Dubbelju 2018 Motorcycle Tour — Where the Locals Ride
Price: $550 / Person (5 Riders min. – 9 Riders max.)
!!! You should feel comfortable riding on unpaved roads !!!!
- 3xDinner & 3xBreakfast
- Two nights' accommodation at Song dog Ranch (shared room-dorm style. Please bring your own sleeping bag, matts will be provided)
- We will have two private rooms in the main house available for additional $90 for 2 nights, first come first serve)
What's Not Included:
- Hotel / Motel in San Francisco
- Transport from and to the airport
- Motorcycle rental
- Any additional insurance coverage
Time and Length:
Three full days or riding; approximately 900 miles total (800 paved and 100 unpaved).
2018, April 19th (evening) to April 22nd (evening)
If you want to experience the winding back roads of California and travel to magical places untouched by traffic, smog, or any other modern malaise, our "Where the Locals Ride" tour is for you. Ride California roads that haven't changed in decades; spin a tire on unpaved forest roads, and watch the stars while sitting together around a campfire. Enjoy sleeping under the open sky, knowing the sun will shine again for our next day's ride.
Day 1: Dinner in San Francisco at Dubbelju at 7.00pm
We will meet at Dubbelju; bikes will be assigned, and paperwork will be handled, allowing us an easy early start the next morning. After paperwork a delicious catered dinner will be served at Dubbelju and we'll meet one another and discuss tour details over a glass of wine.
Day 2: 350 miles — Meeting & coffee at Dubbelju at 7:30am, Kickstands Up at 8:00am
After a refreshing morning ride south through Silicon Valley, we will have breakfast south of Hollister. At this point we begin riding beautiful two lane roads heading south along the famous San Andreas Fault. In Coalinga we will have Mexican lunch, fill our tanks and head west, encountering curve after curve of blacktop perfectly laid out for motorcycle fun. After two water crossings, we will roll onto our first unpaved road, the Parkfield Grade, which will lead us out into cattle country and the village of Parkfield. Parkfield calls itself the California Earthquake Capital; their motto is, "Be here when it happens". We will cross from the Continental Plate over to the Pacific Plate before we stop to pay our respects at the spot where James Dean died. We'll follow farm roads along the Temblor Range, cross Highway 58 and head straight out onto the Carrizo Plain. A nicely graded, unpaved road on the west side of Soda Lake will bring us to Highway 166. There it will be time to fill the tank before we reach our destination, Songdog Ranch in Ballinger Canyon. Jim, our host, will already have started the barbeque, lit the campfire and opened the wine for us, beginning our night on the mesa under the stars.
Day 3: 200 miles — Breakfast at 8:00am, Kickstands Up at 9:00am
We'll have an early cowboy breakfast at Songdog Ranch before we roll out on our Santa Barbara to Ojai loop. Our route crosses over the Sierra Madre Mountains and follows the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail to Los Olivos. On top of San Marcos Pass, we will turn south to explore the hidden back roads above the gorgeous city of Santa Barbara. Big views over the Pacific and endless curves will bring us to Ojai. Before we head back to the Ranch for our evening barbeque, we will have motorcycle heaven in front of us—the stretch of Highway 33 that motojournalists have called "America's Greatest Driving Road". Endless miles of perfect curves will lead up and over the mountains back down into the Cuyama Valley and home to our camp at Songdog, just in time for another starry night.
Day 4: 350 miles — Breakfast at 8 am, Kickstands Up at 9 am
After our Songdog breakfast, we will head north on the stretch of Highway 33 known as the Petroleum Highway. A left turn onto Highway 58 will lead us into miles of beautiful curves lined up along the rolling hills before we cross the Carrizo Plain once more.
Lunch and a fuel stop in will be in Paso Robles, then at Mission San Miguel. From the San Miguel, we will turn onto Indian Valley Road, which eventually becomes Highway 25. This perfect back road with no traffic carries us through farmland and will bring us back to Hollister, where we continue onward back into the Bay Area.
We will be arriving in San Francisco in the early evening. Our farewell dinner will be waiting for us at a German restaurant a few blocks away from Dubbelju.