Best of the California BAT Southern Deserts

Join us for this 5-7 day Adventure across Southern California and back

April 19th-25th 2020

Sadly this ride is canceled due to Covid-19

Take a spectacular, yet challenging 820-mile ride thru the southeastern region of California. Rugged two-track and remote dirt roads lead riders through majestic canyons, rocky riverbeds and sandy washes of California’s famous deserts and national preserves, including a dream ride in the Mojave Preserve.

The best of California deserts and a bit of mountains

About the ride

This ride is a one week ride along the Southern California Backways Adventure Trail. The Route starts in the south and riders travel north. Riders wanting to make a loop out of the ride will have the option of starting in Barstow and returning there at the end of the week. There is a parking area where riders can leave their trucks for the week.

Riders Befriending Wild Burros

This BAT ride targets riders who really want to take their adventure bikes off road. At times it can be a tough guys ride. This ride is for skilled, experienced riders only. The ride is put together as a lodging style ride, meaning each evening we will spend the night in a different lodge. The ride will include a support truck that will carry rider's gear to the next motel each evening. This allows riders to focus on the ride and not carry lots of stuff and camping gear. Leave your saddle bags at home. Without luggage, this ride will include several Dual Sport bikes; welcome. The ride will include easy and hard options for riders wanting choice or having a tough time.

Signup info:

The cost to join this 5-7 day ride is $795. This covers your lodging for the 6 nights during the ride and the cost of a support truck and driver. This also covers your ride packets which include a custom Garmin GPS Map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.

Sadly this ride is canceled due to Covid-19

Note: Riders must make full payment by March 7th, 2020

Riders will receive ride packets in the mail one week before the ride.

Refund Policy

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.

Ride Brief CABAT 20

Ride Brief

I know many of you enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is some detail, enjoy!

Ride Yoda's

Yoda gpsKevin Yoda Marco

Questions about this ride contact:

Yoda gpsKevin:

View the ride plan map

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.



gpsKevin, Escondido, CA

Loren H, Centralia WA

Dennis N, Alamo, CA

Jeroen S, Spring, TX

Jon B, Fair Oaks, CA

Axel W, Athabasca, Alberta

Kevin G, Simi Valley

Larry G, Simi Valley

Ron P, Fruta, CO

Don F, Sacramento, CA

Support Driver TBD

Bill H, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Steve F, Gold River, CA

Husqvarna 701 Enduro

Bill F, San Diego, CA

Jim A, Denver, CO

Gary C, Brea, CA

Steve F, San Diego, CA

Phil M, Dewey, AZ

Andy H, Longmont, CO

Marco S, Tijuana, MX

Dave W, Alberta, Canada

Suzuki DR 650

Tom G, Murrieta, CA

Mug Sample

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