California Koo

Discover California's Central Coast

Join us for this 3 day explorer ride through the mountains, beaches and into the desert surrounding the California Central Coast.

June 22nd-25th

Thursday night through Sunday

Ride Description

This is a 3 day ride designed for adventure bikes and all skill levels. There are several ride options throughout the day allowing the route to appeal to all skill levels. Daily routes are between 150 and 250 miles taking you up into the mountains, across ridge top backroads, down to the beach and then looping back through lush valleys. California Koo was determined by the fact that one of the hotels where we will be staying is on the Fort Hunter Liggett Army base and will be bringing some of the sophisticated or rebellious nature of ADV bikers.

Here is an overview of the route showing some of the options available throughout the day.

Riders will be required to fill out documentation to travel and stay on the Army Base

You will need to provide proof of insurance, two forms of ID and vehicle documentation

We will mail this information to you after you signup for the ride.

Signup info:

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The cost to join this 3 day ride is $350. This covers your lodging for three nights during the ride and all the ride information with custom GPS cards, files and maps.

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

After your signup, riders will receive an email with further ride information and instructions.

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.

Full Ride Description and Ride Maps included below

Ride Description CA KOO

Ride Yoda

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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 right for this ride?

A: Bikes including and in between the the Yamaha WR250R, KTM500, Honda Africa Twin, and the KTM1190. Even good riders on BMW1200gs all can do well by choosing the easy or hard route options.

Q: What is the gas range needed for this ride?

A: I recommend at least 140 miles

Q: What will the weather be like this time of year?

A: The weather is most often nice, could be a little cold in the morning and in the mountains. But sometimes there can be rain. Wet and muddy routes can force us to change our routes. Come prepared with extra gear for cold and wet.

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.

Q; What do I do if I don't have a Garmin gps?

A: Buy one, you need it. We will show you how to use it. You can get a great one for 150 bucks.

(See gpsKevin's gps recommendations)

Q: Is the riding really on my own?

A: Yes, it is on your own, but not by yourself. Everyone hooks up and rides with a friend or a new friend and rides together. I do not encourage riding alone.

Q: Do I need a street licensed bike?

A: Yes, there are areas where a licensed bike is required. You must also have a motorcycle class drivers license.

Q: Do I need insurance?

A: Yes, you must carry proof of medical insurance and liability insurance for yourself/motorcycle.

Who is going on this ride?

David B, San Marcos, CA

BMW GS1200

Dennis B, Reno NV

2012 BMW GS650

Mark L, San Diego CA


Don J, Jamul CA

Triumph Tiger xc

Joseph B, Arcadia CA

BMW R1200 GS

Kevin K, Oxnard CA


Ryan G, Vista CA

Tiger 800 XCX

Scott Mc, Chatsworth CA

Africa Twin

Scott T, Roseville CA

Africa Twin

Steve P, Poway CA

BMW f800 gs

Wayne T, Vista CA

Triumph Tiger 800XC

Jeffrey G, Escondido CA

Yamaha Super Tenere

Jon S, Temecula CA

ktm 1190 adv

Roque S, Palmdale CA

BMW 1200 GSA