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5 Day Highway 1 California Coastal Adventure Guided Motorcycle Tour in USA

2128 Folsom St, San Francisco, California 94110

Guided Motorcycle Tour in California, USA

Surely, you've heard of California Highway 1. If not, read on. This long coastal road is undeniably (or should be) a bucket list item for any passionate motorcycle riders looking to augment their connections with nature and the twisties. In addition, the must-see sections like Bixby Bridge and Big Sur, Native Moto Adventures went ahead and added their own local touch to make a more authentic Californian ride with memorable detours into the beautiful Wild West countryside, via Buffalo ranches, forgotten dirt roads, and through stunning red rock geological formations.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt / coastal roads
  • Bike: Personal or rental bike of your choice
  • Mileage: approximately 1,000 kilometers / 600 miles
  • Daily rides: about 200 kilometers / 120 miles
  • Riding gear: available for rent: Along with your motorcycle rental, you can opt to add a helmet, gloves, and/or protective jacket. If you have space in your luggage, there is no substitute for your own fitted gear. There is also the option to buy some gear at local moto shops.
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, welcome dinner

Meet the guides

Jennifer & Saf
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in San Francisco
  • Ride along the iconic coastal Highway 1
  • Discover the beauty of Big Sur and ride over Bixby Bridge
  • Experience the authentic US West and stay on a ranch
  • Visit the picturesque old Mission town of Carmel
  • Service of English or French-speaking guides
  • Welcome dinner in San Francisco
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: 2-10 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

The accommodations for the duration of this tour will be in cozy and charismatic 4-5 star rated hotels, ranches, and B&Bs.

Native Moto Adventures avoids hotel chains as much as possible and opt for places with charm and personality. Each accommodation has been carefully tried and chosen by Native Moto Adventures staff, with particular attention to comfort, convenience, and more importantly to the character of the place.

Each room will have its own private bathroom.

Program

Day 1

  • Arrival + welcome dinner

Day 2, SF - Carmel by the Sea

  • Coastal Highway 1 South
  • Lunch at the iconic Alice’s Restaurant
  • Coffee / tea stop in Santa Cruz / Monterey
  • Overnight at the charming Carmel by-the-Sea

Day 3, Carmel - San Luis Obispo

  • Highway 1 south / Big Sur / Morro Bay / Bixby Bridge
  • Lunch in the charming town of Cambria
  • Oceano beach (moto ride on the beach)
  • Overnight outside of San Luis Obispo, on a buffalo ranch

Day 4, San Luis Obispo - Pinnacles National Park

  • Route 58 / James Dean Memorial junction / Parkfield grade
  • Light off-road on scenic Parkfield grade road
  • Picnic lunch
  • Short hike around spectacular Pinnacles National Park
  • Overnight near Hollister

Day 5, Pinnacles National Park - San Francisco

  • Mount Hamilton / Lick Observatory / Mines Road
  • Lunch at The Junction (iconic biker stop)
  • Return the bikes in San Francisco
  • End of this adventure

Note

You should be at least 25 years old to participate in the tour. Native Moto Adventures requires that you have at least two years of street riding, ideally with motorcycles 600cc and above. If you're planning on having a passenger, Native Moto Adventures require that you have previous experience riding with one. The bike dynamics change as a result.

Motorcycle rental

Whether you want a BMW, a Honda, a Ducati, or a Harley Davidson, Native Moto Adventures can help you secure your ideal bike to go along with your California dream ride (rental cost extra). Simply let them know during reservation. You also have the choice of bringing your own motorcycle or renting through your own channels.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Guides

Jennifer L.

Saf E.

Location

Highway 1 is the most iconic roadway in California and one of the top coastal rides in the world, but not all sections are created equal. The length that passes along the coast through San Luis Obispo County (known as SLO CAL) brims with the best of the Highway 1 experience. And as the gateway to Big Sur, this SLO CAL stretch is where you will have fun.

One-hundred miles (160 kilometers) of Pacific coastline, half of which are protected. A national marine sanctuary and a national estuary. Thirteen state parks. An elephant seal rookery and Monarch butterfly preserves. A Scenic Byway designation from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Two historic lighthouses and five historic piers. The only drivable beach in California.

Centuries-old forests. Hundreds of acres of coastal vineyards. Uncrowded white sand beaches. History and heritage at every turn with nine locales on the National Register. And Hearst Castle, a hilltop beauty that is a State and National Historic Landmark.

And that’s just the beginning.

Bury your toes in the sand and get to know the locals. You will indulge in farm-fresh and ocean-fresh cuisine, and wines from family-owned vineyards. Glimpse abundant wildlife and historic wonders, all in the comfort of a laid-back culture and picture-perfect climate.

Want to plan the road trip of a lifetime? Follow your curiosity and let Native Moto Adventures know how they can help you book the ideal motorcycle to go with it.

Food

"In California, it seems there are no hard and fast rules: as long as the food looks and tastes good chefs are encouraged to be playful and dynamic. Californian cuisine has a youth and energy that I think you rarely find in places with more traditional culinary histories. And it has only really established itself as a world cuisine over the last 50 years. Today Californian cuisine is truly aspirational. And it's rather nice to see how the tables have turned, with the West Coast fast becoming the culinary muse for a new generation of food writers." By Eleanor Maidment on 6/24/19 for Newsweek.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee

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

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

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Welcome dinner
  • Cool ‘ride native’ gear
  • Support vehicle available at no additional cost for a minimum of 4 participants
  • Lots of fun

What's not included

  • Gas
  • Road tolls
  • Alcohol
  • Bike rental deposit (300 USD)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK), or San Jose International Airport (SJC). Airport transfer is not included. From the airport, you can reach the meeting point by various means of transportation.

Getting to and from SFO is very easy. Public transportation's fare range from 2 to 8.95 USD. BART rapid rail connects SFO directly to San Mateo County, San Francisco, and the East Bay. Caltrain commuter rail also serves SFO (take BART to Millbrae and transfer). SamTrans bus routes SFO, ECR, 292, 397 and 398 link SFO to San Mateo County, San Francisco, and Palo Alto.

If you opt for private travel, you can take Uber / Lyft and other ride-sharing options. Download the app and proceed to the Ride Sharing concourse. Taxis are available at the curb outside of arrivals. The fare range between 46.16 and 66.16 USD.

Airport shuttle is also available. For more information on how to reach the meeting point, please send an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Tour information

This tour requires a minimum of two participants (two riders or one rider + pillion).

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Wednesday March 17, 2021
(5 days / 4 nights)

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