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Guided Motorcycle Tour in Saudi Arabia

The biggest rally adventure live on a very exclusive tour. Ride Xpower brings you on a well-organized tour to the best places on the race track. You will see the start and the finish and meet with racers and support staff. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure brings you to amazing Saudi Arabia and you will get a deep and unforgettable impression of this fascinating culture and landscape. This Dakar Adventure occurs as an 11-day adventure from the start to the rest day in the middle of the race.

Key information

  • Terrain: Desert riding from sand to rocks surfaces
  • Bikes: Rental bikes (KTM, Husqvarna, and GASGAS light Enduros 4-stroke models)
  • Mileage: Approximately 1,400 kilometers - 2,100 kilometers / 869 - 1,304 miles
  • Daily rides: Approximately 200 - 300 kilometers / 93 - 186 miles
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch snacks, dinner

Highlights

  • Starts in Jeddah, ends in Riyadh
  • Opportunity to watch the Dakar Rally
  • Enjoy the desert ride and amazing views
  • Unique riding experience
  • Visit the Dakar Rally Paddock
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

7 days with instruction
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in various accommodations arranged by Ride Xpower such as hotels, traditional guesthouses, and desert camps (tents or guest houses in the desert).

Their desert camps in the dunes are simple, but offer all the comforts possible in the desert, basic showers and toilets. You receive single tents in desert camps. They cook their own food and sit together in the evenings around the open fire under the starry desert sky.

Program

Participating in the Ride Xpower Dakar Adventure means you will feel and push your limits. The tour is designed to make you feel like the Dakar racers you will meet almost every day on this tour. This is what you are looking for and what you will get.

The rally will not announce the day's route and spectator points until late the previous day. Shortly before the start, the racers receive the road book for the next day. They have to anticipate and adjust the routes accordingly - that's part of the adventure, you never know what's going to happen tomorrow, managing it is the adventure of this tour. What they will know are the locations of the rally overnight camps between stages, but not the route taken by the racers.

Bikes

You will ride 4-stroke enduro bikes from KTM, GASGAS and Husqvarna, which are ideal for riding in the sandy and rocky desert. 2-stroke bikes are not designed for long-distance riding and do not perform well in sand.

Tracks and guides

Your route will be along the race route, but you will take shortcuts and you will not drive on or cross the circuit. You will meet the service car at the official spectator points for refueling. You daily route length is adjusted to the group's riding abilities and the daily conditions.

They plan to cover 200 to 300 kilometers (124 - 186 miles) each day. The route will be a mix of meeting the Dakar Rally, riding through the desert, and visiting interesting places. It will be demanding and the extent of the trip and the speed will be agreed upon by the group.

The routes are specially chosen to give you the best possible experience and allow you to view Dakar and its most stunning scenery. You are riding in small groups and will have 2 tour guides with you. The tour accommodates the riding level and the length of the daily tours to the physical condition and the riding abilities of the participants.

The experienced tour guides are passionate about what they do and will work hard to give you a once in a real lifetime experience, to provide you max fun in riding, and last but not least to bring you safely home.

You will ride ahead of the racers to catch them in the afternoon. The tour plans to catch the best places of each stage, depending on your speed and condition. Daily track length and difficulty will be agreed upon in the daily briefings.

Tour management, service car, accommodation, and catering

A team led by a local service manager accompanies the tour and is available if needed. The luggage is divided into a basic 40 liter dry bag with the things you need in the desert and a bag with the rest of your luggage and gear. They have tools, spare parts, and replacement bikes so that any technical problem can be resolved promptly.

A Ride Xpower 4x4 will follow the groups for assistance and emergencies. The Saudi rescue system is very well organized with ambulances, desert rescue vehicles, and helicopters. They have a satellite emergency rescue system and team communication via satellite phones.

About Ride Xpower

Emerging from passion - Ride Xpower. Founded in 2002, Ride Xpower lives its passion for motorbikes and offroad driving. From the beginning, the company has organized offroad motorbike events with adventure as their key theme, and the result is excellent, professionally-organized events which are suitable for every kind of rider.

Over the years, the original concept has been developed and applied to other related fields. These days the company's adventures include service for Hard Enduro races and tours with Buggies (side by side) in 12 countries. Ride Xpower is always heading for new adventures which resulted in this outstanding tour - the Dakar adventure in Saudi Arabia.

Riding level

They carry out the Enduro tour in two groups with different lengths of the daily routes, levels of difficulty, and structure of the tour The Mad Men group for the tough guys and gals who really want to know and the Relaxed group for those who want to try but aren't sure they can keep up.

The “Mad Men” group will maximize daily trips and some days will sleep in a simple desert camp where they stop. The service jeep will catch up with them to bring water, food, and essential fuel for the next day. They want to feel and exceed their limits.

The "Relaxed" group is well balanced between challenging riding and a trip to the overnight location when that's enough and adjusts the length and difficulty of the daily journeys day by day.

Itinerary

  • Jan 2: Arrival in Saudi Arabia and visit of the paddock
  • Jan 4: Watch the Dakar Rally Prologue
  • Jan 5-10: Riding days, meeting the Dakar Rally (7 days of riding)
  • Jan 11: Visit the Dakar Rally Paddock in Riyadh on the Dakar, rest day
  • Jan 12: Departure from Riyadh

Skill level(s) required for this tour: Intermediate and advanced

Intermediate

  • Can ride for 3-4 hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • Can ride for 5-6 hours
  • Extensive riding experience
  • Assistance on demand (if required)
  • Experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

Between two seas - Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is home to five historical and archaeological sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, as well as the two most important pilgrimage sites in Islam. The country is bordered to the west by the Red Sea and to the east by the Arabic Gulf and boasts three cities with a population of more than a million people: Riyadh, Jeddah, and Mecca.

Saudi Arabia has an amazing landscape offering all kinds of desert riding from sand to rocks and stunning views all day over.

Food

The package includes daily breakfast. Lunch snacks, dinner, and drinks are available during the stays in the desert camp.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 11 tour days
  • 7 days of riding
  • Watch the prologue and rest day
  • Motorbike with fuel
  • Professional tour manager
  • 10 nights accommodation in hotels, desert camps
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunch snacks, dinner, and drinks during riding days
  • Service car with spare parts and spare bike
  • Rescue 4x4 following the riders
  • Luggage transport between the stages of the tour
  • Ride Xpower Meet Dakar T-Shirt and Ride Xpower Jersey

What's not included

  • Airfare and airport transfer on departure
  • Visa, personal insurance, and travel cancellation cover
  • Drinks and dinner during stay in hotels
  • CDW for the damages on the bikes (a full cover insurance is offered as extra)
  • Ride Xpower Rebooking Cover (offered as extra)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Bisha Domestic Airport (BHH) and depart at King Khalid International Airport (RUH).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Saturday January 4, 2025
Departure: Tuesday January 14, 2025

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