I make this trip down to LA fairly frequently since I have family down there. I usually take the 5 down and if I have time, try something different on the way back up. This time, I wanted to test out my new Kaoko throttle lock and the 5 is the perfect road for that. I also had some time for the trip back up so I road through Frazier Park and Carrizo Plain National Monument. Kaoko and the Ride South The Kaoko works quite well for what it is. It's no cruise control like I have on my RT but for long stretches, it works. The 5 can be a painfully boring stretch of road between the 580 and the Grapevine. It's mostly flat, straight and brown. Between the endpoints I mentioned earlier, there aren't many vista points. I've always been in a bit of a rush to get down so never stopped. This time I took a moment to stop and take a few photos. As you can see, it's a pretty straight run. Perhaps there are some hills but this is a vista point, so it's as exciting as it gets. Note how brown it is and it's February! Looking north from the same vantage point, you get to see a glimpse of the California Aqueduct that feeds the south. This trucker had the vista point to himself until I got there and then he left. I felt compelled to take a photo of my bike so I went for it. With this bike, I can make it from Oakland to the Grapevine without stopping for fuel so taking a short breather like this is welcome.