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Old 07-13-2014, 11:20 PM   #4816
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Wow, didn't know about this. I took their civilian motorcycle (street) course about 5 years ago--very worthwhile. We got to use their trainer KZP1000's and learned some very useful skills.

Highly recommended.
Saturday was the first time they offered the dual sport class. The DR650's looked showroom new compared to the the KZ1000's in the shed.

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Old 07-14-2014, 05:12 PM   #4817
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Yesterday I spent 8 hours in the hot sun taking a civilian Dual Sport Training Class offered by the Alameda County (California) Sheriff's Office.
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Wow, didn't know about this. I took their civilian motorcycle (street) course about 5 years ago--very worthwhile. We got to use their trainer KZP1000's and learned some very useful skills.

Highly recommended.
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Saturday was the first time they offered the dual sport class. The DR650's looked showroom new compared to the the KZ1000's in the shed.

I also took their street class about 6 or 7 years ago. The instructors are kind of like drill sergeants (some more harsh, some more pleasant), but they are excellent. I also highly recommend this class. You will practice threshold braking and avoidance maneuvers that might save your bacon on the street some time. I know for a fact the braking drills have saved my hide more than once.

I'm wondering if I would gain anything from their DualSport class. I've done a few dirt clinics and have been riding dirt for a few years. Not very long compared to my 30+ years on the street, though. I'd probably haul my 2003 TE610 up there if I took the class. I could haul my TE310 up there, but I don't run street legal tires on it.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:28 PM   #4818
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Hi all! My very first post on ADV, I've been lurking for the past few weeks, while I acquired dual sports for myself (XR650L) and my fiance (DR200SE). I've got a few years experience on the street, and alot of saddle time mtn biking, but my fiance is fresh off an MSF class. We just recently moved to the East Bay after travelling the country for a couple years, and many times we found ourselves saying how it would have been nice to have a dualsport bike to cover places we couldn't with the RV or truck. Just wanted to check in, and already learned something from this thread (the Alameda Country DS class!). Happy riding!
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:43 PM   #4819
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:08 PM   #4820
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lost coast

Is there any thread url etc re the lost coast route from intersection Usal rd and hwy 1 to Shelter cove via Usal Rd then on to Ferndale via matole rd? Fire roads ? paved roads, jeep roads etc thanks Bruno
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:52 PM   #4821
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Yesterday I spent 8 hours in the hot sun taking a civilian Dual Sport Training Class offered by the Alameda County (California) Sheriff's Office. I can't say enough about this class.....

-dman
Thanks for the info -- I have been looking for something like this for my g/f and I to tune our skills a bit. We are not beginners, so this sounds like a good class to attend.
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Old 07-14-2014, 08:55 PM   #4822
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Is there any thread url etc re the lost coast route from intersection Usal rd and hwy 1 to Shelter cove via Usal Rd then on to Ferndale via matole rd? Fire roads ? paved roads, jeep roads etc thanks Bruno
Sounds like the route from the Lost Coast Dual Sport Ride (a few years ago). Maybe search that; also the route is probably available on gpsexchange if you will be using a gps.
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:59 PM   #4823
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Spot or Delorme InReach Loan/Rent

Does anyone in the Bay Area have one of these PLB type devices they would like to loan or rent me for about 3 weeks?

I'm heading off on July 22nd, returning August 8th and would love to have one of these along with me. I'd buy the Spot 3, but they don't offer monthly service plans, which seems ridiculous to me, and the Delorme is out of my budget this year. Renting a Spot for a month is $99, a ripoff, IMHO.

I'll come pick it up...

PM is best.

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Old 07-15-2014, 04:16 PM   #4824
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I'd lend you mine, but it will be in use in Malaysia for a month. Sorry man!

Check for apps on your phone though. I found one for my iPhone called GPS tracker, which allows people to track me where ever i have reception. The apps goes offline after 20 mins to not drain your battery.. Not the best solution i know, but better than nothing! Best of luck to you!
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:24 AM   #4825
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I'd lend you mine, but it will be in use in Malaysia for a month. Sorry man!

Check for apps on your phone though. I found one for my iPhone called GPS tracker, which allows people to track me where ever i have reception. The apps goes offline after 20 mins to not drain your battery.. Not the best solution i know, but better than nothing! Best of luck to you!
Thanks man...I appreciate the thought. I'm more interested in the summoning for help option than the tracking for fun option.

Malaysia for a month sounds awesome! Have a great time! Is there a ride report thread?
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:11 PM   #4826
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Thanks man...I appreciate the thought. I'm more interested in the summoning for help option than the tracking for fun option.

Malaysia for a month sounds awesome! Have a great time! Is there a ride report thread?

Oh yeah I meant it as a safety thing. But I guess it's useless since where we tend to go there is no cell reception.

I'm sure it will be...for my dad! Haha he is going for business. So no riding and no fun. :( I'll be doing Canada though in the next couple weeks though so stay posted!


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Old 07-17-2014, 05:24 PM   #4827
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Can anyone suggest a good day trip from Oakland (in any direction) that will give me fun pavement and some dirt/fireroads/etc of a moderate skill level (not newb but not super vet)?

As a long-time bay area mc rider I'm familiar with the great road rides but looking for a day trip that will mix it up.
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:27 PM   #4828
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Fair warning to inmates. DSM8 and I will be on our way tomorrow. Angels camp Friday night and then play in the mountians and over to half moon bay on Saturday. You had better lock up your wives, kids and small pets (Dave's preference).
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:43 PM   #4829
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Can anyone suggest a good day trip from Oakland (in any direction) that will give me fun pavement and some dirt/fireroads/etc of a moderate skill level (not newb but not super vet)?

As a long-time bay area mc rider I'm familiar with the great road rides but looking for a day trip that will mix it up.
Here's a good one:
Get yourself up to ukiah, either by slabbing it up 101 or taking fun roads, your choice. Take talmage exit, and mill creek road (might be wrong about that name) up towards cow mt, and just ride the fire road through Cow, or jump on some trails if you feel like doing a bit more. After that, head north on 29, and then you've got a choice: head north out of upper lake to penny pines, then head east on M10 (this is the longer route), or head around the lake to clearlake oaks, then long valley road to bartlett springs road. There are other options for getting up there, but I can't remember road names very well, you'll have to look them up. Take bartlett springs road all the way over to bear valley, then south to hook up with 20 again, then cross 20 and head south on 16. If you have time, you can cut off from winters and ride the berryessa roads to get back to susuin valley.

That's a pretty long day, but it's totally doable if you keep moving, and if you want more riding of dirt or twisties, there are a lot of places to add nice riding miles.
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:59 PM   #4830
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Here's a good one:
Get yourself up to ukiah, either by slabbing it up 101 or taking fun roads, your choice. Take talmage exit, and mill creek road (might be wrong about that name) up towards cow mt, and just ride the fire road through Cow, or jump on some trails if you feel like doing a bit more. After that, head north on 29, and then you've got a choice: head north out of upper lake to penny pines, then head east on M10 (this is the longer route), or head around the lake to clearlake oaks, then long valley road to bartlett springs road. There are other options for getting up there, but I can't remember road names very well, you'll have to look them up. Take bartlett springs road all the way over to bear valley, then south to hook up with 20 again, then cross 20 and head south on 16. If you have time, you can cut off from winters and ride the berryessa roads to get back to susuin valley.

That's a pretty long day, but it's totally doable if you keep moving, and if you want more riding of dirt or twisties, there are a lot of places to add nice riding miles.
Please, do NOT take trails if you're riding alone. A guy did that last summer on an R1200GS and got stuck for 4 days. Eventually managed to hike out to town. Died of a heart attack a week later. Very sad story.

I haven't ridden those fire roads, but those are probably ok, although I'd advise riding with someone. I nearly got stranded on a fire road once. I was riding alone. Fortunately, I had some tools and after a couple hours in blazing heat, came up with an idea that managed to limp my way to civilization where I called a friend to drive 120 miles down to Paso Robles to tow a trailer down to pick me up.
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