Adventure Bike Off-Road Day, Los Angeles Area

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  1. vanvliet22

    vanvliet22 n00b

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    I work for Aether Apparel and we're hosting an off-road day for adventure bike riders in LA on Sunday, August 17th. No fees, sales pitches, or any other corporate bullcrap, just a day of riding in the dirt.

    We're putting on this ride with Overland Journal to celebrate their new Fall Issue, which features an article about our trip across Death Valley. So to celebrate the story's release, we're leading a group ride up to Rowher Flat OHV for a full-day of big bike trail-riding.

    The Ride: We’ll start the day at AETHERhq where we’ll hand out free advance copies of the Fall Issue of Overland Journal. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

    Riders will then depart along a specially curated route: up and over the Angeles Crest, along Soledad road, and past Vasquez Rocks, to a network of dirt trails in the hills above Santa Clarita. Starting at Rowher Flats OHV Area, we will explore some of the best fire roads and dirt trails in Southern California as we snake our way up into the mountains around Bouquet Canyon. Nothing too technical, but riders should have experience riding on dirt, gravel, light sand.

    Around noon we will break for lunch on the trail. Riders should pack their own lunch ahead of time. We will bring along some water and supplies, but riders are responsible for feeding themselves. Afterwards, we’ll finish off the rest of the loop before heading back down the canyon and towards the city sometime in the late afternoon.

    When: Sunday, August 17th 2014. Meet at 8am.

    Where: AETHERhq (6100 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038)

    RSVP to michael@aetherapparel.com So we can have enough free Overland copies and donuts for everyone!

    Link for more info: http://www.aetherapparel.com/journal/2014/08/06/overland-journal-fall-issue-release-ride/
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  2. Yellow Pig

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    Nice!

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  3. Molonlabemike

    Molonlabemike Been here awhile

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    Holy crap your shops like 4 blocks away from me. Ill see if I can get off work, if not I can't wait for the next go around.
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  4. vanvliet22

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    We just did a scout run of the route yesterday, and we had a blast. Can't wait to lead a group out there!

    Trail conditions: packed dirt, loose gravel, with sections of light sand. The route gets incrementally harder as it progresses, but there are various bail-out spot back down to the road. Should be a lot of fun for riders with a bit of dirt experience. Can be made even more challenging for advanced riders with the addition of some of off-shoot hillside spurs.

    Knobby tires highly recommended.

    Temperature was warmish, but once we get up on the ridge line a nice cross-breeze kept it reasonably cool.

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  5. sinuhexavier

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    This will be a fun ride... It's a full day in the saddle...
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  6. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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    I'm in.
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  7. palada

    palada Been here awhile

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    Also in.
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  8. barlowrs

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    If I can escape work I'd love to join you guys/gals.
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  9. NSFW

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    wish i can ride along and help is some ways.

    i already made plans to head up to big bear this weekend.

    have fun and post some pics....:ricky
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  10. 3trips

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    Sounds like a great time! I will definitely try to make it!
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  11. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    Were you guys exiting Little Tujunga Canyon about 3:45 on Friday? White van honk/wave while you were stopped at Osborne and the 210.
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  12. sinuhexavier

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    Yeah, that was us. A BMW 1150 , KTM 119 and a Tiger 800XC... We were wondering who that was...
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  13. S H I F T Y

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    :thumb
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  14. MANYAC

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    Hi, I'm super interested in this ride but have experience only riding fire roads. Approximately how many miles will be done on dirt?
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  15. sinuhexavier

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    From the start of HWY 2 I clocked a total of 161 miles roundtrip for the whole loop. I would estimate that of that loop 30-45 miles is fire road. There is some sand, some gravel and some rutted out switchbacks all with very little consequences of damage to yourself or your bike.

    With that said we encourage everyone to ride their own ride and ride within their comfort level and skill set. You should also be self sufficient with the necessary tools and experience to keep your machine moving forward.

    The weather is looking like it's going to be hot with a high of f97º. Please bring lot's of water and pack a lunch with snacks.
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  17. GoNOW

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    Put me down as a big maybe. Trying to knock out my to-do list for this weekend today.
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    Heading out......................
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  19. Yellow Pig

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    Didn't take to many pics, but here are a few nice ones.

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  20. Motobrandt

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    That was super fun! My bike did take a little dirt nap trying to climb a sandy hill. It was hot hot but well worth it. Till next time.

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