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Today was my first day on real twisties. I took a ride to the San Bernardino Mountains. That was some of the best fun I've had in a while!



I took off around noon today, and headed down Hwy. 38 towards Big Bear. The ninja had a semi-hard time passing people going uphill, but it did it none the less. Some guy with a chick on the back on a gixxer rode with me for a bit, but abruptly passed me up. I soon found out that that cages get in the way... After a while, I came up on a goldwing, and rode with that guy for a while. When I got to the first town-ish place, a biker pulled into the street and got behind me. So here I am, riding in a group of totally unknown people. Eventually, the goldwing moves over into one of the turnouts and lets us all pass. After the goldwing is a stubborn cage who insists that we stay behind him. After a while of unsuccessfully trying to pass him, my unknown riding buddy makes a left and goes into some camp-looking place, leaving me by myself again. I eventually pass him and ride on, waving to all the cruisers and sportbikes I see. My butt starts getting sore, so I decide to take a short break. So I stop here.




After a while, I finally arrive at Big Bear. I drive around the lake, and get lost in the side streets. I pulled into a vons (which, surprisingly enough :rolleyes:, had a starbucks in it...), bought a hot chocolate, and got myself orientated.



Once I left, I headed towards Hwy. 18 to Running springs. I was going on the road south of the lake, which was closed, so I had to backtrack and go to the north end. There, I ran into a bunch of cages tailgating grandma. The roads were semi-curvy, and there were no legal passing opertunities (broken center yellow line). So, when a straight patch of road came up, I made sure I had enough room to pass and no cages were coming, and passed em one by one. After passing grandma, the road was nice, curvy, and empty (for a while, anyway). I got to lean the ninja pretty far over (for noob standards anyway)! Didn't drag any knees (or pegs, for that matter), but my foot, which was tilted on one of the pegs, scraped the ground. What can I say? I had a blast doing it. Anyway... shortly, I came up on the next group of cagers, tailgating grandpa this time. Again, no legal passing opertunities. There were straight parts where I could have done it, but my gut feeling told me not to. Sure enough, after a couple of turns, there was a bunch of cops watching traffic. After the cops, the roads were pretty curvy and hilly, so I wasn't able to pass. A few miles later, I decided to take another break and snap the scenery.






Once I felt rested, I hit the road again. After Running Springs (which is basically where "Deep Creek Lake" is on the map), I got onto Hwy. 330. That's where traffic really got dense. Everyone was going down the mountain. There were some super cool twisties on that part, but I wasn't able to take advantage of em because of the cage traffic which was following all the reccomended speeds for the turns. Boooring. So I just enjoyed the absolutely beautiful scenery. Once down the mountain, I ended up back in Redlands where I started.

This isn't a rant, or rave, or useful info for anyone (unless maybe you're stalking me...). I just wanted to share the joy I got out of taking my new, 3 week young ninja into the scenic twisties. I loved it! Coming home, I felt refreshed, uplifted, and motivated. On the road, I forgot all my troubles, all my chores, all my to-do's, basically everything, and enjoyed flicking the red monster left, then right, and with a twist of the wrist, flew it up to the next right, then left, then wrist twist again. I would have taken more pictures, but I was having too much of a good time riding.

Cheers! :thumb:
 

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Hi lateott_156:

Those were some really cool pictures!

Seeing those photos makes me want to take a trip down south to visit the Tail of the Dragon for some twisty riding. It's a bit of a hopeful wish with lots of snow all over most of the northern part of the country now.

~ Blue Jays ~
 

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lateott_156 said:
Even though yours is a CBR600, it still looks nice. :twofinger
:laughing: sweeeeeet

Thanks for the detailed post. The pics are great and I'm so jealous of the year-round riding. Sucks to be me :D
 

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That looked like a lot of fun....NOthing around here to test out my Ninja. The ninja is a perky little bike that likes the REVS. Rev it I do.

Great pictures + details

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Mate, sounds like you had a great day! Nothing wrong with getting out and about on a 250, hey? Great pic's too. I'll have to start taking my camera with me on rides, so you guys can see my part of Australia.

BTW, how many miles did you do?
 

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JBaz, what's up with the hating NC?
I don't know how long it takes to get into the mountains from Raleigh, but there are some great riding roads in western NC. Honestly, the mountain riding here is one of the few things keeping me from moving to the Austin, Texas area, where much of my family is. I can get to some seriously good roads in 80 miles from Charlotte.
I'd be glad to show you some of my favorites if you want to meet up some time.
 

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www.socalsportbikes.info

If you're looking for some group rides in the area, go checkout this page. Lots of ride outs happening every week.

I havn't been up to Big Bear yet, but I've been riding the Santa Monica Mountains for the past month... I wanna do ACH soon.
 
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