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ADV VideosThe Off-Road People Find True Adventure In Ural Russia

The Off-Road People Find True Adventure In Ural Russia

 These ADV Riders show you don't need roads or even trails for that matter.

Published on 05.25.2014
The Off-Road People have a unique perspective on what true adventure really is.

Before they conquered Siberia and Mongolia, the Off-Road People used to take their two week summer vacation in the Ural region of Russia. Heavy rains and high waters prohibited them from covering as many miles as they would have liked to, so they moved their annual tour location in 2013. This video shows highlights from their third and final trip to Ural in 2012.

Why are they called the Off-Road People? Maybe it’s because they don’t like roads. Most of their footage is shot with them riding on virgin land or overgrown trails at best. The Off-Road People are a group of Russian Adventure riders with a common passion for traveling to remote lands that are inaccessible to most people. The riders travel on a range of bikes that include a Honda XR400R, BMW G650X, Honda XR650L/R, KTM 690 Enduro and KTM 950 Adventure.

One thing we noticed about this 2012 trip, is that there seems to be a lot more Off-Road People than on their 2013 tour. We wonder if the harsh conditions of this 2012 ride caused many who attended to have second thoughts about repeating the journey the following year.


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The riding looks tough, but these guys seem to enjoy the punishment and search for the most difficult terrain possible to test themselves. They work together to push, pull or carry their bikes across any obstacles they encounter. They persevere through mud, snow, roots and rocks knowing there will be a large amount of Vodka at the end of the day to help them wash away their pain. These are “Manly Men” that can fix anything with a little duct tape, pull blood-sucking ticks from each others necks, drink yellow water straight from streams and bathe happily in ice cold rivers.

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 Mexico, North Africa, Europe, 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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