You HAVE to change the through LA route.
First thing you do when you leave Palm Desert is go straight to Pioneertown near Joshua Tree and go to Pappy and Harriets (Musicians heaven and Mecca).
Then you go the back way out of PTown and make your way to the 138 that crosses the 15 freeway at the base of Cajon Pass.
Take 138 to Lone Pine Canyon. Wiggle through Wrightwood and take 2 to La Canada (half way there is a motorcyclist Mecca...Newcombs Ranch).
From La Canada you can wiggle down to Malibu through the canyons, if it's the weekend you can visit the Rockstore, another local motorcyclists Mecca!
Your route 1 routing through Orange County and Long Beach is all City.
In Long Beach PCH is actually 17th street. You are 17 blocks from the ocean and it is basically ghetto. LB has 11 miles of beach....non of it at all can be seen from Pacific Coast Highway. After Long Beach you go through the most horrible parts of city you can imagine on PCH...and you don't see the ocean AT ALL.
Skip it and go through the mountains to Malibu. Trust us on this. You will be riding roads even many Los Angeles people have NEVER seen or heard of.
Keep in touch. We are always up for a ride/guide. If you get to our town Claremont/Los Angeles County...do yourself a BIG favor and check out 'Folk Music Store in Claremont village.
You could take the Pioneertown (motel there is awesome) then even spend the night near/in Claremont on your way to route 2 Angeles Crest Hwy.
We rent rooms to travellers, but of course don't always have ROOM!
James and Colleen Tucker.
Aut viam inveniam aut faciam
Beat our time, Los Angeles to Ushuaia 70 days
TUCKERS screwed with this post 03-16-2013 at 08:41 AM