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I took Pegasis (my pet name for my V), out on a 3 hour, 140 mile jaunt today. I started off by getting on the 210 west, to the 5 north, got off at Lake Hughes Rd. It was the first time I had ridden all the way up Lake Hughes Rd. and was I suprised at what beautiful country.
Since the Station fire has closed Big Tujunga Cyn., and Angeles Crest, I was looking to to satisfy my urge for some twisty road, and LH road fits the bill. It starts near Castaic Lake and winds 22 miles to the community of Lake Hughes, then it splits into Lake Elizabeth Road, and heads South towards Palmdale/Lancaster.
The country going into LH is fantastic, 2 lane road, cotton woods, and mountains, pines, chapparrel. I decided to take Lake Elizabeth road south to Palmdale, got on the 14 freeway and headed home. It was a great ride, and the fondness for the V grows more with every ride. The bike handled extremely well in the twisties and handled the various riding situations very well.
My only trouble during the ride was when 2 fellow riders on KLR 650s, on a twisty part of the road BLEW by me at an estimated 65 mph. That PISSED me off, they both crossed into opposing traffic, crossed a double yellow line, and passed me like I was standing still. The posted limit in that section of road is 35, the guys were MORONS!!!!!!!.
These 2 goons could have not only killed themselves with their stupidity, but could have taken me with them. anyway it was a great ride.
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there will always be dumb people, thus dumb riders...
you played it safe, and had fun. Good job.


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I hear all these place names that sound so inviting .........names like, Angeles Crest , Castaic Lake and "winds 22 miles to the community of Lake Hughes" and talk of cotton woods, and mountains, pines .......... 2 words for you , Digital Camera , would love to see pics of such described beauty (please) ....glad you had a safe ride , and don't worry about the KLR duo , they will learn a lesson the hard way ............

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Do you have any idea when the Angeles Crest Highway might reopen. I see on Newcomb's Inn website that they may reopen sometime in November. For those of you who don't know the area, Newcomb's Inn is a historic restaurant about halfway along the Angeles Crest Highway. It has been closed since the Station fire closed the Hwy.

I live in OC but would love to ride the Angeles Crest when it reopens.

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Guys,


I took Pegasis (my pet name for my V), out on a 3 hour, 140 mile jaunt today. I started off by getting on the 210 west, to the 5 north, got off at Lake Hughes Rd. It was the first time I had ridden all the way up Lake Hughes Rd. and was I suprised at what beautiful country.
Since the Station fire has closed Big Tujunga Cyn., and Angeles Crest, I was looking to to satisfy my urge for some twisty road, and LH road fits the bill. It starts near Castaic Lake and winds 22 miles to the community of Lake Hughes, then it splits into Lake Elizabeth Road, and heads South towards Palmdale/Lancaster.
The country going into LH is fantastic, 2 lane road, cotton woods, and mountains, pines, chapparrel. I decided to take Lake Elizabeth road south to Palmdale, got on the 14 freeway and headed home. It was a great ride, and the fondness for the V grows more with every ride. The bike handled extremely well in the twisties and handled the various riding situations very well.
My only trouble during the ride was when 2 fellow riders on KLR 650s, on a twisty part of the road BLEW by me at an estimated 65 mph. That PISSED me off, they both crossed into opposing traffic, crossed a double yellow line, and passed me like I was standing still. The posted limit in that section of road is 35, the guys were MORONS!!!!!!!.
These 2 goons could have not only killed themselves with their stupidity, but could have taken me with them. anyway it was a great ride.
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Glad you had a great ride! I'm going to try that route sometimes, thanks!
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Guys,


I took Pegasis (my pet name for my V), out on a 3 hour, 140 mile jaunt today. I started off by getting on the 210 west, to the 5 north, got off at Lake Hughes Rd. It was the first time I had ridden all the way up Lake Hughes Rd. and was I suprised at what beautiful country.
Since the Station fire has closed Big Tujunga Cyn., and Angeles Crest, I was looking to to satisfy my urge for some twisty road, and LH road fits the bill. It starts near Castaic Lake and winds 22 miles to the community of Lake Hughes, then it splits into Lake Elizabeth Road, and heads South towards Palmdale/Lancaster.
The country going into LH is fantastic, 2 lane road, cotton woods, and mountains, pines, chapparrel. I decided to take Lake Elizabeth road south to Palmdale, got on the 14 freeway and headed home. It was a great ride, and the fondness for the V grows more with every ride. The bike handled extremely well in the twisties and handled the various riding situations very well.
My only trouble during the ride was when 2 fellow riders on KLR 650s, on a twisty part of the road BLEW by me at an estimated 65 mph. That PISSED me off, they both crossed into opposing traffic, crossed a double yellow line, and passed me like I was standing still. The posted limit in that section of road is 35, the guys were MORONS!!!!!!!.
These 2 goons could have not only killed themselves with their stupidity, but could have taken me with them. anyway it was a great ride.
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Hi, where do u live? I used to live in San Gabriel area and might have seen you... Do you have a top box in the back? I ride with a group of friends every weekend, usually at GMR, Angeles crest, Malibu, and sometimes longer trip...

We should meet up one day, I now live in La Mirada; not too far from San Gabriel area.

I also have a green 09 Versys!

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Nice report. Thanks.

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Try anywhere in the San Bernardino Mountains. I come in from the Palm Desert side on 74, there are 100's of miles of twisty empty roads. Speed limits are generally around 50, which on the twisty parts is just fine. These roads were built for the V.

Try a ride out to Julian sometime-better still email me from Jan-April and I'll come out and play as well.

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