Bay Area Adventure Riders Club

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

  1. spqr

    spqr Been here awhile

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    For those wanting a little practice I will be out at Hollister Hills on Saturday. Probably camping in Walnut or Madrone. All of the greens and most of the blues are big bike friendly. I have tried some of the blacks... it was interesting.

    If you are interested drop me a PM. If you decide just to show up look for a yellow F800 GS ('09) with a vanity plate equating to Combat Pay. Plated bikes enter free, so casual dual sporting is cheap. You might also look for a tan Ford F150 king cab.

    I will spend most of the day on a pure dirt bike but always take the BMW for a couple of laps just to prove she can do it.
  2. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    I may head out there with my new to me toy hauler. Bright blue Tacoma, Tahoe Transport Toyhauler, red and white 2011 Husky TE310. I may camp up on Radio Ridge, but Walnut is nice. Madrone's not too bad, either.
  3. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    Mix with beer, and inject them. Can't release the "how" but can release the "why" - - - it's just better.
  4. mototifosi

    mototifosi What does this one do?

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    I'm in Willow Glen and would be up most weekends to ride SC Mtns or where ever!
    :clap
  5. mototifosi

    mototifosi What does this one do?

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    Santa Cruz Mtns. woman gets 5-years in rope booby-trap maiming < Prev Next >
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    Published Saturday, May 19, 2007, by the San Jose Mercury News

    Woman gets five years in motorcyclist's disfigurement

    By Rodney Foo
    Mercury News

    A Los Gatos woman was slapped Friday with a five-year prison sentence
    for her role in stretching a rope across a Santa Cruz mountain road
    and nearly decapitating an unsuspecting motorcyclist.

    With her manacled hands clasped in front of her, a sobbing Donna
    Mae Olsen, 47, turned to the courtroom gallery and addressed Robert
    Barnes, the victim as well as her Loma Chiquita Road neighbor,
    saying, "I'm very sorry" to him and his family.

    Olsen and co-defendant Donald Bruce Bryant, 63, were convicted in
    December by a Superior Court jury on two counts each of assault with
    a deadly weapon. A third defendant, Edward S. Anderson, 49, Olsen's
    common-law husband, was acquitted.

    Both Anderson and Bryant testified during the trial. Bryant's
    sentencing was postponed because his attorney, Anthony Pagkas, is
    preparing a motion seeking a new trial.

    Olsen did not testify at her trial. She had apparently tried to
    strike a deal in exchange for her testimony but prosecutors did not
    respond, according to accounts in court Friday. Olsen has been in
    jail since her May 15, 2006, arrest.

    Previous convictions

    In handing down the maximum sentence, Judge Paul Bernal cited Olsen's
    two previous felony convictions for drug possession and noted she was
    still on probation when she was arrested in May.

    "She got what she deserved," Barnes said. "It could have been a
    little longer, I think."

    Barnes, who managed to remount his motorcycle and ride away for help
    while bleeding, is recovering from injuries to his face and jaw.
    Barnes, who endured more than 500 stitches, still requires more
    plastic surgery and dental implant procedures.

    In the aftermath, Barnes filed a lawsuit against Anderson, Bryant
    and Olsen, alleging negligent infliction of injury. Meanwhile,
    Anderson -- who lives on Loma Chiquita, about a mile from Barnes --
    served Barnes with a lawsuit, seeking damages for libel and
    defamation.

    In response to questions raised by Bernal and others, Bryant waived
    conflict-of-interest concerns, allowing Pagkas to simultaneously
    represent him in the criminal case and handle Anderson's civil action.

    Before being sentenced Friday, Olsen offered a rambling apology to
    Barnes. At one point, her attorney, Shelyna Brown, quietly counseled
    her, "Donna, stick to the facts."

    Olsen said she was worried about her 4-year-old daughter's safety
    because of dirt bikers roaring up and down the rural road in front
    of her home.

    She said there had been drinking, and she portrayed the hoisting of
    the rope as a spontaneous event, an account that prosecutor Leigh
    Frazier disputes.

    "This took some premeditation and some planning to string up a rope
    like that," Frazier said.

    'I'll never forget'

    Olsen spoke about how she cut the line down with a scissors after
    Barnes was injured and how she was filled with remorse after seeing
    his face "totally rolled up."

    "I remember your eyes," she said. "I'll never forget what you looked
    like."

    Facing toward Barnes, who leaned forward in his seat to hear her
    words, Olsen said "If I can help you ... any way I will."

    "You should have turned on Ed," shot back Barnes, alluding to her
    silence during the trial.

    After the hearing, Olsen's mother, Rosetta Allen, decried the
    sentence. "It's terrible," Allen said, noting her daughter already
    has served a year behind bars.

    But the prosecutor said the seriousness of the crime could not be
    overlooked.

    "This could have so easily killed Mr. Barnes," Frazier said. "Think
    of how it devastated his life, emotionally and financially, and the
    face he looks back at every day because of the injuries he had. It
    was such a pointless crime. I can't understand why someone would do
    something so callous."


    The "hillbillies" got the message up there. No trouble that I know of since. By the way...I believe those roads are public except in the "locked gate" sense. They have no right to stop you from riding on any public road up there... correct me if I'm wrong.
  6. almissoula

    almissoula Adventurer

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    Thank you for the news, mototifosi. I will report back on Summit rd when I ride down there. Should be soon.
  7. mototifosi

    mototifosi What does this one do?

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    PM me and post when you are thinking about going, I will join you.
  8. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    Hey Gang,

    I decided to do the same route as I have done for the last 5 years so that more people could join if they wanted.

    This year the dates for my Baja trip are April 13th thru the 21st

    Cain, Mark and I are confirmed

    Big bikes welcome but you need to be an decent rider in the dirt/sand.

    7 days straight
    150 to 170 miles per day each day
    1 short day for the big bikes but cold beer and good food and a swimming pool is waiting for you.

    Big bikes do about 1050 for the 7 days
    small bikes do about 1150 for the 7 days

    450's and 530 riders are also welcome and just an average rider skill is needed.

    LICENSE plate is needed
    GPS is needed and some knowledge about how it works
    tubes and the knowledge to change them .. or just run bib mousse if you dont want to worry about flats. (small bikes only)

    we have some split sections that will be small bike only unless your name is Bartek or you like a challenge. We will meet at the same place each night on those days for cold beer, great food and story telling.

    no camping. All hotels. Travel LIGHT !

    160 miles required between fill ups. MSR makes portable fuel containers that you can throw in your backpack if you are short on distance.

    pics here from last year.
    http://justpaul.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Baja-2012/22584147_G2tm4W#!i=1807830420&k=p249HRZ



    intrested ? Shoot me an email or PM..

    GPS track available on request for the route.

    Paul
  9. lonerockz

    lonerockz Permanent n00b

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    Hey folks, so I moved to the Bay Area this summer and am on a quest to learn how to ride dirt roads. This is part of my larger Prudhoe Bay quest. I've ridden street motorcycles on and off for 25 years and have been involved in the Iron Butt community for the last 4 years (I'm in the 2013 IBR). I've just bought a Tiger Explorer 1200 and I'm looking for some easy (and I stress EASY) dirt within 100 miles to learn on. Does the Hollister Hills "green" routes qualify as really easy for a beginner on a big bike? Any other suggestions? I'm not looking to trash out and crash my Triumph in the first month, so I stress easy.

    Any suggestions for a good local dirt riding school?

    Thanks!
  10. surferbum

    surferbum Been here awhile

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    Welcome. Yes!
  11. kaia

    kaia team F5 ⌘R

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    for local riding schools (dirt related) there's not much, but the best that many of us have been to is (NorCal) Doc Wong Adventure Dual Sport Clinic ... unfortunately, you just missed one! (it was jan 18/20).

    the clinic is a small evening talk on friday night going over what will be covered in the riding part, which follows on sunday. it's a full day of riding, but beginner friendly - many of the people in the class are first-timers in the dirt. the class is also geared toward big adventure bikes (doc wong teaches the class on a 1200gs)

    he posts announcements over in vendors, as well as other local bay area forums. check it out!
  12. mototifosi

    mototifosi What does this one do?

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    +1 on the Doc. Though I have not personally taken his courses, this would be an excellent venue for you. As stated above it's geared towards the big bikes. The basic lessons taught apply all dirt moto's big and small, but there are tricks to handling the heft. Balance, body english, stance, clutch & throttle control, weight transfer and lots of drills etc...He has been doing these clinics for eon's and knows his shtuff...:deal

    Welcome to NorCal !
  13. lonerockz

    lonerockz Permanent n00b

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    Thanks Kaia & mototifosi on the Doc Wong tip. I will most certainly follow up on Doc Wong tip, I'd been told before to seek his clinic out, but not about dirt. So I will move that up on my list! Couldn't have made the last one because the Tiger wasn't mine then and the Versys is torn apart right now.

    surferbum, I'm assuming your are saying yes to the Hollister hills question?
  14. 50X50

    50X50 Been here awhile

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    2011:becca


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    You can GAS up!:clap


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    Or you could get pulled 300 miles over 3 mountain ranges, through Ensenada traffic and across the border
    .:eek1


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    You will meet nice people!:krusty

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    You might even get married!?:deal

    Nope, its an absolutely guaranteed great time...NOR CAL BAJA BOOGIE!!!! Way to go Paul!
  15. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    I'm looking for a moto machinist in the SF bay area.
    I need some machine work on a drum brake backing plate.
    The guys I have talked to are not interested in small MC related jobs.
    Thanks!
  16. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

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    Talk to Earl at Valley Machine in Livermore. I hear they have been busy, but I've never seen him turn down moto-related work.


    Catfish ...
  17. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    Shameless pimping....

    Looks like we will have a good sized group for the Alameda/Oakland Weekly Coffee Meet! Sorry can't post the link from my phone, but the thread is here in the regional section.

    Details are 5:30pm most every Thursday. Blue Danube Coffee on Park Ave near Alameda Ave in Alameda! BTW, they serve beer and wine, so if thats your interest, its there!
  18. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I've just gotten the power upgraded in my shop, so I will be able to power my machines. I expect to have them up and running in ~3 weeks.

    If you don't get satisfaction by then, ping me.

    a
  19. Santa

    Santa Focused on the Future

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    I still need to obtain a part, I will PM you then.
    Thank you very much sir.
  20. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    We're b a c k !

    Just pulled in an hour ago. Our patient and loving wife and mother agreed to drive to Carlsbad yesterday where we were reunited, spent the night in a motel and loaded the well-worn bikes and bodies into the truck and hightailed it home in 4 wheel temperature controlled windproof comfort. :clap

    5,000 miles on two wheels, yeah I'd say that was the long way to Baja. The trip of a lifetime, so far. :evil