While the BMW debut of
the new 650 models has been happening this week in Tucson, I was
fortunate enough to be asked by Brian Blangsted, owner of Tucson
Moto Tours (www.tucsonmototours.com
) to help out with one of his clients while he coordinated the 3
day ride demos for the motojournalists coming in from all over
the country. Gee, tough decision, do I really have to go play
in the desert for two days?
Jim Sherman had flown
in from Kansas to ride, and then finish off the week with his
kids at Briansí Dirt Bike School. My job was to play tour guide
for a couple of days and try not to kill either one of us. The
first day I recruited Steve Gabany to join us and on the second
day Brian Sterrett, to have a team of 3 each day.
Day 1 was a new
approach to our standard mile wide run to 3 points. Instead of
starting at mile wide road we started on the north end of the
route on Avra Valley road west of the Marana Airport. We took
the technical high route south and then reconnected to the
powerline that meanders down to 3 points where we had lunch at
Lou Louís. The ride back took us thru some challenging sections
including deep sand and rock climbs. The total route was 90
Day 2 we started off at
Brianís at Diamond Bell ranch and took the A road down to the RV
park and then up onto the high route for some technical
challenges all the way into Arivaca. We arrived at Gadsens
about 10 minutes behind the Off Road BMW tour group being led by
Brian Blangsted, Phil Curtis and Frank Zebrowski. Pretty cool
to hang out with folks like Clement Salvadori for lunch!
We hooked back up with
the dirt on the West side of Arivaca and headed up the low route
for the next couple of hours to complete our 100 mile day.
Needless to say, we all had a blast!