The Navitat expedition promised to be a proper adventure, so we chose two suitably adventurous bikes for the trip: Honda’s new CRF250L and Husqvanra’s TE 511 dual-sports. The ride from El Segundo to the base of the Angeles Forest Highway in La Canada Flintridge was only 15 miles, but proved to be the most challenging part of the trip, due in part to the Husqvarna’s short final gearing and the fact that it was delivered to us with just 0.3 miles on the odometer, necessitating varied engine speeds to assist with break-in. Despite having half the horsepower, taller gearing and more street-worthy tires made the CRF more fun on Highway 2 through the Angeles National Forest. Just 45 miles into our trip, we were already in another world, one devoid of buildings, crowds or traffic. Instead, we found ourselves surrounded by towering ponderosas, wildlife, exposed granite boulders, and even a little snow.