I went down to the Mt Hood Rally to run in the RallyMoto class for dual sport motorcycles last weekend. Mic and Token from PNWR came by the pits to say hi and give some cheer us on. Unfortunately, there were only two bikes, my XR650R and a KTM990 Adventure. It was also Steve's first rally, actually his first motorcycle competition of any type!? He did really great for riding that big KTM twin and no race/rally experience!! We just stuck together and had a great time. The weather was great, much better than expected and all the rally people were very nice. We got thumbs up from everyone all day long. The stages ran the opposite direction from last year, which made it a bit easier as they were mostly up hill. One stage, road 17, had been recently graded and had fresh gravel, which made for some loose, but smooth sliding fun! One stage had a cloud parked on top, which made it really foggy right by the spectator area. We probably looked slow, but when you don't have someone sitting next to you telling you where the road goes and a rollcage, you need to be a little careful. It was still cloudy on the second pass, so I slowed and popped a wheelie, just to give the spectators a little show. Unfortunately, as soon as I got the wheel up, all I could see was white!?! So I let it right back down. On another stage I had a large maple leaf stick to my face shield, I was wearing an Arai XD not goggles. I got it right off, but at about 60mph, it got my attention, glad it was straight there! I just love doing the rallies. Ripping up fire roads with the knowledge that there is nothing coming the other direction is just a blast! It is a bit expensive, but it is unlike any other type of racing I've done before and well worth it IMO. If you have a dual sport, of any size, you should consider it next year. The NASA membership and license is $95, but hopefully we will have additional rallies next year besides Mt Hood to spread the cost. If anyone is interested in learning more about RallyMoto, I will be doing a Powerpoint presentation at Ride West BMW in Seattle on Saturday 2/19 at 9am. Here are a couple pics of us having fun.