What is it?
The Adventure Bike Gathering is an annual event where Adventure and Dual Sport Bikes and Riders gather to hit the dirt. This 3 day event is completely free, well organized, and rather well attended if we may say so ourselves.
We do a lot of the promotion and “awareness preparation” through YouTube videos which are produced under the channel name of Dirt Chimps. This website is also a wealth of information. We hope you can set aside some time to cruise around, check out our event, and hopefully plan your trip!
September 16 – 18, 2021
Here’s the plan…
There is no pre-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.
Update: Everybody is to meet in the parking lot next to World Health.
We need to keep things moving quickly, and cycle people through. Get in early, hopefully get signed up for the ride that you are most excited about, and get out there! When we run out of ambassadors, participants will be required to form their own groups.
- Keeners arrive at 7 AM, sign waivers, and leave at 7:45. Have a great ride you hooligans!
- Regulars arrive at 7:45 AM, sign waivers, and leave at 8:30. Try and not drag ass too much. The keeners are showing you up!
- Nappers arrive when they feel like it, miss most of the really cool rides, sign waivers, and hopefully find somebody to ride with by 9 AM as the rest of us will all be taking off, or long gone.
If you are on a half-day ride, grab some lunch and make your way back to the food trucks (World Health) if you intend to ride the afternoon. All rides will be assembled and launched from here. In an effort to not exceed 50 people at any given time we will be pressuring people to team up, and get outta town! Go ride some dirt you silly chimps!
Hey, we have made a playlist on our Dirt Chimps YouTube channel so you can see just the videos from this years event.
We have prepared new routes for 2021, 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
We are working on a system that will pre-test riders before they are allowed to join the harder full day routes. We need to make sure people have the skills, and appropriate attitude, before going on these challenging rides. Come prepared to have your skills questioned, and possibly tested! Membership in the Hard ADV Club is not guaranteed; both for your safety and the safety of others.
Know Your Duct Tape Name Tags
- Silver > Regular Kick-Ass ADV Rider
- Yellow > Hard ADV Club Member (Elite)
- Pink > Event Organizer (Just Scott or Andrew for Now!)
We have made only 150 decal kits. Last year we made 100 and a bunch of people were really sad that they did not get one.
We are changing $10 for decal kits. We need to pay designers and our local print shop. Bring cash if you want some!
Here are some details for ya…
Choose Your Adventure
There is no charge for this event. We’re just some Dirt Chimps going out for a ride. You can:
- join one of our Ambassador Guided rides,
- take our GPS tracks and guide yourselves, or
- create your own adventure in our many local road and trail systems.
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 event creates a unique atmosphere for people to work together to get these bikes through challenging trails.
Vernon has a lot of options, but it is often nice to stay near other event participants. We suggest:
- Riviera Plaza
- Prestige Inn
- Vernon Lodge
If camping, we suggest Ellison Provincial Campground, which is beautiful!
Event Cost & Stuff
This event is totally free. There are also no perks!
- No accommodation.
- Bring your own bike.
- Pay for your own meals.
- No event t-shirts.
- No guaranteed spots on the ride that you want to go on.
This is not a professional event. Your satisfaction is not guaranteed. You will be asked to help others. You are a part of making this event 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.
Routes & Difficulties
Get familiar with some of our routes by watching our videos. Remember, most videos make the riding look significantly easier.
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!).
2021 Gathering Draw Prizes
Let’s give some stuff away, especially to those folks who step up to be ambassadors or tail gunners, right? Oh, and we need to keep a few prizes as special ad-hoc awards. 😛
Riders Edge Suspension has offered us gift certificates which can be put towards a full suspension redux!
This is, quite simply, the single best improvement that can be made to any adventure bike. Noice!
Scott & Andrew love these Zigzag Handlebar Bags and you will find them on our moto and mountain bikes! Thanks to Giant Loop, we have two of these to give away!
The Revelstoke Dry Bag by Giant Loop is truly versatile. Put it on your snowbike, sled, or adventure bike and put whatever in it. If you watch any of our 2021 Adventure Bike videos you will see Andrew is using one to carry tools, emergency gear, and some extra clothing. We have one to give away. Nice, eh?
If you watch our videos on Vernon Snow MX or Dirt Chimps Adventure Bikes then you know how much we love these little Kenwood PKT-23LFP radios! JVCKenwood Canada has donated a set for a draw prize so some lucky rider can add these to his/her adventures.
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!
Dirty Matt is also giving away 4 $50 gift certificates so you can pick up the phone and get some stuff on him.
Giant Loop has sent us a Fender Bag Kit to give away. What would you put in here? I can think of lot of ideas!
Some lucky rider is going to win these Bushwackers Hand Guards by Giant Loop!
How about a 6 way spoke wrench made by BVP, and donated by Rapid Revolutions?
This Nuetech Tubliss Mini Foot Pump looks pretty sweet. Thank you 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!
We’re going to try and nab you some sweet Camel ADV Products to give away again this year.
Visit their website here.
Giant Loop has sent us several sets of these Pronghorn Straps to give away. Last year I bought a set of each size and they are always in use, or standing by, in my Jeep, on my adventure bike, and on my snowbike! We have a grey 25″ set, and an orange 32″ set to give away. Thanks Giant Loop!
Need a chain brush? This one looks nice. This one is made by DRC and has been 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.
Pack your tools in style with this Oxford Underseat Tool Kit donated by Rapid Revolutions.
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.
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!
Do you have a draw prize to offer? Please email TheAdventureBikegathering@gmail.com.
The Adventure Bike Gathering
September 16 – 18, 2021
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.
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.
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!
Join the Adventure Bike Gathering!
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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