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Old 08-31-2010, 09:23 PM   #16
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[quote=vtwin]We come into this cool town of Challenge. Pretty neat and wishing I was riding a Norton or a BSA. Something really vintage.




I also had a '67' Bonneville on an Ariel frame. It was set up for flat track but I had it road ready also. Great times.
Highway 70 is within 50 miles of where I live. Ride it quite often. Taking the loop up 70 to 89 down to Downieville across to Bullard's Lake and then the back way to Challenge and down to Oroville is a great ride also.
Also 70 to 89 north to Lake Almanor down 36 to 32 to Chico is another good one.
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Old 08-31-2010, 10:04 PM   #17
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We come into this cool town of Challenge. Pretty neat and wishing I was riding a Norton or a BSA. Something really vintage.




I also had a '67' Bonneville on an Ariel frame. It was set up for flat track but I had it road ready also. Great times.
Highway 70 is within 50 miles of where I live. Ride it quite often. Taking the loop up 70 to 89 down to Downieville across to Bullard's Lake and then the back way to Challenge and down to Oroville is a great ride also.
Also 70 to 89 north to Lake Almanor down 36 to 32 to Chico is another good one.
You've got some good roads out there. I've ridden with the leader and his son before and we've gone from his place in Yuba City to Truckee and to the Eagle Cafe(?) and back down roads I've never been on. We hit some of 49 as well. All great stuff.
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:32 PM   #18
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Update: First group ride of the season.

We had our Redwood Run saturday. It was a beautiful day out and glad it was yesterday instead of today since it's calling for rain. Plus we had a treat today.

Group assembly before the ride, met in Los Gatos.





W650 in disguise.



Hmm, a poplular theme!



Ok, more classically...





Can't forget the mighty Tempter!



No, the Cobra isn't going with us.




Interesting "Classic".



Ok, we're a friendly group, come along if you want.
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:04 PM   #19
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We ride up 9 to Saratoga and pickup another rider and those that needed gas got it. Further along 9 we wind along and get to the 9/35 crossing and meet even more riders. (gotta get a RAM ball mount for my camera, really missing out on the forested riding shots!)







We head south down 35 until we hit Bear Creek Rd. Those of you that live in flat and straight roads are really missing something. I wouldn't recommend big touring bikes on the roads we went on as the turns are tight, roads narrow, but beautiful and challenging. Great for smaller bikes and the member with the DR400 had a blast as the roads are pretty beat from the rains and neglect. Just love these forest roads.


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Old 03-13-2011, 05:49 PM   #20
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We go south on Bear Creek Rd and hit Zayante Rd westward. I thought Bear Creek Rd was twisty, this is even tighter. After some shoulder burning turning love, we get to Felton and turn towards Scott's Valley where our surprise visit brings us to here!






Zero Motorcycles!




2011 model.





The motor...



The batteries....



The belt drive....I like it already!



The ride....





These things are pretty quick and we come to the conclusion they are equal to about a 200cc. Top speed is 67mph, range about 70 miles, charge rate about 4 hours to full charge. They make 4 models, weights vary between 161lbs to 300lbs. Costs about $10-11K then a $3K clean energy rebate iirc. Pretty fun to ride and of course quiet compared to the usual scoot.
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:50 PM   #21
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Great bikes

Thanks for posting your ride. A great group of older bikes that are in good shape but not for polishing only. Proof that you can have a lot of fun without spending $15k.
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:01 PM   #22
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This was spotted next door to Zero, interesting...









Needs a bit of work though...



After playing around with the Zero bikes, it's time for lunch!


Biker friendly too!



Lunch.


That was a nice break. Let's look around a bit.

A covered bridge!



This is a novelty for me as I always thought they were only on the east coast or snow belt.





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Old 03-13-2011, 06:23 PM   #23
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Some gas up in Felton and we continue on Felton/Empire Grade. This a very pleasant road.


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The leader of our diminished group gets a surprise of his own.







Good thing one of the members lives fairly close and owns a truck and ramp!
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:36 PM   #24
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Neil encourages us to continue on as he's getting help and has company to wait for the pickup. So off we go. We hit 236 and arrive at Big Basin Park. The trees really dwarf everything. Spectacular!













Even after 3pm and people still coming into the park. Very popular place.



With the exception of the GS1100L not starting, the rest of the trip was beautiful and pleasant. We hit up 9 again and at the junction of 35, we part ways. Looking forward to the next event, the British Clubman/Euro/Asian Show at the Fairgrounds on the 26th.
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Thanks for posting your ride. A great group of older bikes that are in good shape but not for polishing only. Proof that you can have a lot of fun without spending $15k.
Thanks and I've really consider whether a new bike is even necessary as older bikes can be so much fun and economical as well. I've been eyeing GS1100E for a nice older tourer or maybe a Cavalcade.
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:41 PM   #26
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BTW, the couple with the flat made it back safe and sound.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:26 AM   #27
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Nice write-up!
And good pix too!

Great to see another unique Suzuki restored too.
I have a little '82 GN250 that seems very popular over much of the world but pretty rare here in California.

This group looks a lot like the same group that puts on the swap meet at the Gold Country Fair Grounds each summer in Auburn...
I've met and appreciate them attending the past few years, great bunch of folks...
I'd mention the club name but noticed you hadn't so wonder if there's a reason not and will leave that up to you.
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:30 PM   #28
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Thanks vtwin for sharing.... I enjoyed the writeup and especially the pictures. Looks like you had a good time....
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Nice write-up!
And good pix too!

Great to see another unique Suzuki restored too.
I have a little '82 GN250 that seems very popular over much of the world but pretty rare here in California.

This group looks a lot like the same group that puts on the swap meet at the Gold Country Fair Grounds each summer in Auburn...
I've met and appreciate them attending the past few years, great bunch of folks...
I'd mention the club name but noticed you hadn't so wonder if there's a reason not and will leave that up to you.

Yes, they are the same group, the Classic Japanese Motorcycle Club.

http://www.cjmc.org/

Maybe you can drop by the Brit/Euro/Asian Show in San Jose, there's going to be a display and always looking for new members.
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Thanks vtwin for sharing.... I enjoyed the writeup and especially the pictures. Looks like you had a good time....

Thanks KR, it was a perfect day despite the few incidents that make any ride interesting.
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