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Old 05-22-2009, 05:38 PM   #1
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3 Sierra Pass Friday

I went with a friend and did Sonora, Monitor and Ebbets pass today.

Sorta "prep" work for attempting the 5 Sierra Passes in a day.

I left Fremont at 7:30 a.m., picked up my friend in Livermore, and we were on the road promptly at 8:00a.m.

I got home by 5:30 p.m. -- traffic wasn't bad... probably worse than it should have been ( Memorial Day Weekend ).
We didn't stop much... but did stop in Walker for a solid 45 minutes eating some BBQ.

The road conditions are good, not great.
In particular, I found the east side of Sonora and Monitor having extra slippy tar snakes. My friend concurred.

Gravel bits here and there, but at a moderate pace, you won't have any issues.


Still snow at the peaks -- Sonora perhaps moreso than Ebbets.

Water running strong on Sonora


Me goofing off... pretty lake with ice still on it.

Me chasing my bud.

Ditto.


The Triumph cockpit after the fact... ~439 miles roundtrip.
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:32 PM   #2
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Great pictures, I like your camera mount and will copy.
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:55 PM   #3
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I would not copy that mount... it's the ram mount setup.

It vibrates way too much ... I took about 50 photos on that mount, and 48 of them were so blurry as to be unuseable.

You can see some white stuff on the plate of the photo mount... I tried some smooshy tape to try to quelch vibes. Maybe more? Dunno. I have to re-investigate.
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:56 PM   #4
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You guys must have got out just in time. The East side had thunder lightning and rain at 2:00pm till...... I got over to Bridgeport,had lunch, then took a quick hop up to Twin Lakes. By the time I got back to 395, it was rain all the way up and over Monitor pass to Markleeville.Rain didn't stop till Echo summit.
Oh and the skyraider, had a mayday in route from Reno to Bishop. I think he blew a jug cause there was oil all over he place. He needed a 5000ft runway, and Bridgeport is 6000ft. Always got to check the airport.
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:30 AM   #5
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We caught a very light shower on Monitor Pass.
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:51 AM   #6
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By the time I got to to the top at monitor summit, the raindrops were so huge,I thought it might try to hail with the temp dropping down to 45 degrees. Big rain drops hurt the face when you wear a 3/4 helmet. .

I wasn't going to post this last pic, because I was visiting a family member at a cemetery. But you can see how dark it was. The lighting was awesome too!

All in all, it was a fantastic ride. Going back over Sunday, to explore some more roads.
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any of yous rode cherry lake road?i was thinking about riding it sometime soon.
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I don't know if Cherry Lake is in rideable condition yet.
Hopefully someone will chime in with recent recon info.
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Looks like a good ride. Heard lots of complaints about the tar snakes on Monitor, I experienced them earlier this month. Really sucks because Monitor is beautiful, but if the road is going to be like that, I'll avoid it
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Looks like a good ride. Heard lots of complaints about the tar snakes on Monitor, I experienced them earlier this month. Really sucks because Monitor is beautiful, but if the road is going to be like that, I'll avoid it
With all the comments about tar snakes, don't forget that the bike will be much more stable through them when you're rolling on the gas. Tar snakes have a bad enough reputation that they make many riders stall on the gas, amplifying the unsettled feeling when you go over them.

Next time you have to ride over one, force yourself to roll on the gas throughout. If you find what I have, you won't worry much about them after that.
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Next time you have to ride over one, force yourself to roll on the gas throughout. If you find what I have, you won't worry much about them after that.
This is street riding.
You can't always reliably roll on the gas throughout the corner... often times you're simple on maintenance throttle.

There was 700 turns on the east sides of Sonora and Monitor pass... I'm confident I rolled the gas ( with light touch on the bars ) thru a few of them... and still had the bars give that micro-flop-front-tuck-for-a-millisecond.

And not all of the tar snakes were completely perpendicular to the road... there were a few that were globbed parallel and were wide... you had to get creative with line selection.
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those long parallel tar snakes on the east side of Monitor are the total suck. Yesterday, the lower canyon had a few rock slides and littered the road with boulders on top of that. 395 was closed in the afternoon for a bit by a fire and they diverted a lot of cars over Monitor. Many of those cars cut the corners dragging lots of debris and gravel onto the road. It wasn't a very good ride. It is going to be a tricky ride for a bit still.
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This is street riding.
You can't always reliably roll on the gas throughout the corner... often times you're simple on maintenance throttle.

There was 700 turns on the east sides of Sonora and Monitor pass... I'm confident I rolled the gas ( with light touch on the bars ) thru a few of them... and still had the bars give that micro-flop-front-tuck-for-a-millisecond.

And not all of the tar snakes were completely perpendicular to the road... there were a few that were globbed parallel and were wide... you had to get creative with line selection.
You can roll on more often than not. Don't let the exception spoil the simple fact that the more corners you can roll on the gas, the better the bike will handle over tar snakes. I'm not speculating about this.
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Don't let the exception spoil the simple fact that the more corners you can roll on the gas, the better the bike will handle over tar snakes. I'm not speculating about this.
I don't disagree with that statement at all.

I think you're being somewhat unrealistic to assume, on the street, you can reliably roll the gas on thru most corners. Some, a few, maybe many... but not most.
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I think you're being somewhat unrealistic to assume, on the street, you can reliably roll the gas on thru most corners. Some, a few, maybe many... but not most.
Not to derail this too far, but if you will, what would keep a rider from being able to do this?

Using 89 as an example, the turn layouts on most of that road are made for this, particularly heading in the direction from 395 to 88.
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