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    I was created to enjoy this amazing planet and all it has to offer...I enjoy anything with a motor, outdoors, sports, and anything active. My family is priority, but its the best combination to do the things I love with those that I love.

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  1. scottiedawg

    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 no issue, pass on a double yellow, cut people off whenever you feel like it, and stop signs are optional. It becomes the norm. Eduardo wanted to test drive the other bike before he bought it. He showed up to my house on the first Husky that he bought. His plan was to buy the other one, do the paperwork, and drop one bike off at his house and return to pick up the other via taxi. Simple plan. Just behind my house are millions of trails and dirt roads. It was there I figured would be a good place to have Eduardo run through the gears. We ran up behind the house, ripped around for a few minutes while I showed off some of the capabilities of the motorcycle. He was a beginner and had no idea what he would be able to do once he hopped on. It’s like me when I watch Graham Jarvis. I think, dude, that bike is awesome…I bet I could do that. The next time I ride, I realize that it has a lot less to do with the bike and more about the rider. Regardless, I am pretty sure it helped sell the bike, even though it was nothing special. After Eduardo realized that he would become the same rider as I just by purchasing the bike, we discussed the terms, and headed back toward the house. About four blocks from the house as I came down the nasty dirt road where a cop with no headlights was coming toward me as it bounced through the potholes. As I approached the car, the blue and red flashing lights and sirens started. I thought it was just a simple warning that they were there and had nothing to do with me. I began to move over to the right to get past and return home when the cop car veered into my path rather abruptly and forced me to stop. First of all, I was a bit ticked off at the fact that I had to stop or at minimum change my direction. There was plenty of room for all. They certainly wanted to talk with me. Normally that spells trouble. My initial thought was to bail over the side of the road, rip through the field and be lost in a heartbeat. It would have worked as there would be no way to identify me. This wasn’t a highly trained group of officers. Besides, I would be in my house before they could get turned around. My problem was Eduardo. He was an amateur. I was not sure he could cross the ditch without tipping the bike over. Any stop, would potentially harm me as the police would certainly hold him hostage with the bike that was still in my name. I decided to do the correct thing. I stopped and tried to talk my way through. There are a couple of things at play…The law and the interpretation of the law. These are not street legal motos in the US. They have headlights, but no blinkers. They have license plates and insurance, but they are not legal to drive on the roads. Many police don’t care. In fact, the public busses rarely have tail lights and most speed through red lights on a daily basis. Certainly they wouldn’t have a problem with me. The four policemen in the car exited and proceeded to surround me as Eduardo pulled up behind. They radio’d for backup and shortly, a couple more police cars showed up. I didn’t have any of the documents for the bikes because we were just doing a quick test drive. They were at the house, just a few blocks away. I would hardly ever take papers anyways. It’s never needed. This time, the policemen needed more. I told them it was a dirtbike and for motocross and that I never needed to have papers. I explained that I was showing Eduardo the bike as he wanted to buy it. I also stated that I have the papers, but they were not with me. After a long ordeal, threats to impound the bikes and take me to the police station if by force if they had to, I negotiated a deal. I would meet them at the police station. I told them that nobody was going to take my bike without my hand being the one to turn the throttle. I have no confidence in the police and figured that once I let go of the bike, it would be gone forever. They wouldn’t let me go by myself and offered an officer to ride on the back. I explained that there were no footpegs and was not for passengers, but that doesn’t work for Peruvians. They could care less about footpegs. A set of footpegs for each passenger is not required in Peru One of the officers hopped on the back and I took it as an opportunity to make it as uncomfortable as it could be. Just my sarcastic nature. I ripped off the line as if going for the holeshot. The officer about ripped the skin off my ribs as he gripped on for life. I went through the gears as he began screaming at me to be careful. I explained that it was a motorcycle for racing and that is why I don’t have a license plate on it. It’s for competition. And it’s fast. Shut up and deal with it. You caused this in the first place. Behind us was a motorcade of police cars, and motorcycles. I led the pack with the officer explaining where to go, even though I knew where the police station was. We had about 5 minutes to reach the station. Once we got on the pavement, I turned it down a bit because of traffic. As the officer began asking me questions about what I was doing in Peru, he got an earful. I explained that I was a missionary. I figured the term would put the fear of God into him. Then I told him about how I run dirtbike tours and we use the profits to help the poor and destitute kids in the neighborhood. Certainly it would help if he knew that. Then he asked me a strange question. “Eres el famoso Scott?” He asked if I was the Famous Scott. I wasn’t sure about his question. Was it a good thing to be The Famous Scott? By the way he raised his excitement level as he asked the question, I figured it was a good piece of capital to actually be The Famous One. I concurred that it was in fact The Famous Scott that he was hugging as we headed to the police station. It all changed at that moment. With the new celebrity status, the rest of the night went a lot smoother. I was still miffed about having to spend so much time at the police station. Nothing transpired but a lot of wasted time. I had to share motorcycle stories to the numbers of curious officers while they scrolled through my Youtube channel to see the Famous One in action. When it was all said and done, I left with a mixed batch of feelings. I was tired and cold, missed out on a couple of hours with my family, and had a lot less respect for the system in Peru. On the other hand, I added another crazy Peru story to the mix and made a bunch of lifelong friends as I gratuitously accepted a number of Facebook friend requests from a number of the officers. Maybe next time, they will just let me be.
  2. 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 day and that of your riding partners. Each bike has its weak spots. One that I find is more universal is the clutch cover. I have managed to see holes in every one of my Hondas, Huskies, and KTM’s. Early on in my trail riding days, I discovered this stuff called JB weld (a cold weld epoxy compound). I first used it to connect the foot pegs back to the four stripped out bolt holes in the bottom of the case of my XR 80. I don’t have any pictures as it was a long time ago. However, that stuff was the solution for many a problem over the years. When I started riding in Peru, JB Weld wasn’t available. However, there was another thing that looked really similar. Soldi-Mix. I am guessing it’s even a little better as they can use more toxic and dangerous ingredients in some other parts of the world. This story starts with a couple of bikes, mostly stock, and two anxious fellas in search of a couple of amazing routes. Weston and I had been spending our time ripping all over the areas around the city of Cusco as our goal was to begin to map out trails in the area in order to understand the system for my MotoMission clients. These were the early days. Before I knew any better. There was an exquisite trail that I had paid good money to hike. It was a five day excursion complete with mules, backpacks, guides, and some good buddies that were not dirt bikers. However, the first time I hiked it, I realized just how fun it would be on a dirt bike and had to come back someday. My someday had come. Weston and I planned to go from Cusco to Santa Teresa over the Salkantay pass. Google Salkantay and you will find millions of pictures and stories from tourist that have done the route on foot. We headed out early in the AM, worked our way through the valley, then down to the base of the route at a little town called Mollepata. We stayed in a nappy little hostel, ate what we could find, and rested for the day to come. This hole was so big we patched it with a coin... Morning arrived and off we went. The next place to stay was in the jungle on the other side of the pass. We committed to reaching the top and continuing down to Santa Teresa and eventually looping around back to Cusco. Over the course of the morning, we fought a tough battle with wet rock, mud, swollen creeks, ice and snow, and tons of altitude. Little by little we made it to the top. We celebrated and quickly began the descent toward the jungle. Within a couple hundreds of yards from the top, Weston found himself dropping off a rocky ledge and punching his rear brake lever deep into the clutch cover. All the oil was gone in a matter of seconds. As we sat there wondering what to do, I certainly felt a sense of panic as I had not prepared well for the trip. I had done this before, although it was in the US and not such a ways from civilization. First, we had a hole in the side of the motor. Second, we had no oil to refill the tranny. Third, which we found out later, we had no tow strap. What did we do? We learned a handful of valuable lessons. First, the bike was damaged at 15000ft elevation. Our destination was down in the jungle at 8,000ft. It was mostly downhill. However, there were a number of climbs that proved to be nearly impossible without the motor pushing the bike forward. We chose not to use the motor and coast as much as possible, but when we reached the first section of trail that went uphill, we quickly found ourselves in a bind. I managed to find an old alpaca herder that had a twisted piece of twine that I bought for a couple of good days wages. It was all worth it. Let that be the first one…BRING A TOW STRAP OR SMALL SECTION OF ROPE. We made it to the town of Santa Teresa well into the night, and found a place to stay. However, we still had a hole in the clutch cover. This is where I discovered the value of a cold weld compound like JB Weld or SoldiMix…Second lesson learned…ALWAYS CARRY COLD WELD. For the equivalent of three bucks, I found a pack with a two-tube epoxy mix. You squeeze together equal amounts, stir it up really well, then apply the toothpaste textured goop over the hole in the clutch cover. Over the course of about 20 minutes, it dried and was ready for use. A scrounge around town to find some motorcycle worthy oil, and Weston and I were back in business. A couple of lessons I learned on this one. Always carry a new pack of Soldimix (cold weld compound). Always carry a small section of rope or tow strap. Had we had those items, we would have fixed the problem on site, rode down the hill and finished our ride as planned. We may have needed the tow strap later for something else, but with the Soldimix, we could have taken a small bit of the oil from the other bike and made it work. A pack of Soldimix takes up only a tiny little space in a fanny pack. It can be duct taped to the frame somewhere if you don’t want to carry it. The weight/volume vs the benefits is a no brainer. Sure, you can’t take everything, but when it comes to an efficient use of space, bring a cold weld kit. If you forget it, then make sure you have your tow strap. The final thing to never leave at home is your brain. Sometimes people are gifted with being able to make solutions. If that is not you, then read about it. Thumpertalk is full of amazing little trail tricks and creative ways to fix your bike without certain tools. You can fill your mental toolbox up with a couple of good forum threads, then take it with you. If you are good at figuring things out, all the better, but DON’T FORGET YOUR BRAIN.
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    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 generate every form of emotion. I found myself the other day looking back through some of my pictures. I was digging deep into the recesses of my laptop files and ran across a number of albums that begged me to take a peak. I am glad I did. That's why we ride! What I found was a mixture of albums titles that stretched from locations, dates, titles of events or activities, and the always so exciting “Random Pics” file. As I scrolled through the options, my heart went back to the places and times that the pictures were taken. It spurred a thought…Some of the best times in my life have been in the saddle of a dirtbike. I have taken pictures of many of those adventures. If there was one picture that I could pull out of all of the thousands of options, which would be the one that tells the best story? A helmet full of of joy! So there you have it. We are going to do a Photo Story contest. I have an official MotoMission Peru jersey or T shirt for the winner. I’ll build a panel of judges to determine which picture tells the best story. Send me your favorite picture with any dirt bike theme. That can be pretty wide open as long as the judge can tell it has something to do with dirtbikes or riding. One picture per TT member. It must be your own photo and by submitting, you are giving Thumpertalk.com permission to use it. Make sure it tells the viewer a story. Please submit your entry to Scott@motomissionperu.com or send it via TT message. Entry deadline is the 15th of November and the winner will be announced during next month’s post. I am looking forward to hearing your stories through a lens. Until the next one, Scottiedawg
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    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 dirtbike. The story includes many of my passions. Dirt Biking, exploring, cinematography, and thrill seeking via whatever comes across my path. In my attempts to bring the story to the screen, I have taken thousands of video clips, sound bites, and photos. I have seen a progression of quality over the course of the film project. I feel a lot more capable of going out and producing something more visually pleasing than when I first started. I don’t want to spill all the beans, but on a recent film shoot, I went out with an idea to get a particular shot. I wanted a majestic “top of the world” shot that would blow minds. I wanted it to include a motorcycle and a man. My hope was to make the shot tell a specific story. The story was to include reaching a goal, risking much to do so, and receiving an award for the hard work. That’s where I started. In prep the night before the film shoot, I gathered all the equipment needed. Drone batteries charged and firmware all updated. Extra cords and propellers in case something goes wrong. SD card formatted, ND filter kit cleaned up, fuel tank topped off, and the chain lubed. I check the tire pressures and fluids on the Honda CRF 450x. It’s my favorite steed. It always gets me there and back. Sorry for the view! An early morning rise will allow me to reach the film site when the sun is coming up. My hope is that there will be some clouds. I cannot control that, but based on the last few mornings, it looks like it should be good. My head hits the pillow as I go back through my memory bank of perfect picture places. Pachatusan is the location. It’s a huge mountain, 16000ft that sits just behind my house. There are two rock points that I have in mind. I can put my bike on these points, although it’s not an easy ride, but it’s worth the shot. Five in the morning brings first light. I get up, gear up, and head out in short order. I ride smooth and fast for 30 minutes from my house to reach the spot. Yup, it’s pretty. I get all giddy because of the way the scenery holds the colors, the silhouettes, and overwhelming views that just don’t seem real. I begin to set up the drone. My plan is to do a point of interest shot which places the camera on a center area, while the drone does a circle around the point of interest. If I set the angles just right, I capture the portion of the ride up to the rocky point. I prepare the drone for flight, start the camera, and fly it over the point of interest to set the drone flight pattern. I set the camera exposure, shooting in 4k, with a 4mph circling speed. Now it’s time to get the shot. I set the controller on the ground, hop on my bike, and get ready for the drone to pass a spot on its circle. Once it reaches the right spot, I begin to ride up the gnarly rock to reach the point. It’s scary, but I have done it before and know what I am up against. My first attempt was foiled as my impatience and hurry somehow broke my concentration as I crashed out before reaching the top. The batteries are limited and I used a bunch of the time to set up the shot. In the first case, I had to go back and replace the battery and set up the shot again because of my crash. Second times a charm. On the second attempt, I set it all up much faster. This time, I patiently do it right. I ride up the rocky point flawlessly and place my tires on the rock outcropping. It drops off hundreds of feet. I feel a queasy sensation as I look down into the canyon. It’s funny, but the thoughts of my clutch cable snapping at the moment that I roll my tire up to the edge of the cliff give me the heeby jeebies. Dirtbikes are such a mind game. I stay there for a moment, I look around in awe, then I shake my head in disbelief that I can actually exist in a place like that. I forget that I am filming because I am so blown away at what’s in front of me. Regardless, I get the shot. It’s not over. I still have to get back and edit the footage. Opening the file for the first time to watch the raw scene, is always a thrill. It’s like a kid opening a Christmas present. Just a little screenshot! Once I review the whole scene, then I put the raw footage into my editing software and clip and cut it to exactly what I want. I tweak the color if need be and add an effect or size it up to fit like I want. There is something magical when it all comes together. I know its film, but it gives me the same feeling as when I am facing an impossible hill climb. I decide to give it my best and most aggressive shot and I rip all the way to the top. Surprised and thrilled at the same moment, I scream and raise my fist in celebration to the guys down below. Yeah, that is the thrill that has pushed me to reach the end of this film project. I am hoping to have the film released for video on demand after the film festivals. There is always the chance that it might get picked up by a media buyer as well. Not sure where this thing is going to go, but I can sleep well at night knowing that I reached my goal. I finished. Make sure to stay tuned right here as I will keep you TT peeps up to speed on the film. I also will be keeping the official film page on Facebook up to date. It’s called Never Ride Alone Film. Make sure to give it a like and share the heck out of it. I am pretty sure the moto community has never seen a film project quite like this one... A solo movie experience completely created by one hard enduro guy who loves dirtbikes as much as anybody on ThumperTalk. Thanks for following along, but if you're note, tap that "follow" button up top to be notified of when I post new stories. Scottiedawg
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    I CAN SEE THE CHECKERED FLAG

    Release date to the public will be announced after the film festival rounds are made. Most film festivals only want unreleased films as entries. I will keep things posted on the official movie Facebook page at Never Ride Alone Film.
  6. 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 knew I would be arriving and had planned on me not being there for the first day. Cusco Peru - Home Sweet Home! I hit the ground in Cusco and started feeling the urge to ride, then decided to go for it. The 20 some odd hours of flight that led up to me gearing up and heading out was tough, but I wanted to ride so bad. Looks like a commercial for Husqvarna 2-strokes, huh? I connected with the fellas and told them I was in and would meet up as soon as I could gear up. They put me in charge of the guiding job as we were in my backyard. I knew exactly what they wanted. We hit some legendary trails. I got in three of the finest days of hard enduro that one can imagine. I am gonna let the pictures do the talking. When it was all said and done, we had hit every type of weather from sun to snow, altitudes from 8000ft to almost 16000ft and back all in the same day, got stopped with waist deep snow just 200 yds from the top of the pass, broke a few parts on the bikes, and snapped a million pictures. It was just another reminder as to why I love this sport! Riding in this place has been a privilege. I have filled my memory bank with some of the most incredible rides, scenery, and experiences that one can imagine. Enjoy the pictures! On Another Note… Many of you have been following along with the Never Ride Alone film documentary project that I have been working on over the past few years. I am happy to announce that the film is complete and ready to show. The next step in the process is to enter into the film festival arena before the typical video on demand or DVD sales are available. The reason for this is that most film festivals will not allow you in if you have previously distributed the film. So, just hang in there a bit longer and then it will be available for purchase through various distribution options. Also, if you have not followed the official film page on Facebook, make sure to follow at Never Ride Alone Film. There you will be kept up to speed on the happenings, release dates, and film festival showings. There might just be one in your area. Check out the trailer below to get you excited for the movie.
  7. 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 finally see this thing on a big screen. The final touches are being completed and this thing should be ready to hit the film festival circuit. Make sure to stay connected via the official Never Ride Alone film page on Facebook. Also, I will continue to post information and distribution dates on this blog as it comes available. Below is a self interview about the film. My hope is that you can gain a bit of insight into whats to come on the screen. Hope you enjoy. Also, make sure to watch the official trailer if you want to see what the film might be like. THE OFFICIAL NEVER RIDE ALONE FILM TRAILER What motivated me to make this movie? Originally, the idea was to take a group of guys( and dear friends) that raced in the 2007 Baja 1000 and do a ten year reunion ride from the Amazon Jungle, from one side of the Andes to the other, and reach the beach of the Pacific Ocean on the western coast of Peru. For various reasons, that project had to be postponed. The current Never Ride Alone project is actually the backup project that was mostly filmed during the time that was set aside for the original project. I love making film. It started back when I was in grade school decades ago. I had a media class where we experimented with video equipment and I just got hooked. I also love to tell stories. What better way to match up my passions for film, storytelling, exploring, and dirtbike riding? A COMMON BACKDROP IN THE ANDES OF PERU How long have you been working on this project? It began with an idea about three years ago. From there, the dream never stopped. It sure brought out the naysayers. When you dream big, it draws negativity like a magnet. I had to decide if I wanted to listen to it or make my dream a reality. I am still up to my neck in this thing. ANOTHER PERFECT TRAIL What have you learned along the process of making the film? Most of all, I learned about Scott Englund. It was like a gym. Each day I would work out to make myself stronger, faster, and better. Not just in physical strength, but in mental endurance, technical riding ability, filmmaking, and problem solving. When you watch the film, there is a profound theme that follows a "never give up" attitude that one must have to reach a goal. There have been hundreds of valid reasons to give up. The value of finishing the project is more than throwing in the towel. Why is Peru the stage for the film? I live here. I ride these mountains daily. I know what a treasure and privilege it is to do what I do. I am like a kid that just received the coolest present for Christmas and has nobody with whom to share. Of the hundreds of thousands of hard core dirtbikers in the world, only a fraction ever have the opportunity to ride in these mountains. I love showing off my back yard to other riders. I am hoping that you come and ride with me some day. It's perfectly beautiful. Don't get me wrong, there are other beautiful places in the world, but this is as exotic as it gets. Millions of acres to myself. Its hard to wrap your mind around, but literally millions of acres without another dirtbike out there. They don't make rules to keep dirtbikes out. They would have to make the law just for me. The trails are endless. I have hundreds of routes that I have yet to tackle. No way in my lifetime will be able to explore each one. There are hundreds of trails that have never seen the tires of a dirtbike. When you put the landscape and the mystique of the Andes together with trails that dirtbikers can only dream about, you get a perfect stage for a film. What's the theme of the movie? The perfect movie stage It's a solo project. I chose to build a film without the help of a crew to see if it was possible. I carried all the equipment in my pockets and backpack, I set up each shot, rode through many of them, and edited and developed the story along the way. My goal was to create a visually pleasing film that would trick the viewer into thinking that there was a crew that helped in the process, but it was just me(with the exception of a few parts outside of my riding story). It's a dirtbiking film. The riding is real... no stunt people, no special effects, just me and my bike. However the story is universal. It's about choosing and challenging oneself with an impossible journey, preparing to tackle it, and then stacking up a bunch of obstacles on top of the impossible just to push myself even further. My goal is to show an ordinary dude in a real life dirtbike story facing eminent failure, but giving 100% anyways. If I can motivate one person to think differently and go a bit further without giving up, then the film was a success. I also wanted to create a film that makes you want to ride. I am pretty sure this will do it. MY TRAINING GROUND When will the film be ready for purchase by the general public? I am currently finishing up the final editing touches in order to be ready to enter a number of film festivals. Generally, films become available for distribution at the end of the festival circuit. There are a number of variables in the mix. If it is well received by the festival world, then the distribution will have a much wider spread. That is my hope. Make sure to follow along by liking the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/neverridealonemovie/ Big things to come, Scottiedawg Scott Englund and his family run a high end dirtbike adventure operation in Cusco, Peru called MotoMission Peru. They operate the business as a social enterprise and donate 100% of the profits from the business to support local social projects in the Cusco area. Check it out at www.MotoMissionperu.com. .
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    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 rose. A father/son combo with limited dirt bike experience would be a challenge, but a welcome one. I normally cater to seasoned riders, but his one would put a different pressure on me as the guide. I needed to push these guys to their limits, while completing a route within our time frame of four days. The terrain needed to fit both the skill level and the distance we needed to cover each day. The fellas wanted to roll their tires over some amazing parts of Peru, get some mind blowing pics, and live to tell about it. A face with a smile tells a story My work was cut out for me. I put Joran on a crf 230 because of his size and experience. Dad, Tony, was on the Husky 300, I rode a Honda 450x. I figured I could swap out with one of them if I needed. Bike selection worked out perfectly. The route itself was ideal. It was a mix of single track, some rough two track, and some free ride(go where ever you want) type of stuff. It was perfect to try a hand at hill climbs, scare oneself silly on rock fixtures, and put the tires on the edge of mountain ledges to make the heart flutter a bit. The ride was fantastic. Tony and Joran both expanded their riding level to new heights. In fact, I was able to coach the guys on various little riding tricks that someone showed me along my journey. Stand up more, focus eyes on where you want to go, as well as some mechanics of body positioning and how it relates to traction and control. It was a bit of a seminar/riding school/test day. No doubt that the guys are better riders now. I thoroughly enjoyed that part of the tour. The view they wanted to see! When it all boils down, we had a fantastic four days of riding. Each were pushed to the limit various times each day. When the heads hit the pillows each night, it took no time for the sleep to begin. Smiles were abundant, and there were no shortages of whoops, hollars, and high fives. Certainly another successful tour! MotoMission Peru is a social enterprise operated by Scott Englund. If you want to see the Andes via dirtbike, this is how to do it. High quality in every aspect. Service, guide, routes, equipment, and overall experience cannot be beat. Contact Scott via Thumpertalk messaging or at scott@motomissionperu.com for more information.
  9. scottiedawg

    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 film project. I find myself in a spot where I need some help. So, I thought I would find some good old Thumpertalk advice. Instead of asking for opinions on which is the best oil, guaranteed to bring a thousand opinions, I thought I would ask opinions on movie poster options. What better way to prod you for a response than to make it a contest. Here goes. I have an official MotoMission Peru jersey to give away to one of the TT members that cast their vote for the movie poster. All of the votes will be taken into account, a list will be made of each person that provides a vote, and one of the names will be randomly drawn. The winner gets a sweet jersey out of the deal, just like the one in the picture above. Option 1, 2 or 3...Pick your favorite and message me for a chance to win an official MotoMission jersey The Official Never Ride Alone Film Trailer I am not sure if you caught my last post, but I shared the official movie trailer with the TT community. Here it is again in case you missed it. It should get you excited for the film. The film is about exploring the Andes mountains of Peru on a dirtbike, and its filmed, directed, and produced by a dirtbiker. I will let the trailer do the rest of the teasing. As for the film, many have asked about release dates. The film should be finished during the summer of 2018. It will be released in the film festival scene first. From there, it can take a few different paths, but it will be available for purchase after the film festival circuit is complete. Again, make sure to follow the official Facebook movie page at Never Ride Alone Film to stay tuned to festival schedule and showings near you. I am looking forward to tallying up your votes. Also, stay on the lookout for a sweet movie coming soon. Until the next one, Scottiedawg Scott Englund is the owner/operator of MotoMission Peru, a social enterprise hard enduro operation nestled in the Andes Mountains of Cusco, Peru. Check out our website at www.motomissionperu.com or find us on Facebook at MotoMission Peru. Feel free to follow along this blog for ride adventures in exotic places, with amazing people, and with some incredible experiences along the way. www.motomissionperu.com https://www.facebook.com/neverridealonemovie/
  10. 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 another impossible. Ride from the Peruvian Amazon Jungle through the entire Andes Mountain range, and end up at the beach on the Pacific Coast of Peru. No route, just overland enduro. Navigating however we could manage to reach our destination. The plan was being put together by a professional film producer and director. The film and support crews were being built, the logistics plan was developing, and the excitement from the riders was explosive. At the finish line 2007 Baja 1000 Our project took a tough turn. With a number of obstacles in our way, we postponed the project until the right pieces lined up. In the meantime, there was a section of two months that I had blocked out for filming and doing the ride. I had arranged to keep that time free and not schedule any tours or travel. Capturing stories on film... During the months leading up to our original film date, a backup film project reared its head. I could see things unraveling with our original project and didn't want to lose two months without anything planned. I developed the idea of doing a solo film project. This one would be all on my shoulders. Nobody to count on but me. No film crews. No other riders...just my bike, my backpack, and my camera. The Andes are a special place I am now at the final stages of completing the project. It's been a couple of years in the making. I thought I would share the trailer with the Thumpertalk community and let the cat out of the bag so to speak. I still have a lot of finish work to do, but the end is near. I am currently building the promotion and marketing side of the distribution effort. Make sure to like and follow our Facebook movie page at Never Ride Alone Film. From there, all the updates and release information will be available. Some alone time... As with everything we do at MotoMission, the film project is another one of our endeavors to help support social projects in the area of Cusco, Peru. Our hope is that the proceeds from the film will help support our partners at the Altivas Canas Children's Project for many years into the future.. Enjoy the trailer...And be on the lookout for an exciting film journey through the Andes by another Thumpertalk member gearhead and budding filmmaker. Scott Englund Owner/Operator MotoMission Peru
  11. scottiedawg

    RIDING PANTS?

    The old school OTB pants got caught on pegs and kickstarters. Those that comment in this as being a problem have most likely not used a modern pant like thw Patrol or the Klim. They work great, keep the water frim filling your boot, and the velcro tears away if a hangup occurs. I am going on 6 years of Fly Patrol use and have yet to hang up on a peg. I ride hard enduro and tight techy stuff, and they have not let me down. Super useful with tons of ventilation as well.
  12. I have a strange twist to this issue...there is nothing prohibited where I ride in the Andes of Peru. However, every foreign rider that I have hosted has had an utmost respect for the land. Its the people that live here are the ones that tear it up and go off trail. Its the ones that live here that run across a planted field while a walking path awaits their use. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to get after someone for ripping through a herd of sheep or alpacas. Its easy to go around and show respect. I am going to say its an education thing. Up to the point that I explain the situation, it makes no sense why they would go around, or not rip up a pristine grassy meadow. Its a different set of circumstances here, but once they understand why I scream and yell at them for scattering the poor little 12 year old girl's animals across the countryside, they stop doing doing it. My guess is its the same in every country. Those that don't stay on the appropriate areas don't understand the benefit of such action. Most on this thread get it. There are people just like us, but use UTV's to enjoy the outdoors and get a thrill, or explore, or whatever, and take crazy care of the trails and areas in which they ride. I wont be reaching those because I dont run in those circles. Those that do, teach it and be good examples. Explain to the younger ones why its important. Dont just cuss them out when you see it, educate by respectfully sharing your personal convictions as to why you treat the land like you do...education is a process. Better start now.
  13. Sorry about the lack of a link to the "ride" video...I have now edited the post and it should be there to watch. Enjoy!
  14. 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 storytelling phenomenon in which many have become addicted. I am one of them. Have you ever sat through a treacherous three minute ride video that your buddy put together? He was so stoked about it, but as you reached the 20 second mark you wanted to do something else? Was it all taken from the latest GoPro mounted on his helmet? The sound consisted of a wound out two stroke at blaring levels? Yeah, I've been there. In fact, that may have been one of my earlier videos. I ride dirtbikes in one of the coolest places on the planet. As I have been exploring the backcountry of Peru over the years, I have picked up some great ride shots via my handy little GoPro. Times have changed a bit with technology. Now, I capture 4k footage straight onto my phone, I can fly a drone above and beyond to bring even better footage back home to show the audience. The mount options are infinite as well as the gadgets for taking different shots. All of this technology has opened up a new passion for me. I have combined my longing to lay my tires on new tracks with the thrill of capturing the right shot. I also love to write and tell stories. Over the past decade, I have developed a pet peeve with bad videos. I certainly cannot claim to be top drawer when it comes to talent, but there are a few things that I have learned along the way that can help you put better videos together. I have included my latest ride video of a group of three guys and myself that hammered our way through some great riding in the Andes of Peru. It is more of a ride video and not much of a story video. My plan is to use it as an example. Whether you think it's good or bad is your opinion. My hope is that you can improve the viewability of your videos with just a couple of practical and simple to use techniques. Besides, you want people to enjoy your work. Keep the camera still Whenever possible, use a tripod, a rock, a prop up device to keep the camera from moving while taking the shot. This goes for those that are using basic stuff. If you don't have a gimbal (most riders don't carry one around in their tool pouch) use creativity to figure out a way to place your camera on a solid spot. Personally I almost always use a flexible, three legged tripod to mount my Samsung S7. I can place it anywhere, I keep it in my pocket on my riding pants, and can set it up before the guys come around the corner and into the shot. Take short clips If you have ever spent much time editing, you understand. Large files have to be processed by your computer even if you only want a three second clip of a 45 minute file. Another reason to keep them short is for entertainment purposes. Mainstream movies change camera views and angles each few seconds. Its so you don't get bored with the film. Same thing goes for your ride video. Mix it up where possible. Many Points of View As I mentioned above, changing camera angles will make your video easier to watch. If you watch a 5 minute video of the same helmet mounted GoPro footage, you might die. It's boring for most everybody that wasn't on the bike. Its OK to use helmet mounts, but change the scene. Stop and film your buddies zipping by as they bang through the rocks. Pan around and take in some pretty scenes. Follow along on that gnarly section of trail. Get in your buddy's face and ask him about how he crashed. Film a high five or fist bump. Mix those in with your video and you will make it much more enjoyable to watch. Length of Video Keep your edits between two and three minutes preferably, and under five minutes for best audience gain. Many of the professionals on social media talk about how important it is to keep things short. People have little windows of time that they can sneak in a Youtube video. If you have a 45 minute movie, they probably won't be able to check it out while on their coffee break. They also won't run over to Charlie and say, "Hey, check this one out!" In my experience, it's like pricing...Keep it under the minute markers...do a 2:59 second video instead of a 3:02 video. In general, the shorter the better. I try to keep ride videos to the three to four minute mark per day. Pack the best stuff in there and get rid of the rest. People will watch your videos much more often. In addition, there are limits on social media for file size and video quality. Last thing you want to do is make a cool video to find out the file is too big for your Facebook page. Keep Edits Simple You don't need to add a million crazy transitions or graphics. Unless it is done well, its more of a distraction. Transition from shot to shot with basic cuts. Is easier and works well with ride videos. The Rule of Thirds This is a time tested film and photo basic...Take your screen and divide it into thirds, up and down and side to side. Basically make a tic tac toe board on your screen. Place your subject in one of the corners of the middle square. If you have a full length subject that takes most of the height of the screen, place the subject on one of the up and down lines. It creates perspective and makes a better shot. Same goes with horizons and mountain backgrounds. Place them on one of the horizontal thirds to make your image more pleasing. Subject is not centered in the middle of the frame...but rather on one of the 1/3 lines. Sound If you don't record good sound with your video, don't put it in there. If you are making a sandwich and the bread is bad, it will make your whole sandwich bad, even if you have the best cheese and meat. Cover up with clear voice over or music. Smart phones usually have good sound recording for videos. Use the best you have available, and if you have little to work with, put in more music. Story You are trying to tell as story each time you make a video. Keep an eye out for things that stand out to make your story interesting. A wreck, funny things people say, beautiful scenery, obstacles and struggles, and anything else that stands out in your story. Highlight it with clips that you have taken and your video will be better for it. As for the video that I included in the post, look it over. I have put many of these principles into practice. It's not perfect, but imagine what it would be like to have only on point of view, or mumbled GoPro sound? Do yourself and your friends a favor and make those videos more entertaining to watch. Until the next time...keep the wheels down. Scottiedawg Scott Englund is a social entrepreneur living in Cusco Peru. Scott operates MotoMission Peru, which offers super exotic hard enduro tours through the Andes. You can check out MotoMission Peru by visiting the website at www.Motomissionperu.com or find them on Facebook or check out other ride videos and media on the MotoMission Peru Dirtbike Adventures YouTube Channel. Feel free to contact Scott right here through TT if you have any questions about MotoMission Peru.
  15. I tried to PM you but it didn't work. Try my email at scott@motomissionperu.com or Facebook at MotoMission Peru...

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