|(L-R) Daniel Rice, Walt Schonauer and Jim Foreman|
What's better than waking up Sunday morning and meeting some good friends for some awesome riding? I'll tell you.... Meeting some good friends for some awesome riding on Irv Seaver BMW's Demo R 1200 GS (Waterhead)!
Destination: Angeles Crest Highway (and surrounding area)
Round Trip Mileage: 237 Miles
Best time to go: Spring, Summer, Fall
Fun Factor: 10+
Passenger Fun Factor: 10+ (Estimated)
Cops seen: 4
Highest Speed Attained: "I didn't know it went that fast"
Map Link: http://goo.gl/maps/2fcsa
One of the coolest things about being a motorcyclist is all the amazing and diverse friends one gets as a result. Among these great friends are Walt Schonauer of Lone Wolf Rolls Royce Bentley, Ben Crisologo and Daniel Rice who is 16 and spending his summer in SoCal before returning to school in Shanghai, China.
I started and ended this ride at Irv Seaver Motorcycles in Orange, CA. Of course, you can start your ride from anywhere.
The four of us met at the Shell Station near the 210/2 Freeway and Angeles Crest Highway. This is a very popular meeting and gassing point for riding the 'Crest'. Most riders seem to start there and ride until Newcomb's Ranch and return. There's so much more than that! Also, police patrols are most present on that stretch of road as it seems to inspire more outrageous driving and riding than in other parts of ACH. As a result we actually started our ride elsewhere.
One we all met up, gassed up, and got caught up with everyone's lives, we hopped on our bikes and headed west on the 210 freeway a couple miles to exit on Sunland Blvd. Hang a right and proceed a couple blocks up Foothill Blvd until you reach Oro Vista Avenue and make a left. There'll be a 7-Eleven at the corner.
|Setting up the GoPro|
|Big Tujunga Canyon Road|
You'd think between Little Tujunga Canyon Road, Big Tujunga Canyon Road and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, someone could have come up with unique names. C'est la vie.
Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road deposits you on to Angeles Crest Highway(ACH). We went left towards Newcomb's Ranch. This route was chosen for a number of reasons. First and foremost, these roads have considerably less traffic. The road condition is very good and the corners are exceedingly fun and challenging. If you're one to push it a little bit, these roads are also far less patrolled by Law Enforcement. Generally, they are pretty cool up there. Unless one is being a complete arse, you're usually not hassled. Unfortunately, there are a lot of arschloche on the stretch between Newcomb's and the base of ACH.
|Angeles Forest Highway and Upper Big Tujunga Highway Road|
|Newcomb's Ranch on the left.|
The clientele of Newcomb's is a vast cross section of riders, sportsmen and people up for a Sunday stroll. It attracts all kinds. Everyone seems to get along without too much bravado. We caught a repeat of the MotoGP race at Laguna Seca followed by the 2013 Isle of Man TT. We talked about the new GS and mentioned that it'd be cool if they would like to ride a leg of ACH on it. Talk about a test-ride!
|Road Work Ahead. You'd smell it for sure.|
Over previously mentioned pie, Walt was discussing the next leg of the journey. We'd backtrack a little bit and veer north on Big Pines Hwy and through Valyermo. This also take you right past the "Devil's Punchbowl". There were some nice switchbacks heading down in elevation at the start. Also along this road, there's a nice stretch to test one's acceleration. the BMW Motorcycle website lists the top speed of the new GS as "Over 125 MPH." I may (or may not) be in a position to confirm that the top speed is, in fact, over 125 MPH.
Big Pines Road becomes Valyermo Road which becomes Fort Tejon Road. Take a left at Mt Emma Road. That will take you right back to Angeles Forest Road.
At Angeles Forest Hwy, make a left and Make a left back onto Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road. This will drop you onto Angeles Crest Highway. We went left previously to go to Newcomb's Ranch. As the warm sunny SoCal day was winding up, we elected to go right and down ACH and back to the Shell Station.
From there we wrapped up and went our separate ways. I went back to Irv Seaver Motorcycles.
This ride is a challenging, fun and exciting ride that puts you on some great, less traveled roads. We didn't run into a single slow unyielding car until we went on the final stretch of ACH down the hill. If one is going 10 miles under the speed limit and has 4 or more vehicles following, one is obligated to pull over, when safe, and make way for the other drivers. In lieu of this we passed when safe and felt sorry for the following car. We also got lots of warning from other rider about cops. We found a Sheriff's Deputy waiting at the base of the hill. He paid us no mind.
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I'm so glad to share this ride and to share future rides. Keep a lookout here for a sports ride and an off-road ride in addition to an out-of-the-area ride. We'll try to post one of each of these every month.
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|Approaching a tunnel on Big Tujunga Canyon|
|GoPro Photo in a tunnel|
|Walt and Daniel parking their bikes at Newcomb's Ranch|
|Daniel doing the 'I'm Awesome and I Know It' strut.|
|Daniel and I walking to his bike.|
|Lots of awesome corners and fluffy clouds.|
|Awesome lean angles on the new GS|
|Approaching Wrightwood, CA|
|Walt offering Daniel some riding techniques.|
|All set and ready to ride.|
|Pay no mind to the speed on the speedometer. It's probably wrong.|