Bay Area Adventure Riders Club

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by T O Double D, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    I seriously doubt this guy has any insurance. Not to make judgement on looks, but he was on a POS rusted out bike coming up the wrong way on the street. He "appeared" to be using very poor judgement. I feel totally bad about the whole incident but not many people in their "right mind" would do what he did on such a busy 4 laned street. Not even ABS would have helped me here....

    I appreciate all the comments and once I figure out what my insurance is going to do will look to take suggestions. This bike has everything on it FYI:

    - Crash bars
    - Heated Grips
    - ADV Tank
    - 2:1 pipe
    - Remus Exhaust
    - 18,800 miles

    I would so hate to loose her...:waysad
  2. Callahan

    Callahan Long timer

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    I am not one bit sorry for that guy.

    Similar thing happened to me in San Diego years ago.

    While I was laying on the plate in the ER, with three broken ribs, a broken wrist, a concusion and a bruised lower vertebrae, along with a bike that I had a choice to write off or repair. I could hear the cop interviewing the women, who turned left across my lane from the road side shoulder without looking. Her answer, that was golden, "I counted the cars that I had seen coming up the road, I had counted their right side lights and after I saw four pass me I then turned". I guess I should travel on the shoulder so she can see my lights too. Forget about looking before you turn Huh, no need I thing or not !

    So no I do not feel sorry for the guy, only for you being put in the situation that you could not avoid while paying attention and now suffering the consequences.

    Was his name Darwin ?
  3. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Damn that within five miles of home stat!!

    Glad you're both up and moving.

    Bicycle did the same thing to my wife the other day, wrong way and didn't look, she stood the Volvo on it's nose to keep from hitting him and got the double finger for missing. :hmmmmm
  4. ian408

    ian408 Administrator Administrator

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    I'm glad you're OK. That everyone is OK actually.

    rant But I have to say that with all that's been done to date regarding bike lanes, bridges, street reconfigurations and so on, nothing has yet been done about situations like this. Your insurance will pay-they may try and go after the bike rider but I doubt it. Maybe your rate will go up or maybe it won't. It kinda sucks because you know damn well that had it been your fault and you had no insurance... /rant.
  5. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    I am glad I have 3 witnesses that told my story to the cops.

    1. SWA flight attendant on his way to work
    2. Very nice lady that stayed at the scene until the tow truck came
    3. Very nice man that was in the lane back left of me

    I have a feeling those images will stick in their minds for quite sometime. I consider myself an uber safe rider and just do it for fun. This does prove my thinking that I prefer to ride off road.. at least when I dump her, I don't have to blame another human.
  6. ian408

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    Yeah. Glad to hear about the witnesses too.
  7. SFMCjohn

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    Hi chrish4ku,

    Wow, what a bummer ... glad you were not hurt!
    One of the best things about dual-sport riding is leaving almost all the cars behind once we leave the tarmac ...

    See you around the campfire,
    -- SFMCjohn
  8. SFMCjohn

    SFMCjohn 13

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    Hi HWD,

    Hope things are well with you ... finally seeing some info on your SPOT links after about a week of no updates ...

    Seems like there was a fair amount of adventure over the holidays in Baja ... two broken legs (Nemo Brinker's and NSFW's groups) and your adventure in the mud of Laguna Salada ...

    Anyway, looks like you are making progress ... looking forward to hearing from you again!

    see you around the campfire,
    -- SFMCjohn
  9. panglao

    panglao Adventurer

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    Hi All,

    Let me introduce myself, I'm Tim and I live in Santa Cruz, I'm retired which also means I'm not as quick and agile as most of you guys and gals!

    I have a BMW G650GS, which I just put some decent DS tires on. I would call myself an OK, kind of cruiser on the street and relatively inexperienced on the offroad stuff on a big bike, but want to learn more and would like an occasional buddy to ride with, don't want to get in trouble by myself!!

    Btw: I have experience Offroad, just not on the bigger bike, I have ridden, MX, ATV's and driven 4x4's offroad in Hollister, Dunes, Sierra's and Nevada mountain deserts

    I'm available 7 days, for say 1/2 day rides, would like to try Summit Road - Mt Madonna.....dirt, fire roads....

    cheers

    Tim
  10. vaara

    vaara Been here awhile

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    Another FNG here. I'm Peter and have been living in San Francisco for 3.5 years; in the East Bay for 2.5 years before that, and lots of other places before that.

    I currently ride a 2007 WeeStrom with only 55,000 miles on it -- so it's barely broken in. My off-pavement experience is extremely limited, and I hope to change that, although I'm really not set up for it yet - I don't even have tip-over guards or anything. I have, however, ridden to every county in CA on this bike (on pavement).

    I'm specifically interested in riding Mendocino Pass, along with some of the roads up in western Humboldt, and especially in going south of the border for some lite off-road adventures.

    Oh, and I used to be on BARF under this same username.
  11. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    Dang. Sorry to hear that Chris. :( Glad you're o.k. Poor moto. I see these homeless guys or home depot slackers riding their bikes all crazy. Almost tagged one on the way home in my cage. ugh. Really sucks. That bicycle wasn't worth $5 buck.
  12. r3r3r

    r3r3r Wildebeast

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    Welcome to ADV. I am also in SC (there are a lot of ADV/dual sport folks in the area). As you know, there isn't a lot of dirt here, but Summit can be part of a fun loop (esp. if Highland is open/passable for a return after Corralitos, etc.)

    Not many local rides organize here (but some do), you may also want to check SBR (South Bay Riders) where there are a few more local rides posted.

    This weekend would be a great one for riding. I usually spend most of the winter off the moto and on the mountain bike (wet roads and cold winds are not my ideal conditions for riding a motorcycle). I'm out for this weekend though, as I am waiting on a battery for my XRL.
  13. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    Took the XR650R team to Ridgecrest last weekend. Good thing I bought a bunch of those Lance Armstrong Stinger Waffles with me...

    With these guys I need that "level playing field advantage" so I figured why not. Oh boy do they work......

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=857354


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  14. almissoula

    almissoula Adventurer

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    Hi Tim, I've been looking at Summit road on the map and would love to check it out - it seems like the weather is warming up and if Feb looks nice I may go. Give me a shout if you plan on going and need a wingman - I am on an R1150GS but it should be fine up there. Do you know if its connected all the way, to Hecker Pass or do we need to double back? It looks like it but I'm not sure if there's a gate somewhere.

    Cheers,
    Alan
  15. spqr

    spqr Been here awhile

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    Summit was open as of a few days ago. There are gates but they are rarely closed (keep the noise down and the residents don't care). Buzzard lagoon is also a little fun, been meaning to get the bike down to the lagoon itself. There is also a pretty extensive network of dirt that leads down from summit to Uvas. Some of that area can get a little twitchy if you run into the wrong person. I usually throw the bags on and tell them I am 'In training' for another long overland trip. So far it works. Next Sunday I will take a run down that direction (or maybe Saturday).

    If you are going to play on those road just remember to keep moving and keep the noise down. I have been stopped up there and told it was no problem but 'those damn kids on the dirt bikes' were not welcome. All part of the adventure.

    If anyone wants to do a meet up during the week on the the SC side of the hill I can should be able to be talked down off my mountain.
  16. almissoula

    almissoula Adventurer

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    Sounds great + thanks for the tips! I wanted to tap into the roads that lead to Uvas, lots of fun down there.
  17. panglao

    panglao Adventurer

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    Thanks Alan, R3r33, Spqr,

    I did ride a short part of Summit the other day, it was pretty good, mainly dry, still some Ice in the shady spots, I turned around when I came to the "open gates" with the no trespassing, mainly as I was on my own if it got a bit gnarly ahead.

    My bike is going in for a service for a couple of days plus I'm having some surgery.

    So I will post when I'm ready to ride, hopefully in around 10 days.

    Look forward to meeting up.

    Tim
  18. panglao

    panglao Adventurer

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    OK, someone has to ask, do you eat those or inject them? :rofl
  19. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    All the roads from Summit to Uvas/McKean are private (eg: Casa Loma and Loma Chiquita).

    I've never talked to anyone living there, but there is property for sale out there (or was last I was there), so I usually just say I was checking out some property. I always keep my riding tame, slow near people, wave, be respectful, etc. After nasty weather, a spot or two can be a bit challenging on a big bike.

    When you get to the gate at the end of Casa Loma, you may have to get fairly close to the gate to trigger it. I've never been able to trigger it coming the other way (ie: going up from Uvas/McKean).

    I generally prefer not to ride those roads. One resident was jailed for clotheslining a rider intentionally a few years back.

    I typically stick to Summit and Buzzard Lagoon. Once in a great while I'll hit Ormsby Cutoff (which is private) and far more rarely, I'll do Casa Loma.
  20. almissoula

    almissoula Adventurer

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    Thanks for looking out. I do not want to trespass / get clotheslined...so...won't be going up there.

    Leaving today for 6 days in Death Valley. See you FF's when I get back.

    Later,
    Alan