About of the trip:

  • Duration: 5 days of riding

  • Total Distance: 1,000 miles

  • Difficulty: 4/5

  • Pavement: 40% – Gravel: 50% – Sand: 10%

  • Hotels: 3-4 stars

Spirit of Dakar – Guided Tour


5 days of riding in the Mojave desert

The route goes from Las Vegas, crossing Death Valley National Park in California and then following the Alabama Hills all the way up to Benton, before coming back down on a parallel road, to Las Vegas, Nevada. Within a week, you will have the opportunity to experience desert riding in and out of the National Park, as well as to get an experience of the alpine terrain of Northern California. The unparalleled sights and the diversity of riding will leave you with many stories to tell for years to come!


• 25 years old
• Drivers licence with full motorcycle endorsement (US or international)
• Valid motorcycle insurance

Two options, two prices:

    • On your bike: $2,450 ( $1,000 deposit + $1,450)
    • On a rental Tenere 700: $3,450 ($1,000 deposit + $2,450)

• Lodging, food and gas included
• 2 riders minimum, 8 riders maximum
• Loop starts and ends in Las Vegas, NV
• Sunday night to Friday night
• Pre-tour package with paper maps and souvenirs included
• Support truck for maximum comfort and minimum stress


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Our Tenere 700s are fully equipped for the adventure:

Crash bars
Skid Plate
Dunlop Mission TrailMax tires
Smartphone support
GPS Voyager Pro



When picking up your Tenere 700, we’ll check with you that the bike is perfectly functioning before you sign a Rental Agreement. You’ll also be asked for a refundable retainer of $1,500 to cover eventual damage to the bike. This deposit will be refunded immediately after the end of the ride, once the bike has been returned to our headquarters and it has been assessed that no parts need to be replaced.

Legal forms
With the rental comes your responsibility as a rider. You’ll have to sign a waiver specifying that your responsability is solely engaged while riding the bike and that Moto Trails USA is not to be held responsible of your behavior in any circumstances. Last, but not least, you’ll be offered the option to subscribe a basic liability rider’s insurance for $15 a day.

Maintenance free
During the whole duration of the rental, Moto Trails USA will stay in charge of the maintenance and will pay for normal expenses such as gas, oil (guided tours only), and all parts that might need to be changed due to normal use like chain, tires, etc… Broken parts due to crashes will be changed as soon as possible and the corresponding amount deducted from the refunded deposit.

Additional information


March 7-12, 2021, November 7-12, 2021


I'm renting a Yamaha Tenere 700, I ride my own bike


Double Occupancy, Single Occupancy (+$400)

Map of the Trip

DAY 1 - Las Vegas to Furnace Creek

After meeting for dinner on Sunday night, we’ll start our day early on Monday morning to enjoy the trails heading to Death Valley National Park.
On the way, we’ll stop to admire the Coliseum mine before savoring a date milkshake at China Ranch. We will then cross Badwater Basin before stopping for the night at Furnace Creek, in the heart of the Death Valley

Lodging: Furnace Creek

Distance: 210 miles

DAY 2 - Furnace Creek to Lone Pine

After a good breakfast in Furnace Creek, the day begins with the impressive exploration of Titus Canyon. We then ride up to the Race Track, where rocks are leaving surprising tracks on the sand. Later on, the trail leads us through the mountains before reaching the lovely town of Lone Pine.

Lodging: Lone Pine 

Distance: 177 miles

DAY 3 - Lone Pine to Tonopah

alabama hills tenere 700We start super early to enjoy the colorful sunrise on the Alabama Hills. The ride continues to the historical site of Manzanar Camp before reaching the Reward mine: there, you will ride your Tenere inside the dark tunnel! The day ends with a stretch of pavement up to Tonopah, Nevada.


Lodging: Mizpah Hotel, Tonopah

Distance: 211 miles

DAY 4 - Tonopah to Beatty

The morning starts with the visit of the car cemetery of Goldfield, before heading toward the gohst town of Gold Point. After a cold drink in the saloon, we’ll ride to Beatty, NV.

Lodging: Beatty

Distance: 185 miles

DAY 5 - Beatty to Las Vegas

 For the last day, we offer two technical challenges before and after Pahrump: The Big Dune OHV park will let you test your skills in the sand, while the amazing double track after the town will give you a feel of what it looks like to ride the Baja 1000 race. We then reach Las Vegas where we have our last dinner together. That’s also when you receive your Finisher T-Shirt!

Lodging: Las Vegas

Distance: 196 miles


This winter trip is designed for intermediate riders looking for a fun ride in a Dakar Rally-like desert. While most of the ride is done on double-tracks and gravel roads, there will be a few technical sections here and there such as deep sand and rolling rocks. It will never be extremely hard but it’s a reminder that the trip is not for beginners.

Weather should be great at this time of year, but you should be prepared for cold temperatures in the morning and evening. Remember that we don’t control the climate!

Last, but not least, we will be riding the Tenere in very remote areas where search and rescue might need hours to reach us. Safety will be our top priority over performance.

Overall, the challenge is perfectly doable for any rider in good physical condition and willing to put the effort to expand their horizons!


  • TENERE 700 rental
  • GPS Trail Tech Voyager Pro
  • GAS
  • LODGING (6 nights)
  • DINNERS (including Welcome Dinner on Sunday night)


  • BEVERAGES in restaurants
  • $1,500 RETAINER for renting the Tenere 700