Self-Guided GPS Tours and Other
Adventures For Dualsport Motorcycles
Who are we?
GripTwister Tours is a small company dedicated to providing some of the greatest adventures and experiences you can have on a dual sport motorcycle. Our passion for dual-sporting shows in our commitment to expanding and promoting riding opportunities that are only available to those choosing a dual sport motorcycle. The goal of GripTwister Tours and this website is to provide and promote our own one-of-a-kind tours, which place dual-sport riders and their machines in their perfect element. Whether you want to enjoy some of the Pacific Northwest's backroads and routes on your own, or you would like to form or join a tour of rugged and remote Baja, Mexico...we make it easy and hassle-free, so you enjoy more time riding, and less time with planning, logistics and navigation. After all, isn't the riding what it's all about?
GripTwister Tours was conceived and is run by avid dual-sport rider and Baja aficionado David McKay, who's ride of choice has been a dual sport bike of one type or another for the last 44 years. Even before land use and other issues closed or restricted off road riding in public areas, David realized the utility of a bike that could be used to legally get to and traverse public roads and routes that were great dirt riding in and of themselves, but that weren't open to non street licensed motorcycles-- as well as to connect the myriad of single track trails that exist but are commonly linked only by miles of public roads.
When the trail meets the road on an off road only bike, well... it's the end of the trail for that rider. On a dual sport bike, it's the way to the next trail. There are many great areas of single track riding that see minimal use because the trails are widely scattered and are not linked together well. Also, here in the Pacific Northwest, off-road riding is virtually always on forested land with tight, twisty, trails snaking through the trees. While this is fantastic riding that can be wonderfully technical, it rarely affords a rider the opportunity to see higher gears or substantial speed for any length of time, which in the mind of David and plenty of other speed junkies, is not such a great thing. Having every public dirt road and track open to you for riding cures that problem, and keeps even the most serious adrenaline addicts from Jones-ing. Yes, it turns out, there is a use for the top few gears after all!
So, what do we offer? Glad you asked!
For those wanting a hassle-free way of touring on their own at their own pace, GripTwister's self-guided GPS and Roadbook tours are the way to go. Like having a tourguide on your handlebars, with just a glance you'll know when and where to turn to keep you on a course that maximizes the amount of remote dual-sport terrain, scenery and available campsites along the way. Included with each tour are plenty of optional sideroutes that lead to exceptional points of interest, vistas, and resupply/refuel points. When your butt has finally had enough for the day, with just a push of a button you'll be able to locate and navigate to a great campsite on a nearby lake or river. -More-
GripTwister Tours is pleased to provide private guide service for dual-sport riders like yourself wishing to spend some quality time riding some of the best areas on the Olympic peninsula of western Washington and throughout Baja, Mexico. We're a full service company, and can provide or arrange accomodations for multiple day rides, offering you the choice of camping out or staying in motels/lodges. For those flying or driving into the Pacific Northwest from out of the area, we can set you up with a sweet dual sport motorcycle and gear to rent as well. -More-