What if there was one rally each year that you could go to? What would it be? If you’re an Overlander – a vehicle or moto-based outdoor explorer with the self-contained means to go practically anywhere – the ideal rally will have all your favorite gear vendors and manufacturers, beautiful, scenic camping areas, social events, seminars, films and vehicle demos, classes, tailored one-on-one instruction and a skills challenge with prizes. Does that exist?
It does! Meet the Overland Expo, coming to Flagstaff, Arizona May 17-19, 2019. The event has grown massively since it was first held in 2009. In 2018, the event practically sold out, with 14,500 attendees over five days. Overlanders came from all over the world, some as far away as Japan and Ukraine.
Founded with the idea of introducing consumers to all the innovations in camping and overland vehicles – be it an old van you got on Craigslist, a new Land Rover or your trusty BMW R1200GS – it’s now known as the most unique Overland event, combining a professional-level trade show with camping, social events, adventure and wilderness training. There’s even a dedicated Overland Skills Driving Course for attendees to use with their own vehicles.
There’s a lot at Overland for adventure-motorcycle (we like to call ourselves “ADV” riders) enthusiasts. Check out presentations from famed adventurers Sam Manicom, Ted Simon, Tiffany Coates, and Simon and Lisa Thomas. There will be demo rides on Honda, Royal Enfield, and Ural motorcycles, and RawHyde adventures will have a fleet of BMW adventure models for demos as well.
Gather with your ADV friends at the Motorcycle Village (yes, there’s a motorcycle village) on Saturday night for an exclusive dinner (just $45 to add tickets to this …read more