The High Sierra Passes thread. Tales and Photos

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by wrk2surf, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    West of Ebbetts pass last weekend. My first time over this pass. Been mostly dirt riding till I got this 1290. Forgot about how other rider deliberately block faster riders from passing. I will never understand this behavior.

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  2. BrockEvan

    BrockEvan Brock Warwick Supporter

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    How can you block that sexy beast from passing?
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  3. FJKai

    FJKai Off Road Lurker

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    No one would be able to block me from passing while on that beast....they could try, but they wouldn't be successful for very long. That thing is practically from the movie Tron, no one's holding that back.
  4. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    Swerve at you as you come around on a narrow curvy road , repeatedly. Usually Harleys. Actually have had Jeeps do it too on 4x4 roads when on my 690. Kind of an enforced "only pass with permission" deal.
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  5. yobuddy

    yobuddy Been here awhile

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    Sorry to hear about that kind of behavior. I have not experienced that passing bikes or cars and I ride the passes quite often. My gripe is they don't typically use the turnouts when they should be. One lucky day I stopped for construction and was talking with the Harley group in front of me as we waited. They told me to go to the front when the road opened, happy to oblige. Could be that hooligan bike that you get no respect on:rofl
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  6. Bike Guy

    Bike Guy Been here awhile

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    Hey Mike, since you have a great search ability, see what you can find for Sunday 30th. I rode #4 after I watched Assen GP to Walker Burger. Returning on #4 there was a sport bike bouncing off of a left front car fender about half way up.
    I know you can do it
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  7. bdesj

    bdesj Been here awhile

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    The Kayak blocking sounds odd to me, too. On an "A-to-B and get there kind" of highway, I see my share who irk me by not taking the pullouts, but on a twisty "checking out the crazy scenery" kind of road like 4, more often I find they go above and beyond to facilitate passing. Four by fours on dirt, even more. Sorry your luck was not in last weekend, hope it turns better for this one. Well, this one coming up will probably turn a lot of otherwise fine fellow travelers into A-holes, but when we get back to standard 2-dayers, I'll wish you luck again!
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  8. michaeln

    michaeln What're YOU lookin' at? Supporter

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    I have ridden Ebbetts more times than I can remember on my SDR 1290. Nobody ever blocked me or tried to, but they would not have succeeded if they had. You're on The Beast, put them in your rearview mirror.

    It's important to dispatch them quickly though. Don't sit back behind them annoying them. Pass at the first safe opportunity, and use a shitload of throttle so your exposure time is minimized.

    Don't pass them in corners. There are plenty of straight sections where you can get by in a hurry.

    Lastly, there have been times when I was behind a large group of bikes that would necessitate numerous possibly unsafe passes to get around the pack. What I will do then is pull over in a nice spot, take a break, drink some water, stretch your legs and let them get WAY ahead of you. After enough of an interval has gone by, start your ride again. It isn't a race, you are allowed to stop and enjoy the place.
  9. DrKayak

    DrKayak Retro Rider

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    Thanks for the input.. Yea I'm passing on open turns which require the victim to hold their line and not weave all over the road. Like you know I only need a second to get around them. Guess it's "unsafe" to most.. I consider it unsafe to be too far left in the oncoming lane in a turn.

    I hate to waste a single turn going slow... and I do have issues stopping when there's open road ahead even to pee..
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  10. michaeln

    michaeln What're YOU lookin' at? Supporter

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    Nope, my Google-Fu has failed me. Found nothing.
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  11. Bike Guy

    Bike Guy Been here awhile

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    Thanks Mike, I tried the usual local sources and came up with the same
  12. michaeln

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    Please let me know when you will be riding 4 so I can stay home that day.

    Passing on turns is overly aggressive, rude and dangerous. It's a racetrack move.

    The road is for everyone, even "victims" who don't meet your bullshit racetrack standards.
  13. powderbronco89

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    Never ridden 4 ?

    Seems like Darwins theory in action: i.e. : DUMB ASS !
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  14. slogger

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    1D49A11D-20B7-46CD-970D-F382D1B4ECC1.jpeg This was above Bridgeport last month. Behind me was snowed in.
  15. michaeln

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    On Sonora Pass Highway this morning. Man I love Sonora and Ebbetts passes! Monitor doesn't suck either.

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  16. WJBertrand

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    Up on Ebbett’s Pass earlier this month.

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  17. michaeln

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    I know the Topaz Resort / Casino has been a popular place for riders to get gas and cheap eats when you are over on 395 near Monitor Pass.

    I'm never going there again. Last time I was there before today I ordered nachos, major mistake. They were so awful I couldn't eat them. To their credit, they did not charge me for them.

    Today I wanted to get the all you can eat spaghetti. Used to be quite a deal at $4.99 for all you can eat. They have raised the price FORTY PERCENT, and that dish is now $6.99 instead of $4.99. The steak and eggs breakfast that used to be cheap is now $7.99. I had some kind of "Country Skillet" today that was served in a little 5" diameter white skillet for $9.99.

    Their food always was mediocre, but the Spaghetti and the Steak and Eggs specials were at least cheap. No more, I won't be going back.
  18. Friz Freleng

    Friz Freleng Religious zealot Supporter

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    Thanks for the epicurean heads up. I was going to stay at the Topaz Lake Best Western last weekend but that portion of my trip went sideways. I did manage to camp at Union reservoir...very beautiful right up until someone drowned. Poor guy. A medical evacuation helicopter responded but couldn't find a suitable landing spot so a CalFire huey helicopter flew in. I was told the medivac copter couldn't handle the granite dust its rotors would kick up. The problem with the huey was that while it was an evacuation helicopter, it was not equipped for medical responses.
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  19. michaeln

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    I heard the 17 year old guy was 20 feet down for 15-20 minutes, so I think it didn't matter much what the helicopters did by then.
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    Friz Freleng Religious zealot Supporter

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    20 minutes underwater? Ohhh man. A CalFire guy told me the kid was a diabetic who suffered a seizure while swimming. I was at the East campground where responders were trying to clear the parking area so the Huey could land and shuttle the victim to the medivac copter. They were doing their best but I got the impression they felt their efforts weren't going to make a difference.