Newbie saying hi from So Cal

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Gone in 60, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Gone in 60

    Gone in 60 Adventurer

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    Hi all,

    New here, but have been riding for years in Orange and L.A. Counties. I have two Hondas in the garage, a '93 Nighthawk 750 and an '07 VTX 1300. I commute daily and swap between the bikes for variety. The sad part is that about 95% of my riding is my commute to work.

    In my forays on the Nighthawk, VTX and other forums, there are frequent references to the ADVrider site, so I figured I'd check it out.

    I'm trying to take more recreational rides, and you guys look like you have a lot of fun!

    I can see adding a KLR to my fleet down the road. Also, I'll be renting a 1200GS soon just for kicks, and am planning as epic a one day ride as possible.

    Look forward to hanging out!
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  2. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    Welcome!!
    Roam these threads for abit and you'll be planning your next "adventure". It's contagious.

    Check out the Ride Report thread for epic inspiration.
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  3. brentde3

    brentde3 Should be outside

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    :wave:wave

    Greetings from the frozen north. I wish I was in California right about now. Beats the windchill of -15 we've got right now.
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  4. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Noooooo!

    not another KLR! you can get a pretty nice used 1150GS for near the price of a KLR......

    just sayin

    :augie

    oh and welcome..... you're life will never be the same

    :nod
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  5. ceebaileys

    ceebaileys Shield Manufacturer

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    Welcome fellow Californian.
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  6. jsalman93

    jsalman93 Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the forum.

    As a fellow Californian, I would highly recommend checking out a few good canyons (if you haven't already)

    Azusa Canyon
    Angeles Crest
    Mullholland
    Topanga Canyon
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  7. donmoto

    donmoto Adventurer

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    Don't forget little tujunga!
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  8. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    -- > Bouquet -- > Spunky..... then through Frazier park.... Cuddy Valley - CARRIZO PLAIN!!!!

    :freaky
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  9. OCRedRoadster

    OCRedRoadster Adventurer

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    I do similarly - commute 80 miles a day on either my vstrom or my DR650. I have reserved most dirt riding for my native Oregon during the summers. I'm old(er) now but I've ridden since I was 13 and do some kind of road tour on my vstrom yearly
    If you want to explore let me know. Beyond the few roads in Cleveland Nat'l Forest I havent been out in the dirt or sand here much (after 10 years living here...)
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  10. jsalman93

    jsalman93 Been here awhile

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    I have not heard of little tujunga....do tell :D

    Oh, GMR, don't forget GMR. :deal
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  11. jsalman93

    jsalman93 Been here awhile

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    I have yet to venture off of the pavement (mainly due to a lack of money), but if you are ever looking for someone to ride the canyons with, feel free to let me know.
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  12. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    Don't know about the BMW pricing, but you can also get a Suzuki DR650 or Honda XR650L for similar prices to a KLR, and both are a bit better in the dirt.
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  13. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    a men, man. the DR and the XR are awesome and under rated machines.
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  14. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    its an incredible road that heads out of Sunland and over toward Canyon Country. Its usually much less busy with squids and the fuzz on the weekends.
    Also because of the direction in which it goes, it's usually a springboard for longer trips; Frazier Park, Gorman, Carrizo, WARPED et al

    not to be missed
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  15. Gone in 60

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    Thanks for the welcome, guys. This past Saturday, I visited Moto Quest in Long Beach, where I'll be renting the GS soon - I have been swamped at work and with volunteer stuff on the weekends, so I have some time to plan my ride before I'll have a chance to do it. These guys there seem very nice, and I got the lowdown on how the rental works. They also let me have a seat on one of their rentals, and I'm looking forward to riding it. I'm thinking of heading to Malibu, up to Mulholland, and up to Oxnard or someplace out there. They told me that once I ride the GS, I'll want to buy one. Of course, they're the rental part of a BMW dealer, so I'm sure they'd like to see me buy one. I've pretty much ridden cruisers and standards, so a tall adventure bike will be a new experience.

    Since you guys seem to know a lot about trails in the area, you might know about this one... I live in Orange County, and my wife and I do a lot of hiking. last weekend, we went to Silverado Canyon, and took the trail that starts where the road officially ends. We usually cut off to follow the creek trail, but this time we stayed on the main trail, and after about a few miles, the pavement ended and it turned into a dirt trail that kept going and going up into the hills. A bunch of Jeeps and a variety of off road bikes passed us on the trail. I'm very intrigued to know where this trail ends up. None of the bikes or trucks that went up the trail doubled back during the six miles that we hiked up, so I'm thinking that the other end of the trail must hook up to a road on the other side somewhere.

    Anyone know about this trail?
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  16. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    I believe you're talking about holy Jim canyon. I don't know how far back, or what it links to, but it goes back a ways
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  17. luv2race

    luv2race Confused

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    That goes to the top of Saddleback. Looking at the mountain, it's the peak with all the radio towers. Great view in all directions from up top and it takes about a half hour to get there on a m/c. The trail also goes down to Corona, or down to Ortega highway when it's open and not raining.
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  18. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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  19. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    No, he's talking about Maple Springs...it takes you up to Four Corners/Main Divide/Santiago Peak...It's beautiful up there and I highly recommend it...but earn the peak by pedaling up :evil
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  20. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    Motoquest is a great outfit. I did an Alaska trip with them last year...awesome! They are not owned by LB BMW but they do rent some space from the dealership and they buy some of their rental/tour bikes from LB BMW. Great idea to get a full day ride on a GS to decide if you want one....but I agree with Motoquest...you're going to want one after you ride it!
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