I just got home last night from a drive to the tip of Baja and back. The odometer shows 3,250 miles from Northern Nevada to Cabo San Lucas, round trip. We did 2,200 miles in Baja in nine days.
The purpose of the trip was to test some motorcycles. The bikes are retro-styled cruisers made by the California Scooter Company and modeled after the Mustang that was built from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. They have 150cc thumper engines and cruise pretty comfortably at about 45 miles an hour. Top speed is about 60 or so and very dependent on the size of the rider.
One of the riders on the trip was Simon Gandolfi who wrote "Old Man on a Bike," his tale of riding from Mexico to the tip of South America on a 125cc pizza delivery bike when he was 76 years old.
I was invited to join the trip and provide a support truck. So I had the tough job of hauling cold drinks, adjusting the air conditioning, and listening to satellite radio. It was big fun.
So the bikes aren't dual sports and the only time I engaged four wheel drive on the truck was to climb a gravel shoulder back onto the pavement. The trip wasn't an expedition, we weren't really in the backcountry, and we slept in hotels. But it was huge fun and I would definitely call it adventure travel.
You can read a bit about it and see some videos on the California Scooter Company blog at:
I've got a whole bunch of photos and videos to sort through.
If you would like to read more, let me know. With the moderators' permission, I would be happy to put together a little trip report.