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Scott Dennis
August 20th, 2002, 09:45 PM
I'm spending a few days at our corporate office in the California Bay Area, and snuck out a bit early this afternoon for a ride in the hills above Berkeley on a co-worker's 998SP Ducati.

Just thought I'd share that with you all... life doesn't suck.

Louis Reinartz
August 21st, 2002, 07:07 AM
So go ahead and hurt us ..how's the weather?

Inlaw1
August 21st, 2002, 08:40 AM
Why, ya rat bastad!! :D Hey, enjoy it while you can Scott! While Skyline and the roads around Berkeley are fun, you should to do Mt. Tam north of the bridge. Or head out East a ways and go do Mines Rd. all the way up to the Lick observatory on Mt. Hamilton, then down into San Jose. But you better have 3/4 of a day for the ride out, up, and down.

You gotta love Ca., my sister lives in Pleasanton and Mines road is about a 10 minute ride from there out to Livermore. Another 5 minutes has you in the middle of nowhere on a road with so many curves it'll wear you out! :D And some killer scenery to boot.

The favorite still has to be PCH-1 N or S of the Bay. Here I am on Rick Z's RC south of Monterrey. smile.gif http://web.wt.net/~yzfr1/pch-gary-corner.jpg

Here's a couple sites with a lot of good roads to ride out there if you find the time, or ever find yourself in that area. Have fun bud! :D

www.pashnit.com/motoroads.htm (http://www.pashnit.com/motoroads.htm)

www.moto-rama.com/best1.htm (http://www.moto-rama.com/best1.htm)

The second one has a lot of really good info on local stores, hangouts, etc for the area. You'll just have to cruise around it some.

Scott Dennis
August 21st, 2002, 08:44 AM
Weather? Oh, I think 'spectacular' would be a reasonable description. Mid 70's, sunny, slight breeze coming in across the bay. I'm think when I'm out here next week, I may stay over on for the weekend, rent a bike and head down the coast for a couple of days.

tripod
August 21st, 2002, 10:20 AM
Oh man... what a pic... what a ride... deja vu on that weather! I would love to go ride up through the coast. I was born in Cali and still have relatives there... love the place.

[ August 21, 2002, 11:22 AM: Message edited by: Lone Star ]

Inlaw1
August 21st, 2002, 02:15 PM
Hey Scott, if your up for renting a bike check out Cruise America. (http://www.cruiseamerica.com) Go to the motorcycle rental section and find the Bay Area. They have new '02 VFR's for rent. Or on the moto-rama web site I listed in the above post you can find some other rental places that have some BMW RT's for rent in area also.

Scott Dennis
August 21st, 2002, 02:29 PM
Gary, Thanks for the information. I've already found Cruise America, and am making plans to rent a VFR for a long weekend sometime in September. I'm traveling an obscene amount with work these days, so I might as well make the most of it and enjoy a weekend while I'm out west. I thought about doing the Harley thing, but the roads out here are just too good to waste on anything other than a nice sport-tourer.

-sd