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"The CABDR" - California Backcountry Discovery Route to San Francisco

RIDE the South California Backcountry Discovery Route with us in May 2019

RIDE the South California Backcountry Discovery Route with us in May 2019

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SEEKING: A HANDFUL OF RIDERS TO BE PART OF OUR FIRST RESEARCH TRIP RIDING THE CALIFORNIA BACKCOUNTRY DISCOVERY ROUTE

Along with the announcement of our motorcycle rental fleet in Bend, Oregon, we're inviting a handful of adventure riders to be part of our own first endeavor riding the "CABDR South," on the way up to San Francisco. Focusing on the suggested Backcountry Discovery GPS route, this will be done at a Eric Lange Biopace appropriate for twin-cylinder adventure bikes, but without having a fixed, rigid schedule for us to keep up with. Unlike our existing tours which have definite overnight locations set and scheduled, on this research trip, your Lead Guide will decide from day to day exactly where each overnight location will be. Our Support Van may not always be on the same path as the riders, but can be relied upon for meeting up with your luggage at the end of the day. Total spontaneity, with a basic plan in place: "Finish the CABDR."

YES, the BDR website suggests this trip finishing about a month earlier, but we'll be in Baja then, and weather statistics for the CABDR region are still fine through May (after which, yes, it gets pretty hot.) We are looking for riders who can grit their teeth, and deal with whatever mother nature throws at us, though, so if getting a little sweaty a few days isn't something you're up for, this trip may not be for you. Keep in mind we could get perfect weather, too. The plan is to finish the CABDR with enough time to do a couple random days of northern California exploration & riding. No matter what, this ride will focus on the CABDR South, and finish on schedule for flights from San Francisco.

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*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)

Group of Motorcycle RidersWelcome 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. 

sprinter toy haulerThat 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.CABDR South to San Francisco Map

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!

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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