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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Great photo Mulholland Rd

This is a very nice photo taken while on Mulholland Road near Malibu.  A guy from Rock Store Photos camps on the road taking high speed photos of motorcycles, bicycles and sports cars as they zoom around the curves on the twisty curvy road.
Occasionally there will be an accident as the rider looks over at the camera and takes their eyes off the road, resulting in a lack of attention and bad things can happen.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Ride to the "Rock Store" 01/19/13

After spotting a comment on Facebook by Jim R. about a ride Saturday heading up Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to Mulholland Road it sounded rather interesting.  As the day and time approached it looked better and better with nice mild weather and a clear day for a casual ride.  Mulholland is a fairly twisty road and I soon learn that we are going on an even twistier road than Mulholland called Decker Canyon.  We meet at Coco’s on Imperial and already there are Jim, Johney-just visiting for breakfast, and several of Jim’s co-workers including Anita on a 650 BMW and then we are soon joined by Bryan and his friend then Wayne shows up for the ride as well.  Looks like there will be 8 motorcycles and one with a passenger.   I just could not remember every ones name this time.

We finish up breakfast and mount up to begin the ride.  Our route will take us to the 60 Freeway west to Santa Monica on the 10 Fwy. and then to PCH heading toward Malibu.  This is not a group of regular riders that are used to lots of hand signals but all goes well even if we have to catch up once in a while.  We stop for gas at a familiar Chevron near Pepperdine College and gas up for the rest of the trip.  It was about 72 miles to this point.  Our next destination is Decker Canyon then on Mulholland with a stop at the Rock Store, a somewhat famous local store/hamburger stand/hangout for motorcycles, bicycles and anyone else riding around in the hills.  Jay Leno can be spotted here occasionally as well as other celebrities that ride motorcycles.  This will be the second time I have actually stopped there and the first time it is open when we do stop.

Decker Canyon Road proves to be more challenging than I had imagined but all goes well with the group and we arrive to find a parking spot somewhere  in the crowd.

The pictures tell the rest of the story so here you go…

This is a Victory High-Ball motorcycle to be featured in an upcoming comparison in Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine

  This red Harley will also be in the comparison article

  Very interesting paint job

Both Betsy and Billy are journalists with motorcycle Cruiser and probably get paid to ride around doing research for a comparison article, not a bad job all things considered.  They rode up before we arrived but switched motorcycles when they took off.  Betsy, for her size really knows how to handle the 106 Cu. Inch Victory.

Our visit at the Rock Store is over and it’s back on Mulholland with Jim leading and as we get to the 405 Freeway things on his GPS go a little crazy and we wind up in a neighborhood trying to figure the next turn and lose Anita as she decides to head home.
We get back on Mulholland where we find a view site and turn in for a photo of the remaining riders.

We wind our way to Laurel Canyon where we turn right toward Sunset Blvd. at that point pull in to a gas station trying to collect everyone after hitting some major traffic and Jim calls the ride. I take off another couple miles to the entrance for the 101 Freeway and as I turn toward the freeway see it is jammed to the max. OK, here is where experience pays off and I get to use my lane splitting skills. It really comes in handy and I proceed carefully in between the vehicles when stopped or nearly stopped and occasionally drop into the moving traffic but am able to skip past about 2 or more miles of backup and then as the traffic opens up move on over to the 60 Freeway and back home. Nice ride, beautiful day met some nice folks, what a deal!

Monday, January 07, 2013

Ride to USS Iowa BB 61 -Chapter 230

 The first Saturday of January means it’s time for a ride with STAR Chapter 230 and it also means taking care of chapter business such as reading of the charter, signing ride waivers and other business items.   It means a shorter ride is scheduled and it will be a tour of the Battleship Iowa BB 61 anchored at the San Pedro docks of Ports of Call village.  Seems nearly everyone shows up for the meeting including a group from Chapter 415-Harbor City and Rac representing chapter 500 from Pasadena along with several that just come to submit the annual ride forms and then leave.   As I prepared to ride on down to the meeting location I made sure I had enough warm clothing as it was a bit chilly  and even cold once underway.

The members and guests attending the meeting number around 40 but the actual ride group will be a bit smaller.  Our route will take us on the 22 Fwy. to the 405, to the Harbor Freeway to Pacific Coast Highway and then over to Palos Verdes Blvd. where we go through beautiful Palos Verdes observing the speed limit, winding our way over to San Pedro and the Korean Friendship Bell overlooking San Pedro area and shoreline.  After a brief photo opportunity at the bell it’s only a short 15-20 minutes and we arrive at Ports-O-Call and the U.S.S. Iowa BB 61 for a tour aboard ship.

It’s quite a sight to see the ship anchored against the dock looking lower in profile than I first imagined, still it is a formidable warship once you get on board and see the huge 16 inch guns plus all the other weapons.  A word of caution if you do take the tour, be sure to bring hand sanitizer with you as you will need it during and after you complete the tour.  You are constantly holding on to hand rails climbing from one deck to the next as is everyone else and a perfect opportunity to share lots of germs with lots of people.  A WORD TO THE WISE!

The tour only covers the upper decks and one partial lower deck so we don’t get to see most of the ship as yet.  Also for anyone that has any physical impairment the stairs or ladders from one deck to another are extremely steep and you really have to hold on to avoid any slip or misstep.  Four of us bought a group ticket at the window and paid $15 each instead of the regular price of $18 (I think) not a big discount or you can buy through Groupon I understand.  After a stop at the gift shop for some trinket or must have item, the self guided tour was over by 1:10 PM or so.
We journey over the Vincent Thomas bridge to Long Beach Convention Center area for a late lunch at Famous Dave's Bar-B-Cue.

If the photos seem dark or colors are a bit distorted it is the result of my new Canon  Power shot 110HS Elph, for some reason the colors are over saturated and I can’t figure how to make it better.  Will probably go back to previous Canon 880 as it does much better with colors and clarity as well.