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Ride along with MotoMission Peru on some epic dirtbike adventures through South America. Be part of all the near-death, gut-busting funny, heart-wrenching, and inspiring tales of hard enduro and trail riding in the Andes of Peru

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Momentum is Your Friend

Momentum is Your Friend

About a month ago, I launched a campaign in order to bring my dirtbike film project to the masses. The name of the film is NEVER RIDE ALONE. You may have been exposed to the trailer. It should grab you tight and tease you to watch the rest. Here it is in case you missed it the first time around or want to see it again.  WATCH THE TRAILER This project started with a little dream and evolved into a life altering consumption of energy and dedication to reach the finish line. M

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Is this the next "BLOW YOUR MIND" film?

Its for real! The Never Ride Alone film is finally here. Many of you have been asking about how to watch it. Well, here’s is the deal. A few years back I set out to make a film. I was blessed with a crazy story, so I wanted to share it with an audience. I had little film experience, but a ton of grit. I can now check this one off the list. I will let the film do the talking. I have given little bits of it along the way via these blogposts, but it’s an experience that, as one dirt rid

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I AM A FILMMAKER

I AM A FILMMAKER

Check out this little promo...This should make you want to watch the film!   Here is the official movie trailer   A few years ago, I had an idea which turned into a dream. I wanted to become a filmmaker and create a full blown feature documentary. The theme would be centered around that which I am so passionate about…Motorcycles, exploring, overcoming obstacles, and doing things that are beyond the scope of what most people would call normal. The festival

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The Famous Scott

The Famous Scott

Put your hands in the air! I’ll start with the backstory. I had sold a 2016 Husqvarna TE300 to a local fell named Eduardo. He liked it so much that he wanted to buy my other one that I was selling. He was a bit more of a beginner than I had originally thought, but was set on those particular bikes. He had cash, and was ready to make the deal. Living in Peru, you become accustomed to doing certain things without any thought. Take speeding for instance…You can fly by a police car with

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Trail Tip #1...Don't Forget Your Brain

Trail Tip #1...Don't Forget Your Brain

Over the course of my time in the saddles of various colors of dirt bikes, I have come across numerous situations where a little ingenuity and preparation was the difference between a horrible disaster and a sweet adventure. Let’s start with letting the cat out of the bag. There are a million and one ways to fix various issues. However, we can all agree that when the inevitable happens (its dirt biking and you will break things), having a clear and logical fix might be the thing that saves your

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A Thousand Words

A Thousand Words

Over the course of my time riding dirtbikes, I have snapped thousands of pictures to capture any single moment of one of my adventures. Each picture taken with a purpose, eventually ends up on a hard drive, an old photo album, or gets deleted before anyone else has a chance to see it. That'll bend out... The old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words carries a lot of wisdom. Without a word, a picture can tell a number of stories, reach into the soul of the viewer, and

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My Best Shot

My Best Shot

I thought it would be interesting to do a write up about getting a particular shot. Seems pretty narrow of a topic, but let me put some perspective to it so you can understand what goes into making a film ready for the screen. The video below is the result of what took place in the story that follows it: Sometimes the camera grabs the right thing I want to tell my story in a way that entertains, inspires, and just makes any person on the planet want to go out and ride a dir

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The Best Cure for Jetlag

The Best Cure for Jetlag

Well, here goes my latest ride…I must say it was one of my favorites. Granted, when I started I was dreading it. I was coming off a knee injury that has kept me off a bike for about three months. In addition, I was arriving from the US to Cusco (11000 ft elevation) on the day the tour started. It was a bit different than a normal tour, as the guys were from the southern part of Peru. In fact, one of the riders was training for the 2019 Dakar that will take place in Peru next January.  The fellas

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I CAN SEE THE CHECKERED FLAG

I CAN SEE THE CHECKERED FLAG

Thumpertalk member Mark McMillan sporting a cool new jersey Congrats to Mark McMillan on the cool new Motomission Peru jersey! Mark submitted his opinion on our latest Never Ride Alone film contest and he was picked as the winner. Thanks to all of those that sent in their opinions and votes for the official movie poster. Here is the poster with the most votes! THE WINNING POSTER The Never Ride Alone film is moving forward toward the finish line. I am excited as ever to fin

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C'mon Dad!

C'mon Dad!

Over the course of my time operating MotoMission Peru, I have had various opportunities to host/guide dirt bike adventures with other riders. I have a special place in my heart for father/son adventures. I guess it must have something to do with the sentiment I have with my dad.   Official MotoMission Tour Video...Check the others on our Youtube Channel   Dirtbikes and Dads go together When Tony and Joran contacted me about doing a tour, my excitement level

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Don't Ride Naked

Want one of these cool jerseys? We need your help picking out the best film poster. My last post highlighted a moto documentary film that will be coming out soon. Its called Never Ride Alone. Make sure to follow the official Facebook movie page at Never Ride Alone Film https://www.facebook.com/neverridealonemovie/ to stay up to speed on the release dates and film festival showings.#neverridealonefilm s   As I am in the final stages of putting the finishing touches on the f

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Organic Dirtbike Film coming soon

The official Never Ride Alone film trailer   A couple of years ago, a big dream of mine began manifesting itself into a huge film project. The story has been there since our group of buddies took on the 2007  Baja 1000. We put together a hodge podge team of riders/friends to take on one of the coolest races on the planet. One that we had all dreamed about as kids...some day. The idea of the story was to bring the same team of riders together, ten years later,  to take on anothe

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Ready! Camera! Action! Making Your Ride Video POP!

So many of us have one. We drag it around each ride. Some mount it to our helmets, some put it on a chest, and yet some use it with a tripod. The action camera has been a catalyst in the world of sports to bring all of its excitement to a screen near you. I remember back in college duct taping a big VHS camera around our bodies as we leapt off bridges. We loved to revisit the adventure later on. There is something captivating about sharing experiences with others. It's part of a visual sto

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Cheers to Cusco

Peter Weiss is a name in the Hard Enduro world that you have most likely heard of. This is the guy that gets contracted by race organizations to build hard enduro race tracks. Look him up sometime...He has a long list of great race courses under his belt. In addition he does enduro schools and exhibitions that usually accompany his travels to various parts of the world. While Peter was in Peru laying out the route for the El Inka Hard Enduro, he wanted to come out to Cusco and do some tour

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Alpacas in the Crosswalk

Guiding groups of dirtbikers through the Andes of Peru is surreal. First of all, it is a huge privilege to be able to do what I do. I love riding dirtbikes as much as anybody possibly can. Combine that with serving others by leading groups on various trails, providing communication support such as translating a menu, or taking a picture or video to help recall the memory at a later date, these are the things that I do. There are many other tasks as well, but to simplify things, my job isn't much

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Anybody wanna race hard enduro in Peru?

Hard enduro has really developed rapidly here in Peru. In fact, it was just a few years ago when the first, what I would call legit race was held. The El Inka Hard Enduro entered the stage with a bang. After Jorge Nieto and Branko Bozovich of Lima, spent some time traveling around the world to participate in some of the hard enduro favorites like Romaniacs, Sea to Sky, Avandarocks, Ukupacha and so on, they decided to take a shot and organize the first hard enduro race in Peru under the umbrella

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Stairway To Heaven

THE OFFICIAL TOUR VIDEO...Enjoy!   The day started early. We wanted to get going early as the route was formidible and there was a high likelihood that we couldn't all make it to the other side. In fact, I didn't even call ahead and get hotel reservations. I was pretty certain we stood no chance. The day's ride was not long in distance, but in difficulty, it was overload. I had done the route once before as I rode it solo. Looking back on it, I realize I am an idiot. I am working

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The Eighth Wonder

"While at Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world, Ryan was counting down the days for our dirtbike tour." Todd explained just moments before heading out on the trail. It's hard to look down upon the Andes as you fly into the Cusco valley, and not have your mind blown with the enormity and vastness of the terrain below the wings. If you are crazy passionate about dirtbikes, it's even more mind blowing to imagine riding it on two wheels. Todd and Ryan joined up with Scott Englund of

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romainiacs Trainiacs...A Red Bull Romaniacs training session in Peru

Peru, has an astounding number of riders that will participate in the 2017 Red Bull Romaniacs hard enduro race. The final count is nine riders. Each has a training regimen that consists of various modes of mental and physical preparation as well as a keen focus on building the technical wherewithal that will increase the odds of reaching the finish. Two days of Romaniacs training on video...Check it out!   One of the hazards... One of those riders, Joso Fat

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Can Dakar racers ride hard enduro...These ones can!

Follow along for a great three day ride! I often receive the privilege to ride with people from all the corners of the globe. While living in Peru, one thing I notice is that very few Peruvians have ever ridden in the areas around Cusco where I live and ride. So when I get a chance to show some locals(Peruvians) some of the secrets of their country, I try to do it well.   This is what its like to ride in the Andes of Peru...Check it out! I met up with the b

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motomission peru Turning Stones vol 1

The official ride video...Make sure to watch in HD The day started by waking up in a lavish hotel room at the Aranwa Resort in Urubamba, Peru. I had a couple of hours to eat breakfast, gear up, and drive across the valley to another fine hotel to meet up with Imad. A month prior, I received an email inquiry about running a one day hard enduro tour. I was available for the dates, so I began discussing the options for the tour. What I found out was that Imad, who lives in Dubai, was vacat

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Not sure about you, but for me, there is something refreshing about starting a new year! However, when looking back on 2016, there were tons of great moments! It must be those moments that remind me that the future holds some more incredible adventures and more virgin trails! What's on your riding list for 2017?   WARNING: Watching this may cost you a plane ticket to Peru       Within walking distance to MotoMission headquarters...   This is rainy season...1

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Uncle Scotty's Little Secret

In my line of work, I run across moto enthusiasts from every corner of the planet. We all share the same passion which helps establish an instant connection. While living in Cusco, Peru, I find that the enduro crowd is quite limited. I can count the number of riders on one hand...That's coming from a city of 600,000 people.   A little trouble getting over the water   Sometimes clients come from closer areas. There is a large dirtbike community in Lima, the capital city of Peru. The popu

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A Day's Work...So Close to Impossible

The ride through the eyes of the camera...   I found myself the other day at the base of a trail that quite frankly scared the crap out of me. I straddled my seat, both feet on the ground, motor idling, and my neck looking so far up, the back of my helmet hit the plastic drone case that I had strapped to my body. Video or it didn't happen, right? Well, you're in luck. Keep reading...       The beginning of a perfect trail   I was solo. My buddy Alex was with me

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Bro Hug at Trail's End

The official tour video...feel free to share it with your riding buddies!   I have the privilege of surrounding myself with various levels of dirt riders from all corners of the globe. There is one thing that never gets exhausting for me...Pushing people deeper into a passion for dirt biking.   Please enjoy this helmet cam riding video full of awesome trails & scenery from a recent tour in the Andes of Peru.     A worthy reward!   I recently finished up w

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