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Old 08-25-2014, 11:58 AM   #4861
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2014 BMW R1200GS owner reporting as ordered...

I have taken two epic rides in the 2.5 months of ownership of this machine. First weekend I went to Washington into the Kitsap Peninsula and SEATAC area..

Just last week, I returned from an ride to northern Mexico and visit to my father in Hermosillo...

My home base is here in Hayward and I can be found running around the East Bay Redwood/Skyline/Grizzly peak/Bear creek/Alhambra Valley or on the Peninsula in the typical haunts in the hills radiating from Alice's and in the South Bay..

Reach out and holla...
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:55 PM   #4862
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2014 BMW R1200GS owner reporting as ordered...

I have taken two epic rides in the 2.5 months of ownership of this machine. First weekend I went to Washington into the Kitsap Peninsula and SEATAC area..

Just last week, I returned from an ride to northern Mexico and visit to my father in Hermosillo...

My home base is here in Hayward and I can be found running around the East Bay Redwood/Skyline/Grizzly peak/Bear creek/Alhambra Valley or on the Peninsula in the typical haunts in the hills radiating from Alice's and in the South Bay..

Reach out and holla...
Check out this thread. Hope to see you at one of the meets. Would love to hear about some of your trips...

Cheers,

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Old 08-26-2014, 09:04 PM   #4863
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Afternoon Ride to Lick Observatory

I finally got my recently acquired Honda CRF230L (aka the Awesome Possum) out for the first time, as I've been waiting on a part to arrive so that I could get it running proper. I decided to go from my house near downtown San Jose up to the Lick Observatory, and boy what an enjoyable ride that is! I took it slow and easy, as I wanted to get used to this bike, and the route up to the top is certainly full of twisties and amazing views. I stopped a lot to take in the view and the perfect weather, and I practically had the road to myself the whole time. Can't wait to explore more on this lil' bike, and to finally get her offroad onto the dirt and some trails! Now for some pictorial evidence...





I had to stop a couple of times for wild boar in the road…



…and also several times to let deer cross my path…





More bike porn….



Stopping again to take in yet another boring, ugly view…



A lil' selfie along the way…



Yep…just like that.


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Old 08-26-2014, 09:45 PM   #4864
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Great pics, vagabondmatt!



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My home base is here in Hayward and I can be found running around the East Bay Redwood/Skyline/Grizzly peak/Bear creek/Alhambra Valley

Fwiw, those roads are all much more fun on a bicycle (all 25-30mph limit except for Bear Creek and Camino Pablo where it is 50 in some sections).

Hopefully you are passing slower vehicles with care (not like the rider I saw passing a minivan going at least the speed limit on the Grizzly Peak descent over the DY into oncoming traffic).
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:04 AM   #4865
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Hopefully you are passing slower vehicles with care (not like the rider I saw passing a minivan going at least the speed limit on the Grizzly Peak descent over the DY into oncoming traffic).
What is the DY? It wasn't a white Triumph Tiger 800XC was it?

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Old 08-27-2014, 11:40 AM   #4866
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What is the DY? It wasn't a white Triumph Tiger 800XC was it?

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Old 08-28-2014, 03:42 PM   #4867
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I finally got my recently acquired Honda CRF230L (aka the Awesome Possum) out for the first time, as I've been waiting on a part to arrive so that I could get it running proper. I decided to go from my house near downtown San Jose up to the Lick Observatory, and boy what an enjoyable ride that is! ...
Congratulations on getting out on the bike, and yes that is a great ride. Next time I recommend going down the backside past the Observatory to the intersection with Mines Rd. There is a restaurant there that may or may not be good food, but being that its the only game in town... er, no there's no town. There's probably food and cold drinks.

Next, you can either go east to Frank Raines OHV Park - $5 will let you explore this fairly small park but you can have fun in it at any skill level. And/or you can go north on Mines Rd. towards Livermore, which is a fun ride too.

I'm near downtown SJ too
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:28 AM   #4868
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Congratulations on getting out on the bike, and yes that is a great ride. Next time I recommend going down the backside past the Observatory to the intersection with Mines Rd. There is a restaurant there that may or may not be good food, but being that its the only game in town... er, no there's no town. There's probably food and cold drinks.

Next, you can either go east to Frank Raines OHV Park - $5 will let you explore this fairly small park but you can have fun in it at any skill level. And/or you can go north on Mines Rd. towards Livermore, which is a fun ride too.

I'm near downtown SJ too
The Junction has decent food and it isn't much further than the observatory.

I think Frank Raines is closed right now. I went past there 2 weeks ago and didn't see any life
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:22 AM   #4869
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Laugh Mt Patterson and East Walker River hot spring ...

Hey BAARCers,

Finally made it up Mount Patterson and found the hot spring on the
East Walker River on Tuesday on my new-to-me, loaded-for-camping '05 KLR 650 ...



The road past Walker Peak ... 11,600 feet high ...
Way above tree line ...



Cary got us a SPOT, this is the map it generated for me ...
Hwy 108, Sonora Pass, Mt Patterson, East Walker River,
Monitor Pass, Hwy 4, Hell's Half Acre back to 108 ...
could do this over a weekend from San Francisco ...
I camped out three nights ...



Got lucky with the weather on top ... was able to sit in
shirtsleeves and make myself a cup of coffee while
watching the falcons strafe pikas ...



Finally found the hot spring on the East Walker River after
searching for it for years ... Route 765K on the forest service map
is your friend if you want to find it ...



They've had some gully washers out there this season, and the
final plunge down to the river is in rough shape ... tough KLR riding
for this n00b, but the reward is the hot spring
site isn't being used much ...

The ride over Patterson was also tough for me, particularly the bit
just below Belfort, the cool old ghost town on the slopes of Walker Peak ...

Came back via Risue Road and Monitor Pass ...



Rode up to visit the watch tower on Leviathan Peak ...



Camped a third night at an old fire tower sight in between Hwys 4 and 108
with a nice view to the west ...



Bumped down Hell's Half-Acre Road and got back to Lower Haight
around 3pm ... super beautiful trip, really glad I finally
got a chance to ride that part of the world ... all just an easy ride away from
Lower Haight ...

see you around the campfire,
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:26 AM   #4870
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Wow as always, John. Once I heal up, we gotta get together for one of these little rides- I like your style and you get a lot done in a short period of time.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:30 AM   #4871
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Got lucky with the weather on top ... was able to sit in
shirtsleeves and make myself a cup of coffee while
watching the falcons strafe pikas ...


oh man...you just made me hate the fact that I'm sitting at my desk staring at a computer and not heading for Mt. Patterson...
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:40 AM   #4872
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Popsicle - thanks for the heads up on riding further past the observatory - I'll definitely check that out!

SFMC John - that is awesome...very inspirational and as LTS said, I like your style and how you so consistently share your info and experience. And amazing pics, too!

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Old 08-29-2014, 09:03 PM   #4873
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Wow as always, John. Once I heal up, we gotta get together for one of these little rides- I like your style and you get a lot done in a short period of time.
okay, that's it. Dual-sport time. The Connie just isn't going to get there.

And LTS, what have I missed that you are on the mend again?
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:12 PM   #4874
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okay, that's it. Dual-sport time. The Connie just isn't going to get there.

And LTS, what have I missed that you are on the mend again?
Well, get to it!

I binned it in the Sierra last weekend and ended up with a mild concussion and shoulder separation. I should be fine in a couple weeks.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:13 AM   #4875
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Wow as always, John. Once I heal up, we gotta get together for one of these little rides- I like your style and you get a lot done in a short period of time.
Hey LTS,
Thanks for the kind words! I was sorry to miss Hesaid/Shesaid's ride,
and to hear about your shoulder ... it was cool to hang out around the
campfire in DV and Mendo this year ... Patterson would be a good
n00b ride because it's doable (unlike Dusy Ershim or Rubicon) ...


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oh man...you just made me hate the fact that I'm sitting at my desk staring at a computer and not heading for Mt. Patterson...
Hey HWD,
You and your son would love it up there!

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SFMC John - that is awesome...very inspirational and as LTS said, I like your style and how you so consistently share your info and experience. And amazing pics, too!
Hi VBM,

Enjoyed your pics of the wildlife on Mt Hamilton ... I'd love to see that
wild boar ... I grew up back east, so when I got into dual-sport riding
a few years ago I really appreciated threads that gave me an idea
about where to ride, or gave me a heads-up about a group ride ...

see you around the campfire,
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