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Just in case anybody feels more "Sac-ish" and not so much "Tahoe-ish", I`ll try fishing here too! Have seen quite a few members with Sac area bylines under their names, but it looks like there is no home base to check in to. Maybe there is enough demand to support a thread? Anyway, please drop in if you consider yourself to fit the description, and hopefully subscribe to the thread. Could maybe arrange some local mini-rallies or group rides.

Hey, first bit of regional news for you- I heard yesterday that CalTrans was going to open Sonora Pass this weekend. Apparently that was postponed a few days due to chances of snow, but it won`t be long! (Come on, Ebbetts...)

Well, good summer to you all, and hope to eventually hear from some. Rubber side down!
 

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I'm usually up for a ride.

What kind of riding are you up for? I am thinking slab riding since you have a DR? What kind of mileage? What day/days is best for you?

Sounds like you have the DL up and running. Excelent!
 

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Awright! With as little traffic as this subforum seems to get, honestly I didn`t expect any response for a week or two. You guys were on the ball :grin2:

Division of Traffic Operations - Road Information - California Highway Information

Your handy link for finding road conditions.
Love Ebbetts! Got friends in Arnold.
Very handy link indeed, but I`ll tip you off to the secret hiding place of first hand moto-specific conditions when it comes to California high country:
The High Sierra Passes thread... 2016-2017 Edition | Page 7 | Adventure Rider
New version comes out every winter.
Do you get up north often, Notacop? Ebbetts is my personal fav!

I'm usually up for a ride.

What kind of riding are you up for? I am thinking slab riding since you have a DR? What kind of mileage? What day/days is best for you?

Sounds like you have the DL up and running. Excelent!
Heya, Mike! Yeah, the bike is running like a top although I have not put the plastic and crash bars back on yet. And again, I sure appreciate your offer to help me get it straightened out back when I was floating in limbo. It`s slab that I mostly had in mind when I posted here. I don`t have any plans to ride the Wee on anything wilder than maybe Yankee Jims, but I get do over to Auburn or NVC from time to time on my DR. And from some of the videos I have seen, there are some pretty crazy Strom pilots around though, who seem to be more capable in the rough stuff than I am on my PigDuro, so ya never know!

Sundays and Mondays are my most common ride days. Summer time has been slow for us where I work for the past few years, so I often get an extra furlough day added to my weekends, but it isn`t safe to plan out that extra part more than a few days ahead. You mentioned in the PM that you were about to head out of town. Back from that trip yet? Do you travel often?
 

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I had been going North to visit in Arnold a few times a year. Either to Arnold as a destination or as a crash pad on my way to and from points further North.
Not so much now, gotta mind the wife at home unless the daughter can be with her. That's no certainty.

Problem with any source other than Cal Trans is that it is hearsay. Our local mountain road, Hwy2 was reported to be open by the Wrightwood source. It wasn't until a couple days later.
The ride to the closed gate might be nice but a closed gate still means it's a no go!
Being retired really spoils a body about riding on weekends. During the week, the traffic is so much less. Weekends too much traffic with kids out of school, Mr and Mrs, Mss out making the most of their 2 days off.
 

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Hey I'm relatively close to Sacramento, and much closer to Sonora pass. Sundays are good for me (going to Yosemite with a lady friend tomorrow). Give me a shout sometime!

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Hey I'm relatively close to Sacramento, and much closer to Sonora pass. Sundays are good for me (going to Yosemite with a lady friend tomorrow). Give me a shout sometime!
Nice, down in gold country? Bundle up and have a blast tomorrow!

Problem with any source other than Cal Trans is that it is hearsay.

Being retired really spoils a body about riding on weekends.
Multiple sources is the way to go. (says me)

Rub it in, retired guy!
 

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"Rub it in, retired guy!"

Yeah, but being retired means being older and the being afflicted with the stuff that goes with the age.
Not everyday is another in paradise....but close!>:)
 

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Ebbetts and Sonora are both excellent rides.. been riding them over the years since the late 1970's.. the old RD350 would barely make it over Sonora due to the lack of air, haha. Man that is a great road.
 

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Mind the cows in the high country on Ebbetts Pass. I was in Arnold and noticed the cattle trucks passing through town going east. Next day in the clouds at the top early in the morning I have all these future steaks wandering around on the roadway. Made for very slow going.
Why cattle dudes think feeding the cows in the high country is a good this is beyond me. Probably get free range access.
That would spoil the Natural Nature Camping for me to have cows crapping where I thought I was in the wild. Bad enough just passing through.
 

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Hi- just noticed your thread. I too have both a DR and a DL. I moved to Sacramento about 1.5 years ago, still looking to learn some of the great rides in the area. Seems like most of the local dual sport/ADV rides I've found turn out to be pretty hardcore dirt rides, not suitable for my skill level on dirt and certainly not on my DL. I'd be up for a day ride that involves slab and maybe some well maintained dirt roads as well. Sundays work for me, except when the missus and I already have plans.

-Patrick

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Hey guys, Mike here. Just got my 2003 dl1000 on Saturday last weekend. I live off Hwy 65 (northeast of Sacramento). Total new rider but interested to get some more experience on AND off road. Has anyone done the intermediate course at Sierra College? That's where I did my MSF and they were talking about it, said you ride your own bike which appealed to me.

Otherwise just wanted to say hey and get subscribed to the thread. Thanks!
 

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Welcome! I`m not going to be much use to you for the time being since I have not taken any classes from Sierra College AND I seriously doubt I will be riding over the pass in the next four months or so, but eventually I`ll be riding over there (when the weather warms back up).

"Total new rider" looking to learn offroading on a liter twin? Whoo, you`ve got some huevos! If you are interrested, you can augment your torture sessions next year with a little dusty saddle time on my pre-battered DR650, which I STILL consider a pig. Anyways, good luck and ride safe, see you in the spring probably.
 

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Another Sacramento local here. Always looking to ride. We're so lucky to live in one of the best riding areas in the world. i also have a DR but its a bit broken at the moment.
 

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Tricky, are you half of the DR mounted pair who was recently on a major South America expedition?
How did you know? Yes the two of us returned in April/May. I brought mine back, my buddy sold his. I'm going to take a stab that you might know Kevin...
 

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No, I don`t know either of you personally- it`s your "screen name" that has stuck with my memory for some reason. The trip came to my attention via DRriders and I clicked in to your blog a few times to follow progress (loved the part around Orizaba). Conffession, I kinda forgot about you by the time you got down towards the gap. Since I knew that at least one of you was living in CA just prior to the trip, it clicked when I read your recent post.
 

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No, I don`t know either of you personally- it`s your "screen name" that has stuck with my memory for some reason. The trip came to my attention via DRriders and I clicked in to your blog a few times to follow progress (loved the part around Orizaba). Conffession, I kinda forgot about you by the time you got down towards the gap. Since I knew that at least one of you was living in CA just prior to the trip, it clicked when I read your recent post.
Even better. Always happy to know that someone at least glanced at our trip. Thanks! It was a once in a lifetime trip and I would recommend anyone to try the same, even if it was only Mexico for a few weeks.

It's frustrating that now back in the states, the first question many people ask is, 'was it dangerous' before anything else. A lot of people get sucked into myth and hearsay and never even try and see these beautiful destinations full of lovely people.

Now I just need to figure out how to get enough money for the next one!
 

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...and I would recommend anyone to try the same, even if it was only Mexico for a few weeks.
I dream of riding through mainland Mexico. Have done a lot of traveling through at least a dozen Mexican states, but always fly in. The only way I can get enough time off all at once to make it worth the "commute" by land is if I were to quite my job, and I am not willing. Maybe I`ll get lucky and the plant will shut down while I`m still able to travel! It`s a dinosaur industry that gets closer every year to collapsing, so it could happen.
 

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Welcome to December, guys! It sure has been getting chilly lately, but considering that it COULD be down in single digits by this time of year, still holding nicely.

Any rate, does anybody have use for a small accessory mounting plate? I shamelessly copied a commercially made design that I have seen on the forums. Aluminum angle that mounts around the ignition switch and secures via two screws that originally held wire bails for cable/hose management. My prototype was a bit too narrow to hold a cig lighter port, still good for a few toggle switches or LED indicators- not yet drilled accept for the mounting slots, so it can be carved or drilled however you want. Top side dimensions are 5-7/8 X 1-1/2, but remember that the angle leg takes up an eighth inch on the bottom side. Fits an 08 Wee perfectly, not sure exactly what else it will fit, but its free to anybody who can make use of it. Cheers.
 
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