Sierra Six Forest Tour
5 to7 Day scenic adventure bike ride around the Sierra Nevada mountains of central California.
Now Available: Self Guided Ride Packet
6 National Forests
Sierra NF, Stanislaus NF, Eldorado NF, Tahoe NF, Plumas NF, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF
From Yoda Brian
The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is well known to those of us who have traveled to Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and other popular vacation spots. This will be a very different experience. Instead, we will be skirting the popular destinations as much as possible, following remote, twisty paved and dirt roads through endless miles of scenic mountain terrain. The Green routes are almost all paved. The Blue routes include some dirt/gravel sections that are not too technical (all noted) and the Red adds a bit more dirt, some of it more technical, but all doable by an experienced rider on an adventure bike with luggage.
About the ride
This is a week long adventure motorcycle ride to explore the greatest backroads in the California mountains. This ride is scenic-focused and is mostly paved. This is not a tough guy ride and could even be done on a street bike. This ride will have some long days and weather conditions can vary so the ride is not for beginners. Riders will need to carry all of their gear on their bikes as there is no support van. Riders will be staying in motels each evening and eating in restaurants along the route. Come prepared to meet new people and enjoy the adventure.
Why am I so excited for this ride?
Well, it is thanks to Yoda Brian's talent and work.
Yoda Brian is a passionate biker and discoverer and loves to dream up and design new adventures. He has spent a lot of time developing these new routes and when I saw what he was able to create I was super excited. These are the best routes I have ever seen in this area and I have ridden here a lot. And this is one of the greatest motorcycle locations in the world. I have been working with him to make this a new gpsKevin style ride. The ride plan has turned out fantastic., Don't miss this opportunity to have a great adventure. I love it when rides are created out of passion. gpsKevin
Navigation Made Easy
We have made navigation easy for riders by developing a custom GPS chip to simply install into your Garmin GPS or BMW GPS unit.
We have also made matching motorcycle ride maps that you can carry directly in the window of your motorcycle tank bag.
Self Guided Trail
This SSFT is designed to be a self guided adventure. Riders install a custom GPS SSFT microSD Card into their Garmin GPS unit. The routes are then displayed as the rider travels along. Navigation is made easy. Riders can choose to follow along at times or can choose among hard and easy options. Or riders can simply choose to ride off the routes and return to them later. For many, this allows them to just experience the trail without the burden of getting lost.
Do this ride yourself: Purchase GPS microSD Card and Ride Maps for this ride.
Note: A Full Rider Packet consists of printed ride descriptions and paper ride maps and a custom GPS microSD card for your Garmin or BMW GPS unit.
SSFT Choice (Scroll Down Menu)
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Notes: I suggest you plan and order early. Normally I ship within a week. But sometimes I run out and it can take me several weeks to get new cards and maps. And sometimes I am out riding and building new adventures so that can be hard too. I list the Option for 2 SD cards because many riders like to carry a backup card or a cheap backup GPS in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!
View the ride maps below
OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.
I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!
The Blue lines are MAIN routes
The Red lines are Harder routes
The Green lines are Easy options
The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints
How does the ride navigation work?
This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.
(see my ride Navigation Video)
Are you right for this ride?
When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.
How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?
I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.
(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)
Note from me, gpsKevin
My goal for this ride is simple: great riding. So you can count on great routes and places to ride.
But in addition, the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the country.
These rides are about 2/3 familiar faces and 1/3 new faces. You will meet some great happy folks
Q: What bikes are good for this ride?
A: Almost any Adventure bike can work well. The routes have options suited for bikes from the VStrom to the 1190 Adventure.
Not recommended are dual sport bikes unless you are OK with a lot of back pavement.
Q: What gas distance range should my bike have?
A: I would suggest that you carry enough fuel to make 150 miles due to the fact that sometimes the route can have issues and it is good to have a little margin.
Q: What is the total distance of this ride?
A: Total ride distance is 1,357 miles and can vary by your personal route choice options.
Q: What are motel room arrangements?
A: Rooms are double occupancy, meaning each rider shares a two queen bed room with another rider.
Q: Is the riding really on my own?
A: Yes, but everyone hooks up and rides with a friend, or a new friend or me.
Q: Will I do this ride again next year?
A: No, sorry, I hardly ever repeat rides as I love to develop and discover new places and rides each season. And I have a long dream list of rides now. So this is likely the only time for this ride. Remember: Every time we say no to a ride that is one less ride in life.
Q: Do I need insurance?
A: Yes, you must carry proof of medical insurance and liability insurance for yourself/motorcycle.
Q: Would this be a good ride for new riders?
A: No, this ride is for experienced riders only. The riding has easy route choices and tough route options. Each evening we will study the following day's choices. You will find lots of supportive people at the ride.