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12 Days California Curves Guided Motorcycle Tour in USA

San Francisco, USA

Harley Davidson USA Motorcycle Tour

This tour includes the best parts of three other tours: Peaks and Passes, Best of California, and California Contrasts. The route offers fabulous roads and destinations in California's famous wine country and the most famous part of coast highway 1 including Big Sur and Monterey. Discover more diverse geography as the group rides from the coast to the inland valleys and the beautiful vineyards to the central valley with amazing agriculture to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Corinne & Fred
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  • Starts and ends in San Francisco
  • Ride through the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Discover the Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Explore the Tahoe and South Tahoe Lakes
  • Harley Davidson Big Twin bike rental and fuel
  • Liability and physical damage insurance
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate


10 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: San Francisco International Airport
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During this tour, you will be staying at various accommodations such as deluxe hotels, lodges, or bed and breakfast. Most have swimming pools and spas. Tour pricing is based on double occupancy. Solo riders who don't want to share a room should add the single room supplement to the tour price.



  • Bike: rental bike
  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Mileage: 2,760 kilometers / 1,715 miles
  • Daily rides: 201 to 386 kilometers / 125 to 240 miles
  • Meals: all meals included


Day 1 - San Francisco to Calistoga (201 kilometers / 125 miles)

The group will start the adventure by riding across the Golden Gate Bridge and into a nearby stand of redwood trees in Muir Woods. You will follow the coast through scenic Marin County to a lunch stop in Bodega Bay, where Alfred Hitchcock filmed the movie "The Birds" many years ago. After lunch, the group will turn inland to wine country. The scenery there will make you feel like you're riding through a beautiful painting. The first day's destination is at the north end of the Napa Valley, Calistoga.

Day 2 - Calistoga to Downieville (274 kilometers / 170 miles)

You will head north on twisty highway 29 towards Clear Lake. The roads are challenging and fun as you near the San Joaquin Valley. The agriculture there is very diverse, from nut tree orchards to rice paddies. You will cross the valley and continue east into the Sierra-Nevada foothills. The destination is the quaint community of Downieville on highway 49 (named for the gold rush miners of 1849).

Day 3 - Downieville to South Lake Tahoe (225 kilometers / 140 miles)

The group will continue east on Highway 49 and ride a high alpine loop before turning south towards beautiful Lake Tahoe. Stop in historic Truckee before having lunch alongside the lake. After lunch, you will ride the scenic west side of Lake Tahoe to your destination in South Lake Tahoe.

Day 4 - South Lake Tahoe to Jamestown (266 kilometers / 165 miles)

The group will drop down to the east side of the Sierras via Kingsbury Grade, then ride over scenic Carson Pass into the western foothills. There are several fun roads and historic places you can explore on your way to the historic town of Jamestown on Highway 49 in the Sierra foothills.

Day 5 - Jamestown (386 kilometers / 240 miles)

This is the perfect place for a relaxing day off the bike for those who want a little downtime. Jamestown is very quaint and there are several places nearby worthy of a day's exploration including historic Columbia State Park, Railtown, and the town of Sonora. For those who want to ride, you will spend the day in the mountains riding across the Sierras on tight and twisty Ebbetts Pass, then Monitor Pass, and do the return to Jamestown on the higher speed Sonora Pass.

Day 6 - Jamestown to Grant Grove (306 kilometers / 190 miles)

The group will continue south on Highway 49 before turning east into Yosemite National Park. The natural beauty of Yosemite Valley is amazing! You will ride up to Glacier Point for a fabulous view of the valley and a casual lunch. After lunch, you will ride into the central valley east of Fresno and end the day back up in the mountains at Grant Grove near the top of Kings Canyon. At Grant Grove, there's an impressive stand of giant sequoia trees that have to be seen to be believed.

Day 7 - Grant Grove to Kernville (298 kilometers / 185 miles)

You will ride to the bottom of Kings Canyon for breakfast, then its more fun roads near Sequoia National Park. Ride very twisty Highway 190 (known as the Mighty 190!) over the great southern divide in the southern Sierras to the town of Kernville near Lake Isabella.

Day 8 - Kernville to Paso Robles (282 kilometers / 175 miles)

The group will follow the Kern River to the central valley near Bakersfield, then it's more fun roads over the Temblor Mountains to Paso Robles on historic El Camino Real.

Day 9 - Paso Robles to Monterey (241 kilometers / 150 miles)

You will ride through Paso Robles wine country before riding the most section of CA Highway 1 along the coast to Big Sur. This is often said to be the most beautiful union of land and sea anywhere in the world. After lunch, it's on to Monterey where you can take a side trip to the famous race track, Laguna Seca if anyone is interested in seeing the "corkscrew".

Day 10 - Monterey to San Francisco (282 kilometers / 175 miles)

The group will ride around Monterey Bay to Santa Cruz before heading to the fun roads in the Santa Cruz mountains for lunch at Alice's Restaurant (you can get anything you want at Alice's restaurant). Then it's back into "The City" (San Francisco) to end a great ride and say goodbye to new friends. What a great 10 days of motorcycling!

Suitable level: Intermediate

You must have the ability to handle a large motorcycle in a variety of road and traffic conditions. If you have been riding a 600-cc or larger motorcycle for at least a year, you should be fine. Completion of a motorcycle safety course is recommended. All riders must have a valid motorcycle operator's license or endorsement on their drivers license.

  • Can ride for three to four hours
  • Average riding experience
  • Little assistance required
  • Comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • Average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • Steep ascents and descents

Included excursions

  • Stop in Bodega Bay where Alfred Hitchcock filmed the movie "The Birds" many years ago
  • Stop in historic Truckee
  • A day's exploration in Jamestown including historic Columbia State Park, Railtown, and the town of Sonora
  • Ride up to Glacier Point for a fabulous view of the valley and a casual lunch
  • Stop at Grant Grove to see an impressive stand of Giant Sequoia trees
  • Take a side trip to the famous race track, Laguna Seca
  • Stop and lunch at Alice's Restaurant





This Harley Davidson motorcycle tour will take place in California. It starts and ends in San Francisco and includes Calistoga, Downieville, South Lake Tahoe, Jamestown, Grant Grove, Kernville, Paso Robles, and Monterey.


During this tour, you will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will also have a welcome dinner on the first day and a farewell dinner on the last day of the tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Capture photos of the sceneries
  • Dine out in the nearby restaurants
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Relax in your hotel room
  • See the stunning views

What's included

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily riding itineraries and maps
  • Farewell dinner
  • Harley Big Twin rental including mileage and fuel
  • Liability and physical damage insurance
  • Professional guide services
  • Taxes
  • Transfer to and from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Welcome dinner

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Incidentals (souvenirs, etc.)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. California Motorcycle Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: San Francisco International Airport Airport transfer included: San Francisco International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 12% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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