The Boise-based Idaho Adventure Motorcycle Club, now in its fourth year, provides regional advocacy for a sport that doesn't enjoy nearly as devoted a following in most other states. This is only appropriate given that Idaho is regarded in many international realms as the Mecca of dual-sport riding in the United States, primarily due to Idaho's nearly 30,000 miles of dirt and two-track roads.
However, dual-sport motorcycling—riding a mixture of dirt roads/trails and pavement—is gaining popularity nationally. Forget Sturgis, this is on a whole different level.
IAMC promotes recreational riding of all types, ranging from iron-butt 1,000-mile per day rallies to weekend-warrior day trips. In 2010, the club issued a call to its membership to get out and ride, with various levels of competition statewide. Platinum level riders rode to 45 sites throughout Idaho and Oregon between March 1 and the end of December. For those with real jobs, Gold (30-plus sites), Silver (20-plus sites) and Bronze (10-plus sites) levels of completion were also attainable.
For the 2011 Challenge, club leadership has promised even more epic rides, ranging from Hells Canyon, to rural rides around Jarbidge, Nev., to the Magruder Corridor near Montana. Finalized 2011 IAMC Challenge routes should be posted on the club's website soon.