Kawasaki Versys Forum banner

1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,291 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Been dealing with serious back issues this year. Riding has gone from non existent to very limited until the last 3 days. Decided to give it the good o'l acid test. Did a really fun So-Cal loop. I always wanted to ride some of the canyons of the San Gabriel range and finally got to do it and check it off my bucket list. The route looked like this.

Left Fresno on Wednesday 4/25. Headed south on the 99 to Delano. Then took the delightful 155 over the lower Sierra's to Lake Isabella for some lunch. Then sauntered south on some fun twisties to connect with highway 58 to Tehachapi for a water break. East on 58 then south thru Willow Springs to land in Palmdale for a stay at the Hampster Inn. I call it the hampster inn cuz they don't have beds but rather those squirrel wheels so you can run all night. At least that was how you would feel after a short night there when I was with the airline...Lol. Total miles was right at 275 for the day.

Thursday morning was the high light of the trip. Headed south at 0730 on the 14 to enjoy getting blown all over the place by brisk desert winds on my way to connect with the N3 aka Angeles Forest Highway. Man what a road. 38 miles (smiles) of pure motorcycle heaven. Fresh smooth pavement, wide and clean, and no traffic (at least during the week) It's one of those roads where you can confidently test the outer limits of traction. Gotta be my all time favorite canyon run. I also incorporated several other notable canyon roads. Upper Big Tujunga, Angeles Crest Highway, and Little Tujunga Canyon Road.

The N3 dumps you out at Sunland where a short jaunt on the 210 north (actually west) to Osborne ave to ride Little Tujunga. Took a break at "Happy Trails Road" actually a private driveway. With a name like that I just had to stop there. Then west bound to the 14 south to the 5 then 405 south to the 118 west to Topanga Canyon road to the 101 north to Las Virgenes and on to the Bu for lunch. After lunch it was north on the 1 to Latigo Canyon road which used to be a super fun 10 mile run a few years ago when the pavement was fresh, but sadly it is now pretty beat up and really dirty with gravel and dirt just waiting to screw with your fun line. Proceeded northwest on Mulholland to pass south of Thousand Oaks by Lake Sherwood and their premium country club. A buddy I used to fly with was a teaching pro there in a former life. Man could Mike hit a golf ball.

Stopped for gas in Camarillo then north of the 101 to Santa Barbara to call it a day. Hooked up with my o'l riding buddy Dave at his house for some chow and needed rest. Miles on the day were 250.

After a good breakfast and coffee on day 3, Dave and I headed out on the 101 south to connect with the 150 over to Ojai. Dave rides a Victory and needed to gas up as it has a limited range. We headed north on the 33, which is another great road. Lot's of fire and flood damage along the route for about the first half of the 30 mile run. We stopped to say good by at the Ozena Fire Station. Dave headed back home and I blasted thru the last of the canyons over to Taft for a great deal on a Mexican lunch. 3 taco's, beans and rice for $5.95. After lunch gassed up for the final leg back to Fresno. Speaking of gas, I gassed up a total of 4 times during the 800 mile jaunt. Ya gotta luv the fantastic range of the little V-650. Hardly ever have to sweat the gas...something one often has to do in the jet when dealing with stronger than forecast headwinds or unforecast bad weather at destination.

Oh yea the back...hey it did great, with the help of some Naproxsen. Life is fairly good once again after some much needed 2 wheeled therapy. Happy trails fella's.

PS: I thought I could go back and assign descriptions to each photo but don't know if that is possible. Of note the rocky creek pics are of the mud and flood damage earlier this year to the Montecito area. What was once a lush landscape with vegetation like a rain forest, now looks like a moonscape. The vintage dirt bike pics were from my stop at Palmdale Supercycles. My old Ascot racing buddy Tommy Horton owns the shop. I stopped in for a chat. Tom still is racing and is still very fast. Not bad for a guy who is 68 years old!!!
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,417 Posts
Not bad at all, I would say. And you certainly travel light. Well done!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,291 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
Great pics!

I loved pic #19 - always wanted a Rickman Metisse!
Tom had 8 or 10 old timer bikes from the 60's. The Rickman was the hands down best specimen of the lot.

You getting ready to head back up to BC for the summer?
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
19,587 Posts
...You getting ready to head back up to BC for the summer?
Been here in BC since 05 April, and I've already added 622 kms (386 miles) to my BC total on the GREEN HORNET TOO!

NOT bad considering the temps...!

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,249 Posts
Looks like a great trip!

My back complains a little bit when riding, but not much. Nothing like sitting in a chair or in the airplane which can be agony! Strangely it feels much better for days after a long ride.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,877 Posts
Nice ride and images, by the way do you use Kidney belt when you ride.?

Kidney belt do help prevent back pain and kidney related pain for bikers.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,291 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Nice ride and images, by the way do you use Kidney belt when you ride.?

Kidney belt do help prevent back pain and kidney related pain for bikers.
I have not used a kidney belt thus far.

Probably should consider one to go along with my chastity belt...Lol.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
282 Posts
Nice ride! I was out in Isabella about two weeks ago. Left Orange Co. In the morning rode 15fwy to 395 to the 178 into Lake Isabella. Pulled out of Isabella and rode Caliente Bodfish Road. We jumped on the 58 to the 14 to the 138 and cut up Angeles Forest Road to Angeles Crest then to Wrightwood. Ended up being about 500 miles for the day.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,291 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
Nice ride! I was out in Isabella about two weeks ago. Left Orange Co. In the morning rode 15fwy to 395 to the 178 into Lake Isabella. Pulled out of Isabella and rode Caliente Bodfish Road. We jumped on the 58 to the 14 to the 138 and cut up Angeles Forest Road to Angeles Crest then to Wrightwood. Ended up being about 500 miles for the day.
500 miles is a pretty good day.

I did 275 miles on day one and was ready to get off the bike.

My iron butt has devolved a bit. Probably somewhere between copper and aluminum now...Lol.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
19,587 Posts
I TOO recommend you wear a 'back-support' of some kind. I use one like the workers at Home Depot wear that goes over the shoulders too.

I have a chronic bad-back (from when I raced enduros), and the support keeps me feeling PDG!
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Top