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Old 07-05-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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Northern California to MotoGP trip

A friend of mine and I will be leaving Reno Nv on July 13th and want to ride some scenic twisties in Northern California and see the redwoods etc... before heading to Monterey for Moto GP races. I would appreciate any info for "must see scenic areas" and "must ride roads" or any suggestions at all as will be our first time in the area. We will be riding KTM 990 Supermoto R's and will have from Saturday afternoon the 13th till Thursday afternoon the 18th when we need to be in Monterey so any input would be highly appreciated

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Old 07-05-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:59 PM   #3
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I would advocate 395-44-89 through Lassen NP, 32 down the canyon to Chico, then up to Red Bluff to catch 36 over to the coast. Once you are there explore the coast.

I would recommend Lassen Park, Fern Canyon in Prarie Creek Redwoods State Park, Agate Beach at Patricks Point, and the Avenue of the Giants.

If you check the "Chico CA Dualsport" thread in this forum there will be more info on the coast, and there is also a "Lost Coast" thread

There is a Hostel at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero. Could be a nice place to stay for a night.

Northern California is a really big area so you kinda need to narrow down your focus. I'd also recommend staying out of the Sacramento River Valley this time of year due to the heat. Stick to the coast and mountains.

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Old 07-05-2013, 03:36 PM   #4
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I like larryboy's route, but unless you really want to see the limestone cavern in Volcano, I would go one more pass to the south. Don't get me wrong, Hwy 88 is cool, but Hwy 4 is less traveled.

To get into California, I recommend taking Hwy 89 out of South Lake Tahoe south to Hwy 4 over Ebbets Pass. The section of 89 between Markleeville and Hwy 4 along the Walker river is awesome, and Hwy 4 is ideal for supermoto riding. It is about 90 miles from fuel in Tahoe to fuel in Arnold, CA, so you should be able to make it. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is just a few miles before Arnold, and they have a tree stump so large it was used as a dance floor. As you leave Arnold, Snowshoe Brewery is on your right.

After that, you may still have some time before the races. You could keep heading north to the lighthouse DowDuer mentioned, and all the way to Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma, or the oyster farms near Pt. Reyes. There are at least 7 youth hostels between Marin and Santa Cruz (2 of the 3 SF hostels have poor parking situations).

There are also some redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains along Hwy 9, which is also an incredible supermoto road. Alice's Restaurant is up there on Skyline Drive, and it is sure to be bustling with anticipation before MotoGP.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:00 PM   #5
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I like larryboy's route, but unless you really want to see the limestone cavern in Volcano, I would go one more pass to the south. Don't get me wrong, Hwy 88 is cool, but Hwy 4 is less traveled.

That's what I meant to do...must have dragged the map to 88 on accident.


I'd stay away from Lassen/Chico this time of year...that's the hottest part of California and it's not much fun with sweat running into your eyes.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:19 PM   #6
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That's what I meant to do...must have dragged the map to 88 on accident.


I'd stay away from Lassen/Chico this time of year...that's the hottest part of California and it's not much fun with sweat running into your eyes.
"But it's a dry heat..."

I am not advocating any riding on the valley floor beyond what it takes to cross to the coast range. We had 110+ this last week and that makes riding dangerous. The weather over on the coast should be perfect. Also, the coast has Redwoods, the mountain route has Giant Sequoias.

If you are looking to camp out there will be more spots available in the mountains than on the coast.

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Old 07-06-2013, 06:15 PM   #7
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Cool2 Head to the coast

I would go north from Reno up to Hwy 36 to,101 and back to Hwy 1 to the coast where its cooler and a lot to see. I just rode to Lake County this morning 95 degrees headed west to HWY 101 temp dropped temp 15 degrees and that was not even going all the way to the coast.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:01 AM   #8
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Hey Everybody

Thanks for all the input as its much appreciated and I will post some pics/report when I get time. Super excited as we will be flying out for Reno this Saturday morning and arrive about 1:00 pm, pick up the bikes and head out. Woohoooo
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:52 AM   #9
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At least it should be under 100 degrees for your trip, and below 70 on the coast. Better than the 110 stuff we had recently.

Enjoy!
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Yeah definitely a plus
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:19 PM   #11
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At least it should be under 100 degrees for your trip, and below 70 on the coast. Better than the 110 stuff we had recently.

Enjoy!
That hot weather sucked, rode back from Oregon in it the other weekend and we have no AC at the shop/work, 96 degrees inside.

Next weekend the cool ocean air will be nice
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:55 PM   #12
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Looks like you have some really good suggestions for roads... to beat the heat my wife & I would be happy to put you guys up for the night in Palo Cedro, just east of Redding off Hwy 44. You could then get an early start to the coast and beat the valley heat... just send me a PM if you are interested
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:10 PM   #13
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If you end up coming down this way and heading back up hwy 1 maybe we can ride up together. My friend and I are headed out on thursday morning riding up 1 to the track for 4 days of awesomeness. Pm me if you'll be in the area maybe we can meet up.

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Old 07-10-2013, 11:35 PM   #14
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you have 5 days of riding... that's a lot of time... another possibility...

head west on 80 to 89 north... then take 49 west toward nevada city, continue on 49 until placerville and take 50 east to 89 south and then 88 west.... south again on 49 to 4 east to 89 all the way to 395.... south on 395 to 108 west to 49 south to mariposa... then 140 to 152 to 156 across the valley to hwy 1

guaranteed good time on the bikes you're riding through the sierras...

take the time to map it out on google and a good hard copy map and you'll have a great time..

i would add a map but i don't know how....
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:53 AM   #15
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guaranteed good time on the bikes you're riding through the sierras...
That is an understatement. Those bikes are a perfect match for that route, just watch out for possible gravel left from motorhomes clipping corners. I live at the base of Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), and love to take my Dorsoduro 750 through the Sierra. I'm not heading to the track until Thursday evening.
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