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Berryessa-Calistoga Mojo Ride, Sun 3/30/14 @ 9:30 AM (Sonoma Raceway)

Lake Berryessa / Calistoga Ride:

 Replenish your mojo.  Get rid of your free radicals.  Feel good.  Look young.

 

RAIN WILL CANCEL



(Please note --- We are trying to limit number of bikes on Berryessa rides, so space is limited.   Once a wait list opens up, first dibs go to those who live in Sonoma county and/or those who don't get a chance to ride with us that often.) 

 

• When: Sunday 3/30/14, arrive 9:30 , KSU 9:45 AM 



• Where: Sonoma Raceway , 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 

• ~ PRE RIDE: South Bay / Peninsula contingent can meet me at  Rest Stop on 280N North of 92 at 8:05 AM, KSU 8:10 AM ... location = http://tinyurl.com/280RestStop 



• Route: Technical back-roads in Sonoma and Marin Counties. There will be bumps, tight switch-backs with decreasing radius, etc  (not for newbies).  

Lunch at Busters's BBQ in Calistoga :-)   Ride ends in Marin County around 4:30-5 PM.  Expect something like this:





• Pace: Not too fast. Not too slow. Just right.



• Gear: Head to toe.



• Motorcycle: Yes, please bring one with you ;-)



Words of Wisdom:



- Please review Liability Release statement at THIS LINK



- Proper gear, a working machine and gas in the tank is highly recommended.



- Ensure you and your motorcycle are in good working conditions.



- Ride within your comfort zone and leave room for bad karma.



- Ride staggered in straights. In twisties single file and 2-3 seconds apart.



- Lead may pass slower traffic when it's safe. You don't have to. Remember, someone will wait for you at turns, so just relax and have fun.



- Leads will maintain the Pace according to road conditions with safety of all riders in mind. Be mindful of others in the group. Let faster riders get ahead of you by moving to the right and signaling them to pass you. And if you want to pass the rider(s) who are in front of you, make sure to do so safely and without startling them.



- Do not make unsafe passes, or pass from the right.



- When we stop at gas stations, fill up. That may be the only gas stop of the ride.



- If you need to leave early, be sure to tell the lead and sweep. Be in the back of the group when leaving so no one follows.



- It's a good idea to have road side emergency and towing service membership (e.g., AAA). It pays off after one tow.



- Carry water and snacks.



- Good stuff to read before going on group rides (CLICK).



- Please keep an eye for the rider(s) behind you so they won't take a wrong turn. If they get lost, we all have to go look for them:

Weather:





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  • Jeff

    There is no need to paint a line on the road telling which county you were riding into and out of. You can tell by the condition of the road alone. LOL

    April 2, 2014

  • Grady F.

    Yesterday I posted the dessert 1st. Here are the early courses (1-Berryessa, 2-Calistoga, 3-Marin Cheese): 1: http://youtu.be/CQ424SWq-Nc­
    2: http://youtu.be/sTy2c6nMjKk­­
    3: http://youtu.be/6lbH4tn8dq4­

    2 · April 1, 2014

    • Mehran

      Most excellent :-)

      April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Che bella giornata!

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • Ash H.

      ;-)

      April 1, 2014

    • Raj007

      That is geart observation. II'm gonna try to learn a few Japanese words too (to support my bike) hehe...

      April 1, 2014

  • john m.

    2,672,349,876 stars!

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Grady F.

    Video du jour, Dessert first -- John Mc's post-ride on Lucas Valley Road. Stay thirsty my friend. Look forward to riding together again after you rehab the hip. http://youtu.be/zWp8cCD0klA

    3 · March 31, 2014

    • Jeff

      John I got a tip recently that really helps get your lean/shoulder position. Bend the inside elbow more, it drops your shoulder and you automatically lean ahead of your hips. Try it in front of the mirror you'll see what I mean. PS Nice video Grady, you are close enough to really see what's going on.

      1 · April 1, 2014

    • john m.

      Thanks Jeff - also tried to do California Superbike School over the last 2 days at Sonoma, but only got in 1-1/2 track sessions yesterday. That was enough, however, to get essentially the same advice! Yes it works! Hasta...!!!

      April 1, 2014

  • Wayne

    Great ride... up until Calistoga... We were separated in traffic and didn't see where everyone turned off in town The "Forgotten 5" rode through Calistoga and ended up 20 miles outside of town We all kept our lunch receipts for the lack of road marshal at the turn! :-) No harm. It still turned out a great day and ride!

    5 · March 30, 2014

    • Chandra

      Wayne, I followed you guys after you turned right and kept going. I then lost you, due to slow moving cars. I then realized something was amiss since the rest of the riders were nowhere to be seen. I turned back after 10 miles or so and found them at the BBQ place.

      1 · March 30, 2014

    • Wayne

      We were about 20 cars back and saw the last bikes turn in but couldn't judge whether they were turning into a driveway or Hwy 29. We thought everyone sped away so we took off to catch up. After a few miles there was doubt we were going the right way but were having too much fun to turn around! LOL! D'oh!

      2 · April 1, 2014

  • Mehran

    A fantastic day to wrap up the month of March. Thanks to all who came out. Special thanks to our crew, volunteers and recruits. Until next time.

    9 · March 30, 2014

    • Dan

      50 shades of green is absolutely right! always amazed at Mehran's routes. Thank you Mehran and Usual Suspects.

      March 31, 2014

    • Lucy J.

      Didier, glad you liked Franz Valley School Road! I thought it was Mehran's kind of road...and Mehran, thanks again. I know I only rode until just after Buster's but I was higher than a kite, simply a great ride for me. Wonderful to meet some new people!

      1 · March 31, 2014

  • Chandra

    My first ride with GRF turned out awesome. Thanks Mehran and the marshals!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Raj007

    Very well organized. Pace was good, route awesome! Lots a fun! Thanks Mehran & everyone!

    3 · March 30, 2014

  • Lacucaracha

    I hope its okay, but I'm going to meet everyone at the silverado trail / 128 intersection.

    You guys are going to go that way right? Past lake Hennessey?

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • Mehran

      Did you see us on Silverado?

      March 30, 2014

  • Ram R.

    all I can say is "WOW"

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Arno H.

    The BEST!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Grady F.

    Another fun filled day. Thanks to Mehran and the usual suspects.

    2 · March 30, 2014

  • Tom L.

    I was swept away! I didn't twist anything...

    March 30, 2014

  • Russ

    Great Ride, weather and people. I thought I was in a different state with some of the scenery. BBQ sammich was an added bonus! Thank you Mehran!

    March 30, 2014

  • Jean M.

    Sorry I had to miss it, but as indicated by the returning posts, it was apparently another excellent good Karma Mehran ride !

    March 30, 2014

  • Abhay B.

    Great riders, great route and amazing weather...what more could we ask for?! Thanks a lot Mehran and all the road marshals for yet another exquisite ride.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Jeff

    Another great ride! Sorry I had to bail in Santa Rosa but it was still great meeting everyone.

    March 30, 2014

  • John B.

    great weather, impressive bikes, clear roads

    2 · March 30, 2014

  • Tony C.

    It was great to see those I've recently met and to meet more moto-enthusiasts. Take care all.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Joe Z.

    Another great ride! Thanks Mehran!

    March 30, 2014

  • Bob R.

    Terrific!..Great leaders/marshals/sweep, great group, just bummed I had to cut out and ride oh so slowly back on the remnants of my rear tire. Weather was unbelievable considering the day before.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Mehran

    Zoom Zoom. Radar shows the rain over Peninsula/South Bay is moving East and will soon be gone. North of GG Bridge is actually clear. Roads are wet, so be careful, don't lean your bike too much and transfer your weight to the pegs.

    1 · March 30, 2014

    • john m.

      BTW, the sun is out in Tiburon/South Marin and it's shaping up to be a beautiful day!

      March 30, 2014

    • Russ

      Sunny I'm walnut creek. Blue skys baby!

      March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This goes all the way to Calistoga... and DOESN'T go up 29 ?? I was just on it and it was FANTASTIC ... My vote... modify route to go up and back down 29 ! It would be a shame to drive past it and not ride it !

    March 10, 2014

    • Tony C.

      Haha! You are right Bob! I had forgotten about the outta-staters...trifecta­!! :)

      March 10, 2014

    • Lucy J.

      I don't see what's so exciting about 29. North part of Silverado near Calistoga is much nicer. 29 is straight most of the way and as noted, jammed with idiots.

      March 30, 2014

  • Chris

    It is pretty wet out here for me. I will have to gracefully decline for today, wet roads/mud, newbie riders and large groups don't mix. I will see you guys on the next run.

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Raj007

    Anyone have info on the road conditions? It's still gonna be chilling, so dress warm...

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Tex L.

    The crazy storm downed a tree across my road! (How rude is that?) Looks like I'll be "trapped" at home today. You all be careful and safe on those wet roads out there, and have a great time! But, then again, I know you will because...well...it's riding! :-)
    See you at the next one!

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Smitha

    It's 4:45 am and raining in San Jose. Looks like we'll be skipping this one =(

    March 30, 2014

    • Smitha

      ahaaaa, that was not me. Brian stop commenting from my account :) No way I am missing this, see you all soon.

      3 · March 30, 2014

    • Mehran

      See you soon Smitha, and dress warm. Brian, go back to bed ;-)

      March 30, 2014

  • Russ

    Is anyone planning taking 680 to meet up with the group? I am in Dublin and would like to meet up if possible. Thanks, Russ

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Tony C.

      you could take 680 north, 780, 80, 37.

      March 29, 2014

    • Russ

      Bill - I appreciate the offer and will plan on meeting you at pacific bay at 8:15 or so. Thanks

      March 30, 2014

  • Ash H.

    will miss you all.. late night (early morning;)... have a wonderful and safe ride everyone...

    March 30, 2014

  • Dave G.

    See you at the 280 meetup. KSU 8:10. Please confirm.

    March 29, 2014

  • Raj007

    Anyone want to join from east bay area - San leandro, Hayward, Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont area....taking 580/80. We can meet at a central point. I'll check my message in the morning.

    March 29, 2014

  • Raj007

    Anyone want to join from east bay area - San leandro, Hayward, Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont area....taking 580/80. We can meet at a central point. I'll check my message in the morning.

    March 29, 2014

  • Dave G.

    Mehran - See you at the 280 rest stop. 8:00 am, KSU 8:05.
    Heavy rain in Santa Cruz right now. f

    March 29, 2014

  • Jean M.

    I'm sorry but I won't be able to make the ride tomorrow (just discovered plumbing leak trumps riding in this case...).
    I wish all you guys a super Mehran ride !

    March 29, 2014

  • clara

    Hi Mehran, how's going? A couple of my friends happen to also doing a ride towards Berryessa this Sunday, we might run into you guys on the road! :P
    Hope to join you the next round!

    March 29, 2014

    • Mehran

      Sounds good Clara.

      March 29, 2014

  • Ron S.

    How is the ride?

    March 29, 2014

    • Mehran

      Dunno. Hasn't happened yet ;-)

      2 · March 29, 2014

  • Tushar

    Anyone riding from San Francisco?

    March 29, 2014

  • Ash H.

    anyone in this resourceful group checkin for mudslides in the rout?.. it is pouring...

    March 29, 2014

    • Mehran

      Why? And ruin the surprise :-) ?

      4 · March 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      After all, we are seasoned at getting through downed trees :-)

      1 · March 29, 2014

  • Arno H.

    Looking forward seeing my old buddies! Tex, it has been awful long..

    March 29, 2014

  • Tushar

    Hi Mehran,

    Can you please please please let me in? :) I am on the waitlist.

    Tushar

    March 28, 2014

  • john m.

    "How dry I am...how dry we'll be...." Yahoo!!!

    March 28, 2014

  • Mehran

    * * * * Fill up right before you arrive. 1st Gas Stop is about 75 miles from KSU * * * *

    1 · March 28, 2014

  • Mehran

    Saturday = "Rain". Monday = "Rain". Sunday = "No Rain" :-)

    4 · March 28, 2014

  • Tony C.

    I live off the 80 in Vallejo (Redwood and Moorland). Taking 29 to 37 to Sears Point. If anyone is taking 37 via 80 message me; we could meet at Starbucks at 966 Admiral Callaghan Ln, Vallejo, 94591. If not...hope to see you all there.

    March 27, 2014

  • Chetan T.

    Hello Mehran, what's the status for those on the waiting list? Also, I would like to join you from Peninsula. I can meet you at the exit.

    March 27, 2014

    • Mehran

      You're in, Chetan

      2 · March 27, 2014

  • Mehran

    Friends,

    This ride is not for newbies. If we notice that a rider is displaying newbie traits, fast in straights then parking it in turns, frequent brakes, crossing DY, excessive line corrections, etc, we will ask them to go home – for their safety and for the safety of others. This may be viewed as harsh, but allowing someone to ride beyond their skill level and then sending them home in an ambulance or helicopter is even worse. There are a number of newbie friendly and skills building rides that are coming up. Thank you.

    16 · March 26, 2014

    • Brian S

      It only seems harsh on the surface but safety has to come first. A true leader who cares about their people is willing to put egos aside and do what is right.

      5 · March 27, 2014

  • K

    Deja vu: If it is rainy/wet, I'm watching 300. Crossing fingers for a dry Sunday though, as the last time you all were up here, it rained too.

    1 · March 27, 2014

  • alan s.

    Bring out the rain dance:(

    March 25, 2014

  • Andre

    If is wet i am out...

    March 24, 2014

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