Ride Yoda
A member of a mysterious species, Yoda was a revered Motorcycle Master who served as the Grand Master of the Dirt Riding Order in the waning days of the British Iron Republic. He was renowned within the Order for his wisdom, powers of the Force and lightspeed wrenching skills and he has lived for nearly 900 adventures. His time during the last days of the Adventure Order and beyond have made him a consequential figure in motorcycle riding history.

About Ride Yodas
"Ride Yodas" in the gpsKevin sense are expert riding friends that help facilitate the rides.  This means that they help riders understand the ride itself and ensure that the riders are prepared for the adventure in which they are about to partake. This includes: ensuring that they have their GPS unit working properly and understand how to use it; that they have united with a small team of buddies for the day's ride; advise them on the routes that they are about to take; observe their equipment and bikes to ensure a successful ride; make sure they are prepared for the possibility of adversity during the day and possibly the night; that they have clothing like rain clothes for the possibility of adversity; that they have extra food and water in any event.  
Basically, a good Ride Yoda should be a very experienced rider that can observe other riders and perceive any possibilities for difficulty and then help the rider to overcome those difficulties.


Ride Leaders:
The old idea for a ride leader or a tour guide was one that the riders would follow behind and the leader would navigate the ride with his great knowledge and familiarity of the routes and terrain. The leader would observe the riders, keep track of the riders and if any had struggles, he would help.  
On gpsKevin rides there are no ride leaders in this fashion.  Riders ride in small groups of friends and navigate the ride by using their own GPS unit with a custom ride installed.  Navigation and the adventure are made easy.


Essence of a gpsKevin Ride Yoda

Who are the Ride Yodas?

Yoda gpsKevin: Took to motorcycle riding as a baby of 8 years.  Extensive exploration of the Northwestern frontiers in known world during the 20th century.  Supported the development of the Japanese empire and its motorcycles.  Extensive education by elite institutions produced an engineering mind with a passion for discovery.  Extensive failures and defeats produced many opportunities and caused many bike changes.  Even supported european models for a time. During the 21 century he develop the exploration attitude and lead countless motorcycle adventures to the ends of the known world.  Developed new navigation methods. Now just rides and explores for fun

Yoda Steve A:  Discovered the force early in life, I did.  Not just its power.  Its ability to reveal amazing new worlds, challenges, and enable connection with other unusual beings. 
Hello all!  I've ridden on & off for 25 years. Mostly street but some dirt. I'm also an avid cyclist.  The world is more interesting on 2 wheels.  I discovered adventure touring in 2012 and can't imagine going back to strictly street or dirt bikes.  Having passed up countless dirt roads touring on street and never going very far on dirt, I think adventure bikes are the best idea since sliced bread.  I've heard a saying, "It's not an adventure until something goes wrong."  It always does!  Adventure touring, always brings surprises.  That's when it gets interesting.  I'm inspired when I see riders supporting each other.  Whether it be hoisting a bike out of a ravine, re-engineering a part to make it "work better", or sorting out an alternate route, the comradery is remarkable.  I always look forward to the recap at the end of each day as the ride groups share the day's challenges.  Or, the missing riders roll in with tall tales of mud, road closures, flat tires, mechanicals, or being towed by a horse!  Every ride is a life experience. Adv-Jedi notes...
  • Accept the force and know that it will carry you.  Know, without the force you will fight gravity alone.
  • Avoid the dark. Have light.
  • Bring rain gear, dry we will all be.
  • You will need the tool you are sure you will not need.
  • The force, pick up your bike, it will not.  Friends you will be glad to have.
  • Tired, you will be.  The darkside will stir inside you.  Have a snack to ward it off.

Yoda Mike J:
 
Began riding desert bikes at the age of 9.  Have explored much of the Western US including the darkest corners of Baja over the last 46 years. Traveled extensively to surfing destinations around the world in the 80's which ignited my passion for travel and meeting people with different world views. A "can do" attitude has served my riding groups well on many occasion as I'm willing to  jump in and help when things are less than perfect. I seem to enjoy myself just a little bit more when a little lost or gps plan doesn't quite work out and exploration kicks in. Strong mechanical and fabricating skills come in handy from time to time but may require supervision if my passion outweighs my talent. I love hearing stories of others that have lived interesting lives.

Yoda Keith M:
 
Born near the Missouri river in South Dakota, he took to farm equipment at an early age and a discovered small displacement moto wheels for exploring hither and beyond.  A  millennium transpired with apprenticeships, training, education, biology (family) teaching, and discovery but very few miles during that time and all on Milwaukee iron.   An asteroid impact during a trip through Labrador on a GS six years ago resulted in Yoda K getting a severe infection from the species  of Adventureridingvirales.  These viruses are well known to produce an altered state of mind and body treatable by adventure trips to the ends of the Americas.  On one such adventure he discovered a well worn modest star cruiser that provided two key disruptive forces that changed adventure riding for ever.  The previous pilot had left clues.  The rest is history.

Yoda Greg M:
 
I hail from the desert planet Mojave which is where, as a youngling, I began my off-road Jedi training. Due to the vast remoteness of the planet, I became proficient in the navigation and maintenance of various crafts being piloted throughout that region. Because of my youth and elevated level of durability, I developed a strong sense of adventure which quickly exceeded the confines of my known world.  Towards the end of my teenage years, my quest for adventure and nomadic lifestyle had exhausted my limited resources and the abilities of my star cruiser - the Hodaka Combat Wombat.  I enlisted in the Marine Corps to further my formal training and gain access to exotic new lands. There I learned advanced navigation, survival and mapping skills as well as gaining a sense of leadership. The Jar Head Federation took notice of my skills and appointed me to the position of Instructor where I taught Jedi hopefuls the skills of cold weather and mountain survival. Upon completion of my enlistment I found it necessary to continue my adventures by traveling to the African continent. There, I spent a year riding solo on a strange craft known to me as a BMW. Many rides, vehicles and adventures later, I found myself part of the GPSKevin Federation, where I am known as the “Leave No Man Behind” Yoda. 

Yoda Gil: Let me start with the fact that I hate science fiction and have never seen any of the star wars movies so there’s that. I started riding a honda mini trail when I was 12 years old and advanced through several cz’s 125, 250 and 400 during my teen years never actually mastering any of them. From my early 20’s til I turned 40 I stayed away from two wheelers and migrated to baja bugs, sand rails and off road desert race cars and jet skis. During this time I raised 2 daughters and spent extraordinary amounts of times on soccer and softball fields coaching refereeing and umpiring. In 2000 I returned to motorcycling and embraced dualsport in the form of a plated xr600 which I rode til the frame started failing. About the same time my friend broke his femur on his newer ktm and I picked up a 520 mxc in a firesale of a deal.  I rode the 2001 ktm 520 mxc for approximately 60,000 miles over the next 10 years riding dualsport events and invitational rides. I got involved with the Big Bear trail riders club and became an officer of d37 dualsport and started creating the courses of the LA Barstow 2 Vegas ride. Along the way I realized that my riding pursuits needed a proper transport ship and the Gillousine was created. The Gillousine is a ford one ton extended cargo van with a 7.3 powerstroke diesel set up for hauling 4 bikes 4 riders and gear without towing a trailer all while knocking off 18 mpg on various petro chemicals and lubricants.
I have become an experienced adventurer with a calm demeanor. I have performed many trailside repairs and have been referred to as rocky, lone rocky, captain, seargent, mguyver, trailboss, sweetcheeks, yoda and a#@%&*!. 
This past fall I even got to try out my camping without camping gear skills and survived 2 days and 1 night in the wild and was rewarded with a great story to tell. 

Yoda Miller: "Yoda" Miller is Greek for Yo Dude!! Lol. I'm not a real serious person. I enjoy riding and even going to the dark side!! Sharing my experiences which other like minded riders is alway a pleasure. I ride almost anything but my preference is off road. My 990 is a little bit bulky and my 500 is to tubby.  It's like me, I need to lose a little weight. Im active in the off-road racing seen so you can tell I have not grown up yet. I mostly enjoy meeting new people, eating taco's, riding bikes and most of all, heading out on a new adventure. I promise to make your adventure fun an exciting. I can't wait to meet you at our next adventure.   Jeff (Yo Dude) Miller

Yoda Anna M: Yoga Yoda Anna may say it all. I love to run and work out. I'm married to Yo Dude Miller. And have two smaller yoda kids. My family keeps me going. I love to support all of them in there adventures. It kinda comes natural to me, because I am a 4th grade school teacher. I will be making a few appearances on Jeff's adventures this year. I'm always excited to meet new people. 




Yoda Roberto:
 BIO TBD







Yoda Jeffrode: 
My life on 2 wheels began when I was merely a Jedi youngling starting my journey to become a Grand Enduro-E. The path was not easy as mastering the art of the Force and ascending to the High Council of the Jedi Order requires a Jedi to be capable of riding a “speeder bike”. To even begin with this story, we would have to go back to a time long, long ago. This brings me back 20+ years to receiving my first 1996 Yamaha PW-50 underneath a Star Wars bed sheet. Within a year, I became a padawan as I received another bike, a 1974 Honda MR 50, to progress to the next step of the Jedi way, in which I would be able to start the task of clutch drops. Through the following years, I spent time to develop and master these skills and went out looking for people with the passion and desire to join the Jedi Order. These journeys took me to faraway lands such as the Mojave Desert, Moab, and the Grand Canyon. By this point I had moved up to becoming a Jedi Master receiving several new “light sabers” and moved up to the Yamaha WR250R. From this point forward, the Force has led me to a path going on the Trans America Trail at age 16, up to the Arctic Circle on a KLR at 18 and crossing the US on a CT 70 and a scooter at 20 and 21 and hundreds of other memorable experiences of different worlds.
The longest battle against the Sith Lords began on a nice 150-mile ride from Ridgecrest, CA to Beatty, NV in which I managed to ride with a group of Jedi Knights, who endured 4 flat tires, the ultimate doing of the Dark Side, with only 2 back up tubes within the group. Throughout the fight, the knights managed to go on 3 separate 40 mile trips, involuntarily leaving a Jedi behind, to obtain the hyper drive generator necessary for defeating the pure evil of flat tires. To do so, not only did the group have to combat the dark side, they also had to go on a pod race against the Sunlight before the sun goes down. In the end, the group managed to make it back, rescue the Jedi that was left behind and change a tube to then have another flat tire a whole 2 miles later. This resulted in leaving a bike behind and making it to the lunch stop at 11pm, half a day later. Another memorable experience was when I had the KLR break down (the cam up and out of its cradle) in a small town of 200. A Jedi Master never gives up in the face of great danger, therefore we towed the bike 200 miles into the town of White Horse to meet with Unkar Plutt, a space scavenger of spare parts to see if there were any options in the local motorcycle shop. Without much success from the shop, the bike was then deemed as space junk, which resulted in towing the bike for another 300+ miles towards Haines, AK. It was around here when I met and left with the notorious Han Solo, a guy from California up there fishing,  on his Millennium Falcon on a journey to Seattle. It was through these journeys of hard Enduro obstacles and fights against the dark side that I was able to master the Force of motorcycling and preparing myself towards becoming a Grand Enduro-E

Yoda Missy:
  
My sense of exploration, sprouted on December 25th, 1996. I was a youngster; a mere four years old. Under the Christmas tree sat a time machine that little did I know, would allow me to push the limits of an entirely new world. A Yamaha PW50 was the vessel that began my epic journey. Backyard dirt tracks, soft desert sands, red rock trails, green forested roads, lonesome backcountry routes and deserted old highways would become my playground. As I grew, so did my need for a larger machine. My PW 50 turned into an XR80, a TTR 125, a WR 250, a Kawasaki Versys, and a CBX500, just to list a few. I've traversed the entire state of California, most of the southwest United States, a bit of Canada, and even parts of Alaska. But what I've come to realize is that we all come from the soil, although we are not all of the soil. Those of us who are, we children of the earth, must return to it, again and again! And for me, motorcycles have allowed me that freedom! My love for adventure has turned into passion. I implore all those looking for something more; try motorcycles! Join us for the next experience!

Yoda Kirley: From the 951, I am.  Midnight, my star fighter’s name, and loyal she is. I consider myself a Padawan learner at best. Know near nothing, I do. From so many, so much I have learned. Tips & tricks, these fellow yodas have shared. Them many they have, and grateful I am.  Goal, I have one:  “To have lots o’ fun.  Always pass on what you have learned.”  This is my theme, you know what I mean?  Ambassador of the 2-wheel realm is what I’m about. 
For my allies, The Force, and powerful it is. 
Other training I have:  Put out fires, I can.   Plus, broken people, I tend
Forward looking to traveling with you, am I.
Quotes I like:
“Do or do not, there is no try” OY (Original Yoda)
“ If my answers frighten you, you should cease asking frightening questions.”  Jules Winnfield
“…like Kane in Kung Fu, “Walk the earth, meet people, get in adventures.”  Jules Winnfield

Yoda Kip: I have 40 plus years of riding experience and have worked in the aircraft and aerospace industry for 35 years so I am disciplined to get things correct, take responsibility serious and attempt to understand how things work.  I’ve raced Desert, Grand Prix’s and Enduros, but have most miles riding Dual Sport events.  A full dress street bike was my primary ride during the 80’s and 90’s, since then its been offroad, but an adventure bike is very possible.  As a ride Yoda my goal is to help each participant be prepared to enjoy the event the way they want to.  In short, decisions must be made by each rider and a Yoda’s objective is to provide insight about the event so the “Rider” can take on his adventure the way they want.  I so enjoy motorcycle riding and the companionship of my riding buddies, being a Yoda is a great way of adding memories and adventure with other riders.  I welcome the opportunity to share your ride adventure with me.
Yoda Joey: 









Yode Marco: Tijuana Team:








Are you interested in becoming a Ride Yoda and helping out on these rides?
The best way is to come on one of my rides so we can get to know each other and then let's discuss the possibilities
Next, have you already been on one of my rides, or do I know you already? Then send me an email and let's start the discussion.
Or if I don't know you, then send me an email and tell me about yourself, your skill and what ride ideas interest you.
kevin@gpskevinadventurerides.com

Ride Passion and Enthusiasm
Good "Ride Yodas" will have a certain magic about them that inspires people around them to enjoy the ride. 
Are you passionate about the ride itself?  Can you spread that to others?
Are you social after the day's ride? and do you enjoy all those long parking lot stories about the big fish?
Can you empathize with the poor rider and maybe look beyond the riding skills and still see an amazing person behind the helmet?
When the going gets tough can you still look for the good in a person and find it?

Proactive versus Reactive
Can you see difficulty brewing, are you perceptive and can you figure out what may happen?
Can you look at a bike and spot trouble before it arrives?  
Can you talk with a rider and observe his actions or riding and then spot possible trouble?
Are you able to then tactfully steer the boat in a different direction?


Ride Yoda Deal
Ride Yodas come and work their magic on the ride. They are given all the normal gpsKevin tools, maps and ride packets etc. In return, their ride expenses are typically paid.  This means that their hotel and ride fees are covered and some expenses. 

What is cool about this Ride Yoda thing?
After I retired I set a goal for myself that all the work I put into these rides would finance and enable me to do these rides.
This goal has come true for me and now I find that I can share it with others.  Like me, Ride Yodas can now come and facilitate one of these rides and it will finance and enable the ride for them too. And they get to go home with a little money to maintain their bike. Not a career, but mostly done out of passion.