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Old July 31st @ 05:21 pm   #1

Motorcycle: YAMAHA '06 FZ6, 2000 XT 225
Derek aka "Treadhead" and I took off to S. Cal this weekend to ride, and hook up with a few of my riding friends along the way. We hit ACH (Angeles Crest Hwy Ca 2) on the way down.

Derek pulling into one of the turnouts on ACH.

Our rides. One Triumph Tiger, two FZ6's and Derek's Kawi zx6r.

We got held up for 30 minutes for the highway crew to blow up a big boulder with dynamite. It was loud!

Then on Friday night, we hooked with another friend of mine and we went riding around the hills of Malibu Canyon, including Muholland Dr and the "Snake"

From the viewpoint.

Saturday morning, onto Ojai with my friend Mike. (Ca. Hwy 33).

Here's Derek coming down one of the corners on Ojai. We went up and then back down.

Here's Mike.

Checking out Mike's ride. 2006 FZ6 "Naked"

Now on the 101

Old July 31st @ 05:21 pm   #2

Motorcycle: YAMAHA '06 FZ6, 2000 XT 225
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Still slabbling down the 101

Is he giving me the finger? That MF.

On way down to Malibu on Ca Hwy. 23 south (Decker Canyon Rd). Imagine Red rock but half the width but two ways and much tighter turns if you can believe that. And for 18 miles with a view of the Pacific for most of the way down, talk about a distraction.

Dinner time in Malibu at the famous Neptun Net. Motorcycle friendly!

Ever heard of Kite Surfing?

So the weekend was a blast! The ride home from Cali was the worst that I can ever recall about the 2 dozen times I've ridden down there. Taking ACH on the way home today, lots of CHP's. Saw a total of six in a span of 25 miles. Thank god for that School Bus, LOL...

After stopping at Newcombs, here comes the rain. I had plenty of room to take my rain gear with me, but didn't like an idiot. Stopped in Wrightwood at the Grizzly Cafe again, to dry out and have some breakfast. Against my better judgement, I decided to take Lonepine Canyon Road rather than taking the longer route back to the Cajon Junction (I-15- Ca 138).

With all that rain, the road was covered with rocks, sand, gravel and silt. Going over a crest of a hill and a left hand turn going about 40ish, my front end went down like I hit a sheet of ice. I took a head first baseball slide dive onto the pavement. Left knee first, then my left arm and then my slide begins as I watch my GPS and bike go sliding down the road. Did you know that your bike slides much faster and farther than you?
Derek was not too far behind me and saw the whole thing.

I got right back up, and we picked my bike back up and was litterally back down the road in 60 seconds. Frame sliders once again did the job, as it took all the damage. Scratched my mirror and that's about it. Like I said, I landed on my left knee first. I would have probably suffered a broken knee cap at the minimum if I did not have proper riding gear. I tore my left forearm of my jacket too, but the armour on both my jacket and pants did it's job. I would have been carted off in an ambulance if I wasn't wearing full gear. But because I was, I was back riding in less than 60 seconds. Yes, covered in gray silt, but riding.

So the rain got so intense, that Derek fell way back and stopped in Victorville. I pressed on, hoping to rain even harder so that I can get all that silt off of my gear. Yes, it poured. Visibility sucked. Traffic sucked, ended up splitting the last 20 miles in California in the rain because it was all jammed up with wrecks.

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Old July 31st @ 05:59 pm   #3
LTunited's Avatar
From: Henderson

Motorcycle: 2011 Ninja 650r
sorry to hear about that crash glad you walked away with no injuries, good thing you was wearing gear "ALWAYS GEAR UP" i was planning to go on that trip too but got called in to work
Old July 31st @ 06:42 pm   #4
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From: las vegas

Motorcycle: 2011 ZX6R
Want to thank kenny for letting me tag with him and his crew had a kickass time!!see what you missed! Kenny is a hardcore rider goodtimes!!!!!
Old July 31st @ 07:30 pm   #5

Motorcycle: YAMAHA '06 FZ6, 2000 XT 225
Kudos for Derek too. Not the most comfortable bike to take on a roadtrip. But he managed to log over a thousand miles in two and half days and add a list of things onto his rider resume on just one weekend that a lot of riders who have been riding for years haven't accomplished.

Not very many people can say they have tackled ACH and Ojai, one of the more technical roads. And the snake on Muholland. Plus split traffic. And ride in the rain over a long distance.

Even though we had a great time, getting a larger group next time would make a better experience.

The only thing that I regret was that we did not find the time to go visit the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum. We were litterally staying just below it. You can even go onboard Air Force One. Not really sure how they got it there, but the place looks really cool.

Next time.
Old July 31st @ 07:50 pm   #6
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From: Northwest

Motorcycle: Kawasaki Ninja 250R
Damn! Sounds awesome, except for the whole crashing thing. At least you had good gear to rely on. And isn't the law of conservation of momentum great? Let the bike take the energy out of the system instead of your knee.
Old July 31st @ 11:06 pm   #7
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From: Las Vegas

Motorcycle: 2001 ZRX1200R, 2005 Hyosung GT650S Track Bike
Sorry to hear about the get off. Glad you're ok. Those are some awesome roads. Not a huge fan of ACH. Too much popo and gravel and rocks!
Old August 1st @ 06:30 am   #8
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From: Las Vegas/Summerlin

Motorcycle: 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa LE/2007 Suzuki GSXR600/2000 Honda CBR600F4
Looks like a good time! And I know all about Decker Canyon Road... I tossed my CBR down that road back in '07. Sorry to hear about your mishap, though.
Old August 1st @ 07:48 am   #9
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From: Las Vegas/Summerlin, NV

Motorcycle: 2009 GSXR-1000
Looks like you guys had a great time!!!! Sorry to hear about you little slide, gald your ok!
Old August 1st @ 08:20 am   #10
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From: Vegas

Motorcycle: 2007 GSXR-750
Glad your ok. Sounds like it was a good time though!!!

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