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Old 06-03-2013, 04:19 PM   #61
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Go up to Alices on a weekend morning, any morning really. It is easy to meet other local riders with your same interest there.
Yeah i haven't been there in a long long time! Need to go back very soon! Actually just came back from a ride through Tahoe. Great ride... Will upload vids and pictures later!

Here is the ride i took.

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Old 06-04-2013, 01:16 AM   #62
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I'll throw in my .02 cents...

I've spent years driving and riding twisty roads like Highway 9 and Skyline Blvd. I have driven these roads for years in a cruiser (I mean a Crown Vic with lights, not a cruiser motorcycle), and ridden them on a motorcycle. Tight twisty roads are fun, don't get me wrong, but what I really enjoy are the well-paved, sweeping (constant radius) turns on a bigger highway. The nirvana of which I speak is Highway 101 from the Golden Gate to the Oregon state line. Once you get north of Mendocino the road gets twisty, the scenery beautiful, and the curves are big enough you can open the throttle a bit and lean in with confidence...and there is nobody up there. I will never get tired of northern CA on the 101. And Crescent City is a nice little town to stay in, or if you're the camping type Jedediah Smith Redwoods just up 199 (another outstanding highway) is a gorgeous place to stop. The redwoods around Crescent City are where the "Forest Moon of Endor" scenes were filmed for Return of the Jedi.

Just off Highway 199 last October:
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:55 AM   #63
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Actually just came back from a ride through Tahoe. Great ride
Thats terrific; you did what you always wanted to do.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:08 PM   #64
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I'll throw in my .02 cents...

I've spent years driving and riding twisty roads like Highway 9 and Skyline Blvd. I have driven these roads for years in a cruiser (I mean a Crown Vic with lights, not a cruiser motorcycle), and ridden them on a motorcycle. Tight twisty roads are fun, don't get me wrong, but what I really enjoy are the well-paved, sweeping (constant radius) turns on a bigger highway. The nirvana of which I speak is Highway 101 from the Golden Gate to the Oregon state line. Once you get north of Mendocino the road gets twisty, the scenery beautiful, and the curves are big enough you can open the throttle a bit and lean in with confidence...and there is nobody up there. I will never get tired of northern CA on the 101. And Crescent City is a nice little town to stay in, or if you're the camping type Jedediah Smith Redwoods just up 199 (another outstanding highway) is a gorgeous place to stop. The redwoods around Crescent City are where the "Forest Moon of Endor" scenes were filmed for Return of the Jedi.

Just off Highway 199 last October:
Love the picture! I most definitely agree with all the roads you said! been up that way a couple times in a car and would LOVE to go again! I see you 1200 there right..? Would you say that area would still be enjoyable on a KLR650? When i went up to Tahoe last weekend i was booking 60-70 the whole way up, even in the twisties and gotta say it was fantastic ride!!

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Thats terrific; you did what you always wanted to do.

haha thanks! Made me realize though there are sssoooo many more ways to go! I plan on going there for Oktoberfest on the first weekend of October this year! Hopefully i get a crew to join me!
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #65
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Taking a journey through the bay again! Here is my route!


I'll probably do a short RR this week on it
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:21 PM   #66
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Now I know the title of this thread is "Bay Area Rides" but I prefer documenting all my RRs on one thread so I will just make this a Bay Area and my rides thread.

This is my first RR so please, do bare with me...

Not last weekend but weekend before last was my sister's and her fiance's bachelorette/bachelor (respectively of course) party. Now I know it seems weird to many that they would combine the tow parties since that sort of defeats the purpose but hey, it's their thing and frankly I had a small feeling it would be more fun like this (don't ask me why, I just did). I mean I love my future brother-in-law (we just clicked from the get-go) but I would want to share this moment with my sister as well!

So they planned to spend it Tahoe, my favorite place for many reasons! When they first told me they were planning on doing it in Tahoe, I was stoked because I love the area and Tahoe has been my get-away-from-life place, so I was ecstatic about it! So then I had a mind blowing moment which involved Tahoe, booze and motorcycles (the last two were one or the other, I never ride and drink). Now, I love beer, Tahoe and motorcycles, only issue was I also love leaning and with the current bike I had (which I was already trying to sell) i knew it wouldn't work, i had a problem... I found a way to sell my bike within 10 days of the soon-to-be-awesome weekend. Frist problem solved, now a second arose, i couldn't find a KLR, which is the only bike i wanted at this point. I would check Craigslist every hour but no luck. I was leaving on a Friday, and it was Tuesday with still no luck on a good KLR... the chances of riding there were sliming... and FAST! Then I saw one that was perfect! So I went to check it out. It was 30 mins away so i went to check it out on my day off, Wednesday. I tried out the bike, it looked and rode like a charm! So after discussing the price, took it home with me. I was happy as hell!

So it was Thursday and I had a day to pack and get ready for Tahoe. I was leaving the following day, Friday, after work around 9pm. At first, I was hesitant on riding a bike I just got for 500+ miles round trip and especially riding at night to Tahoe, 4 hours away. I suggested to my parents and both thought i was nuts for thinking that to begin with... My sister harassed me not to come on it. Talked to my girlfriend, she wasn't really for it either... Then i talked to some friends about the idea and they thought it was awesome! That's all i needed, one person to think it was a good idea! So the rest of that day i spent planning routes that i could take on my way back (since it was gonna be night going up, i took the quickest route). That night after work, I did a full check of the bike: brakes, fluids, tires, all electric components. I was really happy everything came out perfectly functioning! So i was content and stoked for the Friday!

It was now Friday and I already couldn't wait to hit the rode. I worked at 4pm so had to pack and get ready so as soon I got off I could hit the road. This was the route I had chosen to go up. It took me a little less than the time suggested with on pit stop in Sac for a fancy gas station dinner and gas fill-up. I wish i had pictures of the ride there but it was pitch black and regardless of my efforts, nothing came up.

The ride up was really peaceful. As soon as i hit highway 50, the cars disapperaed. There were little to no cars all the way from Placerville to South Lake Tahoe. Most of the cars i did catch up to, let me by so i barely had to slow down. Of the cars that didn't let me pass, they got some high beams and
my loud exhaust to enjoy. Only signs of wild life i saw was a deer in the middle of the road i saw from 30 or so yards away that darted when i reved my engine in hopes of it getting out the way, which worked! When I arrived to the cabin, I was greeted by a very happy and surprised future brother in law and sister! The feeling of my ass hurting from the ride was all forgotten with that reaction. I arrived there at about 1am and drank till about 4:30... what a fantastic day!

The partying and drink went on for 2 more days after that till it was time for them to leave. My girlfriend hadn't arrived till 6pm on Saturday so not to make her drive longer than her stay in Tahoe we got a hotel in Tahoe and stayed for an extra night. Since we are on college student's budget, we got the cheapest motel we could find, $29.99 a night! Thought it was a good deal till we got to the room... felt like i was going to get some type of fatal disease just sitting on the bed, the rooms were that filthy... I think next time we will spend a few extra bucks and stay at a Motel 6. Sunday we spent by the lake and had a very relaxing fun evening.




It was now Monday and time to head home, we were not happy... Since my girl had to work at 4pm that day, she took the short routes, me on the other hand, don't work Mondays, so i took my time! Since i had to book it up here, i decided to take This route back. I have heard a lot about highway 88 and have never been on it... so i decided to try it out!

The ride back was fantastic! With my new toy, GoPro, I recorded most of the ride back. Because of my lack of thinking ahead, i didn't think to charge the camera after we'd been using it a lot the previous day. I was able to get most of 88. So i recorde 60% of the ride. The rest was really nice but i thought 88 was the best. The video speaks for itself and what i saw on the way back. I definitely plan to do it again this summer for Oktoberfest! Here Is the video!

Here are some other pictures i took with my Iphone while riding...










The roads through the mountains were truly amazing. I had never ridden that far but have always wanted to. Other than the fun roads and lots of leaning, little happened on the way home. I will definitely charge the camera for next time though! With a bike i now love and am comfortable leaning on again, I plan to take a lot more of rides like these!

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!

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Alright so Sunday plans didn't turn out as desired... turns out N Peak Access Road is restricted to authorized vehicles only... i was pissed especially since i had called and asked if commercial vehicle were allowed and was told yes.. which means we had to find out a new route... we found another road that would lead us through the mountains called San Pedro Road but apparently that is closed for some reason or another... At this point my buddy and i decided just say f*** it and decided to just take 92 back all the way home.

On arrival to the top of 92 where it meets with 35, i remembered seeing 35 going all the way through the mountains and connecting with 84, so i decided to go with it, my buddy just followed along! He's a really good guy for when it comes to changing plans.

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So we turned right onto 35 and enjoyed very little traffic, chilling weather and driving through the clouds... literally. I recorded the ride (will upload soon) and there are literally points where my buddy disappear into the clouds. First time on wet roads with my new KLR and first time for my buddy... period. So it was a really fun ride although after finishing our ride, we both agreed we were being very cautious on the ride

We kept riding along this road enjoying the windy roads and solitude. We get to the point where 35 and 84 meet and i realize we are right by Alice's Restaurant! We stopped for a beer, a lot of water, and warm tea... i was kind of broke so i just asked for hot water

After Alice's we took 84 down and decided to take a detour and took small roads, which eventually led us to Page Mill Rd. Although it was pitch black, it was a really enjoyable ride because it was way better than taking freeways.

Got home around 9:45pm tired but VERY happy with our day. Another day for books!
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Now I know the title of this thread is "Bay Area Rides" but I prefer documenting all my RRs on one thread so I will just make this a Bay Area and my rides thread.

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Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!
Perhaps we can get a title change since this appears to be a thread dedicated to a single member.

And because we already have a Bay Area Adventure thread.
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Perhaps we can get a title change since this appears to be a thread dedicated to a single member.
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1) i actually wanted to change the title... but didn't know how to! Could you help me out please!
2) Didn't know there was a bay area adventures so thanks for directing me to it!

p.s. doesn't have to be just about one member.. feel free to post!
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We kept riding along this road enjoying the windy roads and solitude. We get to the point where 35 and 84 meet and i realize we are right by Alice's Restaurant! We stopped for a beer, a lot of water, and warm tea... i was kind of broke so i just asked for hot water
I think of the whole area as Alices. Go to the restaurant if you want a meal. Otherwise, go to the Trading Post.
Just about the whole parking lot at the trading post used to be filled with bikes on a weekend.
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I think of the whole area as Alices. Go to the restaurant if you want a meal. Otherwise, go to the Trading Post.
I must agree with you on that point! Any ride we take in that area, we end up at Alice's someway or another. 35 from from 17 though was a real blast! I had never been there and was really surprised by the turns at some points!

Haven't heard of the trading post.. what's it about?? Btw has anyone been to the restaurant across the street from Alice's?

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Just about the whole parking lot at the trading post used to be filled with bikes on a weekend.
Still is packed on weekends my friend
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Haven't heard of the trading post.. what's it about??
Its just a convenience store, like 7/11with a little deli. Skylonda Trading Post I believe.
Across the street from Alces by the restaurant you asked about
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Its just a convenience store, like 7/11with a little deli. Skylonda Trading Post I believe.
Across the street from Alces by the restaurant you asked about
Oh haha gotcha! I just always go to Alice's. I was brought there by a friend a few years back and would feel like i was betraying them if i went elsewhere... plus the girls there are cute.
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Planning a little ride through the hills and highway 1 on August 3rd or around there... Takers?

Joy Ride Through the Bay
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better title?

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