RIDE the Southern California Backcountry Discovery Route between San Diego and Las Vegas
Day 1 - Arrival in San Diego or Las Vegas (click "Dates" for each available)
Welcome to sunny California, and the many reasons why this land is among the most sought-after real estate in the world. With sunny skies and year-round riding weather, try to arrive early enough to get the motorcycle rental paperwork and introduction done with today. Check out how your day-pack fits, adjust handlebars and shift levers, and get ready for some fun riding ahead. Guided Group trips will have a Welcome Dinner before heading out on the CABDR tomorrow.
Day 2 - San Diego to Yuma, Arizona - 229 miles
Time to conquer the Southern California Backcountry Discovery Route! With San Diego behind, a cruise through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and visiting the Glamis Dunes will be part of an easy first day of riding. Hopefully time allows for a visit to the "Center of the World" in Felicity, as Yuma lies just ahead. With the coming days being spent in the dirt, rest-up, then grit your teeth, and get ready for some CABDR satisfaction.
Day 3 - Yuma to Blythe, California - 120 miles
The actual CABDR riding begins after an easy night in Yuma on the southern edge of the Cocopah Indian Reservation, hopefully with time to visit the Yuma Territorial Prison Museum if such interests you. Writhing along bits of the Colorado River and through the Chocolate Mountains via Picacho Peak Wilderness area, pace yourself, save time for highlights mentioned in the itinerary, and enjoy this time adventure riding in the remote territories of southern California.
Day 4 - Blythe to Needles - 124 miles
The Blythe Intaglios are quite a site to see, considered "America's Nazca Lines" just north of Blythe. Today's ride peers into the Parker Valley before riding the Old Woman Mountains, and this day in the dirt will pop out to Sahara Oasis, where Needles not far away makes for a good overnight spot.
Day 5 - Needles to Primm, Nevada - 94 miles
A day in Mojave National Preserve and through the Providence Mountains is just what that motorcycle rental was looking for, so hopefully you're up for the same. Including a moment where we cross remnants of the Historic Route 66, riders will get their kicks today for sure.
Day 6 -Primm to Furnace Creek - 168 miles
With stops at the stunning Zabriskie Point, Badwater Basin, The RaceTrack, and The Devil's Golf Course all possible, this ride through Death Valley National Park will not be forgotten. One of the most unique atmospheres amongst all National Parks, notice we're choosing cooler months to ride through here.
Day 7 - Furnace Creek to Lone Pine - 106 miles
The experience of Death Valley behind, time to close-in on Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 United States at 14,505 feet. Along the edges of Sequoia National Park, detours will allow for time to adore the grandeur of Giant Sequoia trees found here, and wonder how on earth it's possible for a tree to grow so big. Oh, California.
Day 8 - Lone Pine to Bishop - 91 miles
More great dirt sections with unique opportunities to ride through the Inyo Mountains and National Forest and even into the Reward Mine, historical remnants like the Manzanar WWII Imprisonment Camp are also within reach today.
Day 9 - Bishop to Las Vegas - 319 miles
A big finishing day, but one that's mostly pavement on the way to Las Vegas. The Chidago Canyon Petroglyphs are believed to date back 8,000 years ago, and who knows maybe you'll spot your 'old beater' in The International Car Forest on the way to Las Vegas. Inquire with us about adding extra rental days if you'd like to visit sites like the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead or possibly, riding up to our home base in beautiful Bend, Oregon. The Western U.S. is home to almost limitless great riding.
Day 10 - Departure Day
Leave if you must, or stay and enjoy Las Vegas to win your vacation costs back, as there are lots of possibilities in this famous city. You've now completed the southern CABDR, so keep eyes open for the other Backcountry Discovery Routes that we provide such services on, and come back for more!
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
KTM 1090 Adventure R
KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
KTM 690 Enduro R
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