BC Adventure Bike Route 18
This is a week's adventure bike motorcycle ride around BC to discover great places. You know, mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, fish, elk, bear and food and drinks and the people. The ride starts just inside the Canadian border in the town of Osoyoos BC. This is just across the border from Oroville, Washington. The ride will be 7 days long and will form a 2250 km (1400 mile) loop around the province. Riders will spend each evening in a different hotel as they travel the route. The ride will be largely on dirt roads in remote places. There will be some pavement and some tough sections. As always I have included some easy options just in case, but riders should come prepared to tackle some tough stuff and go the distance. This ride is also about the good riding. Come for the riding, leave with a smile.
John overlooking Lake Harrison
Then you have the making of a fantastic adventure and new friendships and lifetime memories
MIx up some
Canadians and Americans
And throw a support van on top to carry some of your gear in order to lighten your bike.
And how about a motorcycle adventure with a bit of the tough guy attitude but still the comforts of motels in the evening?
BC has some of the most spectacular backcountry left in this world.
How about an explorer ride to some of the most untouched corners of North America?
How about a week's adventure ride?
Kettle Valley Rail Trail Gas at the Tulameen Trading Post
Riders Should Bring:
Good reliable newer bikes that can go the distance with little maintenance. Bring an adventure bike that is more dirt oriented. Ask me if you are in doubt. Riders should come prepared to repair their own tires on the trail. Bring tools and backup tubes. Practice this at home. Riders should bring good gear and clothes, including rain gear. The weather is likely to be good, but in the mountains it can be anything, including cold and wet and even snow in spots.
Riders can bring an extra bag and put it in the support van. But riders should carry extra gear on their bikes every day in the event it is necessary
Route along Harrison Lake closed for 4 hours Mom making good food, somewhere along the trail
Expect the unexpected:
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? If the answer is that you are more likely to offer help you are welcome to join this ride. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help.
Funny how that magic works
The cost to join this 7 day ride is $895 This covers your lodging for the 8 nights during the ride and the cost of a support truck and driver. It also includes your ride packets which include a custom Garmin GPS Map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.
Now taking signups: Sorry Ride is full
After your signup, riders will receive an email from me with further ride information and instructions.
Note: Riders must make full payment by July 1st, 2018
Riders will receive ride packets in the mail one week before the ride.
Do not sign up for this ride unless you are serious about coming. I take your signup very seriously and start planning for you the minute you sign up. If you need to cancel up to one month prior to the ride start date I will give you a full refund but I will keep $100 to cover the planning work. Sorry but I make non refundable commitments myself so it gets hard for me. "I hate this world of non refundable deals myself." If you need to cancel within one month of the ride I cannot give a refund unless I can find a replacement rider. In the case of finding a replacement rider, I will gladly give you the full refund minus the $100 to cover the planning work. In the event of ride cancellation, you will be given a full refund.
Questions about this ride contact:
Yoda gpsKevin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why am I so excited about this ride?
Last year on the Washington BAT ride I met several great Canadians and they all suggested that we come up and ride British Columbia with them. I myself have ridden in BC several times and loved it. Canadian Bill H. offered to help plan the adventure. So Bill made a ride proposal and OMG it is spectacular. While I thought I knew a lot about BC he has shown me some great stuff that it would have taken me years of trips to discover on my own. Ok so not only are these guys a lot of fun but they are passionate about their home and are spectacular motorcycles riders.
OK, so I view this as a great opportunity for us all to join great Canadians and explore their home turf.
I am WAY IN
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
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 Southwest.
Q: What bikes are good for this ride?
A: Almost any dirt oriented Adventure bike can work well. The routes have options suited for bikes from the 1190 Adventure to the WR250R.
Q: What gas distance range should my bike have?
A: I would suggest that you carry enough fuel to make 180 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 1,400 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 intermediate and 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.
Who is going on the ride?
Bill H, Peachland, BC
Bruce S, Kelowna BC
gpsKevin, San Diego CA
Joey L, Marana, AZ
Honda Africa Twin
Chris S, Santa Rosa CA
Honda Africa Twin
Terry B, Kelowna BC
Kevin E, Kelowna BC
Peter F, Sicamous BC
Daryl H, San Andreas, CA
Ronald H, Corona CA
Axel W, Athabasca AB, Canada
KTM 690 R
Logan W, Sherwood Park
AB Canada, KTM 500EXCF
Greg M, AZ somewhere
New BMW GS310
Oliver B, Kelowna BC
KTM950 or Husky 501
Randy K, Langley BC
Steve A, Santa Rosa, CA
Andy H, Elverson, PA
Gerry R, Mission BC
Roy F, Sandpoint, ID
Rob D, Elverson, PA