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Old 01-02-2013, 05:52 PM   #16
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Hey, so over New Years I was at a friend's house and there was an F650GS all farkled out in the barn. It had a lot of spiderwebs and both sides were scraped like it had fallen down.
Winds up being a 2007 with 2K on the clock, owners ranch hand keeps hitting it with the tractor. I jokingly made an offer. I now own an F650GS. It's it's in Lake County I need to go get it....
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:05 PM   #17
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Mt Hamilton Road/San Antonio Valley Road definitely has to be up there as far as technicality, margin for error, and penalty for failure. When I think of "roads that I would DEFINITELY not take a n00b on," Hammy's about at the top of the list.
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Yep, they don't get much better/more challenging than that and it's right there and easy to reach from all directions.
I used to live in East Hills SJ right at the base near Penitencia Park and ran out to Hwy. 5 and back three or four nights a week after work during the summer months.
I used to call it " pavement motocross".
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:21 PM   #18
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Every road is a challenge to me. Maybe that is good. Maybe it is not good. What kind of things do you consider a challenge? If I try to go too fast, I could turn Lawrence Expressway into a hell-o-a-challenge. On the other hand, I have found little dirt roads, original made by mules and wagons to be quite invigorating while trying not to ride off a 200 ft drop at about 15 mph. Hmmmm?

Streets are too dependent on what you ride, when you ride, and how fast you ride. Nothing that can't be overcome with the proper bike, time of year, and speed........ I must be stumped - sorry, carry on.
As i said, it is subjective. Yes every road has its challenges, but which ones do you go ride when you want a challenge? Which ones do you consider more of a challenge? Pretty straight forward I think. The bike your riding makes a difference but we are taking about actual roads not single track. So for the most part you could get it done on anything even if some work better than others.

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Hwy 120 or 4 up over the Sierras. Hwy 128 from Mendocino to Boonville. Hwy 1 from Fort Bragg up the mountain to Hwy 101.
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Love the thread Dan. Please let me know when you wan to go explore.. I need to get out and ride somewhere... 1st day back at work and I already need to GTFO!
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Hey, so over New Years I was at a friend's house and there was an F650GS all farkled out in the barn. It had a lot of spiderwebs and both sides were scraped like it had fallen down.
Winds up being a 2007 with 2K on the clock, owners ranch hand keeps hitting it with the tractor. I jokingly made an offer. I now own an F650GS. It's it's in Lake County I need to go get it....
Awesome! let's break that sucker in!
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:39 PM   #20
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:46 PM   #21
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I approve many of the roads mentioned, particularly those I've ridden with Andy.

Based on observations of other riders and myself, the two things that screw up most street riders in terms of technical challenge from the road itself (leaving the issue of riding at night in a storm out of it for a moment) are switchbacks (I mean real tight ones) and loose surfaces.

I'll throw in a few videos of some I love. First is the Col de la Sarenne, over the top from the Alpe d'Huez. I've heard it's been repaved, but I hope not. Switch backs, gravel that blends in with the surface color of the road, and enormous cobblestone culverts across the road. Here's a clip where I scare myself with a little slip.


youtu.be/iRQwPxosV88

Paso di Gavia, near Stelvio. Mostly challenging because it's so narrow. Not nearly as many switchbacks as Stelvio.


youtu.be/fy2UoUrTgt0

I thought my camera was on when riding Stelvio, but I was mistaken. Themimoto did a better job anyway. There are 48 switchbacks on the northern ramp, which is what he's riding up. I believe the total for both sides of the pass is over 80.


youtu.be/M1y9GIC60A4

And in reference to Andy, here's footage from Leesville-Lodoga. It's pretty fun.


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Forks of Salmon is great! Glad I didn't ride it at night!
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Yes. And the downtown SF and Oaklamd smacks of truth too!
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Morgan Territory, Bolinas-Farfax Rd. but those are not that long. The hairpin on Pinehurst always seems to sneak up on me. The west end of Skaggs Springs is good.
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So far, for me my experience on Mattole Rd out of Ferndale (thanks HyperGirl), unmarked gravel sections, thick coastal fog, cows on the road and epic scenery.
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So far, for me my experience on Mattole Rd out of Ferndale (thanks HyperGirl), unmarked gravel sections, thick coastal fog, cows on the road and epic scenery.

Lost Coast in either direction from Ferndale to the Redwoods/101 def a top choice. More "pavement motocross".
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So far, for me my experience on Mattole Rd out of Ferndale (thanks HyperGirl), unmarked gravel sections, thick coastal fog, cows on the road and epic scenery.
Yep one of mine too. Except we got to the beach at sunset and did the second half in the dark. One of my hariest rides ever. Ill never forget cresting a hill and being surrounded by glittering deer eyes. Oh that and the switches to dirt in the dark. Also the weird asphalt anamolies I bounced over.
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The most challenging are the unexpected roads: sandy, mossy, wet, icy, decreasing radius, pothole midcorner, left turner, right turner, just the general numbnut at the wheel. Those are the challenges.
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