My Ride to San Diego on Business...Minus the Business Part

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by fish, May 18, 2002.

  1. fish

    fish Banned

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    I had to attend two full days of meetings in La Jolla, CA, so I decided to
    ride my R1150RT down and back. I was gone from Sunday through Friday and
    was successful at bypassing Los Angeles...also known as Motorcycle Hell.

    First lesson learned: just because you usually gas-up at a particular station,
    don't count on it always being open :arg
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    It's wise to always have lots of water and gas when venturing out into the desert.
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    Take paper maps, because you cannot count on the GPS to always know where you are :huh
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    I ended up blasting down a couple of hundred miles on the slab (I-5) because I knew
    I wanted to play on the Angeles Crest, Upper Big Tajunga Rd, and Angeles Forest Roads.
    As it was, I was pretty beat by the time I got there, so I took it kinda easy. Although
    I didn't get any radar blips on the Valentine1, the enforcement on these roads is legendary.
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    Lots of GS stuff around too.
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    Fantastic vistas and no guardrails means pay attention!.
    Pretty hazy with the 4500 acre wildfire still raging.
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    Giving the ADVrider salute to the Angeles National Forest.
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    Hey Freak and GSKRSDakarSteve...this one is for YOU!
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    ADVenture Touring :D
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    Beat, it's time to head to Wrightwood for a cabin (no, they
    absolutely do not rent by the hour!) and some brews at the
    Yodeller Bar in Wrightwood. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on tap.
    Yeah baby...THAT'S what I'm talking about.
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    Dinner at the cabin.
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    Poor man's BBQ.
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    Apparently one of the previous guests learned not to put plastic
    items on a hot stove.
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    One could enter the "Bird Sanctuary" at the cabin and give
    donations.
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    Looks like the pool filter has been clogged for some time.
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    When you don't have a personal camera crew, you must improvise.
    This self portrait was taken on the Potrero Hwy, north of Tejon Pass.
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    Cerro Noroeste Road.
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    A lowside here could cause a really bad day.
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    Heading down Cerro Noroeste toward 166.
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    Hmmm...that looks a lot like rubber shavings on the top of the shaft housing.
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    The good news: chicken strips gone.
    The bad news: So is the edge of the tire, apparently shaved off
    by the charcoal cannister :bluduh
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    I hate Dunlop D220 front. It really grabs raingrooves (surprise! all of
    the Socal freeways have raingrooves), and when it's windy it feels like a
    massive wobble. I hate this tire. I'm tempted to just shitcan it, but what
    to replace it with? :dunno
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    Home sweet home (for some, anyway)
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    No pics of La Jolla or San Diego...sorry. While most of the interesting pics are embedded in this report, some additional pics are here. 1138 miles. Any questions? :D
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  2. Gravel Seeker

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    Yup

    First of all - great pictures ! More travel tales ought to have many more pictures to illustrate the ride !

    Question:
    Why do you have extra mirrors on your RT ?
    Did you have to change the lever mounts to GS style or do the RT mounts have threads for additional mirrors ?

    You asked :):
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  3. fish

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    Thanks...not bad for a hack.

    So I can see over the bags. With wide bags strapped to the TOTL rack, the stock mirrors become fairly useless for anything but wind protection.

    No mods required. The 1150RT has the same new style clusters as the 1150GS, so the GS mirrors just slip right in. The clusters are not threaded. The mirrors have the threads, and are attached by weird nuts from underneath the clusters. Works quite well, actually.
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  4. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Old, growing older.

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    Ok :):

    I was gonna thrash the stock switches on my 650ST and replace them with the triple blinker switch array of the bigger beemers and was quoted $100 for the new ones. I'm not very happy with the jap style blinker switch and I love the "real" BMW switches.

    Happy, you bet, but it sounds wierd. A hundred bucks !?? We're talking beemer here....

    Went back to the dealer and my suspicions were confirmed: $100 for the curved plastic front covers - $750 for all the parts....thanks, but no thanks - maybe if I crapped money :rofl :rofl
    (I would've needed to replace the wire clutch with hydraulic aswell, but I left before he quoted me that replacement)

    Have you considered removing the stock mirrors and using the space for something else, like speakers maybe?
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  5. fish

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    Nope. They work great as mirrors when I don't have long duffles strapped to the rack. In fact, they are the best mirrors on any motorcycle I've ever ridden! Absolutely clear with no vibration.

    Replace with speakers?! Bite your tongue...I've got a Sierra Nevada box in the garage full of the stock speakers, antenna, and other assorted radio bits that I ripped out of the bike. I've never found a need for music on a motorcycle. Kinda like tits on a boar, if you ask me :):
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  6. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Old, growing older.

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    Did I say speakers ?!
    I'm sorry, I meant meters :):
    Volt meter, temp meter etc, hehe


    nah....forget it :rofl
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  7. fish

    fish Banned

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    peep, I posted about tars in the RT forum .

    I haven't tried the BT020s on my RT, but I rode a couple of roadsters with them, and didn't like them. Seemed to squirm all over the place with little feedback before they let go :grim
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  8. sven

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    For as many times as you were flippin' 'em, I thought for sure we would see your middle digit in the "Bird Sanctuary" pic.

    Sven

    P.S. By the way, which model of Held gloves was housing your oft-extended "digit of doom"?
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  9. fish

    fish Banned

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    See my shadow in this shot?
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    Let's zoom in...:lol2
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  10. sven

    sven Hard Rider

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    You da man.
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  11. FormerInmate 081920

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    looks like a fun trip!!

    no waitress advrider salutes????? :confused
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  12. farout

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    yo man good picture's wow!!!! what's wrong with that finger?? u mite poke your eye-out:boid
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  13. fish

    fish Banned

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    nope...sorry. Every time I get close to a waitress, she wants to sit in my lap and play kissy-face :dunno
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  14. FormerInmate 081920

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    :rolleyes

    a little delusional from the ride are ya???
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  15. tbirdsp

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    Great story and pics, Fish. I just turned a business trip to St Louis into a 1750 mile odyssey on the ST1100, including attending the HSTA "TWISTAR" rally in Spring Green, WI. Freakin' temp was *28* degrees there Saturday morning, I thought this was May?. Rode the 300 mile twisty ride anyway.
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  16. jdiaz

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    Did anyone crash at Twistar this year? The numbers used to be legendary. Who's running it now that George and Deba moved out of Chicago?

    Jon
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  17. tbirdsp

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    Yeah, it's all that damn gravel and cow shit in the corners, plus the frost heaves. Only had 75 people, maybe due to the temps. One guy crashed a new (700 miles, "License Applied For") R1150R. Corner was no big deal, not sure what happened. He was OK though. Bike was screwed. Those cylinders take big divots out of the pavement:eek:
    WI HSTA Director Jon Perkins, Bob Patten, and Northern IL diretors Dwayne and Shelle Young are doing it now. Route was one of Curt Gonstead's though.
    George rode up on his ST11 from Kingman, AZ in time for the banquet. Heard he's working for Harley now, of all things.
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