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December 4, 2022, 8:37 pm
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December 4, 2022, 8:37 pm
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December 4, 2022, 9:37 pm
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Here is a short description of The All-Star Motorcycle Circus & Expedition riders.

G. Dean Tanji

G. Dean Tanji had been involved in business communications for over 47 years.  He is the owner and President of Abracadabra Presentation Graphics, Inc. in Santa Ana, CA.  He is retired from day-to-day operations.

Abracadabra designs and produces special events such as corporate sales, marketing, financial and HR meetings. He has produced events throughout the US and Hawaii, China, Mexico, and Canada. This includes all staging, video production and presentation services utilizing live image-magnification, multi-source switching, live web streaming, and satellite up & down links. Clients include pharmaceutical, electronics, computer, real estate, & financial entities.

Dean Tanji is a self-admitted adrenalin junky.  In the early 1970’s Dean was one of hang gliding’s early pioneers.  His flying skills and proficiency in national and international competitions earned him the recognition as one of the top US pilots.

Dean Tanji on cover of Hang Gliding Magazine, Aug 1977. Glider: Wills Wing XC 180

He was a motion picture/TV stuntman/stunt coordinator specializing in hang gliding and ultralight flight and a member of the Screen Actors Guild, 1976 to 1985.
Feature Motion Picture:

SkyRiders, 20th Century Fox – Greece

Moonraker, United Artists – Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, US,
Iguasu Falls Stunt Development

The Eagle Within, Busch Gardens – Mt. Palomar, CA

Meteora, Central Greece, 20th Century Fox, SKYRIDERS - Stunt Pilot Dean Tanji flying a Wills Wing Swallowtail a few seconds after launch. The helicopter camera ship will come in from behind 100' to film the stunt action.


Fall Guy, Original series title opening, SkyRiders

Eight is Enough, Lorimar Productions – Palm Desert, CA

Dukes of Hazard, Sylmar, CA

CHIPS, Point Fermin, CA

Three on the Road, Pilot, MacGillvary-Freeman Films, Julian CA

Palm Springs, Eight is Enough, 1978 - Dean waiting for "action" queue.

Palm Springs, Eight is Enough, 1978 - Stunt pilot Dean Tanji in a left-hand slip stall purposely crashing into the bulleye on the right.

Television Commercial:

Nature Valley Granola Bars, Skip Ishii Productions – Calgary, Canada.  Stunt coordinators, Joe Greblo & Richard Grigsby.


Calgary, CN, Nature Valley Granola Bar Commercial, 1979 - Motorized hang glider fly-over. Film crew foreground, dancing talent and stunt in background.

Dean qualified for the 1979 2nd FAI World Hang Gliding Championships in Austria and in 1981 participated as a US team member for the 3rd FAI World Hang Gliding Championships in Beppu, Japan.  In 1983 he was selected as the US Team Leader for the 4th FAI World Hang Gliding Championships in Tegelberg, Germany.
Dean retired from hang gliding in 1993 and took up cross-country motorcycle touring. This led to his involvement in the Iron Butt Association numerous “extreme” rides. In May 2004 he rode 8,871 miles through all 49 states and 3 Countries, Mexico, US & Canada, in 7-days, 10-hours, 56-minutes.
In 2001 Dean competed in the prestigious Iron Butt Rally and placed 69th, a Silver medalist riding 8,327 miles. In the 2003 Iron But Rally he placed 15th, a Bronze medalist riding 11,243 miles. In the 2005 Dean placed 24th with a Gold medal finish.
A native Californian, Dean was born in Merced, central San Joaquin valley, and grew up on a ranch in Cressey. Dean and his wife Susan reside in Orange County.

Sue and Dean

Mr. Tanji’s is the producer of the original  Hard Miles and Hard Miles 2, the definitive documentary of the legendary long-distance motorcycle competition, the Iron Butt Rally.   Recognized throughout the long-distance motorcycle community as “The World’s Toughest Motorcycle Competition”, the typical Iron Butt Rally competitor will ride 11,000 miles in 11 days.

Dean Tanji in Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay AK, June, 2010

Lisa Landry and Dean Tanji at the “End of Route 3”, Ushuaia, Argentina, Feb 23, 2011. 11,100 miles (17,848 Km) from Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, AK

The Moto & Gear Particulars

2016 Honda CB500XA

It is equipped with:

Dual Sport Accessories

SW Mototech skid plate, engine guard, center stand

Rally foot pegs

iScott chain oiler


Rear:         Rally Raid

Front:       Rally Raid


Rear tire:   Continental TKC 70

Front tire: ContiTrailAttack 2


Givi Trekker Outback 37 Saddlebags

Givi Top Case

Bag-Connections “City” tank bag

Comm System

Sena 20S Bluetooth Comm System linked to Garmin 665 and iPhone


GPS        Garmin Montana 610

Satellite Tracking:

DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Personal Tracker

Riding Gear

Helmet: Scorpion EXO-900

Outer Gear:

Jacket:         Kilm Latitude Gore-tex Jacket

Pants:          Kilm Latitude Gore-tex Pants


Upper:        Bohn Xtreme Heavy-Duty Armored Shirt

Lower:       Bohn Bodyguard Adventure Armored Pants


Upper:        Warm N Safe Generation Waterproof Heated Liner

Under Gear:

Upper:        LDComfort Long Sleeve Shirt

Lower:       LDComfort Shorts & LDComfort Long

Socks: Drymax Socks

Boots: Sidi Adventure Gortex

Gloves: Lightweight Summer Gloves w/Armored Knuckles