California - The Adventure Republic

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by NSFW, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. CA-Cincinnatus

    CA-Cincinnatus Semi-retired GI-Bill student, husband, GSD-host Supporter

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  2. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    we rode to the next trailhead which is only 3.5 miles away. we asked the 2 riders to get ahead so we don't get roosted.

    our boys are amused watching old skool kickers punishing themselves.....:knary their bikes are unlike my xr400 which needs only 2 kicks.
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    finally....took an action shot
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    this time i managed to keep Rob the Rogue Rider in my rearview mirror
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    when we arrived at Rock Inn, Biggie was already there. it was about 1:40 PM but the place is still busy. that's a good sign of economic recovery.
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    2 twins in their best color scheme
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    though there is indoor seating, we lucked out to sit outdoor
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    that's damn good
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    nice hat Todd, and where did you find that jacket?.....:uhoh meanwhile Grace is having a tuff time munching her sammich.
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    really glad to be back at the Rock Inn and to continue our patronage. very moto friendly joint, easy parking, great service and good food. lots of interesting customers too. best of all, we like the location, just across from the trailhead and a gas station.

    more to follow....:y0!
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    Biggie and i saw an open gate earlier and after lunch, we went charging to check it out.
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    this road was unpassable for several years because of a landslide and now a brand new section
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    we stopped to say hello to the caretaker whom Rob and i know from CTUC
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    duh! having so much fun that i forgot to get gas on the way up....but no prob, i managed to buy almost 3 gals from our caretaker friend
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    Todd been sweeping all the time and this time we let them loose
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    @MrGadalot makes any big bike look small
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    after waiting for 10 minutes or so, @BiggieFalls and Rob are rambling through
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    the sign in the sky says that the ride home will be chilly
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    when we got to the highway, the guys became hooligans and never saw them again. biggie slowed down and made sure i made it to Big Tujunga hw alive. what a guy!
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    today's numbers! hehe, i could hardly get off the bike when i got home...and no wonder my legs are still sore even after a day later. i need to do more long-distance riding and stand on the pegs more often than now. most of the time my butt is glued on the 2x8 seat but get on the pegs going uphill/downhill and rocky conditions. good to know i have an iron butt!

    i think we did 50 miles of good dirt riding. lots of elevation changes, turns, rocks, ruts and fortunately only short sandy sections. the pavement portion is not too shabby either, didn't care wearing out those precious knobbies while we rode the best twisties in Los Angeles.
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    thanks again to all who came out and joined us. see you on the next ride!
  4. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer Supporter

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    I thought your XR400 had an E-start?
  5. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    i can be your personal tour operator to places Pahrump is famous for!

    it was just a silly thought of showing off how easy to ks the little red pig.

    installing the magic button was the best mod and with the kicker as a backup, plus very easy to bump start. simple, torquey, inexpensive, and reliable bike - good enough for me.
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    i'm also loving the lowered suspension, 1 1/2 inch less and still left me 10" of travel.
  6. Goofy Footer

    Goofy Footer Been here awhile

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    Joel sell that old honda to me asap so you can buy another Monkey :y0!

    Pleeeeeez :getiton:knary
  7. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    lol...need to have a little pig on the farm. bananas are getting expensive, can't afford to feed another monkey.

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  8. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    2020.05.29 Angeles National Forest Dirty Secrets

    here i am again, still sore from last weekend's ride and want to do more....:D

    typically, most of us avoid riding on the Memorial 3-Day Weekend because of the crowd. @ianmp gets the credit for this ride for posting a Saturday ride. hard for me to let go considering we have awesome weather, low 70's and i need to tryout my rebuilt 4CS forks which i picked up Friday afternoon.

    we decided to meet at the shell station at the bottom of Angeles Crest at 8:30 am. we ended up leaving 30 minutes late since someone got a speeding ticket doing 90 mph along the way.

    still smiling in spite of being ticketed
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    europe's manly machines
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    quick stop for personal break
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    next was at Newcomb's, and way early for the typical crowd
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    sweet alfa on husky yellow
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    we took the opportunity to be the first on the trail after being locked up for almost 12 years
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    never take for granted this gate will remain open for a long while
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    @Pbro63 and his beautiful italian bride
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    @ianmp on his brand new 890
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    looking back where we started
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    to be continued....:y0!
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  9. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    we got to the end of the f.s. road and through the gate. aside from the riding, it's wonderful reminiscing the many rides we did from 2007-2009.

    i don't let the grass grow under my boots if i see another f.s. gate wide open waiting for me
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    courtesy of @Pbro63
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    peter supermoto style
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    a memorial for the 2 firefighters who lost their lives protecting our public land
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    this was forever imprinted in our minds
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    personal belongings of one of the fallen
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    From LA Times

    By SCOTT GOLD AND ARI B. BLOOMEKATZ
    SEP. 1, 2009 12 AM PT

    THE ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST AND LOS ANGELES

    Everything that has made the Angeles National Forest wildfire so fierce and intractable -- extreme heat, treacherous terrain, bone-dry conditions left by years of drought -- seems to have converged on the lonely hilltop where Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones died.

    Hidden in the forest, high above the Antelope Valley to the north and Los Angeles to the south, the hilltop is a hostile place now. By Monday, the flames had reduced the bluffs in every direction to a blackened moonscape, interrupted only by boulders, plumes of smoke and downed power lines draped like bunting from the gnarled limbs of charred trees. Dust devils, tiny tornadoes of ash and soot, raced up the hills, and small rodents overcome by smoke lay dead on the ground.

    Until Sunday, this was home to tiny, remote prison Camp 16, where Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Tedmund “Ted” Hall, 47, and Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones, 34, had worked for eight years and four years, respectively, supervising inmates trained in wilderness protection.

    Hall, who was married and the father of two grown sons, and Quinones, married and expecting his first child in the next few weeks, were killed Sunday when their truck went over the side of a dirt road and fell 800 feet into a canyon.


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    our destination is to get to the top
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    the unmaintained and broken pavement is still the same from back then
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    courtesy of @ianmp
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    we stopped at the North Fork Station for a break
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    quoting Peter...."These guys were taking a break from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. They started in Mexico!" the guy wearing a hat is a volunteer hosting the hikers...:thumb

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    the dirt was powdery (pumice-like) and piled up in the middle of the road. it's worse than deep sand since there are rocks buried underneath.
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    the best feeling this year is sitting behind that monstrous gate and looking down at Sand Canyon Rd
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    Peter has to go home, which leaves Ian and I to get our animal style burger...:smile6
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    made it home and fulfilled...almost 118 miles. i was really exhausted... took a shower and nap, woke up at 8 pm
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    so, riding during the Memorial Long Weekend wasn't really disappointing. we only saw a few 4x4s, no motos...just the 3 of us and the people at the North Fork Station.

    our timing was great and the weather was perfect!

    let's all hope the local forest roads remain open to motorized vehicles. consider ourselves blessed.... best-paved twisties, elevation changes, and dirt roads right in our backyard!

    thanks for following along...see you on the next ride...:wave
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  10. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    I can't believe that gate is actually open, I may have to head up there this weekend. From the turn off at Sand/Little T, about how long does it take to get to the 2?
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  11. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    haha, i was relying on you to break out the good news...:nod

    3 1/2 hours for me, but i could easily spend 6 hours there.

    before it gets too hot, i need to go back and check out Magic Mountain, Indian Canyon, BPL (currently closed but later), Moody Truck, etc.

    need a big favor...stop by in-n-out (double-double and fries) and bring it to the caretaker at the Nork Fork Station. you will earn points which will be handy in the future.
  12. S H I F T Y

    S H I F T Y Been here awhile

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    We'll be talking soon, I want to get up there.
  13. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    here's the trail designation # for those who are too shy to ask.


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    in the past all we can do is stare at the gate!
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  14. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    2020.06.05 Big Bear Ride (San Bernardino Mountain)

    we planned this ride several weeks ago, got shelved, and i'm glad @rider914 brought it up a few days ago.

    the day didn't start the way Peter wanted...the transmission on the 390 quit on our way to our meet up point.
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    we chose to ride starting from the north side (Hesperia) of Big Bear which is less traveled
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    soon it turned into dirt
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    you could see the leading guys way far ahead or i'm too slow
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    this part of the desert has a lot of hills to climb and elevation changes
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    outstanding dry but beautiful landscape
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    summer-like weather
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    soon in the alpine forest
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    @dunerat in his new customized body....95 lbs less.....:thumb
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    taking a break in the cool shade
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    more coming!
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  15. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    we took Holcomb Valley Rd and as long we keep enough distance to keep the visibility decent
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    @Bullseye was overheating and ditched his riding jacket.......:yikes
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    i just noticed blue was the dominant jersey color on this ride
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    pic by @rider914
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    mine...noticed it was taken at the same moment
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    the group decided to skip Moonridge/Skyline for lunch to beat the crowd

    on our way to Azteca
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    there are the monkees
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    then after lunch....a birthday surprise party....:wings
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    thanks Matt for the vid....https://photos.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...tFpRjn/0/cfc7e141/1920/IMG_4688C_mp4-1920.mp4

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  16. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    big lunch has 1 bad effect. 3 riders bailed out and left only 4 of us to continue on. @Bullseye peeled off here shortly to challenge himself going down Clark's Grade
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    good thing the beautiful weather hasn't left the 3 of us
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    from Skyline we rode to Moonridge Dr
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    then north across Big Bear Lake
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    onto Polique Canyon
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    we stopped at the same spot at Big Pine and took a break. it actually feel cooler than what it shows (same with this morning's temp). could be the heat from my radiator doing this?
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    while resting, a sxs drove by and the driver showed us how much he enjoys his toy. earlier, we've been told the road we plan to take is open to ohv. @DSchmidt7of7 it is better just to go home since he could take the route closer to his house, while Rob and i took Coxey Rd to Fawnskin to avoid the more fun-loving moto enthusiasts.

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    after Fawnskin, we met Rob's sis who live in the Lake Gregory area for an early dinner. @rider914 favorite restaurant!
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    after dinner, we bid goodbye and we rode back to McDs in Cajon Pass to load Rob's bike on his truck, and i rode home alone.

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    i'm afraid, we will have a hot summer and the higher elevations will be crowded. ride while we can!

    thanks again to all who came out for another good riding in the local mountain.
  17. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    :deal

    i have been getting a lot of requests via PM requesting for GPS tracks.....sorry not this time. really busy at the moment.

    post up and others may be able to help you.
  18. headstaller

    headstaller Long timer Supporter

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    Just look up Coxey Road and connecting the dots.
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  19. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    when i explore new to me places, i review my routes or tracks on google earth. it's fun but for some that's work.
  20. ntsqd

    ntsqd I get a title?

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    I found drawing prospective routes in google maps to be extremely tedious and my project was languishing. Then someone on another forum pointed out that you can draw routes in Gaia and export them as either gpx or kml files. I tried that and in the first hour of doing it drew more length while learning how to do it than I had in almost 5 hours in google maps. In ~4 hours I drew the entire route, about 500 miles of nearly all dirt.
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