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"BAJA ON DOWN" Adventure Motorcycle Tour

"BAJA ON DOWN" Adventure Tour in beautiful Baja California, Mexico

"BAJA ON DOWN" Adventure Tour in beautiful Baja California, Mexico

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> Join us on your own motorcycle or reserve one of ours!

Welcome to RIDE Adventures "Baja on Down/Up" motorcycle adventure tour. Most likely you've spent years dreaming of riding Baja, well you are in luck cause this is your chance to finally turn that dream into a memory that you'll recount time and time again. 

Sure, you could ride Baja alone, but here's a few reasons to RIDE with us:

  1. Our professional guides live and breath Baja and will provide the best platform to maximize your experience while making the logistics easy.
  2. Bring your own bike or fly in and RIDE one of our ADV motorcycles
  3. Our Support Vehicle will carry your luggage and supplies and ensure you are never lost or stranded in the middle of nowhere.
  4. A unique tour itinerary and routes that have been thoughtfully crafted to hit the most popular highlights and some less known, perfected after countless tours up and down the peninsula. It doesn't get any better than this!
  5. Make new friends with like-minded riders and world travelers.
  6. Improve riding skills and learn new techniques from our professional guides.

This is truly the BEST OF BAJA!

 

 

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrival in sunny San Diego, California - (Itinerary is reverse for northbound trips)

Welcome to Southern California, if you are coming from further north where winters are more extreme, you'll appreciate the many reasons why this land is among the most sought-after real estate in the world. Sunny skies, year-round warm weather, and this location perfect for crossing into Mexico will serve as our starting point. Arrive midday to get settled in before meeting with your guides for a trip briefing and a "meet & greet" dinner with a group of strangers that will likely become lifelong motorcycle tracel buddies after this epic ride through Baja California. 

Prepare to wake up early tomorrow and toss your luggage in the support vehicle, we will be crossing the "frontera" (border) into Baja California, Mexico before you know it! 

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Day 2 - San Diego to Ensenada, Mexico- 250Km

Those simple words, "Welcome to Mexico" as stated by Officer Antonio and noted in Eric's original blog post in 2008 meant open arms, friendly faces, and beautiful spaces were ahead.

Not a long ride today as the crow flies, but with some extra riding in between and the border crossing into 'ol Mexico, we'll begin the adventure and then settle into Mexican heading south through Tijuana or Tecate and the beautiful northern Baja wine country before rolling into Ensenada. The best fresh fish tacos, ceviche, tequila and ice cold cervezas you'll ever have are so close you can taste it in the ocean breeze as we ride down the Pacific Coast. 

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Day 3 - Ensenada to Catavina - 410Km

As we continue further south with opportunities to ride off the beaten path along the Pacific Coast, escaping the hustle and bustle of the border towns, we head into the less known magical land that is the Baja Penisula. Enter the extra terrestrial landscape of Valle de los Cirious, transporting us into a fantastical Dr. Suess-like landscape. Massive cacti and volcanic boulder piles resembling odd fictional characters will get your imagination going. 

Catavina, barely a spot on the map, offers nothing more than a perfect overnight oasis in a vast desert. Step outside late at night and, if the moon is not too bright, enjoy a spectacular dark sky splattered with stars. 

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Day 4 - Catavina to Bahia de Los Angeles - 302Km

Don't worry, leaving Catavina, the wonderful display of Cirio, Cardon, Cholla, Pitaya, Cochal and Senita Cacti continues as we cross the peninsula to our next destination and one of the most incredible remote bays that few are lucky enough to find. Bahia de los Angeles is a small fishing village along the Sea of Cortez with no cell coverage, ATM or other conveniences, but what it lacks it makes up in still turqoise waters, white sandy beaches and a tranquil escape from the world. 

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Day 5 - Bahia de Los Angeles to San Ignacio-340Km

For those that are prepared for a long sandy road lies the most northern stone Spanish mission in the middle of nowhere that was once one of the most populated mission centers in the late 1700's, but now is nothing more tha a ghost town. 

The riding continues through El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve and Mexico's largest wildlife refuge, where rodents, hares, the California Pronghorn, Desert Bighorn Sheep, and other sitings are possible. Combining the best dirt roads available for the big adventure bikes and some pavement as well, arrive in the true oasis town of San Ignacio and prepare for a nice evening with great food and drinks.

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Day 6 - San Ignacio to Loreto-274Km

With coastal riding like this ahead, winding along white sand beaches with a beautifully blue Sea of Cortez trapped up against all these twisties and sweepers, oh what a day lies ahead. The town of Heroica Mulegé offers up some great history and lunch spots just before the jaw dropping veiws and riding along the Bay of Conception. Beauty that only a true poet could put into words, so we will not attempt it here.

Today we reach Loreto, one of the few National Marine Parks, where we will enjoy a rest day tomorrow. A day of relaxation on the beach, fishing, golf, or go for another ride, the choice is yours. 

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Day 7 - Rest Day in Loreto - (Riding Optional)

Enjoy the day off in the vibrant coastal town of Loreto, go for a ride along the coast, or arrange for a day trip to the Coronado Island and Loreto Bay National Marine Park. While there, swim with Sea Lions, and keep an eye our for dolphins, and enjoy a half-day along these white sand beaches. Full day whale watching adventures are also available from Loreto January through April. If you get to pet a whale personally ... we promise this is an experience that will never ... ever ... be forgotten. (We are offering these Baja trips mid-January through March, which is peak season for whale watching)

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Day 8 - Loreto to La Paz-374Km

More Baja fun, enjoying open desert routes and tiny villages. Pristine paved twisties in the morning arrive in at the San Javier Mission, before heading onward to a beautiful long dirt and light sand section to continue further south (a fully-paved option is also possible this day.) A few hours later and another blue-water arrival in the lively coastal city of La Paz makes for a picturesque setting and plenty of great dining options out on the town. 

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Day 9 - La Paz to San Jose del Cabo-228Km

South out of La Paz, a quick stop in the mining history museum at El Triunfo leads us into more great twisties and coastal views. Down to Los Barriles and another great lunch spot, riders can choose pavement to finish the ride, or some playful, not-too-deep sand riding along the Cabo Pulmo area. Mansions and beach resorts full of surfers and sand life line the route leading to San Jose del Cabo, another lively town and perfect spot to finish a motorcycle trip. 

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Day 10 - Departures

Leaving already? Most of us will arrange a few extra days, maybe have a significant other fly down to soak-up the sunny beaches, activities, dining, and shopping found here in Los Cabos. But if you must leave, do so with a smile, as you've clearly conquered Baja, and have plenty of pictures and stories to share and gloat about to all your riding buddies that "couldn't make it".

We are grateful you chose to RIDE with us and hope that you'll come back to us for your next big moto adventure!

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
Honda Africa Twin CRF1100 (2020+)

Honda Africa Twin CRF1100 (2020+)

Just a few years after this legendary bike was reintroduced as a 1000cc world traveler in 2016, Honda made the Africa Twin CRF 1100 just a little bit better starting the 2020 model year. With four-valve Unicam® cylinder heads atop a 22.5degree 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. An upgraded electronics package vs. the previous version includes cruise control, a 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit,) and a 6.5 inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth integration. Pack it up for a long trip, or take the bags off for a day on the trails, nothing but fun lies ahead!

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Seat Height:
33.5/34.3 in
Curb Weight:
505 lb
Fuel Capacity:
5.0 gal
Displacement:
1084 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
Yamaha Ténéré 700

Yamaha Ténéré 700

This highly-anticipated "masterpiece of value" has finally been released, giving dual sport adventure riders around the world one more incredible middle-weight adventure bike to choose from. With 73+ smooth, linear horsepower pouring through one of most beautiful exhaust notes out there, the Ténéré 700's unique anti-squat design puts that power into the ground, instead of into the rear shock. The result is one of the best handling, adventure bikes on the market, all backed by typical Yamaha-reliability. Take this agile machine on short trips or long, paved twisties or dirt roads, and know that this may be as close to the "perfect" adventure bike as we have seen in a while. With an attractive entry price, and corresponding rental rate, we expect the number of Ténéré 700's in our fleet operations to grow steadily and remain a factor for a long time. 

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Seat Height:
34.4 in / 874mm
Curb Weight:
452 lb / 205kg
Fuel Capacity:
4.2 gal
Displacement:
689 cc