A lot of my blog posts and newsletters are about motorcycles.

Steve, suited up in cycle gear
Over the years I’ve returned time and again to ride off-road bikes around Moab, UT

For the past 25 years I’ve ridden and wrote about motorcycles, working hard to become the best rider possible.  I was a regular writer for Motorcycle Consumer News, and RIDER magazine, and a contributor to several other publications, including The Overland Journal, BackRoads Magazine and RoadRunner.  My riding travel articles have appeared in many daily newspapers as well.  I’ve led motorcycle tours in northern California, Utah, Italy and New Zealand. I’m a past member of the Arizona Precision Motorcycle Drill Team and participated in competitions and team performances as well as taught advanced motorcycle riding and safety skills. I’ve taken riding classes with Keith Code, Gary LaPlante, Bill Dragoo, Ed Melroy and Lee Parks, among others. As far as I know, I’m the only civilian to have ever participated in motor officer training programs with both the Phoenix Police Department and the Arizona Highway Patrol. You can read some of my published work about that here and here WingWorld and here in Sheriffs Magazine.

I’m still riding my motorcycle in Phoenix—3-4 times a week, although I dislike riding on surface streets around the city, given the number of distracted drivers.  I frequently trailer the bike north to Moab, UT for off-road rides. I ride with two motorcycle groups. The most official is the American Flyers Motorcycle Club (AFMC). They organize two big rides a year, one domestic the other international (we’ve ridden in Italy, Croatia, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, Turkey, Greece, New Zealand and many other countries). Portions of the group also split off and do rides with a smaller number of members. The adventures with this group could easily fill a book – and actually do fill a book, written by AFMC founder Rich Marin, for which I was the editor. [Read more: Blog posts about bikes]

Below is a gallery of some of my motorcycle adventures.  You’ll find a lot more stories under the newsletter tabHere is an example of my Trial’s Bike riding experiences.  Click on a photo and you’ll see it full size.  This is more of a a placeholder until I can organize things better:

young man jumping motorcycle
Within a week of getting my new Suzuki 125 motorcycle I just had to see how high I could jump it. And with no helmet, boots or gear. How incredibly dumb!
man in motorcycle gear in Moab UT
Riding in Moab, UT – April 2001
dirt motorcycles in some rocks
Gary LaPlante’s Motoventure Riding School is a favorite of mine. I’ve been back at least 4 times.
Man riding a motorcycle in the desert
Larsen’s riding partner for the Dakar Rally in the Atacama Desert, Chile, January of 2011
Man on a small motorcycle
Steve on Griff Wrigley’s Trials Bike. What an awesome day!
Man on a red motorcycle
Larsen practicing getting a knee down on the tall Suzuki V-Strom
Rider doing a wheelie on a motorcycle
Steve Larsen at Keith Code Wheelie School
3 men standing on a rock
Larsen, Kost and Guide – Moab, UT 2001 Rim of the World overlook
Man and yellow Ducati motorcycle
Steve Larsen on a friends Ducati Monster in Italy in June of 2001.
Man with yellow motorcycle
Just before riding the bike out onto the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
police motorcycles
AZ Highway Patrol Motor-officers framed by my motorcycle side mirror
Man on a KLX motorcycle
Riding in AZ with Burt Richmond and Gary LaPlante
Steve leaning into a curve on the track
Steve leaning into a curve on the track
Man leaning into a curve on the track
Steve leans into a curve with his Suzuki
man riding motorcycle on a track
Practicing on the V-Strom
man on motorcycle
Never enough time practicing
two men and one motorcycle
Lee Parks gives Larsen tips on getting his times around the track down.
two men riding motorcycles
Steve Larsen and Gary LaPlante practice power sliding at LaPlante’s ranch in Temecula, CA
Man crossing a river on a motorcycle
Larsen crossing a deep stream in Utah
Dakar Checkpoint in Atacama Desert, 2010
Dakar Checkpoint in Atacama Desert, 2010
Man riding a motorcycle on a dirt road
Larsen on his big 1200GS, outfitted for offroad riding in Moab, UT
mountain pass
Brazil is an awesome place to ride motorcycles.
hilly street with parked cars and motorcycles
Riding in Brazil in 2006
cover of Wing World magazine
Larsen on a Goldwing pursued by Phoenix Police officer, Dan Nochta. WingWorld Magazine cover.
street with bikes parked
In Brazil, 2006 (Double Click to see full size)
motorcycle training
Leaning tower with the team in front
Larsen with a possessive hand on the Ducati ST4. (Double Click to see full size)
Ducati Monster in Italy

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