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Old 07-03-2014, 11:17 PM   #4786
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Noob Ready for Intro on Local Dirt/Trails

I was looking hard at buying a modern dual sport when this showed up on my radar. One thing led to another, and now this '79 XL250S sits in my garage with the title in my name :ride

But the more I go over the bike with a fine toothed comb, and the more I read about it and talk to others, I've come to the conclusion that this bike needs to be babied and kept in neat and clean condition. In fact, I think it is only a few steps away from being show-worthy. I'll continue some restoration on it, and putter around town on surface streets, but I've decided not to take it offroad. Now I am looking for a modern dual sport to go with it, something I can take offroad and not get depressed if I drop it! Now for some pics...

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Old 07-03-2014, 11:45 PM   #4787
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Hi All,

I just scored this vintage Honda XL250S dual sport off of Craigslist today...



It's in awesome condition with a TON of new parts. I'm looking to enter into off road/dual sporting at least locally to get my feet wet. I rode dirt bikes a little as a kid long ago, and have had several vintage road bikes since - but I am approaching this as a noob as I am now in my mid-40s because I want to learn and do it right. I'm planning on taking the next intro to dirt MSF class at Hollister, and I am hoping to maybe hit some local trails or dirt sometime soon. Any advice for a noob trying this out in the Bay Area for the first time will be much appreciated, and I'm also open to riding with others who are willing to take it a little slow with a noob the first time out. Cheers
Well, welcome to the party. A few pages back we were discussing the idea of a Noob Ride, and the idea took off. So while it's not exactly local, if you can make it, we'd love to have you on our Noob Ride. A few others are trucking in, so feel free to do the same. I know I'd like to check out your new bike.

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Old 07-04-2014, 07:07 AM   #4788
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Thanks Hesaid! I appreciate the welcome. Not sure how my end of August is going to work just yet...although family will likely be visiting from out town around that time. But I will follow the noob trip thread to see how things develop. If I can't join in on this trip, I look forward to joining in on another and meeting up with you folks! Cheers
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:14 PM   #4789
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Hi All,

I just scored this vintage Honda XL250S dual sport off of Craigslist today...
That was my first bike!. I bought one brand new in 1978 and kept it till around 1986 when I gave it to a friend of mine. Loved that bike. You should have a lot of fun on it.
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:00 AM   #4790
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I had a similar vintage 125 as my third bike, also loved it!
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:47 AM   #4791
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Sweetwater Mtns, Lake Leavitt, Mt Patterson, 7/4/14 ...

Hey BAARCers,

Managed to hit Sonora Pass and the Sweetwater Mountains over Independence Day ...
Hwy 108 is pretty much a bee-line due east of Lower Haight ...
offering some of the quickest access to epic riding that does not involve slogging up I-80 ...


Useless map: Risue Road runs across the top, Lake Lobdell is just off the bottom,
and Desert Creek is the dominant canyon, to the south of Jackass Creek ...

We did miles of beautiful single track along Desert Creek
between Lake Lobdell and Risue Road ...


Desert Creek single track ...


We did a zillion non-trivial water crossings ...
The Desert Creek single track is easy, but I was pressed pretty hard on the KLR ...
I managed to smash my radiator fan towards the Risue Road end,
so I missed the Mt Patterson leg that my pals did on July 4th ...


We found the Marine's ski lift on the north side of Hwy 108 ...


The water crossing at Lake Leavitt ...


Exploring some of the dirt to the left (north) of Hwy 108 after Sonora Pass ...
this dirt nap leads to the Marine Base ...


Topo map of Lobdell Lake approach to Mt Patterson ... 11,673 feet ... my friends went
up and over and down via Belfort while I limped home with my overheating KLR ...


Loaded-for-camping bikes on top of Mt Patterson on 7/4/14 ...



Here is a big map showing the rough route from San Francisco ...
Google says 196 miles and 3 hours 36 minutes from Lower Haight
to Sonora Pass ...


Up above Lake Leavitt ...

My friend Ryan posted a bunch of good Mt Patterson and
Walker River hot springs pics here:
http://hyryz.wordpress.com/2014/07/0...ide-july-2014/

see you around the campfire,
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:39 PM   #4792
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Hey Bob, I modified your route a bit to suggest some optional fun and scenic detours on the ride down the coast.

For the modified Google map try this link: http://goo.gl/maps/I9TiY

All are paved, except for Coast Road in Big Sur area which is graded dirt (easy)

Here they are (in order from north to south)

- Stage Road (from Hwy 84 to Pescadero - can actually connect a mile or so north of Hwy 84)
- Cloverdale Road (from Pescadero Road to Gazos Creek Road)
- Gazos Creek Road (from Cloverdale Road back to Hwy 1)
- Coast Road (from Bixby Creek bridge to Andrew Molera State Park)
- Santa Rosa Creek Road (from Cambria to Hwy 46)
- Old Creek Road (from Hwy 46 at Santa Rosa Creek back to Hwy 1)
- Los Osos Valley Road (Instead of Hwy 1 into SLO)
- Prefumo Canyon to See Canyon (easy to miss right turn before Hwy 101 heading into SLO. This is the biggest detour in terms of time and twisties but well worth it in terms of views, ride, etc.)
- Hwy 135 (from Orcutt, south of Santa Maria to Los Alamos)
- Drum Canyon Road (from Los Alamos to Hwy 246 - which connects back to Hwy 154 into SB)

Just a few suggestions, take any that may interest you.

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Thanks for the input. Here is our tentative route. I will be on a red GS, I am hard to miss. Think LTS with 50+ lbs . Dave is on a multicolored GS. Both of them '07s

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Old 07-10-2014, 06:13 PM   #4793
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Hey Bay Area folk, I have a question for you. I hear there is a really good place to shop for gear in San Jose. Supposed to be fairly large and have a good selection. I'll be finding myself up Gilroy way with time to kill this weekend, should I go shopping? Where/what is this mythical gear store? What might I find?

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Old 07-10-2014, 06:18 PM   #4794
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Cycle Gear has a store in gilroy, helimot has a store in Fremont, Adv Design is in Union city and has a good collection of bmw accessories and klim gear..

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Hey Bay Area folk, I have a question for you. I hear there is a really good place to shop for gear in San Jose. Supposed to be fairly large and have a good selection. I'll be finding myself up Gilroy way with time to kill this weekend, should I go shopping? Where/what is this mythical gear store? What might I find?

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Old 07-10-2014, 06:32 PM   #4795
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Hey Bay Area folk, I have a question for you. I hear there is a really good place to shop for gear in San Jose. Supposed to be fairly large and have a good selection. I'll be finding myself up Gilroy way with time to kill this weekend, should I go shopping? Where/what is this mythical gear store? What might I find?

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Probably talking about Road Rider on Monterey Rd. http://roadridermca.com/
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:35 PM   #4796
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Probably talking about Road Rider on Monterey Rd. http://roadridermca.com/
Dur, but they have far more harley things than adv, but they do stock MotoZ tires - strongly recommended!
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:33 PM   #4797
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I've always had good experiences with Road Rider over the years and they do carry a decent bit of ADV gear. Scuderia West in the City does as well.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:25 AM   #4798
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How about Zoom Cycle? They cater much more to the off road crowd than Cycle Gear and Road Rider.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:27 AM   #4799
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Maybe this place, https://shop.helimot.com/shopping/default.asp
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:17 AM   #4800
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i'd add adventure designs in Hayward. They sell quality adventure riding stuff:tents, bags, wolf man, Klim, fog lights, heated gear, pumps... etc. For my motorcycle gear, i've been going to Cycle Gear in SJ. My pants and jacket are both Klim so no need for that. But i got my boots and gloves from them. Prices aren't too bad. But will lean towards adventure designs for my next set of good winter gloves.
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