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Last weekend over 500 riders descended upon the tiny town of Plain, WA for the 2015 Touratech Rally. This was the fifth year of the rally and what started as an informal gathering of adventure motorcycle enthusiasts has turned into the largest adventure rally on the West Coast.

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Earlier this month Touratech-USA CEO Paul Guillien and BMW Owners News Editor, Bill Wiegand traveled to Touratech Spain, borrowed a couple of bikes and rode through Europe to the 2015 Touratech Travel Event in Niederashsch, Germany. It's the largest gathering of adventure motorcycle enthusiasts. This is a taste of the event.

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Each year in April, the riding season in the Pacific Northwest unofficially kicks off with the Stumpjumpers Desert 100. 

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Lisa’s hacking cold wasn’t going to stop her enjoying what we are here to see.  The Perito Moreno Glacier and so by 10:00am we’d climbed back into our layers of riding gear, somehow managed to do up the strained buckles on our boots and were waddling downstairs and out to the bikes. 

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The Backcountry Discovery Routes team was on the road again – this time in Idaho. As with previous projects, the aim was to unlock the potential of a US state for adventure bike riders. The result was a fully documented route across some of the most beautiful off-road sections of the Rocky Mountains. 

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Simon and Lisa Thomas have been traveling the globe on motorcycles continuously since 2003. Along the way they've been providing amazing stories and images of their adventures. Now, they 've given us a glimpse into their daily lives.

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We bid farewell to Alfonso and Maria, then set off for the long haul to Mazatlán, Sinaloa. We were warned that the ride would be straight and boring with lots of tolls. Boy, were there tolls!

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Following advice from friends, we took the truck border crossing from Nogales, AZ into Mexico. Things went incredibly quick and smooth… except for the part when we thought we'd missed the immigration office where we needed to buy our vehicle permits. 

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The boy scout in me really enjoyed this part of the trip prep and planning process: Building a tool kit that would get both our bikes through four months on the road in South America.

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In preparing for our trip to Mexico last March, Matt and I tried to set the rear sag on my 2007 BMW F650GS with a light load of luggage. Even with the shock preload turned all the way up, there was still too much sag.

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