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Mount Shasta Adventure Tour Photo Gallery

We take a trip around Mount Shasta with McClound Dual-Sport Adventures to see what makes Northern California so beautiful.

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For three days we tested a trio of adventure touring bikes in Northern California, just a couple hours away from the MotoUSA headquarters in Medford, Oregon.
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As we headed into the forest, a small road jump let us get some air under the tires of our lumbering beasts.
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Mt. Shasta dominates Northern California, so we spent three days poking around the surrounding forests and towns.
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Helli puts his personal BMW R1200GS to good use throwing roost at Jack Rabbit Flat.
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We took the opportunity to chat with Mike at every opportunity and had him regale us with tales of his time as an Olympic athlete and world travels.
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Obsidian flows provided unique views before we looped around and caught the afternoon light back at Castle Crags.
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The backside of Castle Crags was particularly beautiful.
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. Snaking pavement and versatile off-road routes showcased what this region has to offer.
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Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 is a ripping machine with a superbike engine. It drips with sex appeal and couldn’t be better on the pavement.
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Easy, scenic roads took precedence over gnarly, bike-thrashing trails, which matched the capacity of our street-oriented trio.
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The Scott Bar road.
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Walking into the beautiful modern craftsman-style home, we were greeted warmly by our hosts.
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Because our group was so small, Mike and Mary hosted us at their home for a dinner of prime rib, yams, peas, rice, two green salads and rosemary bread followed by thick-crusted homemade pie.
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As a professional test/stunt rider for BMW, Helli easily qualified as the most experienced big-bike rider in the group.
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Ever seen those Dos Equis beer commercials with the “world’s most interesting man?” Mike is about as close to that character as you’ll find.
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Taking time to stop and enjoy the river made our first day more enjoyable.
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Grayback Road put the lean angles to test until we rendezvoused with the giant Sasquatch in Happy Camp.
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Our crew dropped right down into Tennant where cold lemonade cleared our throats of dust.
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We blazed back toward home with a quick stop at the impressive Middle Falls of the McCloud River.
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We wanted some photos on top of Mt. Shasta with the late afternoon sun.
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The sheer number of dirt and gravel forest access is stunning.
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Ivan is the mascot at McCloud DSA.
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The Triumph Tiger 1050 was the most street-oriented of our trio, but we managed to get it set up tolerably for off-road.
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The Shasta area has an amazing amount of riding available, but we enjoyed the company as much as the scenery.
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We finished our first day after almost 140 miles in the saddle.
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McCloud Dual-Sport Adventures hosts five scheduled events each year, one per month from June through October, as part of the AMA BMW National Adventure Riding Series.
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Our track went from ridgeline vistas and a stop at a lookout to water crossings in the valleys below.
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Lunch stops were arranged in advance with the McCloud DSA support crew.