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"The CABDR" - California Backcountry Discovery Route

RIDE the South California Backcountry Discovery Route between San Diego and San Francisco

RIDE the South California Backcountry Discovery Route between San Diego and San Francisco

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

Weather statistics for the CABDR South region make this ride best from October through April. For our Guided Groups, we are looking for riders who can grit their teeth even 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. Of course Self-Guided and rental Customers have a high rate of success as well, moving along according to their own schedule, but with our expertise at their disposal. No matter how you choose to experience the CABDR, the experience will remind everyone why California is so famous.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in San Diego or San Francisco (reversed dates for Guided Groups, or rider's choice for Self-Guided)

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 2-10 - Riding the CABDR South

Desert Riding Africa TwinsIt's time to conquer the Southern California Backcountry Discovery Route! Covering such highlights as Sequoia and Sierra National Forests and their mountain ranges along the way, plan on comfortable riding durations each day between about 8am and 5pm. Comfortable. Not hurried, not on a rigid schedule that requires riding into the dark ... just the right pace to enjoy thoroughly and awake refreshed for the next day. Death Valley, historic mining towns, and a long list of great off-bike experiences await the twist of our wrists, and of course with starting and finishing cities like San Francisco and San Diego, this is the ultimate adventure ride for exploring two iconic Californian cities.CABDR South to San Francisco Map

Day 11 - Crossing the Sierras, finishing in San Diego or San Francisco (per date for Guided Groups, or rider's choice for Self-Guided)

Crossing the Sierra Nevadas or southern California's desert landscape, depending on which Guided Group dates you've chosen or the dates of your Self-Guided trip, rely on seeing the best at both ends. Riders starting in San Francisco should be sure to arrive plenty early on Day 1, as their first riding day is a full one.

Day 12 - Departure Day

Leave if you must, or stay and enjoy San Francisco or San Diego. You've now completed the CABDR South, 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