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Old 07-13-2014, 07:57 PM   #376
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i came here via v strom thread , im a nosey bastard ,

very interesting , i must say . love your stuff ,

whether it be pics or prose.
Don't care where ya came from, glad you're here now!

(actually if you came here from the V-Strom thread, you're probably alright )
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:03 PM   #377
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Thanks for putting this together, Desert Dave. This is one of my new favorite threads. Your photographs are inspirational.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:05 PM   #378
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Kinda handy living between the ocean and sierras, makes for some nice trips.

Also been looking at your Bonneville, nice looking ride. Im kinda curious after doing the fuel/exhaust and mapping mods how has the mileage changed. Better, worse, about the same. I know a lot depends on conditions and ring style. Just wondering how far that 4.2 gallons gets you before looking for the petro station.

Keep up the good report.

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post anymore pictures of that bike and I might come get it from you. :)


Yeah, I'm about halfway between two of the best pl;aces to ride in the country........my opinion of course

A little bit late, sold the Bonnie last week. MPG didn't seem to change much but I never rode that one at a steady pace enough to get good calculations.....it was always twisted pretty hard

The last Bonneville photo I took:

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Old 07-13-2014, 08:08 PM   #379
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Thanks for putting this together, Desert Dave. This is one of my new favorite threads. Your photographs are inspirational.
Thanks for the note, always makes me feel like this thread is a two way street knowing others get something out of it.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:14 AM   #380
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Awesome update, please keep them coming. I enjoy seeing people who are passionate about what they are doing too. The water shots are fun and I like the old pickup. There is so much good stuff in this thread.
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Old 07-15-2014, 05:02 AM   #381
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Awesome update, please keep them coming. I enjoy seeing people who are passionate about what they are doing too. The water shots are fun and I like the old pickup. There is so much good stuff in this thread.

Sometimes I debate whether to add photos like that as they aren't directly motorcycle related, but then I figure that's what I saw while out riding , right? All part of the experience.

I'll keep them coming
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:20 AM   #382
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Thanks for the latest group of photos, great as always!
Yes please keep them coming.
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:01 PM   #383
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Yes please keep them coming.

You asked

Just when I get done saying how I stay out of the mountains this time of year a week of storms comes rolling in and I get all excited about being in the high country. Yeah, rain gets me excited to ride, go figure. There's a challenge to just skirting the edge of the storm clouds all day, and a whole lot of fun.

Still early the skies are forming a show for later, not a bad first stop of the day huh?





Evidence everywhere of the previous days downpours and flash floods as there is debris crossing the roads anywhere water came hurling down the hills and the rivers that are usually crystal clear this time of year look like chocolate milk.







I spent the afternoon in the Eastern Sierra watching the front roll in, sometimes over me, trying to make sure I wasn't the tallest thing on the hill as lightning was doing its thing ( a couple of time I got downright nervous, it's a fine line between adventure and stupid). The further I went in on some of the dirt roads I kept in mind if a thunder-cell opened up on me the roads could be impassable in minutes with my current tires.

So many cool sights. I just spent the afternoon in awe of how small I felt. Love the sound of thunder and smell of rain. More than once stopped over an hour watching things change, waiting for perfect light.....yeah that's my excuse. Here's a few of my favorites.






























And to think some probably saw the weather report and stayed home.......
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:51 PM   #384
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Dave, I need to join in here again. Two years in a row now I've wandered through NoCal on my vacations, in no small part because of this thread. I live in a place which, like Northern California has endless miles of new roads to explore, and old friends to revisit. Every time I browse through your photos and narrative I find another weekend gone to wandering. I expect I'll be down there again next year too. Every trip I see a new place and make a new acquaintance. This year was Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite and Tioga pass. Absolutely magnificent.
Anyway, just wanted to add in my thanks for the ride alongs. Tomorrow Im headed for the Nestucca River, One of our little slices of heaven.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:08 PM   #385
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Thanks for more. The photos from your stormy ride are awesome.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:58 AM   #386
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Two years in a row now I've wandered through NoCal on my vacations,
I try to make every weekend a vacation

Sounds like you are doing it right. Plenty of great stuff in your backyard, haven't been up there for a number of years but keep thinking I should now that I'd probably slow down and enjoy it a little more.

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Thanks for more. The photos from your stormy ride are awesome.
Thanks!

Had so much fun I'm getting ready to head out the door here in a few minutes for some more. Looks like more widespread rain today, something tells me I'm going to get wet That's a novelty out here these days though..... we will see what happens.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:31 PM   #387
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Dave apparently we share the same backyard
You do such a great job shiring our passion
Just wanted to say thanks hope to see you out there
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:48 PM   #388
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Nice update, Desert Dave. That Bonnie picture was sweet. Your Yamaha is set up well. I may end up getting one of those one day. Thanks for the beautiful photography.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:34 PM   #389
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...pay attention to the background....where/what is that landmark?

That is an interesting view of the valley/halfdome! Did you stack that up with a 300-400mm lens to get that to work?! Very cool....
I swear your images get better every time I come in this thread!
Awesome work, thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:32 PM   #390
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And to think some probably saw the weather report and stayed home.......
Heck no...We loaded up the kayaks with camping gear and did an over-nighter at Bowman Lake. Paddled around during the storms, just asking for trouble. A little crazy, I know.
The sky has been majorly beautiful up here in North East Cal for the last few weeks.
Once again you have captured EXACTLY what I see.
Thanks for sharing DD.
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