Go West Young Man!

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by kerncountykid, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. kerncountykid

    kerncountykid Been here awhile

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    Refugio Beach gets windy at night. I thought the tent was going to blow away with us inside it. Rolling up my pack was a nightmare. The folks that invited us to camp fed us breakfast burritos and orange juice. I wish I could remember their names. As thanks we gave them the fire wood and set off for Pismo Beach.

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    We hit our first wineries moving up the 1. Justin was stoked. Me, not so much. I don't drink wine because it tastes like blood. And it smells like my grandma's sloppy kisses.

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    In Pismo we parked and walked half way out the pier. Pismo is really nice when the beaches aren't full. As a kid I spent a lot of time out in the water boogie boarding here. This was all before I saw 'Jaws' of course.

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    Note to self: don't cheap out on future hair cuts.

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    I lived in Atascadero for a few years and Morro Bay is probably my all time favorite place to visit. I have a picture of myself in front of "The Rock", an extinct valcano, at just about every age. Justin and I even came here together on a trip with my mom in our pre-teen years before Justy had the height on me. No taffy this time, there was a street fair clogging up the works.

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  2. The Toecutter

    The Toecutter Adventurer

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    Love great writing and great pics. Enjoy
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  3. JGR

    JGR I ride in jeans.

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    Good style, guys. Way to keep it real. :D
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  4. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Hell yeah! :thumb makes me wish I'd a taken a trip on my CB200. Wait...I still can...summer plans - thanks for the inspiration.
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  5. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    Nicely done. My first bike was a brown and black Honda 550 four cylinder - your pictures bring back memories.

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  6. CurDog

    CurDog Adventurer

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    Keep the RR coming. You are a gutsy guy. I like reading about the trouble you find.
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  7. regal403

    regal403 vanilla_g0rilla

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    Dig your style. Ride on.
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  8. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    Sweet RR so far.
    can't wait for more.
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  9. kerncountykid

    kerncountykid Been here awhile

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    We made our way down the embarcadero and stopped in the Shell Shop. Justin picked the brains of some natives and got a line on a great little Mexican restaurant just off the strip. We ate cheap burritos and I called my aunt & uncle in Atascadero. I let them know I was in town with a friend and we were hoping for at least a lumpy mattress to sleep on. The ride over on Morro Rd. is a twisty one with the narrow asphalt flanked by a steep ravine and avocado orchards.

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  10. kerncountykid

    kerncountykid Been here awhile

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    In the morning we are alone, the house empty. My aunt & uncle had gone about thier busy lives and we roam around the house. Any food we source here is an Ensure we don't have to drink for breakfast. My filthy jeans toss in the dryer. I lock my helmet inside and Justin is all too eager to break in and get it for me. The day begins beautifully and we're nothing but eager.

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    The road back to the coast cuts through the golden, scorched hills high above Morro Bay and Cayucos. Hearst Castle lingers over San Simeon and is really representative of this region - spectacular, gaudy and somewhat insane. The PCH hugs the shore tightly and the pace becomes jerky as we trace the edge of the sea.

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    The world famous Bixby Bridge

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    In Carmel I called home to let my folks know I was now a man. We headed north for Monterey and made quick work of it, as we had spent most the day zig-zagging up the sheer face of the Pacific. We were still convinced we could make it to San Francisco before dark.

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  11. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I'm glad to see the thread continues, I was starting to think you fell in the Pacific and were shark bait...
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  12. regal403

    regal403 vanilla_g0rilla

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    More!
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  13. kerncountykid

    kerncountykid Been here awhile

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    "Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream." &#8212; John Steinbeck

    We strolled up to the Monterey Bay Aquarium around 5:30; just as they locked the front doors and stopped selling tickets. We snuck in the exit and of course got caught. A little sweet talking with the female ticket girl bought us thirty minutes to see the whole place, free of charge!

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    If I ever thought Justin couldn't get away with anything, he proved me wrong by asking a waiter on Cannery Row where the good places to eat were, and the dude actually helped us. Justy caught up with the NFL at the bar and I picked at a bland lump of fish. The bay darkened and we gave up on making it to San Fran. Our night ended with some super cool locals we met at the restuarant dragging our asses home with them, keeping us out of the gutters.

    Keeley busks outside the restuarant to the delight of two old perverts (not us, two other old perverts)

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  14. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    Ahhh, to be young and good looking again. *sigh*

    (well, I guess in my case, just young. :lol3)
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  15. kerncountykid

    kerncountykid Been here awhile

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    In the morning Kate & Keeley let us buy breakfast as a thanks. Keeley returned all the shit she stole from us and we packed up for San Francisco. Definetly a couple of brave girls, didn't even call the cops when I showed them my stun gun and sexually vulgar postcards I wrote (no, I never mailed them).

    We kind of screwed up and skipped the PCH for the expedited ride up the 101. Straight into San Fran we made a bee line for the Golden Gate Bridge. Motorcycles cross for free!

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    We got one of those bizzaro off season deals at the San Francisco Inn on Lombard Street. Paying 40$ for a 150$ room really appealed to the teenage thief that still lurks in the underdeveloped region of my brain. Grub came from Golden Boy Pizza, a North Beach institution and hang out for the combat boot crew. I hope they can fly a slice in when I'm on death row. We wrapped up the evening by riding over to Haight & Ashbury. It was kind of gay, if you can believe it.

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  16. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Can't say I've ever seen a motorcycle packed that way before. Quite a masterpiece!
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  17. highpsiguy

    highpsiguy Adventurer

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    I have owned my 81 Honda CX500 since I was 15. I am now 40 and still ride it. My bike was originally same color as your friends- two tone blue. I found a red set back about 10 years ago. I wish I could find the hard luggage that he has on his for mine. I have a new 09 Kawasaki Versys but still love to ride the old CX. I kept hoping you would mention what you guys found wrong with his bike. Inquiry minds wanna know. Mine ran similar to that when my airbox intake boots rotted out.
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  18. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    I am impressed.... writing, photography, and mechanical aptitude.

    Thanks for posting... and continue...
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  19. kerncountykid

    kerncountykid Been here awhile

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    The stator on the CX's is located inside the motor. We had to replace it with a modified wiring harness shortly before leaving. I'm guessing a solder joint on the repaired harness came loose. We've yet to get the motor out so I can't say for sure.

    @DRONE, I never could get packing down. Moving the tool bag to the top of my gas tank helped, but that's not till later.

    thanks guys, more coming...
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  20. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    Your friend really should consider the Ignitech.
    http://choppercharles.com/cs/forums/158972/ShowPost.aspx

    It replaces the stock brain and doesn't use the pickup coils on the stator.
    This allows the higher power and more reliable G8 stator as well as making the ignition system much more reliable.