cars on the road and the bars and restaurants were closed in Raleigh, North Carolina, so this spot by the Carter Finley Stadium was a good find for the inmate and his 2007 BMW R1200 RS.
I stopped and grabbed a beer and some chips and parked in the shade to try to feel normal again. In the year since, I have repeated that once a month.
Our good friend @Tjilpi was riding through Laos a few years ago on his Africa Twin when he met up with Paul (below) who was touring the world on his BMC 1200 GS.
We stopped at a hilltop school and treated the students with stickers and an English language lesson. Delightful kids and magnificent views from their school. And Paul, now living in Belgium, has become a life-long friend. Maybe “you meet the nicest people on a Honda” does have some credibility.
Vietnam, 2019, 11 days riding in the north. Bikes are Honda CRF250 and Kawasaki KLR250, and our photographer is @BMBeersy.
Norway or bust!
The photographs below were shot in Lofoten and Vesterålen, Norway, a few months ago by @Lofotlarsen, who was riding a 2017 BMW R1200 GS. And we agree. They make us want to go to Norway.
Remember the . . . what was it again?
It was the Alamo, of course, and it was there on the sixth day of March, 1836, that Davy Crockett, along with a couple of guys named Bowie and Travis and about 100 others who wanted the area currently known as Texas to be American rather than Mexican, were slain by the overwhelming forces of President Gen. Santa Anna. Meanwhile, the guy on the 2004 BMW R1150 GSA is @sandsman, and this photo was taken a few months ago.
And a few years ago . . .
While Australia is locked down, Iceland and a “Circle to Circle” tour in 2019 is remembered by @Peter640, who spends the pandemic days looking over old pictures. “Can’t wait to get back on the bike again and see the world!” That’s a 2014 BMW R1200 GS fording the river.
What was that name again?
Here’s a 2015 Ducati Multistrada S in the Upper Peninsula area of Michigan, photographed at 9:52 a.m. on Aug. 2, 2020, photographed by its rider, @Pissoff.
@Getmcleod and a pal were on a trip from San Francisco to Tecate in California when they stopped to take the photo below in the San Bernardino National Forest. That’s a 2014 BMW F800 GS and a 2020 KTM Adv 790, photographed a few months ago.
@Jahredi says he was “late to the game,” getting his licence only five months ago, but “I’ve got about 6,000 [miles] in, mostly solo.” The shots below, the first of which features a 2020 KTM 790 Adventure, were taken on a forest service road in Gifford-Pinchott National Forest near Mt. St. Helens in Washington state just a few days ago.
Just received my hard copy of the Summer edition mag, and while I may ride alone, I feel like a part of something really fucking cool. Thanks!
Here we have @The Bear (helmet on) and a bloke who has just bought (well, some months ago) this Yamaha Bolt with a bespoke chassis from him as a ride for his wife to enjoy.
The big fella’s wife took the photo on her phone. That’s all I know.
The bike and sidecar were built for a Yamaha Motor Australia competition and won the contest.
The foothills of the Pyrenees are the backdrop for this shot of a 2020 Yamaha Tenere 700 with @Dexter88 at the controls. “Dirt roads forever and mind-blowing twisties to get there.”
@Alpina says the photo below was taken a few years ago of his 2016 Triumph Tiger “on Loveland Pass overlooking the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70 under the Continental Divide.”
And his 1983 BMW R80RT and 2009 Triumph Scrambler (two photos below) were both modified “to go fishing on.” The BMW is at Squaw Pass and the Triumph is above Kitteridge, Colorado.
Valley of the Gods
It was just a few days ago that @Square1 and some pals took their 1984 BMW R80, 2017 Honda Africa Twin, and 2018 Africa Twin Adventure to the famous valley in Utah on a two-week ride around the western United States.
David says the content of the photo below “should speak for itself,” so we will not add anything more, except that the bike is a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D and the photo was taken recently.
According to @Uncle Wally, the two “pack mules” below were engaged on a trip from Prince Edward Island to El Salvador when this photo was taken a few months ago.
Help you with that bag?
The American Tourister suitcase bungeed to the rented BMW R1200 GS below was lost by the airlines when @Spkr and a buddy went on a RawHyde supported trip to see the Dakar Rally.
We spent 3 days in Mendoza waiting for it to arrive. The group left along with the sag wagon carrying extra gear and suitcases. With no other option, we strapped the huge American Tourister luggage to his bike and headed off to chase down our group. The large capacity ‘unipannier’ got us a lot of looks and comments at stops. Was looking through some past trips and came upon this photo and wanted to share.
@RedHawk47 says the cloud formation in Wyoming “on my way home to Colorado from the BMW rally in Great Falls” in June of this year “was so unusual that I had to stop and take a panoramic photo.”
And folks, that’s all for this week. I want to thank you all for reading and urge you to contribute more photos. Also, thanks to those who responded to my plea of last week for more pictures. Youy make POTW a great site for everyone.