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« on: August 20, 2021, 05:35:39 pm »

Hey all - haven't been here in a LONG while. Hope all is [email protected]

Heading to Cali in late December for family trip, hitting both San Diego and Palm Springs.

I'll be renting a bike for a day, hopefully something sporty like an MV Agusta Tursimo Veloce 800 (ride shared one of those in FLorida, loved it).

Is there better riding by San Diego or Palm Springs? Need to stop by LA for lunch with my buddy mid-day, San Diego is 4 hours up the coast (I'd basically be going up for lunch and back), while Palm Springs is like 2 hours:  no coast, but flexibility.

Let me know your thoughts. Looking for good canyon rides, have 8 hours or so on one day, like to drop a knee on the pavement, looking for twisties and well scouted rides.

Any advice MUCH appreciated.

Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2021, 08:09:42 am »

Not sure where you would start your ride but I have a couple of suggestions. Take a look at the map and one great ride is on Hwy 74 to Hwy 243 from Hemet to Palm Desert which is very near Palm Springs.

Another good ride is Hwy 74 from Banning to San Juan Capistrano near the beach. You can tell the roads are good by the squiggly lines on the map!!!
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2021, 08:24:24 am »

Too bad you don't have more time to ride North of LA and visit the Rock Store and great roads around there. Classic.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2021, 07:35:37 pm »


Not sure where you would start your ride but I have a couple of suggestions. Take a look at the map and one great ride is on Hwy 74 to Hwy 243 from Hemet to Palm Desert which is very near Palm Springs.

Another good ride is Hwy 74 from Banning to San Juan Capistrano near the beach. You can tell the roads are good by the squiggly lines on the map!!!


Will check them out.  Staying with my family in San Diego then in Palm Springs, so starting from either spot (need to leave them the rental car).

Plan is to head to a buddy in LA for lunch, then ride, then meet family back at Palm Springs or San Diego for late-ish dinner.

Thinking Palm Springs to start based on proximity to LA...

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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2021, 11:00:42 pm »


Iím seeing more and more posts where riders are looking for changes in their bikes to overcome physical problems in their bodies.  Or are getting out completely because of physical ailments.  Some of these is part of the aging process, Iím sure.  

But part of me wonders if these problems might be also be solved by aggressive physical training on the part of some of us?
(And Iím not pointing any fingers at either the original poster here or anyone else!)

I know that Iíve got a lot of aches and pains, but also know that Iíd have a whole lot more if I didnít exercise on a real regular basis.   After all after almost 50 years of riding and a few knee, ankle, hip, and other injuries Iíd be surprised if I didnít hurt a little bit.   Bigsmile




Just did two 5 mile hikes with bouldering and massive elevation changes at 11,900 feet in the Snowy Range mountains over two days and knees were fine. Donít think itís my physical shape that caused my knees to hurt on the VFR, just the static bent position over time. But your points are valid.
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2021, 08:20:09 am »




Just did two 5 mile hikes with bouldering and massive elevation changes at 11,900 feet in the Snowy Range mountains over two days and knees were fine. Donít think itís my physical shape that caused my knees to hurt on the VFR, just the static bent position over time. But your points are valid.


K has a good point. And it sounds like you are certainly on the right path to staying healthy. Me? I'm just lucky!!     Bigsmile    


I just realized that your Southern California travels will be in December. The Hwy 74 route out of Banning may get snow and ice or just cold weather then. Better scratch that run.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2021, 10:02:23 am »


Just did two 5 mile hikes with bouldering and massive elevation changes at 11,900 feet in the Snowy Range mountains over two days and knees were fine. Donít think itís my physical shape that caused my knees to hurt on the VFR, just the static bent position over time. But your points are valid.


STATIC bent position --- I get sore knees superslabbing on my sportbike, but not when I'm riding hard on it...  Difference?  it's the weight shifts and activation of the leg muscles as opposed to just having them stuck in one position pooling blood.  
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