Frequently Asked Questions
The San Andreas 300 is a 2 Day Dual Sport Ride that is a 300 + Mile / long non-competitive ride that consists of as much dirt and the least amount of pavement as possible and only uses paved roads to tie sections together. Overnight Camping, Gear Portage, Meals and Fuel are included.
The San Andreas 300 Dual Sport Ride will Start at the site of the old Hi Mountain Enduro in Pozo and complete Day 1 at the site of the old Leapin’ Lizard Enduro in Ballinger Canyon. Ride back to Pozo different way on Day 2.
We suggest dirt orientated dual sport motorcycles or plated dirt bikes. Any motorcycle event comes down to the rider’s skill level and the type of tires installed. If you have the wrong tires your skill level won’t really matter, you’ll struggle regardless. Starting with a new front knobby and a hybrid rear tire is a good Idea.
Your motorcycle must have a USFS approved spark arrestor and Excessive noise is a BIG issue as it is used to limit our right to ride. You should have current liability for your motorcycle, medical insurance coverage and be licensed to operate your motorcycle. We do Not inspect Motorcycles. It is the rider’s responsibility to meet these requirements.
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO GET STARTED?
A sense of adventure and common sense.
Q: WHO IS INVITED:
Any Capable Rider with a street legal Dual Sport Motorcycle. 40 rider Limit. Online Sign-Up Only.
Q: DO I HAVE TO BE A CLUB MEMBER?
Yes. Membership is Included with your 2018 entry.
Overnight Club Dual Sport Motorcycle ride from Pozo to Ballinger and Back to Pozo.
May 5 & 6 2018
Ride Starts on Private Property near the Turkey Flats OHV Staging area in Pozo. Directions to Start and Secure Parking will be emailed with Sign-Up Confirmation.
Q: HOW FAR IS THE DRIVE TO POZO?
Pozo is located in South Central California near San Luis Obispo.
Approximately 4.5 hours Northwest of Los Angeles. 1.5 Hours West of Bakersfield. 3.5 hours South from Salinas.
Q: WHAT IS THE COST?
$465.00 will include: Roll-chart, GPS Tracks. Camping included Friday on Private Property at Sign-In. Park your truck behind closed gates until you you return Sunday afternoon. Friday Night bonfire. Outriders and Maps. Continental Breakfast will be available Saturday Morning along with Free Coffee. Lunch and Fuel on the Trail Saturday & Sunday at the Fuel stop. Gear Portage. Saturday Night Camp at a private Ranch, BBQ & Beers included. Breakfast Sunday Morning. Snacks. San Andreas 300 T-Shirt. Finisher pin. After Ride BBQ & Beverages at the finish on Sunday. Local support. 300+ mile 2 Day Dual Sport ride you can’t follow on a map.
Q. WHEN DO THINGS START?
Sign-in opens at 3 pm on Friday. Sign the Release, Pick up your Saturday Roll Chart and Rider Packet. We will have emailed GPS tracks. We will have a bonfire on Friday evening. You can Camp Friday if you wish or show up Saturday Morning by 9 AM. Mandatory riders meeting at 8 or 9 am Saturday and Sunday at 7 or 8 am morning. The Club will supply Porta-Potties and a Hand washing station at the start and finish of the ride.
Q: WHAT TYPE OF MOTORCYCLE SHOULD I RIDE?
Factory off road orientated Dual Sport and Plated Off-Road Motorcycles will work best. You should have current registration for your bike, proof of insurance, and a California OHV Sticker. A roll chart holder and a re-settable Odometer are required to Navigate the routes with a Roll Chart.
KLR 650s and larger ADV Bikes are not Recommended. Skilled Riders could navigate the route on an ADV Bike.
Q: HOW LONG IS EACH DAY’S RIDE?
Day 1 is approx. 150 miles. The Loop will include a few OHV trails in Pozo and Ballinger Canyon. Bailout available on Pavement after Lunch. Lunch is a make your own Sandwich and beverages at the Fuel Stop included with your entry.
Day 2 Loop is approximately 148 miles with short pavement sections connectors and several bail outs available. The Loop will include some OHV Trails. Lunch is a make your own Sandwich and beverages at the Fuel Stop included with your entry.
There are several options to jump on the pavement and cut the ride short. These options can be clearly marked on the ride map which is not suitable for trail navigation.
Q: FUEL RANGE AND FUEL STOPS?
Approximately 100 miles between fuel stops. 105 Mile fuel range recommended. Day 1 fuel will be available @ around 104 miles . Day 2 we will have a Fuel stop at around 95 miles at Lunch. You will ride approx 50 miles after fuel stop on Day 1 to the Overnight stop. Then approx 45 miles in the morning on Day 2 to the fuel stop and Lunch. You will need to carry fuel with you if you cannot cover 100 miles on a tank. Be sure to show up Saturday with a Full Tank.
The Club will supply mid-octane fuel which we will transport in fresh barrels and hand pump at the same location Both days.
Q: WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN MAY?
May is probably the nicest time of year on the Carrizo Plain. While things may be starting to warm up, the wildflowers could be blooming and it could be green in this part of California in early May.
Daytime temperatures are in the high 70’s, low 80’s and nights usually in the 50’s. The stars and constellations at the Songdog Ranch are Epic in May.
Q: HOW DOES THE GEAR PORTAGE WORK?
The Club will Portage your Camping and Overnight Gear in an Enclosed Trailer from Saturday morning, park the trailer Saturday evening and then Portage your gear back to Pozo Sunday afternoon.
Small tents, cots, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, folding chair, overnight bag, small 6 pack size Ice chest will all be transported. One thought was to put all your camping gear in your gear bag since you will be wearing your gear and you would then have your gear bag to store the gear once you arrive at Songdog Ranch. And your Gear bag keeps all your camping gear in one place ? Or close anyways.
Q: HOW DOES CAMPING WORK FRIDAY AND SATURDAY?
Friday will be dry camping at a private Ranch near Turkey Flats. You can either Tent camp or park an RV or trailer on the property until we return Sunday Evening.
Saturday at Songdog Ranch has 5 covered camp spots with picnic tables. Each area large enough for 8 guys.
You will also have the opportunity to sleep in the Lodge on a cot you provide for a $10 upgrade. The Lodge will hold 20, includes a fire place and running cold water. There are no shower facilities at Songdog Ranch.
Songdog Ranch is not a dude ranch, nor some ritzy retreat.
The only things ever raised here is wine or beers in the light of campfires.
Q: WHY ARE YOU GUYS DOING THIS?
The time seems right before we’re all too old to pull something like this off. Pozo and Ballinger Canyon both had Legitimate Enduros back in the day and offer some fun, challenging trails. The route from Pozo to Ballinger along the San Andreas Fault includes Epic dirt roads, 2 track , few whoops and spectacular scenery.
Q: HOW SHOULD I SET UP MY MOTORCYCLE?
Well, there are a few rocks. We would recommend a knobby front and a Hybrid rear tire, checking your air pressure once you arrive, and running it a little higher than normal. Skid plate. Hand guards. Distance between gas stops is expected to be around 105 miles.
Q: HOW CAN I GET TO THE START?
You can tent camp or stay in an RV at the Sign-In property Friday, stay at a hotel or drive your truck and trailer to the start and unload there in the morning and leave your truck or trailer behind a fence at the property.
Q: WHATS FOR BREAKFAST ?
Saturday we will have Fruit and Free Coffee. Sunday we will have French Toast and Ham and Free Coffee. Portia-potties onsite.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS AT THE 1st DAY FINISH?
Please check-in when you finish, so we know you are in. Pick up your Day 2 Roll Chart.
Get your tent or sleeping spot set up. Grab some BBQ and fixin’s, come and ‘hang out’, enjoy the bonfire, an adult beverage and the camaraderie of like-minded enthusiasts. Get ready to go back out the next morning.
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE 2ND DAY START & FINISH?
We will meet for Breakfast and a riders meeting at 7 am and at 8 am on Sunday morning. Free Coffee will be available with porta-potties onsite.
Please check-in on the sign-out sheet before you leave and check back-in when you finish.
Pick up your finisher pin when you check-out/sign-out at the finish on Sunday.
Q: HOW DO I NAVIGATE THE ROUTE?
This is not a guided tour; you will navigate by following a roll chart with turns that are based on mileage. All major turns will be noted and are arrowed on the roll-chart. GPS Tracks are also available. There will be NO course markings.
Maps are not suitable for navigation and ONLY roll-charts have ancillary & supplementary information. You must have a resettable Odometer to navigate the course with a roll chart.
Q: WHAT IS THE BUDDY SYSTEM?
It is what can save your life! If you were riding alone and got off the route and then got hurt, you may not be missed until the end of the day. For this reason we must insist that riders use the buddy system. Obviously 2 (or 3) riders that enter together will be buddies (4 or more should split into pairs). We do not suggest riding in large groups. Team up with no more than 4 others and watch out for each other.
BUDDY RIDING PROTOCOL –
• Don’t lose sight of your buddy
• Don’t make a major turn unless you know your buddy will also
• If buddies get separated, both go back to the last place they saw each other
Q: WHAT IF I ENTER ALONE?
We prefer that you enter with at least one friend but if you do come alone, you should pair with another rider as your buddy. Buddies may be changed after the 1st day if not well matched. We will have a sign up sheet at Sign-In where you can write your cell number if you haven’t found a buddy before the ride.
Q: WHAT MODEL BIKE IS BEST?
Riders should be happy with XR250s through 690 KTM’s. We Do NOT recommend KLR 650’s or small factory dual sports. The prime considerations are comfort and reliability.
Your motorcycle must be street-licensed, meet Vehicle Code requirements, have a spark arrestor, and should have a gas range of 105 miles minimum. And a California OHV sticker.
Q: WHAT ABOUT SPARE PARTS?
You should bring a reasonable amount of spare parts (like a pre-oiled air filter). We will have spare front and rear tires for sale in case someone destroys one, but most people should be able to complete the ride without changing tires.
Q: DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
You should have a roll chart holder and a re-settable to ‘0’ odometer. We will also have a couple of spares roll-charts in case you break yours. You should carry current registration and proof of insurance. We do Not inspect any Motorcycles, it is the rider’s responsibility to meet these requirements.
Q: WHO SERVICES MY BIKE?
You must be able to fix your own flats on the trail and service your bike at the end of the day. Each rider should carry a spare tube (front works in rear); tire irons, hand pump, and/or air bottles. You must be able to fix your bike on the trail or be towed by your buddy to a Highway where you can be picked up. You should be able to tow your buddy if he cannot fix his bike. Every rider should carry a tow strap.
Q: WHERE WILL I GET GAS and WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Day 1 will have 1 Remote Fuel stop available. The club will provide fuel. If you are riding a 2 stroke you will need to bring your own oil.
Day 2 the gas stop will be earlier in the ride but in the same location as Day 1.
Distance to the Fuel stop will be around 100 miles both days. You will need to carry fuel if you cant ride at least 100 miles on a tank.
Both Saturday’s & Sundays lunch & Fuel stop will be Remote with the opportunity to make your own sandwich, beverages, water and snacks.