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Old April 19th, 2017, 10:25 AM   #31
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Nacimiento. Big fire there led me to the monastery just north of there.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 10:32 AM   #32
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I started exploring California in 1995, but not collecting GPS files until about 2000. It was all maps, dead reckoning and countless dead ends. With Google Earth, updated MapSource maps, and the online maps, it sure is easier today.

It's 2,000 miles for me to get to the start of the spring ride this year. We will be making the most of our time there.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 11:06 AM   #33
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Beautiful pics! Love the big Beemer!
Mission San Antonio Padua is actually due EAST of the coast. Ferguson-Nacimiento rd. leads straight to it, it's right on the Army base. DO NOT speed on base, strict 20 mph limit.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 01:55 PM   #34
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I can't speak to how your modified suspension works on your local backroads beyond the belief that it can be adjusted to be very good for your riding.

What I can say is that the relative light weight of the Hyperstrada and short wheelbase makes for crisp choppy road response. Crisp as being like a pinball.

I can also say that my Ozarks experience with the Mupo, adjusted for my weight and backroad preference, changed the bike into being steady. Where the frost heave in the blacktop used to throw the back tire up or over, the tire now stays on the desired line. No more spine crunch or concern about line correction in the corner.

But, that significant improvement came with considerable expense.

In addition, I am expecting considerably longer rear tire life as the tire will stay connected to the road surface.

I'm looking forward to seeing how the Mupo handles the road surfaces in Northern California this spring, then again in the Sierras this fall.
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Old April 19th, 2017, 04:19 PM   #35
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Thanks for comments and insights into this "new to me" bike.

The suspension on my Hyper has been modified at both ends. IMHO, it's really quite good. No real complaints so far. It was tested on one of my "Super Suspension Test Roads" that I use when doing bike Reviews for City Bike (since 1992).

None other than Marshall-Petaluma road. It's a nice mix of everything. The Hyper did amazingly well considering it's Pilot was still a little uncertain and not riding any where near 10 tenths.
Still adapting to the Strada, but it's for sure a winner, IMHO.

It's one of my main suspension testing roads I use for bike reviews. IMHO, the Hyper scored 8 out of 10 ... or B+. Only reason it's not an A is ME. I'm not really used to the bike yet. (old brain dead Geezer)

I think with a bit more time on the bike and perhaps a few tweaks to the boingers ... it may get a 10 out of 10! A few more rides should sort things nicely.

Next time you get out to the Bay Area you should show up at the Sunday Morning Ride. You may have heard of it. Fun morning warm up ride out to Breakfast in Point Reyes Station. Best stay at the back until you get the feel and pace .... and manners of the locals.

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Old April 20th, 2017, 05:56 AM   #36
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Here are two maps that identify where my favorite riding is located:



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Old April 21st, 2017, 10:28 AM   #38
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If all the California photos don't make you head that way, well..... you are a stone.
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