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Off Topic / Re: SUV and pickup truck paint shop
« on: 01/21/18 05:44PM »
When I got my truck body repaired, with a simple re-spray in certain places, I consulted with about 5 different body shops all over the OC.  The estimates ranged from a high of $5k, to a very low $1k, which included body repairs and touch ups.  What I learned was one REALLY needs to show these people YOUR vehicle first (don't take phone estimates via smartphone pictures).  In addition, you REALLY need to do your leg work and talk to at least 3 people.  Most importantly, know EXACTLY what you want and expect. 

You want showroom-like paint, that's going to cost you thousands. 
You want all dents removed, and deep gouges repaired, that's all extra. 
If you have a budget of $1k, be realistic as to what you will get.

The best people are the ones that can give you the best work given your budget. 

I chose Royal Solutions because I spoke to the owner, Bryon, and he was the most honest, up front dude after talking to a bunch of others.  He didn't disappoint.  Did I get showroom quality paint?  No but it was damn close!  Bryon only suggested repairs that my truck needed and he was willing to work with me on my steel bumper, instead of telling me to go get a new one!  This guy truly did save me a couple of thousand $$ and gave me exactly what I was looking for on my truck...nothing more, nothing less.  BTW, Bryon and his son does the work.  He does not subcontract the work out to someone else.  I say give Royal Solutions a call and get a realistic estimate after he's looked over your ride.  But remember he's in Rancho Santa Margarita.  He's willing to drive to a customer for estimates but not sure how far. 

"UNOFFICIAL" Rides / Re: GMR Ride - Sunday, 1/21/18
« on: 01/21/18 02:21PM »
Completed another great ride!  This time to Glendora Mountain Road.  The temperatures never really exceeded about 62 whether it was in the OC or up in the mountains.  Dry conditions, 99% clean too!  Lots of bicyclists though.  Not many motorcyclists.

Happy days at the fork of Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road.

Top Of glendora Mountain
by rogue_biker, on Flickr

And then this.....road closed due to a fatality on our way to Crystal Lake.  Condolences to the victim of the crash.

Road To Crystal Lake Closed
by rogue_biker, on Flickr

So we turned back around the way we came and arrived at Eureka! early.  But it was worth it.  ThePretender and myself got the Jalapeno Egg Burger with Sweet Potato Fries with Honey.  Hot Damn!!!  Delicious! 

Eureka! Egg Burger!
by rogue_biker, on Flickr

Off Topic / Re: SUV and pickup truck paint shop
« on: 01/21/18 02:00PM »
Here is the link to the Royal Solutions Auto:

Off Topic / Re: SUV and pickup truck paint shop
« on: 01/21/18 08:11AM »
The name of the place is called Royal Solutions Auto in Rancho Santa Margarita. You can also look him up on Yelp. Heís averaging 5 Stars. He can come to your home for minor repairs. But he will also do re-sprays. He also fixed my rear bumper for a reasonable price. Other places wanted to replace the whole rear bumper for $2k!!! Apparently most places donít like to fix steel bumpers because itís too difficult.

Read his Yelp reviews so you can get a more complete picture of his work.

Off Topic / Re: SUV and pickup truck paint shop
« on: 01/19/18 04:43PM »
I know someone who did my truck (removed dents, scratches, and a simple re-spray; as well as added a spray on bedliner).  He also does paintless dent repair.  He did a really good job considering I had a very limited budget.  He owns his own shop in the OC and that helps in lowering his overhead costs.  He did a great enough job that I felt compelled to give him 5 stars on Yelp!

Lots of these shops, specially in south OC will ask an arm and a leg thinking YOU are an insurance company willing to pay $5k+ for a re-spray!

Let me know if you're interested and I'll give you his info.

"UNOFFICIAL" Rides / GMR Ride - Sunday, 1/21/18
« on: 01/16/18 01:28PM »
We are planning to ride to GMR this Sunday, January 21st.

Meeting Location:  Starbucks at the corner of Lone Hill & Route 66:
Meeting Time:  8:30 AM KSU. 

I'll be there earlier than that so I can I have coffee and a breakfast sandwich.  Please feel free to show up sooner. 

After we come down from Crystal Lake, we are heading to Eureka! in Claremont for an early lunch.

Let's take advantage of this great weather and so far clear and clean mountain roads.

Sport tires last between 3k-6k miles usually. The ride was under 300 miles if Iím not mistaken. Itís a day ride is all.

The ride was just perfect.  Weather was great, not too cold yet it got warm enough for us to have to take our liners off.  The roads were in perfect shape.  Even the ones off the beaten path were nice and clean.  There were tons of other bikers out.  Most of the vehicles we encountered let us by and overall, everyone seemed to be enjoying their day and were very happy to be out and about.

The road to Palomar Mountain.

Borrego Springs.

The crew at Carlees restaurant in Borrego Springs.

General Motorcycle Discussion / Re: GMR is open again.
« on: 01/11/18 08:38PM »
Yeah we need to ride this really soon.

If the roads are good then of course we go up Palomar.  Seems like this was a warm storm and there may not be any snow that fell up there.

Iím open to wood fired pizza also.

Myself and a couple of members plan to ride to Borrego Springs this coming Sunday, 1/14/18.  We will meet up in South Orange County, CA.  Ride across Ortega Highway, then head south from there.  Probably will skip Palomar Mountain due to the recent wet storm we had and instead, head straight to Borrego Springs via Highway 76.

First meeting location here:  Starbucks at the corner of Antonio Parkway & Ortega Highway
KSU:  7:45 AM.
The earlier we get rolling, the sooner we get back home. 

This was on the FB page also.  Look for helmet/bike mounted You Tube videos soon.

LOL! He has a way with words. My first bike was an XT550 and it was one of the most fun, easygoing, simple machines ever. Easy to wheelie. Lightweight. Kickstart. It vibrated a lot too.

On a side note, I replaced my vacuum operated slide carburetor with a pumper carb on my DR650. This new carb is the anti-EPA/CARB carburetor. It pours fuel into the engine when you open the throttle passed 1/4 then dumps any excess when you back off too soon into the atmosphere! But The throttle response, the additional torque at low & midrange it provides is awesome. Vacuum operated slides SUCK!!! They should be banned from existence!

One doesn't appreciate wind protection on a bike until you ride a bike with a good fairing.  Or, you go from a good fairing to a naked.  Then you REALLY will notice.  It's even more pronounced when you ride highways a lot and/or windy days, especially when its cold out. 

My daily commute is only 14 miles on the freeway one way, and then 14 miles on a fairly empty backroad at night.  On the freeway, switching from the VFR800 to the DR650, I really prefer the VFR.  Speeds there are above 80 and having that fairing in front sure is nice, especially when the wind is blowing.  On the backroad portion at night, it's still nicer on the VFR when it's cold out.  But the DR isn't too bad even up to 80, mainly because I have a very small windshield.  Without that windshield, the DR is miserable at any speed above  60 mph.  Simply exposes me to way too much wind blast to be comfortable for any ride longer than a few miles.  My neck muscles get fatigue from keeping my head straight up and level.  Below 60 mph and it's fine.

Explore more dirt trails in the desert.


I used to think that way until I got my first heated vest.  It's a game changer in winter.  Now I have a full sleeve & collar heated liner plus heated gloves!.  Heated gloves are sublime.  When it's 45 degrees or below I'm not thinking about stopping to get warm or when the hell that sun is going to warm me up, I'm thinking about having more fun by continuing to ride!  When it's too cold in the morning and everyone stays home under their blankets, I say bring it on and let's ride!

Bikes For Sale / Re: FS 2007 Yamaha R1 $5299
« on: 12/31/17 04:00PM »
Good for you!  That bike was in exceptional shape. 

Mine is at that point where it makes no sense to sell it for money.  Better just to keep it or replace. 

Bikes For Sale / Re: FS 2007 Yamaha R1 $5299
« on: 12/30/17 07:33AM »
You almost have to give away a used bike nowadays especially if it has a lot of miles. My Ď07 VFR800 with 52k miles is probably worth about $1500 if I wanted to sell it quick. $2000 if I were patient and even then thatís reaching. Iím better off trading it in.

Looked like a great Black Friday ride.  I've been wanting to visit Pioneer Town.  Probably best not to go there on a weekend though. 

Great pictures. 

The article hit the nail right in the head.  The MC industry believes the Baby Boomers & Gen-Xers who bought all those motorcycles during the pre-RE Crash of 2008 are going to come around again in the form of Gen-Y group.  But how can they when the Gen-Y are struggling to make ends meet?  That and it's so much easier and way more practical to get a car.  It's possible that we are witnessing a further culling of the MC industry from it's pre-2008 level.  Too many dealerships competing for shrinking buyer base is probably unsustainable.  Same with aftermarket suppliers.  It's the market trying to reach its equilibrium based on a "normal" number of riders/customers available for them.  The MC boom may not come around again for a long time.

The way I see it, riding just isn't for everyone.  It's way too complicated to operate a bike.  You're a slave to the weather.  And the barriers to entry are high & expensive.  And it should be!  It's not like driving a car and it is way less forgiving of mistakes.  Timid, distracted, and people lacking of self control need not apply.  I think that it is a good thing that there is a process of "natural selection" to become a rider, otherwise if it were THAT easy then you will have every douchebag riding around like dicks on the road!  God knows we already have enough of those.  Right now, only the most determined get a license to ride, then raise the cash to buy a bike plus their gear.  Go visit Asia and see for yourself what it's like when everyone and their grandmother rides a freakin'  two wheeler!  Be careful what you wish for!

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