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"Best Week in Oregon" Dual Sport Ride in High Desert & Cascade Mountains

The "Best Week in Oregon" Adventure Ride, Cascade Mountains and High Desert

The "Best Week in Oregon" Adventure Ride, Cascade Mountains and High Desert

  • John Day Fossil Beds Oregon
  • Honda Africa Twin Mountains Lake
  • Motorcycle Group Trip
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  • crater lake national park
  • Umatilla National Forest

Right in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, the start-up of our newest adventure bike rental fleet in Bend, Oregon has us in the perfect location to make this incredibly fun 1-week riding package. Fly into RDM airport, your bike and hotels will be waiting for you, and along with all the highlights and other inclusions shown on this page, our Lead Guide and Support Truck will show you 5 of the most fun dual sport riding days anywhere. Self-Guided versions of this trip are available, too, but with a lighter bike thanks to our Support Truck on dates as listed on this page, some riders will enjoy having their luggage carried for them while ripping through an endless array of twisties and dirt routes.

Yes, there's the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route, and yes, this trip touches on parts of it. But instead of focusing only on that, we think we've got something even better to show you with the ride ahead. Come see why Oregon is one is one of the most sought after places to live in the U.S., and just how great our adventure riding and other outdoors activities are.

Itinerary

*PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A DUAL SPORT ROUTE, ONLY FOR EXPERIENCED RIDERS. ALSO WATCH FOR OUR RIDER TRAINING PROGRAMS TO LAUNCH SOON 

Day 1 – Welcome to beautiful Bend, Oregon 

Drake Park Bend OregonWelcome 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

crater lake national parkHeading west on Cascade Lakes Highway past Mount Bachelor and along the shores of Devil's, Sparks, Elk, and Hosmer Lakes, we'll leave the pavement behind and settle into some simple gravel riding 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

Support Van on Motorcycle TripObvious 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

Africa Twins Sprinter Van Group RideA bit more pavement today to help cover the distance involved, but the route is simply perfect as it passes 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. Winds 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

Umatilla National ForestWith the dirt floor of Malheur and Umatilla National Forests providing grip, stay as dirty as you ever hoped for on 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, we'll 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

Desert Riding Africa TwinsThe final stretch, and one that might be welcome after the demands of this ride. 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. 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 from Bend, if you must!

Bend Oregon Amphitheater Old MillAs 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!

Bikes Available

2019+ Honda CB500x

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

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Seat Height:
32.7 in
Curb Weight:
430lbs
Fuel Capacity:
4.6 gal
Displacement:
471cc Parallel Twin
Honda Africa Twin

Honda Africa Twin

Finally, the return of a legend! The long awaited, and thoroughly updated Africa Twin by Honda has been talked about for years, finally making itself available in various markets around the world in 2015. With a four-valve Unicam® cylinder head 998cc parallel twin engine, more power than an adventure rider could ever need is available along with suspension travel and ground clearance to handle the most remote and rugged terrains and pathways. 

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Seat Height:
33.5/34.3 in
Curb Weight:
511 lb
Fuel Capacity:
4.96 gal
Displacement:
998 cc
Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Finally, the return of a legend, and this version, a little bit more prepared for long adventure rides than it's smaller twin. The long awaited, and thoroughly updated Africa Twin by Honda finally became available in rental fleets around the world in 2015, forever winning our hearts over with incredible reliability while being extremely fun to ride the first few seasons. This "Adventure Sports" version is about an inch taller with 1.5 gallons greater fuel capacity than the standard Africa Twin. With a four-valve Unicam® cylinder head 998cc parallel twin engine, more power than an adventure rider could ever need is available along with suspension travel and ground clearance to handle the most remote and rugged terrains and routes.

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Seat Height:
35.4/36.2 in
Curb Weight:
533 lb
Fuel Capacity:
6.4 gal
Displacement:
998 cc
KTM 1090 Adventure R

KTM 1090 Adventure R

KTM's famous LC8 parallel twin engine now finds itself in the 1090 size, and just perfect for a variety of adventurous riding. Kick around in the dirt while unloaded, or pack up this chassis with luggage needed for a bigger trip, and you'll have a blast either way. The 21" front wheel and WP suspension soaks up imperfection and points to the apex of turns with ease while 125 horsepower gets you there as soon as possible.

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Seat Height:
35 in
Curb Weight:
514 lb
Fuel Capacity:
6.1 gal
Displacement:
1050 cc
KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

The biggest of the Big Orange adventure bikes, serving riders with extreme exploration capability, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is fun no matter what terrain you point it to. With it's famous LC8 powerplant ripping out 160hp, this beast awaits the twist of your wrist on pavement or in the dirt!

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Seat Height:
35 in
Curb Weight:
529 lbs
Fuel Capacity:
6.1 gal
Displacement:
1301 cc
KTM 690 Enduro R

KTM 690 Enduro R

The bike the KTM had such issues keeping in stock for so many years was always sold out for good reason: The KTM 690 Enduro R is a blast to ride, and loved by those who have them. Boasting 67hp from its LC4 single-cylinder torque-maker nestled into the tubular space frame of a fairly light bike, coming out of dirt turns in 2nd and 3rd reminds us why we ride. Still not an ideal bike for long pavement trips, the extra weight and girth of the 690 over smaller dirt bikes makes it great for longer trips that involve mostly dirt. Pack up, and head out into any dual sport riding paradise where we offer the KTM 690 to rent, and we look forward to your reaction.

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Seat Height:
35.8 in
Curb Weight:
333 lb
Fuel Capacity:
3.2 gal
Displacement:
690 cc