SF to LA and back on a 950SE

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by SFKLR, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. SFKLR

    SFKLR Noob. Again.

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    So I took a ride down to LA for the weekend. Mostly to visit college buddies, drink beer, bbq, and watch football. I only stopped for a few photos, and I'm afraid they are pretty monotonous: a 950SE in the foreground, scenery in the background. :evil

    Packed. Going with backpack instead of soft panniers. Better mileage, not carrying a lot. Most tools under seat, including puncture kit. Did forget to bring a spare tube. D'oh. Wouldn't be a problem though. Tent and a very warm sleeping bag in case I get stranded overnight somewhere.

    Couldn't get enough of that view.

    The SE peformed flawlessly. Not a single hiccup. Unfortunately the suspension is still stock-stiff, and the lack of windshield had me missing the r1200gsa a LOT. The SE is defninitely NOT an interstate highway bike, but it sure beats every other dirt bike I've used for the task. I think the severe cupping of the front nobbies is due to suspension and 70mph droning for hours at a time on the 101. Gotta drop some cash and get that revalved, but it will be worth it. EDIT: 40mpg for the trip!

    Go ride Fort Hunter Liggett and Nacimiento if you get the chance. Cheers.
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  2. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Enjoyed your report.

    Nice pix and good lookin' katoom! The white is a very good look.

    I got to ride the Naci/Fort HL road this summer with one of my sons. It truly is stunning and is a must see/ride.

    Great stuff, thanks for sharing.
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  3. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    Did the same ride north from SD back in Jun. Naci-Ferg road was awesome. I just came up to King City (and will be for the next few weeks) yesterday and took the 23 off the 1 outside of malibu. Great time. Left TJ at 12:36 and got in after 10. starter problem, but great ride up the 101. I'm going to be going up to SF next week or the following on the GW. I plan on hitting Naci-Ferg again on my way out of town.
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  4. gallinastrips

    gallinastrips Been here awhile

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    Sic bike:gerg
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  5. Davethestick

    Davethestick Registered Rider

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    Awesome Pictures!
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  6. txplants

    txplants Pastafarian

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    Yes, cool bike! Enjoyed the report and pictures.
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  7. MelonMan

    MelonMan Adventurer

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    Great pics. I spent time in that region while training as a bike racer. I plan on riding out this May and will be riding the same route north up into Oregon.
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  8. M.Medel

    M.Medel Been here awhile

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    Spectacular photos of your bike ... I like:eek1
    greetings
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  9. Aj Mick

    Aj Mick Been here awhile

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    A colourful time of year for a ride; the seasons are something that I miss living where I do at present. Traveling light is the way to go.
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  10. LeDakaR!

    LeDakaR! Banned

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    hi Jim,
    nice report. Glad to see you still have the white whale...get her that sparkly helmet...
    did you go to UCLA? I met my wife there at 424 landfair, crazzy party house:freaky
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  11. LeDakaR!

    LeDakaR! Banned

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    dang UCLA good ol' times!

    that bike is looking :freaky
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