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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwdoug, Aug 30, 2012.
No one knows the route until they receive instructions the morning.
I'd bet on Crater Lake. Look where the route meister has already taken them.
Here's the quote from the Facebook page why they don't publish. It makes complete sense to me:
There is no malice intended in not publishing our route. We do not publish the route of the Motorcycle Cannonball out of concerns for the safety of our riders. It is our number one priority. It's a wonderful experience for everyone when they meet people long the way, are assisted by enthusiasts, and get to talk about their bikes. We encourage people to come to our stops and meet the riders. Riders love the interaction when it's conducted in a safe environment.
Unfortunately, we have people show up to ride along, sometimes trying to join the group and this puts EVERYONE at risk. Modern day riders rarely realize the nuances involved in jockeying these old machines. It takes space, stopping is slower, and manuvering on a narrow, rough road is dangerous enough without having to avoid some body who zooms up to get a closer look. I have had several riders come to me on both runs and ask if something can be done about this since it scares the hell out of them. The fact that someone cannot understand this, tell me how little they know about riding a vintage bike. We simply ask that everyone please respect our riders.
The riders on them new fangled OHV engines don't realize that just to decclerate with their high compression engines is much more than both the brakes on a vintage bike can do. If a guy in front just lets off the gas, I have to stand on both my brakes to avoid a collision and still I pass him like a paycheck.:eek1 And my brakes are as good as they come! Not fun to ride behind!
Makes sense to me. Good to get that info out there. Kinda like riding a fixed gear bicycle and getting mixed up a modern multispeed group ride. Done that a few times.
Who owns the Drifter in that pic?
Gonna roll the dice and say PAPAYOLK
Rolls a seven...
These old engines look so much better than the newer stuff; much more mechanical.
Really a work of art.
Like most old farts, I'm opinionated and have a big mouth. When I stepped up and reached my hand out to meet Doug I forgot to introduce myself, stammered and stuttered like a schoolboy and felt as plastic as the finders on my wannabe bike. I mumbled something about his being the reason I got a passport and invented Spud, after following his RRs-- sputtered out a little small talk... then moved away to snap pics and stalk him into the next state.
I felt intrusive among these men, set to their task, working their passion-- like a silly tourist in trunks and an Hawaiian shirt.
The image of Doug dosing his fill-up with with mystery oil from a hotel shampoo bottle was priceless and a memory that won't soon fade.
I guess you'r not the first or last experince that...
Where is their destination in Cotati Ca? Might go meet them there instead of the finish?
Almost as nice as mine
finis in Cotati
thank you, lvscrvs, thank you very much.
now fer the big one, is there any cheap camping around there or on the way to San Franscisco ....or even a cheap motel, fleabag.....
I was going to recommend the Petaluma KOA... it's not very far from the Harley dealer in Cotati. Unfortunately I just checked, and it is $45/night for a tent space!!!!
Stayed there in 2000 and liked it, for car "camping".
This is so cool! Just figured out this was happening.
My OMC club ride this weekend is headed to Big Sur on Sat and Hunter Leggit Military Base accomodations. On the way in, we'll be looking for the riders going to Dudley Perkins in SF from Cotati. Maybe we can catch them. I'll have the helmet cam ready just in case!
I Would love to find out if any riders are having talks in the Bay Area before they head out. Please post anything anyone knows. The Oakland Motorcycle Club is in the area and we meet Weds and San Francisco Motorcycle Club has their club meeting on Thurs. Both clubs are old enough to have had riders in the club who rode these bikes when they were new. Come on by and say hi and watch us oodle and drool.
The only "cheap" camping I've found in California had been National parks and that is real cheap if you have a senior pass. Look and see if there is a national forest or park close by. One hangup is just about all national camp grounds are on a first come basis.