SoCaL Trippin' - a gas tank at a time...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by black 8, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    and some drone photo's for you....

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    Hey Rudy,
    I assume this is what you may be on next June for Pikes Peak?
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  3. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    I haven't decided yet Jim, I may take out Saki again for Pikes Peak and then the MG for next fall's ride...
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    Oh boy....I think I am in love with this area...
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  5. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Wow!, great photos as always and congrats on getting a goose :D after many ducks, they are such a fun motorcycle and even with some Italian quirks, so bullet proof and did I mention fun? There is a huge thread(s) on the Stelvio in the "Beasts", Italian bike section so I won't bore you here, but beyond a couple helpful do's and don'ts they literally just get better and better. The rims are Alpina and they use a very simple and reliable-cheap o-ring to seal the spoke to rim. Rare to have one leak and no worry about a ham fist'd slip of a tire iron causing air leaks like some on the KTM have reported (I like the look of KTM and Guzzi rims, but objectively the BMW, Duc MS Enduro, S-10 style has one less leak concern). If one suspects a leak, the specific spoke is located with some soapy water and a quick R+R allows it to be sorted easily.

    Anyway, the engine loves to stretch it's long legs and the sound reminds me of a nice small block V-8, a great transmission coupled with a very good handling frame = Enjoy!
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  6. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    bobw, thanks for the tip(s)....

    I read as much as I could find in online reviews and watched the limited youtube videos before ultimately pulling the trigger on the MG. I did read some of the MG Stelvio (merged) threadfest when I followed a link for an advrider review but I was not aware of the Beast Section and several others threads on the Stelvio...

    Now I’ve got some more reading material to keep me busy while I get to know the goose.....

    Cheers! :thumbup
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  7. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    ~21 Nov 2017

    This is my West Lilac afternoon ride...

    As an overview, below is the general location for this ride with a zoomed map below. Living in Oceanside, I'm centrally located and have multiple options for riding opportunities from coastal routes to the west, country twisty roads in the foothills, or head up to the mountains - all within less than an 1.5 hours from the farthest point to my garage door...

    West Lilac Rd is a single lane country road that's not heavily travelled; mostly by residents only. On the weekends sports bikes usually ride West Lilac Rd to play as I did in my younger years with my 848 Evo, but not any more. Now that I've matured, I prefer leisurely rides to enjoy the views and smell the flora while enjoying the day's ride....
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    Bella has been neglected since my Alaskan adventure with Saki. I needed to get her out to stretch her legs and get those juices flowing. Pay attention to those curves.... you'll see a lot of them while riding on West Lilac Rd...
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    These twists and turns line all of west Lilac Rd.... nom nom nom nommmm....
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    Riding on a day like this I just bask in the moment - the warm sun on my back on a cool day's ride, the smell of the tress and flowers, the changing scenery as I pass by... a perfect day in SoCal...

    You'll have brief straightaways but they are far and few inbetween...
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    West Lilac crosses over the I-15 and I had to stop and get a couple of photos...
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    I'm glad I'm not down there!!!!!
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    This is more my pace for this ride..... soon enough I'll be back in that traffic when this ride ends as I head home...
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    :dukegirl nom nom nom nom...
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    I never get tired of roads like this...
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    Here's a blow up of the road above as it winds through the tress...
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    You'll be rewarded with views like this along West Lilac Rd...
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  11. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    This is Couser Canyon Rd headed downhill as you make your way to SR-76...
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    I didn't stop for lunch on this ride but usually when I'm out this way I stop for a Nessy Burger...

    back in the day, they were located right off SR-76 just feet away from the roadway next to the Park and Ride lot. They were there for nearly 25 years and I often saw long lines of lunch go'ers ordering their burgers... Nothing special but they have a cult following... (stock photo)
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    they moved 200 yards on Old Hwy 395 and make sure you come hungry!!! https://www.google.com/maps/place/N...834ab1be2a0e9!8m2!3d33.3329302!4d-117.1617247
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    Until the next ride inmates......
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    ~ 1 Dec 2017

    Lately, I've been doing a lot of research and reading up on the Stelvio in the Moto Bellissima Forum called the Moto Guzzi Stelvio (merged) threadfest...

    A lot of good information from inmates that own the Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX. There's a wealth of information in that forum laying out some of the Stelvio's weak points and the fix to these niggles...

    one of the niggles is the potential for the auxiliary lamp to short and blow the main 30a fuse that could leave the rider stranded on the side of the road... but an easy peasy fix with a fuze mod kit...
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    the radiator is pretty exposed and prone to rock damage so a radiator guard was installed along with some fork seal covers to prevent dirt from getting under the seals and causing a leak...
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    just some insurance to protect the CARC with a crash bar...
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    and now I'm just waiting to reach the 900mi service milestone so I can do my initial fluid changes...
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    ~ Main take away from the threadfest was this...

    a couple of the Stelvio owners pulled the swingarm apart to change the gearbox oil, final drive oil, and lube the swingarm bearings with grease - pretty straightforward and an easy process but then discovered this... a destroyed bearing due to lack of grease... some attributed to lack of or minimal use of grease during assembly...
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    I can attest to that when I was doing my prep for Alaska by taking apart the swingarm assembly and found the same lack of grease from the factory... lesson learned, just because it comes from the factory doesn't mean "it's good to go"...
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    Needless to say, once the service light comes on, I will be doing a full PM (preventive maintenance) and taking apart the swing arm to lube everything; bearings, drive shaft splines, and swing arm pivot bolt...
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  14. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Thanks for the Lilac Rd info Rudy!

    When down at my wife's church(Pala Casino)I usually bring a bike in the back of the truck for day rides whiles she is worshipping, I'll have to give Lilac a try. Although I'm usually headed east bound to Borrego, Lilac looks close enough to add to the loop!

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    We need a few more glamour shots of the Stelvio, great thread Rudy!




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    That's why I add maps to my day trips...

    I'll get Mia out soon, I just finished working on her so needs to get out and get those break-in milage out of the way...
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    ~ 2 Dec 2017

    Saturday ride along San Diego's beaches...

    I wanted to get out this weekend to get away from wrenching and just enjoy a day's ride... This time I wanted to ride down to Imperial Beach via the I-5 and work my way back along the coast to Mt Soledad. My route would take me from IB, through Coronado, to downtown San Diego, Mission Bay, and up to Mt Soledad to finish with a 360 view of San Diego...

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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    ~ I like getting out early in the morning to ride; (1) for the cooler weather and (2) if you wait too long - then you have to deal with SoCal traffic...
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    gotta love livin' in SoCal...
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    my kinda pace with little traffic headed up the strand to Coronado...
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    kinda hazy in some places but great riding weather nonetheless....
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    ~ I was watching "Some Like It Hot" about a week ago and there is a scene where Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon arrive at the Hotel del Coronado and I was surprised how that area looked back in 1959 as compared to now...
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    built in 1887...
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    just a peek in the lobby... notice the upside-down Christmas Tree on the right.. something to get the guests in I guess...
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    quint7 "I drove a boat thru the desert"

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    Fellow former NY'er and former North Country resident thanks to Uncle Sam, now back in LA. (SoCal 88-95, 14-present in LA beach cities)
    North County is my favorite area of SoCal. and I should have moved back there. Inland North County has grown a LOT since I left there for LA in 94, but it is still a great mix of urban, burbs, rural, beaches and of course Jarheads. And sadly, Hill St. in O'Side will always be Hill St. lol.

    I was going to mention Lilac Rd as a great ride. You can keep going east on a different road and it takes you into orange and palm tree groves which are wild and then I think you end up near the casino. Expand your range up into Orange County just north of Camp Pendleton if you can. You can take Ortega Hwy all of the way east into Palm Desert and of course Joshua Tree National Park is out there, Salton Sea, etc. You can avoid the LA area and still get inland from there or up into the mountains off of the 15. LA has great canyon riding but traffic to/from is always brutal.
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    ~ I thought it would be fun to compare old vs. new...

    here's a clip of how the Hotel del Coronado beachfront looked in 1959...


    what the view looks like today...
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    makes me think of the song Big Yellow Taxi by Counting Crows...
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