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post #1 of 14 Old 11-26-2015, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Beautiful Highway 9 Ride/First Drop In 4 Years Of Riding!

hey everyone well today on thanksgiving i had a ride planned out with about 12 other riders to hit Highway 9/Skyline Ridge up here in the Central Coast of California, and well it was my second time riding this moutaon and it did not disappoint at all! Well except I had my first ever drop of my motoryclces! Minor damage only front fairing got a huge crack in it, left mirror snapped off, and the upper gas tank got scratched up from hitting the peg i believe of my friend next to me! luckily the peg snapped right at the half point so i still had some peg to ride with haha. Now back to the ride part, beautiful corners, some quick switch backs and some long sweepers which is great!! This road is the equivalent to Muholland And Angel Crest Down In L.A. area. In the summer you see all the hottest cars and even now in our "cold winters" there were 2 Nissan GTRs, A Mclaren P1, and a couple of Corvette Z06s. Bikes you will see everything here from old harleys-MV Augustas its beautiful and Alices Restaurant at the top is where it all is at!! If you are anywhere in this area i would suggest this road it is Motorcycle Heaven for us in the Central Coast!

Ill post my drop later i ended up getting it on video haha

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post #2 of 14 Old 11-28-2015, 04:27 AM
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Sorry to hear about ur drop. Sounds like ur ok. I am only speculating from ur post but sounds like ur friend may have been too close. From someone who spends alot of time riding in the mountains (north Carolina) it's much better to have a lil room for error. Bikes being close ends badly very often.

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Glad you are ok. Scratches and dents are fine as long as they are not on you.
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I always find it funny with peoples choice of wording when they CRASH their motorcycle.



Drop---bike sitting still and you knock it over or otherwise have it fall onto the ground

Crash--anytime you lose physical control of the motorcycle and the engine is running and vehicle moving, resulting in the bike either..... running off the road, striking an object you did not intend to, or falling onto the ground......1 mph or 1,000,000 mph---it is still a crash. Just some have bigger consequences than others.
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^^ I'll be honest I say drop purposely because it sounds better. I posted it for sale or trade on the SV forum and edited my post to say drop instead of crash even though I said low side and a low speed high side.. Drop and high side are probably oxymorons but it made me feel better lol

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Riding side by side, especially in the mountains is usually no bueno. Sounds like an otherwise good ride. Pics and vids are always a plus.
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Thanks everyone it was just a drop from a standstill haha no crash! On the whole riding close to eachother that's a no no we ride pretty fast through the mountains haha! It's beautiful and super curvy!

Here is the video of the drop!
http://youtu.be/jqApLLVOnHQ

Here is the group we had in cold weather around I'd say 40-50F cold winds hAhaha. That car was there with us and actually beat all of use up the mountain! It was a race ready M4 and it was a beast of a car!



I'm working on editing the video of the actual ride it'll be up soon! I'm still new at these videos haha

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Gotcha..your wording was a bit confusing. . Looks like you hopped on a bit too quickly there. .
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Gotcha..your wording was a bit confusing. . Looks like you hopped on a bit too quickly there. .
Yea I think I was a little too excited and well hopped on too fast and well the momentum took it from there!

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I almost did that on my ZX10R in front of the Ouray (Colorado) Brewery. For some reason I put my kickstand up before getting on the bike and when I went to swing my leg over it didn't quite make it over. It was all I could do to hold the bike from falling away from me. That was after only 1 IPA. That would have been extremely embarrassing.

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@trackdayhero I did this in front of like 12 other bikers and I was suppose to lead the group lmfao! I was very embarrassed lol. Oooooohhhhhhhh I'm telling on you!! Ha jk

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Ouch, sorry about the damage. Sounds like a great ride otherwise!
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On my annual trip from Oregon to Laguna I ride the Hwy 9/35 every single time. I usually stop at Alice's to get a bite to eat and watch the exotic cars & bikes. One can normally see mondo wheelies whilst ogling the sights.

For our East Coast/Midwestern brothers The Skyline portion (Hwy 35) at the northern terminus is aptly named; the tarmac runs alone the spine of a portion of the Santa Cruz Mtns - think West Virginia. As one wends their way through alternate curves picturesque views of lower San Francisco Bay pop into view, then past 1-X number of curves reveals stunning vistas of the Pacific Ocean beyond jagged mtn slopes. Repeat.

And then as one continues south, the scene becomes dappled as you ride amongst ancient Coastal Redwoods. Here, the road is much more technical. The road surface is lovely, but one can find 3,000 year old Redwood makes for a formidable chicane. There are a number of side roads that can take one E towards Hwy 17 and further S, or head W towards Hwy 1, a.k.a., PCH, or Pacific Coast Highway. One could spend the day zig-zaging the Santa Cruz Mtns and still have plenty of roads left untouched.

BTW, roughly a dozen+ years ago I had my own Hwy 9 tale. Mine happened towards the southern end, maybe 15-20 minutes out of the city of Santa Cruz. I was heading N on my R1. Wearing full leathers, full face helmet, boots, gloves - the whole deal. This portion is basically a series of curves that wrap around centuries old Redwoods that are connected via undulating chutes. I had exited a L-curve and was heading down a short chute. A Datsun (not Nissan) pickup with a shake shingle roofed canopy desired to turn left... onto me. Earn a trip to the hospital. Spent the winter in my garage rebuilding the R1.
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On my annual trip from Oregon to Laguna I ride the Hwy 9/35 every single time. I usually stop at Alice's to get a bite to eat and watch the exotic cars & bikes. One can normally see mondo wheelies whilst ogling the sights.

For our East Coast/Midwestern brothers The Skyline portion (Hwy 35) at the northern terminus is aptly named; the tarmac runs alone the spine of a portion of the Santa Cruz Mtns - think West Virginia. As one wends their way through alternate curves picturesque views of lower San Francisco Bay pop into view, then past 1-X number of curves reveals stunning vistas of the Pacific Ocean beyond jagged mtn slopes. Repeat.

And then as one continues south, the scene becomes dappled as you ride amongst ancient Coastal Redwoods. Here, the road is much more technical. The road surface is lovely, but one can find 3,000 year old Redwood makes for a formidable chicane. There are a number of side roads that can take one E towards Hwy 17 and further S, or head W towards Hwy 1, a.k.a., PCH, or Pacific Coast Highway. One could spend the day zig-zaging the Santa Cruz Mtns and still have plenty of roads left untouched.

BTW, roughly a dozen+ years ago I had my own Hwy 9 tale. Mine happened towards the southern end, maybe 15-20 minutes out of the city of Santa Cruz. I was heading N on my R1. Wearing full leathers, full face helmet, boots, gloves - the whole deal. This portion is basically a series of curves that wrap around centuries old Redwoods that are connected via undulating chutes. I had exited a L-curve and was heading down a short chute. A Datsun (not Nissan) pickup with a shake shingle roofed canopy desired to turn left... onto me. Earn a trip to the hospital. Spent the winter in my garage rebuilding the R1.
You made it seem so much more majestic then I did haha!! Good job ZedExMuse haha

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