For the ninth edition of ADVRider’s Photos of the Week 2021, our Featured Image reminds us that Adventure has no boundaries. The shot was taken, @ibebp says, after he and his brother Kevin met up in Moab, Utah, “for several days of riding” in April.
After hitting Onion Creek, Potash Road and the Shafer switchbacks we ran the La Sal Loop. This picture was taken at 8300 feet at the summit turn out on the La Sal Loop.
The image presents us with a 2017 Yamaha Super Ténéré and a 2016 Honda Africa Twin parked in front of an expansive and rugged landscape, that wind-scraped vertical landform peculiar to Utah—and then in the far beyond, a range of mountains . . . which prompts us, of course, to wonder what lies beyond the beyond. But that’s the question that beats in the heart of adventure riding, isn’t it?
It was a warm early April afternoon when @250 took his 2009 Triumph Scrambler (below) into California’s Sierra Nevada foothills.
Climbing away from the Mokelumne River towards Jackson, one enjoys hills covered in poppies.
Did you say Triumph?
That’s a newer Triumph in the pic below, a 2020 Scrambler 1200 that @Numbercruncher had taken for a ride in Washington state to put on some break-in miles just about one year ago.
The ride up to Metaline Falls is an easy 190-mile out-and-back run from Spokane, or you can loop through Colville, Washington, and make it a 220-mile loop. Much of the Kevin Costner movie The Postman was filmed here. This fantastic town is just about twenty miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. If you like checking out totally unique small towns, this is one of the best I have come across. Nearby is Boundary Project Dam with free camping, a boat launch and nice picnic area.
Below, a view of the starboard side of Numbercruncher’s Triumph Scrambler. That bike looks happy!
And a shot of the man himself—who looks pretty happy, too. Wouldn’t you, with a beautiful May day in northern Washington state and a new Triumph to break in?
Land of the big sky
A little farther south but not much farther west, a fine April day in California has tempted @fbgomerguard to get the wheels a-rollin’ on his 2017 Kawasaki Versys 300 in Carizo Plain. Plenty of room out there for a fella to stretch his Versys’s legs.
A bit farther back in the calendar and higher in on the elevation map, fbgomerguard had his 2014 Honda CRF250L out in Los Padres National Forest, overlooking the coast at Big Sur.
A leafy playground
It was the fall of 2020 when fine weather tempted @jerrybo out on his 2012 Suzuki DRZ-400S to catch this colorfully calming scene near the end of the New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route just south of Antonito, Colorado.
In October 2020 @Mike was out for a ride on a 2014 KTM 690 Enduro, and the Slickrock Practice Loop in Moab, Utah, called to him. “First time with this bike in Moab.” Probably not the last, though.
Gotta love a 990
He sold his first KTM 990 about five years ago, but “it had taken me all over central Asia as well as Morocco and western Sahara” and he regretted its absence. So when this 2013 Adventure R rolled across his path, @Hareti didn’t think twice about it—and now “it’s a keeper.”
Taken on the local trails in West Yorkshire earlier this year. Snuck out for a couple of hours on a nice day during lock down.
Some salt with that?
The salt flats in Bolivia were “mainly hard and crusty,” says @Ausman, but “had occasional soft spots that ate motorcycles.” It was a three-week trip in South America a few years ago, and he says the BMW650 GS was a rental. The rider was “Steve from Puerto Rico.”
Showdown at Black Rock
The shot below was taken more than three years ago on the Black Rock Desert playa—alkali flats—in northwestern Nevada’s portion of the Great Basin. It looks big and flat, and in fact it’s bigger and flatter than most other objects on this planet. The bike is a 2010 BMW GS Adventure and the photo was taken by @boney with a point-and-shoot Fuji, proving that it really is the singer, not the camera.
We were riding out of California into Nevada along the Applegate Trail and had passed down through High Rock Canyon the previous day and continued “cross country” to Black Rock Spring and on to Rabbit Hole Spring and the Emigrant Trail.
“Look honey, an R1200!”
Everyone, says @Blackshirt, stops to gawk at the buffalo in Yellowstone, which gives a dude on a 2016 BMW R1200 RS a perfect opportunity to get them behind him. This photo was taken last July on Chief Joseph Highway in Wyoming after crossing the northern road (we’re guessing that means US 212) in that fabulous, world-famous national park “with little or no traffic” to get in his way.
Meanwhile, in Colorado
An avalanche in the winter of 2018 dumped so much snow near Lake City, Colorado, that this was still there in the late summer of 2019, says @Burned it, who rode there on an “old” Yamaha WR250. Lake City, by the way, is a town, not a city, and it’s the only town in Hinsdale County, Colorado. As such, you won’t find a Walmart there, or a building over two stories tall, or, and this is really special, light pollution. The town is more than a mile high, and that brings all those stars you can see more than a mile closer. Not that you can tell.
@GlobalRiderTrev gets a bit loose on that BMW 1200 GS. The Iowa B-road is a little unstable, perhaps a result of recent rains. But where’s he going? Maybe he’s looking for those May flowers that are supposed to be just around the corner from April’s showers.
Nope. Nothing’s coming up roses here. @Orangecicle, who took these pictures, says GlobalriderTrev couldn’t get enough traction after that water crossing to get up the hill, “so various riders went back to pull him up the incline.” This shot was taken southwest of Winterset, Iowa.
And, below, wrong tires, wrong road. “I didn’t get the rider’s name,” says Orangecicle. “He was on a fairly new GS and was riding with street tires where he should not have been on a B-road east of St. Charles, Iowa.” All three pictures were taken by Orangecicle a few weeks ago.
Death Valley Days
Below, the 2009 Kawasaki KLR650 at the Trona Pinnacles near Death Valley in California. The shot was taken by @RoadBound back in 2009. The pinnacles are made primarily of tofu, and—er, wait, no, it’s tufa, which is calcium carbonate, much harder to digest. They were once under water.
Back to the present
Here we have a 2019 Husqvarna Svartpilen 701 in the north Georgia mountains near Ellijay, shot taken by @Red Sand on Sunday, April 18, when the air was a perfect-all-around 70°.
@Tjilpi @ the seaside
That’s right: he’s back, and we cannot thank Tjilpi enough for the photos. This one was taken several months ago after he had ridden inland in Morocco for a while and “I developed the urge to see the sea, so headed to the Larache area where the seafood was excellent.” See the 2019 SWM 650 Adventure by the seashore.
During the first week of a three-week tour of Morocco, he paused (below) between Marrakesh and coastal Essaouira where he caught a “delightful” whiff of Atlantic sea air in November 2019.
And, below, his 2017 Honda Rebel, which Tjilpi photographed some months ago while excursioning through the northern Thailand mountains. Here, he’s staying at Chiang Dao before continuing on for “some excellent riding.”
Work to ride
And ride to work. That’s @Utzy‘s daily ride below, a 2008 Triumph Tiger 1050, as he travels the Mapleton to Montville road in Australia’s Sunshine Coast Hinterland on his way to work. Shot taken a few months ago.
Morning rain, morning ride
Below, a fine shot of the 2011 BMW 1200 GS Adventure ridden by @Gas Guy as he traverses a “solitudinous stretch of single-track” through Michigan’s Manistee National Forest “in an early morning drizzle” a few months ago.
There’s hope for us all
He’s 82, but still thoroughly enjoys “adventure on two wheels,” says Bill, who took this photo (below) several months ago of his 2019 BMW F750 GS and riding partner 25 miles south of Sedona, Arizona, “just off Route 89A over Mingus Mountain above Jerome.”
California, and spring riding
There isn’t much better in this world, and @biles430 knows it from personal experience, having taken the shot below of his 2011 Kawasaki KLR650 in April while “rounding out a recent trip on the CA-BDR with a campsite in Alabama Hills outside of Lone Pine, California.”
It was April 17 when @Lycan1 shot the photo below of his 2018 KTM 1090 R and a friend’s 2020 KTM 690 on Range Road 295 west of Nanton, Alberta.
Looking west to the front Range of the Rockies in sunshine and 18 degrees. Today it’s -1 and snowing. Springtime in Alberta.
Fljótsdalshérað, of course . . . where did you think it was?
We’re not sure about the blue tones in the image below, but the shot of @zigyphoto on Highway 1 (under repair) in Iceland, “somewhere between Fljótsdalshérað and the SE coast road,” reminds us that no other place is like Iceland.
Became real fun on the descent thru the active construction zone: mud, rocks and great roadwork machines. Our legs were covered in mud up to our knees when we got down to pavement again.
The shot below was taken on Highway 1 along the southeast coast a little while later. Zigyphoto was reiding a rented BMW Sertao, and this was a few years ago.
We were doing the Ring Road clockwise from Reykjavik to Reykjavik on bikes rented from Viking Biking in Reykjavik.
On April 17, @pdedse was riding the Oregon coast when he stopped on his 2017 Honda CB1100EX to shoot this photo at Anderson’s Viewpoint on Cape Lookout Road. It’s calming, it’s warm, it’s blue, and it’s our final gift to you as we depart for another week. But for pdedse, departures can sometimes be new beginnings. We’ll let him tell the story.
Just behind the bike there were three young ladies sitting down taking in the view, and I would meet them at three other lookouts over the next two hours. I swear I wasn’t stalking them.
So we’ll say so long for now and hope to see you back here soon. And don’t forget to submit those pictures. We love seeing them!