Wanderings around Socal

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by hippiebrian, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. hippiebrian

    hippiebrian Long timer

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    All right, laundry's in and I'm back.

    I went up to Big Bear and decided to take the long way around through Fawnskin. What a surprise! That road, back in the day, used to be little travelled as it wasn't in the best of shape and had some nice, tight curves. Well it seems like they wanted more tourists over there, so they re-paved and it seems they straightened it out. And tourists they got! It was annoying as hell, following these minivans and suv's that would just stop in the middle of the street to look at the pretty water. I saw a side road that said it lead to Holcomb Valley, so I just took it. About a mile or so in was a sigh that says pavement ends. Now the road looked familiar from back in the day and it just turned into a well maintained fire road. I wasn't prepared for any serious dirt, as I had no water, no tubes and had (doh!) left my cell phone at home, but I figured a nice fire road would be no issue. Unfortunatelly, I lost some of the pictures from this little jaunt, but here's a couple taken about 5 miles in when I stopped for a smoke:

    A KLR on a dirt road, where it belongs:

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    Abush (for no reason what-so-ever):

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    About 8 miles in there was a tiny paved intersection. For some reason they paved the intersection despite all the roads being dirt. Anyhow, I ran into these guys:

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    They were checking their gps and we shot the shit for a bit. One was from San Diego, one from Fullerton (I believe) and another from Anaheim. I had decided to go back the way I came, as I didn't want to go further not being prepared. One thing I didn't mention, either here or to these guys, is that I haven't had any experience with dirt outside well maintained roads since I was in my 20's (I'm 50 now) on my old Rickman 250. Anyhow, one guy told me to take 3n16 (or was it 14) because it's a "real easy road" that leads right back to Big Bear in 8 miles. Cool. Thanks, dude! Turns out, the road was tougher than the one I had been on. First thing I run into is some deep ruts. No biggie, just like the old days, remain standing and pick a path. Must be an anomoly, I thought. Still standing, I hit some nice soft dust and felt the handlebars pitch a bit. Okay, I remain standing...make it through no big deal. The road was nice for a bit, then turned to some serious downhills (for me anyhow) with loose gravel. Here we go! I stayed standing and peeked at my odometer...6 miles...2 to go...nice, I'm going to make it. Yes, there are no pictures because, beautiful as it was, I just wanted to get to civilization knowing how unprepared I was to be riding in the dirt! At 8 miles, more serious downhills with loose gravel, however by now I kind of had my dirt legs back, so it was no big deal...quite fun when I didn't worry about a flat or anything. The road wound up to be 12 miles long, but did kick me out in Big Bear. My first real dirt experience on the KLR, totally unprepared, was really no big deal. I'm going back, definatelly, with water, tubes and tools and will take more pictures and make a day out of it! Big fun! (Actually, I'm kind of proud as I didn't know how I'd handle it after 30 years, but the legs came right back!).

    Got to Big Bear and went to the Starbucks (hey, it's got caffeine and I needed a smoke badly by now!). Here's my dusty KLR:

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    A Von's in the mountains (the view was much better, and I thought it was kind of funny seeing a Von's for some reason):

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    There was a creepy Santa across the street:

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    and a couple of sweet sport bikes in the parking lot. Love the new KTM:

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    I made friends with a nice dog while drinking coffee:

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    It got to be about 2:30 and I was talking to the dog's owner. Nice guy, lives in Palm Springs in the winter, the mountain in summer. I told him I was going to hang out in the village for a bit, take some pictures. He informed me that Octoberfest was going on. Crap, later there will be drunks going down the mountain! I decided it was a good time to split. Looking at the clock, it was just after 2:30:

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    I headed down the mountain, and didn't stop for pics or anything. As I got to the freeway, my leftt mirror kept folding in in the wind. Crap, I wasn't going all the way back to Long Beach without a left side mirror! I stopped at Chapparel, fully prepared to buy an aftermarket set of mirrors. When I took the mirror off, I noticed it had a screw to tighten the ball joint on the back. Sweet! Just tighten the screw and head on home. Remember I said I only had the stock tool kit with me? Guess what, the phillip's head screwdriver was too big. Damn! Had to go into Chapparel anyhow and got a 9 dollar screwdriver set. It's a nice little set (and the cheapest they had) that I will keep on the bike, but I really didn't need it. Oh well, back on the road and towards home. The wind was something else! Hitting a headwind on the 10, I had the throttle pinned and could only get 80mph out of the thumper. I thought something was wrong until it dawned on me that I was going into the wind!

    Finally got back to Long Beach and stopped for dinner (supper for those of you back east). Stopped here for a fish burrito and a quesidilla:

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    If you ever get to Long Beach, Hole (I can't make that accent thing) mole is a must. All their fish is amazing. I think the secret ingredient is crack! Sorry, didn't get any food pictures again (I'm slipping...gotta fix that).

    Walked over to the store to buy smokes and on the was back saw the full (or at least almost, I didn't check) moon was going to make for a nice urban night:

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    All in all, a good time was had. Definately have to get in more dirt. Any suggestions you socal people?

    Thanks for coming!
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  2. hippiebrian

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    I finally had the first Saturday of the month off and got to ride with the South Bay Scooter Club: http://www.southbayscooterclub.com/. Great bunch of people! They ride the first Saturday of the month from the Tony Roma's parking lot in Torrance at the corner of Lomita and Crenshaw, and everyone's welcome. Heck, a Triumph T-600 even showed for the ride! We went to Malibu for a late lunch, and the ride was much fun! Mostly pictures of scooters this time, as we didn't stop at all...well worth it!

    As I got to the parking lot, my eyes became glued to these two bikes:

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    The brown one was a custom made out of an old Honda cub. The man did a great job, and the little Cub kept up all day (note: the engine was highly modified!). The Honda Trail 70 was bumped up with a 110 cc motor, and it also kept up. The custom wheels and tires were cool. I had a little Honda ct70h (4 speed with a clutch) as my first bike. I'm thinking another may be in my future? Just looked like a lot of fun!

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    "One of these things is not like the others...". A few scooters waiting for the rest.

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    Cool looking Morpheous:

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    This showed up just to check out the scooters parked in the lot (the woner noticed them from the street):

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    A mod's Vespa:

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    A Ruckus with some type of furry thing (I didn't want to wake it up :eek1 :lol3):

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    More scooter people hanging out waiting to ride:

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    More coming!
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  3. hippiebrian

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    A woman showed up riding a scooter from these guys http://www.californiascooterco.com/index.html. They build them inspired by the old Mustangs and I thought it was pretty cool:

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    Mario (the brains behind the club evidently, and a super nice guy) showed up on his vintage Vespa:

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    By the time the ride started, we were over 20 strong. What a blast! It seems scooters make people smile. We were getting waves, honks and smiles from everyone. Even some hard core old bikers waved us by and smiled and waved the whole time.

    A bunch of scooters cruising the beach...where had I seen that before? Oh ya...my mind started chanting "We are the Mods, we are the Mods, we are, we are, we are the Mods." Okay, sorry for the geeky Quadrophenia reference (not really :deal). No time to stop and take pictures though. We rode almost 3 hours straight through the back roads of the South Bay, Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu before going to Dukes for lunch. Here we are, gathering in the parking lot:

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    Here's the view throuth the windo at Dukes:

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    It's a bitchen resturant right on the water with 3 bars and outdoor seating as well, which was unfortunatelly filled. The fish and chips were amazing!

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    It took all 4 of us at the table to put a dent in this desert:

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    Took the time to snap a quick picture down the Malibu coast through the fence surrounding the parking lot:

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    That beer can is a bit depressing...:cry

    Some people split early, but there were still scooters waiting for their riders:

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    The windshield of a mod:

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    A Piagio 3 wheeler. The owner said it handled almost like a regular scooter but feels a little front weighted:

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    Here's the sign for Duke's. If you wind up in Malibu with a couple bucks (okay, maybe 20) in your pocket, stop by.

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    More scooters waiting for their owners to split:

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    And scooterist getting ready to ride home:

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    All ages are welcome!

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    I peeled off from the group where Highway 1 (PCH) turns to Lincoln Ave. Just stayed on PCH all the way back to Long Beach. It was a great ride, and I'm looking forward to nest month (I have it off!) Got to Portfolio for coffee and realized I hadn't taken any pictures of my scooter all day, so here it is, waiting to take me home after a long, fun day:

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    I won't be riding much nest weekend as I'm getting dental surgery Thursday, but I have an idea for later this week. It involves taking the scooter and seeing what adventures I can have without leaving the city limits. I think sometimes we (or at least I) forget to explore my own back yard enough...and once again, thanks for coming along on the ride!
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  4. hippiebrian

    hippiebrian Long timer

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    Sorry, haven't been here for a bit. Computer problems, but I have a couple days to post, hopefully soon. One is the International Bike Show and last weekend I took a little trip out to Ojai. Hope to get them up soon!
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  5. nadolski

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    nice report HB! thanks for sharing. I've been to so cal many times on road trips or work trips but never on my motorcycle! have to get out there sometime on the bike
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