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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,004
Posted By vaara
Forgot to mention that it's been my only...

Forgot to mention that it's been my only transportation since 2008.

The only issues I've had (besides the occasional tip-over by drunks and/or "anarchist" kiddies, and nails in tires) have been...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,004
Posted By vaara
07 Wee here, 71K miles. I ride it daily in SF...

07 Wee here, 71K miles. I ride it daily in SF traffic, and it lives outside... so it's not pretty, but OTOH that makes it pretty much theft-proof. :D
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-14-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 571
Posted By vaara
Wow! Spectacular! :clap Did you take the...

Wow! Spectacular! :clap

Did you take the Cottonwood Canyon road up from 167? I thought about heading out of Bodie that way, but was deterred by the sign just outside Bodie that warned of...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-12-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 215
Posted By vaara
I'd also recommend visiting Bolinas - if you can...

I'd also recommend visiting Bolinas - if you can find it. :D

(The locals tear the signs down as soon as they're put up.)

In the same general area, i.e. within an hour or two north of SF, you'll...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-12-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 215
Posted By vaara
The Eureka/Arcata/Ferndale/Lost Coast/Avenue of...

The Eureka/Arcata/Ferndale/Lost Coast/Avenue of the Giants area of far northern CA has many of the things you're looking for. Especially Arcata.

Northeastern CA has its share of attractions too,...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-12-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,650
Posted By vaara
Ibuprofen can cause heart problems; acetaminophen...

Ibuprofen can cause heart problems; acetaminophen can cause liver problems; and my asthma means I can't take aspirin. So I take Aleve (naproxen). And I use a Back-A-Line on longer rides.

I did...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-11-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 807
Posted By vaara
Beautiful pics! :clap I need to get back up there...

Beautiful pics! :clap I need to get back up there soon...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-11-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,242
Posted By vaara
Then again, I don't suppose a 2007 is nearly old...

Then again, I don't suppose a 2007 is nearly old enough to provide true hipster cred, no matter how ratty it looks from having lived outdoors in San Francisco nearly its entire life.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-11-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,242
Posted By vaara
I hope not. I've never had to worry about my...

I hope not. I've never had to worry about my ratty old V-Strom getting stolen for parts.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-11-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 982
Posted By vaara
Whose population, according to the sign, is "1."...

Whose population, according to the sign, is "1." :D
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-11-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 982
Posted By vaara
Well, the route shown assumes that you would just...

Well, the route shown assumes that you would just shoot over to the Bay on freeways after Escalon. If not, then please disregard. :)

Re: fires, the Calfire website has a current incident tracker....
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-07-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Posted By vaara
Awesome! Just make sure to keep an eye on the...

Awesome! Just make sure to keep an eye on the weather... as you'll know if you've looked out the window today, there are storms out to the east. It's snowing in the central and southern Sierra at the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-07-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 404
Posted By vaara
There's a moto shop on Potrero Hill in SF where...

There's a moto shop on Potrero Hill in SF where you can rent a lift and work on your own bike. They have every tool you could possibly need, fluids etc. available for purchase, and can order parts...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-07-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 982
Posted By vaara
Fortunately, it's easy enough to avoid Modesto. ...

Fortunately, it's easy enough to avoid Modesto.

https://goo.gl/maps/3s1wA

Not that Oakdale isn't sometimes a bottleneck too, but at least it's a lot smaller.

Hwy 132 is worth it IMHO.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-06-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 467
Posted By vaara
Go up to the Bristlecone Pines!

Go up to the Bristlecone Pines!
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-05-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 532
Posted By vaara
Apparently there's a hot springs resort in...

Apparently there's a hot springs resort in Cedarville. If you go there, please tell us how it is. kthx.

Road-wise, I've been all along 395 and 299 and 36, which are nice enough but not especially...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-05-2015, 04:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 982
Posted By vaara
That was me, two days ago. I actually had a...

That was me, two days ago.

I actually had a brainstorm while I was lane-splitting through Tracy the other day: an app whereby Bay Area motorcyclists could summon a truck to deliver them and their...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-05-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By vaara
Dammit, now I have to go back. :clap

Dammit, now I have to go back.

:clap
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-05-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 18,925
Posted By vaara
Great stuff! I had a Tempter a loooong time ago...

Great stuff! I had a Tempter a loooong time ago (1992, when the bike was only 10 years old). Seven bikes later, I've come around to another Suzuki 650 twin. :D
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-05-2015, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By vaara
A quick trip to Bodie

Every year around this time, the Sierra passes start opening up and I start gazing wistfully eastward, itching to get back to my happy place, which happens to be Highway 395.

I had a window of...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-05-2015, 10:48 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,484
Posted By vaara
^^ Must be the same rainstorm that very briefly...

^^ Must be the same rainstorm that very briefly moistened my bike in Bridgeport while I was having lunch on Sunday.

I also rode Monitor and Sonora last weekend. Both are in great shape... better...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-04-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 982
Posted By vaara
Aaand since you asked for another route for the...

Aaand since you asked for another route for the way back, here's one that I also like:

580 > 205 > 120 to Oakdale, then go straight through where everyone else turns left. Follow this for 2.5...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-04-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 982
Posted By vaara
This! It's well worth a detour, time permitting. ...

This! It's well worth a detour, time permitting.

Others have covered the trans-Sierra routes (there are really only 3 of them in the central Sierra - not counting 88 and 50 and 80 - unless you...
Forum: Ride reports 04-28-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 591
Posted By vaara
You're welcome. :D

You're welcome. :D
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-26-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,920
Posted By vaara
See also: Mendocino/Humboldt Counties in northern...

See also: Mendocino/Humboldt Counties in northern California, where the hippies all have guns so they can defend their lush crops of... kale. Yeah, that's it. Kale. :evil
Forum: Day Trippin' 03-23-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,188
Posted By vaara
Beautiful pics! :clapThe greenery is really...

Beautiful pics! :clapThe greenery is really outstanding this year. I drove back home to SF from Portland yesterday (in a car :puke1) and even the boring straight stretch of I-5 in the Sacramento...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-11-2015, 12:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 813
Posted By vaara
That's another one I want to do. How well is the...

That's another one I want to do. How well is the route signposted? I'm GPS-challenged, though I do have Skobbler on my phone.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-10-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 813
Posted By vaara
I've ridden Bear Valley Road, but not the others...

I've ridden Bear Valley Road, but not the others mentioned.

I do want to ride Fish Rock Road sometime. And the Parkfield Grade, part of which is gravel.

Other than that, and the ride up to the...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-04-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By vaara
Great info - thanks! :clap

Great info - thanks! :clap
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-03-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By vaara
^^^ Yep, that's definitely one of the...

^^^ Yep, that's definitely one of the destinations I have in mind. The whole time I lived in LA, I never made it up there during poppy season... hoping to remedy that now.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-03-2015, 10:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By vaara
SoCal wildflower viewing ideas?

I'm thinking about taking a few days to ride around central and southern California in March or April, and it occurred to me that thanks to the wet December we had (with more to come, hopefully) this...
Forum: Americas 01-22-2015, 03:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,454
Posted By vaara
Burney Falls would be a nice place to stop on...

Burney Falls would be a nice place to stop on your way north, even if just for a snack or something. It's nice and shady, which you'll appreciate since it'll probably be blazing hot when you ride...
Forum: Americas 01-22-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,099
Posted By vaara
If the snow is bad enough that there are chain...

If the snow is bad enough that there are chain controls, I wouldn't be surprised if CHP turned you back. Years ago I was on a moto tour in mid-October, and had to detour around Tioga Pass because it...
Forum: Americas 01-21-2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,463
Posted By vaara
Actually the OP does have a motorcycle license,...

Actually the OP does have a motorcycle license, but it seems to be restricted to mopeds that can go up to 30 mph (category "AM"); the note "79(3)" next to the category "A" entry seems to indicate...
Forum: Americas 01-20-2015, 05:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,463
Posted By vaara
Contrary to the popular belief that any "illegal"...

Contrary to the popular belief that any "illegal" can now waltz over the border and get a California driver's license with no questions asked, there are actually very specific restrictions on who is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-20-2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 21,518
Posted By vaara
It's all symptomatic of a "wink wink, nudge...

It's all symptomatic of a "wink wink, nudge nudge" attitude to moto safety (and this is not aimed at you specifically; I think we're all guilty to some extent) that calls into question the sincerity...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-20-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 21,518
Posted By vaara
At the risk of engaging in a bit of equine...

At the risk of engaging in a bit of equine sado-necrophilia :dhorse , another case in point is the semi-legal status of lane-splitting here in California.

A lawmaker wants to explicitly legalize...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-18-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 21,518
Posted By vaara
And so we're back to "motorcycle safety Kabuki."...

And so we're back to "motorcycle safety Kabuki." No one really wants -- or is able -- to mandate better safety for all riders. And so no one will.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-18-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 21,518
Posted By vaara
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh257/LexLaw/Fl...

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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-18-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 21,518
Posted By vaara
This. Illinois is actually thinking of...

This.

Illinois is actually thinking of introducing graduated licensing -- this in a state where helmets are, of course, optional.
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