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Old 07-28-2014, 02:41 PM   #706
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Nice Route CA Stu, I plan on roughly duplicating the northernmost portion of your trip on my Triumph Tiger Explorer. From hwy 49 up into Oregon (Crater lake for me), back down & over to the coastline. I am starting just West of Yosemite so I should be able to cut off about 2 days travel all-told from what it took you. How did you find the distances from day 3 thru 6? 300 to 350 miles in the twisties & mountains can take awhile with gas & food stops thrown in. Did you have much time to stop & look around, or were you mostly staying on the bike to make time?

I had to put a Corbin seat on my Triumph so I could stay on it all day without looking for reasons to stop & jump off to frequently.

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300 is absolutely perfect, you just have to get started early.
On the bike at 8am at the latest, off by about 4pm with plenty of time for lunch and a fuel stop.
I cannot stress enough how great Klamath River Highway is.
I rode it about 6:30 am on Saturday morning, had the place to myself.
The 49 is pretty great too. Also, the road through Lassen is phenomenal.

I bought the Butler Maps Northern California map, and even though I didn't use it for routing at home (I can see a squiggly line on a map and figure out it's a good road), on the road I had it in my tank bag and used it for navigation.
I can attest to the accuracy of their rating system, I was impressed.
"Grade 1" means grade 1, that's for sure.

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Old 07-28-2014, 03:04 PM   #707
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300 is absolutely perfect, you just have to get started early.
On the bike at 8am at the latest, off by about 4pm with plenty of time for lunch and a fuel stop.
I cannot stress enough how great Klamath River Highway is.
I rode it about 6:30 am on Saturday morning, had the place to myself.
The 49 is pretty great too. Also, the road through Lassen is phenomenal.

I bought the Butler Maps Northern California map, and even though I didn't use it for routing at home (I can see a squiggly line on a map and figure out it's a good road), on the road I had it in my tank bag and used it for navigation.
I can attest to the accuracy of their rating system, I was impressed.
"Grade 1" means grade 1, that's for sure.
Thanks, I will keep that mind. I wasn't sure how many days I should allocate but your post helped clear that up. I will include Klamath River Hwy. I was intent on riding Hwy 89 around Lassen National Park already. That looks really twisty on Google Maps.
I also have a copy of the Northern CA Butler Maps that I keep in my tank bag.

I have already been on Hwy 36 & 299 between the coastal Redwoods and I-5. Now I want see more of the other side of the state.
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:14 PM   #708
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Thanks, I will keep that mind. I wasn't sure how many days I should allocate but your post helped clear that up. I will include Klamath River Hwy. I was intent on riding Hwy 89 around Lassen National Park already. That looks really twisty on Google Maps.
I also have a copy of the Northern CA Butler Maps that I keep in my tank bag.

I have already been on Hwy 36 & 299 between the coastal Redwoods and I-5. Now I want see more of the other side of the state.
De nada.

If you overnight in Yreka, you can get a really early jump on Klamath River Hwy and take Grayback road to cross into Oregon border in a very scenic and remote place, with little to no traffic.
All of Grayback, I only ran into two sportbikes on the very final descent to the 199 in Oregon. No other traffic at all. Zero.
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:37 PM   #709
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I wasn't checking the speedo but Arnie posted a 3 digit number on his GPS. Fortunatley we had all slowed down and were cruising when Arnie went flat.
No speed laws were broken - this was off road



We all had a great ride, Ca still has lots to offer right in our own back yard.

Big Todd riding off into the sunset...



Captains of the GPS figuring out which way we didn't go....



Ran into these turkeys along the way...



Over the shoulder action shot while riding....Bill on his GS carving it up!



Nice trails!



These central coast beach babes are a little heavy....



Big Todd's a little jealous he can't fit into the compact parking spot with his huge 990 - 950's only Todd!



3 SE's a 990 and ...well...a GS just to prove we don't discriminate...



Big Todd doing a remake of Easy Rider - ADV style!

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Old 07-28-2014, 07:14 PM   #710
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Dayamm...some fantastic RR's - I'm insanely jealous.

How do I get a invite?
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:54 PM   #711
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No speed laws were broken - this was off road




you hooligans broke every law out there....that's all the SE was made for....


here's mine, i lent my gps to a baja 1k racer......


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Old 07-28-2014, 08:01 PM   #712
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I took a little solo trip last week too, on my new Tiger 800 XC:

Sierra Buttes from Gold Lake Hwy.





Day 1: Riverside - Bishop via the 15, Lone Pine Canyon Rd, a bit of the 2, Big Pines Rd, the 14 to the 395. ~300 miles
Hotter than all get-out on the 395, the epic, forbidding black clouds north of Bishop meant I pulled over and got a room. Of course I went ahead and dropped my phone and broke it, and the DIN plug on my Tiger broke so I had no on-bike charging for my (broken) phone nor my GPS.
Luckily the Verizon store in Bishop is 100% on the ball and I got hooked up with a new phone in a half hour.

Day 2 Bishop - Downieville via the 120 through Yosemite, Wards Ferry Rd, 49. ~350 miles
Hot again, even in Downieville.
Muggy, too.
Epic riding though. I found out that the center stand on the Tiger touches down quite easily. The stock Pirelli Scorpion tires stick really, really well, too.
Great handling bike.

Day 3 Downieville - Yreka via 49, Gold Lake Hwy, 89 to Chester, back on 89 through Lassen Volcanic NP to Mt. Shasta to the 5 to Yreka.
~300 miles
Another great day of riding, not too hot until I hit the 5 in Mt. Shasta, and then to Yreka. I was so hot and glad to get off my bike in the shade that I dropped it and broke the clutch lever. Should have checked the kickstand, I guess...
Luckily, the Triumph dealer in Medford, Oregon (Hansen's) had one on the shelf, only about 60 miles out of my way to fetch it...


Day 4: Yreka to Myrtle Point OR. (via Medford ) 263 to 96 (Klamath River Hwy) to Happy Camp, Grayback Rd to 199 to 5 to 42 ~320 miles

Day 5 Myrtle Point to Fort Bragg via 42 to 101 to Avenue of the Giants and the 1 ~350 miles

Day 6 Fort Bragg - Riverside via 1 to 128 to 101, Skyline Drive to Hwy 9 (Lunch at Alice's), 1 to Carmel Valley Rd (Excellent) to 101 to 46 to 5 and 210, 60 home.
By then I was in "Get Home Mode" and ready to see my family and sleep in my own bed and just put the hammer down on the 101 home.

First trip on the new bike. 640 miles the last day, including epic twisties.

The 800 triple is based on the 675 triple, just stroked out (as far as I understand it).
As such, it is a real tractor in the lower rpm range, easy to ride sub 5k rpm all day like a cruiser, but once you wind it past 6k rpm it comes alive and pulls like a small displacement sportbike.

Like I like.

Fun bike for sure.

As far as the ergos, after a long day my right wrist, both my knees and my ass (arse) were aching.
I need a bit taller (better) seat and a throttle lock before I do that again.
2000mg of ibuprofen only goes so far....

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awesome riding for sure and lots of good pics....makes me want to buy a big bike and start doing long distance sightseeing.

thanks stu for rr. it would have been the perfect trip if it was a little cooler, but the new bike won't wait that long.
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:56 PM   #713
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I think that Triumph Tiger is Browneye's....??


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Old 07-30-2014, 08:42 AM   #714
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>"I have already been on Hwy 36 & 299 between the coastal Redwoods and I-5. Now I want see more of the other side of the state."

Here's some other rides in NW Calif.

Hwy 3 from Hwy 36 until Etna.
(Hayfork till Hwy 299 is world class)
(North side of Scott Mtn summit is also a world class ride).
Salmon River road Hwy 3 to 96. Either from Etna or Callahan. (IMHO: must ride, backcountry)
Scott River road from Ft. Jones Hwy 3 to 96.
FH 17 from Hwy 3 to Gazelle (Hwy I-5).
FH1 from Hwy 36 to Hwy 299. (IMHO: must ride)
12 miles of Hwy 96 from Hoopa to Witchepec.
(Awesome road, but be careful, people have died there).
County road 16 from Platina till IGO. (supermoto road).
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:36 PM   #715
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>"I have already been on Hwy 36 & 299 between the coastal Redwoods and I-5. Now I want see more of the other side of the state."

Here's some other rides in NW Calif.

Hwy 3 from Hwy 36 until Etna.
(Hayfork till Hwy 299 is world class)
(North side of Scott Mtn summit is also a world class ride).
Salmon River road Hwy 3 to 96. Either from Etna or Callahan. (IMHO: must ride, backcountry)
Scott River road from Ft. Jones Hwy 3 to 96.
FH 17 from Hwy 3 to Gazelle (Hwy I-5).
FH1 from Hwy 36 to Hwy 299. (IMHO: must ride)
12 miles of Hwy 96 from Hoopa to Witchepec.
(Awesome road, but be careful, people have died there).
County road 16 from Platina till IGO. (supermoto road).
thanks twilight and love to check it out once i get a road bike.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:10 PM   #716
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saturday drill gone bad at rowher

the last month or so has been hot here in los angeles. riding opportunities are confined to higher elevation or near the coast.

2 saturdays ago, damado and i were bored and need to do some drills. have to get up at 5 am to catch to cool morning and ride for a few hours before the temp goes up.

damado and i are noobs when it comes to a single track, but we have the right weapon of choice...

damado's bike is a 250exc and i have the 350exc. at least, if something goes wrong, no doubt, it will always be an operator error....

for warm up, we started on the easy trail







then we challenged ourselve to some rocky hill climbs




downhill too. we kept on repeating and taking different lines until we got comfy



that is me finishing the hill climb




next drill is getting airborne and here's damado...wohoooo




then we progressed to a skinnier track



along the way, my rear tire slipped to side of the hill while going up on a switchback. instead of trying to ride back to the trail, i rode the bike to the bottom of the hill and go back up on a different route. it took me a while to get out. damado helped me get my bike over a big boulder.



yes, the inevitable happened.....








it got hot that morning, and there was no breeze in the canyon. big thanks to those who came and helped us out. it would have been a night recovery if not for them.




we're ready to roll again



on the way home, we stopped here, the religious devotees called this tree as the apparition of the virgin mary. regardless, we are lucky and thankful to the almighty. good day and always something can be learned.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:45 PM   #717
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Nice rr's!

Nice to see BigTodd on that Ktm ..
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Old 08-19-2014, 03:41 AM   #718
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Looks like fun other than the bike over the bank
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:48 PM   #719
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Nice rr's!

Nice to see BigTodd on that Ktm ..
john, it would have been nicer if you come out and join us. sheez, the last time we rode together was in may of 2013 @ north rim.

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Looks like fun other than the bike over the bank
hahaha....lb, nothing has gone better, crashing is part of our riding...

our plan is ride before it warms up and get out. great idea if it works, crashing and high temp = big problem. if those guys didn't show up, it would have been a night time recovery.
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Adventure Ride to Letts Lake, CA

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