VENTURING SOUTH on DRZ's

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Romanousky, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    I agree, when I do go for another large trip i will throw in a new piston/rings, new timing chain, along with valves, valve, springs, seats, etc.... They are probably fine but it is easy work for a little more security. Two piece valves can get questionable at times.
  2. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    Packed my stuff and headed out. With nowhere to go I flew across LA and got to the coastline as quick as I could. I have become very very good at splitting lanes….I wouldn’t have done most of the moves I made had it been for this trip. Didn’t even brush any of the Bimmers or Benzos. SKILLZ!

    Up north of Malibu I noticed a sign for Muholland highway. I’d heard of this through my supermoto contacts so I figured I'd try a short bit of it. Fun little road and then I looped back on Dexter which was even better.

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    A little further north I cruised through a couple campsites but they wanted $45 per night. Yeah, that is the daily budget so not going to happen. Then cut inland to some lake that I think was called Chumaca or something like that.

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    Very hot inland and most the sites were dirt so I went back to the coast and found myself at Jalama beach which is one of the places I stayed at the beginning of this trip. On the way I stopped at an Albertsons to pick up some grub. Oh the choices. So many things to choose from and so many fruits and veggies that aren’t rotting it is ridiculous. And English to boot! Raviolis for lunch, chili for dinner, some apples & oranges, remember I’m on a strict budget here.

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    At the campsite I still had to fork out $28 plus beer, plus a little firewood, and then relaxed in the sun reading and typing away anxious to see what tomorrow will bring. Growing up on a farm where we used to spends weeks splitting up the giant fallen redwoods I have a real problem paying for a small bundle of firewood but even a bigger problem with not having a fire when camping. Jalama beach is about 14 miles off the main road and a fun little ride. The problem is that the campsite is rather windy in the evenings and there is very little for tree coverage. I believe the primary visitor is there for the surfing. Not a favorite site of mine.

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    I was sold a bunch of hardwoods and with the wind and no hatchet to create kindling I couldn’t get anything started (scraps are scarce around here). I traded a neighbor camper all of my wood to sit around their fire and warm up my chili for dinner; a couple of mid-twenty something year-olds that were in grad school in Santa Barbra that didn’t know how to start a fire even with their gallon of lighter fluid. I helped them out with much thanks but what are you fathers doing out there. Seems to be a dying art that MUST be passed on.

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    Tonight I came to the sad conclusion that my little air mattress has a hole in it. Slow leak that I can’t find. I dipped the inflation valve in water and with no bubbles I decided that an REI to replace this thing was desperately needed.
  3. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    Picked up shop and headed north. Stopped in Lompoc at the Home Depot and picked up a desperately needed hatchet and then continued up the PCH. One more stop was required in Cambria at a little place called Sandies. This joint makes some of the best sandwiches on earth. I got the hot Pastrami which is a double decker of prime meat, pickles, tomato, lettuce, mayo/mustard, on a toasty bun. You really can’t go wrong here. (If anybody has MUST EAT recommendations in California please let me know. You can check the spot tracker to see my location)

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    North of this is the ride that I have been waiting for and it did not disappoint. The PCH winds in and out of the coastal range mountains with swings in altitude of about 500 feet. The blue waters continuously lap at the hard rocky surfaces of the ever deteriorating mountain edge. Packed full of viewpoints to watch the elephant sea lions and the small geysers that erupt from sloshing in and out of the jagged rock formations only a couple hundred yards off the shoreline. Truly a beautiful ride that still ranks in the top 5 for me even after this long journey.

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    Don't ask me:

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    A few adventure boys but mostly HD guys cruising the coastline refusing to give the common courtesy of a wave. Passed not one but two Ferrari Scaglietti’s cruising slowly as if the red supermodel would blow at any moment. If you require excess, then drive in excess and quit pussy footing around.

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    I snaked my way up to Big Sur stopping at various campsites looking for the best deal in town. About 30 miles south of Big Sur there are two sites that are only $22 per night but they lack any kind of store for dinner supplies. Up at the Sur the prices skyrocket but I talked the nice lady down from $45 to $30 for my poor lonely self. I figured it would cost me $5 in gas so I spent the extra $3 and settled in.

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    A nice hottie and her, not so bad looking mother, were staying in a cabin right next to my site smoking dope and I envisioned a nice little mother/daughter session. My newly acquired fifth of Jameson certainly wouldn’t reduce the odds so I brought it over and chatted them up. :wink:
  4. Shibby!

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    After my trip, nice, warm, regular showers were a blessing.
  5. 8lives

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    Hey I may have missed it from past pages but where is your touring buddy you seem to be solo?The DRZ is probably good for many more trips,with valve checks and oil changes I think that bike will see many untouched miles,keep trying to wear it out that's what that bike likes.
  6. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    haha......AND!!?

    glad you're back on US soil man, sorry you're in Komifornia... ride safe and thanks for this report!
  7. bcs

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    And adjust the valves. BTW, on this bike its not too hard to do that yourself.

    With the reliability of these things (mine is over 10K miles with no trouble), I think if they would just fuel inject the DRZ it could be the ultimate bike for a lot of trips (where I think my F800GS is too heavy).
  8. kentnothstine

    kentnothstine Been here awhile

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    Needs another gear.
  9. 150ron

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    Great pics, keep the bike man, dont sell it, theres a guy on TT that just passed 72K miles on his drz, they can go for a long while.
  10. dasvis

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    & a higher output stator.....
  11. Shibby!

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    Is that die antwoord?

    That's an easy fix on most bikes.
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    yes sir.
  13. manshoon

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    When are you going back to Oregon ? Any specific date or just when the rest of your $20. bankroll runs out ?
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    That was Lake Casitas
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    Hey 805gregg I always like to say "oh hi"to anyone from Ojai when I get the chance!!
  16. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    He ran out of money. Had to ship into San Fran and they scoot back to Ashland in 2 days.
  17. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    No specific date but i plan to be in Southern Oregon in about a week. Maybe another week to get home. I have to admit I'm looking forward to a real bed, good food, my supermoto bikes, and all the lakes and rivers.
  18. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    :rofl I wasn't even close

    I just looked it up, it was actually lake Cachuma. So I was kinda close
  19. Romanousky

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    The big question for the day was to either head over to Hollister and then move south down the 25 until it connected with Indian Valley which would dump me at Franklin hot springs or to just fly across the state and visit the Yosemite national park. The latter is more progress north but I do have time on my hands; I also have less money on my hands and I know of too many places in Oregon where campsites are either free or under $20. Right now with camping, gas, and food I am up around $65/day which is unacceptable. I don’t mind bush camping around here but I also like the social aspect of other campers.

    I hit the first Starbucks I could find to do some updating and met a guy there who told me I absolutely had to ride HWY 6 south of Mammoth Mountain. Sure I can do that, it is only 60 or so miles south of Yosemite.

    So with that extra bit of info I pulled into an REI to exchange my air mattress and then flew across the flat farmlands of California on my way to Yosemite National Park. Only $10 for a motorcycle to get in and well worth it.

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    Ended up camping at White Wolf campground which was only $14….the cheapest thus far. They even had “Bear Safes” to store food or whatever else you don’t want the bears eating.

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    Cruised through the rest of Yosemite and then headed south on 395.

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    Pulled off on some offroad motorcycle trails and a few miles later landed at Mammoth Mountain ski resort. Drove up to the mountain just to take a look at it.

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    The back to the 395 heading south until I could loop around on 6. HWY 6 is terrible. It is perfectly straight and has a couple nice granite mountains but they aren’t too close. I don’t know what that guy was talking about. I should have known after he mentioned BMW 1200 and was sitting next to me at a Starbucks. :rofl

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    Took a cutoff road from 6 that loops back to the 395 just south of Mammoth. Then I just got on those offroad motorcycle trails and found a place to camp.

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    Tomorrow I will head to lake Tahoe. Goal is to find cheap camping but still have a shower or stream readily available. I smell like shit.