Enjoying the Moment...My Take on Riding Nor Cal

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Desert Dave, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Been out on the "other" two bikes the last couple of days and haven't been giving them much love in the thread, so here ya go.

    Went out looking for a Christmas scene on the Strom and all I found was a bunch of corners :lol3

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    I wasn't planning on any photos of the Bonneville, but a few hours ago went out for an impromptu Christmas Eve ride on the Delta, close to home. I've been debating if I should keep this bike or not as I barely ride it, and then it goes and does something like this. If everyone had moments like these, there WOULD be peace on earth :deal

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    Oh, the Strom did lead me to my Christmas card scene. I knew this was right up my alley when I saw it.

    Merry Christmas! :freaky

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  2. waylongway

    waylongway madmax

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    Nice!:)
  3. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    I don't know how you'd ever give up that beautiful Bonnie after a photo like that!
  4. renogeorge

    renogeorge Long timer

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    What a great thread! Pictures are fantastic. Many of my favorite riding/fishing/exploring spots. THANK YOU!!
  5. BigDogRaven

    BigDogRaven Adventurer

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    I am kind of a lurker on this site, but love some of these reports.
    Now, Dave, these are really great photos! I know exactly how hard it is to stop and do it. I am very impressed. I have rode many of those areas (pavement only) many times.
    Dave, I live in Tracy as well. Been here since 1994. I ride an FJR, and have rode 50k or so in past 36 months. Have had the bug since kids have left for college.
    Anyway, I am only on page 5 as I just seen this for 1st time. Wanted to let you know you have another fan of you work.
    Thanks for sharing these awesome photos!

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  6. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Another spontaneous ride that turned out well.

    Generally I leave on my rides give or take a little around sun up. In the winter I sleep in a bit but if I haven't left by 9 am I figure the day is good as done. So the day after Christmas was one of those unmotivated mornings for me. I tell myself "just get on the bike and you'll be glad" but somehow another coffee wins. Out of nowhere it's 11 AM so I already shift my thinking to the next day. For whatever reason I gave myself the life-is-short speech so lets salvage what's left of the day.

    Sure, a quick run to the gold country. Bike is heading east and I follow, debating which area sounds bests. No intentions of it being a photo run (even though I always have my eye out). Besides, boring clear sky, not what I like for photography. Lets ride. This one will be undocumented.

    For those who know the area, I made a real nice loop from, pool station, Jesus Maria, Railroad Flat (something strange goin on in that town) with intentions of heading over to Volcano, but when I got to the main hwy I felt a pull to go higher in the mountains and look around a little.

    Rode up to Silver Lake. Stopped there before in many conditions and never really have been happy with the photos. This day was different. Little snow, lots of ice and water levels about as low as I've seen all inspired me to pull the camera out of the Jessies.


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    It was an easy walk on the frozen lake as long as I stayed on the snow. The ice between these snow islands had me looking rather awkward I'm sure. People brought chairs out and were ice skating. I think I was the only one out there with motorcycle boots on.


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    Had good conversation out there on the ice with this skater that was more than glad to let me practice my action photography on her.

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    Almost sunset and I figure the black ice will be forming soon after, better head out. Caught a glimpse of this and couldn't go.


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    Tryin to be all artsy and stuff.....


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    By this time I'm a lost cause. Maybe I'll need those ice skates for the road but this is to good to leave now. I'll stick around for one more.


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    To think I almost sat on my ass all day, instead, more life long memories made.
  7. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Mine To!


    That's why I keep her. I finished most of my mods in the first few months of ownership....and then was like now what? :lol3

    Shes still new and doesn't get me excited anymore. But then on occasion....
  8. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Well, stop by for a beer sometime. We can talk about all this great riding around here. :freaky
  9. jfman

    jfman Long timer

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    subscribed :norton
  10. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Yeah I'm diggin the California lifestyle, or at least my version of it.


    Frozen lakes in the High Sierra winter and a day later a ride to the coastal redwoods and beach.


    The Tenere likes to park in the redwoods to.
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    I'm sure many of you recognize this bridge, but how many of you have pulled over to look around? I'm guessing two of you ( I was going to say none but then some of you would prove me wrong :) )

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    Well neither had I , so this was the day to spend a little time by the creek.

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    Most of the riders that went by look at me kind of like, why is he stopped there?

    The rest of the afternoon was a day at the beach.

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    Sometimes my people watching skills are as fun as wildlife.



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  11. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Hey, me to! :D


    The Bonneville is a LOT of fun. I think I had more fun modding it than riding her though :lol3

    It was never going to be a "serious" rider for me. Something to get me back to my roots a little...something that makes the right sounds and is shiny....and just plain cool:bmwrider And it delivers on all of that.

    If you get one DO the TTP airbox mod/pipes/ecu tune unbelievable difference in the response :deal I went through the suspension as well.

    Here's where the problem is, I just don't fit on this bike. But I knew that. My intentions were the furthest this thing would go is my local loop out to the Junction, maybe 150-200 mile day tops. And here is where the problem is, this bike is an absolute gas on a twisty road, unfortunately where I would ride this 90% of the time is some pretty rough road and the suspension just isn't up to the task. I've spent more corners doing the full tilt boogie with the rear wheel hopping in the air than I care to admit :eek1 If my local road was a bit smoother I wouldn't consider selling it. But I've found I just don't get excited about riding it.

    And then I do a quick spin on her and I'm grinning ear to ear again......
  12. tomatocity

    tomatocity Retired and lovin' it

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    Love the creek but do not know where the bridge is. Where were you?
  13. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    The bridge where Pescadero and Alpine road intersect? I figure it has to be since the later pics are at Pescadero...
  14. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    So close. :lol3 Pescadero rd just west of Loma Mar. I did go over the other bridge as well :D
  15. tomatocity

    tomatocity Retired and lovin' it

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    http://goo.gl/maps/a8dY3

    Found it. Thanks for the roads. Definitely on my list of rides.

    and http://goo.gl/maps/gmoTO
  16. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Another run-of-the-mill boring sunset from Alpine rd :deal[​IMG]

    About dark thirty rolled into Alices for Burger & Beer
  17. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Funny, but that red car parked on the google map was in the same spot when I got there :lol3, totally different season.
  18. tomatocity

    tomatocity Retired and lovin' it

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    Dave your Run of the Mill is Top of the Hill. Keep them coming.
  19. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    In the million times I've done that road I just can't place it- and I have some insane ability to memorize roads like this. Ah well, I'd know it if I was there.

    And on that pic from Alpine, Dave, it seems once again great minds think alike:

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  20. tomatocity

    tomatocity Retired and lovin' it

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    Beautiful late sunset. Difficult to beat the California Coast for sunsets.

    If you are familiar with Google Maps and Street View you can see the bridge Dave photographed on the first link.