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NorCal Ride Plan, Thurs-Sat

I am planning a GS ride for tomorrow, though I am wondering if it is a good idea in this heat and smoke.

Thurs AM 6AM clutch out, Sacramento to Three Rivers, just below Sequoia National Park for a lunch meeting.

Back north to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite, campsite reserved.

Friday AM, ride to Bridgeport via back side of Yosemite, camp at doc and al's campground.

Check out Bodie. Camera and Tripod onboard.

Saturday, home, but not over Monitor Pass as originally intended. It will be closed for the death ride.

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Re: NorCal Ride Plan, Thurs-Sat

You should check your RCB tour packet - Lot of pictures to get on that ride. The entrance to Sequoia is just up from Three Rivers plus a lot of others on your route.
Have a good trip and don't even think about it without a hydration system.
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You should check your RCB tour packet - Lot of pictures to get on that ride. The entrance to Sequoia is just up from Three Rivers plus a lot of others on your route.
Have a good trip and don't even think about it without a hydration system.
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I am actually going into the park a couple of miles past the entrance so that is a good point. And I will have my Camelback and cool vest.

When can I get your tank bag to you. Will you be there tonight?

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Probably not tonight but ya never know. Have a great trip. I'm going to get some Tour Pics on the cooool coast this Saturday.

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Probably not tonight but ya never know. Have a great trip. I'm going to get some Tour Pics on the cooool coast this Saturday.

Spent last weekend there. 63 degrees, sunny and clear.

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Re: NorCal Ride Plan, Thurs-Sat

Back early. Had a slow starting bike at altitude, (and a dead cell phone battery) so I decided to come back rather than tempt the fates with a weak battery.

When I got to the gas stop I had to make, and turned it off, it started fine, so I don't know if the battery is actually weak, or 8500 feet was the problem.

Maybe both.

I will take to to A & S in the morning after breakfast and get a battery. I am sick of dead batteries.

Ride report and pics later.

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Ride report and pics later.
Yep, didn't happen w/o pics. Glad you had a great ride!

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I will take to to A & S in the morning after breakfast and get a battery. I am sick of dead batteries.
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Ride Report and Pics, Sac-Sequoia-Yosemite-Sac

Clutch out, 5:30AM to beat the heat. Made Sequoia in 4 hours.



After my meeting, the ride through Fresno up to Yosemite was a hell ride. Temps of 108 and smokey air, drank tons of water, at a couple of places I was considering bagging it and getting a room.

Stopped at A & W in Oakhurst (not Lodi) for a root beer float, cooled off.

Entered Yosemite on 41. 41 has some really nice turns as you approach the park. The GS turns like it's on rails.



Arrived at Tuolumne Meadows Campground at 5:30 PM. Pitched the tent and made camp. Nothing like a fake beer to relax you, it's O'douls Time!



Pasta Primavera from a bag anyone?



Slept pretty well despite the altitude (uncalibrated GPS said 8500') and woke up to temps in the 50's. It felt cold after the heat of the previous day.

Get that Harley Biker's Brew ready! It goes really good with pre-cooked dehydrated scrambled eggs and bacon. MMMM.



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Broke camp, packed up, and planned to go to Bodie. Then the chugging of a hard start and a sluggish battery changed my plans. After my recent luck with batteries these days, I decided to head towards home.

At the gas stop I had to kill the engine to open the gas cap, and it started normally after that so I do not know what was up. Since my cell phone was dead, it seemed smarter to head home than take my chances. Turns out the battery was replaced in January this year, and the terminals were tight.

Day one was 475 miles, 8.5 hours riding plus my meeting and stops. the abbreviated day two was 222 miles.

The Russell Day Long Saddle, and the GS (except for the little altitude hiccup) lived up to their reputations. I think I could do an SS1000 on this bike.
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Re: NorCal Ride Plan, Thurs-Sat

Dan,
Every R bike I've had did not like to start well in the morning at altitude. The 1150's were the worse and if it's cold that compounded the problem.
If you crack the throttle a little it seems to help.

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Every R bike I've had did not like to start well in the morning at altitude. The 1150's were the worse and if it's cold that compounded the problem.
If you crack the throttle a little it seems to help.

Thanks John,

I am learning it's "quirks". Next time I'll know.

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