Dream Ride?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ben, Jul 21, 2001.

  1. Ben

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    There is the option to list your dream ride in your profile, but instead of digging through the 300 or so member profiles to look at their one line descriptions, I wanna know the details. ;-)

    For me, I think I would really like to take my KLR south from here (here being San Francisco area) all the way down the West Coast of the Americas (more of less, obviously you wouldn't want to stay on the coast the whole way... but I mean staying on the west side) down to Tierra Del Fuego. Then head up the Eastern side of the Americas, up through Argentina and Brazil.... then perhaps take a ferry/ship to motorcycle through a few of the cooler islands before coming back to the USA and jetting back to CA.

    Pretty long and insane trip, but I am in college, and figure I can take a semester off somewhere and do it. Might as well do it while I am still young an invincible right? :evil

    I speak passable spanish (and understand it better than I speak), and have spent considerably time in Chile. I also speak fluent Portuguese and lived in Brazil. So I am more than passingly familiar with a lot of the culture and area.... and it would be a great treat to motorcycle back up through the area I lived in Brazil.

    Who knows if it will ever happen... but if I get the opportunity, I am not letting it pass me by.

    What about the rest of you guys? What ride makes you stay awake at night plotting the best route? When you ride to work... which area of the world calls your name, tempting you to take the next exit and forget about that silly job? :lol2
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  2. Ben

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    oh come on... I know some of you have some crazy ride plans boiling around in that skull of yours...

    I wanna hear em so I can get some crazy ideas and convince Baldy to retire and seek his fortune on his motorcycle with me around the world!
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  3. Baldy

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    Truth checkaroo time: while in Brazil, Ben ended up in a hospital with a combination of tropical diseases that put him down and almost out. They had to call his dear olde daddyo and have him flown out of the country. :arg

    What this means, of course, is it would be very important for me to escort him on his ride to Tierra Del Fuego via the Andes and back through Brazil. :evil Tough sacrifice, but being the compassionate, loyal, ever-sacrificing father I am, I suppose I'll just have to suck it up.

    But until then, I'll just have to satisfy myself with adventure bike heaven, Australia, in two weeks.

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  4. YardSale

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    Your dream ride sound similar to mine but I expect ship my bike to North Pole, AK (grew up there) and start with a ride to the Arctic Circle.
    My Spanish is non-existent right now and I have no clue what the best route would be (sounds like trouble already). I just picked up my KLR and I'm getting set up for Adv. riding. I'll start out with weekend trips then maybe Baja this winter and who knows what in between/after that.
    Let me know if anyone has any good DS routes around the Bay Area or wants to go for a ride sometime.
    Later
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  5. cRAsH

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    Strange - my dream ride has no destination, no route, and most
    importantly of all, no end....
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    can i go too?
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  7. cRAsH

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    Be proud to have you along, my friend.
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  8. Ben

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    hownowbc - heh, just bought a KLR, live in the Bay Area, and are thinking of starting small and heading to Baja in December? Hrm... why does that sound so familiar?

    Oh yeah... because that is my gameplan at the moment. I haven't gotten my KLR really dirty yet (a few dirt roads up in the hills near the ranch I do volunteer work for with disabled kids is all) in the Bay Area, but planning to do so very soon. Just have to find the time and location.

    Let me know if you find rides that really gets your KLR dirty.
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  9. YardSale

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    I went south just past Monterey last weekend. I hit a 15-20 mile loop of the old coast highway (take a left on the northern side of the Bixby River Bridge) and did a little exploring around Big Sur/Los Padres national forest. Long ride for very little dirt and would have been better to stay over a night. There is a route from the 101 through Los Padres National Forest to the coast that I will try and find.
    I'm heading north to Willits/Usal Road this Thursday (not on the bike unfortunately) and I'll let you know how it goes. Might be cool to head back up and get crazy on the KLR.

    Any other suggestions for 1-3 day trips???
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  10. Ben

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    are you on the KLR list hownowbc? A few of us Bay Area KLR guys are chatting about setting up a sort of dual sport riding group in the area. Just been kicking around a few emails this morning about it.

    (If not, it is a good resource in addition to this page. Though it has gotten sidetracked recently, it is a good place for technical info on the bike when you need it)

    Unfortunately, I don't know any good dual sport rides between 1 and 3 days in the area. Some of these other guys on the boards might know though... I haven't been dual sporting long enough. ;-)
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    That would be Nacimiento Ferguson Road? Great road, even got camping available behind or near the ridge at the coast.

    - Sparky
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  12. cRAsH

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    Try Lake Pillsbury north of Clearlake. Good camping, and the place
    is eat up with OHV trails...
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  13. YardSale

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    I'll try em' both next week!! Anyone down for a ride Thursday or Friday??
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    I could definitely get into camping on that road. I've stopped many times but had to push through with another 200+ miles ahead of me until home. So, if there's enough interest this friday, maybe thurs, I'm in (pending fw approval, of course).
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