WINTER/SPRING NORTH BY NORTHWEST
TO THE MOUNTAINS, THE VALLEYS & THE PLAIN
Cost: $3,445 includes Suzuki V-Strom 650
Upgrade Add: $60 for BMW F750 GS; $110 for BMW F850 GS; $155 for BMW R1200 GS; $185 for BMW R1250 GS
Duration: 7 days; 6 nights; 5 riding days
Terrain: 50/50 paved/unpaved
Location: This tour will start and end in Ojai, California, USA. 75 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Reservations: 50% of Tour Price is required as non-refundable deposit. Balance is due 45 days before tour start date.
- The North By NorthWest Winter/Spring guided ADV motorcycle tour, will depart from the picturesque town of Ojai in Ventura County.
- You will ride through the Ojai, Santa Barbara and Santa Lucia Ranger Districts of the Los Padres National Forest.
- Through the Cuyama Valley, the Carrizo Plain National Monument and then (depending on the the time of year) into the Southern Sierra mountains or along the Big Sur coastline, high above the Pacific ocean.
- Each night will be spent at a different location, featuring comfort-camping or in a guesthouse, ranch or hotel.
- The food is always fresh, organic and locally sourced.
- Beverages include world-class wines, craft beers and cider from local vineyards, breweries and farms.
- Guaranteed to hit the spot after each day out in the wilds of Central California.
Day 1: Arrival & Orientation – Los Angeles to Ojai
- Ojai Motorcycle Club will arrange a shuttle ride for the guests, for the 60 to 90-minute drive from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Bob Hope Airport (BUR) to the company headquarters, at the Moondog Ranch, halfway between the Ventura County towns of Santa Paula and Ojai.
- The row of ADV motorcycles will stand ready and waiting for their riders to arrive.
- That first evening, you will chill out by the fireside under the shadow of the Topa Topa Mountains. Dinner will be a foray into authentic South African style “braaivleis” (barbecue grilled meat) and “potjiekos” (outdoor-prepared stews), as well as local craft beers and award-winning wines from regional vineyards.
- The new arrivals will sleep in comfort at the recently renovated Crescent Cottage, adjacent to the Moondog Ranch.
Day 2: The Adventure Begins – Into the Cuyama
- The morning’s coffee or tea and full breakfast will be just what you needed before hitting the road for your scenic California motorcycle tour: cereals, fruit, fresh yogurt, milk, and free-range eggs from the ranch, bacon, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes – all expertly prepared and served outside on the patio.
- Ojai Motorcycle Club will throw the bulkier luggage into the support vehicle and keep personal essentials on the bikes, as you head west towards the Lower Ojai Valley. After a quick tour through the picturesque town of Ojai, it will be north into the Los Padres National Forest, along the famously curvy Highway 33, perfectly paved and cambered as it snakes through the Topa Topa Mountains towards the Cuyama Valley.
- After about an hour’s ride through the breathtaking twisties, you will drop into the valley below and get to play in the dirt. We will guide the group to an extensive network of roads they know that has so much varied terrain. There will be something for everyone to explore and a chance to practice at whatever level of motorcycling skill felt right.
- You will ride around the Cuyama Valley, exploring the top edges of mountains as well as deep into the valleys. It will be hard to shake that feeling of blissful solitude in an area where you can gaze around 360 degrees and not see another vehicle, anywhere.
- For lunch, we’ll choose a local watering hole filled with some very colorful characters. Then, it will be onto some of our favorite off-road and paved routes that make up the 50-50 split that we strive for each day of an adventure style motorcycle tour.
- By late afternoon, you will get to the Songdog Ranch at the north end of the valley to get settled in. Some of the group will manage to snag queen beds in the two spacious rooms inside the main ranch house, while the rest of you will camp on the Mesa or sleep on comfortable camp cots in the speakeasy bunkhouse.
- There should be enough daylight to leave the pavement for some more dirt road riding, when we can review some basics such as off-road body position, balance, braking, acceleration and importantly, how to safely lift a fallen bike.
- Although it is no substitute for a full adventure motorcycle training course, Ojai Motorcycle Club always likes to insert this type of familiarization and a good deal of orientation throughout the guided motorcycle tours. It is great to see the fun-factor rise as participants improve their dirt-riding skills and their self-confidence.
- There is nothing like that feeling of relaxing by campfire over the gourmet fare, savoring world-class beverages while reliving the day’s ride. The first full day of riding in the Cuyama Valley always seems to offer the California adventure tour groups just enough practice to prime you for the rest of the journey.
Day 3: The Magic of the Carrizo
- You will enjoy another great breakfast to get you going before riding north into the Carrizo Plain National Monument, where you will spend another day of spectacular riding which is crisscrossing the plain and traversing the mountains.
- You will find the campsite in time for lunch, where the support team will be preparing a base camp for the overnight adventure on the plain. The crew will set up deluxe tents with the comfortable camp cots where you get the bonus of an hour or so to relax after lunch.
- That afternoon, you will venture into the cattle country of the Red Hills to the west and also into the flatlands of the Kern County oil fields. Ojai Motorcycle Club plans it so the ride back to the campsite goes from west to east, so, you could witness the fantastic color saturation as the sun is setting behind you. The landscape ahead will be bathed in the most gorgeous shades of gold.
- Dinner on the Carrizo Plain will be another culinary delight, serves up as you relax under the stars and if you get lucky, you may even witness a full moon.
Day 4: The Ribbon of Highway – Above Big Sur and the Pacific Coast
- After another scrumptious breakfast, you will say goodbye to the Carrizo, dip down into some beautiful sweeping turns and make your way to the Pacific Coast, cruising through the Central Coast Wine Country on the way to the famous Highway One.
- It will be warm enough for you to lunch at a roadside cafe along Pacific Coast Highway. On the winter guided motorcycle tours, we usually favor lunch inland where temperatures can be 20 degrees higher.
- You will make good enough time to hit the beach and perhaps spend a couple of hours in the mineral hot springs of a famous Big Sur wellness retreat (by very special arrangement). That night we camp high up on the Coast Range Ridge, feeling the Pacific breeze as we look down to the East over the vast expanse of Central California and to the West over the Pacific Ocean.
Day 5: Big Sur and then Onward to the Flying M
- We’ll explore the dirt roads high above the Pacific Ocean, practicing skills we’ve learned along the way.
- You may have good visibility, so once on the California coast, you will alternate between riding the asphalt on Highway One, along with the Big Sur coastline and then taking off onto the unpaved roads high along the ridge of the Coastal Range.
- You will be simply awestruck as you look down on the Pacific Ocean to the west and then onto the inland rolling hills in the east. This will be ADVenture motorcycle riding at its best.
- Afterwards, we make our way to the guesthouse at the Flying M Ranch in the Red Hills of San Luis Obispo County and get there just in time for a spectacular sunset with a view out towards the California coastal range, where we’ve spent most of the day.
- You will enjoy another amazing meal, great company, conversation and some of the deepest sleeps anyone could remember.
Day 6 – Taking the Long Way Home to Ojai
- After breakfast at the Flying M, we’ll lead the group over narrow broken-asphalt farm roads and then back through the Carrizo, this time going southeast, along a different route than the one we took northward. After all the riding along dry desert roads, it will be amazing how good it feels to experience the speed and smoothness of the well-paved and nicely graded Highway 33 – this time going south.
- By the time you get back to the Moondog Ranch and the Crescent Cottage guesthouse for the final dinner and overnight stay, there will be a palpable sense of achievement and also a little bit of melancholy like that bittersweet feeling at the end of all good things.
- In this case, the enjoyable camaraderie of a small group on a true adventure, together witnessing the incredible beauty of nature, while happily exercising body, mind and soul.
Day 7: Departure
- 5-day motorcycle rental
- Basic helmet
- 6 nights’ accommodation
- Food, drinks & alcoholic beverages
- Airport transfer to Ojai from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Bob Hope Burbank Airport (BBK)
- Tour Guide, Sweep Rider, Chef, Support Truck & Driver
- Camp gear, tents, chairs, kitchen, etc.
- Fuel – $5 USD a gallon refuel fee, minimum of 3 gallons
- Riding gear (motorcycle jacket, pants, boots and premium helmet)
- Tolls, fines and violations
- can ride for 4-6 hours
- average riding experience
- little assistance required
- comfortable with extreme curves and leans
- average experience with unsurfaced roads
- steep ascents and descents
- Minimum age: 21 years
- Valid driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement
- Major Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) for Damage Security Deposit. Debit cards not accepted for Damage Security Deposit
- $2,000 USD Damage Security Deposit will be pre-authorized at time of motorcycle check-out regardless of damage liability reduction packages purchased.
- These funds can be held up to 10 business days as a requirement of major credit card company policies and is beyond the control of Ojai Motorcycle Club.
- Good physical fitness
- DOT approved Helmet required independent of state law
I am a very new rider is the trip for me?
We specialize in and enjoy teaching brand new riders. Whether you have street experience and no off-road experience or little motorcycle experience at all we will help you learn and master the basics by the end of the trip. We have a sweep guide that will make sure you have a great experience and can ride your own ride.
I’m an experienced rider, will I be bored?
Absolutely not! We’ve designed the trip to allow experienced riders to ride at the front of the pack and not have to worry about the rest of the group keeping up.
Where do I pack my stuff and keep my luggage?
Our support vehicle will carry any of your belongings that you do not wish to carry with you as you ride in the provided panniers on the motorcycle.
On all trips we can securely store additional luggage that you are not bringing on the ride.
- Ojai Motorcycle Club recommends all riders protect their financial situation by purchasing travel insurance on their tour package with Ojai MC and accompanying logistics with a trip insurance policy through Travel Guard.
- Ojai MC is not responsible for a participant’s inability to attend a tour due to any circumstances, whether they be health, family, environmental or weather-related.
- If a tour is canceled by Ojai MC ahead of departure because of lack of participation all deposits and balance payments are 100% transferable and refundable.
- Cancellations initiated by the participant received in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with more than 60 days notice before tour start date will receive their 50% deposit as a credit to be used towards future tours or services with Ojai MC. The credit expires 1 year after issued.
- Cancellations initiated by the participant and received in writing to email@example.com with 60 or less days notice before the tour start date will forfeit their deposit as a cancellation fee.
- Any balance payments can be held on file as a credit to be used towards future tours and services with Ojai MC. The credit expires 1 year after issued.
- Cancellations initiated by the participant received in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with 30 or less days notice before the tour start date will forfeit their deposit and any balance payments as a Cancellation Fee.
- Ojai MC reserves the right to cancel a participant’s tour during the tour if the participant is disruptive or putting themselves or others in harms way. No refund or credit will be issued.
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