RIDE the South California Backcountry Discovery Route with us in May 2019
*PLEASE NOTE: THIS ROUTE IS IN "RESEARCH TRIP STATUS." EXACT OVERNIGHT LOCATIONS & DAILY MILEAGE TOTALS WILL BE DECIDED UPON AS THE EVENTS OF EACH DAY ARE DISCOVERED (SEE: Adventure - noun 1. an unusual and exciting, potentially hazardous, experience or activity.)
Day 1 - Arrival in San Diego, California (SAN airport)
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 warm weather, San Diego is perfect meeting point before heading over toward Yuma to start the CABDR South. Come into San Diego a bit early if you can and experience one of California's most sought after cities to live in, and we'll have a pre-trip briefing this evening to set everyone up for the great riding ahead.
Day 2-9 - San Diego to Yuma, and riding the CABDR South
How This Works: Please note again, this is a research trip. It's trips like this that allow the routes and packages that RIDE Adventures offers around the world to be created in the first place, and so this ride is not about "how much we can cover in one day." In discovering and checking out the best of each region, we often do a little extra riding just-off-route the planned route, again to make sure we're not missing something worthwhile. "Stopping to smell the roses," and enjoying more than just the riding, this is your opportunity to relax and have fun, while helping us create the perfect itinerary for future riders to follow.
That said, the only specific plans we have are to conquer the Southern California Backcountry Discovery Route, and finish riding in San Francisco on Day 11. On a daily basis, and given our overall progress, weather, etc. your Lead Guide (Eric) will make the decision on where the evening will be spent, and where our Support Van will end up with your luggage. (Note: The van may not always be "sweeping" behind the riders during the day though, depending on route conditions.) We will seek out as many of the suggested highlights along the CABDR as possible, aiming for a modest riding day starting around 8-8:30am and plans to finishing up around 5-5:30pm each day. Comfortable. Not hurried, not on a rigid schedule that requires we ride into the dark ... just the right pace and intention to enjoy ourselves thoroughly and awake refreshed for the next day.
Day 10-11 - Crossing the Sierras, and arriving in San Francisco area
Around this point in the trip, we'll be crossing the Sierra Nevadas through the most interesting routes/passes open and available, and cruising around some of beautiful California. Perhaps to the Lost Coast or through the Redwoods, we'll likely be riding the Golden Gate Bridge for our grand arrival in San Francisco. Much is yet to be determined on our routing for this trip, but the destination and date in mind will be upheld for anyone with flight departure needs.
Day 12 - Departure Day
Leave if you must, or stay and enjoy San Francisco and the area. You've now completed the CABDR South, so keep eyes open for the other Backcountry Discovery Routes that we'll be covering in the future!
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