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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-27-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 717
Posted By St.Stan
Got a glee, almost a SV. Great powerband, linear...

Got a glee, almost a SV. Great powerband, linear and predictable, enough but not too much. Suprizingy capable on the freeway for just a 650 but won't scare a confident beginner.

I can't speak for...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-26-2014, 11:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,614
Posted By St.Stan
It could be another short closure season like...

It could be another short closure season like last year. In spite of all the rain and cold lately, there is still only about a half a foot of snow up at Echo Summit on hwy 50. I can remember years...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-26-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 477
Posted By St.Stan
It has new oils and is a best friend with...

It has new oils and is a best friend with adventure call. Sounds like a deal.
Forum: Road warriors 12-22-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 4,969
Views: 951,446
Posted By St.Stan
Spibbie, got a chuckle about the girl bike thing....

Spibbie, got a chuckle about the girl bike thing. My sister told me her husband's friend got a lady Harley because he was a heart patient and didn't think he could pick up a big bike without Keeling...
Forum: Face plant 12-19-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By St.Stan
If it was 35 or 40 in the day it was below...

If it was 35 or 40 in the day it was below freezing the previous night. I'm always paranoid about ice in the shady spots when riding uphill in the winter months.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-19-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,564
Posted By St.Stan
I bet you don't miss the summer heat though, at...

I bet you don't miss the summer heat though, at least up here it cools off overnight. And the tule fog in mid winter, my neighbor moved up here after a winter with 40 straight days of tule fog...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-11-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,564
Posted By St.Stan
Regular garden variety winter rain, like we're...

Regular garden variety winter rain, like we're supposed to get.

Didn't get much of the overhyped wind here at 1600 feet, just a bit breezy. Went through much worse when I lived on the coast,...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-27-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,614
Posted By St.Stan
Hwy 4 today (Thursday). This weekend's storm is...

Hwy 4 today (Thursday). This weekend's storm is supposed to be a slow moving snow maker, wouldn't be surprised if Caltrans locks everything up for the season Friday afternoon.

...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-24-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,614
Posted By St.Stan
Looks like 4 is open, 120 and 108 are still...

Looks like 4 is open, 120 and 108 are still closed. There is no snow forecast for this week so maybe they will have them open for one last ride.

Being late November, I'm guessing the next big...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-07-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 1,634
Views: 118,284
Posted By St.Stan
No pics, but I was up there last Sunday....

No pics, but I was up there last Sunday. Wentworth Springs, Icehouse and 11 Pines roads are open but all of the dirt roads in the fire perimeter are closed, and there were FS trucks out cruising...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-04-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,905
Posted By St.Stan
Don't forget OP lives in San Francisco. BMW's are...

Don't forget OP lives in San Francisco. BMW's are uber coveted in the Bay Area and fetch a price premium not seen elsewhere. Everything in SF is more expensive than the Midwest, not trying to poke...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-31-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,614
Posted By St.Stan
The only reason the pass is closing this weekend...

The only reason the pass is closing this weekend is I made reservations three weeks ago for a 120 loop, and waited too long to cancel.

I have other plans the next few weekends, so it will be...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-29-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 863
Posted By St.Stan
Don't forget Latrobe Road, the west end is near...

Don't forget Latrobe Road, the west end is near White Rock, it's pretty easy when the water crossings are low as they are this time of year.

A fun local adventure is the Mokolumne river canyon....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-28-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,266
Posted By St.Stan
I run into this shit all over the El Dorado NF....

I run into this shit all over the El Dorado NF. Worst is when they dump an old water heater or tv to use as a target.



Same thing happened a couple of years ago on Blue Gouge mine road...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-14-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 1,634
Views: 118,284
Posted By St.Stan
The whole road, at both ends? Last I went...

The whole road, at both ends? Last I went through, the mine pit is gated off, but there's a bypass road that goes around the east side.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-10-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 17,009
Posted By St.Stan
All of the creek crossings in that area are...

All of the creek crossings in that area are bridges, except Alder Creek which has one of those concrete aprons which runs through the creek and will only have a couple of inches on it, if any at all....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-09-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 17,009
Posted By St.Stan
If you have the EDNF map, try to find the...

If you have the EDNF map, try to find the "Morrisson" site. It's a couple of private cabins on a grazing allotment in the Alder Creek valley. I think it's on 10NY25 just south of the H shaped...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-08-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 17,009
Posted By St.Stan
Yes, the Silver Fork valley is very scenic and...

Yes, the Silver Fork valley is very scenic and easy to navigate from Kyburz to Iron Mountain Rd.

I know the Pacific house route to Iron Mountain you mentioned but it's a forest road maze and you...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-02-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 17,009
Posted By St.Stan
Weebee - check online for access to the crystal...

Weebee - check online for access to the crystal basin before you make the trip up. Right now Wrights Lake road is open, but I'm pretty sure Icehouse and Wentworth Springs roads are still closed and...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-29-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 17,009
Posted By St.Stan
At least you guys won't run into smoke. Last...

At least you guys won't run into smoke. Last weekend was beyond bad.

Buncha pics from last year to whet your appetite:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=925562
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-29-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 17,009
Posted By St.Stan
^^Monitor and Sonora passes will be down to bare...

^^Monitor and Sonora passes will be down to bare branches but east Hwy 4 and Hope Valley should still offer some color. There is more red-orange this year for some reason. Most years it's just green...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-24-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 17,009
Posted By St.Stan
If you're looking to head east to get out of the...

If you're looking to head east to get out of the smoke, there's a burger joint in Walker, on the other side of Monitor Pass.

Did a road ride through there last weekend, will be out there again...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-22-2014, 01:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By St.Stan
You'll be running into a lot of smoke. Sat. I...

You'll be running into a lot of smoke. Sat. I looped 108/50 and Hope Valley and the Tahoe basin were totally filled with dense smoke. But the east side was pretty decent, might want to make your...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-18-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 1,634
Views: 118,284
Posted By St.Stan
fucker.

fucker.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-18-2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 1,634
Views: 118,284
Posted By St.Stan
I hear you. This whole area is my home break,...

I hear you. This whole area is my home break, it's where I started off-pavement riding.

I seriously thought they'd hold it at Wentworth Springs Road. This has Rim Fire size potential.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-17-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 1,634
Views: 118,284
Posted By St.Stan
I was going to ride up to the Big Hill fire...

I was going to ride up to the Big Hill fire lookout by Union Valley Reservoir to get a look at the fire, but the Crystal Basin is now closed to looky loos. The evacuation area stretches from the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-17-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,885
Posted By St.Stan
That's my idea of a day off, ride Henness Pass to...

That's my idea of a day off, ride Henness Pass to pick up ammunition at Cabelas :)

That four way intersection where the roads to Alleghany and Forest City drop down from the ridge road got me...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-15-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 1,634
Views: 118,284
Posted By St.Stan
It's well established north of the river on both...

It's well established north of the river on both sides of Silver Creek. Union Valley res. and Pino Grande are both in it's path. I've done a lot of riding in that area, this could be a big, bad fire....
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-15-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 17,009
Posted By St.Stan
You folks have probably already been there but...

You folks have probably already been there but Grover Hot Springs state park fits the bill. Near Markleeville, developed camping, hot spring fed pools, close to the color in Hope Valley and Hwy 4.
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-15-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 1,634
Views: 118,284
Posted By St.Stan
It's already jumped the canyon and getting a...

It's already jumped the canyon and getting a start north-east. I feel sorry for people up in P.Pines, that must be terrifying.
Forum: Equipment 09-08-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By St.Stan
I replace my helmet when I can no longer wash the...

I replace my helmet when I can no longer wash the smell out.

Seriously, a 5 year expiration date is meaningless without testing of 5 year old helmets.
Forum: Thumpers 09-04-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,752
Posted By St.Stan
I'm happy with the Shinko 244 "golden boy" tires...

I'm happy with the Shinko 244 "golden boy" tires I'm running right now. Center knobs are similar pattern to the Kenda 270's I ran earlier, but the edge knobs on the rear are wider and don't flex as...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 09-02-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 596
Posted By St.Stan
Rode to Sierra City Sat., 220 miles in 90+ temps,...

Rode to Sierra City Sat., 220 miles in 90+ temps, had to lay down on the couch for a half an hour and drink Gatorade when I got home.

Then turned around and went mountain biking Monday around...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-29-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,486
Posted By St.Stan
4 and 108 will also be closed that time of year...

4 and 108 will also be closed that time of year in addition to 120. If you have to cross the central Sierras, 80, 50 and 88 will be open. Just watch out for ice in the shady spots!
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-27-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 819
Posted By St.Stan
If you're looking for side trips, enter by...

If you're looking for side trips, enter by Tyler-Foote crossing rather than running up (paved) Pleistocene Ridge Road. Take the dirt road up to Alleghany, passes by some mines and stuff.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-25-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 617
Posted By St.Stan
A little silt/dust on west end, scattered...

A little silt/dust on west end, scattered rocks/gravel here and there, one shallow creek crossing that will be dry this time of year. If you made it through before you'll be fine, typical forest road...
Forum: Road warriors 08-07-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 4,969
Views: 951,446
Posted By St.Stan
Jumping in a bit late, and repeating some of what...

Jumping in a bit late, and repeating some of what others have said, but I raised my "low" (2008 XL1200L) and learned a few things, so here goes.

Rear low shocks are 11.5", longest you can run on a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-06-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,111
Posted By St.Stan
Now you guys got me nervous. I haven't retaken...

Now you guys got me nervous. I haven't retaken the written or driving test since I got my drivers license at 17. Got M1 lic. at 29. I'm 48.

All I've done is go in two or three times for a new...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-05-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 32,478
Posted By St.Stan
I bought my 3rd hand XL on a whim, wanted a...

I bought my 3rd hand XL on a whim, wanted a street bike to relieve my KLR a bit.

There are times I'm seduced by it's visceral charms, the raw lumpy power from the engine, engine music second...
Forum: Road warriors 08-01-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,060
Posted By St.Stan
90% are US but they hid a few metric here and...

90% are US but they hid a few metric here and there, you'll find them. They're small, mostly 10 and 12mm.

The two mini road trips I went on, I carried the oem drive belt as a spare in case I ate a...
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