Mulholland cruise on the FZR

Did a cruise in the Santa Monica mountains on the fuzzer this Sunday. Was trying to meet up with my friend Provine, but I took the long way to the Rock Store and missed him.

The FZR did OK, but I could really use a new rear shock. Things were fine if the road stayed smooth, but if I got my fast on and there were some bumps I had to be ready to many pogo-stick induced line changes. *good times*

Also of note; they’ve done some weird construction at the top of Stunt road. Basically, they’ve made parking for the lookout a one-way affair. Weird.

First group ride for the fuzzer

“Your front tire looks low.”

I’d been trying to remind myself of that all morning. Luckily Scot saw that the fuzzer’s front tire was low and reminded me to check the tire pressures. 25psi front and 20psi rear. Hmm…maybe that had just a little to do with the fuzzers mushy handling?

Michael says, "Hey, stop taking pix and let's ride!"

So why were Peer, Michael, and Scot waiting out in front of my house for me to get ready? Because this was the first group ride with my new-to-me 1990 FZR. Having not had the bike out much, and having not gone on a group ride since ’04, I wanted to keep things short and close to home. We just did a short two hour run up Francisquito, across Spunky Canyon, then back down Bouquet Canyon with a short rest at the Big Oaks Inn for some smokes and sodas.

Because we were in my backyard, the group made me lead. I was a little timid about this because I haven’t lead a ride in a long long time, but it worked out just fine. The fuzzer handled and ran just fine at our relaxed pace, and I think everyone enjoyed the ride.

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ACH Cruise 6/13/10

Took a “naptime cruise” up Angeles Crest. First time back up since the fires. Amazing how burned out everything is. Because I was up after lunch, there wasn’t much traffic or PoPo. It was 86 degrees in the valleys, but only 71 at Newks. Gotta love that. Newk’s was pretty busy too, which is good to see. Got the thumbs up from an R1 rider on my way back. He probably liked my “move over” sticker.

Lower Big T Everything burned along Lower Big T

Angeles Forrest Everything burned along AFH too.

9 Mile …and all burned by 9 mile. Nice new street signs though!

9 Mile Follow me to Newks’!

Angeles Crest Everything Burned along ACH too.

Newks Newks looks pretty good though

Angeles Crest Detour. Not sure what happens if you keep going. Probably closed before the bottom.

 J-Box My fast hanging out with the bikes.

The Route

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Core-Tarded Motorcycle Club Ride Number 2

Once again, dirty loaned me his Harley Sportster and we went off for a ride. I was lucky to get out because my 8month pregnant wife is suffering from pregnancy induced sciatica, and my toddler has the flu, but it’s my birthday weekend, so I get to go play for a few hours. Besides, I currently don’t own a motorcycle, so when a friend offers you one to borrow, you take it!

Here we are in Simi Valley gassing up. That’s my friend Dirty Dave gassing up his burgman while his Sportster waits for its turn at the bar. He also has a Dyna Glide in his garage. Nice collection he’s got going.

Here we are motoring out of Simi Valley on Santa Susana Pass. You can see in the background the hills that got burned up in the fires.

Heading down to Stoney Point Park.

We then had to slog across The Valley on Topanga to get Mulholland. So I grabbed a self portrait. I’m wrinkling my nose up at the SFV.

Still trolling across the valley, so I took a picture of the Sporty’s shifter. I’m a sportbike guy, so this has got to be the biggest, most manly shifter I’ve ever used. Chrome is teh awesome, but its teh heavy too. Kinda hurt my foot after a while. Too long away from bikes I guess.

Whohoo! We’re finally on Mulholland. If you’re ever in the area and are in the mood for a short blast of goatness combined with rich people’s driveways, turn onto Cold Creek Road. It’s short and crazy. We were on the wrong hardware, so we skipped it today.

Another good road we skipped; just before Mulholland turns right at the bottom of the hill is the left turn onto Stunt Road. This is a local favorite of the sportybiker types and shouldn’t be missed…unless they’re working on it like today. Bah, another pass then.

A little further down Mulholland we got our first sign of something weird going on with the weather. This is looking south towards LA and the beaches.

Enjoying some curves on Muholland.

Got in a nice groove behind a few older single cylinder bikes, so had time to take this self portrait.

The Rock Store was bananas busy, so we skipped past and stopped at Squid Point up above The Rock Store and The Snake. Here’s our rides taking in the view. Note hypersports bike with paper plates in the background. Hopefully it’s just a new bike and not a new rider. These can be pretty tricky roads.

Dirty enjoying the view from Squid Point.

Back on Mulholland just past Kanan, and a favorite revenue generating spot for the CHP.

If you ever try to take Muholland all the way to the beach but can’t figure out how you got on Encinal Canyon instead, it’s because you missed this sign. Cal Trans was nice enough to hide it behind a tree. Turn right for tight, twisty awesomeness, turn left for fast, sweeping awesomeness. We went left.

Oh hey, what happened? Remember that weird weather from a few pix back? Now we’re riding right into it. the 20 degree temp drop was a welcome change.

Coming down Encinal to PCH. It’s almost like we rode into another country, the weather was so different from just 15 minutes ago.

Dirty gives PCH the devil horns. Rockin.

We get pointed to our parking spots by the attendant at Neptune’s Net. Dirty’s burgman gets kicked to the curb while the Sporty enjoys premiere parking.

THE GRUB SHOT. Standard Burger wit Che on the left. Pulled pork “special” on the right.

Hunger induced poses.

Heading back inland on Yerba Buena Road. Yerba can get really narrow in parts, and is really rough and dirty in others.

But the views are nice

And some nice twisties

And after a long while, some nice new pavement. Smoooooooth

Here’s a good example of what not to do when you’re borrowing your friend’s bike and trying to take photos while riding for the first time (thx to this board for the lanyard idea!). Ooops. Luckily that was the only time this happened.

Another accidental “shooting while riding” photo. Not sure how that happened, but came out kinda cool

Getting close to the end of our ride, we ran into “Captain Naked”. He and his buddy had just blown the stop sign. At least he has pants on. You run into all kinda in LALA-land.

The tunnels on Kanan signal that we’re almost done with the Santa Monica Mountains for the day.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be LA without seeing something expensive on your ride. Here was today’s example.

Full gallery here on flickr.

That’s all folks, thanks for looking!

Behold!! Birth of the Core-Tarded Motorcycle Club!! 6/29/09

Dirty loaned me one of his Harley’s and we went cruising up Angeles Crest today. The whole Harley Thing was new and strange to me, but it was pretty chill. It was nice to pull up to Nuke’s and not be in a car for once.

Gassing up the Harley's in Simi

Core-Tarded: Army of Two

Nuke’s was freaking packed and it was an excellent day for a ride, Except maybe the 108 degree nastiness that was waiting for us back in the valleys.

108 Outside. Lame!!

MB2 Go Kart Raceway

Was looking for someone to hit the canyons with on Sunday morning, so I checked out the 300ZXClub website and noticed that Keith (Canyon Carver) had posted a up Z meet at MB2 raceway followed by a canyon cruise.

I’d never been to MB2 before, but have had a gift card from my in-laws burning a hole in my wallet since last Xmas, and this was the perfect excuse to finally go. Plus, I could see some of my old Z buddies again. And, Keith was just a smidge faster than me when we battled at Dromo1 a few years ago, so I knew I’d have a good race at MB2.

Keith called the meet time at 10am, and in typical 3ZC fashion, when I showed up at 10:30am, he was the only one there. Some things never change. But by 11:30 or so a few guys showed up and finally at noon we were racing.

For the first two laps Keith towed me around and showed me the fast line around the course, then on lap 3 I snuck by him and we battled it out until lap 10 when I got too greedy on the final turn and spun. Turns out Edgar cleaned both our clocks anyway, and Keith and I had to settle for 2nd and 3rd. Still, 3rd isn’t bad for the first time there.

1st – Edgar, fastest lap 29.07
2nd – Keith, fastest lap 29.25
3rd – Chad, fastest lap 29.38

Chad and Keith
Keith and I enjoy some tight racing

After MB2, we headed up the 14 to In-N-Out and then did a nice lively run down Sand Canyon. Good stuff.

Rest stop on Little Tijunga / Sand Canyon

ACH Cruise 10/19/08

Did a cruise this Sunday am up the front side of Crest to Nuke’s and down 9 mile. Mostly an uneventful cruise, cept I almost killed two cyclists who were riding in the middle of the road – I freaking hate that. Wish they could stay to the right. Ran into Rich and his Vette buddies doing a model shoot at the normal turnout, “So, you sold ur Z and bought one of these eh?” Ya, the GTI isn’t that cool to the Z and Vette crowd. One day I’ll meet Rich up there with a Vette of my own.

I think I saw Alf and Jay coming up as I was going down. Not sure.

Oh, and the older women behind the counter at the Cafe asked me if I was on two wheels. When I said no, she told me, “Well, you’d better have someone with you because there’s a two wheel per person limit up here.” Ha! I wish 🙂

Angeles Crest Hwy Cruise
Followed a Forest Ranger on the way up. That will keep your speed in check!

Angeles Crest Hwy Cruise
Took about an hour to get from home (SCV) to Nuke’s. Not bad for cruising pace.

Angeles Crest Hwy Cruise
The Fast at Nuke’s

Angeles Crest Hwy Cruise
This bad boy was up there too. Sounded awesome.

Angeles Crest Hwy Cruise
Catching a break at the cafe on Angeles Forest Hwy

Angeles Crest Hwy Cruise
Just another awesome view from Lower Big Tujunga Canyon

June Canyon Runs

Canyon Adventures

Before my new son Xander showed up, I was spending some Sundays up on Angeles Crest Hwy. Someone went down hard on a Ninja 250 and I caught one of the guys at Newk’s talking about it.

I also get stuck behind a gixxer that was being driven really slowly and failed to yield. I posted a video of it, and proceeded to get into a flamewar with some guy that acts exactly like I did about 22 years ago (ala: Super Snobby Motorcycle Guy). Check out the comments (be sure and click ‘view all comments’ at the bottom of the page so you can see them in order) and watch me try and spar with a motorcyclist without being a snobby car guy. w00 fun.
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