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how to get a ride in bay area

I just got news that I will be on a buisness trip to Berkeley, CA, 20-28th of May I will have 2 or 3 days to spare, and I really want to cruise down the pacific on highway 1, and maybe thru SF in general. This would be a dream come true

Do you have any hints on how to achieve this without getting ripped of? Renting a motorcycle from a regular company for that purpose seems to total around $300 per day including insurance. Is that a regular rate?

What about buying a bike, riding it for a week and selling it thereafter? Is this even possible as a non-citizien?

I don't really care what I'd ride. The bike should have 250+ ccm of course, a Versys would be neat, but a CX500 would be fine as well. Harleys and BMWs don't really attract me that much. I'm sure as hell not willing to do any speeding - I really want to avoid crashing on vacation in a foreign country. And avoid trouble in general, like tickets, or pissed off other riders/drivers.
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Unhappy Hwy 1 between Cambria and Big Sur is closed

Howdy,
California Highway 1, twisty two lane road along the coast, is currently closed due to several landslides due to our heavy rainfall this year.
The Amgen Tour of California, a bicycle race, had to change their race route due to these road closures.
The road is closed from North of Cambria to North of Big Sur.
Road is suppose to reopen to traffic in about 6 weeks.

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Try California Motorcycle Adventures. I recently rented a Goldwing for $180 for the weekend. They were great and easy to deal with.

http://www.californiamotorcycleadven...com/index.html

They have some bikes like a 08 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
for $99/day. ST1300 is $135/day. Don't worry about the HWY 1 closure; it is ~65 miles south of Carmel. San Francisco and surrounds are fine. I was in Carmel last weekend and drove from Carmel to Santa Cruz with no problems. You should be able to ride from SF all the way to Big Sur non-stop.

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Do a web search for Bike Rentals in the Bay Area.
There's plenty of riding near the Bay Area. Especially since you only have 2 days.
And I'd assume you'd like to check out some sites and the same time.

http://www.dubbelju.com/

Here's one resource listing a few

http://www.pashnittours.com/motorcycles.html

http://youtu.be/sXaxACSPHfg

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Thank you for the hints

Does anybody know something better aimed at a student's budget?
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Bike rental is pretty expensive, I assume due to liability issues.
Have not got clue how to do it cheaply. You get up to Sacto 80 miles away we can ride. You can ride my Versys I'll ride my SV. Good luck in your quest.
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Thank you for the hints

Does anybody know something better aimed at a student's budget?

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Awesome offer, thank you! I'll see how I can get there
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Bus ~15$ each way leaves from Oakland not Berkley
https://www.greyhound.com/
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Train (good way to go) leaves from Berkley to Sac very scenic reasonable price
http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...=1241245647487

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Awesome offer, thank you! I'll see how I can get there


Sacramento

If you put it together to come up, and you want. I'll post a ride with my local group and see if we can get a few riders together.
It's a dual sport group but some have road & "adventure" bikes

On a side note are you German or Expat American, just curious?

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I could make it on sunday, 22nd May or friday, 27th.

regarding your side note: I'm german, have only Been to the US on vacation as a child. I remember long dull highways, fast food, non-metric units, air conditioning, carpets one feet thick, and that people actually talk to strangers and help each other out I was in SF in 1992, liked that place a lot, funny cable car, acutal old stuff, scenic landscape and all that "easy" feeling...
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You pick your day. As you may be aware of Jet lag is no Joke. So maybe the later day would be better for you. Although the weekend would be better for me. The train if you decide on it, is a commuter route and has many time options. It departs from Berkley. If you only have one day I suggest you arrive in Sacramento as early as possible. I can pick you up. We can go back and get the bikes, and do a long day ride. And you can go back to Berkley in the evening.

You can pick the general preferred ride area for example click links below.

Over to the coast,
if time permits can ride through the city (S.F)
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Or Mountains/Lake Tahoe.
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The mountains have a lot of snow, but the paved roads are clear.
Let me know, Both the the routes links above are substantial rides and can be altered and shortened as needed.

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I could make it on sunday, 22nd May or friday, 27th.

regarding your side note: I'm German, have only Been to the US on vacation as a child. I remember long dull highways, fast food, non-metric units, air conditioning, carpets one feet thick, and that people actually talk to strangers and help each other out I was in SF in 1992, liked that place a lot, funny cable car, actual old stuff, scenic landscape and all that "easy" feeling...

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Looking verrryyyy nice I'd opt for Mountains/Lake Tahoe - looks beautiful!
Let's say friday if that is okay for you, because 9 hours of jet lag is pretty mean alright.
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Sounds good so as the time gets close. Give me your for-sure conformation.
And obtain and provide me with your travel Berkley to Sac town
details. I'm pleased to do it for a a fellow rider from a foreign country.
And you have sufficient riding experience so I don't have to be concerned with your safety or my bike, Correct?


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Looking verrryyyy nice I'd opt for Mountains/Lake Tahoe - looks beautiful!
Let's say friday if that is okay for you, because 9 hours of jet lag is pretty mean alright.

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Yosemite on the motorcycle would be absolutely incredible. We have received so much snow this year that the waterfalls will be absolutely breathtaking. We also have the Sequoia National Forest close by as well. You could easily do both in a three days. The Bay Area is a few hours away and a relatively easy ride to get here.
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Yosemite on the motorcycle would be absolutely incredible. We have received so much snow this year that the waterfalls will be absolutely breathtaking. We also have the Sequoia National Forest close by as well. You could easily do both in a three days. The Bay Area is a few hours away and a relatively easy ride to get here.
Agreed
Thus far it appears he has only a single day for this riding and the bikes are in Sac-tomato.

Any riders in the hood want to ride the general route link above on the date specified. Post up!

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Enjoyed reading this thread. Props to cmoreride for welcoming a fellow rider so generously. And also to Blahwas for hunting down all of his options, which shows his passion to ride. Looking forward to the ride report with pics!

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and that people actually talk to strangers and help each other out
That's for sure foreign to you, I remember when I first moved to braunschweig I thought I smelled funny because noone would answer me when I said good morning at the haltestelle...
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Thank you SO much ^^ I will give you the info and my cellphone number when I'm in the country. I'll get an american SIM card to avoid roaming fees. I have 5 years and ~28000 mls on-road riding experience and some off-road (on road bikes... ahem), and am 6ft 3in tall. I guess I know what I'm doing. Of corse I'll pay for anything I damage.

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Yeah, that's true. And it hasn't gotten any better since mp3 players and smartphones arrived.
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My flight leaves tomorrow. Carrying a lot of motorcycle gear - that's certainly something to look forward to ^^

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I'll send pm with phone no.s

I posted to my local D.S. club

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/GCDSR/message/8838

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Yeah, that's true. And it hasn't gotten any better since mp3 players and smartphones arrived.
i lived there last year, everyone had mp3's and iphones already
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