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Old 06-08-2014, 01:54 PM   #4696
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Howdy All,

I am looking to enter the world of offroad/adventure/dual riding, if only in very begginer baby steps kinda way. I am not quite sure if I want to focus more on dirt/trails or simply 'roads less traveled' yet - I suppose a lot of that will depend on the first dual bike that end up getting. I don't even have the bike yet! Just to get my feet wet, I am looking to pick up something like an old Honda XL250/350 - partly because I really love classic Hondas. I rode Honda dirt bikes as a kid, and have had several vintage Honda street bikes as an adult. The lure of offroad/adventure/dual riding is calling my name, though.

My question for you all is: I am located in San Jose, so what recommendations do folks have for entry level locations withing a reasonable range to cut my teeth on? I'll more than likely get a trailer to haul the bike as well, so driving to a location to then ride is a most likely scenario. I'll also pick up some proper off road riding gear and also likely take a dirt training course as well. If I get hooked on this, then I'll consider stepping up to a bigger/more modern/expensive bike...but for now this is a way for me to try the waters out. I appreciate any advice on locations or other entry newbie thoughts!

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Old 06-08-2014, 08:49 PM   #4697
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Not quite sure what you'e asking. Are you looking for a place to ride distance on "the road less traveled" or a place to practice in the dirt? If it's the latter, Hollister Hills would seem about ideal for you. If it's the former... Hmmm... Then you might want to try something like this:

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Basically, get to Hollister however you choose, the town, not the riding park, then proceed to "B" to stop and chat with locals. You might grab a sandwich, but local flavor is an important part of adventure riding, and the Panoche Inn is a good place to start. Ask about the BLM and Clear Creek, a route I might suggest if I knew more of your off road skills, and whether or not the BLM is allowing traffic at any given time. Shortly after "B", you'll hit dirt, and then a stream crossing (or maybe not this year...), the dirt is well maintained, and will take you to the 5. I selected "Avoid Highways", which keeps you off of the 5. Not sure if you want to ride superslab or not. Your call.

Coalinga for gas, then on to "D" Parkfield for another meal with local flavor. Along the way there will be more well maintained dirt. Seasonal stream crossings, but those are on the paved sections and usually quite dry. After Parkfield, Vineyard to Indian. I added a stop in San Miguel for gas, but that's up to you and your range. Indian to Peachtree to the 25 and back to Hollister.

A long day, or you could split it into two days. But that's just off the top of my head... What are you thinking?

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Old 06-08-2014, 09:05 PM   #4698
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Thanks much for the replay and suggestions! You are right in that I am not super clear on my goal at the moment...part of me wants to try more of the dirt/trail scenario, but I am also open to the 'road less traveled' for longer distances. I imagine a lot of this will be dictated by what bike I end up with - i.e. engine size, tires, etc. The variations in what I am interested in trying is why I am drawn to a dual sport or on/off road type bike, so that I can experience a little bit of both. I'm not crazy about the super slab unless I end up with a larger bike set up to travel longer distances on pavement. Thanks for these ideas...this is very helpful.

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Old 06-08-2014, 09:18 PM   #4699
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Thanks much for the replay and suggestions! You are right in that I am not super clear on my goal at the moment...part of me wants to try more of the dirt/trail scenario, but I am also open to the 'road less traveled' for longer distances. I imagine a lot of this will be dictated by what bike I end up with - i.e. engine size, tires, etc. Both of your suggestions are helpful, and the kind of info I am searching for - thank you!
hey matt! i am new around here too. I just got a DR350 and even though I have not ridden it yet I know that Hollister the perfect place to cut my dirt teeth on one of the smaller bikes. When you get a bike let me know! I am down for some mellow trail riding!
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:24 PM   #4700
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Ok, this is starting to sound like a plan for a noob ride at Hollister Hills. We do the adventure thing, but not so much the dirt bike thing...

But in the meanwhile, here are a couple of posts from our thread regarding some of the roads mentioned above:

Our trip to Hollister and the Panoche road

Going over the Parkfield Grade

And a couple to talk about Clear Creek

Ah heck, just click the link in the signature and read through. We do most of our adventuring in the Sierras, and now we're camping too. We're having a good time, and that's the most important part, right?

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Old 06-08-2014, 11:03 PM   #4701
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New guy to this scene here. Just wanting to pop in and say hey. I'm no gnarly adventurer, but it sounds like fun! Until then, I'm seeing where I land in the ADV world. It seems like Adventure riding can take on many forms, from the big BMWs and KTMs to small dirt bikes and single tracks. I'm somewhere in between.

One of the main reasons I got the Versys is that it's great for what I use it the most for (urban and freeway commuting and day trips) and can do some light adventure touring. I'm finding that I want to get a little deeper into adventure riding. I want to explore some places that are a little more in the middle of nowhere (like the middle of Mendocino National Forrest). The kind of places without cell reception, perhaps not a lot of other traffic, and not much assistance should anything go wrong. The kind of rides that would be good to have at least one other person on. Perhaps the kind of roads that having a different bike would be good for too...but that's another topic.

Anyhow, I'd love to meet some other folks maybe do a weekend trip, get to know others to do more exploring with.

What are the best threads/forums to watch for trips? Maybe I'll post something. I'm thinking a one-nighter up to Lake Pillsbury in Mendocino National Forest. Sort of a scouting trip for me for my trip in July and a nice weekend getaway.
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:28 PM   #4702
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Ok, this is starting to sound like a plan for a noob ride at Hollister Hills. We do the adventure thing, but not so much the dirt bike thing...

But in the meanwhile, here are a couple of posts from our thread regarding some of the roads mentioned above:

Our trip to Hollister and the Panoche road

Going over the Parkfield Grade

And a couple to talk about Clear Creek

Ah heck, just click the link in the signature and read through. We do most of our adventuring in the Sierras, and now we're camping too. We're having a good time, and that's the most important part, right?

MV
wow, awesome thread! I am excited to do some bigger more adventurous rides (especially camping) but in the meantime, while I am working on getting my bike + setup dialed, I think it would be a lot of fun to head to Hollister and ride some of the more mellow trails like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvAuE3GPPFo

But yeah, I totally get if that is not your cup of tea.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:48 AM   #4703
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One more newbie

Well I have been reading and enjoying this thread for months, but have never posted here, but after seing other newbies like me I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself.
I got my very first bike a little less than two years ago, it might sound like a long time for some, but I am taking it very easy in small baby steps.
My bike is a BMW G650GS and dream of taking all the trips in this thread ("the road less travelled" type)
I have gone twice to Clear Creek in Doctor's Wong's adventure classes, and I absolutelly loved it. Now I am completelly hooked and really want to go to other places like this.
Those rides to Clear Creek were only day trips, but I now I really would like to start going for weekend or longer trips and camp somewhere.
I'm still afraid to ask to go on one of the trips on this thread because I don't want to slow anybody down, but if there are some more newbies maybe we can all go together at a slow pace, and if some of the more experieced riders have enough pacience and would like to join us, even better!
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:06 AM   #4704
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Ok, well, I think it's pretty obvious now that we're going to need to plan a trip we can all go slowly and carefully on. I think the biggest problem for us with that is that we're so far away from most of you. Also, with summer fully upon us, your part of the state is pretty hot once you get away from the ocean. We have the mountains, and with elevation comes better camping. Hmmmm....

We'll need to start brainstorming...

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Old 06-12-2014, 12:17 AM   #4705
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Hesaid,
I'm fine with any place whitin a 4 hour drive from the Bay Area. What places do you suggest?

BaileyMan,
I also have been thinking about going to the Mendocino area, a weekend trip in July would be great.

Seanfeezy,
I'm up for a mellow ride to Hollister.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:40 AM   #4706
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Can I come and play? Family obligations keep me sketch, but if I'm open, count me in with the little bike ( I STILL need to get the front wheel fixed on the pig :kaboom ) which means I'll probably put the little bike on the hitch carrier and rock somewhere close and go from there...
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:35 AM   #4707
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I too am new to this thread. I recently graduated from a DL650 to a KTM 1190 R. I am looking forward to exploring the Mendo forest.
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Old 06-13-2014, 02:55 PM   #4708
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Noob here too, from Napa Rode a wee little 86 Honda Rebel when I got my M1 earlier this year. That was fun for a couple weeks until I decided I needed a real bike...Bought a KLR 650 a couple months ago and have been itching to go on a trip. I'm down for Mendo.
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:53 PM   #4709
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heading out Sunday morning for a fathers day ride.. Heading north to explore the area around stoneyford.
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Old 06-14-2014, 05:22 PM   #4710
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Mendocino Noobs Trip

Well it seems we definatelly have enough people interested in a trip to the mendocino area!

Let's start suggesting dates... I'm good with any time in July, so to start with a suggested date, let's say the weekend of July 11th to 13th

Any experienced riders willing to go with us?

I have never been there so I don't really know where exatly to go riding or camping, any suggestions?

Please keep the suggestions comming!
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