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Destination » USA » The Arizona Express Dual Sport Ride

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The Arizona Express Dual Sport Ride

We make it easy. A short and sweet training and wintertime ride in the heart of the American Southwest.

This tour is best suited for experienced riders with good off road riding skills. It is categorized as ADVENTURE +. You need not be an expert, but the novice will be tested. We consider this the perfect small bike tour. Riders may use their own motorcycles or rent one from MotoDiscovery. If you choose to ride a heavier motorcycle larger than 650cc, you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have the experience and physicality to match the size and performance of such a motorcycle. Arizona presents a unique opportunity to get away and ride in the middle of winter. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has superb flight schedules. This can be a seamless touring experience where all you need to do is show up and enjoy a fun and adventurous ride through the backroads of Arizona. Groups are small. Early reservations are encouraged. Call us if you have questions.

NOTE: This tour, and all MotoDiscovery USA Back Road tours are highly subject to itinerary changes, even last minute, due to weather, forest fire threats, landslide road closures and ongoing research. Please accept this as the nature of adventure travel and count on MotoDiscovery serving your best interests and that of the enjoyment and safety of the group.

  • Backcountry Discovery Routes has paved the way in researching the best off road routes in many regions of the USA. In Arizona we will be following sections 1 and 2 of the AZBDR.
  • You will marvel at the imagery of thousands of enormous saguaro cactus, up to 40 ft. tall, spreading across the open Sonoran desert. You know you are in Arizona.
  • The landscape experienced on the Arizona Express Dual Sport Ride is more than just desert. You’ll realize this as we gain the summit of Mt. Lemmon and ride the historic Reddington Pass. The mountains of Arizona are part of the contrasts in beauty and elevation.
  • For centuries, mining has contributed to the settling of Arizona. We’ll enjoy learning more about how gold, turquoise, copper, and coal have been a part of Arizona’s boom and bust mining history since the times of the earliest pioneers.
  • Ride the epic 2 track roads through Mt. Wrightson Wilderness Area.
  • We’ll get close to Mexico on this Arizona motorcycle tour. Look forward to riding scenic 2-track roads along the Mexico border through Coronado National Forest.
  • Experience the best service packed into 4 great riding days. This is the perfect riding adventure at a great value.
  • Limited to ten (10) participants.
  • This tour is the ideal platform for a customized private tour just for you and your friends. Interested? Fill out this easy Custom Motorcycle Tour Questionnaire, and let’s get started.

Tour Dates

Feb 15 – 20, 2023
6 days / 5 nights

Tour Registration

By requesting a booking, you'll be able to reserve your spot on this tour. Closer to the tour date you will receive an email with payment information and you will be able to make a deposit or pay the entire balance.

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to our travel professionals.

Tour Style

Adventure Training - Expect off road challenges blended with training and some pavement riding. Midsize to smaller motorcycles recommended. Larger ADV motorcycles are adequate only in the hands of skilled riders.


Feb 15 – 20, 2023
Starts at $3,879 USD


How difficult is the riding?

This question is always asked and the answer is the same. The difficulty depends on your experience, physicality and spirit. There is NO mandatory single track on this tour. This ride combines excellent dirt roads and 2-track trails with twisty pavement sections that can’t be missed. All portions of the route are drivable by our support truck which will follow behind the group or meet at predetermined intersections on all days of the tour. This tour is best suited for smaller street-legal dual-sport motorcycles between 250-800CC equipped with proper off-road tires. 

Will there be a support vehicle?

Yes. Our support vehicle will be with us for the duration of the event to carry your personal gear, tools, water and provide riders with the confidence to ride their own pace knowing we have your back. Non-riding participants (space is limited please give us a call to confirm) may also join us in the support vehicle.

Should I rent a bike or bring my own?

If you have one of the “mega” touring machines such as the BMW R1200GS, and you have not been off-road with it, you may benefit from riding a lighter-weight motorcycle where the weight and performance will not be so overwhelming – so renting should be considered.  Fear of dropping your bike is also inhibiting. Contact us to reserve your well-outfitted rental motorcycle. Motorcycles available for this event in 2021 and 2022 are the Yamaha WR250R, XT250, Suzuki DRZ400S and the Yamaha Tenere 700. 

Will you carry my gear?

Yes. Please pack in dust and waterproof duffels. We gladly carry gear but MotoDiscovery is not responsible for any loss or damage. 

How large are the groups?

Higher quality service results when groups are smaller. Group size is limited to ten (10) tour participants plus staff. 

Can I bring my friend, wife, husband, etc?

Yes. We have a comfortable overland support vehicle that can accommodate a limited number of passengers in comfort and style. If you are planning to ride 2-up, please understand that this is not an event to learn to safely ride off-road with a passenger. Consider attending one of our Rider Training Tours if you would like to sharpen your off-pavement skills. 

Can I safely store my truck/van/trailer in Phoenix, AZ during the ride?

Arrangements can be made to store your vehicle and trailer in Phoenix at the rendezvous hotel. Please contact the hotel directly with information on your vehicle and trailer to confirm. 

What sort of gear will I need to bring?

This will be covered in our pre-trip communication emails along with other valuable preparation tips.  Keep in mind that space is limited in the support vehicle and gear can be stowed in Phoenix at the hotel while on the tour. 

Will there be any tent camping?

There is no tent camping on this event.

When should I book my tour?

Now. For a better touring experience, we keep our groups small which frequently results in tours “sold out”. 

Can you design a special Arizona tour just for my friends and I?

Yes. MotoDiscovery creates special private customized tours around the world each season. We are experts and regard this as our specialty. Contact us today for more information, or go to our Custom Tour Questionnaire link to begin the process