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    Bakersfield to SFO--Motorcycle Show!

    Having just purchased my first BMW, an '04 RT, my riding buddy Bryan and I decided to head north on Hwy 1 to San Francisco to see the Cycle World Bike show. We didn't leave until about 7:30 a.m. (a decision we would later regret) and spent a LOT of time on photo stops, bathroom breaks (Bryan's bladder is as small as his Yamaha's gas tank) and other tomfoolery. Here's a photo stop before we even left town, let alone the county.
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    It was indeed fortunate for us that our ride included two of Pashnit.com's top 5 California motorcycle roads. The first (which runs within a mile of my house) is Hwy 58 leading west from Bakersfield to the coast at Morro Bay. It is a beautiful ribbon of road characterized by exhiliarating twisties and relaxing straightaways. It also has a series of woop-de-doos that will have your stomach in your throat and, if not mindful, your front wheel of the ground at 90 mph. . . . If you manage to make it to Morro Bay, be sure to stop into the Coffee Pot for a great breakfast.

    Here's one of the few pieces of specific scenery on an otherwise desolate 58. At current California prices, this shack is probably worth about 125k.
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    The other top 5 California road is, of course, Hwy 1 heading north. You can read more about it on pashnit.com. It's a hundred or so miles of twisties with spectacular views of the Pacific. The main problem is getting stuck behind a line of cars; there are few opportunities to pass. Bryan and I were riding up on a Friday morning and we encountered suprisingly little traffic. Here's one of a thousand beautiful views (the ocean, not me).
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    There are several wonderful bridges on the 1. Here's one of them. Like I said, LOTS of photo breaks.
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    We stopped at a restaurant (didn't eat there--think it was called the Outlook) and it had spectacular ocean views. We took a nice stretch and walked out on the rocks. Here's the view from the restaurant.
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    rock on, man. i like the one of the bridge especially.
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    excellent report.

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    AFter a 12 hour ride (I said there were a lot of stops and that we would regret having left at 7:30 a.m.) we finally made it to SF. The last two hours of the ride were in the dark; it was cold and windy, and Bryan had no fairing, little windshield, no heated grips, and his fish and chips dinner from Bubba Gump's in Monterey was wreaking havoc with his lower GI. Poor guy was a trooper following my tailight for 100 miles. We took the 92 across to Modesto and it was really hazardous due to construction. Nonetheless, we finally made it.

    Here's a rejuvinated Bryan checking at a Buell on Saturday morning.
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    If you've never been to the Cycle World show, it's worth the price of admission just to check out all the bikes in the free motorcycle parking area. Be warned that they double- and triple-park so you'll wind up moving someone's bike if you want to leave.
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    Yours truly in front of a local landmark. Spectacular ride; crossing the bridge is free is you are heading north, but costs $5 if you're coming back south. Had a great afternoon of riding after the show. . . . Those of you up north (Kbasa, you paying attention?) really have some nice riding. I learned something, too. Every third bike in the Bay area is a BMW. I've never seen so many beemers outside of a 49er Rally.
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    Two buddies on the road. Doesn't get much better than this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC 1923
    Yours truly in front of a local landmark. Spectacular ride; crossing the bridge is free is you are heading north, but costs $5 if you're coming back south. Had a great afternoon of riding after the show. . . . Those of you up north (Kbasa, you paying attention?) really have some nice riding. I learned something, too. Every third bike in the Bay area is a BMW. I've never seen so many beemers outside of a 49er Rally.
    Oh yeah. Don't I know it.

    Great pics, SNC.
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    Again, at pashnit.com's suggestion, we tried out the 25 on the way home. It's a little-used highway that runs down the center of the state. It's a great road, really enjoyable riding, though a bit rough (as in maybe never repaved) with no centerline as it snakes south. I highly recommend it nonetheless. A nice little surprise is a turn-off leading to Pinnacles National Monument. It's a small park really designed, I think, for hikers, but well worth the 5 mile detour.
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    More Hwy 25. By this time Bryan and I had split. He took the 198 and the 33 home doing triple digits on the speedometer. I was more about taking in the scenery and finding out where this road lead. Miles and miles of scenery like this.
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