SoCal Motography Adventures...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by black 8, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. black 8

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    I had been fighting high winds riding over CA-178, but once I made it onto US-395 the winds were now blowing from left to right... I literally had to hang one @ss cheek off the seat and press on the left handle bar just to stay on the road... even then I was blown into the breakdown lane at least half a dozen times...



    gettin' closer to the Alabama Hills...
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    searched for 30 minutes before I found a single campsite all to my lonesome... the best part FREE...
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    gotta have a fire and the Monkey gettin' it done...
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    it was a blah sunset with clear skies and warm temperatures...
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  2. black 8

    black 8 motographer

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    I couldn't since I only had a 1.47 tank. I had to refuel again once I got up to Lake Isabella...

    CA-178 merges with CA-14 and turns into a two lane highway on both sides a little further up...
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    I love this time when the sun slowly sinks in the horizon making lighting conditions soft for photos...
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    a hint of sunset on the Sierra Nevadas...
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    relaxing for the evening by the campfire... I missed this part of any adventure... unplugging and getting back to basics...
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    :beer
  4. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Kern for fuel and head north, connect Sherman Pass, with 9 Mile Canyon and then go to Linnie or just south for fuel. Also can continue north on planned route for fuel as well. Little longer ride.

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  5. black 8

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    Yup... Pearsonville was where I refueled once on US-395 and took that video of the wind howling...
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    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    What type of range were you getting?

    I'll stop distracting and watch the show. Curious about the logistics of the ride.
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    Mileage varied due to the hills and the head/tailwind I encountered. I tried refueling at half-a-tank or just below if I could... Sometimes I'd get up to 80 miles right at half-a-tank and other time as little as 57 miles at half...

    I also kept track of my fuel costs...

    O'side to SLO was $5.95
    SLO to Willow Creek back to SLO was $ $5.75
    SLO to Lone Pine was $6.00
    Lone Pine to O'side was $7.00
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    that is AWESOME!!!

    one of the things i miss about small bore touring.
  9. black 8

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    you know what they say; "sometimes less is more..." :lol3
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    monkey power and conquer the world....about time.

    good luck Rudy.
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    Thanks Joel...

    I'm testing the Monkey's limits...
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    Rudy,

    Can you share which tripod you use and if it's user friendly being on the road on a bike?
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  13. black 8

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    Good morning Eric,

    I use a Prima Photo Gear Traveler Small Tripod that I bought used on eBay for $38.99...

    It's very travel friendly and my go to tripod when I'm on the bike. It's about 13" when closed, has a max height of about 50", weighs a scant 2.5 lbs, and very durable...


    Here's the youtube review for your consideration...


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    Thank you!
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    ~ 7 June 2020

    I've visited the Alabama Hills twice before but never really spent time exploring or motographing my experience. So for this trip I wanted to take some time off the bike and climb around the rocks... I'll let the Alabama Hills speak for themselves...

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    iPhone panorama...
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    But wait, . . . where did these colors come from?
    In the Movies these old rocks are black and white; are you sure you're in the real Alabama Hills?
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    It's the remastered re-release that's been colorized... :lol3
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    after walking around and climbing on some of the rocks for motography, I decided to go down Movie Rd and do Section 7 of the Southern California Backcountry Discovery Route... :ricky
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    no problem for a full size dual sport but to a Honda Monkey with 12" tires, might as well be the Mighty Mississippi with that fast flowing snow melt from the Sierra Nevadas... I whacked that throttle and when the front tire hit that water, the splash from the wake went over my helmet...
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    Headed out to the plains... the Monkey was surprisingly easy to off-road on the trail even with the OEM tires. I was seated for the majority of the time only standing on the pegs when I went over the deeper whoops and rocks...


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    Manzanar War Relocation Cemetery...
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