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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    Thanks, night photography amazes me . It seems surprising so many riders feel the need to be home before dark :lol3

    The camera that I used for the nocturnal stuff is a Nikon D5100.
  2. flyingz06

    flyingz06 Been here awhile

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    what is the rear tail bag? who's it made by?:huh
  3. dman

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    Highland Road? Really curious how you will like your new DL1K over time ... I was really thinking of a SuperTen to replace my DL650, but the new 1K is more appealing for everything except tougher dirt. Which of course I where the Strom is weak, at least in my less-than-confident hands. Meanwhile I need to ride a few more days to tick over 50K miles on my Wee.

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  4. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Yep GR got it, Motofizz tail bag. This particular one has been on a number of bikes with me.

    Keeping the S10, but will be selling my '05 Vee.

    Yep, Highland rd, breaking in the motor in your neck of the woods. Everything I can do to avoid open road. 600 miles now and maybe 50 of that freeway :evil

    Ask me again in 6 months, but for now the new Vee seems the better all around street bike, the S10 will shine wherever the dirt is more adventurous than hardpack road. The S10 does also have more room, which could make long days in the saddle more comfortable.
  5. homere

    homere Been here awhile

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    Beautiful pictures !!! WOW, Great stuff, enjoy that 14 dl 1000. I just got one too, 300 miles, its nice, ( a bunch nicer that my 08 dl 650 ,POWER ), Just need some jesse luggage, and a good windscreen, And dial in the forks. Keep taking those pics !!!!
  6. reed valve

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    Wow!what a fantastic thread!your photography is amazing.I've been irritating my wife by trying to show her photos of your every few seconds while she reads a book.
    Great choice in bikes too,especially the s10.
    It seems to me that you have a lot of patience waiting for the right time to shoot but it worth it in the end.found this thread and went through it in an evening and a bit the next morning but i know for sure I'll go back to the beginning and start all over again.a few times too.
    Thank you for sharing.
  7. Kirt

    Kirt Biker Dude

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    I stumbled on your ride report recently, you’ve got some nice pics in there.

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    Kinda handy living between the ocean and sierras, makes for some nice trips.

    Also been looking at your Bonneville, nice looking ride. I’m kinda curious after doing the fuel/exhaust and mapping mods how has the mileage changed. Better, worse, about the same. I know a lot depends on conditions and ring style. Just wondering how far that 4.2 gallons gets you before looking for the petro station.

    Keep up the good report.

    curt

    post anymore pictures of that bike and I might come get it from you…. :)
  8. mattherat

    mattherat Been here awhile

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    i came here via v strom thread , im a nosey bastard ,

    very interesting , i must say . love your stuff ,

    whether it be pics or prose.
  9. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    If you've been following this thread you already know the riding season is over for me, at least until after labor day. Let all the crazies have the mountains for a couple of months, they need to enjoy it to....I'll be back when they're gone. :deal

    Of course I haven't stopped riding, but generally shorter trips to the coast to cool off or doing the full tilt boogie on my new strom behind Mt. Hamilton. And I always have time to hang under the oak trees at The Junction for some killer grub and swap road stories with local riders...after all that is about 90% of my social life right there.:lol3


    So while I've been getting in some decent miles I've been enjoying the moment from the saddle lately and the camera hasn't come out as much, but of course I can't resist a shot when I see one. So no big stories here but thought I'd update the thread with some random photos.
    Probably the last ride I got a bit shutter happy was when I did the passes on my Strom with my friend Brian on his new KTM 1190R. I kept telling him I wanted him to buy it so I could get a REAL test ride, and I did. We swapped machines going over Monitor Pass. What a cool ride.

    Fresh off a proper thrashing on Monitor, I was still giggling :wink:

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    A fly by at Mosquito lake

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    Riding the California High Country

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    Heck ,I needed a new profile for my Facebook page so why not yours truly in front of Leavitt Falls?


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    I didn't get the shot of the falls I wanted that day and they are barely running now due to the drought, but expect to see an update to this in about a year.....I've got some ideas

    One more shot of my stealthy Strom at a favorite hideout/camping spot

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    When It gets hot I really enjoy coming home in the evening, Del Puerto Canyon:riding in the Twilight Zone

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    One of the more memorable people I met at The Junction recently, my new friend Jason who can't decide to ride his bicycle or motorcycle. Here he was riding home from a bicycle race and still had energy for a swift ride up the canyon. What a trick 250, was really fun watching it lean from side to side with the bicycle so high up.

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    As I mentioned I've been out on the coast a lot recently. I really enjoy riding familiar roads but stopping in a corner I never have before to find a spot to chill for the afternoon. It takes familiar and makes it a new adventure, sometimes hard to explain. People tell me "you've been there 100s of times" Yeah, but it was my first time at that exact spot!

    Here's a few of those places.

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    Not much in the way of off road around here, but it's easy enough to sneak a bike into the bushes without anybody passing having a clue that I'm there. Perfect.

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    Right around the corner there was a log crossing above this creek which I ate lunch on and it was so darn peaceful I almost fell asleep 20 feet in the air :lol3

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    Love the sunlight in a redwood forest. For all of the kids and their twitter "hashtag-no filter".....this is the real deal. About as natural of a filter as you can get.

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    Last week my spot was on the beach, I've never seen this kite-surfers in the waves. I could watch that for an hour....and I did, or even longer.

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    Just so cool watching anybody passionate about what they do, and be good at it.


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    And I don't want to forget all of the interesting rides right here in the valley.


    This next shot was actually taken in Feb right after a storm. If you aren't familiar with California geography you may not understand the significance of this shot, but it was taken in the agricultural town of Patterson. If you don't see it right away, pay attention to the background....where/what is that landmark? :evil

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    Our sunsets can be pretty insane out here on the Delta as well. This is from an evening ride about ten minutes from my house.

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    Now I know this is a moto forum, and I don't get to excited about cars, but I saw this after dusk and just HAD to do a u-turn and get a shot.


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  10. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    I agree :evil

    Done.

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    Wow, I must be truly talented!! I contributed to irritating a woman I don't even know! :lol3

    Glad you're diggin it man! :freaky
  11. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Don't care where ya came from, glad you're here now! :freaky

    (actually if you came here from the V-Strom thread, you're probably alright :D)
  12. Eros

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    Thanks for putting this together, Desert Dave. This is one of my new favorite threads. Your photographs are inspirational.
  13. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    <table cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr> <td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset"> Originally Posted by Kirt
    Kinda handy living between the ocean and sierras, makes for some nice trips.

    Also been looking at your Bonneville, nice looking ride. I’m kinda curious after doing the fuel/exhaust and mapping mods how has the mileage changed. Better, worse, about the same. I know a lot depends on conditions and ring style. Just wondering how far that 4.2 gallons gets you before looking for the petro station.

    Keep up the good report.

    curt

    post anymore pictures of that bike and I might come get it from you…. :)

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    Yeah, I'm about halfway between two of the best pl;aces to ride in the country........my opinion of course :D

    A little bit late, sold the Bonnie last week. MPG didn't seem to change much but I never rode that one at a steady pace enough to get good calculations.....it was always twisted pretty hard :wink:

    The last Bonneville photo I took:

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  14. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Thanks for the note, always makes me feel like this thread is a two way street knowing others get something out of it. :freaky
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    Awesome update, please keep them coming. I enjoy seeing people who are passionate about what they are doing too. The water shots are fun and I like the old pickup. :clap There is so much good stuff in this thread.
  16. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    Sometimes I debate whether to add photos like that as they aren't directly motorcycle related, but then I figure that's what I saw while out riding , right? :D All part of the experience.

    I'll keep them coming :deal
  17. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Thanks for the latest group of photos, great as always!
    Yes please keep them coming.
  18. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    You asked :deal

    Just when I get done saying how I stay out of the mountains this time of year a week of storms comes rolling in and I get all excited about being in the high country. Yeah, rain gets me excited to ride, go figure. There's a challenge to just skirting the edge of the storm clouds all day, and a whole lot of fun.

    Still early the skies are forming a show for later, not a bad first stop of the day huh?

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    Evidence everywhere of the previous days downpours and flash floods as there is debris crossing the roads anywhere water came hurling down the hills and the rivers that are usually crystal clear this time of year look like chocolate milk.



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    I spent the afternoon in the Eastern Sierra watching the front roll in, sometimes over me, trying to make sure I wasn't the tallest thing on the hill as lightning was doing its thing ( a couple of time I got downright nervous, it's a fine line between adventure and stupid). The further I went in on some of the dirt roads I kept in mind if a thunder-cell opened up on me the roads could be impassable in minutes with my current tires.

    So many cool sights. I just spent the afternoon in awe of how small I felt. Love the sound of thunder and smell of rain. More than once stopped over an hour watching things change, waiting for perfect light.....yeah that's my excuse. Here's a few of my favorites.


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    And to think some probably saw the weather report and stayed home.......:lol3
  19. bkg123

    bkg123 Been here awhile

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    Dave, I need to join in here again. Two years in a row now I've wandered through NoCal on my vacations, in no small part because of this thread. I live in a place which, like Northern California has endless miles of new roads to explore, and old friends to revisit. Every time I browse through your photos and narrative I find another weekend gone to wandering. I expect I'll be down there again next year too. Every trip I see a new place and make a new acquaintance. This year was Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite and Tioga pass. Absolutely magnificent.
    Anyway, just wanted to add in my thanks for the ride alongs. Tomorrow Im headed for the Nestucca River, One of our little slices of heaven.
  20. Ladybug0048

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    Thanks for more. :clap The photos from your stormy ride are awesome.