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Old 12-01-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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So cal vacation

The wife and I are gonna be in Southern California for a week after Xmas and wanna do some touring. Where's a good place to rent a bike and what are some good rides. We were thinkin of going out to Death Valley.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:03 PM   #2
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Rent at MotoQuest

Check us out on the web at motoquest.com. We have a location in Long Beach Ca, just 30 minutes south of LA. We are renting anything from BMW GS to just straight touring bikes.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:23 PM   #3
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I'm familiar with you guys up here in AK. I'll give you guys a call tomorrow.
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:05 PM   #4
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You can make a great tour of Death Valley, Las Vegas, Laughlin, Lake Havesu, Joshua Tree...staying in a new place each night.
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Old 12-02-2014, 09:23 AM   #5
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Sounds like you'll be busy but if you make it to San Diego area, I'd be glad to suggest routes or lead you astray.

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Old 12-02-2014, 12:24 PM   #6
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just be ready for temperature range of mid thirties to mid seventies.
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:42 PM   #7
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Go to Death Valley.
This route will be a long day out of Long Beach. It will get you out of the city and on some nice twisty mountain roads, time and weather permitting.
Start by heading towards La Cañada take Highway 2, through the Angeles Forest. You can Slab to Tehachapi, or detour west out of Palmdale. Catch 90th through the desert to Rosamond (home of Willow Springs raceway, west of Edwards AFB) it's the back way to Tehachapi, take the "loop" out of Tehachapi not the slab. The loop is a corkscrew for the railroad to make the steep climb from the valley floor. Then its on to Kernville get fuel, don't blink you might miss it. Then on to Kennedy meadows. This will drop you off on the 395 headed to Death Valley, Mt Whitney, Mammoth Lakes, Lake Tahoe...
If you head to Nevada, out of Death Valley you can find some long long lonesome roads.

I would punch up these towns up on Google maps, for an overview.
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:55 PM   #8
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Go to Death Valley.

This route will be a long day out of Long Beach. It will get you out of the city and on some nice twisty mountain roads, time and weather permitting.

Start by heading towards La Cañada take Highway 2, through the Angeles Forest. You can Slab to Tehachapi, or detour west out of Palmdale. Catch 90th through the desert to Rosamond (home of Willow Springs raceway, west of Edwards AFB) it's the back way to Tehachapi, take the "loop" out of Tehachapi not the slab. The loop is a corkscrew for the railroad to make the steep climb from the valley floor. Then its on to Kernville get fuel, don't blink you might miss it. Then on to Kennedy meadows. This will drop you off on the 395 headed to Death Valley, Mt Whitney, Mammoth Lakes, Lake Tahoe...

If you head to Nevada, out of Death Valley you can find some long long lonesome roads.



I would punch up these towns up on Google maps, for an overview.

We'll definitely give it a shot. Not sure if the mtn passes will be closed due to snow or for the winter. It's been 10 years since I lived in So Cal


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just be ready for temperature range of mid thirties to mid seventies.

We're used to the cold. I live in Alaska and ride year round!

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Sounds like you'll be busy but if you make it to San Diego area, I'd be glad to suggest routes or lead you astray.



Have fun!

We actually are flying into San Diego and possibly plan on riding for 3 days.
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:39 PM   #9
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Good route Mikeysduck, but highly dependent on snow conditions. Check the DV Conditions thread in this subforum for good info on trails in DV.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:44 PM   #10
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Anyone want to join us? We're probably gonna get a 800gs from motoquest.
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:06 PM   #11
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Assuming the weather cooperates I'll be in DV the 29th-31st(ish) on the back end of my Xmas trip. I'm hardly a guide though since its my first time there. But if you see a guy with a yellow 800GS and an orange/brown tent say hello.
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:10 PM   #12
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Yeah we are trying to figure out where to sleep, I'm all for camping but the wife not so much. Where are you riding from and where are you camping?
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:16 PM   #13
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I'm near Long Beach but traveling up the coast to San Francisco to visit a friend, then over to Mammoth to visit my niece before dropping down to DV. I'm gonna try to snag a DV cabin as often as I'm able, or just find a spot in the cuds to camp. Actually trying to avoid civilization if possible. Might ask Motoquest if they have Rotopax or something so you can carry extra gas. Fuel stops are few and very far between in DV.
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:26 AM   #14
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Three days out of San Diego?

Just Death Valley then. All day to get there. A day messing around. Last day to get back.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:09 PM   #15
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plans changed a bit but yeah three days out of LA. We're only in town for 6 days and renting a bike isn't cheap. If I had my bike down there with me we'd be going much further.
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