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Old 09-29-2009, 10:50 PM   #46
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Tom the mechanic who used to ride a 640?

Nearest hotel is probably Lucia, but its not nearby.
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:18 PM   #47
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Tom the mechanic who used to ride a 640?

Nearest hotel is probably Lucia, but its not nearby.
Yes, it's him. When I just got 640 I didn't have time or place so I took it there for service. He saw my map and pointed at it and started to tell me about all these cool dirt roads down there.

I am fine with one night camping. If it doesn't rain. When do you leave form Bay area? Saturday morning?

Gangplank - want to crash at my place on the way there? How is 800 compares to dakar? I bet it's way better ride.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:23 AM   #48
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I am fine with one night camping. If it doesn't rain. When do you leave form Bay area? Saturday morning?

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I may go down Friday for an extra day of camping, just to squeeze a bit more out of it. Anyone else up for Fri/Sat nights?
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Old 09-30-2009, 03:04 PM   #49
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Friday may work for me as well. Where are you going
to be starting out from? I'm over by Watsonville and
could meet up with you someplace easy like the
Chevron Station at the mouth of Carmel Valley,
RIO Rd/HWY1.

Next question,

Where would be a good spot to meet the Saturday
riders at down there???
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Old 09-30-2009, 03:35 PM   #50
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Gangplank - want to crash at my place on the way there? How is 800 compares to dakar? I bet it's way better ride.
Yeah, I might take you or Gester up on that .... Coming from Reno this is going to be a touch and go weekend for me for sure - weather dependant. It's always a gamble when trying to cross the ridges around here in fall. Up & over i-80 or US 50 would drop me in your neck of the woods. No cats?? alergies....

Re: the bike. When I got it and rode the first 3-4000 miles in July-Aug I used to answer that question that it rode so much like the dakar but better. Then one day it dawned on me that I was comparing the stock F8GS with a set of 95% street tires to my Dakar with an ohlins shock, Traxxion Dynamics front end work & a set of TKC 80's on. Switched to the Shink 705's around 4500 miles and let me tell you the dakar could never keep up with this bike. It's no KTM 640 off road but it is very capable for a big bike. Same ride it will keep up with a KTM 950/990 off raod and it is really great on the tarmac. Took it to the track one day and kept up with sport bikes in group C. My frist day at the track ever actually, so not much of a comaparison... or is it?

But we digress. This ride. Hall pass should be good since it looks like I am cancelling out on a ride this weekend with Gester and crew. Damn it was cold here last night... If it is warm enough to get over the pass on that Thursday or Friday AND if the weather looks good for camping & riding back I'll be in.

What is your plan? Head down Sat AM or Friday?
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Old 09-30-2009, 05:48 PM   #51
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Well, If that's the case may be we should leave friday night. Earliest I can take off from Sunnyvale(work) is around 5pm. Then ride to Watsonville via 17/summit/highland?
We should coordinate somehow on the route and camping. Since last few years I was camping from the truck my tent, sleeping pad and other stuff is BIG for motorcycle. So, I have to pick and choose carefully.

Gangplank, unfortunately I do have to cats, so allergies could be an issue for you.

I do reserve the right for bailout due to RAIN.
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I'm guessing we're gonna be camping on the primative side
down there. It's a guarantee that the USFS campgrounds like
Kirk creek and Plaskett creek will be filled to capacity.


They're taking online reservations now and spots are booked
a year in advance....

Limekiln creek State campground was heavily damaged by fire
year and is closed.

That means a good spot up on the back roads

I have a spot and it's got a view that will make sleeping on the ground
for the night or two well worth it.













There are a few tough sections getting to it. We had a group of 12
last year make it in and out, a couple of guys on KTM 990's, one
nutcase on a Veestrom and a couple of guys on KLR's. One guy on
a KTM 690 enduro but that's cheating!

My 250 might be considered cheating though too....
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:52 PM   #53
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So, is it for saturday night?
Then what's for friday?
thx

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I'm guessing we're gonna be camping on the primative side
down there.

That means a good spot up on the back roads

I have a spot and it's got a view that will make sleeping on the ground
for the night or two well worth it.




There are a few tough sections getting to it. We had a group of 12
last year make it in and out, a couple of guys on KTM 990's, one
nutcase on a Veestrom and a couple of guys on KLR's. One guy on
a KTM 690 enduro but that's cheating!

My 250 might be considered cheating though too....
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:37 PM   #54
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So, is it for saturday night?
Then what's for friday?
thx
There are a whole bunch of places along SCRR and Los Burros Rd. to camp out.

It might be nice to base from this place as it's about a 20 minute ride down
to Gorda or Plaskett Creek for firewood or supplies. An hour ride and you're
back at camp with some groceries.

The USFS campsites were allowing open camp fires last week down there.

I'm checking in to see if we can get a camp fire permit for the Los Padres
National forest to be set for that weekend.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:51 PM   #55
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mon, I was thinking of joining you clowns on my road bike, not going on any hard parts of course, but figuring I could probably get down the SCRR and to whatever campsite you end up at.... but I've just found out my final drive is about ready to kack, and I can't afford the bearing rebuild right now.
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Old 10-01-2009, 05:24 AM   #56
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I'm still in. I'll be riding my KTM 990. I'll probably swing down friday evening depending on when I can sneak out of work on Friday. Where are we meeting up? Might be a good idea to put some of these details on the first post eh?
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Old 10-01-2009, 05:55 PM   #57
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I rode that area last April. The flies were brutal. I hope the cold fall air kills most them off before your ride.
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:04 PM   #58
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There are a whole bunch of places along SCRR and Los Burros Rd. to camp out.

It might be nice to base from this place as it's about a 20 minute ride down
to Gorda or Plaskett Creek for firewood or supplies. An hour ride and you're
back at camp with some groceries.

The USFS campsites were allowing open camp fires last week down there.

I'm checking in to see if we can get a camp fire permit for the Los Padres
National forest to be set for that weekend.
Get your campfire permit on-line here...

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/pass...ire-index.html

It's good in any national forest in CA.


I wish I was going! I love that area...



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Sweet!

Thank's much for the link!
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:21 PM   #60
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Sweet!

Thank's much for the link!
You're very welcome

It's kinda strange that Sequoia NF is the only NF site I've seen that has a do-it-yourself campfire permit thing, but it says right on it
"California Campfire Permit" so it's cool. I've been doing it this way for a few years now and have had no trouble whatsoever



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