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Progressive International Motorcycle Show (Chicago)

EVENT TYPE // Tradeshow
WHERE // Chicago, IL, United States
WHEN // Fri, Feb 10


Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Feb. 10, 11, 12, 2012 (All Day)

UPDATE: SORRY but AltRider will NOT be in attendance!  At this stage we are too busy with product development and our European expansion.

Enjoy the Progressive International Motorcycle Show tour as it comes to Chicagoland!

The upcoming tour will have an increased focus on bringing more manufacturers and an engaging show experience to the widest audience of enthusiasts across the country. Motorcycle riders and powersports fans from coast to coast will have the opportunity to experience hundreds of new street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, ATVs, UTVs and more.

The nation’s largest touring motorcycle event will also connect riders with products and services that support their motorcycling lifestyle, providing the opportunity to see, touch and try on the latest gear and accessories. This nationwide series will also feature new interactive entertainment, as well as educational experiences designed for all types of riders.

For more information and to buy tickets, go to!


Reverend Bill's President's Weekend Ride

WHERE // Olympic Penninsula, WA, United States
WHEN // Sat, Feb 18
AltRider Ride

After the January weather adventures put riding on hold (for the sane among us), a few days of sunshine and spring-like temps brought lots of bikes out this past weekend.  My Stupor Bowl Sunday ride took JT and I up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River road to about 950 feet before the snow cover got too persistent. His new XR650R pleased him!

A handful of us planned to ride a loop of the Olympic Peninsula on MLK weekend.  Then the Weather Gods intervened!

The ride has been rescheduled for President’s day weekend, February 18-20th.  That’s just two weeks out, just far enough away to have not a clue about the weather!

The plan is like before, Saturday we ride out to Neah Bay and camp at Hobuck Beach , Sunday head down to Wynoochee Lake and find a primitive campsite.  Then Monday we head over to Hood Canal for a ride up 101 to finish the loop.

Here are the details:

Saturday catch the 0750 boat from Edmonds to Kingston, meet up at the big Chevron station in town across from the grocery, ride Highway to Port Angles and breakfast at Garden Cafe.  Take the back route out of town, leave Hwy 101 near Lake Crescent for Joyce and Hwy 112.  Hwy 112 to Clallam Bay then Neah Bay.  Camp at Hobuck Beach Laid back Surfers campground, spotty wi-fi, Verizon coverage and a hot shower.  Fellow named Kim smokes the best fish around in Neah Bay; rumor is he’s open in winter. The Res is dry, so bring your adult beverages.  Beach wood will be wet; I'm bringing some of my own kindling.  There are cabins at Hobuck if it's miserable wet, but for me the weather is the adventure.

Sunday, its back down Hwy112 to Forks, breakfast with the Twilight hordes at the Forks Coffee Shop, then down 101 past Lake Quinault. We head East on Donkey Creek/FS22 road to Lake Wynoochee and look for a campsite.  (I’ll be checking the Road Conditions, as it is at 800’elevation. (They were clear in early January) Coho campground is closed in the winter, but a remote lake shore site may be possible.  Parts of FS22 pare paved, but it's mostly a well graded gravel road (or it was last June!).  Firewood will be wet. If Wynoochee looks like a poor choice, there are other options along the coast.

Monday, we head south from the Lake on a great paved road, the head east to Shelton on back roads.  I suspect it's all or mostly paved. Then it’s North up 101 along Hood Canal and back to Kingston.

None of this route is over 800' in elevation, but frozen weather will cancel.  I'll make the weather decision Thursday the 16th.

Weather's the Adventure; test your gear and foul-weather riding.  I'm bringing Tarpzilla, and a special fire starter.  I plan to enjoy an adult beverage or two by the fire.

Here's a Google Map of the route: 
Here's a link to a cool mapping Website with the route posted
You can export the route from this site in several formats. 
Let me know if you want to join.
2012: More Fun, More Adventure Riding.

Let's Ride!

aka Bill Hucks
206 755-0947


Jimmy Lewis Off-Road Training

WHERE // Pahrump, NV, United States
WHEN // Thu, Feb 23


Jimmy Lewis Off-Road Training will be offering riding instruction both prior to and after AltRider's Taste of Dakar Weekend.

The Friday class will be custom tailored for riders who have never been in the dirt or are still apprehensive about riding in off-road conditions. Or maybe you are looking for a confidence booster before the ride -- you won't be disappointed in our one-day skills course.

On Monday and Tuesday following the event, JLR Off-Road will have a two-day advanced skills training tailored just for the big adventure bikes, including some great and little known riding opportunities in the Nevada desert.

Full descriptions and costs are available at



AltRider's Taste of Dakar Ride

WHERE // Las Vegas, NV, United States
WHEN // Fri, Feb 24 - Sun, Feb 26


Days of riding through the desert dunes, wakes of sand thrashed back by the churning tires. The merciless sun beating down as the riders race to the end… perhaps not to win, but just to finish.

Most of us will never race the Dakar, but this February 24-26, you will have the opportunity to travel with other adventure riders to an American desert and train with the only US citizen to podium finish at Dakar: Jimmy Lewis.

Training at the Jimmy Lewis Off Road Academy will be made available only to our riders on Friday and Monday at a special discounted rate.

For more information about the ride and how to register, follow this link to the registration page:

Registration Page



Noobs at Carnegie (Livermore CA)

WHERE // East Bay, CA, United States
WHEN // Sun, Feb 26
AltRider Ride


Any noobs interested in riding Carnegie tomorrow- I have ever been there. Leaving Oakland 9-9:30am near Mills College. All bikes welcome. Ride for a couple of hours and then head back. Text me is your interested - I'll be riding my F800GS ready to get it dirty.