Matt G.

Early Riser

Location:

San Diego, CA

Member since:

July 14, 2011

How long have you been riding Motorcycles/Sportbikes? What bikes have you owned and what do you ride now?

40 (as of 2011) - been riding since 18, but 10 year hiatus from ~1999-2009. I took the standard and advanced MSF courses at 18 and have never regretted it at all.

How proficient are you? Beginner (between 0 to 10,000 miles), Novice (confident but still learning bike and roads), Intermediate (can handle your bike very well on technical roads - fast on a straight doesn't count!!), Expert ("A" Group at track )

I would say fairly proficient, but always still learning things and new techniques. I think I'm same as most riders - head on a swivel and paying attention. I've probably done around 100K+ miles on 2 wheels in the past 20 years mostly in the first 3 years and the latest 3 years. I've have gotten the point where I don't overshoot turns and inadvertently cross center line which tells me I've learned enough about judging conditions and entry speed to immediately change if necessary to keep me alive. Maybe I'm just learning the roads too - but some roads here in SD county are still new to me.

What type of riding do you like to do and how many miles do you like to do in a day?

First of all, I like riding in groups or pairs at the very least. It's bad to go down - its worse to go down and not have anyone know about it. I prefer early morning rides - real early, like before the sun comes up. I head east and plan the morning so that I'm turned around and headed west before the sun comes up so I'm not riding into the sun, but away from it. It's some of the calmest-best scenery-empty road parts of the day. It also lets me get a good 3-5 hour ride in and be done by 9am and spend the day with the Family. I like to do as many miles as I can. My TLS fits me really well and I'm perfectly comfortable on it for a 10 hr day if I'm lucky enough to get out that long. Like OJH, Sunrise Hwy, Palomar and the Lilac Canyon/Old Castle areas too. Like open areas and twisties alike. Santa Ysabel/Montezuma's grade/S3/Banner Grade/Wynola Rd/Santa Ysabel is one of my favorite loops to go on...in either direction!!!

Would you like to be an Event Organizer, which would allow you to post rides and events for this Meetup Group? Attendance to 3 group rides and positive feedback from the ride organizers is required.

I would be available to be an event organizer - but making it to rides is a bit tough. I can look to come on 3 rides in the next 6 months where other event organizers are, well, organizing. I currently organize rides and invite friends - as I do prefer to go out in pairs - and would like to invite more people to join too.

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