Noobs - Unite in Southern California Mountains!

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Little Bike, Apr 10, 2013.

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When are you available to ride?

  1. Saturdays

  2. Sundays

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  1. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    All may enter NoobNation.......passports or visas not required, just the ability to laugh at yourself :ksteve

    *we do not discriminate against those who actually know what they're doing*
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  2. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

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    Im a newb myself, and have lots of great riding areas around the Santa Clarita (magic mountain area) area,

    If anyone is ever around here and want to check it out, i can show you around, pm me.

    Ron
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  3. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Cool! Would you be willing to set up a group ride?
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  4. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    When: Sunday, May 5th
    What Time?: Meet at 8:30, leave for the trail at 8:45
    Where to Meet:

    Shell Station
    44462 Highway 74
    Hemet

    I would attach a Google Map, but....:lol3

    Post up if you're going :clap
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  5. BillAllen

    BillAllen aka OlGeezer

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    I'm in!
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  6. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

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    Sure, i see you are in Temecula, that is about 2+ hours away,

    Theres trails out here, fire roads, and some hard sections, but not too bad, we will have to cross a few black diamond trails, but its not that bad,

    3+ hours or so, 50 miles of dirt, then we can head back on the black top.
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  7. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    May 5th Ride mileage estimate:

    about 91 miles from the Shell Station, up Rouse Ridge, up and back Toro Peak and to Anza for gas.

    It's an estimate!!:deal
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  8. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    It's the end of the first day at Jimmy Lewis' class and I've been standing up! :clap
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  9. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Got back from jimmy's riding class early Monday morning, wow. Highly recommend. A lot to process, especially if you're starting from my riding level (I really hope I didn't slow the class......). You think you're doing ok with some skills, you get an exercise to do and feedback, then you realize that you really should have been analyzing what you've been doing all along. 99% of the class for me was "what! I had no idea!".

    For example, i found my clutch control sucks. I couldn't believe how many times I stalled or chugged! Thought it was a skill that was fine, not so much!

    The second day jimmy was trying to help me feel what I was doing wrong with bike control. He stuck me on the back of the bike and off we went! After a minute of !!!!!it, jimmy talked me through it and, yeah, I really could feel the difference.

    A lot of the exercises were frustrating, but in a good way. The class is not easy, i found it very challenging. I got a little cranky sunday, I didn't feel like I could do anything right (at one point I told jimmy that I was doing fine on an exercise until he came over to watch......:shog).However, whenever I've taken a skills class for any sport, the best classes always have a day or moment like that. Those are the classes where you learn the most. If everything is easy to accomplish you're not going to learn much.

    The second day was harder too because I was pretty tired from day 1. Highly recommend you are in reasonable shape for taking the class. A little of the difficulty I had Sunday was because I was feeling a little bedraggled from the day before (enough that I did some dumb things and didn't have the stamina of day1). Tired = Stupid.

    Today I wrote down as much as I could remember about each skill (I planned on doing this each evening, but I was too pooped). Now it's practice, practice practice. I'll definitely be retaking the class, hope I don't drive jimmy too nuts next time:lol3. (he is very patient)

    Go do it!
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  10. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Me again.

    We have a Sunday ride coming up this weekend. I'm thinking we should schedule a Saturday ride next. There are roads in the Santa Ana mountains, between Corona and Orange County, that I want to check out.

    Maybe first weekend in June?
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  11. KiLO

    KiLO Adventure Cafe

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    Little Bike... You have my interest piqued... I may have missed the info before... What's Jimmy's class? Sounds like something I'd like.
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  12. McKay

    McKay Long timer

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    http://jimmylewisoffroad.com/

    That's little bike in his cover photo! :lol3
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  13. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Nope, my bike is even littler :lol3 and I'm not! Wish it was me!!! :rofl:rofl:rofl
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  14. KiLO

    KiLO Adventure Cafe

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    Wow very cool... I am definitely going to try and do this!
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  15. burnoil

    burnoil Schrodinger is right

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    I ride those mountains above OC quite a bit on my Super Tenere. Nice trails up to Santiago Peak. Let me know and I'll join in.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g6ZY36WjS4 from our last ride
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  16. mr. thumbs

    mr. thumbs Long timer

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    That would be the Cleveland National Forest. Pretty tame stuff.

    I might be in for Sunday's ride.
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  17. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    McKay has his website listed below your original post. Jimmy Lewis - you can google him - was a very successful racer and now a professional rider for ktm, honda and others. He's been teaching weekend classes for ? years and comes highly recommended from all of his students. If you want to improve your riding skills, he's your guy.
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  18. DangerMoney

    DangerMoney Loud Helmets Save Lives

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    I'm down in Escondido and have ridden big adventure bikes off-road in Arizona and CA for a couple of years. I'm into easy/medium dirt and don't mind helping noobs out. If you guys make it down here, I'm in.

    Viejas Grade and Boulder Creek Road in San Diego County are pretty easy.
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  19. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    That sounds great!
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  20. LuluOfDenver

    LuluOfDenver The peanut gallery.

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    I have a adventure bike and I would love to ride that kind of stuff! But...I just got out here and have 80/20 street tires on. I need something appropriate for the kind of terrain out here, which is not the Rocky Mounains. And advice would be greatly appreciated!
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