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Old September 23rd, 2017, 06:42 AM   #11
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Last time I was riding in OR they had a 55 mph speed limit on all two lane roads. We get a bit more leeway down south. And northwestern OR is pretty much desert.

That said, I had more than one OHP ignore us on our '08 Road Glide, doing 10 - 15 over. They were pulling sportbikes over right and left on 395 north of John Day. I figure the cops that saw us were thinking "maybe I'll get one of those next time..."
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Old September 23rd, 2017, 06:34 PM   #12
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I've ridden pretty much everything in CA by now..... In CA, it's kinda all over the place.
Anyone who, like me, has been riding California backroads for decades knows well that road maintenance has gone from pretty good to nearly never. When well maintained I’ll ride California every time. Now it is left to trial and error to find those roads or even road sections still smooth enough for spirited riding.

It is apparent that California has decided to spend the considerable gasoline taxes for things other than roads. Must be what Californians want. The hard to understand part is why the Forest Service isn’t keeping up with the repairs to their roads.

A big reason why I purchased the Hyper and replaced the suspension. Now only the worst pothole sections force lines to avoid wheel damage.

I was challenged by difficult road sections on Oregon backroads too. E.G.: Bear Camp Road up and over to Grants Pass.

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Old September 24th, 2017, 04:04 AM   #13
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Old September 25th, 2017, 07:34 PM   #14
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Im finding a lot of superior roads in the Sierras in very good to excellent surface condition.

Lots of repaying with real asphalt being done on the passes. Two 2 asphalt on Carson Pass going on now. Long delays warrant going another route.
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Old September 26th, 2017, 08:50 AM   #15
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Im finding a lot of superior roads in the Sierras in very good to excellent surface condition.

Lots of repaying with real asphalt being done on the passes. Two 2 asphalt on Carson Pass going on now. Long delays warrant going another route.
Pretty much anywhere that had damage to the rains is getting nicely repaired, not that it was bad, but I'm excited to go try redwood road once it opens.

I did a "road" called Morgan Valley back around the time of the eclipse, it was essentially like offroading on hardpack as the roadway looked more like an asphalt quilt. I haven't done anything to the 'tards suspension yet and I certainly used all of it on that road. Rough enough that I ended up snapping the rubber strap that holds the battery down. Despite (or maybe due to all that) I'd definitely ride that road again.
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Old September 26th, 2017, 11:00 AM   #16
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The serious budget cuts happened during 8 years of Arnold the Terminator's rein. During his 8 years it seemed road work virtually stopped. Things got really really bad regards roads.

Jerry Brown has ... slowly ... been restoring road works after years of neglect. We've somehow got a huge budget surplus now, but often repair choices are misplaced. Cal Trans is such a HUGE entity ... can't imagine trying to coordinate their activities. Massive. Huge employer, taken thousands off unemployment rolls.

2 years ago whole sections of Highway One in Marin and Sonoma counties were repaved ... even though those roads were IN FINE SHAPE! Yet severely beat up rural roads were ignored. Still going that way today. The Post Card touristed roads are maintained like the family Jewels ... back roads ignored.

Some of this is politics and it's why certain counties are neglected.

The UPSIDE is these beat up roads keep the tourists OUT .. so we've got them all to ourselves with little enforcement. We know where these roads are, don't advertise them too much. Never talk about Fight Club.

My DR650 and my Tiger 1050 and Vstrom before, all handled these roads pretty well. The Hyper is good too with it's upgraded suspension. If I ever get it back, plan to do a Sierra ride in October. Fingers crossed!

We used to do a fun one day ride called the Five Pass ride. 5 Sierra passes in a day. But the Crown Jewel of course is Sherman Pass. Most challenging and diverse of all. Late to open, early to close.



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Anyone who, like me, has been riding California backroads for decades knows well that road maintenance has gone from pretty good to nearly never. When well maintained I’ll ride California every time. Now it is left to trial and error to find those roads or even road sections still smooth enough for spirited riding.

It is apparent that California has decided to spend the considerable gasoline taxes for things other than roads. Must be what Californians want. The hard to understand part is why the Forest Service isn’t keeping up with the repairs to their roads.

A big reason why I purchased the Hyper and replaced the suspension. Now only the worst pothole sections force lines to avoid wheel damage.

I was challenged by difficult road sections on Oregon backroads too. E.G.: Bear Camp Road up and over to Grants Pass.

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Old September 26th, 2017, 11:19 AM   #17
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Pretty much anywhere that had damage to the rains is getting nicely repaired, not that it was bad, but I'm excited to go try redwood road once it opens.

I did a "road" called Morgan Valley back around the time of the eclipse, it was essentially like offroading on hardpack as the roadway looked more like an asphalt quilt. I haven't done anything to the 'tards suspension yet and I certainly used all of it on that road. Rough enough that I ended up snapping the rubber strap that holds the battery down. Despite (or maybe due to all that) I'd definitely ride that road again.
Which Redwood Road are you talking about? Goes from Where to Where?

Morgan Valley?
I think you might be referring to "Morgan Territory Road". yes? It's like a Motocross track, perfect for my DR650 or a well set up Hyperstrada. I used to ride Morgan Territory way too fast. No longer.

We started that ride outside Concord, headed South on Morgan Territory, continued South to Mines Road all the way to Mt. Hamilton, then down and headed West then North over on secret back roads all the way back up to Sunol. A good day ride. Watch for Squids over riding the road on Mines Road.
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Old September 26th, 2017, 06:18 PM   #18
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One of my all time favorite roads still has perfect pavement, except there is one bump in one lane. Mile after mile of serpentine curves. 4th gear all the way. Hope this road remains the secret it has been for years.

2 hours to go out and back. That’s two hours of motorcycling bliss. Oh, and with traffic ahead of me that I can count on one hand.

West coast riders who don’t spend time exploring the forest backroads in the Sierras are missing out.

Spoke with contractor working on spring damaged roads in the forest. Pre-con in October and all of next year to age the necessary repairs. So, it will be 2019 before my backroad north/south shortcuts are again available.

Where? On this map. All I will disclose.



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Old September 27th, 2017, 12:41 PM   #19
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Which Redwood Road are you talking about? Goes from Where to Where?

Morgan Valley?
I think you might be referring to "Morgan Territory Road". yes? It's like a Motocross track, perfect for my DR650 or a well set up Hyperstrada. I used to ride Morgan Territory way too fast. No longer.

We started that ride outside Concord, headed South on Morgan Territory, continued South to Mines Road all the way to Mt. Hamilton, then down and headed West then North over on secret back roads all the way back up to Sunol. A good day ride. Watch for Squids over riding the road on Mines Road.
Redwood road in Castro Valley (I wasn't aware of the others) not sure if it's open yet but last time I tried it very much wasn't: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Re...!4d-122.088032

I've only ever ridden Morgan Territory on a bike, I was definitely jealous of the motorcycles I saw though.

It's this section from Clear Lake to Berryessa: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mo...4d-122.5032772

Streetview doesn't really do it justice but it was a really fun and at the end, really rough, road.
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Old September 27th, 2017, 12:49 PM   #20
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Are you guys interested in a group ride since you're local? I know there are a few other bay area guys too. I like riding Mt.Hamilton and try to do it weekly or every other week. PM me if that sounds fun!

I've ridden redwood and pinehurst before, but only a couple times. Pretty fun roads. Berryessa is SO bumpy. Oh man, the pot holes out there can take out a wheel if you aren't careful.

The most insane road I have ever ridden, by far, was Mattole road up in the Lost Coast area. It was borderline dirt biking. The most nasty, torn up roads with massive 2 foot dips, jumps, gravel, pot holes. I probably caught it at the worst time ever since there were about 50 loaded gravel trucks going up and down for construction.

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