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SFKLR 11-28-2011 09:55 PM

SF to LA and back on a 950SE
So I took a ride down to LA for the weekend. Mostly to visit college buddies, drink beer, bbq, and watch football. I only stopped for a few photos, and I'm afraid they are pretty monotonous: a 950SE in the foreground, scenery in the background. :evil

Packed. Going with backpack instead of soft panniers. Better mileage, not carrying a lot. Most tools under seat, including puncture kit. Did forget to bring a spare tube. D'oh. Wouldn't be a problem though. Tent and a very warm sleeping bag in case I get stranded overnight somewhere.

Couldn't get enough of that view.

The SE peformed flawlessly. Not a single hiccup. Unfortunately the suspension is still stock-stiff, and the lack of windshield had me missing the r1200gsa a LOT. The SE is defninitely NOT an interstate highway bike, but it sure beats every other dirt bike I've used for the task. I think the severe cupping of the front nobbies is due to suspension and 70mph droning for hours at a time on the 101. Gotta drop some cash and get that revalved, but it will be worth it. EDIT: 40mpg for the trip!

Go ride Fort Hunter Liggett and Nacimiento if you get the chance. Cheers.

sealsam 11-28-2011 10:12 PM

Enjoyed your report.

Nice pix and good lookin' katoom! The white is a very good look.

I got to ride the Naci/Fort HL road this summer with one of my sons. It truly is stunning and is a must see/ride.

Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

beechum1 11-28-2011 11:01 PM

Did the same ride north from SD back in Jun. Naci-Ferg road was awesome. I just came up to King City (and will be for the next few weeks) yesterday and took the 23 off the 1 outside of malibu. Great time. Left TJ at 12:36 and got in after 10. starter problem, but great ride up the 101. I'm going to be going up to SF next week or the following on the GW. I plan on hitting Naci-Ferg again on my way out of town.

gallinastrips 11-27-2012 06:50 PM

Sic bike:gerg

Davethestick 11-27-2012 11:30 PM

Awesome Pictures!

txplants 11-28-2012 05:55 PM

Yes, cool bike! Enjoyed the report and pictures.

MelonMan 11-29-2012 06:25 AM

Great pics. I spent time in that region while training as a bike racer. I plan on riding out this May and will be riding the same route north up into Oregon.

M.Medel 11-29-2012 01:14 PM

Spectacular photos of your bike ... I like:eek1

Aj Mick 11-29-2012 06:53 PM

I like the colours
A colourful time of year for a ride; the seasons are something that I miss living where I do at present. Traveling light is the way to go.

LeDakaR! 12-02-2012 12:32 AM

hi Jim,
nice report. Glad to see you still have the white whale...get her that sparkly helmet...
did you go to UCLA? I met my wife there at 424 landfair, crazzy party house:freaky

LeDakaR! 12-20-2012 11:02 PM


Originally Posted by SFKLR (Post 20293218)
Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

Yes R, I did go to UCLA--a long long time ago. Lived in 8-10 different apartments down there, different ones each summer and fall. :lol3 Cool that you met your wife there!

The bike is not white anymore. Back to stock tank and all new plastic. White is in the bin until needed (or sold).

dang UCLA good ol' times!

that bike is looking :freaky

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