John Hax | Founder & Lead Guide 106 West Motorcycle Adventure Tours

Meet Our Founder

​Where did my love of adventure motorcycle riding come from? You could say on an airplane. Flying from Denver to California on an almost weekly basis, I was always looking down on desolate dirt roads crossing lonely deserts, winding around soaring peaks, and disappearing into majestic red rock canyons. I kept telling myself that one day I would find out where those roads led. So one day I did. In the summer of 2011 I bought a BMW F650GS and rode from Denver, CO to Portland, Or. The trip was 10 days and 2200mi/ 3540km total, 1800mi/2900km on dirt roads.
This ride convinced me that the absolute best way to see the West is on the back of a dual sport motorcycle. Fast forward three years and thousands more miles/km on dirt and I found myself in Gunnison, CO showing a route to some ADV riders from Mexico. I just said, “follow me” and after two days of riding they suggested I start an Adventure Motorcycle tour company.

My name is John Hax and I am the owner of 106 West Adventure Motorcycle Tours. Running a successful Adventure Motorcycle tour company requires much more than just the ability to ride a motorcycle; planning, professionalism, and passion are equally important. As a former Officer in the United States Marine Corps I spent 4 years planning logistics as complex as the deployment of a battalion Light Assault Vehicles by air transport to Somalia and the return of 700 Amphibious Assault vehicles from Kuwait back to the USA. My professionalism comes from spending 20 years as a consultant in the Information Technology industry. Passion; what I love to hear from my guests is when they tell me they never would have seen such beautiful country if not for my guidance. I am also an Ambassador for the Backcountry Discovery Route organization. I look forward to giving you the adventure of a lifetime and showing you some of the most beautiful country on the planet.


John Hax
106 West Adventure Motorcycle Tours
“Adventure with Confidence”

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