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Last Updated Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The 27th Annual AMA National Black Dog 2-Day Dualsport and Adventure Ride for 2018 is slated for June 9~10! (plus a short/free, friday-night ride!) $400 cash prize to one lucky, 2-day entrant!
|Friday-night riders! Be SURE you have a way to light up your roll chart holder (Here's one way), plus have your headlight aimed properly! Or go big and get a set of Trail-Tech helmet lights!||Be sure and bring your guitar, harmonica, jug or whatever and join the campfire party in the evening!|
Dualsport Definition: a street-legal, on/off-road motorbike capable of traversing trails or tarmac and everything in between.
Adventure Definition: a larger, street-legal, on/off-road motorbike (or sidecar) capable of extended trips traversing dirt or gravel roads along with tarmac.
Course descriptions for our events Note: this is assuming dry weather conditions. Inclement weather or fire danger will dictate probably running only B or C courses, so as not to damage trails. Letter designations are in key with typical AMA enduro class descriptions.
|AA: VERY DIFFICULT [extremely advanced] - sophisticated and complex trails that are only passable by a real dirt bike. Extreme uphills/downhills and trials-like sections, which require lower gearing. Aggressive knobbies required.|
|A: DIFFICULT [advanced] - plenty of challenging trail that requires advanced trail techniques. Aggressive knobbies highly suggested.|
|B: MODERATE [normal] - moderate or mild trail skills required. Larger single-cylinder or two-up bikes should easily traverse these sections. Generally passable by an advanced Jeep/driver combo. Regular dualsport tires are acceptable.|
|C: EASY [very easy] - practically no trail. Mostly gravel road. Passable by large 2-cylinder bikes, two-up, sidecars or most any 4-wheel drive. Regular dualsport tires are acceptable.|
Here's a helpful check-off list of things to do before showing up for this event:
NOTE: we will not have the ability to process credit cards at the event's signup, so remember to have cash or a check! And don't worry if you think we're full - we've never turned anyone away yet, so show up! Also, no more pre-entries accepted beginning May 26 - post entries only after!
6/13/17: Wow, that sure was fun! And we hope you had as much fun as we did hosting the Black Dog!
5/25/17: We are almost ready to close the on-line registration - will do that the morning of 5/26/17, so register now to save $10!
5/23/17: We finished up the trophies and Pre-Ride Poopsheet! CLICK HERE to check it out!
4/5/17: Whew, all caught up on the pre-entries!
3/31/17: Have been off the grid in Baja for the last few weeks, so am in the process of updating the pre-entries!
3/3/17: We finished up the web flyer (above), so get signed up early, whether snail mail or on-line registration!
2/22/17: Just updated the online registration form. All testing has proved it works fine, but let me know if you have any problems! -Tom
2/21/17: Updated the Pre-Entry List, so full speed ahead!
12/5/16: Looks like our dates for the 2017 Black Dog Ride will be June3~4, so mark your calendars!
5/26/16: The Preride Poopsheet is posted! CLICK HERE to check it out! Pay attention to all of it and be ready for some BIG fun!
5/23/16: The preregistrations are updated and it's almost time! Don't forget that no more pre-entries after MAY 27 as we will be spending the week setting up the courses and performing trail work!
3/13/16: The Black Dog Flyer is now posted (see above link)! Be SURE to grab your riding buddies, register and show up for the ride and celebration of 25 years! Wow, we can't believe it!
3/11/16: We finally got healthy enough (was sick) to update the registrations, so all is up to date now! We are having challenges with our data submissions, however the payments are coming through proper, so be patient while we fix the bugs in the data.
2/25/16: We are behind on updating our registrations, but not to worry, we will update shortly - hang tough!
2/1/16: Since it's the 25th Annual Black Dog, we want to party! We've almost got a contract for a live band inked for Saturday night and we're working on Saturday night's dinner too - more to come!
6/9/15: Another year, another Dawg! It was so much fun seeing everyone and having a lot of fun with you all! We will need a few days to unwind, then it will be time to start working on the upcoming Rat Dog Ride! Plus we need to ponder what cool things to do on next year's 25th annual Black Dog! Big props to all the sponsors, volunteers and riders - you rock!
6/4/15: It's been raining, however the weekend will be awesome, hot in fact, so bring water! Hydrate or die! See y'all out here!!!!
5/29/15: Okay procrastinators - If we do not get your entry in yesterday's mail or email, you will need to post enter at the event! We are heading out to the Fairgrounds now, since it takes at least a week to set up this event, so online preregistration is now closed. You will now need to register at the event. Can't return phone calls either, except important issues via cell: five zero three-803.7837 See y'all there!
5/28/15: Am running a tad late on the registrations, but plan to finish them tonight. Thanks for your patience! Be sure to contact our sponsors and let them know you appreciate their support! Beginning tomorrow everyone who signs up will have to post enter at the event - see y'all there and plan on having FUN!
5/27/15: The Pre-Ride Poopsheet is now posted! CLICK HERE to read the latest updates!
5/21/15: Holy smoke, it's getting close! To get you all pumped up like us, click on the pic to watch last year's video summary! And don't forget about the Friday-Night Ride, which has both easy and challenging courses!
5/13/15: Got all the pre-entries thus far done! If you've registered, your name should be listed. NOTE: for some reason, we are not getting the registration info - just the PayPal info, so the listing is only from that. If you have a blank listing of your bike brand in the list, we will simply have you fill out a hardcopy at the event and attach it to your PayPal payment info. Wow, things are getting close - can't wait!!
5/8/15: Due to moving issues, things are delayed a tad, so hang tough! Have a stack of entries we need to get updated and hope to do that today!
4/28/15: A few items of note: The Friday Night Ride will consist of an easy and hard course! And for each day, we will have an extended adventure-bike course option! You folks on ADV bikes want adventure? We will deliver!
3/26/15: Updated the page to reflect the latest AMA National Event Sponsors: Beta and Yamaha!
1/25/15: We just updated our event flyer (above). New this year: WE will be collecting camping fees at the event, which is cheap: tents, $10/night, trailers/RVs, $15/night.
12/7/14: We have our 2015 dates all sent into the AMA and we're hoping they get approved!
6/27/14: Wow, CLICK HERE to check out a great video sent to us by Paullie!
6/22/14: Well we pulled the last of the course ribbons yesterday, so all is done! By the way, there was a forest fire in the area, but it was due to logging, so all is well! We have SO many pictures and videos, that we decided to simply post all the pictures for you to enjoy! CLICK HERE to sift through them - there are some great shots, and hopefully we got some of you!
6/17/14: Wow, what a great time with great people! The weather was perfect, since we got some rain two days prior to the event. We all had a great time, thanks to YOU that rode the event! Please forward us your pictures/videos if possible, either at this mailing address or email! We'd love to make a compilation to share with everyone! For next year's event, we are shooting for June 6-7, 2015, so mark your calendars!
6/7/14: We are heading out to the Fairgrounds now, since it takes at least a week to set up this event, so online preregistration is now closed. You will now need to register at the event. Can't return phone calls either, except important issues via cell: five zero three-803.7837 See y'all there!
6/6/14: Okay procrastinators - If we do not get your entry in today's mail or email, you will need to post enter at the event!
6/5/14: The Preride Poopsheet is now posted and being mailed out to those that mailed in their entries, so click on the link above to check it out!
6/4/14: There has been a few of you out-of-state riders asking about Oregon OHV Tag requirements and reciprocity. CLICK HERE for the official word from State Parks.
6/3/14: GPS NOTICE: Though we've been burned in the past, we will try it again - we will have GPS tracklogs (in GPX format) available each morning only, for those that want them. This is good news to many of you and as geeks, we hope it works out. You must bring your own USB thumbdrive to get the file, and provide proof of registration - no proof, no file. We will not install them onto your GPS for you. That will be up to you, so bring your laptop.
6/2/14: We spent last weekend doing recon for the Adventure Courses - you ADV riders will love it! DON'T FORGET THE FRIDAY NIGHT RIDE! We will have a leisurely C route and a challenging A route, complete with Walt's reflectors, that you won't soon forget! Update: We will be having a massage therapist again for your tired bodies after riding! Tami Serhan LMT#10403 will be onsite the entire weekend and is taking reservations starting now! Her rates are: * $40/half hour massage, * $65/hour massage. She will also be doing chair massage at 10 minutes for $15. She accepts cash or check (with matching valid ID). Call her now at: 503-492-4749!
5/16/14: Holy cow, only a month away - woohoo! We've been busy with land-use permits, recon, routes, etc. Be sure to check out our sponsors above and show them some love by clicking on their logos! Heck, call them up and tell them 'Thanks for supporting the Black Dog!" Also, we will have a massage therapist at this year's event again, so stay tuned for more info! Are your bike's tires tired? Don't worry, as Mid-Columbia Marine will have special deals on new Metzler Tires with free installation before/during the event - stay tuned for more on that too!
4/23/14: We got our 100th entry today - looks to be another banner year! We are rallying up our sponsors, so more cool swag for you riders!
1/13/14: We just found out that the Hood River County Fairgrounds changed their website URL recently. The link is now updated above. Evidently in the past it was going to someplace in England - doh!
12/4/13: Wow, the entries for the 2014 Dawg are already coming in - you all are awesome! Will start updating the preregistration lists.
6/11/13: Whew - we're done! What a wonderful, fun event for us, and it sounds like for everyone else too! Ma Nature worked with us this year to present perfect weather and we hopefully satisfied everyone's hunger for riding, adventure and fun. Thanks so much for the entire team of volunteers that made this event happen, from the set up, night rides, day rides, course confirmation, registration, etc.! And thanks to all the riders that showed up! Plus we have some great ideas for next year's event! Now comes the long task of paying bills, tons of paperwork, uploading pix and video, etc. etc....
6/1/13: The Black Dog pre-entry option is now closed, but you can however post enter out at the event (we'll make room!) with cash or a check. We're heading out today to spend the week making killer courses for everyone! And NOAA predicts the weather will be: Sunny, with a high near 74. Perfect! See y'all there, woohoo!
5/30/13: The PreRide Poopsheet is posted! You can download it off the Entries Thus Far page above, so everyone go download and read it! NOTE: we won't turn anyone away at the event, so show up, even though the numbers are high! ALSO, Clearwater Clinic will be there to offer free full body adjustments after the rides from 5pm-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday. They will leave a sign-up sheet at the table inside for those interested to write name and cell number and will do a first come, first serve/follow the list mix and get everyone adjusted that is interested. CLICK HERE for a Groupon they are doing this week if you are needing a little work this summer or a pre/post Dog fix. The coupon expires August 28th this summer, FYI.
5/28/13: Hope y'all had a great Memorial Day! Things are coming together for The Dawg! We will be spending a week setting up the courses beginning 6/1. Be aware no more pre-entries accepted starting on 6/1, so you will need to post enter at the event (don't worry, there's room). NOTE: The Friday-Night Ride will again have an easy B route, PLUS Walt will be setting up his fun A course complete with night time reflectors, so don't miss these fun rides!
5/20/13: Permits and routes submitted to the landowners. Now time to start doing recon - hope the snow's not too deep up high!
5/6/13: Was on vacation for a few weeks, but am now back, so sorry for any delays. It's time for us to really buckle up on The Dawg now!
2/1/13: You can download this year's event flyer by clicking the link above!
1/24/13: To sweeten the pot even more for you riders, we now offer the Rocky Mountain Race Gas Program to all event entrants! CLICK HERE to read about it!
11/28/12: June 8-9 is the requested date we will be proposing to AMA for next year's Black Dog, FYI!
6/12/12: Wow, this year's Dawg was another huge success! Thanks so much to all the incredible help and supportive sponsors! Will have a write up soon, then start working on our Rat Dog Ride, but I know I need a few days to unwind. All you riders were awesome! -Tom PS: sorry about the snowfall on Saturday and send me your cool pictures/videos!
6/2/12: Pre-entry is now closed! You'll now need to post enter at the event, so see you there! With that, don't expect much, if any, response to phone or emails since we're out working on your courses! Look forward to some big fun and see you there!
5/31/12: Wondering if the event is too full? We've never turned anyone away (unless their exhaust is too loud), so show up! Pre-entry closes after June 1, so you will need to post enter at the event after that!
5/30/12: The PreRide Poopsheet is posted! You can download it off the Entries Thus Far page above, so go download and read it! NOTE: we won't turn anyone away at the event, so show up, even though the numbers are high!
5/29/12: We did some snow recon over the holiday weekend and, yes, there's snow and plenty of it. Time to get creative! We hope to finish the Preride Poopsheet tonight and post up for all the pre-entered riders!
5/25/12: Welcome again to another great sponsor at Cardenas Motorsports! FYI, after this weekend's recon, we will compile up the Preride Poopsheet and post up.
5/21/12: There IS another AMA National Dualsport in Oregon hosted by our friends at Lobos MC: CLICK HERE to signup for their Fort Rock event too! Clarke Manufacturing has again submitted prizes to the event, so welcome them too! We love Clarke!
5/16/12: Just got confirmation yesterday that world-famous, ex-factory Honda racers, Chuck & Ron Sun will be at the Black Dog, so come hang with greatness!
5/15/12: For those riding the AMA Adventure Series, be sure and select that on your entry. If you accidently selected AMA Dualsport Series instead, just let us know and we'll change it up for you. We've been out doing event recon lately and things are looking good!
5/9/12: Here's a little incentive for you Husqvarna riders: a free Husqvarna T-Shirt to every rider who enters on a Husky. In addition, their spring promotion gives riders a $650 credit on Husky parts and accessories! CLICK HERE for all the details!
5/1/12: The Black Dog Promo Video is now in the news on the AMA's website - check it out!
4/27/12: A hearty welcome to yet another Black Dog sponsor that supports our sport: Atomic-Moto in Bend, OR! Click the logo to check out their website!
4/5/12: This year's Black Dog Promo Video is done - woohoo! Click the Mt. Hood pic on the right to check it out - heck, maybe you're even in it! We hope that this is a good example of what to expect at the event for those that have never ridden it, but would like too!
4/4/12: Welcome another Black Dog sponsor: Clearwater Chiropractic, who will be at the event to help with aching joints! The BD promo video is in its final stage - should be up this week. We think you'll all like it!
3/20/12: Welcome again to CycleBuy.com as a Black Dog Sponsor! We're finishing up a Black Dog promo video, which should be done in a week or two - it looks awesome! It consists of highlights from last year's event!
3/12/12: The meeting with USFS appeared to go well! Also, Bill's Motorcycles Plus from Salem will be at this year's Dawg to display and possibly demo new Husqvarna bikes - yes! So far, we again will have repeat awesome sponsors like Beaverton Motorcycles, Fun Country Powersports, NOMAC, CGORA, Moose Racing, Clarke Plastics, Wilson NW & Adventure Sidecar! We also hope to again have CycleBuy.com, Fly Racing, Western Powersports and more!
3/6/12: I have to take Friday off work to meet with the USFS about the courses - wish me luck!
3/4/12: The Black Dog flyer is now posted above, for those that prefer mail in!
2/21/12: Why ride the Black Dog you may ask? C'mon, how about the possibility of WINNING A NEW HUSQVARNA?! CLICK HERE for the details! But wait, there's more, how about the possibility of WINNING A NEW YAMAHA TENERE Adventure bike? CLICK HERE for even more details!
2/20/12: This year's AMA Adventure Series sponsor will be Yamaha again. Will try to get them to show at The Dawg too!
2/15/12: This year's AMA Dualsport Series sponsor will be: Husqvarna - and they will be at The Dawg with bikes for demo! Wonder who will be the AMA Adventure Series sponsor? Will it be Yamaha again?
1/20/12: Just got confirmation from AMA that the date is on for The Dawg again being on the AMA National Dualsport & Adventure Ride Series, so we're good to go!
12/19/11: The date has been submitted to AMA and we hope to hear back from them soon to confirm the 2012 date of June 9-10! And the entries have already started rolling in!
6/9/11: The Dawg is done! Thanks so much to all the close friends who helped with the event - you rock! Thanks so much to all you riders who show up and made it worth our while - we tried not to disappoint - you rock! Thanks also to all our WONDERFUL sponsors: Beaverton Motorcycles, Fun Country Powersports, NOMAC, CGORA, Western Powersports, Fly Racing, CycleBuy.com, Moose Racing, Adventuresidecar.com, Surefire, Clarke Plastics, Treehuggerz, Wilson NW - you rock!
5/28/11: That's it, the online preregistration is officially closed and you'll need to post enter at the event. See y'all there!
5/27/11: Today is the last day to pre-enter online, so stop procrastinating! Like the text says above, if you miss it after today (we will shut online registration down tonight), you will only be able to post enter at the event! FYI, no on-ground campfires allowed at the Fairgrounds, so if you want a campfire, have a way to keep it above ground.
5/26/11: The Preride Poop Sheet is posted as of last night! You can get it in the List Of Entries link above. We highly suggest you read it closely! FYI, the notorious Scott Wilson will again be setting up another insane game of Spank The Monkey, so be prepared for a challenge! Perhaps we should set up a little something like THIS too?
5/25/11: The area's BIG dealer, FUN COUNTRY POWERSPORTS (along with the local NOMAC Club) will graciously be offering lunch for you riders for both days! Hug and kiss them! Each morning's donations coffee will be lovingly prepared by Hood River Warming Shelter and the notorious Vernon Wade (Sidecar King), so be sure and give him a smoochy too!
5/18/11: A hearty NW welcome to another new Black Dog sponsor: Fly Racing and Western Power Sports! Click the logos below to visit their sites!
5/17/11: Do not worry about the rider limit if you haven't signed up, we will still get you in, so sign up ASAP!
5/16/11: FYI, got confirmation that the notorious Dan Hatcher will be back to help again this year after taking a few years off. Lock your doors!
5/1/11: There's snow in them thar hills! There's been so much snow in fact, that I have to submit an entirely new set of course maps to USFS this week that will be less than about 3,000 feet! And you can bet we'll ensure you get a taste or two of snow on your ride. Egad, only a month to go!
4/2/11: Win a free bike! That's right, by being an AMA member and riding the Black Dog, you will automagically be entered into either a year-end drawing for a new KTM 530EXC or a Yamaha Tenere! Click the AMA logos on the right for more info!
3/24/11: As we continue looking for more items for you all to enjoy in the evenings for The Dawg, we do plan on having a movie night consisting of 'Dust To Glory', 'On Any Sunday' and a new, local movie premiere 'What !f". CLICK HERE to check out the movie trailer! We're also trying to get 'ONE CRAZY RIDE!'
3/9/11: The entries continue to keep us busy! We've added the city names to the online listing in case some of you want to carpool to the event with someone close by.
1/28/11: Wow, the entries have really been rolling in! And there are plenty of adventure bikes too. We can't wait to start laying out routes for all the different levels of courses! FYI, we are still in process of finding entertainment, and maybe a movie night, perhaps a showing of Dust To Glory and another motorbiking movie! Oh, and the C course will have a very special, Black Dog only, tour of a historic, local destination!
1/14/11: FYI, we will have a completely separate rollchart/route for the C (adventure) course this year, due to some of the larger bikes having difficulties on a couple hills from last year - will just be easy gravel, two track and tarmac!
1/4/11: The flyer's posted for this year's event! Due to the rising event costs, (after 10 years) we had to raise the entry fees a bit, but we will be offering more for you riders and more prizes! Planning on having some Saturday night entertainment too - two decades is worth a BIG party!
12/5/10: Just got official confirmation from AMA that the 2011 Black Dog will again be on the AMA's National Dualsport Series Calendar, plus we have our tentative routes submitted to USFS - getting our ducks in a row! Now where can we find a live band to help celebrate our 20th year party?
6/10/10: Wow, what a great time and a fun, successful event! 99.8% of you loved the rides and we apologize about Sunday's rain - we'll work on that for next year! You can read our event report by clicking HERE and can also view the plethora of pix/reports sent in by everyone. Thanks to everyone who rode the event and keeping it fun! We can't wait until next year's 20th Annual Ride!
5/28/10: Pre-entry is now closed. If you still want to do the ride (and why wouldn't you?!), you will need to post enter at the event. See you all there!
5/27/10: Woohoo, one week to go and pre-entry is almost closed! BE SURE to also bring your own roll of Scotch tape! If it happens to shower out, you will want to run a strip of tape along the full length of the back of the paper rollchart, so it will stay together - don't forget!
5/24/10: The Pre-Ride Poop Sheet is now posted! Download it above and sift your way through it. Let us know if you have any questions. Also, we will be having the famous Coach Ramey Stroud offering some training classes on Saturday night!
5/21/10: Will be working on the Pre-Ride Poop Sheet this weekend with all the details you will need for the event. They will then be mailed and posted.
5/20/10: Although the entries are filling up exponentially, rest assured we will not turn you away, so best to sign up early, but at least - sign up!
5/14/10: Just wanted to give a head's up for everyone to be SURE to have an enduro-style rollchart holder for the event (A roll of Scotch tape too!) - you won't be able to follow the course without one! CLICK HERE for info on them. >>>>
5/12/10: The entry comments that some of you are sending in is hilarious! So happy to see so many familiar names/faces!
5/5/10: The entries are really rolling in, so get yours in while there's still room! Happy Cinco de Mayo!
4/20/10: The last-minute papers are being finalized with the landowners and things are coming together. We even got a foot of snow last week, which (when melted) will keep things moist and perfect for the ride! Ilse, our Massage Meister, updated her event schedule, so be sure and check it out!
4/5/10: We did more trail maintenance on some single-track trails for you A riders last weekend - you're gonna love it! Looks like I'm going to have a GREAT group of helpers for this year's ride! Can't wait!
3/25/10: UPDATE: We are sorry to say that due to miscommunications and snafu's, the Black Dog will NOT be an AMA National event this year. By the time things got resolved, the schedule was full. We are very disappointed. What will be different about the event this year? Nothing, except it not being part of the national series. Same fun rides and friends. For those that have signed up already, we will be happy to refund your entry if you were only signing up due to the national series, just let us know. Otherwise it's full speed ahead for us!
3/23/10: We are currently having some difficulties and plan on having the website fixed within a couple days. Please hang tough and sorry for any inconvenience.
2/11/10: Of course the 2010 Black Dog will again be an AMA National Dualsport AND Adventure Bike Event. We're finalizing things up with the AMA on it...
2/9/10: The Black Dog Flyer is now posted, so whaddaya waiting for - sign up!
2/8/10: The Black Dog signup page had a hiccup, but is now fixed, FYI.
12/1/09: The date for the 19th Annual Black Dog National Dualsport is: June 5~6 - same location, same fun rides!
6/9/09: Wow, another successful, safe, and fun Black Dog! Thanks heaps to everyone who attended and helped! We really had fun setting it up this year and only had just a few stressful situations. All you riders were very good out on the courses too - thanks, that means a lot! We had fun organizing it, and as always, as long as you all have fun at the event, we'll keep putting it on. Don't forget our upcoming Rat Dog and Scaredy Cat rides too! Stay tuned for our write up and pictures coming soon. -Tom and the Gang
5/29/09: It's SHOWTIME! The Pre-Ride Poopsheet is posted (above), so be sure to download and check it out! Again, no more communication from us, since we'll be out there all week laying out the courses. See ya there!
5/22/09: Whew! The entries keep rolling in! This year's rides promise to be BIG fun for everyone! Will be one day in Washington, and one day in Oregon! Trails: you bet! Scenery: plenty! Fun: ALWAYS! Don't forget that we will be prepping the event beginning the morning of 5/30, so there will be NO INTERNET RESPONSE! If you submit your entry online starting 5/30, it will not be received and you will have to pay at the event (we can refund your online payment after). Just sayin'! BMW of North America said they will show with a few demo bikes, as will Beaverton Honda too!
5/15/09: Am back from the biz trip and updated all the entries!
5/8/09: There will be a week-long delay to registrations since I'm on a business trip. Rest assured I will update them all upon my return! -Tom
5/6/09: The proposed courses have been submitted to the landowners and it's full speed ahead! Be ready for snow! The entries keep rolling in too, so don't delay and get yours in! Flyers were mailed in return envelopes too, whether you were pre-entered or not. If you were pre-entered, pass the flyer to your riding buds!
5/2/09: Was gone in Vegas all last week on a biz trip, so there was a slight delay in uploading the entries, FYI. Looks like we're going to have another rockin' turnout this year! Only one month left to Dawg Time!
4/16/09: There are many newer riders with plenty of legitimate questions about the ride. Please download and read the event flyer, which answers many of the questions you may have.
4/12/09: Sorry for any signup delays, I have been at the annual NOHVCC Conference in Texas. Things are all up to date now. Egads, less than two months for the Dawg!