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AltRider Offers a Taste of Dakar in the Mojave Desert

Experience the thrill of rallying in the desert with Dakar legend Jimmy Lewis.

Published on 01.13.2015

The Dakar Rally is arguably the toughest off-road race in the world — the ultimate test of man and machine over the treacherous deserts of South America. While few get the chance to participate in this extreme competition, you can get a sample near the Mojave Desert. Adventure accessories manufacturer AltRider has once again teamed up with Dakar Rally legend Jimmy Lewis to create an unparalleled weekend of adventure riding.

Riders start the weekend at the Wine Ridge RV Resort, nestled at the base of the Spring Mountain Range. After setting up camp, enjoy a scrumptious catered dinner and a gripping guest speaker presentation. Afterwards, head out to the campfire for a few adult beverages then settle in and get some rest for your exciting day ahead.

After a delicious breakfast the following morning, epic riding terrain awaits as riders head out across the desert just outside Death Valley — the same terrain Jimmy Lewis used to train for the Dakar Rally. Varied routes ensure there is something for all skill levels, from novice to rugged veteran alike. Stop mid-day to enjoy lunch and swap stories from the first half of ride. After finishing lunch, the rest of the afternoon features more thrilling trails that wind their way back to camp. Wrap the day up with a catered dinner surrounded by new friends, followed by another crackling campfire.

Jimmy Lewis Taste of Dakar

Receive training from Dakar Rally podium finisher and Baja 1000 overall winner, Jimmy Lewis.


Riders also have the option of attending a one day intro to off-road training class with Jimmy Lewis Off-Road Riding School on either Friday, March 13th or Sunday, March 15th. The course focuses on teaching riders skills to tackle off-road riding on larger Adventure Bikes. The class is taught by Jimmy and his expert training staff, and is heavily discounted from the normal price. Learn more about Jimmy’s class here.

Registration for the Taste of Dakar covers two nights of camping under the desert sky, five catered southwestern-style meals, adult beverages, and prize giveaways from AltRider’s event sponsor ICON RAIDEN. There will also be exciting presentations from guest speakers. Participants should come prepared with camping gear and their plated off-road motorcycle. For those travelling from afar, discounted motorcycle rentals are available through event sponsor MotoQuest. Registration for the event is capped, and last year’s event sold out months in advance — go to Taste of Dakar signup page to reserve your spot.

Curious to see what it’s like? Take a look at these video clips for inspiration:

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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