1. TourPros

    TourPros Local wherever I go

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    How do how do ? So originally from Malibu canyon I grew up riding So Cal (Indian dunes, Red Rocks, Jaw Bone, and every hill from the valley to Thousand Oaks and from the beach to Simi Peaks). Knowing that now you go to jail for even being on a fire road in the Santa Monica mountains and Indian Dunes has been closed for many many moons I am no longer familiar with riding areas. I left SoCal about twenty years ago. While I am
    In L.A. many times a year for pre production or shows and know all the hangs etc I don’t know the “new” spots to ride.

    The thought I have is to start “Snow birding” to SoCal from Hood River, OR during the winter when I am not on tour. I have three bikes in my stable a well built XR650L capabale of climbing trees, a more than capably set up 950 Adventure and my custom Harley. I would most likely bring all three down. Thinking I would borrow a Tour bus and trailer from a friend for a week or two and enjoy some riding.

    That said I am looking for areas for all three styles of riding. We have all three up in Hood River to epic levels. We also have cold and white stuff that covers said epic riding in winter. After four heart attacks Intry to love as much as possible which is the basis of these soon to be annual (starting this winter) trips.

    So tell me if you were me (be thankful your not) where would you ride ?
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  2. Todd157k

    Todd157k Been here awhile

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    Yup.. T.O. and Simi are all closed down. Much of what you rode is houses now anyway. White face still has a hiking trail as well as Hummingbird (opposite side of what you knew as Hopetown mx track or Correginville, which is also loooong gone). For your XL, you're looking at Rowher Flats (you knew it as Texas Canyon) and if you want to head down towards Orange Co., Cleveland Nat'l Forest (north end which has been in two major fires in the last couple weeks). Other than that, head out toward Mojave to your old stomping grounds. All still there, but Cal City has shrunk to about 1/3 it's size when you were there in an effort to get the desert tortoise room to breed. Thank Feinstein for that one too.
    For your 950, head out to Death Valley/Pahrump ride with us next month. You'll have plenty to ride there. Also lots of good two-track in the hills at Piute above the 58.
    As for the Harley.. heck, it's California. If you can't find good riding here, you're sitting on the couch too much.
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  3. Davethestick

    Davethestick Been here awhile

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    Good riding in the Santa Barbara & Ojai areas. About 2 hrs away.
    Gorman OHV Is 1.5 hrs away.
    High desert is about 2 Hrs away.
    Rowher is about 45 Min away.
    Big Bear is about 2.5 hrs (easily done on a Saturday Morning)
    Baja/ Border is about 3 hrs

    All the above is good - Excellent riding IMO.

    I grew up local as well and can only dream about riding dirt around here.
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  4. TourPros

    TourPros Local wherever I go

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    I forgot all about Gorman Flats. Big bear in Jan is a maybe with weather. Baja getting sketchier by the day I hear. What dualsport if any still exists central coast area ?
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  5. Countdown

    Countdown Long timer

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    What he said except central coast?

    Basically now you MUST actually go to Public Land.

    Obtain maps from https://www.jawbone.org/ohvmap/

    Funny I just wrote about the changes in OHV opportunities the OP observed in Tread Lightly
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/ohv-land-use-and-the-law.1249450/
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  6. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Not a huge amount of dual sporting on the Central Coast. There are a few National Forest trails to camping spots in the Las Padres NF. Better to head out to the desert with the Honda. There are some dunes, however. I once took my 1983 XL600R out on Pismo (aka Oceano Dunes). I was by far the heaviest bike out there, but as long as I kept on the power it was a lot of fun. They only make 18" paddle tires, so I had a spare rear wheel just for that (rear wheel borrowed from a '79 XL250). Be careful driving a bus out on the beach. People do it, but it is easy to get stuck if you lose momentum going uphill. The tow bill is enormous.

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    As others have said, California has lots of riding for the Harley. Not too far north, be sure to check out the Solvang Motorcycle Museum. It isn't huge, but it's cool. The coast along Hwy 1 is great, although I think it is still blocked by a landslide so you can't go all the way to Monterey. For a good Harley gathering with a nice ride up the eastern Sierra, check out Street Vibrations. The one in Reno is the big one, of course, but they have expanded it into Virginia City as well. That happens in late September. (They also expanded the Hot August Nights car show to Virginia City.)

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    The KTM can go anywhere. You might consider checking out Arizona or southern Utah, though Utah gets cold as well.

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  7. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    More ideas:

    Do you like watching motorcycle racing?

    They have events (and track days :wink:) at Buttonwillow Raceway.
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    The WSBK race at Laguna Seca is in June this year. I know a bunch of people ride up the coast to see it, when the road is open. Camp at the track and walk around introducing yourself.
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    Do you like drag racing?

    The NHRA drags are coming up in a couple of weeks at Famoso Raceway. Camp at the track and walk around introducing yourself. (I'm on the pit crew for this one):
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  8. TourPros

    TourPros Local wherever I go

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    While all this sounds great my trip is for the winter (most likely Jan). I am well versed wth Harley rides and I am partial to my old stomping grounds of Stunt Rd, Mulholland, Decker Cyn and so on.

    Not big on Dunes riding at all so no worry about getting bus stuck. Sounds like my normal Bus driver on tour wants to join so I will have a pro behind the wheel rather then me just borrowing a bus.

    Im really am bummed that ll the foothills are off limits these days as they were great rides back in the days. Hell I use to rip PCH on dirt bikes all the way to Agoura for even better riding

    With the bus obviously hotels are not an issue.

    Would ike to stay below the snow line and freezing temps or there is no point leaving home lol
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  9. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Maybe head out toward Blythe (huge snowbird community). There are lots of dirt roads out there that absolutely nobody cares what you do. I'm not sure it ever rains there. You can park the bus on the bank of the Colorado River. The liquor store in town has an excellent selection of beer, because the guy that owns it is a connoisseur.

    Death Valley is another great winter spot. So many things to see, and the 650 is idea for exploring it all.
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  10. TourPros

    TourPros Local wherever I go

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    Not necessarily looking for "snowBird" community LAMO. Im not that OLD but I did use the terminology lol.. But good recommendations for sure
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