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Old 02-24-2012, 12:55 PM   #3046
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Thanks for the heads up. If time allows, I will want to head up there from the south to see if we can get across. If not, back out and around on 25...
It's shorter to the crossing from the north, but I do get the impression the crossing is easier done south to north these days.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:21 PM   #3047
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Noob looking for group rides

Hello all, I'm new to the forum. I live in Redwood City and I got a 2009 Suzuki V-Strom DL650A in July and have farkled it up. I'm looking for folks to go with for trips on dirt roads etc. I have been riding for 20+ years, but all street. No dirt riding experience. None. Ever. Due to my lack of knowledge of dirt riding I am hoping to go on rides on easy dirt roads, etc and work my way up to as far as my talent (or lack of talent) will take me. If anyone is willing to let me ride with them, they will need to be patient on the dirt. Help with instructions and advice would be appreciated. Anyone interested? Please send me a message if you are. Thanks.

PS: I'm up for group road trips too, and I don't even need a handicap for road trips. ;-)

PPS: I hoped I posted this in the right place.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:55 PM   #3048
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:16 PM   #3049
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:19 PM   #3050
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:04 PM   #3051
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:15 PM   #3052
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There is no R1. It's Clear Creek Rd.

R1 was part of CCMA, which is closed. I refuse to recognize BLM designations.
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I am with you on this one, I refuse to acknowledge the Federal agency renaming existing roads to something nameless and easily forgotten. The Sawmill mudpit is crusted up and still pretty gooey from my last ride through there. It was due to this mudpit I ended up finally lowering my gearing as I just didn't have the low speed umph to quickly get the front tire up and almost ate it crossing this that mudpit.


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Old 02-24-2012, 05:35 PM   #3053
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All I've seen on SBR is a guy with a 4x4 asking about the road and heading out there to scout it in his truck.
Thanks, Curt, I think I know who you're talking about.

It looks like Mehran is doing some local goat roads tomorrow, so I'm going to do that instead.
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:36 PM   #3054
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Thanks, Curt, I think I know who you're talking about.

It looks like Mehran is doing some local goat roads tomorrow, so I'm going to do that instead.
Yeah, it's one of his usual routes. This one allows for a detour on Buzzard Lagoon. Virtually no one in the group will go for it, but that's never stopped me from heading down Redwood Retreat while they slogged it up 152 and through Mt. Madonna Park.



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It was due to this mudpit I ended up finally lowering my gearing as I just didn't have the low speed umph to quickly get the front tire up and almost ate it crossing this that mudpit.
You don't need to lift the front. Just weight the rear and don't tip toe through - give it some gas.
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:41 PM   #3055
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Clear Creek 2/25

No word back from the SBR folks, but I am going out there tomorrow anyhow. I'd prefer not to ride the loop solo, anyone who is up for it is welcome to join.

Meet at 10 AM at Flapjacks in Tres Pinos and head out at 10:30. Out to Panoche, south to New Idria and through Clear Creek. If I am riding solo, I will skip the extra mud pit loop and the water crossing on Old H.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:49 PM   #3056
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Clear Creek Ride Report (Part 1)

I had a great ride through Clear Creek (and most of San Benito County) today. The weather and riding conditions were perfect.

I started in Tres Pinos, just south of Hollister and the Bay Area. Here is the route I took:



Up and ready to leave Santa Cruz in the early AM



Morning shots on the way to and through the Panoche Valley













Heading out towards New Idria



Stop at Griswold Hills for a snack break and rest





Cute horses at the Equine Rescue Center



Stopped and talked with folks at Woods Ranch, seems like a cool place to ride. So few public riding places nowadays, it is interesting to see a private riding area like they set up there.

I rode a bit further towards the mine and ran into a few riders who came in from the Coalinga side. We all checked out the buildings and talked with one of the locals (I think it was the owner of Woods Ranch) who came up to adjust his water supply valves.







The processing facility and mine were interesting to see. I heard from the local guy that the EPA recently worked to help clean up the mine tailings and runoff from this site.









Nice views on the way up into Clear Creek. The road up from New Idria is in pretty bad shape, but it was easily passable on a dual sport.









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Old 02-25-2012, 07:53 PM   #3057
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Clear Creek Ride Report (Part 2)

Conditions were really nice up at Clear Creek summit. I can see why people love coming up here to ride. I hope that the BLM will open more of the park back up to motorcycles in the future (I know, sensitive issue...) None of that got in my head as I enjoyed the views and nice weather while I was having lunch.









Rode down Clear Creek road and out along the creek. The group I had met earlier was coming back down and I rode with them for a bit. One of their riders bikes got flooded out in one of the water crossings and had a hard time getting started back up.





So long to Clear Creek, but the ride is not over yet.



I checked out some of the new BLM facilities and rode out on Coalinga Road to Old Hernandez.





Old Hernandez is closed at the water crossing (as many here already know), but you can get across if you find the right spot.





I had some extra fuel and time as I headed back up Hwy 25 towards Tres Pinos, so I decided to head up Gloria Road (another dirt stretch) up to the summit above Gonzales in the Salinas Valley.







On the way back down, many ground squirrels were trying to sacrifice themselves to the motorcycle gods (as they often attempt to do), but something more surprising happened about halfway back to Hwy 25. I was moving along at a fair clip and out of the bushes on the right side of the road, what I thought was a bobcat popped out and I had to swerve to miss it. I looked back in the mirror and saw the cat running back into the bushes with a HUGE, long tail. I quickly realized that this was a young (or small) mountain lion and I thought for a second about turning around to go and take a closer look or a photo. Then I thought again, small/young mountain lion, possibly a cub with a mother lion nearby...? No thanks, I will stay away from young renegade lions and their protective mothers.

I rode the rest of the way back up Hwy 25, and the wind picked up (noticeably absent for the earlier portions of the ride). Back to the truck in time to see multiple sky divers parachuting down nearby.



143 miles on the odometer. No crashes or incidents. Lots of great views and riding. Good way to spend the day.
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:53 PM   #3058
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Looks like a fun ride in Clear Creek! Nice weather too...
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:12 AM   #3059
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Free off-road adventure bike clinic at Carniege Off-Road park in Livermore TODAY SUNDAY 26th. Starts at about 9-9:30am, just to the right after entering the guard gate. Great clinic for anyone on 650-1200 Adventure Bikes.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:05 AM   #3060
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Clear Creek/Hernandez H20 xing ...

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Looks like a fun ride in Clear Creek! Nice weather too...
Hi r3r3r,

Great pics and map! Thanks for posting ... did you find the right spot on Hernandez Road to cross? Looks like they are spending more time closing the road than keeping it open ...

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