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Old 10-06-2015, 09:12 PM   #1
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SoCal bucket list rides

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Here's the deal. My bff is coming to visit from WA, bringing his camping trailer to park for a few weeks at my house & a couple bikes. Honda CBX and a Ninja 250 or 500, not sure which one got loaded up.
I'm freaking stoked, because there are so many options for amazing rides here! I've only just begun riding them all since moving here.

For sure we want to ride Mulholland to the Rock Store, and a day trip to Puerto Nuevo, mx
I plan for us to ride ach on the 18th with the FZ07.org group.
We are also considering going over to Vegas for a couple days.

If you had unlimited funds and time, what other rides would you do?
Anyone want to join us?

And here's my disclaimer, because it sux. I have 40 grocery stores, and about 10 restaurants (at least the restaurants are in my warehouse already!) to liquidate by the end of October...so it's going to be fun fitting all this riding into that schedule!!
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:45 PM   #2
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I'm down in Ensenada, and PN Mex is a fun trip. But there are better motorcycle roads.

If you just want the coast, keep going just 20 mins past PN to Ensenada, and get the same lobster here for less, and enjoy more coastline and a less crowded scene.

How about Palomar Observatory? Most go up to Mother's restaurant, but few make it to the reason for the place on the mountain. It's owned/operated by CalTech and visitors are welcome.

Idyllwild?

Palms to Pines? That's a great section of 74.

How about La Rumorosa? Ride it down, turn around and go back. Enter from 94/188/Tecate.
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Old 10-06-2015, 10:18 PM   #3
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I'm down in Ensenada, and PN Mex is a fun trip. But there are better motorcycle roads.

If you just want the coast, keep going just 20 mins past PN to Ensenada, and get the same lobster here for less, and enjoy more coastline and a less crowded scene.

How about Palomar Observatory? Most go up to Mother's restaurant, but few make it to the reason for the place on the mountain. It's owned/operated by CalTech and visitors are welcome.

Idyllwild?

Palms to Pines? That's a great section of 74.

How about La Rumorosa? Ride it down, turn around and go back. Enter from 94/188/Tecate.
Omg. You just added several rides lol!
Tell me the best motorcycle roads in mx, I'm not stuck on PN. Possibly would like to have a couple more folks join us for a larger group ride on that one, or someone who's already been or speaks better Spanish than me. Mines horrible! I will get better but not in time for this trip.
We can ride the coast anywhere. We rode the San Juan islands in WA a few years ago!
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Mesa Grande (76 to Santa Isabelle)
Banner Grade (Back side of Julian down to the desert)
Montezuma (Ranchita to Borrego Springs)
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If you have a socal bucket list ride and don't ride Idyllwild. ... you have failed lol. I've ridden the snake (overrated is an understatement) , Ortega (eh.... unless you are at track speed it can be a bore) , Palomar (fun yet 35mph sometimes means ur dragging knee), Montezuma (#2 in my book), and a few others. Still, no canyon has the pavement quality + turn styles that Idyllwild offers. Just my .02.
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A great Baja Loop is:

94 to 188 to Tecate.
Cross there, and fill up.
Take Hwy 2 towards Mexicali.
If gas is available on the way, get some, even if only a couple of gallons.
Loop La Rumorosa.

When tired of looping Rumorosa, then get back to Tecate.
Hwy 3 towards Ensenada, enjoy the climate, and Mexico's wine country
Then take Hwy 1 along the coast, back home.

Here are links to similar rides like this that I've done with friends:

https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/...c,66037.0.html

https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/...c,51292.0.html

https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/...,49836.60.html

https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/...c,44442.0.html
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If you have a socal bucket list ride and don't ride Idyllwild. ... you have failed lol. I've ridden the snake (overrated is an understatement) , Ortega (eh.... unless you are at track speed it can be a bore) , Palomar (fun yet 35mph sometimes means ur dragging knee), Montezuma (#2 in my book), and a few others. Still, no canyon has the pavement quality + turn styles that Idyllwild offers. Just my .02.
Agreed with above.

And it's OK that you left off a certain local favorite of mine, it's over 70 miles closer than Idyllwild to me and almost as good.............. I hope it's cleaner up there by this weekend though.
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I have to agree Idyllwild had some amazing pavement and just the right turns. We'll be doing that one for sure! I also going up the 38 from Yucaipa to Big Bear.
Where is Montezuma?
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Montezuma Grade is San DIego County road S-22. It runs up the hill to the west of Borrego Springs.

Probably the best sport road in Southern California.
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Going to plan to ride across the border for a day ride Oct 25th. (1 night would be ok too if there is interest)
Would love to get a group together.
This will be my first time going across since several times 20 years ago! Fyi- my Spanish is terrible!
I hear you need your Passport, or Drivers License and matching Birth Cert. Also Insurance (Mx ins can be purchased just before you cross) and your Bike Registration to match VIN numbers.
I don't have a route yet, however there are some great ideas sent my way, and if there is a group interested we can plan the final route based on interest.
Let me know if you want to go!
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Going to plan to ride across the border for a day ride Oct 25th. (1 night would be ok too if there is interest)
Would love to get a group together.
This will be my first time going across since several times 20 years ago! Fyi- my Spanish is terrible!
I hear you need your Passport, or Drivers License and matching Birth Cert. Also Insurance (Mx ins can be purchased just before you cross) and your Bike Registration to match VIN numbers.
I don't have a route yet, however there are some great ideas sent my way, and if there is a group interested we can plan the final route based on interest.
Let me know if you want to go!
(cross posted to my local FZ07 forum)
I am sending you my phone number. Let me clear up a few points of confusion for you
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If you want help from an Ensenada local, I'm open the weekend of 11/5.

I can help you plan great routes, have hookups to inexpensive hotels and great food.

I PM'd you my phone number. Call me if you like.


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Going to plan to ride across the border for a day ride Oct 25th. (1 night would be ok too if there is interest)
Would love to get a group together.
This will be my first time going across since several times 20 years ago! Fyi- my Spanish is terrible!
I hear you need your Passport, or Drivers License and matching Birth Cert. Also Insurance (Mx ins can be purchased just before you cross) and your Bike Registration to match VIN numbers.
I don't have a route yet, however there are some great ideas sent my way, and if there is a group interested we can plan the final route based on interest.
Let me know if you want to go!
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If you want help from an Ensenada local, I'm open the weekend of 11/5.

I can help you plan great routes, have hookups to inexpensive hotels and great food.

I PM'd you my phone number. Call me if you like.
Sweet! I will see how long he plans to be here. 11/5 might be good for us. Would love to spend a night!
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If 11/5 is too long, get in touch and I can still help you plan a good long day in the saddle with great food!
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I am a sucker for ghost towns and abandoned Americana, hence I'll never forget my ride to the Sultan Sea. Epic. Can't wait to go again and explore some more.
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Ventura, up the 101 to the 150, past Casitas into Ojai, up and over the 33, Lockwood Valley to Pine Mountain, loop back to Ventucopa, back up and over the 33, back down into Ojai, the 150 up and over to Santa Paula.
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I have to agree
Idyllwild had some
amazing pavement
and just the right turns .

We will be doing
that one for sure !

I am also going up the 38
from Yucaipa to Big Bear .

Where is Montezuma ?

Thank you
@rgbeard ,
@mrgrody
& @UV1000 .

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so much to
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