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Is the regular moto exhibit still going on? I've been meaning to ride over and check it out.

My Duke is in need of new shoes $200 buxs, I think I'll give these a shot.

Who can mount tires (off-bike) at a reason rate nowadays? I am over spooning on street tires at home....especially when the weather is still consistently below 70.

I think weather conditions have a factor also. Outside of a very few, I don't see many fellow bike commuters when the temps drop below 50. As the temps rise, so do amount of bikes I see.

But by enlarge, I too have notice a decrease in the amount of bike commuters over the years. I think a number of factors are at play. 1) Yes, I do agree with the most common theory of many young folks are simply not interested in motorcycles, along with not being able to comfortably afford them. 2) Safety factor is a concern for many also....even for me, who is a 15+year moto-commuter.

Not to be a debbie-downer but a inkling of doubt has began to set in. While I still commute almost daily on a bike, in late-2018, I came up on a multi-moto accident scene on the 405 near the 133, as I made my way to work that made me take pause and seriously evaluate the worthiness of bike commuting. I do not know the exact circumstances of the accident, but I did not need a news article to find out if the riders made was very obvious. Being in 2-moto accidents myself, along with more than a couple handfuls of close calls, I do wonder when my time is up if I continue to commute on the bike. With that said, I still accept the risks of moto-commuting (and motorcycling in general) but not sure how much longer. What keeps me motivated to keep going is simply the time saved on that damn 405.

Off Topic / Re: Rider down 405 at Bake RIP
« on: 11/02/18 04:38PM »
Unfortunately, I witnessed the aftermath of this event. My day has been completely shot. Not sure the circumstances, but 2 bikes impacted. Based on what I saw, both were deceased, prefer to keep the descriptive at that. Ride safe everyone.

Hard to imagine the cluster is worse than the current state of the 405 with all the construction going on. I gotta take that god-forsaken freeway every morning and evening, I'm pretty sure it has aged me and put a few more grey hairs on my head.

How did you like the GS-LC? Never got around to test ride one.

I had a 2008 GSA for several years. I liked it alot, sometimes miss it.

Glad to see you had a good time and made it back safe.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: New to me 2008 FZ1
« on: 08/22/18 08:55AM »
Wow scored. At $5000 for that bike, I would have 'fly-n-ride' as far east as Utah for it.

Misc / Re: Goodbye So. Cal / birthday ride
« on: 08/20/18 12:55PM »
Doug- I'm gonna do my best and make it this Sunday.

One last tip-

Due to the technical nature of the road, 90% of it is double-yellow. Well, we all know double-yellows do not apply to motorcyclist, especially when getting stuck behind a painfully slow RV. Well, we were reminded we were wrong and got dinged in Big Sur by park rangers for passing in a double-yellow (yes, we did it in a safe manner). Just check your six before passing slow vehicles.

You will have a good time and enjoy it, ride safe.

I did recently. I just missed the reopening of the landslide area, was in the area a couple weeks prior.

SF to LA can easily be done in 1 day on a bike but since you have 2 days, you can take your time and stop to enjoy the view a bit. Not sure your time frame, but if it's now, it's gonna be super busy with tour buses, RV, cars, trucks, cyclist, just expect that. There is plenty of places to eat, turnouts for scenic views and photo ops. Big Sur is worth a stop and to walk around for a bit if you have never been. Probably the most interesting parts is from Carmel to  Cambria. Gas will not be an issue since you can get 200 miles/tank. Use a travel app for hotel and restaurant suggestions....depending on your budget and diet. Enjoy it and every CA motorcyclist owes it to themselves to take a weekend and ride up and coast and back at least once.

Just a tip, from my experience, best time to go is late-September/early-Oct. Traffic is low, air is crisp but not too cold, and if you are a early riser and can hit the road by's like you own it from a couple of hours and the morning coastal view is unbelievable.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: Powder coating
« on: 05/29/18 09:51AM »
Depending on the process and applicator but thickness could range from .002" and all the way up to .010" (or more). There are ISO/ASTM standards but it applies for aerospace/defense industries. If done properly, thickness should be around .002-.003 (or so) and will provide a nice durable coat for cosmetic and protection purposes.

Any threads and bearing surfaces should be taped-up prior to PC.

Baja is amazing. If anyone wants to do a seafood day run to Ensenada, we can arrange it. Just be comfortable lane-splitting, as it will be required to get back across (unless you choose to wait in line with everyone else). Having Passport Card is preferred so we can use the Ready Lane vs. Standard Lane.

My main tip is not to ride at night. Other than that, nothing else really different than riding here. City street conditions are terrible (uneven roads, pot holes, etc...) but the toll roads are well maintain and smooth. Just exit the border towns as soon as possible and Baja is so amazing.

Kriega makes some good stuff. I have a R20 Backpack that has survived about 500K worth of air-miles, plus unknown number of motorcycle miles, still going strong. Expensive, but top quality.

This is my daily route. Hopefully the toll-lane will provide a bit more protection from lane-crossers.

I was tagged last year by a double-lane crosser on the SB-405/Euclid. Luckily was able to walk away from that one.

I'll be making my way up one of these weekends to check it out. Thanks again.

Thank you for posting this. How long will the exhibit be on display for?

That is a interesting and cool project!!!

Being vertically challenged, loading up the bike on the back of the truck after a day of riding can be a PIA at times. One time in particular, I had a pretty good get-off out on the trails, I managed to limp back to the staging area and realized I was too sore to safely load the bike. If it wasn't the kind assistance of others at the trailhead, I would have just stared and wished the bike was loaded.


Let me test the health of my right-hand on Saturday and I'll let you know. If I can make it, I will need to keep it safe/sane as my finger is still broken and don't have alot of grip strength.

Awesome adventure!!!

Rogue-I would keep your DR, maybe invest in a pumper carb for better throttle response and suspension upgrades. KTM/Husky 500 maybe street legal but it will suck ass on the freeways due to the low-weight. My KTM 690 is barely heavy enough to be safe anything over 70MPH...anything faster, I'm hanging on for dear life, as you saw the last time we went out and back from Borrego. Look into something lighter in the future and truck it. Safer and won't wear the crap out of a 500/350 thumper.

Man, I wish my hand was healthy enough to attend. With the recent rains, it's gonna be excellent conditions for you all. Please posts some photos and looking forward in hearing about the trip.

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