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RIDE WITH ALEX CHACÓN IN OREGON 

Fill out the form on this page to request a spot on this Best Week in Oregon RIDE with Alex, and please note that we are receiving a large number of requests for this ride with only 10 spots available. Be sure to click the pricing, inclusions, and other buttons on the tour page before submitting your request, as we will not be able to respond to all inquiries. Also, be sure to add "info@rideadv.com" to your email Contact List, and regularly check your Spam and other folders for our response.

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Are you ready for the Riding Terrain & Conditions on our “Best Week in Oregon RIDE with Alex" trip?

This route for the 2020 season should be about 65% paved and 35% off-pavement (which will equate to almost 60/40 in terms of “time spent,” because of course we average a slightly slower speed in the dirt.) We believe it’s the perfect balance of adventure riding terrain, a huge amount of fun and variety.
  • Terrain: The off-payment sections we ride are very “rideable” by experienced off-pavement riders, as about 95% of the off-pavement sections are mostly just simple hard-packed gravel and dirt. However, there are spots where the terrain could be a little soft and “soupy,” like if some fresh gravel was just added by construction crews to maintain the road, or sections where deep sand has blown in and collected such that it will be like riding on a soft beach. As such, if you’re renting one of our big adventure bikes, it’s very important to know how 400-500+lb twin cylinder motorcycles behave if the front wheel has an opportunity to sink-down a bit while you’re riding (more than with a 250lb enduro bike,) and how to avoid headshake and the possible mistakes that can be made. OR, perhaps more appropriately, a Rider just needs to have the common sense to slow down and maybe put it in 1st or 2nd and go slowly for a few minutes until the deep sand/gravel is behind them. For these reasons, it's absolutely crucial that you only reserve one of these motorcycle trip packages if you have previous off-pavement riding experience, and you’re comfortable and secure riding safely in these conditions.
  • Pace: To keep up with our typical riding day itinerary, Riders should be comfortable starting to ride around 8am, and finishing around 5-6pm after all the riding, fuel stops, lunch, photo stops, etc. (riding approximately 40 minutes of every 1 hour during the riding portions of the day, plus an hour for lunch, fueling, etc.) Also, riders must be confident with riding these bikes at 50+mph/80+kph on straight off-pavement sections, or when the situation calls for it. (Obviously turns and curves may require slowing down, but please, if you’re not comfortable with such speeds on straight sections, we should talk about other possible trips that will be better suited to your riding style.)
  • Weather Conditions: In these northern and polar regions can of course be a challenge as well. We choose the best months of the year to enjoy these trips, but please note the possibility for cold and rainy conditions is always possible. Riders must be protected from head to toe with riding gear and have waterproofing options. See here for weather stats: Weather Statistics: Bend, OregonWeather Statistics: Ashland, Oregon — Weather Statistics: Burns, Oregon  — Weather Statistics: Baker City, Oregon 
  • Passengers/Pillions: Provided couples have previous off-pavement riding experience together, and won’t be making this trip in Oregon their first attempt at riding mixed terrains together, generally speaking, this route is very “2-up friendly.” As noted above, even the gravel/dirt sections are mostly quite smooth and well-groomed, easy for experienced travelers to enjoy together.
  • No matter what, if you have questions about this, be sure to inquire further, as trips like these should not be a rider’s first endeavor into riding off-pavement, or in any of the described conditions above. We will do everything we can to answer your questions and make sure this is a trip you can finish safely. Ultimately, it will be the individual riders’ responsibility to make sure they are not “pushing” the limits of their abilities or skill levels though. (If by chance you’re on tour and find yourself a bit overwhelmed, there are frequent ‘bail-out’ options to move back to pavement and make more direct routing to each destination.)