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"The CABDR" - California Backcountry Discovery Route

RIDE the Southern California Backcountry Discovery Route between San Diego and Las Vegas

RIDE the Southern California Backcountry Discovery Route between San Diego and Las Vegas

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With our motorcycle rentals based in Bend, Oregon, adventure riders can now enjoy both Self-Guided and Guided Group experiences riding the southern "CABDR" between San Diego and Las Vegas. With your motorcycle rental and hotels included in each package shown, those who prefer more of a 'lone wolf' riding experience are welcome to just rent our motorcycles when available, and either camp or make their own lodging plans.

Weather statistics for the southern CABDR make this ride best from October through April, surrounding our Baja riding season. All riders should be prepared to grit their teeth if the weather turns on us, ready to deal with whatever mother nature throws at us while working as a Team to complete the mission. As noted, this is one of the more challenging BDR routes, and only for "riders with intermediate and above off-road skills." No matter how you choose to experience the CABDR, the experience will remind everyone why California is so famous, and leave riders with a flavor of Las Vegas as well.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in San Diego or Las Vegas (click "Dates" for each available)

Sprinter Van Group RideWelcome 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

Desert Riding Africa Twins

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.
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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.

Riding California deserts

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.

Death Valley Badwater Basin

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. 

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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. 

Dirt 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!

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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
KTM 790 Adventure

KTM 790 Adventure

Among the most highly-anticipated adventure bike releases we've seen in recent years, KTM's 790 Adventure has burst onto the scene and filled a much-needed space as a mid-weight, luggage packable, extremely fun riding option. With 799 cc's of power available from down low to the top end, either pack up for a multi-week adventure ride, or take the luggage off and have a blast in the dirt. Features like the slipper clutch, switchable ABS, and that agility KTM's are so famous for make for one incredible all-around adventure bike.

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Seat Height:
33.5/32.7 in / 851/831 mm
Curb Weight:
464 lb
Fuel Capacity:
5.3 gal / 20 L
Displacement:
799 cc
KTM 790 Adventure R

KTM 790 Adventure R

The bike that adventure riders just about couldn't wait to see released, KTM's 790 Adventure R has burst onto the scene and filled a much-needed space as a mid-weight, luggage packable, extremely fun riding option. This "R" version still has 799 cc's of power available from down low to the top end, and also a bit more suspension travel  to gobble-up the whoops or uneven terrains riders will come across on their epic voyage. Either pack up for a multi-week adventure ride, or take the luggage off and have a blast in the dirt. Features like the slipper clutch, switchable ABS, and that agility KTM's are so famous for make for one incredible all-around adventure bike.

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Seat Height:
34.6 in / 879 mm
Curb Weight:
464 lb
Fuel Capacity:
5.3 gal / 20 L
Displacement:
799 cc