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post #1 of 9 Old Feb 21st, 2012, 1:22 am Thread Starter
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Southern CA, around Hemet

I've been day dreaming for a while about taking a ride to CA from here in Tucson and noticed Hemet is near a couple of National Parks and lots of twistie roads.

While playing around with Google maps I easily came up with 2-3 days of just riding twisties in that area.

The roads I saw on Google look as if they would be hours, and hours, and hours, and hours of FUN?

Does anyone have experience riding back roads in that area? Joshua Tree National Park, Big Bear City, Route 79 and 76, S1 and S2.

When are the night time temps in the low 40s in that area? Are S! and S2 LT friendly?

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Re: Southern CA, around Hemet

They are all excellent choices. S2 is known locally as the glass elevator as it goes down so quick and the view is fantastic. It is very LT friendly. I've been known to go down, turn around and go back up. Rinse and repeat. This time of year the road gets lots of snowbird motor homes so just make sure you give yourself plenty of distance between you and blue hairs as you will catch them quickly.

You are so close you should throw in the 14 mile loop up and down Mt. Palomar. It is best ridden during the week. The squids own it on the weekends and that makes for dangerous riding.

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Re: Southern CA, around Hemet

Thank you for the reply.

I scanned on S1 and S2 and discovered a place with cabins for rent, with a web site. On the site they have current pixs, showing snow.

After that I ran more scans on different spots and discovered more snow!

I ran into the same problem when I planed a 2 day ride here in AZ--snow and below freezing temps at night.

I'm guessing I'll have to wait one or two months?

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Don't know where you are seeing snow? S2 can't be more than 3,500 to 4,000 before you head down into Borrego Springs. Don't know where the cabins are but if they are close to Julian you may have snow in spots.

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Re: Southern CA, around Hemet

This is my backyard and ride these roads regularly. Very rare snow will be an issue except for Big Bear, Idyllwild, and occasionally Julian. A must ride road is the Palms to Pines Highway (CA 74) from Palm Desert. It's a little rough in parts but then all CA roads are getting rough through neglect by our State that would rather spend billions on useful ventures like a highspeed railroad that nobody will ride. Sorry for the negative comment. Let us know when you are coming this way. PM me if you need more info.

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Re: Southern CA, around Hemet

Lets see if this link opens a link to what I played around with riding from Hemet towards Tucson?

I've shared a map with you called Driving directions to Yuma AZ:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=
210856868362377738808.0004b971c2540dcde36aa

And this link to for riding from Desert Hot Springs to San Bernadio

I've shared a map with you called Driving directions to Hemet, CA:
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=
210856868362377738808.0004b971f1a84dcd3930c

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Re: Southern CA, around Hemet

The highways mentioned above are popular for riders of all types, especially on the weekends. Watch out for California Highway Patrol officers on those roads, (again - especially on weekends).

On Sunday, 30 August 2009, I was on the Ortega Hwy and we had to stop for a CHP checkpoint. They made us show our licenses and specifically checked for the motorcycle endorsement. They also demanded to see our insurance and registration papers, as well as checking helmets. As we ate lunch at Hells Kitchen, we saw one flatbed after another go by the window, each loaded with 6-8 strapped down motorcycles. I wondered how the unfortunate riders got home that day.

I have been back many times, but have not seen the CHP checkpoint since then. However, the Palomar area was swarming with CHP officers on Saturday, 24 July 2010.

I suspect that the patrols and checkpoints are the most common in the summer, but you never know when a few might be hanging around.
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Re: Southern CA, around Hemet

You might google "the Rock Store " and plan a ride a little north for some of Californias Best Moto-Friendly Rides

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Watch out for California Highway Patrol officers on those roads.
Make that on all roads . . .

I'm noticing more CHP "enforcement zones" recently, even on my local city streets. Two to four bikes will sit near an intersection, usually on the sidewalk and thus hidden by fencing or shrubbery, and just pick off motorists all afternoon long.

Now I'm not saying that the drivers are necessarily innocent here, just that I'm seeing more areas specifically and systematically targeted.

And driving up the 101 from Monterey to Crescent City today, I saw a CHP on average of once every 50 miles. Some were parked in unobtrusive places, and some were running full radar as they cruised down the highway . . .

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