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So far there is three of us. (3 frenchies, so beware!:D )

We have the bikes, we have the destination, we are looking for a few more partners in crime, and a good itinerary...

We're looking to do the same run as the SoCal Norton Club...

LA-Duc, JC, anyone...?
 

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hiyas....what route would you propose? what a perfect time of year, the weather is just divine right now in the san gabriel valley. would love to make one of these trips some day.
 

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Not exactly sure about the route since I've never done it (other than the i15 in the car...), but I know LA-Duc and JC have it down so I'm hoping they'll pop their heads on this thread and make a few suggestions... and join the ride. Otherwise I looked on the map and there doesn't seem to be too many roads that make sense.

So I'm thinking up the crest on the 2 to Forest HWY 59, then get on the 14 (boooo), stay on the 14 after Mojave Airport (AKA Midland Trail, no longer a FWY) and go through red rock Canyon, 14 becomes 395, branch off on the 190 at Owen's Lake, and stay on the 190/178 until the indian village and furnace creek ranch.

that's 270 miles, and about 7 hours.

I know, the weather is perfect right now. AND if the ducati gods are on my side I should have my new wheels/breaks/forks by then so I know a sunday morning at the Crest won't be fully satisfying...

I'm game for the route. feel free to suggest. We need to book rooms at the furnace creek ranch. I checked and there are rooms available with 2 beds for $177

is anyone's mouth watering like mine right now??? how hard do I need to sell you guys on this...
 

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DGJ - I am in. So...I last rode this with the So-Cal Norton club. I saved the route and will post, or call you with it once I get home tonight. We began through Trona? - a very depressing nowhereville town...and ended up at some skanky casino on the other side of death valley....it was awesome. Anyway - the riding was unreal - looking forward to doing this again.
 

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DGJ - I am in. So...I last rode this with the So-Cal Norton club. I saved the route and will post, or call you with it once I get home tonight. We began through Trona? - a very depressing nowhereville town...and ended up at some skanky casino on the other side of death valley....it was awesome. Anyway - the riding was unreal - looking forward to doing this again.
Awesome. Looking fwd to getting the route, and to catch up with you, Brotha!
did you stay at Furnace Creek or somewhere else?

So, so far there are 4 of us. Oalvarez, are you in?
 

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pu$$y.

I kid :)...you should show up and we should switch bikes for a bit!!

How much of this would be practical for the July ride? Is it just too far or will you be able to keep us busy enough with great roads for the time we do have?

A skanky casino does sound like fun though :think:
 

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How much of this would be practical for the July ride? Is it just too far or will you be able to keep us busy enough with great roads for the time we do have?

A skanky casino does sound like fun though :think:
Do you mean you'd want to consider going to DV from Santa Cruz? That would be quite a hike. I mean, everything is possible, but in four days I think it might be tight, and a lot of riding... besides, the bulk of the road between these two places is in the dreaded flats and would be impossibly boring.

I think the coast will keep us plenty entertained for 4 days, no?

But then again Dietrich would be coming from Phoenix and so he would call me a pussy for saying so... :abduct: up to you, really. Don't you have like 200K miles on your bike?

Anyway, hotel rooms booked at the Furnace Creek Ranch (March 28th). Four of us so far... anyone else for this little weekend trip? We leave from the Shell station at the bottom of the crest at 8AM on Sat 28th.

SOOO EXCITEEEEED!
 

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Do you mean you'd want to consider going to DV from Santa Cruz? That would be quite a hike. I mean, everything is possible, but in four days I think it might be tight, and a lot of riding... besides, the bulk of the road between these two places is in the dreaded flats and would be impossibly boring.

I think the coast will keep us plenty entertained for 4 days, no?

But then again Dietrich would be coming from Phoenix and so he would call me a pussy for saying so... :abduct: up to you, really. Don't you have like 200K miles on your bike?

Anyway, hotel rooms booked at the Furnace Creek Ranch (March 28th). Four of us so far... anyone else for this little weekend trip? We leave from the Shell station at the bottom of the crest at 8AM on Sat 28th.

SOOO EXCITEEEEED!


I think Johnny Crash and Dietrich have the most, but they can ride all year round. I did 25K the first year and 7k last year (between August and November when the snow started).

I just looked at Google Maps and it looks like DV might be a bit out of the way for a trip through Salt Lake City to Phoenix to LA to SF to Canada.

All I want to do is ride all day to great locations on great roads on great bikes, then sleep and eat and do it again the next day. Really is that too much to ask?

I should let you get back to your thread... Just know that I'm jealous.


Ride safely guys and make sure you post pics and a ride report for the rest of us.
 

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The route I took with the Norton club went a bit like this...

Ridgecrest CA through Trona to Wildrose Canyon – 30 miles; over Emigrant Pass and on to Stovepipe Wells – 30 miles; to Furnace Creek or Scottys’ Castle 30 miles, and on to Beatty, Nevada 30 miles.

Skanky casino/hotel was in Beatty. mmmm Beatty...

Can someone good with GPS/google maps try to cobble something together?
 

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how's that? (see attached)

you should probably tell that Ridgecrest is like 1/2 way through between LA and DV... :)
 

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Thanks D - Looks good.

So - we leave Sat early AM. Get to the hotel - drop off whatever gear we are carrying and get back out to ride the park for a bit. There is a cool little canyon, no lines, one way - think the road is called Artisan. Not to be missed might be an easy 1st day destination in the park.

I am assuming the sun will go down at some point, and we should either find out if there is a bar in Furnace Creek - OR - ride to Beatty and tear it up over there. After all - its my birthday on Sat. (I'll be 32). Whhoooooot!!!!

Finally - I am putting new billet rizoma reservoirs on my ride...I heard they make you faster through the desert
 

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all good! glad we'll be celebrating your b-day.

The site says there's a bar: Corkscrew Saloon, open from 11:30 am until midnight, full liquor license... (I can only assume the owner rides and named it after the famous turn at Laguna Seca, LOL...)

I concur, the rizoma tanks do make you faster. It says "racing" on them...
 
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