What is it?

The Adventure Bike Gathering a suggestion that you could some to Vernon, meet other riders, and go out riding and exploring together. Some people will follow GPS tracks, others will simply venture out to see what they find.

Expect very little organization, and zero pampering. You come here as an adventurer knowing that others are near. You figure out your days out by talking to other people. Ride, eat, mingle, make new friends, ride some more. If you think this sounds cool, we look forward to seeing you!

September 15 – 17, 2022

Vernon, British Columbia

Here’s the plan…

There is no registration process. We have a pile of reasons for this but they are not worth cluttering this page. We may have 20 people show up, or 200.

Come to Vernon. Stay in a hotel, flop at a buddies house, stay in a campground, or stealth camp in the parking lot. We’ve seen it all!

Show up each morning is the parking lot outside of the Fairfield Hotel. There is a Blends coffee shop in the immediate area.

  • If you are a Keener, show up at 7 AM. You will get the greatest choice of rides to join, and the most bench racing time. If you plan to go on a full day ride, come early as the team likely needs to leave early to get home before dark.
  • Regular folks show up around 8 AM to sign waivers, pick a ride, to chat with moto buddies from years gone by, and depart on time at 9 AM.
  • The Nappers arrive any time after 9 AM when most of us are gone but hopefully find somebody to ride with! Hey, we run a tight ship!

If you are on a half-day ride, you can come back to the food trucks for lunch, hang out with other rides, and pick an afternoon group to go out with.

2022 Routes

We have prepared new routes for 2022, and created a system so you can ride some of the best, and most classic, trails from Gatherings gone by. Check out our new ROUTES page.

Hard ADV Club

Some of the rides that people will be going on are very challenging, and all are potentially dangerous. Riders are encouraged to know their own ability level, as well as the ability level of the other riders that they are choosing to ride with.

We suggest that advanced riders get to know each other on a shorter and lower consequence routes such as Twisted Steel & Climbing Salsa Shark before venturing into the harder options.

We caught a few of you on camera!

Here are some details for ya…

Choose Your Adventure

  • Join some riders and go out together.
  • Take some GPS tracks and guide yourselves.
  • Create your own adventure in our many local road and trail systems.

Suitable Bikes

Anything street legal with dirt-worthy tires. 250cc to whatever monster you call your steed.

We especially enjoy our guests on big adventure bikes. This gathering creates a unique atmosphere for people to work together to get these bikes through challenging trails.

Accommodations

Waffles & Waterslides > We suggest the Fair Field (by Marriott). We have negotiated a 15% discount, so be sure to tell them that you are coming for the Adventure Bike Gathering.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool with Slide!
  • Breakfast Included

We are not recommending the Riviera this year as their air conditioning is busted and the place is slipping into a bit of a dive.

Good Camping Options

  • Ellison Provincial Campground – A Stunning Provincial Campground (West of Town ~15 Mins Away)
  • Cedar Falls Campground & RV Park – A Very Nice Private Campground (East of Town ~5 Mins Away)
  • Kekuli Bay Provincial Park Campground (South of Town ~15 Mins)

Cost & Stuff

It’s free, but there are also no perks!

  • No accommodation.
  • Bring your own bike.
  • Pay for your own meals.
  • No event t-shirts.
  • No guaranteed spots on rides.

This is not a professional event. Your satisfaction is not guaranteed. You are a part of making this gathering happen, not somebody paying to attend.

If you are lucky you may get a decal or two, and perhaps win a prize from one of our sponsors.

If you are cool with all of this, we look forward to riding with you!

Safety Check System

We don’t have one. Your buddies are your check-in system. Your communications gear is your lifeline. If you are going deep into the mountains like Park Mountain, Sugar Mountain, Hunter’s Range, Mara Lookout, etc. make sure you have all of the safety and communications gear within your group. We won’t know if you don’t make it back to town in a timely fashion.

Remember, this is not an event. This is a location and a time to meet. Whatever you decide to do once here is up to you!

Routes & Difficulties

Get familiar with some of our routes by watching our videos. Remember, most videos make the riding look significantly easier.

View Routes

Be Prepared

Physical fitness plays a significant role as rides can take 3 to 4 hours, venture deep into the wilderness, and can have sustained levels of difficulty.

50:50 tires should be considered a minimum. None of our routes are groomed!

All of our bikes are geared down for technical off-road riding. If you still have stock gearing, perhaps it is time to gear that pony down so it behaves like a good dirt monster that is not constantly trying to kill you!

Bring riding gear for weather that could be 25 degrees and sunny (yay), or 10 degrees and rainy (ew!).

Evening Gatherings

Thursday > The Kal Sports Bar

Friday > Los Huesos Mexican Restaurant & Station BBQ Smokehouse

Saturday > Martens Brewpub

Gathering & General Moto T-Shirts

Looking for some cool moto t-shirts? We have those as part of our That Moto App Project. Click on an image below to visit our brand new TMA Store.

Link to this t-shirt is coming soon. It’s a long story.

2022 Draw Prizes

We have been fortunate to have piles of things to give away every year. Here’s what has been offered so far for 2022.

Dirty Matt is also giving away 4 $50 gift certificates so you can pick up the phone and get some stuff on him.

Rapid Revolutions

This Nuetech Tubliss Mini Foot Pump looks pretty sweet. Thank you Rapid Revolutions!

When the weather turns, the last thing you want is fogged up goggles or glasses. Simply spray and wipe for five days of clear coverage. Thanks Dirty matt of Rapid Revolutions for this raw prize!

Shot Devo Raw gloves donated by Ritchie Parts & Mechanical in Blairmore, Alberta.

Slime Power Sport Tire Tackle 22 piece kit donated by Ritchie Parts & Mechanical in Blairmore, Alberta.

Thanks Alan!

Everybody knows Traction eRag around here, right? Well, if you have not been to one of their training programs already, then you are likely a terrible rider! Hey, I kid, a little bit. 😛

Dallas has graciously donated a full meat deal to one of their training programs. If you have a bike, then great, ride it. If you need to fly in, or are between bikes, they have one for ya. Cool, eh?

Go check them out. You likely don’t know everything that you should about this great BC company. LINK

Pack your tools in style with this Oxford Underseat Tool Kit donated by Rapid Revolutions.

Need a chain brush? This one looks nice. This one is made by DRC and has been donated by Rapid Revolutions.

Enhance your riding experience by being able to chat with your buddies. This kit, donated by Rapid Revolutions, contains a Cardo Communicator that can be fastened to your helmet. Next step, tell your buddies to get off their wallets and get hooked up!

How about a 6 way spoke wrench made by BVP, and donated by Rapid Revolutions?

Here’s a nice way to turn your heavy (and messy) Jerry Can into a little service station. It’s a battery powered fuel transfer pump made by Tera and donated by Rapid Revolutions.

Everybody has one of these by now, right? Hey, I could certainly use another, they are that good. Jump start your car or bike, use the flashlight, or charge any of your mobile devices. Everybody say “Thank you” to Dirty Matt of Rapid Revolutions for being such a draw prize champion!

Klim XC Lite gloves donated by Ritchie Parts & Mechanical in Blairmore, Alberta.

This is how we pump up our tires after a zesty off-road session. If you are lucky you may win this Stop & Go Mini Air Compressor donated by Rapid Revolutions.

We’v e recently become addicted to BDRs, but have not yet done any of Roger’s Canadian BDRs. We’ll check these out this summer!

Roger has donated two GPS packages to the Gathering. One Okanagan package, and another for the Kootenay region.

Don’t wait to win something. Go check out his website and grab an adventure for you and your moto buddies this spring and summer!

Visit Canada BDR.

Klim XC gloves donated by Ritchie Parts & Mechanical in Blairmore, Alberta.

Check out this Outback’r M14 from Cruz Tools. This looks pretty nifty if you ask me! Donated by Ritchie Parts & Mechanical in Blairmore, Alberta.

The Adventure Bike Gathering

September 15 – 17, 2022

Vernon, British Columbia

Great Videos to Help Get Prepared

The Adventure Bike Gathering is an off road focused event. Here are some great videos that we have shortlisted for you to help you prepare. This is really just a teaser. You should watch all of Brett’s videos at MOTOTREK on YouTube.

Skill Sharing

One thing that makes this event really different is our built-in skill sharing sessions. See the booklet for details.

Basic Bike Set-Up for Offroad

Get your bike ready for going off road! As Brett explains, stock set-up is not ideal, unless you are just riding to Starbucks on your pony.

Riding Dirt & Gravel

This is a great video to get you warmed up for the harder terrain.

Riding Hills

This is a great video to get you warmed up for the harder terrain.

Loose Rocks & Babyheads

We have some climbs with bumpy sections, loose rocks, and babyheads!

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If you “Do” Facebook, that is likely your best place to let us know that you plan to attend, ask questions, chat with others, etc.

If email works best for you, feel free to reach out to us at TheAdventureBikeGathering@gmail.com.

Let’s go on some adventures!

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