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Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-11-2013, 09:04 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Welcome. Sadly, moving to the Bay Area to...

Welcome.

Sadly, moving to the Bay Area to ride dirt is only marginally less sensible than moving to NYC to start an organic farm.

Hollister works as does Carnegie but there's not that much easy...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-03-2012, 09:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 712
Posted By smm
Across the Golden Gate into the City on a weekday...

Across the Golden Gate into the City on a weekday afternoon/evening is no big deal. The bridge is too narrow to split with panniers, but the highway is fine and probably won't be that backed up.
...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-03-2012, 08:55 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,287
Posted By smm
If you're not riding around an urban area in...

If you're not riding around an urban area in rush-hour, it probably won't be that big a deal, but it can save a huge amount of frustration. A few pointers:

1. Keep your delta relative to other...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-10-2012, 10:29 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 10,183
Posted By smm
Just coming up on 20,000 miles

Still loving it.

http://summ.org/pix/west-2012/images/scott-crossing.jpg

Just back from a 3500-mile trip through the American west.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-03-2012, 10:04 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Where were you all?

Pictures from our April Fools trip to Carrizo Plain NM.

Obligatory pre-trip mechanical drama. I bought Karin a heated vest, because when she's cold she gets grouchy, and when she's grouchy she...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-22-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Oyster Ride

If it doesn't happen this weekend, let me put in a vote for some day other than 1 April.

We're off to Carrizo that weekend. Hoping that the recent rain will have kicked flower season into high...
Forum: Face plant 03-12-2012, 04:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,952
Posted By smm
This. Just back from my second trip to Rich...

This.

Just back from my second trip to Rich Oliver's Mystery School (http://www.richoliver.net/). You will learn more about dirt riding in two days of school than in two years of exploring fire...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-10-2012, 09:41 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
I am ready: ...

I am ready:

http://www.summ.org/pix/new-bike-2010/images-small/equipment.jpg

Looking forward to meeting some badv riders in real life. What's the route? Ridgecrest, Bolinas/Fairfax? Return...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-18-2011, 10:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,318
Posted By smm
You say "family" and "sushi" so... It may...

You say "family" and "sushi" so...

It may come across as a bit hokey, but Isobune ("the sushi boat" restaurant in Japan Town) offers excellent sushi and instant service. I think that it is "the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-06-2011, 09:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,001
Posted By smm
One more thing...

Couple more actually...

If you're in Fairfax and it is even vaguely warn, a cone at the Fairfax Scoop is not to be missed. They sell kid-size cones to adults, in case you're still working on a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-05-2011, 07:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,001
Posted By smm
For six or seven hours, I'd stay in Marin,...

For six or seven hours, I'd stay in Marin, particularly if you want to avoid slab. Something like this:

Golden Gate - Mill Valley - 1 - panoramic/Mt. Tam - Ridgecrest - Bolinas (via...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-10-2011, 01:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 860
Posted By smm
Two days, about 300 miles per day, starting and...

Two days, about 300 miles per day, starting and ending in San Francisco...

let me google that for you...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-09-2011, 06:24 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,387
Posted By smm
Had this twice. First time, they adjusted the...

Had this twice. First time, they adjusted the gear position sensor. Second time (6K service), the bike came in showing a hard fault, and they replaced the gear position sensor under warranty. No...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-09-2011, 06:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,550
Posted By smm
Renazco

Let me add a vote for Renazco (http://www.renazco.com/). The wait is long, but the results are worth it.

-Scott
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-06-2011, 11:53 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 47,935
Posted By smm
While I haven't ridden it, I think that the Tiger...

While I haven't ridden it, I think that the Tiger is going to be a pretty comparable to the GS. But the headlights always make me think about the gorilla scene at the end of "Trading Places." I'll...
Forum: EMEA 08-04-2011, 08:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,152
Posted By smm
A bit of extra caution and you'll be fine. ...

A bit of extra caution and you'll be fine. Relative to the US, drivers seem to be better trained and much more aware of motorcycles.

Big differences:

Speed limits are usually not posted. ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-23-2011, 10:45 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 15,932
Posted By smm
Every brand is subject to a bit of puffery, BMW...

Every brand is subject to a bit of puffery, BMW perhaps more than others. If you don't like that, don't read the advertising copy.

As a company, BMW seems to have figured out "adventure riding"...
Forum: Thumpers 07-23-2011, 09:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,821
Posted By smm
What actually happened...

http://summ.org/pix/karin-riding-2011/images/keys.jpg

Just in case anyone was curious. Now with a few hundred miles on it, she really loves the bike.
Forum: Battle scooters 07-06-2011, 08:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,697
Posted By smm
About 30K miles commuting on a Burgman here. My...

About 30K miles commuting on a Burgman here. My usual gas mileage was about 45, up to 50 for pure highway. Loved the scoot. Only sold it when I moved into the city and stopped commuting. As a...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-30-2011, 08:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,152
Posted By smm
Great report. Love the Indian Gulch Pictures.

Great report. Love the Indian Gulch Pictures.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-30-2011, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Fish Rock Slither

As my dear wife of almost 24 years was finishing up her msf class, I had to do something to keep her inspired. A new rider in the family is a bit nervous-making, I mean, what if they don't turn out...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-26-2011, 10:36 AM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Do you really want me to annotate this: ...

Do you really want me to annotate this:

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b65/BlueBuellFool/a2.jpg

with LOL text? Don't make me stop the car! :-)
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-25-2011, 12:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,942
Posted By smm
Great report! Glad to see that the slide on...

Great report! Glad to see that the slide on Reiff/Rayhouse has been cleared. I got stopped there a month ago.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-25-2011, 11:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,915
Posted By smm
Just worked through this myself. For a...

Just worked through this myself.

For a beginner, the best Bay Area dirt is going to be the easy roads at one of the OHV parks: Carnagie or Hollister. Carnagie is the closest to SF, slab to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-24-2011, 08:36 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,046
Posted By smm
Steal one of those little black spring steel...

Steal one of those little black spring steel "binder clips" from your corporate office supply cabinet. In an emergency you can buy them from an office supply store. Most bikes have some handy edge...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-24-2011, 08:32 AM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Oh, I read that as a request to stop the...

Oh, I read that as a request to stop the emergency closure... The signage is pretty confusing with many of the side roads which are closed have a similar sign, or nothing. Riding west to east was...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-22-2011, 09:52 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Alas, I did not savor the culinary delights of...

Alas, I did not savor the culinary delights of Gonzalez.

On riding solo: Possibly solo riders simply don't live to report their stories, but I read an awful lot of crash anecdotes which boil down...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-22-2011, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Rapture in Clear Creek

So what with the impending rapture, unseasonably cool weather and no-doubt good advice to the contrary, I decided to go for a ride through Clear Creek. Re-evicted the rain gear from the top-case and...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-17-2011, 02:04 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
And to you as well. How can you be "JustPaul"...

And to you as well. How can you be "JustPaul" riding two-up with another couple? PaulAndThem? :-)
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-16-2011, 10:49 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Oaks in the fog

http://www.summ.org/pix/mt_ham-2011/images/oaks-fog.jpg


I had planned on heading north on Sunday but I had some chores to do and then got into a bizarre route-planning death spiral where every...
Forum: Ride reports 05-10-2011, 01:17 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 10,177
Posted By smm
Thank you Captain! Great pictures and writing. ...

Thank you Captain! Great pictures and writing. I love the little 3rd person vignettes.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-08-2011, 10:36 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
I was going uphill on the righthand side of a...

I was going uphill on the righthand side of a canyon. Not sure I could lean that far forward. I stopped because the trail was sort of loose and washed out and I wanted to formulate some definite...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-08-2011, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Went to Carnegie Saturday morning to work on dirt...

Went to Carnegie Saturday morning to work on dirt skills... Can anyone get an f800 or similar to spin a tight circle around a planted foot? This was so easy with the TTR250 but with a high first...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-07-2011, 05:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,042
Posted By smm
Nice composition on this one.

Nice composition on this one.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-02-2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Hey! That's where I was going to go, but leaving...

Hey! That's where I was going to go, but leaving Santa Rosa at 1:30 wouldn't have had me out of deer country by nightfall so I went for bug country instead. Thanks for the East Bay route...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-01-2011, 10:46 PM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
Grizzly Island Road does not go through

Well, I had planned to pick up a new saddle at Renazco, then take Fish Rock road to the coast and return via Tin Barn, Cazadero. But things didn't go quite as planned with the pick-up and that's not...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-27-2011, 08:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,984
Posted By smm
I'm 6'3", 220 lbs, and about 34" inseam. ...

I'm 6'3", 220 lbs, and about 34" inseam.

Tried the rally (tall) saddle and absolutely hated it. Too soft, too narrow, put pressure on my tailbone and my legs would go numb after 20 minutes.
...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-20-2011, 09:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,913
Posted By smm
Brilliant! I commuted on a Burgman for 3...

Brilliant!

I commuted on a Burgman for 3 years. Heartless bastard that I am, I sold poor Burgie when I moved to the city but I miss her when I read reports like yours. Feet forward, twist the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-17-2011, 11:32 AM
Replies: 4,848
Views: 427,065
Posted By smm
For whom the Cow Tolls

Had an appointment with James Renazco Saturday morning and decided on the following route which I had gleaned mostly from advrider posts: geysers-old-toll-cow-mountain...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-14-2011, 10:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,572
Posted By smm
Just outside Heathrow, there is a double...

Just outside Heathrow, there is a double roundabout with 4 little planetary roundabouts which allow you to transition from inner to outer:

Halton Cross...
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