Virginia Adventure Trail Tour
If you’re looking for a true Adventure motorcycle experience in the Eastern US, this is THE trip for you. Due to the remote route and challenging mix of terrain covered, this adventure is designed for a small group of experienced riders who thrive on conquering challenging terrain for hours on end and enjoy winding down in primitive camps only to repeat it again the following day. This aint’ your grandaddy’s tour so be prepared to pack light and ride hard!
The Virginia Adventure Trail or VAT is a 600 mile dual sport route through the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia that was scouted by our team and updated annually. You will experience an impressive range of challenging terrain including OHV parks, fire roads, abandoned (but still legally open) Forest Service roads, dozens of water crossings, miles of deep mud, single track and more! The route will take you through the heart of the Jefferson and George Washington National Forest…
What you should expect…
The typical trip should take 4 days to complete by an experienced group riding at a “spirited pace” with minimal stops for fuel and lunch throughout the day. The days are long, the riding is hard, and the in-helmet conversations are unforgettable!
You don’t have to have the best of the best but you should have the best you can afford. When on a trip like the VAT, it’s important to stay safe and dry, because you are exposed to the elements for multiple days.
Motorcycle: Your motorcycle must be street legal and set up for off-road riding.
Rider Protection: Due to unpredictable mountain weather and the aggressive nature of this route we prefer to wear our Klim Badlands suits, SIDI Crossfire motocross boots paired with waterproof socks, adventure helmets with visors, and Leatt neck braces. In addition, we bring both summer gloves and waterproof insulated gloves.
Tires: We suggest running at least 50/50 tires that you feel comfortable with in rocks, mud, water and sand. We use Continental TKC 80s on all Zacker Adventure motorcycles.
Luggage: Soft luggage is recommended because you WILL drop your bike at some point. We prefer to run Mosko Moto soft luggage but there are many others out there to choose from. If you do run hard panniers you should not be worried about dents, dings, or scratches. We also recommend wearing very high quality motocross boots due to the increased likelihood of injury.
Cook Kit: Breakfast and dinner are typically backpacker food so you will need a compact camp stove. We prefer the JetBoil Flash or equivalent.
Tent or Hammock: We prefer Jacks R Better Bear Mountian Bridge Hammocks because they pack small and light and are quick and easy to set up.
Rider Skills: For riding technique, it is recommended riders take a Zacker Adventures 101 class at the very least. This ensures confidence in riding off-road on a big adventure bike. If you have not taken our ADV 101 class you should have significant off road experience and be comfortable riding steep technical terrain on varying surfaces.
Bike Setup: Your bike should be set up for a long trip and you should be comfortable both standing and sitting. Bike setup is part of our Adventure 101 class and will also be covered during our pre-ride meeting for the tour to ensure you are confident that your bike is set up properly.
Luggage/Packing: Less is more. Only bring what you will use on the trip to reduce weight and size…you’ll be glad you left the French press at home by day 2.
Includes: All meals, camp fees, swag bag, and Support vehicle.