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Old 09-12-2010, 11:21 PM   #16
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If you are renting for two days, does this mean a two day trip, or two one day trips?

If you are going for a two-day, I would recommend heading up North to the redwoods (check my previous posts, there aren't many so it should be easy to find). You may not have time for everything, but highway 1 and the Northern stretches of 101 are worth doing.

For one-dayers, I would go North across the Golden Gate, and pick up highway 1. There are a number of roads that head back East to 101 so you can pick the length of ride you want (I like 116 along the Russian River). For the other day, I would find a good backroad South of SF on the pennisula. As mentioned, there are many. This would give you plenty of good riding, and still be close to "home". If you want to do Mt. Hamilton, that is a good suggestion as well (I just did it a few weeks ago with my brother), but it is a bit of a hike from SF. Head up Alum Rock from East San Jose, stop at Lick Observitory, then follow it down the other side. At Junction you can then head East to Patterson or North to Livermore.

Rent a GS if you can, because, well, if you can ride a GS, why wouldn't you?? Nah, any bike will do just fine for these roads. Mt. Hamilton is probably the worst, but only on the way up. The backside is pretty smooth and Mines road into Livermore could be a lot of fun on a sport bike.
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:18 AM   #17
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Rent a GS if you can, because, well, if you can ride a GS, why wouldn't you?? Nah, any bike will do just fine for these roads..
Ha Ha. I am thinking I will try to get a Tiger, it looks like a good choice for the varied road conditions I am reading about. I tried the GS once, it is great for what it is but not my cup of tea. Not just because I ride a 990 Adventure.
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:27 AM   #18
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Got an iPhone?
http://www.madmaps.com/

If not, these maps are sold in just about every MC shop in SF. The rental place will most likely have them.

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Katanarama: Everything Sally said is spot on. Also check this list of roads out. It's tough to go wrong riding in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Just watch for cops.
King's Mountain Rd to Tunitas Creek to Hwy 1 Down to Pesacadero the up Pesacadero Rd to Hwy 84 back to Skyline then back to the San Jose area is a pretty good ride. It's been a while but that might be about 4 hours.

OTOH, if you are renting downtown, you may want to head North. (IIRC, it's about an hour just to get to the good roads South from downtown.

Take the Golden Gate Br to Sausalito then head towards Stinson Beach and the John Muir Woods. Stay North on 1. Point Reyes is a good ride but you have to backtrack. The above map lists very few roads North but just about any route from 1 back over to 101 and back to SF is good. My favorites are Bodega Hwy and the road through Nicasio and Novato. You can find those on the link above on the "Sir Francis Drake" map.

You like Oysters? If so, make sure you look out for a little spot on the left (West as you're going North) side of the road just as you get to Tomales Bay. Good stop for lunch. Tomales Bay Oyster Company
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:37 AM   #19
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Ha Ha. I am thinking I will try to get a Tiger, it looks like a good choice for the varied road conditions I am reading about. I tried the GS once, it is great for what it is but not my cup of tea. Not just because I ride a 990 Adventure.
If you want to stay with what you know, Dubbelju are taking delivery of two 990 Adventures.
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:40 PM   #20
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Ha Ha. I am thinking I will try to get a Tiger, it looks like a good choice for the varied road conditions I am reading about. I tried the GS once, it is great for what it is but not my cup of tea. Not just because I ride a 990 Adventure.
If you're used to a 990, the Tiger will feel small. Really small.
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:59 PM   #21
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If you're used to a 990, the Tiger will feel small. Really small.
And they shift like garbage. And I think they handle like garbage from my 2 days with one.

Everyone has basically repeated what I said in my initial post, so you have plenty to choose from.
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Old 09-13-2010, 03:57 PM   #22
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And they shift like garbage. And I think they handle like garbage from my 2 days with one.
I had one that I liked for a day or so. The second, I had for four days--that one sucked ass for the reasons you cite.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:32 PM   #23
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If you want to stay with what you know, Dubbelju are taking delivery of two 990 Adventures.
Sweet. I am going to call them earlier rather than later and hope to get one for the day.
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:45 PM   #24
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Just wanted to let you guys know that I rented a Bonneville from dubbleju and went from an awesome ride down the 1 to San Gregorio, east to Alice's and then around some killer roads (my favorite was Bonny Doon/Empire Grade of the 236) for the day.

I went for the Bonne as I decided I wanted to relax a little and take in the scenery. It is a great bike, good around town and in the twisty stuff.

Big shout out to the folks at Dubbleju.com Great Bikes and friendly service.
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:51 PM   #25
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Glad you had a great time! You picked a couple of nice roads to take the Bonnie out on.
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