Guest Speakers & Seminars

This information is from 2017.

2018 information will be available at the beginning of March! 

We’ve got some great guest speakers who will teach you, entertain you and make you better riders – all week long.

Jenny Smith, Managing Editor at Rider Magazine
Packing Tips and Tricks to Maximize Space on Your Next Adventure
Jenny is the Managing Editor of Rider Magazine and is a seasonedrr-logo-perfect-1 backpacker and moto-camper. Her travels have included week-long alpine-to-desert backcountry trips on a KLR650, multi-state road trips, and even a two-week visit to Europe out of one carry-on sized                                        backpack!

Wednesday 5:00pm

Rika De Bruyn, Co-Owner of Tour Africa
Adventure Biking in Southern Africa!  
See and hear how easy (and inexpensive) it is for us toLDBA Logo NEW Final travel to the amazing adventure biking regions of South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia and more. You’ll see beautiful photos, hear her funny tales, and end up wanting to make the journey to this incredible destination.

Rika is a partner in a company called Tour Africa, which rents KTM 1050’s in South Africa.  She is also the Director of several popular adventure bike events (LDBA and NDBA).  Rika will be coming straight from South Africa to DirtDaze to join our rides and offer this presentation.

Thursday, 5:00pm

Victoria Zandonella, founder of Northeast Dual-Sport Riders! 
The Dynamics of Group Riding

Victoria Zandonella, founder of Northeast Dual-Sport Riders and avid adventure bike rider is here to talk about her passion for riding.

Thursday 6:00pm

Jack O’Connor, Director Pine Barrens Adv. Camp Riding School
GPS 101
Learn the essential skills of using your GPS, including the smar-main-page-1-1038x576important difference between routes and tracks, how to load them onto a GPS, and other important tools for adventure bike riders.

Jack is the Director of the Pine Barrens Camp Riding School, an experienced off-road racer and long-distance rider, and a self-described “GPS Evangelist.”

Thursday 7:00pm

Adventure Bike Presentation, from the Honda Factory
The Honda Factory Reps are coming to DirtDaze with most of logomotorhondatheir adventure bike line up. This will be a fun and rare opportunity to talk directly with the Honda Factory about their Africa Twin, NC700X, VFR1200X and more.

Thursday 8:00PM

Erik Stephens, Founder, Twisted Throttle
Put Your Best Lumen Forward
Learn the language of auxiliary lighting so you can choose the most effective solution for your motorcycle. We’ll cover lighting technology; the importance of color, beam pattern, and power consumption; legal considerations; and how tTTo install multiple electrical accessories on any bike.

Erik Stephens is the Founder of Twisted Throttle, a Rhode Island manufacturer and distributor of adventure riding gear. His “gear testing” trips include off-pavement motorcycle travel on six continents. Twisted Throttle’s factory store is an adventure riding destination, including an on-site learning center, prototyping lab, retail store, and campground.

Join Twisted Throttle later Friday evening, at 9:30pm for the Functional Lighting contest!

Friday 5:00PM

Brigitte Lacombe
My Conquest of the Desert – “Trophee des Sables”
My participation of “Trophee Roses des Sables” an exclusive woman, humanitarian, orientation rally. We will talk about my week in the Moroccan gallery5desert, my preparation, and how I succeeded in it. This was a big adventure for a 50yr old, single mother of two!

Woman, veterinarian, & mother of two. After just 2 months on a bike, I decided that in 2 years I would do a desert rally in Morocco for my 50th birthday. After 2 years of training, I did it – winning the motorcycle class and dune’s stage out of 109 teams!

Friday 6:00PM

GS Night, by BMW
BMW has a special treat for you. The latest BMWs will invade bmw_logo_by_transcendentalpeaceDirtDaze on 7:00pm Friday, ridden by BMW factory reps. Some of the bikes will be seen in public for the first time that week, so you’ll get the inside scoop before much of the U.S. They’ll offer prizes, and presentations about all of the bikes, including the R9T Scrambler, the new R1200GS and more!

Friday 7:00pm

Spencer Peterson, Tour Guide for MotoVermont
Trail-side tire Repair
Pinched and punctured inner tubes are a common occurrenceMotovermont when riding off-road. With the proper tools and techniques, a flat tire in the woods can be a quick fix instead of a long, frustration interruption of your ride.

Spenser Peterson leads dual-sport tours for MotoVermont and has years of experience changing tires and making other impromptu repairs far off the beaten path, both on his personal adventures and while guiding other riders.

Saturday 10:00am

The DirtDaze Rider Center is located on site, next to the DirtDaze vendor village and saloon.