For inquiries about private rides, tours, and personal adventure videography services in Southern Utah, please check the calendar above for available dates, scope the Frequently Asked Questions, then tell me your name, email, and the dates you'd like to ride!
SCHOOLING Weekender! October 3-6th 2019Out of stock
SHRED Weekender! October 24-27th 2019Out of stock
SCHOOLING Weekender! November 7-10th 2019Out of stock
SOLID Weekender! November 14-17th 2019Price$200.00
SCHOOLING Weekender! December 5-8th 2019Price$200.00
SHRED Weekender! January 9-12 2020Price$200.00
SOLID Weekender! January 23-26 2020Price$200.00
SCHOOLING Weekender! February 6-9th 2020Price$200.00
SHRED Weekender! February 20-23rd 2020Price$200.00
SCHOOLING Weekender! March 5-8 2020Price$200.00
SOLID Weekender! March 19-22 2020Price$200.00
SCHOOLING Weekender! April 2-5th 2020Price$200.00
SOLID Weekender! April 16-19th 2020Price$200.00
SCENIC Weekender! April 30-May 3rd 2020Price$200.00
SCENIC Weekender! May 14-17th 2020Price$200.00
RALLIES, RIDES, + VIDEOGRAPHY
TO BOOK A RALLY OR PRIVATE RIDE, PLEASE CHECK THE AVAILABLE DATES ON THE CALENDAR, THEN CONTACT MY LOVELY WIFE JESSIE THROUGH THE FORM BELOW.
Please note that Sundays are my "day off" so I won't be riding, touring, or filming on Sundays.
This calendar is for reference only. Unscheduled days on the calendar are NOT guaranteed to be available for riding/touring. Please inquire below for availability.
Messages sent through this form go directly to my awesome wife Jessie, who will help you schedule your dream ride, lodging, rentals, special requests, etc. Please do not send private messages to me (Tyler) through this form. Thanks and much love!
The Frequently Asked Questions section below has a TON of information about rentals, weather, gear, food, and everything else you might want to know!
PRIVATE FILM TOUR PRICING BREAKDOWN
Please check the schedule above and contact Jessie in the form above to schedule the time you'd like to come and ride.
If you're a patron, contributor, producer who contributes to the creation of eveRide videos, you are welcome to join me for a private dual sport motorcycle adventure in the badlands of Southern Utah for you and up to seven other friends (three guests minimum, eight guests maximum). Please remember that my availability for any private sessions is limited, and not every open day on the calendar is guaranteed to be available.
The Price of Private rides is variable and dependent on the size of the group, length of stay, and any special requests. Please contact us in the form above for pricing information.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COST*:
Everide Adventure Videography and Photography Services, up to 8 hours per day.
4k* Aerial photography/videography filmed with the DJI Mavic Pro.
4k* on-ground photography/videography filmed with the Panasonic Lumix GH5.
4k* on-the-move footage filmed with the Sony X3000 Action Camera front and rear-facing.
Please bring a 128gb sd card, thumb drive, or hard drive to transfer your footage.
12-way Scala Packtalk headset communicator rental.*
Pre-synced and ready to go... just clip it on your helmet so you can communicate with everybody in the group.
* 1080p HD at 60fps will be the default film format unless 4k is specifically requested.
What's not included in the cost, but you get as my personal guest*:
For each day of filming, you also get one night as my guest at the "Moto Mansion", which features:
A full garage with a motorcycle lift, tools, TV, and sound system.
A full laundry room with soap, cleaners, and fabric softener. No need to pack extra clothes!
A full kitchen, microwave, coffee maker, oven, stove, and full-sized fridge. You can keep your leftovers or save money by cooking at the Moto Mansion.
A ridiculously awesome massage chair with hundreds of settings.
A 110" HD Theater screen with a back-up 60 inch 4k TV, 5.1 Surround Sound, PS4, Xbox 360, Wii, and thousands of movies via Netflix and Amazon.
A private outdoor oasis with a grill, basketball court, bluetooth PA, amazing view, and a 6-person Hot Tub for soaking and relaxing after the rides.
Three rooms, one with two twins (or one king bed, if you prefer), one with two full beds and two twin beds on bunks, and one with two twins.
Amazing memory foam mattresses.
Sound machines for noise reduction.
A double-headed shower.
A refreshing bidet.
Just a short 5 minute ride through historic Santa Clara to the legendary "Commute" trail, which connects to thousands of trails all around Southwest Utah, Arizona, and Nevada.
Personalized guided touring to unmapped, local-knowledge trails, tailor-made to the group's riding style and preference.
*Unless we arrange otherwise, please bring your own set of earbuds/headphones to plug into the Scala headsets. I highly recommend the earbuds on my Amazon List.
Please note that on private rides, food is NOT included unless arranged beforehand.
Each rider in the group will need to provide a $200 fully-refundable damage deposit, along with a printed and signed waiver. These are required before events begin.
IMPORTANT: *Everide LLC is a photography and videography business, and the only services provided for consideration (payment) at these events are the applicable video and photography services. All other services are offered as optional personal gifts.
ADVENTURE VIDEOGRAPHY SERVICES
Hire me to follow and film the details of your great adventure, no matter where your travels take you. Please use the contact form above to get in touch.
If you'd like me to film a promotional video for your company, please contact me on my sponsors page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you have a specific question, use the search function (ctrl+f) and type in a keyword to your question. For example, type in "rent" if you have questions about rentals.
QUESTIONS ABOUT PRICING, DISCOUNTS, AND MONEY STUFF:
Question: I noticed the price recently went up... what's up with that?
Answer: We do our best to keep the prices as low as we can for our awesome producers, but the business needs to be sustainable. These rides are still about 1/5 of what other outfitters charge for services with far less amenities. Some of our main business expenses include vehicles and maintenance, (support truck and motorcycles), business insurance, legal fees, the Moto Mansion mortgage, cleaning, maintenance, cameras and film equipment, and sometimes hiring a co-host to help with rallies. Not to mention we're paying for ALL of your food, plus providing headphones, shirts, and other goodies.
Question: What is an eveRide Producer/Patron, and why is the cost double for non-producers?
Answer: Producers are people who voluntarily contribute to the creation of free videos and content. These rallies started as a perk for eveRide producers, and that's their continued purpose. I want to reward those who help me create free videos by sharing my amazing riding areas with them. It's not hard or expensive to become a producer, it can cost as little as $1 a month, and there is no time requirement to get the 50% producer discount. (So yes, that means you can pay $1 for one month, get the 50% discount, and then cancel your payments.)
Question: Do I have to use the website to book/pay?
Answer: We prefer the deposit here on the website so we can more easily keep track of bookings, then cash for the rally once you arrive. We can also arrange booking/payments through different means, just use the form above to contact us and we'll work it all out.
Question: Can I get a discount if I stay somewhere else besides the Moto Mansion?
Answer: Sorry, but no. The Moto Mansion is a free perk for videography clients. Whether you stay at the Moto Mansion or not, the price of videography will be the same.
Question: I'm not a veteran/police/fire/emt/teacher, but I have one in my PRIVATE group. Can the whole group get the 25% discount?
Answer: We happily extend the 25% discount to husbands, wives, children, and parents of the service member. Otherwise you can just become a producer, support free eveRide videos, and get the same whopping 50% discount on these rallies!
Question: If there's a veteran/police/fire/emt/teacher at the Weekender Rally, can the unrelated group get the discount?
Answer: Sorry, but no.
Question: Can I put a down payment to reserve my spot, or do I have to pay in full?
Answer: Down payments for private rides are fine... and deposits for weekenders are necessary. Just let us know so we can get you booked! We'll handle all the details in a private message. Just use the form above.
Question: How do I pay for this?
Answer: Make a $200 deposit on this website (or coordinate a deposit with Jessie for private rides), then come to the rally with the remainder of the balance in $USD cash. After the rally or ride, we will refund the deposit if everything is in good condition.
Question: What happens if I have to cancel my reservation or bail on the rally? Will I get my deposit back?
Answer: In most cases, yes! If you have a gnarly situation like a major illness, a family emergency, or a botched flight, you'll get 100% of your deposit back. You'll also get 100% back if you cancel more than 45 days from the rally. If you cancel within 45 days of the rally, we keep 50% of the deposit. If you cancel within 7 days of the rally, we will keep 100% of the deposit to make up for lost business.
Question: Is the $200 damage deposit part of the cost? Does that reserve my spot?
Answer: Yes, it reserves your spot, but it's not part of the final cost. Why? Because the $200 deposit will be FULLY refunded once the event is over and everything is back where it belongs in the condition it started in.
Question: What is my damage deposit for? What does it cover?
Answer: The damage deposit covers a LOT of stuff! Luckily, we rarely ever deduct from a damage deposit. Here are some example cases of why you wouldn't get your full damage deposit back:
You cancel your booking within 45 days of the rally.
You leave something here and we pay to ship it back to you.
You damage somebody else's property.
You damage something at the moto mansion.
You damage the headset.
You take something and have to ship it back to us. (Remember to give back your headset and mount!)
You leave something and we have to ship it back to you.
The videographer pays for something that's not included in the package (extra alcohol at dinner, gas, storage media, repairs, tubes, oil, parts, etc)
Question: When can I expect to see my damage deposit returned?
Answer: You'll get your damage deposit back as soon as everything is returned in the condition it was issued in. If something needs to be resolved, then you'll receive the deposit back as soon as the issue is totally resolved (ie shipping costs.)
Question: What if I returned my stuff but never got my deposit back?
Answer: We do our best to get deposits returned quickly, so if you don't see it, let us know!
Question: Isn't this a little underpriced?
Answer: Yes. Compared to other packages that offer adventure videography, headset rental, lodging, all meals, secure bike storage, in-town shuttles, free earbuds, free shirts, and approximately 14 hours of riding for this price is stupid nuts. On many weekends, it's difficult to get just a hotel room for under $150 a night after fees. eveRide is a literal "mom and pop" business with three little mouths to feed and a mortgage to pay. It doesn't take a lot to support my family, but it does take something. It is inexpensive because it's meant to be a perk for the producers who contribute to the eveRide channel.
Question: I want to ride with you and your group, but I'd rather camp than stay at the moto mansion, and I don't want to pay for any filming. Can I just tag along and ride?
Answer: Sorry, but no. There's no doubt about it, I love meeting with new people and riding motorcycles, but it's not fair to my paying guests to divide my time and focus. Southwest Utah is filled with beautiful landscapes, plenty of camping and RV space, lots of hotels, and scores of places to eat. You will have a fantastic time if you make your Southwest Utah trip on your own, but I'd really love to ride with you, and I suggest taking a look at the price breakdown if you're interested in saving money.
Question: Do you accept trade as payment?
Answer: Yes! Send me a message and we'll work something out.
Question: I'd rather not pay for videography. Can I just get the GPS tracks of your routes?
Answer: This is a difficult question. On one hand, I'd love to share these trails with everybody! After all, all these trails are on public lands and I own none of them. If I could transfer the coordinates from my brain to yours and guarantee that they wouldn't get shared with extremes who destroy these lands through political closures or rampant environmental abuse, I would. On the other hand, if you spent years perfecting a "secret sauce" that required thousands of hours of your time, a significant financial investment, and a frankly hazardous development process, would you give away the recipe? The intimate knowledge of these trails was garnered over years of exploration, and for every excellent trail there are a dozen dangerous, unremarkable, dead-end, or now-destroyed trails that I surveyed. There are thousands of trails near Saint George, and even with GPS tracks there are just too many to get to the "good stuff" without first hand knowledge of the trails. My clients often say that I'm like an "adventure navigation system"... they tell me what they'd like to ride and what they'd like to see, I calculate a route, and I film them as they ride it. So not only is the knowledge of these trails the "secret sauce recipe" that literally feeds my family, but the last time I shared GPS tracks of one of my favorite single track trails, it was shared and shared again. It only took a year for side by sides to turn that trail into a whooped out, rutted, dusty, trash-lined three-lane dirt highway. If you'd like to ride where everything is mapped, Moab is a far better option. The problem is that everybody else has access to those maps as well, which is why Moab is woefully overcrowded, continually under threat of environmental shutdown, and overrun with overpriced hotels and subpar restaurants. Please help me keep the riding areas near Saint George from becoming Moab.
QUESTIONS ABOUT FOOD AND DRINK:
Question: Is food included in private ride bookings?
Answer: If you would like it to be included, we can work that out! If you'd rather take care of food on your own, I'm still happy to show you some excellent places to eat, but you'll have to cover your meals and any other costs. Food IS included for Weekender Rallies.
Question: Do you have vegetarian, vegan, and other dietary options?
Answer: This all depends on the places we go to eat, but yes! Most restaurants have options for vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc. We'll do our best to meet your dietary requests.
Question: Do you pay for alcoholic beverages at dinners? Will they be available at the moto mansion, or can I bring my own?
Answer: We don't provide alcohol at the moto mansion, but you're welcome to bring your own. If you order alcohol at a meal I will cover a drink or two, but any more than that, the cost will be deducted from your deposit. We ask that you drink responsibly.
Question: What food do you provide for snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
Answer: We provide ALL of your food and non alcoholic drinks!
Breakfast: We don't like to waste food on making a whole buffet, so breakfasts are self-prepared, and we ask that you prepare only what you'll eat. We provide eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, muffins, orange juice, and milk in the fridge. You'll also find fresh fruit, cereal, oatmeal and coffee. If you'd like us to pick something up just for you, we're happy to take requests for breakfast food, snacks, and soft drinks before the rally starts.
Lunch: We are usually on the trail during lunch time. If we are close to town we can cruise in for a bite, usually fast-ish food. More often, groups decide to stay out and ride during lunch, and in that case we provide plenty of snacks for a day of riding: trail mix, cookies, jerky, chips, fresh fruits, nuts, etc. It's up to you to pack them, though!
Since we may have skipped lunch in favor of a great ride, for dinner, we go all out! Whether it's local gas station dives with the best burritos in town or the ultra-fancy French-American cuisine, it's all fair game. Saint George is a tourist town with a surprising amount of culture, so the local food is pretty excellent! Options are Thai, Authentic Mexican, Fresh Mex/Tex Mex, Japanese, Peruvian, Italian, Barbecue, Chinese, Mongolian, Vietnamese, American, Steakhouse, or whatever else you might be in the mood for!
QUESTIONS ABOUT FLIGHTS, SHUTTLES, AND TRANSPORTATION:
Question: If I fly in, how do I get from the airport to the Moto Mansion?
Answer: If you fly into McCarran international airport in Las Vegas, you'll need to get transportation to Saint George. You can schedule a shuttle through either stgeorgeexpress.com or stgshuttle.com to get from Las Vegas to St. George and back. We're happy to pick up/drop off from your shuttle's stop in Saint George. If you land at the Saint George airport, we're happy to pick up/drop off there directly. You may want to compare prices of flying into Vegas + the cost of a shuttle to Saint George versus flying directly to the Saint George airport.
Question: How do I get around when I'm in town?
Answer: There are plenty of amenities within walking distance of the Moto Mansion, but if we need to get around I am happy to shuttle individuals or the entire group in my awesome Swagger Wagon (Minivan). It's not luxurious... in fact you may be sitting in spilled cheese puffs or on a toy dinosaur, but it gets the job done. You're also welcome to drive the vehicle you bring, or ride your plated motorcycle.
Question: Can I ship my gear to you ahead of time? Can I buy something online and ship it to the Moto Mansion for the rally?
Answer: Most definitely! However, if it is an item that must fit correctly (helmets, boots, etc) then please assure that it fits correctly before shipping it here.
QUESTIONS ABOUT MOTORCYCLES, RENTALS, REPAIRS, AND GEAR:
Question: Do I need a motorcycle license and a "plated" motorcycle to participate?
Answer: On weekender rallies, you will need a valid motorcycle license and a plated motorcycle because we will be riding on public roads. On private rides, we can trailer dirt bikes to the trails we'll ride. In general, it is MUCH easier to stick to street legal motorcycles, so we strongly encourage street legal motorcycles whether booking privately or for a weekender.
Question: Where can I rent a motorcycle?
Answer: We have a local Facebook group here with members who are willing to rent a huge variety of privately owned motorcycles. All you need to do is join the group and ask for specific dates. Please inquire above for more information.
Question: How long are the rides?
Answer: Expect rides to last about six hours, but depending on group circumstances, rides may last from four to eight hours.
Question: How many days of riding are there on a Weekender Rally? What's the typical schedule?
Answer: Arrive Thursday evening at 5:00pm for a group dinner. Expect to ride from six to eight hours on both Friday and Saturday, then pack up and head out on Sunday. If you'd like to come earlier or leave later for some bonus riding, just let us know!
Question: Can I work on my motorcycle while I'm there?
Answer: Yes! The Moto Mansion garage is equipped with all kinds of tools, a motorcycle lift, and even a TV and a surround sound system so you can watch DIY videos or listen to music while you work. For emergency repairs and parts, we have two dealerships in town. However, if you bring a motorcycle, it should be in excellent working condition at the time of your arrival. Please don't plan on "last minute fixes" when you arrive. It could delay the group, or you might miss the ride!
Question: Are there any motorcycles that are not allowed on Weekender Rallies?
Answer: Motorcycles must be street legal, reliable, and totally functional, with the ability to travel at least 50 miles (80 km) per hour. Almost any motorcycle is appropriate for scenic rides, while schooling and shred rides should be on dual sports or plated dirt bikes less than 350 lbs (150kg). Please test your bike to make sure it is fully operational before you leave home. Due to problems in the past, kick-start-only motorcycles are strongly discouraged, and must start reliably at 3000 ft elevation.
Question: What kind of range will my motorcycle need?
Answer: When the trails are this close to town, the trails are also close to gas! There are plenty of gas stations close to the trails. You should have about a 60 mile range minimum, and if you ride a two-stroke please bring extra premix on the rides.
Question: Are you a mechanic and can you work on my motorcycle if it breaks?
Answer: I am not a certified mechanic. I can do basic trailside repairs and will carry plenty of tools during our rides, but for liability reasons, any major repairs will be up to you. If a trailside repair can't be fixed within an hour, we will call in a support truck to take the bike and rider back to the Moto Mansion.
Question: What if I break my motorcycle or have motorcycle problems that I can't fix? What will I ride?
Answer: We have a support truck that can transport your motorcycle from the trail back to the Moto Mansion. We also have an emergency back-up motorcycle that you can rent for $150 per day, or you can rent from a local private rider. This back-up motorcycle is ONLY for break-down emergencies, and can't be rented as a primary bike. There are also motorcycle shops, but they typically have a wait of 2-3 weeks. We also have access to a few on-call private mechanics who may be able to help.
Question: What happens if there is an injury or a mechanical breakdown on the trail?
Answer: Your videographer (usually Tyler) will be equipped with a basic first aid kit and a Garmin inReach GPS communicator. However, he is a videographer and not a medical professional or mechanic, and may be unable to assist in a medical emergency. In the event of a serious, life threatening injury, we can use the inReach to call qualified personnel through Search and Rescue. For minor injuries or mechanical breakdowns that can't be resolved on the trail, we have a support truck on call that can usually reach us within an hour. 90% of the riding we'll do takes place within 20 miles of Saint George, which has two excellent IHC hospitals.
Question: Is there cell coverage on the rides?
Answer: It depends on the terrain. In deep canyons, no. On overlooks and peaks, yes! In most cases, depending on your carrier, you will still have cell service on the trails we ride.
QUESTIONS ABOUT LODGING, THE MOTO MANSION, SKILL LEVELS, AND BOOKING:
Question: Isn't the Moto Mansion just a basement?
Answer: Yes, the Moto Mansion is a basement... a glorious, bright, 2200 square foot mancave of a basement with a 110" theater screen, Dolby Surround, full kitchen, laundry room, garage with tools and a motorcycle lift, massage chair, six person hot tub, private walk-out patio and yard, private entrance, three rooms, and sleeping for eight.
Question: What's the difference between the shred, the scenic, and the schooling weekenders?
Answer: Shred rallies are ONLY for riders who are confident in their skills and willing to ride technical, difficult terrain. Shred rides are not races, nor are they only for expert riders! They're merely rides that feature terrain that will challenge the group. On these rides, the videographer will ride with the majority of the group, which is usually setting a faster pace on difficult terrain. Shred rides are for bikes under 350 lbs.
Scenic rallies are for riders of all abilities who have a goal to see and experience some of the more beautiful, less technical trails around Southwest Utah. Expect a mellow pace, high mileage, lots of backroads/dirt roads, and fantastic scenery. The videographer will ride with the majority of the group, which is usually focused on epic vistas and landscapes.
Schooling rallies involve a drilling/learning component for newer riders who would like to ride more technical trails. It is NOT for brand new riders. You should be familiar with riding motorcycles: using the clutch and shifting, braking, throttle control, etc. This is not a core class, or a substitute for the MSF class. If you attend a schooling weekender, expect to do some fundamental drills, followed by moderately difficult trail riding to put those skills to practice. Schooling participants should expect a slower pace on moderate terrain. They should be willing to follow instructions, adapt and change riding habits, and accept critiques. The videographer will ride with the majority of the group, or any rider who needs extra help.
Question: If I book a scenic rally, can I shred instead? If I book a shred but I'm new, can you take time to do a "schooling" with me?
Answer: Riders are welcome to ride however they like, on whatever trails they want to go on. However, it is inconsiderate to book one type of rally and expect the group to change to a different style to meet your needs. If you'd like to be filmed, you'll need to stick to the group, and the group will most likely opt to ride in the style they signed up for.
Question: What skills are required to book a ride?
Answer: You should know the basics of motorcycle operation, and have a motorcycle endorsement on your license to ride on the road. To book any ride (including schooling rides) Riders must be familiar with basic motorcycle operation: clutch, front and rear brakes, starting on hills, etc.
Question: I'm new to riding off road, or I'm worried that I may be much slower than the rest group. What should I do?
Answer: If you're worried about holding up the group, consider booking a private ride instead of a rally.
Question: Can I come a few days before the rally and/or stay a few days after?
Answer: Yes! Please organize the length of your stay with us first. The cost for additional days is variable and depends on your goals, so please contact us if you plan on staying longer than the regular rally length. If you'll be in town early and/or late then PLEEEEEASE don't sleep in your car or book a hotel! Just let us know and in most cases we can have your bed ready for you.
Question: Do I have to share a room/bathroom?
Answer: Most likely, yes. Rallies are capped at 7 riders and we provide 3 rooms and one bathroom. If you're worried about noise/snoring, we provide noise-reducing earbuds to use while riding AND sleeping. Each room also has a white noise machine so you can get a good rest! If you're paired up with somebody that is REALLY loud, we have spare mattresses that we can put in the commons area of the Moto Mansion.
Question: What kind of entertainment is available when the rides are finished? Cable/Satellite TV?
Answer: We cut the traditional cord long ago, so we don't have standard cable or satellite TV, but we do provide Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, and other streaming services, along with a small selection of physical movies and video games. You're welcome to bring your own media devices as well. Chances are we can help you hook it up.
Question: What odds and ends do you recommend to bring on the trip?
Answer: Bring fingernail clippers, earplugs, personal soap/toiletries, deodorant, lip balm, and anything else that you'd rather not share. ;)
Question: What kind of amenities/stores are close to the Moto Mansion?
Answer: We have an auto parts store, ATM, Albertsons and Lin's grocery stores, a gym, several restaurants, a gas station, a Walgreen's, and even an Urgent Care clinic within walking distance (half mile) of the Moto Mansion.
Question: What is the weather/temperatures like? Is it too cold to ride in the winter? Too hot in the spring/summer?
Answer: In the dead of winter (December and January) expect highs in the mid 50s. In these months, riding usually starts in the early afternoon and ends when it gets dark. Highs in late spring (May) and early fall (September) get into the 90s. During hotter times we'll generally wake up early and finish riding by 2 pm. Generally, most rallies are held when temps are anywhere from 60 to 80 degrees. Perfect riding weather! We don't host rallies in June, July, or August. For average weather conditions in Saint George, check out:
Question: Do you have room for trailers/RVs at the Moto Mansion?
Answer: We have space and hookups for two small RVs or one large RV. There is parking along the street for trucks and trailers, but we try to keep that to a minimum.
Question: Can I bring along my family? My spouse? What about somebody who isn't going to ride with us?
Answer: I LOVE hosting families on rallies! Go ahead and book as a family, a group of friends, a couple... whatever! In fact, if you have a group of 4-8 riders we can schedule a private rally just for your group! (In fact, groups of 6 or more get a nice discount!) However, if you plan on coming to a standard weekender rally and your +1(s) don't plan to ride, it's better to set up a private booking.
Question: If I have a group, can I book an entire rally? Can I set up a custom rally on the dates I choose?
Answer: Heck yeah! If you have a group of 4 to 8 people I can set up a private rally tailored just for your group! If your group is 3 or less, a standard weekender rally is a better choice.
Question: How long can I book a private rally for?
Answer: You can book it for up to seven days... but keep in mind I do have a pretty busy personal life and it's important that I have time to spend with family, fulfill my ecclesiastical duties, and make videos.
Question: You mentioned you're not available on Sundays, what if I book on a Sunday?
Answer: I can help you plan a ride on Saturday evening, but normally I won't be available for clients on Sundays.
Question: I see you've got open time on your calendar. Can I just show up and ride with you for free? Can I come stay at the Moto Mansion without paying?
Answer: Sorry, but no. I love riding motorcycles and meeting people, but my schedule is crazy and while my calendar might be blank for bookings, I still have many business responsibilities. Yes, motorcycle riding is fun! Motorcycle tours are fun! I have a great time doing what I do, but it is still my job and I still work hard, still sacrifice time away from family, and still spend time and resources to make it happen.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RIDES AND GEAR:
Question: Is this a guided tour?
Answer: No, this is a videography rally where the group decides the route to take, and the videographer is there to film the group. (Think of going with a photographer to a scenic area to take family photos.) Riders can opt to ride whichever trails they choose, and do not need to follow the group. Members of the group, including the photographer/videographer, may suggest appropriate routes, but the course of the ride is ultimately up to the group and their collective photography/videography goals. Naturally, the videographer will follow the majority of the group.
Question: What kind of tools/equipment/first aid do I need to bring on the rides?
Answer: You're welcome to bring whatever you'd like, and should bring any specialty tools or medical supplies that you may require. However, the videographer will carry the following equipment: Hex wrench kit, 8, 10, and 12 mm sockets. Knife. Pliers. Electrical and duct tape. CO2 pump. Tire spoons. Bead buddy. Spare 21 inch tube. Tarp. Flashlight. Water filter. Trail stand. JB Weld. Baby powder (for tube lube). Adjustable wrench. An assortment of small bandages and gauze. Aspirin. Sam splint. Burn gel. Antibiotic ointment. Garmin inReach. Cell phone.
Question: Do I need to bring my own backpack/water?
Answer: YES! We provide snacks, drinks, and water at the Moto Mansion, but you are responsible for packing your own snacks and water on the rides. Please bring a backpack with any important personal items, medical necessities, or proprietary tools for your motorcycle.
Question: What riding gear should I bring?
Answer: You MUST BRING your own riding gear, including a helmet, armor, knee protection, gloves, and tall motorcycle-specific boots (full motocross boots are preferred. Absolutely no ankle or "shorty" boots!) We do have some spare helmets, boots, and gear, but you should absolutely not rely on their availability.
QUESTIONS ABOUT FILMING
Question: How do I get the best footage I can?
Answer: The videographer will try to film every member of the rally, but there are a few tips to get some really great footage:
1. Stand up! Standing while riding not only makes you a better rider and gives you more control, but it also looks better on camera!
2. Stick together. I will always try to film the bulk of the group and get the most riders in frame as possible. If you're blasting ahead to look cool, or lagging behind, you may miss out on a filming opportunity! In fact, when the drone is out, riding in a tight pack is best because then I can get nice and close, and still get everybody in frame! I'll let you know when to break off so I can film individual "highlight reels" with the flying camera.
3. Stay close to me. Wide angle cameras are excellent for filming action, but anything farther than about 15 feet seems much farther away on a wide lens. If you're riding in front of me, try to keep a steady, controlled line so I can get nice and close. I also have limits (and I'm usually carrying about 40 lbs of gear!) so if you go too fast, I'll just drop back, turn off the cameras, and find another subject to film. Likewise, if you're behind me, I most likely can't see you to see if the shot from the rear-facing camera is looking good. When I turn on the rear-facing camera, I'll let you know via the headsets. I'll try my best to ride in a very controlled, predictable line, but how good you'll look on film is up to you! Try to ride reasonably close, but at a distance where you feel safe.
4. Throw the roost! (Within reason!) If we're in sand, go ahead and rip those rooster tails! They look great on camera, and I don't mind a dirt/sand/mud shower to get that perfect shot! However, if we're in dense gravel or on a rocky surface, stay calm on the throttle for my (and my camera's) sake!
Question: How do I take home the footage?
Answer: You are welcome to bring your own storage media. I usually get about 100gb of video footage. If you don't bring your own storage media, you may buy a 128gb SD card in cash or with your deposit for $30.