This trio of 1,200cc, shaft-driven, 600-plus-pound adventure bikes can take you almost anywhere you want to go, within reason. (Photos: Kevin Wing)
On Rancheria Road, which follows a ridge above the Kern River canyon and includes 35 miles of rutted hard pack, gravel and shallow sand, and has several thousand feet of elevation change, the off-road capabilities of each bike became readily apparent.
At 9,200 feet, Sherman Pass is one of the highest passes in the southern Sierra Nevada. It provides a stunning vista of the Kern Plateau with views of the Domeland Wilderness and Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the Lower 48 states. (Photo by Mark Tuttle)

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