Remember that feeling you had catching air for the first time on your Schwinn Stingray? Returning to earth after liftoff was probably your first high, and now it’s time to revisit that wonderful childhood experience at China Peak Resort in the sightly Sierra Nevada mountains 65 miles east of Fresno, California. Speaking of high, base elevation is 7,030 feet, with a top elevation of 8,709, and the only reason to miss the second annual HighPipe Motorcycle Festival June 15–17 is on you.
School is out, World Superbike doesn’t arrive in Monterey until the following week, and you’ve been patiently scanning the adventure websites for something to do. What HighPipe offers is unique.
Last year, the HighPipe Motorcycle Festival was organized to immerse riders together in the mile-high mountains of the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lakeshore, California. Hosted by China Peak Mountain Resort at the end of California Highway 168, participants enjoyed a unique riding experience at Whisky Falls and Bald Mountain. All bikes are welcome; don’t let the scrambler moniker fool you.
A new event for 2018 is the Roland Sands Design Super Hooligan Fire Road TT. What would a bitchin’ mountain event be without a bitchin’ hill climb? The RSD Super Hooligan class rules are simple and designed to keep costs down and fabrication to a minimum: 750cc and up streetbikes with flat-track race tires, open to all manufacturers. Amateurs will also get a chance to conquer the hill. Here are the rules.
Want to bring your vintage bike or show off your latest custom? Cycle World, Street Chopper, and Cruiser will be inviting some of today’s top custom builders to share their work and join in on a ride or two. The Scramblekhana Skills Course will see plenty of rubber, where you can laugh and point at your friends as they go through the trials. Scramblekhana is a series of low-speed challenges to try your bike (better yet—your buddy’s) and find out just what it can do off the asphalt.
Not sure where you’ll be on June 15–17? Yank that calendar off the kitchen wall and write down the HighPipe Motorcycle Festival, then register here before daydreaming takes over and you fixate like a zombie on your Instagram feed. I’ll be rolling in from the Bay Area on a Scrambler Ducati 1100 Special, a smile on my face and a bedroll strapped on my seat. Treat yourself and join me!
2018 HighPipe Motorcycle Festival
China Peak Mountain Resort