Big Bear + Big Bike in Snow? A Beach Flatlander Asks

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by schwuller, Jan 18, 2017.

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Adventure Bike to Big Bear / Tahoe Snowy Roads Easy or Serious

  1. Easy

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  2. Serious

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  1. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    NO.. unless you have spiked tires
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  2. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    where could I truck my YZ to park, then just slide around a few hours and come home?

    google snow reports show depth near baldy, snow summit, snow valley, and bear mountain...but I dunno if any of those places have trails

    I'm plated BTW
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  3. ballisticexchris

    ballisticexchris Long timer

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    It's not that big of a deal. Just start out via Cledgehorn on the fireroads. Dishpan will be a little tough but other than that it will be a breeze.
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  4. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I've parked near the end of the pavement and by the last houses past Pioneertown and then ridden up Burns Canyon. Or you could park at Pappy and Harriets in Pioneertown.
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  5. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    @jonz - am in Cali

    Cleghorn or into Silverwood will have snow?
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  6. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    Just drove back from big bear area...clear roads with Snow everywhere else in the mountain range, although it tapers out as you start coming down...May head back up with bike to pinnacles or cleghorn or Silverwood
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  7. CA Stu

    CA Stu Big bike friendly, home by noon Super Moderator

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    Pioneertown - Big Bear route: Link
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  8. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    Coolio
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  9. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    Going to pilot rock truck trail/Silverwood Weds after all this rain

    I will be 100% noob status on my 94 YZ250 since first ride since knee surgery...Another +1 on sv650 with knobbies...So slow ride on easy roads, noobs and adv bikes welcome.

    Read about a lot of windows smashed...So don't leave anything in your truck
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  10. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Riding ON snow can be a little fun. Riding when it is snowing is nearly impossible. Unless you have a wiper on your visor and air/heat to stop it fogging. Also you will have 10" of snow in your crotch and on the front of your jaclet within minutes. It's only nearly impossible though...so that makes it possible right? Have you ever ski-ed when it's actually snow falling? They close the slopes for lack of visibility.....at motorcycle speeds it will be difficult to see.......hey again it's possible...post pics.
    I went up to Idylwild on my BMW R1200GS followed by my friend on his BRAND NEW at the time Ducati 999 (or some other number). Snow was on the ground...he was MOST unhappy about the condition of his bike.
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  11. TTTom

    TTTom some guy on a bike

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    goofing around close to home on a light dirt bike = fun

    long ways from home on a heavy expensive-to-crash street bike = stupid
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  12. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    took a light bike to pilot rock truck trail...rode to pinnacles and no snow...probably too late for silverwood...pioneertown may have been a better option

    [​IMG]
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  13. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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  14. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    looking to get my fix this year...will try Pioneertown per Jonz's suggestion

    may stud up a junk tire on the YZ250

    not looking to ride snowy roads in traffic...any open field areas?

    anyone tried frazier mountain/mt pinos? If CBS news says it's a spot to play in snow, it must be good right?
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  15. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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  16. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    Dang, it's bad! Could use some snow up there
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  17. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    maybe venturing out Wednesday morning...hoping the rain/snow shifts to Tuesday night!

    with my luck it'll be melted by the time I get there...but taking suggestions on staging points
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  18. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Been here awhile

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    Don't stage from Green Valley Lake! Since it's the highest town in the mountains, it will have snow for sure. They're expecting about six inches Tuesday, with a slight chance of rain/snow on Wednesday. So stay away from there unless you like riding in 43 degree temps with snow!
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  19. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    Loud and clear...that is exactly what I am looking for, haha

    Snow report shows 6"+ on Tuesday morning, but slowing or stopping Tuesday night.

    My goal is ride Wednesday morning well after it stops falling, and when it's a little warmer... hoping the roads will be clear and trails freshly coated and not iced.

    More of a novelty than anything else....drive up early, cruise around the best that I can on a trail, give up, get lunch around there and drive back.

    Anyone else curious and/brave enough?
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  20. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    RIDE: 9:30-lunch...lunch there...back in LA by 3:30-4ish

    STAGING: Forest Road 3N16 aka ("Crab Flats Road" on google maps)

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5202570.pdf

    Directions: 330->18->Green Valley Lake blvd -> 3N16

    Green Valley Lake is getting 5-8" right now

    [​IMG]

    tapering off to an 1" tonight, no active snowing tomorrow...but high of 40 and low of 30...hoping for a clear day w' fresh snow

    I was too lazy to tapcon/stud the tires, so it will be just fooling around on 1-ride knobbies...mostly just sliding, gopro, pics, etc.

    I bought chains for my 2wd F150 because snow chains are required on all vehicles per CalTrans
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