In addition to a week of great motorcycling, wonderful camaraderie, a lot
of nice people having a good time, lots of good food, lots of beautiful
scenery, you can most likely expect the following during the ride:
The weather for three of the past five years has been generally foggy and
cool for a good portion of the time. We have had enough stretches
of warm, sunny weather to make the issue of clothing problematic.
The fog has been high enough, most of the time, not to be troublesome from
a visibility standpoint. There was one stretch in 2000 where the
fog was heavy, on the deck and drizzly; that was unusual, though.
You must be prepared to dress for cool temperatures. The temperature
range varied from about 90 degrees F inland to about 45-50 degrees F along
the coast. A layered approach for clothing is strongly suggested.
We have encountered rain only once, on Tuesday morning during the 2003
ride; if you can, bring some rain gear as well. The rain was little more
than heavy drizzle, for the most part, but it lasted a couple of hours
and got people wet.
The traffic is generally light except through urban areas.
San Francisco: Going through San Francisco we are, for the most
part, going against the heavy traffic.
Los Angeles: For the most part, we skirt Los Angeles and environs on Friday. We are in heavy stop and go traffic for about an hour and a half to two hours. The rest of the time we are right along the coast, the lights are farther apart and the traffic is lighter. The ride right along the ocean is a very pretty ride. It should be noted that not everyone ran into these same conditions; those coming through later hit a good deal more traffic, as I understand it.
There have been spots of construction along the way. No significant delays have been encountered from these in the past and, hopefully, in the future.
The Lost Coast section of the road between Eureka and Fort Bragg is very rough and has some spots of packed gravel (the longest was not more than a few hundred feet).
The roads are very twisty and winding (yesssssss!!! - great for motorcycles!!).
You need to bring your cornering skills with you and to take it easy if
you think the road is getting to be too much for you. There is plenty
of time to make our destinations at even a relatively slow pace.
Don't hurry! Take your time and enjoy! Above all, RIDE YOUR
OWN RIDE AT YOUR OWN PACE. I can't emphasize this strongly enough!
Motorcycle Dealers along the way:
Richard Miller Motorcycles, 1725 Tomlinson, Eureka, 707 443-8031; 1 block south of Bayshore Mall
Lee's Honda, 2230 Larkspur Lane, Redding, 530 221-6788
Nearest Honda dealers: Ukiah and Lakeport (both are a considerable distance away)
Motorsports of Ukiah, 724 S. State. St., Ukiah, 707 462-8653
Hillside Honda, 460 S. Main St., Lakeport, 707 263-9000
North Bay Honda, 28975 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 707 542-5355
Mission Honda, Daly City, 6232 Mission Blvd., Daly City, 650 992-1234
Honda of San Mateo, 101 E. 25th Avenue, San Mateo, 650 341-5867
Gold Gate Cycles, 1540 Pine Street, San Francisco, 415 771-4535
Monterey Peninsula Powersports, 1020 Auto Center Parkway, Seaside, 831 899-7433
Cycle Stop-Honda, 511 Abbott St., Salinas, 831 424-0008
All American Honda, 6990 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831 476-8100
Honda/Yamaha of Lompoc, 901 E. Ocean Avenue, Lompoc, 805 736-6543
Honda in Goleta, 5718 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, 805 967-9898
San Luis Motorsports, 6 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, 805 541-2200
Honda of Santa Barbara, 408 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, 805 965-4814
Honda of Santa Monica, 4110 Lincoln Blvd (Highway 1), Marina Del Ray, 310-450-4643
Performance Motorsports, 32881 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949 493-5004
Spectrum Motorsports, Inc., 23646 Rockfield Blvd., Lake Forest, 949 859-3186
Champion Honda, 1590 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, 949 642-4343
If the preceding raises any questions, or if you have questions on anything
else, please email me: Leland Sheppard.
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