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Texans Love Adventure

December 21, 2020

Remember those days when safety came third? You caught air jumping your bike off rocky ledges, cut across fields, purposely rode through mud puddles and came home a happy, hot mess. We’re grown-ups now and, yeah, we still do that.

Since 2004, Texas Adventure Riders Association has coordinated dual-sport adventure rides, including several multi-day rides/rallies per year. Participating riders are spread through Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Austin and surrounding areas. If you’d like to meet Central Texas members, TARA holds meet-and-greets and monthly rides. TARA also provides useful information on off-road motorcycling in general on their webpage texasadventure.net.

The best off-road riding in Texas, according to founder Richard Gibbens, is around the Texas Hill Country and Big Bend. You’ll find roughly 100 to 150 riders gathered for the Around the Bend Rally (Big Bend National Park) each March, Texas Adventure Ride (Junction) sometime in May, and Hill Country 500 (Johnson City/Llano) around November.

Typically, these events are loosely organized. TARA provides t-shirts and stickers, one buffet-style meal, GPX route maps, and orientation as needed. Riders self-organize in small groups and reconvene for socializing at day’s end. Planners make an effort to include a variety of routes suitable for both dual-sport and larger Adventure bikes. Beginning to advanced riders are welcome. A word of hard-earned advice: do ask organizers about trails before hopping in the saddle. If stuck, say, under a relentless sun in the middle of the desert… fellow riders won’t leave you, but they won’t love you either.

This August 22-28, 2021, conditions permitting, TARA heads to Reserve, New Mexico. The New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route traverses the area, which offers a lot of what Gibbens calls Class 2 (intermediate) trails. Some planned routes will be provided (including rides suitable for beginners), whereas other trails remain to be scouted. Still in the planning stages, the event may span five to eight days and is limited to 50 riders. TARA will announce the specifics as plans crystalize.

Look for TARA and other organized dual-sport/ADV events on Texas Adventure Riders Facebook page and the Two Wheeled Texans online forum.

Finally, check the online Ride Texas Events calendar and don’t miss our regular column D.A.R.T. tips by Bill Dragoo of Dragoo Adventure Rider Training in Ride Texas magazine.

Events

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8th Annual Capital of Texas Police Motorcycle Chute Out

March 3 @ 7:00 am - March 6 @ 5:00 pm

The COTPMCO is a police motorcycle skills competition and training where motors from across the country gather every year. Free exhibitor show, free for spectators, competitor giveaways and more. This year’s Chute Out will be held on the Cowboy Harley-Davidson of Austin’s training grounds behind Cabela’s.
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Daytona Bike Week 2021

March 5 - March 14

We are excited to embark on our 80th Anniversary. Be sure to check the official Bike Week website for sponsors, information, and gear for this great new Bike Week Festival in 2021!
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Iron Horse Disciples Bike Night

March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join the Copperas Cove chapter of the Iron Horse Disciples Motorcycle Ministry at Horny Toad Harley-Davidson on Friday, March 5th.
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8th Annual Rouse RockNRides

March 6 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

This car show keeps on getting bigger and better with several surprised guest appearances. There will be music, food, and lots of prizes. We encourage everyone and anything on wheels to come out.
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TARA Monthly Adventure Ride

March 6 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

The Austin TARA (Texas Adventure Riders Association) Chapter sponsors a monthly dual sport adventure ride the first Saturday of every month. All riders are invited to attend.
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