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Old 02-21-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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Adventure riding short rides and BS thread

This is meant to be a general purpose adventure riding thread, a repository of random photos of rides not worthy of elaborate reports, a place to mention great rides that you didn't take any good pictures of, a place to get advice or give advice about camping, road conditions, gear, etc, and (if you must), a place to tell us why your bike is great and all others are inferior.

Let's give it a go:

I bundled up yesterday to give Tassajara road a try- it's becoming something of a winter tradition. As expected, I didn't get very far:


Here's last year up at the top:


Hwy 25 was fun on the way back though:


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Old 02-21-2011, 08:04 PM   #2
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Hwy 25 is one of my favorites.

Great Idea with the "random adventure" thread.
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:42 AM   #3
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Awesome, great idea.

How is Tassajara Road when it isn't covered with snow? Any other worthwhile dirt roads in the area? I'd like to set up a basecamp in the Big Sur area and ride little roads in the area on our DR650s sometime.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:12 PM   #4
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Cool idea, Zak! Dig the photos of Tassajara!

So in keeping with the theme, I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you all that my bike is the best one because, um...it's red. And it's pretty! And it has a name that's hard to spell...that always add to the mystique, of course
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:04 PM   #5
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Cool idea, Zak! Dig the photos of Tassajara!

So in keeping with the theme, I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you all that my bike is the best one because, um...it's red. And it's pretty! And it has a name that's hard to spell...that always add to the mystique, of course
Ooh, where is that? Looks reminiscent of Bear ridge road heading over to Matole. And yeah, the Hewsckawaurna*s are very cool- especially that they gave the 610 a true wide ration gearbox.
One thing about "adventure" bikes (which I too am guilty of) is this hangup with multi-cylinder bikes. For most off pavement rides, thumpers really work well. Then again, I love my 950 when it comes to 600 mile+ days. . . .

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How is Tassajara Road when it isn't covered with snow? Any other worthwhile dirt roads in the area? I'd like to set up a basecamp in the Big Sur area and ride little roads in the area on our DR650s sometime.
Well, I'm not that knowledgeable about that area- but Tassajara road is a good, fun, dirt road- i.e, it's not loose gravel, it's not flat, it's not straight. But it's a pretty easy road on something like a DR650. I've never been there in summer, so I don't know how dusty it might be. You're allowed to visit the zen center in summer though, not in winter:


I hear that there are some fun roads off of 1 in the big sur area- old coast road, and roads off of Nacimiento-Ferguson. Haven't been on them yet.

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Old 02-23-2011, 04:57 AM   #6
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Ooh, where is that? Looks reminiscent of Bear ridge road heading over to Matole. And yeah, the Hewsckawaurna*s are very cool- especially that they gave the 610 a true wide ration gearbox.
One thing about "adventure" bikes (which I too am guilty of) is this hangup with multi-cylinder bikes. For most off pavement rides, thumpers really work well. Then again, I love my 950 when it comes to 600 mile+ days. . . .

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Well, you've got the right part of the country! That was taken at the eastern boundary of Redwood Nat'l Park on Bald Hills Rd northwest of Weitchpec. Absolutely killer place to explore Can't wait to go back there again.

The dirt roads off of Nac-Ferg are a ton of fun! It's beautiful there in the spring. I highly recommend it

Oh, and you spelled Hooskawarner wrong I just changed my gearing a little and am looking forward to trying it out. I had originally geared it up for highway stuff but found I didn't need it. All it did was make it harder to ride in the slow-going dirt stuff.

600 miles in a day? If I gotta get 600 miles away in one day I'm takin' a plane, Honey I'm a wimp!



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Old 02-23-2011, 11:59 AM   #7
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I am in a similar place with my bikes and loving adventures of any size. The 950 ADV (always in TKC80 rubber) is for gear-heavy and long-travel trips or no-gear trips that bring a passenger. My DRZ400 (two sets wheels 17/17 street and 18/21 dirt), is for short/medium dually trip and longer events such as the Sheetiron, and the Husky (17/17) is for city hooliganism and anything between here (SF) and the Corralitos market, or here and Briones reservoir.
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I am in a similar place with my bikes and loving adventures of any size. The 950 ADV (always in TKC80 rubber) is for gear-heavy and long-travel trips or no-gear trips that bring a passenger. My DRZ400 (two sets wheels 17/17 street and 18/21 dirt), is for short/medium dually trip and longer events such as the Sheetiron, and the Husky (17/17) is for city hooliganism and anything between here (SF) and the Corralitos market, or here and Briones reservoir.
Nice quiver there. I'm always kind of split between sport touring and adventure touring, so I now have a second set of wheels for my 950- the original 18/21 have TKC80 and Mefos, and the newer 18/19 set with conti trail attacks.

I'm not sure if my 640 is the right bike for me for living around here, but once I get it up to mendocino NF, I love riding it. For some reason I'm always tempted to buy an old VFR and do adventure rides on it. . . . . as if a 500 lb KTM wasn't enough of a pig in the dirt already.

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I'm not sure if my 640 is the right bike for me for living around here, but once I get it up to mendocino NF, I love riding it. For some reason I'm always tempted to buy an old VFR and do adventure rides on it. . . . . as if a 500 lb KTM wasn't enough of a pig in the dirt already.

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Take that 640 onto the backroads near you, never mind the knobbies. It's perfect for where you are.

It's also perfect for The Mendocino. The problem is the between, which is why I usually stuff mine in the truck in the winter time, though I'll ride there in the summer even if it is kinda hard on the tires.

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Great idea Slack, here's my ex-DRZ up in Trinity a few years ago. My son riding buddy we found some logging roads and went adventuring.
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Great idea Slack, here's my ex-DRZ up in Trinity a few years ago. My son riding buddy we found some logging roads and went adventuring.
Man, what I wouldn't have given to be able to ride through the woods on the back of my dad's bike when I was his age! Good for you for being a cool dad!




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Old 03-02-2011, 10:30 PM   #13
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Great idea Slack, here's my ex-DRZ up in Trinity a few years ago. My son riding buddy we found some logging roads and went adventuring.
That's awesome. The BARF collective needs to own a few acres of land off of hwy 36, as a place to go and base from. I rode 36 (pavement only) a month back, and my head was on a swivel checking out all the great roads up into the hills- I notice more every time.

I keep riding after dark this last couple weeks, no good pics available.

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My buddy has that bike now. He loves it.
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