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I can’t get those Johnny Cash lyrics out of my head when I think about all the amazing places these two bikes have already been. Our version would go, “California Sierra, Moab, Tijuana, Ensenada, Gunnison, Crested Butte, St. George, and Santa Ynez. We’ve been everywhere, man.”
If you haven’t taken a gulp of the ADV elixir yet and bought into the whole idea of riding a gargantuan quasi-dirt-bike-sport-tourer off highway, let me assure you these bikes are no poseurs.
In the right hands, they can go almost anywhere. Accompanying me to Colorado was Cycle World tester and off-road ace Ryan Dudek. After an early-morning departure, we beelined directly to Moab, Utah, for an overnight stay. At the crack of dawn, we headed out to ride the famous Slickrock trail, a loop normally tackled on a mountain bike or light enduro. It was challenging for Dudek and at times downright harrowing for me, but we survived without dropping either bike off a cliff. Whew!