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"PCH+" (Pacific Coast Highway) Oregon & California Adventure Tour

Ride the "PCH" (Pacific Coast Highway) plus bonus mind-melting Adventure Routes between Bend, Oregon and San Diego, California

Ride the "PCH" (Pacific Coast Highway) plus bonus mind-melting Adventure Routes between Bend, Oregon and San Diego, California

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Like many of our instinctual animal friends, our adventure motorcycle rental fleet will migrate south for the winter chasing the best riding conditions in Southern California and Baja, Mexico. To kick off our southern migration we are pumped to be offering  a new vehicle supported group tour from Bend, Oregon to San Diego, California featuring Crater Lake (deepest lake in North America), one of the most scenic highways in the world, the tallest trees in the world (including one you can drive through), the largest Yucca plants in the world in Joshua Tree National Park, endless jaw-dropping scenery, twisties, sweepers and more off-road than you can shake a stick at. 

Riders will need to be prepared for all types of conditions as we could encounter conditions ranging from cold, balmy and wet on the coast to hot, sunny and dry in the desert. In addition to the mind blowing pavement twisties, we’ll venture off-road onto every Forest Service Road and dirt detour we possibly can. 

Itinerary

Picture of the Deschutes river running through the old mill in Bend

Day 1 - Arrival in Bend, OR or San Diego, CA

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, Guided Groups will meet up for a welcome dinner and briefing, and to get everyone familiar with their motorcycles 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.

Adventure motorcycle rider looking at Crater Lake from the cliffs edge

Day 2 - Bend to Grants Pass  (249 miles)

On our journey to the Pacific Coast Highway, we’ll weave through endless high speed twisties and scenic dirt roads passing some of the most incredible scenery central and southern Oregon have to offer. Heading 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 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 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. Kickstands down in Grants Pass along the legendary ‘wild and scenic’ Rogue River. 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.

101 highway cutting through the green hills along the ocean in northern California

Day 3 - Grants Pass to Eureka (227 miles)

Heading southwest towards the coast we’ll encounter the first of many scenic rides through massive ancient Redwood State and National Forests, such as Jedediah Smith, Del Norte Coast, and Prairie Creek. In Crescent City, California we begin our journey down the famed Pacific Coast Highway enjoying endless breathtaking coastline vistas. Before you have time to soak it all in we dart off-pavement to scratch that dirt itch before we enjoy our first night on the coast in Eureka, California. 

Motorcycle crosses a small river with a big splash

Day 4 - Eureka to Fort Bragg (209 miles)

Get ready for an incredible day of mind blowing tree canopy twisties through the “Avenue of the Giants”, Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree, lots of off-pavement excitement along King Peak Road, Usal Road and more (including possible water crossings). Fort Bragg will be our final destination today featuring spectacular beaches, inspiring coastal vistas and several fantastic local dining options. 

Group of adventure riders cheering for they have accomplished the day

Day 5 - Fort Bragg to San Francisco (255 miles)

You might want to drink your coffee black this morning as we jump into the dirt right out of the gate today as we work our way inland over to highway 101 and highway 253 for some high speed sweepers. Don’t get too settled in 5th gear, we’ll be dropping into the dirt again on our way back to the coast near Bodega Bay before we head south towards San Francisco.

Golden gate bridge at sunset

Day 6 - San Francisco to Santa Cruz (116 miles)

A shorter day ahead today, as we make our way over the Golden Gate Bridge, through “the city”, into Half Moon Bay before we cruise up the scenic Skyline Drive to Alice’s Restaurant for lunch. We’ll have time today to explore more scenic rides throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains and Big Basin Redwood State Park if desired before heading down into Santa Cruz. 

A light house on the shores of Santa Cruz, California during sunset

Day 7 - Rest Day in Santa Cruz area

An iconic city like San Francisco and the entire Bay Area are worth checking out, so enjoy a Rest Day here, ride if you wish, and get ready for more great exploration ahead. 

A beautiful old bridge called Bixby creek bridge connects two mountains over a ravine

Day 8 - Santa Cruz to Morro Bay (195 miles)

Make sure your camera batteries are charged before we saddle up this morning. Before us lay the most photographed 100 mile section of the Pacific Coast Highway with its jagged coastline, white beaches, endless sunshine (or foggy mist) and lush palm trees. Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Brixby Canyon Bridge, Rocky Point, Elephant Seal Vista Point and Hearst Castle are a few highlights, this section is renowned as the apex of California riding. We might find a few opportunities to get our tires dirty before we roll into the “Gibraltar of the Pacific”, Morro Bay. 

Ride Adventure Motorcycle rental blazing through some dirt trails

Day 9 - Morro Bay to Ojai (195 miles)

We take a break from the Coast for a day as we pass by Pismo Beach to explore alternative routes inland through the San Rafael Wilderness. Another iconic California ride is awaiting us as we weave our way through the Maricopa Highway and drop into a picturesque valley to relax in Ojai. 

Motorcycle riders leaning on a big sweeper with the mountains of the Crest highway in the background

Day 10 - Ojai to Palm Springs (205 miles)

Can’t get enough coastline vistas and phenomenal twisties? You’re in luck! Passing through Ventura and into the twisty hills above Santa Monica and Malibu, you’ll get your fill of both. Get ready for a change of pace and scenery as we skirt around Los Angeles to Angeles Crest Highway into the San Gabriel Wilderness for yet another California gem you’ll never forget. 

The barren desert of Southern California along Joshua Tree National Park.

Day 11 - Palm Springs to San Diego (261 miles)

Our final and biggest mile day is ahead of us. We start the day weaving through the famous Joshua Tree National Park. Don’t be fooled by the name though, this “tree” is not really a tree.  Crossing Highway 10 we’ll traverse less common routes back to San Diego, into Meccacopia and Little Box Canyon Trail, passing the Salton Sea, and Montezuma Grade (also known as “the glass elevator”). Finally our long epic journey terminates in a small coastal town, "Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it ‘San Dee-ah-go’, which of course in German means a whale's *******🐳." - Ron Burgundy

Mission beach with palms during sunset

Day 12 - Departure from San Diego 

The riding may be over, but your adventure doesn't have to be. Either arrange in advance to be one of our adventure rides down into the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, or just hang around the beautiful San Diego area. Start organizing all those photos, and get ready to share with your friends about the amazing adventure ride now complete!

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
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