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Old 01-30-2013, 07:45 PM   #3736
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Wong Doc...

+1 on the Doc. Though I have not personally taken his courses, this would be an excellent venue for you. As stated above it's geared towards the big bikes. The basic lessons taught apply all dirt moto's big and small, but there are tricks to handling the heft. Balance, body english, stance, clutch & throttle control, weight transfer and lots of drills etc...He has been doing these clinics for eon's and knows his shtuff...

Welcome to NorCal !
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:29 PM   #3737
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Thanks Kaia & mototifosi on the Doc Wong tip. I will most certainly follow up on Doc Wong tip, I'd been told before to seek his clinic out, but not about dirt. So I will move that up on my list! Couldn't have made the last one because the Tiger wasn't mine then and the Versys is torn apart right now.

surferbum, I'm assuming your are saying yes to the Hollister hills question?
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:37 AM   #3738
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Baja fun demanding rewarding!!



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You can GAS up!




Or you could get pulled 300 miles over 3 mountain ranges, through Ensenada traffic and across the border
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You will meet nice people!




You might even get married!?

Nope, its an absolutely guaranteed great time...NOR CAL BAJA BOOGIE!!!! Way to go Paul!
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:46 AM   #3739
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I'm looking for a moto machinist in the SF bay area.
I need some machine work on a drum brake backing plate.
The guys I have talked to are not interested in small MC related jobs.
Thanks!
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:10 AM   #3740
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I'm looking for a moto machinist in the SF bay area.
I need some machine work on a drum brake backing plate.
The guys I have talked to are not interested in small MC related jobs.
Thanks!

Talk to Earl at Valley Machine in Livermore. I hear they have been busy, but I've never seen him turn down moto-related work.


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Old 01-31-2013, 11:55 AM   #3741
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Shameless pimping....

Looks like we will have a good sized group for the Alameda/Oakland Weekly Coffee Meet! Sorry can't post the link from my phone, but the thread is here in the regional section.

Details are 5:30pm most every Thursday. Blue Danube Coffee on Park Ave near Alameda Ave in Alameda! BTW, they serve beer and wine, so if thats your interest, its there!
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:56 PM   #3742
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I'm looking for a moto machinist in the SF bay area.
I need some machine work on a drum brake backing plate.
The guys I have talked to are not interested in small MC related jobs.
Thanks!
I've just gotten the power upgraded in my shop, so I will be able to power my machines. I expect to have them up and running in ~3 weeks.

If you don't get satisfaction by then, ping me.

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Old 02-02-2013, 12:38 PM   #3743
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I've just gotten the power upgraded in my shop, so I will be able to power my machines. I expect to have them up and running in ~3 weeks.

If you don't get satisfaction by then, ping me.

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I still need to obtain a part, I will PM you then.
Thank you very much sir.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:23 PM   #3744
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Looks like Monday morning we'll be starting the long way to Baja...
We're b a c k !

Just pulled in an hour ago. Our patient and loving wife and mother agreed to drive to Carlsbad yesterday where we were reunited, spent the night in a motel and loaded the well-worn bikes and bodies into the truck and hightailed it home in 4 wheel temperature controlled windproof comfort.

5,000 miles on two wheels, yeah I'd say that was the long way to Baja. The trip of a lifetime, so far.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:48 PM   #3745
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5,000 miles on two wheels, yeah I'd say that was the long way to Baja. The trip of a lifetime, so far.
Hey HWD,
Welcome home ... had fun with the GPS maps you posted, and WoodsChick's updates re mud and tires ...
hope to see some pics!
see you around the campfire,
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:58 PM   #3746
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Welcome home, HWD! Can't wait to get together with you and hear all about it!




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Old 02-11-2013, 10:04 PM   #3747
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Hey folks, so I moved to the Bay Area this summer and am on a quest to learn how to ride dirt roads. This is part of my larger Prudhoe Bay quest. I've ridden street motorcycles on and off for 25 years and have been involved in the Iron Butt community for the last 4 years (I'm in the 2013 IBR). I've just bought a Tiger Explorer 1200 and I'm looking for some easy (and I stress EASY) dirt within 100 miles to learn on. Does the Hollister Hills "green" routes qualify as really easy for a beginner on a big bike? Any other suggestions? I'm not looking to trash out and crash my Triumph in the first month, so I stress easy.

Any suggestions for a good local dirt riding school?

Thanks!
Welcome.

Sadly, moving to the Bay Area to ride dirt is only marginally less sensible than moving to NYC to start an organic farm.

Hollister works as does Carnegie but there's not that much easy terrain. Actual dirt riding starts around Clear Lake (North) or in the Sierras (East), 200-mile day minimum.

For dirt riding school, I'm a huge fan of Rich Oliver. It isn't local (Fresno area) but it is totally worthwhile.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:26 PM   #3748
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We're b a c k !

Just pulled in an hour ago. Our patient and loving wife and mother agreed to drive to Carlsbad yesterday where we were reunited, spent the night in a motel and loaded the well-worn bikes and bodies into the truck and hightailed it home in 4 wheel temperature controlled windproof comfort.

5,000 miles on two wheels, yeah I'd say that was the long way to Baja. The trip of a lifetime, so far.
Welcome back, can't wait to hear about it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:27 PM   #3749
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surferbum, I'm assuming your are saying yes to the Hollister hills question?
lonerockz, where are you in the Bay Area? If you're willing to ride to Hollister Hills there are some dirt road options south of San Jose ... in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and east and south of Hollister. Not as controlled an environment, but fun, and more of a journey than a destination. See this thread among others
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=198572

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:00 PM   #3750
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Welcome back, can't wait to hear about it.
Finally started a ride report on the Baja trip...decided to venture out and put it in with the big honchos, in Ride Reports.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...9#post20763929
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