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MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« on: April 12, 2022, 10:53:28 PM »
5 members, 3 from Louisiana one from Texas one from Oklahoma riding to Calfornia for some great roads. Here is a video from AZ 89 today:
https://youtu.be/tGmyAru0cdY
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2022, 12:16:54 PM »
Excellent! That road looks fun!


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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2022, 12:37:41 AM »
It WAS fun, but nothing compared to these roads in CA.
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2022, 05:38:31 AM »
Is that AZ89 between Wilhoit and Prescott? Just eyeballing a map, that looks to be the twistiest part of that road.
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2022, 07:48:37 AM »
I’ve been on 89A (in a car :( unfortunately) and it is a darn nice road.  Great pavement, we’ll banked, and twisty. Goes through Prescott and Jerome.  Great views too.
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2022, 09:17:22 AM »
Yes, we spent the night in Prescott.
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2022, 09:23:34 AM »
in CA, Palomar Mt Rd, Kern River road great roads with spectacular twisties. And CA 190 through Seqouia NF unbeliveable twisties!
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2022, 02:14:01 PM »
It WAS fun, but nothing compared to these roads in CA.

I agree, I think Californian's must take their roads and scenery for granted. I know Arkansas is loved by many motorcyclists but I often think because there is nothing to see
but walls of trees so they concentrate on the curvy road and their riding.....but in CA the same roads as Arkansas have jaw dropping scenery just around the next curve and it is enjoyably
distracting so much so that the riding skills do seem to suffer a bit.
Still I've always greatly enjoyed my trips out there. I hope you all continue to do so, but be careful.
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2022, 12:56:43 AM »
Video from toadays ride.
Currently uploading to you tube, 52 minutes left.
(most of yall wont see this til tomorrow)
https://youtu.be/2s0Bia9vs1U
Oops! you tube says video too long.I will try again later

ok its live now
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2022, 10:36:21 PM »
About 20 miles of lane splitting on the 5 and 405 was kinda intense. First time for any real lane splitting for me. Most drivers gaves us plenty room but not all!
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2022, 11:59:26 PM »
I've had the opportunity to ride through southern CA a couple of times. With a bike equipped with saddlebags, I was always a bit nervous with the idea of lane splitting when I was as "wide" as I was.
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2022, 01:33:30 PM »
I've had the opportunity to ride through southern CA a couple of times. With a bike equipped with saddlebags, I was always a bit nervous with the idea of lane splitting when I was as "wide" as I was.
Having lived in SoCal for 30 years (that's where I cut my riding teeth) the key to lane splitting is this - if your mirrors clear, the rest of the bike will. I'm pretty sure that 'stock' mirrors on a bike are the widest place. I sure do miss riding there; so many great memories.
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2022, 04:45:04 PM »
I've had the opportunity to ride through southern CA a couple of times. With a bike equipped with saddlebags, I was always a bit nervous with the idea of lane splitting when I was as "wide" as I was.
Having lived in SoCal for 30 years (that's where I cut my riding teeth) the key to lane splitting is this - if your mirrors clear, the rest of the bike will. I'm pretty sure that 'stock' mirrors on a bike are the widest place. I sure do miss riding there; so many great memories.

That would be a good guideline for sure.

As more states consider lane splitting/filtering/etc., I suppose we should be aiming at developing an appropriate comfort level to deal with it.
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2022, 06:05:02 PM »
I was easing along gingerly when I heard an air horn behind me and saw a GS rider following me. After a couple more blasts from the horn I eased into a gap in the left lane and he swooped by. He had on a black uniform and I realised he was a LEO. He gave me a friendly wave and blasted off down the the lane divider. I took off in full pursuit and we made great time. :trink39:
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Re: MSTA member trip to Calfornia
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2022, 02:38:36 PM »
I was easing along gingerly when I heard an air horn behind me and saw a GS rider following me. After a couple more blasts from the horn I eased into a gap in the left lane and he swooped by. He had on a black uniform and I realised he was a LEO. He gave me a friendly wave and blasted off down the the lane divider. I took off in full pursuit and we made great time. :trink39:
That's funny. When I rode in CA, I was working in Glendale and attending night classes at Cal State LA - about a 20 mile ride. At the time I rode a Kawasaki Spectre 1100, which was very much like the Kawi Police bikes, but shaft drive. I'd get in heavy traffic, turn on my hazard lights, and the cars would spilt apart like the Red Sea for Moses. It was great!!
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