Welcome "relaxed pace" motorcycle riders of northern California! I am a motorcycle rider who enjoys life by doing the following:
· All-day motorcycle rides on paved roads only
· Relaxed pace (not fast, not slow, just a nice medium comfortable speed)
· Scenic rural roads in northern California (very little freeway riding)
· Saturdays only (except for the multi-day rides described in the "Pages" section)
· Fair weather only (zero chance of precip, low winds, temps 65 to 90)
· Various one-day rides between 100 miles and 275 miles in length
· Start at 8am (plus or minus), and get back home around 7pm (plus or minus)
· Rides March through October (adjustable at either end depending on weather)
· Max group size of 20 bikes per ride
· Ride safely and responsibly
If you share those same preferences, then I invite you to join me on the rides by signing up for this meetup group and RSVP'ing for the rides that appeal to you. You can scroll down and check out the various rides.
I only do what is listed in the above bullet list. It is all about having fun touring rural roads of northern California at a nice relaxed pace on a motorcycle as we enjoy the scenery along the way, the lunch stops, scenic vista stops, mountain passes, lake side cruising, etc. And I always ride as if I'm not in a hurry, so those of you who have a "need for speed" probably won't find happiness here.
There are usually 10 to 20 bikes per ride. I set the max bike limit at 20 per ride. I originally had it at 10, but later bumped it up to 20. That is as large as I will go. Any larger and it gets too difficult to keep a group together. Plus, larger than 20 starts to be too much of an impact to the dining establishments. If you are interested in riding in groups larger than 20, there are other motorcycle meetup groups available on the Internet that do not have limits to the size of the group.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a motorcycle "club!" There are no dues to pay, no monthly dinner meetings, no bylaws, no club patches, no club name, and no participation in special events, rallies, fundraisers, poker runs, charities, benefits, or other such events. If you seek the motorcycle club type thing, there are plenty of other meetups that provide that. I'm just a guy who enjoys having fun riding my motorcycle, and I invite others of similar interest to join me on the rides. That's it. That is the only reason I created this meetup website......to provide a way for others to RSVP and join the fun by going on the rides.
All motorcycle brands and types are welcome. Three-wheelers are welcome too. Riders of all ages are welcome. I'm in my late 50's and I have been riding motorcycles for over 45 years. Both male and female riders are welcome.
Since I only enjoy fair weather riding, I always do a "weather check" a couple of days before the ride, and I post the results of that and specify whether the ride is still a "go" or not. I also e-mail that info to those who RSVP'd for the ride. I do not hesitate to cancel a ride if the weather forecast is less than favorable.
My bike is equipped with a GPS, and I always have the route pre-programmed in the GPS for ease of navigation (I used to fly Cessna airplanes as a hobby, so I enjoy the route planning and navigation part of it). I also make sure we have fuel stops planned no more than about a hundred miles apart (usually Chevron, Shell, or Union 76). I always post the total mileage for each ride, along with the planned lunch stop. I do not typically list other planned stops even though they are part of the ride. I usually have stops every hour or so, just to get off the bike and stretch for a bit.
I am an office professional and work on weekdays, which is why I ride on Saturdays. I am not available on Sundays or weekdays, except for the multi-day rides described in the "Pages" section. I usually have a multi-day ride a couple of times each year.
You are welcome to become a member of this meetup any time you wish. Just sign up! After you are a member, you can then RSVP for rides of your choice. There is no cost for you to become a member of this meetup group or to go on any of the rides. Your only costs are food and gas for the ride, plus any bridge tolls or National or State park entrance fees if applicable (and lodging for the multi-day rides).
Please be sure to read the General Comments Regarding This Meetup Group in the "Pages" section for additional information. The "Pages" section also contains a summary of the multi-day rides. Also, if you go to the "More" tab and click on "Files" you will find an Excel spreadsheet that contains a summary of all rides planned for this year and future years. You will also find in the "Files" a map that shows all of the single-day ride routes plotted on one map, and another map that shows all of the multi-day ride routes plotted on one map.
Once again, welcome!