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 The 2013 Rubber Chicken Ride!


NMOHVA's 2013 Rubber Chicken Ride was a great success with 64 registrations, great weather, superb hospitality in Truth or Consequences, miles of smiles from some superlative riding and a fun group of really great people.  We will let photos and captions tell the story of a great weekend:

Each morning, the riders gathered at the Sunset Grill for breakfast and to organize themselves into unofficial riding groups.

The antenna farm at the top of Timber Mountain (aka Brushy Mountain) was the literal high point for the weekend.

The heavy rains in September caused a few changes to the routes. The Palomas Gap is currently open only to motorcycles due to two rock falls.

Chloride Canyon was much rougher and wetter this year than during recent history.  The beauty of the canyon remained unchanged.

What can you say about the Monticello Box?  It was spectacular (as always) and remains one of New Mexico's premier dual sport rides.

The remains of the Black Range's extensive mining history are still clearly evident along many of the Rubber Chicken Ride's riding routes.


With the abundant rains during the summer and historical deluge in September, many of the normally dry stream crossings had running water this year.



NMOHVA President Jim Tyldesley was caught trying to clean his bike in the waters of the Monticello Box.  Is that riding gear drip dry?

Chris and Mark placing the memorial plaque to David Garret in the Monticello Box.

Saturday night's festivities included great New

Mexican fare and a big raffle.


NMOHVA's 2013 Rubber Chicken Ride was a great success.  Everyone had fun, enjoyed our beautiful state, and we raised additional funds to keep public access to our roads and trails.  You can enjoy additional photos and comments from the participants at the Adventure Rider thread here.
NMOHVA is working to add an ATV/UTV event in 2014 in addition to the Sipapu Shindig (June?) and next year's Rubber Chicken Ride in October.  If you have ideas/input or would be willing to help host such an event, please contact us at prez@nmoha.org.
(Photos credit to various riders on www.advrider.com)

  Inaugural Quin Sabe 600 Adventure Ride



New Mexico is known for its wide open vistas, amazing geography, and incredible diversity of culture.  The sunsets and the green chile alone are worth a drive across the country to experience; but the real draw for Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders (RMAR) out of Colorado, was the outstanding public access roads and trails in the northern part of the state and the opportunity for RMAR to partner with NMOHVA on a fund-raising ride.
"Quien Sabe" literally translated from Spanish is "who knows".  What better name for a motorcycle adventure ride in New Mexico?  There was a planned route (thank you Jim Burton, Chris Corcoran and Steve Hunt!) but there was no pre-riding. The 600 mile loop out of Buffalo Thunder Hotel and Casino in Pojoaque, NM involved about 70% offroad riding and would be a mystery. 
The 2013 RMAR Quien Sabe 600 was a true adventure ride, spanning four days in the end of September.  Everyone carried their gear on their bike and tent camped at the end of each day. The only exception was one evening when an early season snow storm drove the riders under the roof of the Elkhorn Lodge in Chama to enjoy the hospitality and the outstanding food at the adjoining caf´┐Ż.   The inaugural ride was composed of 14 adventure riders on street legal dual-sport motorcycles ranging from a KTM500 to a BMW 1200 GSA.  Riders traveled from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Arizona to tackle the challenging route and experience the beauty of the state.
Thanks to these key individuals involved in the ride:  John Lane(Founder and Chairman of RMAR, Chairman and President of the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition).  Also representing COHVCO was the Director of OHV Tourism, John Bongiovanni.  Marcus Washington, the RMAR Director of Finance, helped lead a ride group, and representing NMOHVA was Steve Hunt. 
Around the first night's campfire outside of El Rito, John and Steve had a great opportunity to educate all the riders on the current issues and opportunities for both the New Mexico and Colorado OHV organizations.  In partnership with NMOHVA, this RMAR ride raised $2,000 for the NMOHVA Access Defense Fund and their efforts to keep OHV access open for all riders and drivers to enjoy and experience. 
RMAR is a Colorado-based non-profit AMA Group. RMAR supports fund-raisers for state and local trail riding organizations that champion our sport and fight legally or legislatively for public land access for motorcycling.   To learn more about RMAR, visit their website at


A video of the QS 600 ride is available at: https://vimeo.com/76296627.


(All photo credits to RMAR)



 Ric Alcon Named to MIC Advisory Council


The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) has announced that R&S Powersports Group owner Ric Alcon has been named to the eight-member Dealer Advisory Council. As a not-for-profit national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services. You can read the full MIC Press Release here.   
Upcoming Events


Nov 3 - NMTA Observed Motorcycle Trials - San Ysidro, NM

Nov 14 - New Mexico 4 Wheelers Monthly Meeting - Albuquerque, NM

Nov 23 - 6th Annual NM4W Holiday Food Drive - Albuquerque, NM

Dec 8 - NMTA Observed Motorcycle Trials - San Ysidro, NM



See the  NMOHVA Calendar for all the upcoming event details and contacts.


Do you have an event to share?  Contact NMOHVA at prez@nmohva.org for a listing in the newsletter.