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Old 01-13-2013, 06:15 PM   #3706
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Yeah. Glad to hear about the witnesses too.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:17 AM   #3707
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This does prove my thinking that I prefer to ride off road.. at least when I dump her, I don't have to blame another human.
Hi chrish4ku,

Wow, what a bummer ... glad you were not hurt!
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #3708
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Looks like Monday morning we'll be starting the long way to Baja. Here's 2 links to follow our progress. If you check them now you'll either see a blank map or an error message because there's no tracks yet...

The first link is simple to remember: www.hardworkingdog.whereamiriding.com
(Thanks, Strega!)

The other link has annoying ads from Spot but the map has much better zooming capability in satellite mode: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...f1Hj2EgMacWQOJ

Wish us luck
Hi HWD,

Hope things are well with you ... finally seeing some info on your SPOT links after about a week of no updates ...

Seems like there was a fair amount of adventure over the holidays in Baja ... two broken legs (Nemo Brinker's and NSFW's groups) and your adventure in the mud of Laguna Salada ...

Anyway, looks like you are making progress ... looking forward to hearing from you again!

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:45 AM   #3709
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Hi All,

Let me introduce myself, I'm Tim and I live in Santa Cruz, I'm retired which also means I'm not as quick and agile as most of you guys and gals!

I have a BMW G650GS, which I just put some decent DS tires on. I would call myself an OK, kind of cruiser on the street and relatively inexperienced on the offroad stuff on a big bike, but want to learn more and would like an occasional buddy to ride with, don't want to get in trouble by myself!!

Btw: I have experience Offroad, just not on the bigger bike, I have ridden, MX, ATV's and driven 4x4's offroad in Hollister, Dunes, Sierra's and Nevada mountain deserts

I'm available 7 days, for say 1/2 day rides, would like to try Summit Road - Mt Madonna.....dirt, fire roads....

cheers

Tim

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Old 01-17-2013, 01:40 PM   #3710
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Another FNG here. I'm Peter and have been living in San Francisco for 3.5 years; in the East Bay for 2.5 years before that, and lots of other places before that.

I currently ride a 2007 WeeStrom with only 55,000 miles on it -- so it's barely broken in. My off-pavement experience is extremely limited, and I hope to change that, although I'm really not set up for it yet - I don't even have tip-over guards or anything. I have, however, ridden to every county in CA on this bike (on pavement).

I'm specifically interested in riding Mendocino Pass, along with some of the roads up in western Humboldt, and especially in going south of the border for some lite off-road adventures.

Oh, and I used to be on BARF under this same username.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:16 PM   #3711
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I am glad I have 3 witnesses that told my story to the cops.

1. SWA flight attendant on his way to work
2. Very nice lady that stayed at the scene until the tow truck came
3. Very nice man that was in the lane back left of me

I have a feeling those images will stick in their minds for quite sometime. I consider myself an uber safe rider and just do it for fun. This does prove my thinking that I prefer to ride off road.. at least when I dump her, I don't have to blame another human.
Dang. Sorry to hear that Chris. :( Glad you're o.k. Poor moto. I see these homeless guys or home depot slackers riding their bikes all crazy. Almost tagged one on the way home in my cage. ugh. Really sucks. That bicycle wasn't worth $5 buck.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:50 AM   #3712
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Hi All,

Let me introduce myself, I'm Tim and I live in Santa Cruz, I'm retired which also means I'm not as quick and agile as most of you guys and gals!

I have a BMW G650GS, which I just put some decent DS tires on. I would call myself an OK, kind of cruiser on the street and relatively inexperienced on the offroad stuff on a big bike, but want to learn more and would like an occasional buddy to ride with, don't want to get in trouble by myself!!

Btw: I have experience Offroad, just not on the bigger bike, I have ridden, MX, ATV's and driven 4x4's offroad in Hollister, Dunes, Sierra's and Nevada mountain deserts

I'm available 7 days, for say 1/2 day rides, would like to try Summit Road - Mt Madonna.....dirt, fire roads....

cheers

Tim
Welcome to ADV. I am also in SC (there are a lot of ADV/dual sport folks in the area). As you know, there isn't a lot of dirt here, but Summit can be part of a fun loop (esp. if Highland is open/passable for a return after Corralitos, etc.)

Not many local rides organize here (but some do), you may also want to check SBR (South Bay Riders) where there are a few more local rides posted.

This weekend would be a great one for riding. I usually spend most of the winter off the moto and on the mountain bike (wet roads and cold winds are not my ideal conditions for riding a motorcycle). I'm out for this weekend though, as I am waiting on a battery for my XRL.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:39 PM   #3713
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Took the XR650R team to Ridgecrest last weekend. Good thing I bought a bunch of those Lance Armstrong Stinger Waffles with me...

With these guys I need that "level playing field advantage" so I figured why not. Oh boy do they work......

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=857354


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Old 01-21-2013, 06:58 PM   #3714
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Hi All,

Let me introduce myself, I'm Tim and I live in Santa Cruz, I'm retired which also means I'm not as quick and agile as most of you guys and gals!

I have a BMW G650GS, which I just put some decent DS tires on.
Hi Tim, I've been looking at Summit road on the map and would love to check it out - it seems like the weather is warming up and if Feb looks nice I may go. Give me a shout if you plan on going and need a wingman - I am on an R1150GS but it should be fine up there. Do you know if its connected all the way, to Hecker Pass or do we need to double back? It looks like it but I'm not sure if there's a gate somewhere.

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Old 01-22-2013, 01:12 AM   #3715
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Hi Tim, I've been looking at Summit road on the map and would love to check it out - it seems like the weather is warming up and if Feb looks nice I may go. Give me a shout if you plan on going and need a wingman - I am on an R1150GS but it should be fine up there. Do you know if its connected all the way, to Hecker Pass or do we need to double back? It looks like it but I'm not sure if there's a gate somewhere.

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Summit was open as of a few days ago. There are gates but they are rarely closed (keep the noise down and the residents don't care). Buzzard lagoon is also a little fun, been meaning to get the bike down to the lagoon itself. There is also a pretty extensive network of dirt that leads down from summit to Uvas. Some of that area can get a little twitchy if you run into the wrong person. I usually throw the bags on and tell them I am 'In training' for another long overland trip. So far it works. Next Sunday I will take a run down that direction (or maybe Saturday).

If you are going to play on those road just remember to keep moving and keep the noise down. I have been stopped up there and told it was no problem but 'those damn kids on the dirt bikes' were not welcome. All part of the adventure.

If anyone wants to do a meet up during the week on the the SC side of the hill I can should be able to be talked down off my mountain.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:46 AM   #3716
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Summit was open as of a few days ago. There are gates but they are rarely closed (keep the noise down and the residents don't care). Buzzard lagoon is also a little fun, been meaning to get the bike down to the lagoon itself. There is also a pretty extensive network of dirt that leads down from summit to Uvas. Some of that area can get a little twitchy if you run into the wrong person. I usually throw the bags on and tell them I am 'In training' for another long overland trip. So far it works. Next Sunday I will take a run down that direction (or maybe Saturday).

If you are going to play on those road just remember to keep moving and keep the noise down. I have been stopped up there and told it was no problem but 'those damn kids on the dirt bikes' were not welcome. All part of the adventure.

If anyone wants to do a meet up during the week on the the SC side of the hill I can should be able to be talked down off my mountain.
Sounds great + thanks for the tips! I wanted to tap into the roads that lead to Uvas, lots of fun down there.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:26 AM   #3717
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Sounds great + thanks for the tips! I wanted to tap into the roads that lead to Uvas, lots of fun down there.
Thanks Alan, R3r33, Spqr,

I did ride a short part of Summit the other day, it was pretty good, mainly dry, still some Ice in the shady spots, I turned around when I came to the "open gates" with the no trespassing, mainly as I was on my own if it got a bit gnarly ahead.

My bike is going in for a service for a couple of days plus I'm having some surgery.

So I will post when I'm ready to ride, hopefully in around 10 days.

Look forward to meeting up.

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:29 AM   #3718
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Took the XR650R team to Ridgecrest last weekend. Good thing I bought a bunch of those Lance Armstrong Stinger Waffles with me...

With these guys I need that "level playing field advantage" so I figured why not. Oh boy do they work......

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=857354


OK, someone has to ask, do you eat those or inject them?
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:09 PM   #3719
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Sounds great + thanks for the tips! I wanted to tap into the roads that lead to Uvas, lots of fun down there.
All the roads from Summit to Uvas/McKean are private (eg: Casa Loma and Loma Chiquita).

I've never talked to anyone living there, but there is property for sale out there (or was last I was there), so I usually just say I was checking out some property. I always keep my riding tame, slow near people, wave, be respectful, etc. After nasty weather, a spot or two can be a bit challenging on a big bike.

When you get to the gate at the end of Casa Loma, you may have to get fairly close to the gate to trigger it. I've never been able to trigger it coming the other way (ie: going up from Uvas/McKean).

I generally prefer not to ride those roads. One resident was jailed for clotheslining a rider intentionally a few years back.

I typically stick to Summit and Buzzard Lagoon. Once in a great while I'll hit Ormsby Cutoff (which is private) and far more rarely, I'll do Casa Loma.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:30 AM   #3720
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All the roads from Summit to Uvas/McKean are private (eg: Casa Loma and Loma Chiquita).

I've never talked to anyone living there, but there is property for sale out there (or was last I was there), so I usually just say I was checking out some property. I always keep my riding tame, slow near people, wave, be respectful, etc. After nasty weather, a spot or two can be a bit challenging on a big bike.

When you get to the gate at the end of Casa Loma, you may have to get fairly close to the gate to trigger it. I've never been able to trigger it coming the other way (ie: going up from Uvas/McKean).

I generally prefer not to ride those roads. One resident was jailed for clotheslining a rider intentionally a few years back.

I typically stick to Summit and Buzzard Lagoon. Once in a great while I'll hit Ormsby Cutoff (which is private) and far more rarely, I'll do Casa Loma.
Thanks for looking out. I do not want to trespass / get clotheslined...so...won't be going up there.

Leaving today for 6 days in Death Valley. See you FF's when I get back.

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