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Left the Bonnie at home for once and took the 675s out for a ride in the country. Just a reminder how good life can be!

 

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You see, the big DISADVANTAGE of living there is that you never get to develop your wet riding skills :D
 

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I've lived out here for six years now (from Michigan) - but do suffer from homesickness. Something about putting Christmas lights up while wearing shorts seems fundamentally wrong to me. Then again, it is indeed hard to beat a year-round riding season.
 

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For shame! A blue sky, green grass, leaves (or something) on the tree, an attractive riding partner. Dual 675s. Have you no empathy? Care you not, a whit, about others, who have much less at this wet, cold and dismal time of year? :)
 

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Wow Isn't it Great to Be a Californian.......Not!

I can put up with a little cold and even a little snow, over having to deal with a bunch of liberal nutters, Hollywood want to be's, anti-gun establishment, CARB, anti-Constitution, self indulgent weiners and more.:p I lived their for 4+ years and it's ok if you like living in a socialist police state. Wow, mud slides, scheduled brown outs, earthquakes, Santa Anna winds, smog, fires, overrun with illegal aliens, gang bangers, overpriced housing and fuel costs, highest cost of living in the US per capita and wow, a movie star as a governor, isn't that special. Couldn't be better. Life in Sunny Southern Cal is just what we need, the promise land. Gee and all this so you can have two additional months of winter riding, I'm impressed.:D Boy, I'll give up everything to move there for extra riding..... no really, I will!;)

Yes, Life is Good! Glad you like California.

Cheers
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I miss living in Venice and riding over the mountains to the Rock Store for breakfast. Unfortunately, when I lived there I didn't have the Thrux. Doesn't really matter what you're riding when the weather is that good.
 

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Looks like a great day. Good thing you had time and opportunity to enjoy it.
 

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I've had the good fortune to take three wonderful rides in your part of the country in 1995, 1997, and 1999. At that time I worked for Rockwell Automation, and after our trade shows, rented a bike and took a few days vacation. (trade shows at San Jose, Anaheim, and Long Beach). Last two trips included a relaxing Amtrak ride along the coastline into San Diego where I picked up my rental.

Any of these pix look familiar? This 1995 trip started in SF, and I ended up as far south as Ventura before making a U turn and returning the bike. Four beautiful days in November that were picture perfect. Which these pix aren't, since they're low res scans.

http://s115.photobucket.com/albums/n284/bcgilligan/California - 1995/?albumview=slideshow

Later trips were out of San Diego, and were into the mountains in and around Julian and Palomar, with the final 1999 trip spent in Death Valley in December.

Love your part of the country.

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sorry... just can't help myself... I was born and raised in SoCal... lived there for 33 years... I'll leave it at... SoCal is a nice place to visit but I wouldn't live there again... about 3 or 4 days is about all I can take...

The twins look nice... great photo! Enjoy and watch out for traffic...
 

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SoCal is getting too crowded for sure, as I knew that it would. I travel all over the world, and every time I get off the plane in Carlsbad….I just like the weather, so much that I put up with the rest.

Moreover,……………..during midweek (the only time we ride the inland mountains) there is no traffic out there to have to deal with, although during the weekends, it is bumper to bumper. Every place is a compromise.

As for matching bikes…………..I had the 600rr, gave it to the wife to ride and bought the new 636 Kawi…………..I let her ride the Kawi, she was so much better on it ….which opened the door for me to purchase the new 675 Triumph. I let her ride the Triumph……..and that same day we traded the Kawi in on another 675…………!!!







 

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mud slides, scheduled brown outs, earthquakes, Santa Anna winds, smog, fires, overrun with illegal aliens, gang bangers, overpriced housing and fuel costs, highest cost of living in the US per capita and wow, a movie star as a governor
Actually, they've pretty much fixed the brownouts....the rest is pretty accurate.

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I live in SoCal as well. Yesterday was truly a study in contrasts. It was a beautiful day, high 70's, not a cloud in the sky and I went for a ride (2007 T-100). I went through Carbon Canyon and saw the devastation that comes with brush fires. Mile after mile of burned hillsides and trees. From the looks of it, the fires came right up the road on both sides. While the weather can be spectacular at times, it comes with a dark side as well.
 

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Wow, mud slides, scheduled brown outs, earthquakes, Santa Anna winds, smog, fires, overrun with illegal aliens, gang bangers, overpriced housing and fuel costs, highest cost of living in the US per capita and wow, a movie star as a governor, isn't that special.
I live in a beach city and am pretty much not affected by most of your list. No mud slides or brown outs. Earthquakes, while not uncommon, have never damaged this town. Santa Ana winds are south - it just gets dry here during that condition. No real smog and no fires (smoke and ash, though). Yes, there are illegal aliens, but gang bangers are easily avoided. The cost of living is high (including housing), but I also make enough money to offset it.

The one thing you didn't mention that DOES bother me is the distance I have to ride to get to some decent roads (twisties). I have to get on the freeway to go just about anywhere and I don't like it.

SoCal isn't the same everywhere. Its a stereotype people like to propagate. Ain't no gettin' away from Arnie, though.
 

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Well I'm going to check it out. Coming to Sandy Eggo next week on business for a coupla days - we'll see what this whole Caly-forn-eye-eh thing is about.
 

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I took the 77 bonnie out along the border ,past Tecate to Potrero for lunch and back.We had 3 Triumphs,3 BSAs and 3 Norton Commandos in our group.
Very nice day to be out in the mountains on the bikes.
I love San Diego..
 

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just to let you know how good you have it. It rained/snowed/froze here in NY all day sunday and then we woke up to thick fog and rising temps.... thats the end of the storm rolling through....I get into the office and by 9 am its bright sunny and warm temps.....my beautiful assistant and i had to drive down and look at some construction work we were overseeing...by 11 it was sunny and 58. So I bail out of the office after lunch using one of my last good excuses and I head home for a ride. 50 minute drive and its getting colder and darker every minute.. why? because the next system, is moving in clouds sno and rain. We literally have two maybe three hours of decent conditions..

I start the bike pull it out on my driveway. By now it looks like there's a blizard coming and the winds picking up. As the bike warms up it starts raining and I know I'm done. Put the bike away, come inside and build a fire in the fireplace. ... :mad:

Gotta love it and no snow on the mountains to ski on yet..
 
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