Dual sport adventure riders from around Arizona will gather Oct 24-25 in Payson to participate in the Mogollon Rendezvous.
The event is being sponsored by Arizona Trail Riders and is a stop on the American Motorcycle Association Dual Sport series sponsored by KTM and BMW.
Dual Sport riders are motorcyclists who ride both on and off road with a goal of promoting responsible cycling.
Dan Basinski, better known for his mountain biking feats than for motorcycling, is among the locals who will enter the Mogollon Rendezvous. He also is helping plan the event.
“I’ve been riding dual sport motorcycles for a lot of years,” he said. “It’s fun.”
He says the two-day rides will feature routes suited for all levels of riders on twisty paved highways and challenging off road sections.
The routes will include A (expert), B (intermediate) and C (novice) courses.
This year, the rally will be headquartered at the Payson Elks Lodge.
Each ride begins at the lodge with a breakfast buffet before riders descend either to rugged high desert riding or climb to elevations that reach 7,500 feet atop the Mogollon Rim.
On Saturday evening the lodge will host a buffet for all riders.
ATR, the sponsoring organization, is a nonprofit group that has about 150-plus members of all riding abilities. While its main focus is trail riding, ATR also promotes desert racing and dual sports events. One of ATR’s most popular events in the annual club trip to Las Vegas for Maxxis Endurocross.
Members also participate in numerous trail maintenance and clean up programs in conjunction with state and federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department. Last year, ATR sponsored a local cycling event similar to the upcoming Mogollon Rendezvous. It was headquartered at Tiny’s Family Restaurant and was actually a GPS rally.
On a warm fall day, the cycles roared onto Highway 260 bound for an off-highway scramble that would take the riders over Rim Country jeep trails, fire roads and deserted highways. The event was a bit unusual in cycling circles in that riders were asked to rely only on GPS units rather than the route sheets and roll-charts they are usually given for navigational purposes.
Basinski said that event was a success prompting ATR officials to plan other events in the Rim Country. For more information about ATR, visit: www.arizonatrailriders.org.