The "Best Week in Oregon" Adventure Ride, Cascade Mountains and High Desert
Day 1 – Arrival Day: Welcome to beautiful Bend, Oregon!
Welcome to Bend, and we hope you can arrive a little earlier and enjoy this outstanding town for outdoors lovers. We are nestled along the Deschutes River which writhes up from the Cascade Mountains, and serves as the backbone for our small town. From the river rafting and fly fishing opportunities to the vast array of mountain biking, dirt biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, golf, and other options we have in the area, we are incredibly proud to call Bend "home," and hope you have the chance to enjoy it as well before departure. (Prediction: Those of you outdoorsy-types looking for retirement or vacation home possibilities will end up purchasing a property here soon.) --- Upon arrival, Guided Groups will meet up for a welcome dinner and briefing, and to get everyone familiar with their motorcycles before takeoff. Bring anything you want to mount on the bike, and we'll make sure you're all set and fit for the great ride ahead. We twist our wrists tomorrow.
Day 2 - Bend to Ashland (241 miles)
Heading west on Cascade Lakes Highway past Mount Bachelor and along the shores of Devil's, Sparks, Elk, and Hosmer Lakes, leave the pavement behind and settle into some simple gravel riding over Windigo Pass on the way to Crater Lake National Park. Left behind by the collapse of Mount Mazama about 7,000 years ago, Crater Lake is the deepest in the U.S. at 1,949 feet (10th deepest in the world) and quite a site from the hiking trail around its upper rim. Just a bit further south lies the cool Siskiyou Mountain town of Ashland with its ski resort of the same name overlooking. After this great first day of dual sport riding beneath the canopy of huge Ponderosa pine trees, settle in for a night on the town and prep for more great riding ahead.
Day 3 - Ashland to Lakeview (214 miles)
Obvious pavement routes are available, but there's also the option of ducking off into some dirt and gravel to make today's ride even more interesting. Around Upper Klamath Lake and through Winema and Fremont National Forests, California is just to the south with nearby Antelope refuges that make sitings possible. Settling into the "Tallest Town in Oregon," Lakeview sits at 4,802 feet and will be a great resting spot to prep for the next day's ride.
Day 4 - Lakeview to Burns (264 to 312 miles)
A bit more pavement today to help cover the distance involved, but the route is simply perfect as it passes over Hart Mountain, through the stunning Steens Mountain range, and offers incredible views. Out here in the High Desert of Oregon, the riding dates we select for this route sure do make for a high probability of sunny and clear skies, so while everyone's encouraged to come prepared for a variety of weather, chances are good you won't see any rain (although the Steens Mountain Loop sometimes isn't open until early July because of snowpack.) Winds out here can be significant, but nothing like what we deal with in Patagonia and other places. Burns is a simple lumber-focused town that will do well for an overnight spot to recharge for the next day.
Day 5 - Burns to Baker City (149 to 267 miles)
With sections of dirt floor of Malheur and Umatilla National Forests available today, either take the long way that includes some off-pavement riding, or the shorter option on paved twisties during this fun ride canopied by our enormous Ponderosa and Douglas Fir conifers. Once a thriving gold mining town with over 2,000 inhabitants and served by a narrow gauge railway, Sumpter is now a bit of a ghost town in a beautiful mountain setting. After passing through, touch on the original fur trading thoroughfare that is the Oregon Trail before heading into to Baker City for the night. Another simple, small town, part of what may be your getaway from regular big city life.
Day 6 - Baker City to Bend (231 to 299 miles)
The final stretch, and one that might be welcome after the demands of this ride. The full & longest day is certainly "doable" for most experienced dual sport riders, by now some more pavement might make sense, and so we have some of the very best twisties and sweepers in the world available for the ride back to Bend if you prefer to keep it shorter. With the incredible John Day Fossil Beds along the way, and various possible routes both forested and desert-like, enjoy that fresh Oregon air! Guided Groups will celebrate the finish of the trip with a dinner along the Deschutes River in town.
Day 7 - Departure Day from Bend, if you must!
As we've noted and bragged about, Bend isn't just the kind of town you'll want to pass through in a hurry. Inquire with us about arranging extra time in this fun small mountain town, and anyone interested in hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, golf, just floating the river, or even skiing (often possible through May) should plan on staying a bit longer. As described by Eric in the original announcement of our Bend-based rental fleet, you may end up living here someday, too!
2019+ Honda CB500x
Another recent assertion by Honda Motorcycles into the Adventure Riding world, riders seeking a compact-sized adventure bike have been raving about the CB500X. With plenty of power emanating from the parallel-twin engine, and an agile disposition, everything from paved twisties to gravel, dirt, and sand can be conquered with this fun adventuring option. Starting in 2019 with the 19" front wheel, this bike has proven itself for us in places like Patagonia, and will be a great option for riders exploring beyond.
- Wet Weight - 430lbs
- Seat Height - 32.7 inches
- Fuel Capacity - 4.6 gal
471cc Parallel Twin
Honda Africa Twin
Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports
Honda Africa Twin CRF1100 (2020+)
KTM 790 Adventure
33.5/32.7 in / 851/831 mm
5.3 gal / 20 L
KTM 790 Adventure R
34.6 in / 879 mm
5.3 gal / 20 L
Yamaha Ténéré 700
This highly-anticipated "masterpiece of value" has finally been released, giving dual sport adventure riders around the world one more incredible middle-weight adventure bike to choose from. With 73+ smooth, linear horsepower pouring through one of most beautiful exhaust notes out there, the Ténéré 700's unique anti-squat design puts that power into the ground, instead of into the rear shock. The result is one of the best handling, adventure bikes on the market, all backed by typical Yamaha-reliability. Take this agile machine on short trips or long, paved twisties or dirt roads, and know that this may be as close to the "perfect" adventure bike as we have seen in a while. With an attractive entry price, and corresponding rental rate, we expect the number of Ténéré 700's in our fleet operations to grow steadily and remain a factor for a long time.
34.4 in / 874mm
452 lb / 205kg