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Best Week in Oregon with Adventure Motorcycle Legend Alex Chacón

Come RIDE with Alex Chacón in Oregon this September 6th through 12th

Come RIDE with Alex Chacón in Oregon this September 6th through 12th

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The heart of the Pacific Northwest is a perfect location to make this incredibly fun 1-week riding package with dual sport adventure legend Alex Chacón. Alex has ridden over 200,000 km, 50+ countries, 80+ borders and 5 continents all while documenting his adventures on his YouTube channel. RESERVE YOUR SPOT After filling out the form on this page to request your spot on this adventure ride, just fly into Redmond Airport (RDM) and one of our rental bikes, your lodging, and all other Inclusions shown on this page will be waiting for you in Bend along with the many highlights that Oregon has to offer. Plus the opportunity to get to know and learn from one of the most experienced international riders and world travelers anywhere.

On this route, experience portions of the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route and just how remote and rustic the Wild West still is, while discovering why Oregon is one of the most sought after places to live in the U.S., and just how extensive our year-round adventure riding and other outdoor options are.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to beautiful Bend, Oregon 

bend_oregon_ride_adventures__Welcome to Bend, and we hope you can arrive a little earlier and enjoy this outstanding town for outdoors lovers. We are nestled along the Deschutes River which writhes up from the Cascade Mountains, and serves as the backbone for our small town. From the river rafting and fly fishing opportunities to the vast array of mountain biking, dirt biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, golf, and other options we have in the area, we are incredibly proud to call Bend "home," and hope you have the chance to enjoy it as well before departure. (Prediction: Those of you outdoorsy-types looking for retirement or vacation home possibilities will end up purchasing a property here soon.)  --- Upon arrival, everyone will meet up for a welcome dinner with Alex and a small briefing from the RIDE Adventures crew. We'll also be getting everyone familiar with their motorcycles and making adjustments before takeoff. Bring anything you want to mount on the bike, and we'll make sure you're all set and fit for the great ride ahead. We twist our wrists tomorrow.

Day 2 - Bend to Ashland

bend_oregon_ride_adventures_crater_lakeHeading west on Cascade Lakes Highway past Mount Bachelor and along the shores of Devil's, Sparks, Elk, and Hosmer Lakes, leave the pavement behind and settle into some simple but fun gravel riding over Windigo Pass on the way to Crater Lake National Park. Left behind by the collapse of Mount Mazama about 7,000 years ago, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. at 1,949 feet (10th deepest in the world) and quite a site from the hiking trail around its upper rim. Just a bit further south lies the cool Siskiyou Mountain town of Ashland with its ski resort of the same name overlooking. After this great first day of dual sport riding beneath the canopy of huge Ponderosa pine trees, settle in for a night on the town and prep for more great riding ahead. 

Day 3 - Ashland to Lakeview

adventure_motorcycle_tour_africa_twin_oregon_forestObvious pavement routes are available, but there's also the option of ducking off into some dirt and gravel to make today's ride even more interesting. Around Upper Klamath Lake and through Winema and Fremont National Forests, California is just to the south with nearby Antelope refuges that make sitings possible. Settling into the "Tallest Town in Oregon," Lakeview sits at 4,802 feet and will be a great resting spot to prep for the next day's ride.

Day 4 - Lakeview to Burns

adventure_motorcycle_tour_alvord_desert_camping-1A bit more pavement today to help cover the distance involved, but the route is simply perfect as it passes over Hart Mountain, through the stunning Steens Mountain range, and offers incredible views. Out here in the High Desert of Oregon, the riding dates we select for this route sure do make for a high probability of sunny and clear skies, so while everyone's encouraged to come prepared for a variety of weather, chances are good you won't see any rain. Winds can be significant, but nothing like what we deal with in Patagonia and other places. Burns is a simple lumber-focused town that will do well for an overnight spot to recharge for the next day.

Day 5 - Burns to Baker City

painted_hills_oregon_ad_motorcycle_ktm_790_adventure_motorcycle_tourWith the dirt floor of Malheur and Umatilla National Forests providing grip, stay as dirty as you ever hoped for on this fun ride canopied by our enormous Ponderosa and Douglas Fir conifers. Once a thriving gold mining town with over 2,000 inhabitants and served by a narrow gauge railway, Sumpter is now a bit of a ghost town in a beautiful mountain setting. After passing through, we'll touch on the original fur trading thoroughfare that is the Oregon Trail before heading into to Baker City for the night. Another simple, small town, part of what may be your getaway from regular big city life.

Day 6 - Baker City to Bend

adventure_motorcycle_tour_oregon_ochocoThe final stretch, and one that might be welcome after the demands of this ride. Certainly "doable" for most experienced dual sport riders, by now some more pavement might make sense, and so we have some of the very best twisties and sweepers in the world available for the ride back to Bend. With the incredible John Day Fossil Beds along the way, and various possible routes both forested and desert-like, enjoy that fresh Oregon air! We will then meet once again to celebrate the finish of the trip with a dinner along the Deschutes River in town.

Day 7 - Departure from Bend, if you must!

Bend Oregon Amphitheater Old MillAs we've noted and bragged about, Bend isn't just the kind of town you'll want to pass through in a hurry. Inquire with us about arranging extra time in this fun small mountain town, and anyone interested in hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, golf, just floating the river, or even skiing (often possible through May) should plan on staying a bit longer. 

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 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