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Old 12-22-2006, 01:54 PM   #1
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Moto touring plans for the holidays?

Anyone taking their bike out for a day or two of touring over the holidays? Post up your itinerary and proposed gear setup here, let's share some ideas.


I'm considering loading up my cruiser bike and putt-putting down to Monterey for two days with my girl. Full leathers under a one piece rain suit, tank bag, soft saddle bags, sissy bar bag for clothes and toothbrushes.
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Old 12-22-2006, 02:14 PM   #2
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Not over the holidays, but MLK weekend (Jan 13-15) I'm going north. Fort Bragg, depending on how much time, Hwy 1 to Legget, Branscomb Rd, Hwy 20 kind of thing. Just my regular gear: helmet, boots, gloves, 'Stich. I have a Wolfman "beta" tailbag that holds everything just fine, except I have to wrap it in a plastic garbage bag if it's raining.
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:28 AM   #3
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Will you be taking the Triumph? How often do you need to take a break? My naked bike kills my wrists after about an hour and I need a break with each gas fillup.
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:32 AM   #4
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I am planing a 4 day sprint to the grand canyon on MLK weekend, wich also happens to be my birthweekend feel free to donate gas and gifts.
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Old 12-23-2006, 09:59 AM   #5
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Will you be taking the Triumph? How often do you need to take a break? My naked bike kills my wrists after about an hour and I need a break with each gas fillup.
Yup, it's my only bike right now. An hour at a time is what I do, I don't look at the miles so much. My wrists do fine but my knees start to get pretty stiff toward the end of the day.
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Old 12-23-2006, 03:15 PM   #6
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Yep heading to monterey on tuesday night the 26th staying there then leaving weds to run 17mile drive then to 1 down to hearst castle. Maybe then go to santa barbara for the night then head back to Roseville thurs

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Old 12-30-2006, 11:29 PM   #7
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Okay, I posted, then deleted because I thought I might do something else. Really was feeling like getting away from civilization for the New Year's festivities, though. I'm not going far, so not really a "touring" plan, I've decided to check out Henry Coe SP, east of Morgan Hill. I'm headed out in the am, got all my gear ready. I bungee a waterproof bag to the Duc with tent and sleeping bag (hopefully, a 20 degree will be enough!), and have the somewhat infamous Apocalypse Bag, which holds tools, first aid supplies, backpacking stove and mess kit, clothes, etc. Figured, better to do a shorter distance for the camping part, but take in some day rides and check out a larger area, since I've got three days. Hopefully, it'll get interesting enough to post in the touring forum.

*edit* Oh, yeah. And I have a New Year's tiara, noisemaker and a 4-pack of champgne splits to see 2007 in!
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Old 12-30-2006, 11:42 PM   #8
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...to run 17mile drive then to 1 down to hearst castle...

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I am not up-to-date on their latest policy... but no motorcycles were allowed on the 17-mile Drive (unless you have a resident sticker). You might want to check to be sure.

I might point the bike southward tomorrow morning and make a run for sanity.
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Old 12-30-2006, 11:48 PM   #9
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Ive been knocking around this plan for awhile:

ride VFR within California , most likely down to SoCal/ San Diego areas...

trade in VFR for a Vstrom and ride the new bike back which would be broken in when I get to the Bay Area...
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Old 12-31-2006, 12:13 AM   #10
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I am thinking about a run to San Diego at the end of January.
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Old 12-31-2006, 11:08 AM   #11
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I am thinking about a run to San Diego at the end of January.
I've been wanting to do that. Were you thinking of taking 1 all the way down and riding 58?
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Old 12-31-2006, 01:56 PM   #12
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I've been wanting to do that. Were you thinking of taking 1 all the way down and riding 58?
That is a possibility, I have a whole week off at the end of the month so I am going to do it by feel.
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Old 12-31-2006, 04:02 PM   #13
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Damn. Wish I had that week off

Finding new roads along the way (especially south of Monterey) without so much time constraints is alot of fun!
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:09 AM   #14
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My New Year's Trip

Unfortunately, I messed up my camera settings the first night, so I only have a couple pics. Had to borrow a couple. I went to Henry W. Coe State Park, east of Morgan Hill. The focus was more on the camping than riding, so I figured something I hadn't seen in my own backyard would work just fine.

The first day, New Year's Eve, was pretty cold and bleak. The park is up in the hills, and the mist is incredible! Best way to describe the setting that day is a bad. black and white dream. It grew on me, though, with sights like this:



The main camping area is small and the sites seemed pretty close together. Not a problem when there is no one else there, though:

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Old 01-03-2007, 09:26 AM   #15
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Nice pics. ^

I wish I had ridden to Messico or something for my 2-week break. Instead, I spent way too much money skiing in CO like a yuppie douche. It was fun seeing my fambly, though.

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