Dualsport Summit 2017
KLIM Company USA:
America has a M.O.A.B “mother of all bombs” in its arsenal, and the ADV/DS/ENDURO community has a M.O.A.B “mother of all brands” in their arsenal. That brand is KLIM. It's a brand built on passion and drive. It's a brand with a relentless pursuit to produce the highest quality technical riding gear available.
Having been a customer of the KLIM company for several years leading up to my involvement as a social media marketer of their products, I had a great respect for the brand. So, you can imagine that when I received a phone call from Mark Kincart, Marketing Manager, asking if I could be one of six riders to participate in the first Dualsport Summit, I was ecstatic for both the opportunity to meet the KLIM crew, as well as ride off-road through IDAHO.
On the first day of the Dualsport Summit, we would tour the KLIM company facilities, learning about the unique processes that allow the KLIM company to operate at the highest level of quality and service. Getting a behind the scene look into the hard work that goes into their design and testing process was nothing short of impressive.
Mackay, Idaho, with a population of 517, sits in the shadow of the state's highest peak, Mt. Borah, earning this small town the nickname Roof Top of Idaho. This would be our base camp, our home away from home. This quaint cabin, where 6 strangers would become a band of off-Road brethren, relishing in stories of past rides, and telling tales of adventures had, all while splitting hairs over why one brand of motorcycle was better than another. The place had a certain ambience that could not be ignored, the crackle of a bonfire, a coyote howling in the distance, and the fruitful banter of a group of dualsport riders about to embark on an EPIC ride made it all the better.
I have been riding Off-Road, and racing now for the better part of 25 years, so I was less than enthusiastic to find out that the bikes supplied would be an entry level dualsport machine. However, I did not win this trip through some silly door prize or local raffle, I was chosen just like the other riders, chosen for our media presence on Instagram. As pillars in the Dual Sport community it would be our job to test KLIM Co products as well as show the world a BIG ADVENTURE via one of the last of the affordable dualsport motorcycles.
To properly enjoy this bike, I had to put myself into the mindset of an end user which was just entering the sport. With my mind free from GPX tracts, power slides, and 3rd gear wheelies I focused on FUN, I picked terrible lines, I drug my feet through the creek crossings, and I stopped dead center of many climbs. I was having a blast, I had no worries of the destination, I paid little attention of the person in front or to the rear of me, and literally laughing under my helmet as I traversed mountain tops I realized how much FUN dualsport riding can be. The entry level Honda 250 CC line up CRF 250L and CRF 250 Rally can take a first-time rider from the coffee shop to the mountain top, and back. These are the perfect vehicle to enter into the world of dualsport and off-road adventure riding.
Day One RIDE:
I was up at 4:30 AM, it would soon be like Christmas day in the cabin as we would all be breaking into the new gear provided by KLIM. After Breakfast at Amy Lou's Steak House we split into three groups before heading into the public land of Salmon Challis National Forest for a day of back country exploration. My group would include Corey Lofton owner of Dual sport ADV, El Jefe owner of California Dual Riders, and Kelly Anson product rep for Trail Tech. Kelly being our guide, would lead us on an all-day excursion through some of the most beautiful landscapes one could possibly imagine.
We rode to the top of a mountain peak with an old cabin which was reserved for first come-first serve overnight stays. Kelly was sitting in a lawn chair with his feet on the hand rail looking south as far as the eye could see “NOW THIS IS LIVING” Kelly proclaimed. I was reminded in that moment of a gentleman that we met at the KLIM headquarters on our first day in IDAHO – Martin Hackworth, owner of www.motorcyclejazz.com creator of “The Tour of Idaho” and most importantly the Executive Director of the Blue Ribbon Coalition www.sharetrails.org Martin along with many others that work for, and volunteer their time at the BRC, do so in effort to ensure that we can continue to enjoy access to public lands, whether it be Motorcycles, Mountain Bikes, Jeeps, snowmobiles etc.
Day Two RIDE:
On day two we rode as one group rather than splitting up, the focus of this day was geared toward “Adventure Riding” blazing down forest roads as we traveled from Mackay Idaho, to the bustling ski town of Sun Valley.Joined on this day was Simon Cudby, world renown photographer, and Stephan Clark Video and Communications Designer for the KLIM Co. Stephan has a vast knowledge of the Idaho back country making this day even more rewarding, as he led our group up and over mountain tops, through creek crossings, and past abandoned Silver Mines.
Late into the night our cabin was alive with excitement, pouring drinks, and sharing in our experience of the first ever Dualsport Summit. One by one we would retire to our quarters, with myself and El Jeffe being last to give into the night like children we on a sleep over we stayed in conversation as if we were denying the end of the event.
Thank You Mark:
As Marketing manager and lead goofball of the KLIM company, Marks forward thinking and “let’s try this” attitude, he has assembled and quantified a remarkable group of Ambassadors of the KLIM brand. I am Thankful for the opportunity to be one of these Ambassadors (filed specialist) using KLIM gear in a real-world environment, and for the opportunity to be part of the first ever Dualsport Summit.
Oh and if you ever find yourself in Idaho, ya got to try the Fry Sauce!