Looking for Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Lake Co. riders

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Bonnie & Clyde, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. mootsuno

    mootsuno Been here awhile

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    Going up to Cow tomorrow before the rain Sunday.
    I'll be at the Westside staging area between 8-8:30.

    Anybody want to join, not a big bike friendly ride though.
  2. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

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    Give me a little more notice for a weekday ride & I'll probably join you. I haven't ridden the Beta at Cow Mtn yet.


    Our March 22-26 Stonyford trip has been Mother Natured. :cry

    We're retreating to Cal. City for more Mojave Madness instead. :clap If anyone is interested in some desert fun instead of CLOSED or snowed-out riding areas, come join us. Ride info & discussion in this thread.

    Catfish ...
  3. Seavoyage

    Seavoyage Been here awhile

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    We've scheduled for Saturday April 7th to free up Easter Sunday. We schedule this ride on the second Sunday every month...same meet up place, same meet up time...pending weather.
    Informal ride to Lake Berryesa/Knoxville OHV

    BARF Thread from previous months ride: http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=394532 Feedback, pics, videos, opinions.
    ADVrider ride report

    Fear not! This is not hard-core dirt bike riding and knobbies are not required to ride this jeep trail. So it is okay if you do not have a dual-sport or ADV bike. All are welcome but you should feel comfortable riding your bike in the dirt, which is the same technique as wet pavement.

    For the truly adventurous looking for a challenge: We've seen this terrain handled comfortably on H-D Sportsters, a V-strom with Passenger, a Ural with side car, a FZ6, vintage Triumph Bonnevilles, and sports bikes (See Sjaak[/URL] Lucassen on an R1: )

    NOTE: This is an INFORMAL RIDE.

    There is no assigned lead or sweep. For those that would like to join the ride but skip the dirt portion of the route, you have the option of continuing on to the gas stop in Lower Lake on CA-29.
    Hardcore dirt riders on plated dirt bikes/lightweight DS: Explore the single track around Knoxville OHV heading West... you will be challenged! A Trials bike with a 4-gal tank may be more appropriate...

    Gas stops are sparse on this route (80 miles to Cache Creek Casino refuel point, ~160 miles round trip) so please have a full tank of gas when you arrive at Starbucks.

    So if you're feeling adventurous to join this ride, meet us at 8:45am.

    PLEASE READ GUIDELINES BELOW. THEY WILL APPLY.

    Meetup:
    Starbucks
    4470 Central Way Ste 100
    Fairfield, CA 94534
    KSU at 9:00am (adjust for DST as appropriate)

    Route: Test your navigation skills and route planning. Set up your GPS waypoints and roadbook reader, and navigate your way through the described route. Download .gpx
    Link to Rallye/Raid navigation instructions
    Link to GPS Coordinates converter
    Additional .gpx tracks[/URL] of off-road area courtesy of Catfish

    Head North on Suisun Valley Rd to Rt-121 Wooden Valley Rd to Rt-128 Cappell Valley Rd (38.493100 -122.246933) to Berryessa Knoxville Rd. (West side of Lake Berryessa) for the multiple stream crossings.

    Morgan Valley Rd. to the South Entrance of the Knoxville OHV area (N38.79.013 W122.21.182 or 38.829010 -122.347183 ). Turn left into Knoxville Devil's Head Rd. then follow signs to "Lower Camp" (38.810018 -122.374649).

    Head North out of "Lower Camp" on Jeep Trail to "Upper Camp"/Staging Area and back onto Morgan Valley Rd. Download Knoxville OHV Trail Map

    Instead of heading to Lower Lake: Find the mysterious Rd-40!
    Morgan Valley Rd. East on (38.858157 -122.407608) Reiff Rd./County Rd 140A/Rayhouse Rd./Rd 40 all the way to CA-16 at Cache Creek Regional Park.

    Refuel at Cache Creek Casino (38.734502 -122.143979) on CA-16 if necessary.

    Return the way we came to maximize off-road time and stay off the boring slab.

    A few maps, pics, videos of the off-road route. [​IMG] Courtesy of SFMCjohn
    Berryessa Knoxville Rd video
    Morgan Valley Rd. to Knoxville OHV video
    Knoxville OHV Lower Camp to Morgan Valley Rd. video
    Reiff Rd video
    Rayhouse Rd. to Cache Creek video

    Stragglers: For those unable to get up at O Dark thirty in the morning... isn't that the reason Starbucks follows the word 'Beyond'? Try to catch us on the way:

    First checkpoint: intersection of CA-121 and CA-128 (Poser's 38.445632 -122.196448 ) ~ 9:45AM (depending on how fast we strafe CA-121.)

    Second checkpoint: South Entrance to Knoxville OHV on Devilshead Rd. off Morgan Valley Rd, (38.824697 -122.354908 or N38.79.013 W122.21.182) ~ 10:30AM if no one drowns in the several water crossings on the Northend of Lake Berryessa. Chance to empty bladder and suck in the fresh air... and for the posers to excuse themselves by staying on the slab to make Lower Lake for lunch.

    Third checkpoint: Reiff Rd./Rd-40 and Morgan Valley Rd. (38.875733 -122.424216) Probably 12 Noon. Had enough dirt? break off and head out on slab.

    Fourth checkpoint: Cache Creek Bridge in Cache Creek Regional Park (38.915212 - 122.318602) off CA-16. 1:00PM Ditto: Had enough dirt? break off and head out on slab.
    GPS, Camelback, and Camera highly recommended. Brown bag lunch if you prefer. Take videos/pics or there is no proof you were ever there.

    Weather: forecast. Rains 48 hrs. prior to KSU cancels events due to flooding and muddy trails.

    **GUIDELINES TO RIDE KNOXVILLE OHV RECREATION AREA**
    •All vehicles must be street licensed or have a current off-highway vehicle registration (green or red sticker)
    •All vehicles must be equipped with a properly installed muffler and a U.S. Forest Service approved spark arrester.
    •All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) operators must wear a D.O.T. approved safety helmet.
    •No operator of an all-terrain vehicle may carry a passenger when operating on public lands. However, the operator of an all-terrain vehicle, that is designed for operation off of the highway by an operator with no more than one passenger, may carry a passenger when operating on public lands. (CVC 38506).
    •Please respect our neighbors and stay out of private land.
    •Yield the right of way to pedestrians, horses or bicycles.
    •All roads and trails in the area have two-way traffic. Be alert and always stay to the right-hand side.
    •Please stay on designated trails. Avoid cutting switchbacks or driving through stream bottoms and wet meadows. Devilhead Road is a county road, therefore only street licensed vehicles are permitted.
    •This area is open to hunting year round. Be extremely cautious when riding during peak hunting seasons.
  4. barefootbob

    barefootbob Adventurer

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    Hey fellow Adv riders, making the jump from dirt to adv riding, just picked up a Strom last week

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    Looking foward to hooking up on some rides, I live in Willits Ca.
  5. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Cool strom. Post up if You have a ride and need a buddy or join a ride if one pops up. rrsteves lives in ukiah and rides a lot. Rumor has it a heard of TAs are going to be roaming mendo this summer.
  6. barefootbob

    barefootbob Adventurer

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    LOL wonder if the Strom will make trail 16:evil I need to learn some nice loops for sure.

    Riding this weekend, Tomorrow Saturday I have band practice around 6 so we want to get in a small ride. Thinking of riding up to Legget, take 1 down to 128 or hit 253 to Boonville and from there who knows, maybe head back to Ukiah or go south through Napa over to Lk County and back, depending on time.
    Sunday we have all day so looking to do a bigger ride, I really want to head north and hit 36 to 3 to 299 and stop in Redding to say hi to my son but it might be to early for that ride, I need to get a map.

    So riding this weekend if anyone if interested:clap
  7. rrsteves

    rrsteves Been here awhile

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    available Tues. or Wed though. Can't tell if your DL is 650 or 1000. Not that familiar with them though they intrigue me a lot. Inmate Joe fro SF goes the same places on his 650 as I do on my KLR. With more style as well I might add...
  8. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens

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    Thanks for the plug Steve.

    Bob, the Strom is a great adventure bike platform, but it needs a little work. Before:

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    After:

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  9. barefootbob

    barefootbob Adventurer

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    Can't ride weekdays right now but our next ride will be Sunday the 6th,
    Nice Strom, what skid plate are you using?
    We got in a couple nice rides over the weekend though. Saturday we rode up to Leggett took hwy1 and came out through Boonville. Watch out, that part of hwy 1 between Leggett and the coast has green moss growing on the rd:huh
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    Then on Sunday we took Berressa/knoxville rd from the Lk County side to Berryessa, thats a cool rd. Wraped back around on 121 to 128 through Garberville, about 260 miles. That last 50 miles we had to stop a few extra times, the seat is soft but I need to check into a softer seat then stock.
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    Fun weekend, logged about 400 miles.
  10. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens

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    Skid plate is from Adventure MotoStuff. I highly recommend them for Strom related stuff. http://www.amotostuff.com/adventure_motostuff/AMSVSEP.html The owner Chad is a long time supporter of the Strom community. :thumb

    I still have the stock seat, but use an Airhawk pad for long trips. Works well and is easy to remove when I get to the dirt.
  11. barefootbob

    barefootbob Adventurer

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    Looking to get out for a ride on Sunday if anyone is intrested, Still don't have a skid plate and crash bars so kepping it on the paved road for now.
  12. mootsuno

    mootsuno Been here awhile

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  13. barefootbob

    barefootbob Adventurer

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    Hey Dean, keeping the dl1000 off the dirt untill I get the skid plate and crash bars but that looks like fun. I've done a lot of camping and dirt riding at Pillsbury. It's local for me infact last time I dislocated my shoulder I was Barefoot skiing on Pilsbury, the ride to the Hospital was long:kurtIf I still had a dirt bike I would come up and guide a group around the trails. That place has some awesome riding.
    Just looking to get in a simple Sunday ride this weekend
  14. barefootbob

    barefootbob Adventurer

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    My girl friend and I where going to ride 36 this weekend to visit my son in Redding but he has other plans, anyone want to get in a local ride this weekend? I'm thinking Sunday 5/20
  15. GoinPostal

    GoinPostal Been here awhile

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  16. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    I hope the doctor clears me soon to ride. I want to ride forest hill again!
  17. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Ya I think I have it sorted until I ride it one good ride and want to change something. I will just be happy to get out and ride it.

    I'm about 75-80 % grip strength. I'm hoping the doctor will let me go back to work and ride again. Fingers crossed. I will hit you up for forest hill soon!
  18. boney

    boney Ride > Post

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  19. mootsuno

    mootsuno Been here awhile

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    If anybody is interested, a couple of us will be at Cow, Saturday at 8am.
    Ride early before it gets too hot. Not a big bike friendly ride, single
    and double track with some jeep trails.

    Let me know.

    Dean
    415 519-3326
  20. rrsteves

    rrsteves Been here awhile

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    So, let's resurrect this thread. It's winter, I know, but let's check in and set up some dustless rides. Cory, what's your status? I work most weekends so hooking up can be difficult. Let's get out there. Post Thanksgiving rides used to be a tradition here. Maybe New Years?