East of Phoenix Rider's Group

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by 750Volts!, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. DurtKlod

    DurtKlod Long timer

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    We are just the opposite... I hate the heat, my wife hates the cold. So we compromised and live in Phoenix. :huh:rofl
  2. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Do you have any ideas on routes?

    I've ridden the PCH a few times and have a few suggestions. I've only ridden it up to Monterrey though so I can't give you any pointers past there.

    If you guys are starting from LA I wouldn't pass up riding route 33.
    From there you can either bank a left towards SLO to pick up the PCH or go around the long route :deal this way. The 58 is pretty awesome. If you look at that last point "E" you'll see that if you make a right there you'll pick up route 229. This road on a map may not seem like much but they call it Rossi's Driveway and is a hoot. :nod


    If you decide to stay at SLO you can check out the Madonna Inn for some cool weirdness.

    There are a few other rides around SLo but I can't seem to remember them right now. I'll have to look into my "routes reserves" later.

    From SLO it's all PCH. Maybe an in and out into Nacimiento-Fergusson road or a look at the Hearst Castle. The castle will eat up a large chunk of your day so plan accordingly if you decide on stopping there.

    You two have fun. I'm jealous.
  3. LeePogo

    LeePogo n00b

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    Hey guys and Gals , i am new here and trying to find some info on 1982 Honda XL 500 bike that I got, I need a new carburetor and would like more info on what other carbs i can use, please help, TY. :clap
  4. XB12R

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    You might be better off by visiting the "Thumpers" section under "bikes". It's very active and you'll get help in minutes.
  5. LeePogo

    LeePogo n00b

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    Thank you so much !:D
  6. fanatic291

    fanatic291 Desert Tortoise

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    I really like Pashnit.com. When I lived in California I used to be on the website all the time...I didn't even own a bike then.

    http://www.pashnit.com/motoroads.htm

    I would recommend flying into long beach. That is the easiest airport in Orange County.
  7. MrGoldfish

    MrGoldfish Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. I'll have to go take a look at some point.

    Thanks Julio. My first that was just stay as close to the coast as I can all the way up to Bellingham, Washington if we are ambitious enough. The only thing that worries me is that it could be cold as soon as we leave the coast. Beyond that though, I don't know where/if it would be cool to detour from the coast to see anything else. Heck, this trip is a blank slate. We could end up not going so far north and maybe visit some other stuff that is cool besides the coast. Who knows?
  8. MrGoldfish

    MrGoldfish Been here awhile

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    Cyberdos, what is your opinion on the new google maps?
  9. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    sucks donkey balls.

    like massive chewed up old hag from Tijuana donkey nuts.



    go to classic.
  10. MrGoldfish

    MrGoldfish Been here awhile

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    My thoughts exactly. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.
  11. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    thay want to make the interface more apple-like.

    It sucked form day 1.

    Especially for us folks that like to save and create our own routes and extract data from it.

    you can google search it. You'll see how most people that have worked with it, instead of just using it to figure out point a to point b, hate it.
  12. DOD

    DOD idiot dirt rider

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    Sitting in an airport bar in Baltimore drinking high prices cheap likker and I just can't find a response to this. Nicely said Señor Julio.


    -dod
  13. dontlr

    dontlr Banned

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    Its a great ride along the coast on 1. I did a big loop ride from Denver out to the coast starting in San Loius Obispo to Washington on 1 with a detour up to Crater lake in Crescent City and then back down to Coos Bay. Its some beautiful scenery up there and you'll get a lot of great photo oppurtunities. It may be too cold for Crater Lake but the coast is a trip to remember. You can't go wrong there.

    The "Greatest Road" ap for an iphone is pretty cool and will give you info on the closest road to where you are as well as ratings, so if at one point you feet like venturing off just open it up and see whats near by.
  14. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    I just paid 6.50 for a bottle of beer at BMI last Friday. :eek1. I feel your pain, DOD
  15. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    likker?

    you sure you are not in south carolina?
  16. DOD

    DOD idiot dirt rider

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    $14 watered down margarita. Not even a cute barmaid. Trying a different place now.

    -dod
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    I bet you will be glad when you can retire & leave that job & that hectic pace:lol3
  18. MrGoldfish

    MrGoldfish Been here awhile

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    Okay... HERE is a quick route based off of your recommendations and a few roads that have caught my eye in the past.

    A few notes would be, I've never been to Joshua Tree National Forest so I thought it would be cool to route through there instead of taking the I-10 AGAIN! :dog I don't know if Joshua Tree is cool or not though.

    I have always thought it would be cool to drive through the San Bernardino National Forest so I routed through that rather than driving through LA. I don't know if the weather will permit this in November though. So while we are North of LA, we might as well drive through the Angeles National Forest.

    From there, the rest is basically your recommendation.
  19. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Angeles Crest and Big Bear are fantastic. I just thought you were going to meet your wife in LA which is why I didn't recommend it. Big Bear may not be an option. It gets super cold and snows up there. Not as much on Angeles Crest but still get's cold as hell up there. If I had the option I'd definitely skip Joshua Tree for that. But if you can do them both that would be even better. :thumb Note though, you're not cutting much of the 10 (or the droning shitty ass AZ side of it anyway) by hitting Joshua Tree. There's really not too many good options of getting around the 10 unless you go off roading.

    if the weather doesn't permit any of it I'd still try to at least hit up Glendora Mountain. Watch out for the looney squids if you ride it on the weekend.

    the rest looks great to me. :)
  20. MrGoldfish

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    The coldest I've rode in is in the high 20's. It was doable and I wasn't bundled up as much as I could have. I figure, as long as there isn't ice/snow on the road and it's more than in the teens than I think I could do it. I would be willing to get the lady a heated vest or something to help her out if she needed it as well. I would probably get heated grips and/or gloves as well.

    I'm thinking about trying to talk her into riding the whole way with me as I feel it would be so much easier. I just have to come up with a good sales pitch. :D

    My next question would be, do I continue North up the coast, or do I turn east and find some wine country (the wife and I like to do that together) or maybe swing through Death Valley, or, or, or etc.

    Maybe I get her to ride with me from the beginning and then send her home on a plane so that she doesn't have to do the super slab with me all the way home.

    Sorry about the rant. Just ideas that are bouncing around in my head. Maybe I should start a thread in trip planning or read through the threads over there.