Exploring California by Motorcycle | LA to Big Sur Moto Camping

Exploring California by Motorcycle | LA to Big Sur Moto Camping

Vagabuddies….we are on the cusp of a very big adventure. We’re going to ride our motorcycles up the coast to Big Sur. Today is Part 1. We’re heading to Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Mountains. We’re about to hop on the bikes, but we’ll show you the route we’re going to take. We’re here in Venice Beach, and we’re going to take the PCH, Highway 1 all the way up the coast past Malibu, Ventura, hop on the 101, get to Santa Barbara, have lunch there probably, and then make our way up to the Santa Ynez Mountains. We’re going to be camping tonight, which should be a good adventure…. a little bit of rough camping, a little bit of fine dining, a nice balance right there, and we’re going to have a good time. What are you riding? I have a 2013 BMW F-800 GS. I got it used with 8,000 miles on it. It’s got about 11,500 now. My bike is named Bucephalus. Bucephalus was the horse that carried Alexander the Great from Macedonia to India. I’m by no means Alexander the Great. Your name is Alexander My name is Alexander, and I like having a trusty stead. Alex and I are different as night and day. By way of contrast, let me introduce you to my bike, which is named Rocinante, which was the horse of Don Quixote because I’m a little more impractical, a little bit more romantic… says the single guy… romantic as in Romanticism, not as in romance. I’ve got a 2007 Bonneville, which is the last year they had the carburetor system. We did reach out for sponsorship on this trip from Pack Animal Tobacco And Sena Thank you to those companies for helping us make that possible. You guys ready for an adventure? Let’s go. Whoahoo And we’re off. Up here on the left, we have the world famous Malibu, small and fun as usual. It feels like we’re already on the Central Coast here, leaving LA at Zuma Beach. The PCH is one of my favorite roads. How about you, bro? I love this road, man. Road it on my bicycle when I finished college, and now it’s kind of cool to go up it on a motorbike with you. Motorbicycle. I like it. Stop number 1: Ventura County. We just crossed County Line from LA to Ventura County, and we’re pulled over real quick at Neptune’s Net, a famous biker bar. How are you feeling, bro? Fun? I’m feeling good, man. We’re on the road. Yeah, man. I think it’s official. We’re out of LA, and you can already feel the climate change… it’s a bit more country up here. There’s more of a ranch vibe in a lot of spots, uncrowded coastline, and the PCH is going to be our guide all the way up to Big Sur with a couple detours. This is the artery of California, and I’m stocked to go explore with you, bro. Yeah, man. Coffee break is completed. I think this is the northern most limit I’ve gone on the PCH on my motorbike. We’ve done it by car, but for me, at least, this is all fresh territory moving north. Next stop is Santa Barbara. We have a bit of riding to do before we get there. How far is it? 50 or 60 miles from here, 70? An hour and a half? It’s going to take a a while, yeah. We should hit the road. Let’s do it. Ladies and gentlemen, we have arrived to beautiful Santa Barbara, California. I really like coming back here. I went to school here, back in the day. Honestly, this is one of the prettiest towns in California…… and to arrive here on two wheels… way, way more fun. We’re in the heart of the old Spanish city. There’s a presidio here. There’s a mission nearby. On the way up here, we passed all these arched bells along the road on the 101, which is because the 101 was originally know as El Camino Real, a royal road that linked together all the missions which the Spanish built, which are the backbone of California. Each mission was about a day’s journey apart on horseback, a journey being from the Latin word “for a day.” The fact that we’re now on motorized horses, you know, motorbikes, means we can go between a couple of missions in a single day. Originally, that was the plan. This thing called the Land Shark just went by, and I’m having a serious college flashback. It’s basically an aquatic bus. Somebody in college rented it out for a birthday party. We put a keg on it, and we drove down State Street drinking beers. And then from State Street went straight into the harbor and had a boat tour with a keg. It was the coolest birthday party ever. The great thing about this part of the coast is how the mountain range just comes right down to the coast, which creates a really cool ecosystem, and it means that we can just leave the city and in a couple of minutes be way up in the mountains. I love how California has so many different ecosystems, and you can really feel the shift here. The water current off the coast is colder here than it is down in LA. It’s because of the ocean currents from the Channel Islands. The Channel Islands were right on the edge of two different ocean currents. The one from the north is way colder. It brings a lot of nutrients… but also causes a lot of fog. It does get foggy, but when it’s sunny, it is unbeatable, honestly. Ladies and gentlemen, we are on Gibraltar Road. We’ve left Santa Barbara behind. We are up in the Santa Ynez Mountains. This road is gorgeous. It’s beyond gorgeous. We’re surrounded by all these beautiful mountains. We’ve got probably another 25 miles as the crow flies. It’s super twisty, so we’re taking our time. Oh the views. The views are to ride for. All right, guys and girls. We have arrived at our camp site tonight in this beautiful little oak grove. It’s the golden hour, and we’re going to claim the campsite. There’s a fire pit down there. And then hop back on the bikes and head to Cold Springs Tavern to get dinner and a drink. One of the reasons that we’re traveling so light is that we’re using Bivy Sacs. It’s like a condom for your sleeping bag. It’s a water proof layer that you put outside your sleeping bag. We’re going to be able to sleep under the stars without a tent. It’s generally the best campsite we could have found. We’ve arrived at the Cold Springs Tavern. This place is so cool. It’s nestled in a little nook here. It’s from the old stage coach route, from the 1860s forward when this was part of the mail route. This place is incredible. It’s so homey and vintage and western. The food looks amazing. It smells really good in here. That was quite a well deserved meal after an epic first day on the road. Dude, so fun. Today was one of the most fun days I have had in a very long time. And to end it with a legit meal…. at a place as awesome and authentic as Cold Springs Tavern…. I don’t think there’s a better way to end it. Except the fact that we’re going to sleep in a forest. We’re going to go camp under the stars. We’ll see you guys tomorrow morning. If you enjoyed the video, give it a thumbs- up, share it with your friends, subscribe to Vagabrothers, turn on notifications so you get updates when we publish more videos. And in the meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys tomorrow on the road. The road trip continues. Stay tuned. Peace.

100 thoughts on “Exploring California by Motorcycle | LA to Big Sur Moto Camping

  1. That's amazing place ! Guys I have a question for you : Do you guys intend someday to make a video in Rio de Janeiro ?

  2. What everyone else has said! 12 minute vid of beautiful fun, thank you! We figure we subbed well over year ago, someone watching one of FunforLouis or Sawyer's videos and saw thumbnail on Basque Country; I remember next day seeing several Post-it notes on monitors saying "check out Vagabrothers on YouTube" and everyone talking about the bros Basque bloopers. LOL

  3. Alex! I'm moving to LA soon and I keep hearing having a motorcycle is essential in crazy traffic. Could you do a series on your channel about how to get into motorcycles for beginners?!

  4. this is something I need to do to be driven down the PCH I'm going to make it happen someday.p.s what are the names of the places you ate in this part of the video?

  5. Hey vagabrothers, I'm relatively new to your channel just found it a couple weeks ago and I love it! I'm going to be a senior in high school and was wondering if you had any advice on what to do after high school if I love traveling. I've been thinking about taking a year off before college and traveling to different places around the world, Is this a good idea, would it be better to wait a little, what do you think?

  6. I finally caught up with you guys 😂😂😂🙌🏽 Didn't really care for Cali last few times I visited, but this vlog is really giving me a new perspective! Thanks 🙂

  7. Yes! SB! I love seeing how you guys captured it. I can't count how many times I have camped off of Paradise and gone to the Cold Springs. You did a great job showing off the central coast.

  8. I got goosebumps in your previous videos when you guys mentionned that senegal is top destination. Im from there and we are the country of hospitality!! Thk u for going!!

  9. You guys are living my dream right now! Such cool bikes and awesome vibes! What jacket is Mark wearing though? Looks sick!

  10. California rocks..I was there in USA this January and visited Sandiego, santamonica and Los angeles..and not to miss Mt Baldy snow mountains..keep adventuring!!

  11. I must tell a story about Rosinante: Many years ago, before Google, I was sitting outside a cabin by the sea in the south of Norway. You have probably been here, and know there is a lot of cabins and boats here in Norway. That summer evening I had a crossword puzzle in front of me. One word made it hard to finish: ROSINANTE. I had never heard that word before. As I was sitting there and thinking and looking out on a boat passing by, near the cabin, I suddenly saw the name of the boat. Yes, of course; it was "Rosinante". I could see the hair on my arms rise. I found out what Rosinante was a few days later….. from an encyclopedia.

  12. You guys are really really really good at making these videos. This is such a great state to explore. Looking forward to being totally entertained while making a list of what and where to go next.

  13. Along with everyone else I'm enjoying this one. Maybe it's because we are Overlanders. Driving that much and filming that much is hard work isn't it? I'm planning a bike the coast trip with my sister for once we get back to the states.

  14. Super good video. There's this sorta annoying motovlogger called Snowcat. He has a channel on here. Not sure what his mic setup is vs. yours but it is suuuuper clear. Maybe check out what he's using for future videos. Because you're going to make more road trip videos, right? You should.

  15. This series is beautiful! You're really good at editing!
    It is a pleasure to see & The images are incredible 😀

  16. My fiancé wants a motorcycle and I lost track of how many times he said, "that's sweet!" during this video! Excited for the Big Sur video!!

  17. Makes me appreciate Cali so much more seeing its more hidden gems. Neptune is such a biker spot lol love it! Can't wait to see the next episode!

  18. One of the finest Travelogue I have even seen on YT.
    I will watch the whole series .
    All the best…

  19. The production quality and cinematography is brilliant, couldn't be better. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

  20. Hi guys! Absolutely love your videos, they are such an inspiration to me.
    Also, can anyone tell me the name of the song at the end? thanks!

  21. I'm cannot watch the video, because I'm from Ukraine and I maybe never don't can go to LA, New York and another place😿

  22. Love the throw back to college landshark! Went on a joint 21st birthday party with a keg as well haha and I just remember eating so many free chips at Sharkeez after

  23. The reason I watch you guys is because you're both smart and entertaining. Thank you for being smart….so refreshing.

  24. Fantastic….I am ready to get in my little Ford Fiesta and follow your footsteps…thanks for the encouragement.

  25. My wife and I have driven this route in a Camaro ragtop. I still rave about it and especially the Cold Springs Tavern. The Gainey Winery in the Saint Ynez mountains was awesome. Love your stuff. Keep it coming!

  26. I think we need a behind the scenes for this trip. How are y'all getting all your sweet aerial shots? I'm very curious about the planning and editing process for this series. Spectacular footage!

  27. I ride and vlog in NYC but am originally from Southern California.  Great series! Really brings it all back.  g

  28. Amazing amazing amazing. WOW. Living the life of your dreams. That's so awesome to see this in great cinematography and such professionalism. Everything you do looks so smooth and authentic. I am one of your biggest fans. I wish you all the very best from the bottom of my heart.

  29. Pretty late to your adventures, but just subscribed! I just got a Triumph, any recommendations on after market supplies (lookin at that bag of yours). As well as seats?

    Thanks guys!

  30. I knew Marko's would be Rocinante before he said it. Lit nerds for the win. That was also the name of Steinbeck's camper he took across the US.

  31. Enjoyed watching. Just curious, Which softwares do you use to edit these amazing videos? And do you use drones too?

  32. Great riding guys. I was riding that section in October when there were more bicycles than cars. Check out the video of me riding PCH around Carmel area and let me know what you think. Thanks!

  33. fantastic video and quality awesome too. I know the area well as I used to live and ride in the region a few years back

  34. Incredible awesome vid guys. Absolute love your channel. This is a dream trip for me. Next time you do this reach out to Revzilla.. you guys have a great brand and I feel like they would sponsor y’all in a heartbeat

  35. Hello, Vaga Bros!
    Great vlog!
    1) why did you go with Sena over Pactalk bluetooth comms?
    2) how did you record conversations?
    3) how did you film both bros on bikes with drone? Who was flying the drone?

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