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We Own The Night: Spooky SF Ghetto Night Ride, Sat 5/10/14, 4:30 PM-Midnight

  • May 10, 2014 · 4:30 PM
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We Own The Night: Spooky San Francisco Ghetto Night Ride

Our signature ride :-)   We’ll be riding the hills, peaks and valleys of everyone's favorite city. We’ll zip through the ghettos, pass the mansions and view the scenery very few people get to see in a week let alone in a single evening.

This ride is generally within posted speed limits, but the route is highly technical, scary, spooky, challenging and -- at the same time – exhilarating, breathtaking and absolutely positively fun.

We'll make a few rest and coffee breaks, but not long enough for a big meal, just what you can find at Starbucks ;~)

||||||||||   Space is very limited - Not for newbies or for the faint of heart  ||||||||||||

• When: Saturday 5/10/14

• For meal, arrive by 4:30 PM  <click - for your eyes only>

• For ride only, arrive by 5:30 PM

• KSU 5:45 PM (ride ends around midnight, or whenever we get sleepy.  There are breakaway points for those who need to get home early to relief the babysitter)

Last Ride: 

http://youtu.be/IGYMlhW50M0

))))))))- PRE RIDE OPTION -((((((((((

South Bay / Peninsula contingent can meet me at Rest Stop on 280N North of Hwy 92 (right after Bunker Hill exit):

Arrive 3:30 PM, KSU 3:45 PM Sharp

Map link = http://tinyurl.com/280RestStop

• Tentative Stops:

If you get separated from the group, don’t worry. Just go straight to the next REST STOP.You may get there before us if you take a straight route. Be sure to text me to let me know.

1. Twin Peaks (map) only if not too crowded and if  not foggy

2. Safeway (5290 Diamond Heights Blvd) 30 min - Starbucks & Restrooms inside

3. Golden Gate Park (John F Kenedy Dr. & 36th) restroom break

4. SF Legion of Honor (34th Ave & El Camino Del Mar) 15 min/photo op

5. Starbucks Laurel Hts (California & Spruce - rear parking lot)  30 min for coffee/rest

6. End of Van Ness near wharf (map) 15 min

7. Coit Tower - may be and only if there's parking

8. City Hall - end of the ride (what more do you want )

Good to go. Even Dan's Duc  :-)





Tentative Route -



 

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How Many Bikes - How Many People? To keep the size of the group manageable, we’ll limit the number of bikes.  MeetUp system doesn’t distinguish between # of bikes and # of people.  Therefore, if you have a passenger simply indicate it in the comment section, and show only count of “1” in your RSVP for your bike.  If you wish to invite a riding buddy with own bike, please have them join and RSVP.

Dinner & Ride or Just Ride? In your RSVP, please state if you are joining us for dinner as well, or only the ride.  This way I know how many seats we'll need.

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

• Gear: Head to toe.  It may be cold in May, so wear layers.

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



~ Please review Liability Release statement at THIS LINK

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

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

~ I 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.

~ I 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.

~ If you know the area and would like to sweep for the group please let me know.

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

~ Keep an eye for the rider(s) behind you so they won't take a wrong turn. If they get lost, you'll buy their dinner

~ City riding means traffic lights, stop signs and of course other vehicles.  Below is an exaggerated case, but it illustrates that getting separated doesn't mean getting lost. BLUE dots are riders going from A to G points of a route. RED dots are the riders who have stopped and are waiting for the rider behind them.  When stopping at a turn for a rider who is behind you, wait "before" the turn so they see you.  Not "after" or "in" the turn, because by the time they realize you have turned, they have missed the turn, or they may not even see you at all.  If you approach a rider who is waiting for you, but you don't see the rider behind you, please stop at the same stop so the one waiting can go while you wait for the rest to arrive. REMEMBER, WE ALL WAIT .... ALL EXCEPT THE SWEEP SINCE HE IS THE LAST ONE

Frequent Pauses:

As you can see, we'll have a large size group (20+ bikes). So, just like a Caterpillar, the “Head“ section will have to wait for the “Tail” to arrive. Therefore, there will be frequent “pauses” to make sure the chain is not broken and that we have riders who are “marking” the turns for people behind them. We need a few volunteers …. 1 for sweep, of course. Plus 2 more “advanced” riders who will help with a smooth flow. Please email me if you feel comfortable helping out. .

Tight Group:

We need to zip thru traffic lights and stop signs in as many at a time as possible.  Ride staggered, and if we do come to a stop, feel free to fill all lanes that we can take so as soon as light turns green a whole bunch of us can pass before it turns red again.  Picture below shows how to keep a tight group(distance from riders ahead of you) but only on straights and flat sections with good view.   When on crooked streets, uphills or down hills, ride single file 2-3 seconds apart.  Remember, 2-3 seconds means the distance from rider in front or behind you will vary according to the speed at the time.  Please don't tailgate or crowd the rider in front of you.  But if you see you are getting far from the rider in front, and the bikes behind you are on your tail, it means you'll be more comfortable riding closer to the tail end of the group which is normally slower.  When it's safe, move to the right and signal them to pass you.  And if you want to pass a slower rider, make sure to do so safely.

If you feel uncomfortable for any reason make sure to chat with Mehran or the sweep at the next stop so we can figure out how best to assist the situation.

Down Hills:

SF Hills (going down) can be intimidating.  Downshift (2nd gear, or even 1st if you like) and lean back a little.  Cover front brakes.  If you are comfortable with "trail braking", cover the rear brake also, but DON'T lock the rear wheel.  Just a gentle tap on the pedal.  Prepare for sudden stops by the rider ahead of you.  LEAVE 2-3 seconds distance.

Going up hills is the same principal.  Shift weight forward and lean on the tank.

.. and of course the cardinal rule of watching out for the riders behind you.  Everyone must keep an eye for the rider behind them.  The only one who is exempt is the sweep, and that's because he is the last rider









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  • Tom L.

    My clutch is fine-thanks!

    May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was one of my favorite rides when I lived in Cali. I miss riding with this group. Mehran is the best!!

    3 · May 7, 2014

    • Mehran

      Blaine, when are you going to visit the West Coast :-) ?

      May 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hopefully soon. Trying to get my wife to move back. Riding in NY/NJ is like punishment. Just this week my bike broke down on the George Washington bridge during rush hour. Took the tow an hour to get there and I could see the shop from where I broke down.

      May 16, 2014

  • Rajwinder Singh S.

    Beautiful ride with wonderful people. Superb ride organization. Glad that you all reached home safe. I know many of you are wondering how I am doing. Well, only some minor bruises and aches. Also, thanks to my brothers who stayed with me until the tow. Bike is a different story. I really enjoyed the ride until the crash.... but it certainly reinforced the need for safe riding gear and following safety rules. Also, will join you again once I have a bike ready .... hopefully soon.

    7 · May 11, 2014

    • Tony C.

      Glad you're ok Raj. Chalk it up to one (if not one more) spill under your belt. As most know...it's not a question if one will ever spill but rather when will one spill. This video depicts a couple of things but the one most noteworthy for me...the genuine concern motorcyclists have for other motorcyclists well being (cameraperson immediately pulling over, running, then asking if Raj was ok). Again...glad you're ok and live to ride again.

      2 · May 12, 2014

    • Rajwinder Singh S.

      Agree with all. First the spirit in me protected, then the beautiful souls around me. I am thankful to all and wish this on no one.

      2 · May 12, 2014

  • Roni

    I deserves 5 star, but I removed one because of the mishap with Raj and getting lost on the way to the ice cream.

    May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a real pleasure to meet you all. Wish I hadn't needed to run off early. I hope to connect with ya ' ll again soon. Thanks Mehr an for a very well organized ride. Fun times :)

    May 11, 2014

  • Mehran

    Thanks everyone for coming out for a memorable evening. Special thanks to our crew for keeping the group together. We lost a few on the way to Ice Cream but it seems most found their way there after all and the ice creamery decided to keep the place open past their usual 11 PM closing time. Ram waited with Raj for a tow truck. Then when Raj and his bike were on their way, Ram's bike had a flat tire and as of 4 AM, he was waiting for a tow. Hope he too got home safe. Like I said, it was a memorable evening, including getting lost part, dropping bikes, Brian's close-call, Smitha's dark shade on a night ride. Raj fallig of his bike. Ram getting a flat at 4 AM. Jaz & Co coming to the ride only to turn around and go back due to a bald tire. Tom showing Brian and Smitha to ice cream stop the long way. Bob coming "under dressed" and leaving because he was cold. Did I miss anything :-) ??

    Next ride is Sunday 18th: http://www.meetup.com/GroupRides/events/179374312/

    4 · May 11, 2014

    • Smitha

      The city ride by itself is a signature. Couple of casualties. Bikes can be repaired, bones not so easily. Glad that no one was seriously injured.I couldn't tell who helped pick up my bike- Big Thanks to that gentleman. And Brian owes me a new bike, I dropped because of him:P .Thanks Mehran and crew. GRF is a weekend getaway for us.See you at the next ride.

      2 · May 11, 2014

    • Ram

      Hi Mehran. I made it home safe! This ride tops the list of all rides ever for me. Never knew there where these many roads in the city with such amazing views. A perfect execution by the Marshals and the Sweep. Thanks to everyone!

      May 11, 2014

  • big b.

    I love Southern Pacific brewing Company, and I've begun to go there to eat even when I'm not with the ride!

    Hey mehran how about making a Trader Joe's one of our stops?

    I hope you don't think it was me that it got cold and left. After we stopped to take a picture of the Palace of fine arts with the lights on I had a better offer than ice cream.....
    Thank you for another great ride, and it was great to see everyone having a good time. Sorry if some folks had problems I didn't see. Everybody ride safe, and see you on another ride soon!

    May 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mehran, thanks for yet another great ride. It was fun riding through all the back roads in the city.

    May 11, 2014

  • Bob R.

    That was amazing!...so much fun...thanks Mehran and road marshals (great job!)..views were stunning, company was great.

    May 11, 2014

  • Dan

    The best Spooky ride yet cuz of the super far visibility tonight. The views were unbelievable! And a great group too. As always, thank you Mehran for an especially fun night.

    2 · May 11, 2014

  • Peter

    Very Nice...

    May 11, 2014

  • PAUL

    Bitchen

    May 11, 2014

  • Michael Calspeed M.

    Thanks Mehran. Another epic ride in The City.

    May 10, 2014

  • Tony C.

    Great time tonight! Thanks Mehran. I consider myself very fortunate to be part of this group.

    May 10, 2014

  • Mehran

    We are at Mitchels. Looks like some followed Dean home.

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Michael Calspeed M.

    I had to get gas in the Castro. Lost you guys. Made my way to Lombard St thinking you may swing by. Waiting...... haha

    May 10, 2014

  • K

    Mehran, I was gonna surprise you guys at dinner but I literally walked into my house from my ride to Middletown right now. I'm pooped! Have a fun and safe ride.

    May 10, 2014

  • Tanya (.

    Hi all. Kalen and I are out in the Sierras this afternoon running late. We will miss the meetup start getting back very late.

    May 10, 2014

    • Mehran

      Tanya and Kalen, you can hook up with us at Diamond Heights Safeway around 7 PM. Text me if you are coming.

      May 10, 2014

    • Kalen

      I think we're gonna have to come next time, the road out here is leading us on an adventure.

      May 10, 2014

  • Mehran

    South Bay / Peninsula contingent can meet me at Rest Stop on 280N North of Hwy 92 (right after Bunker Hill exit):

    Arrive 3:30 PM, KSU 3:45 PM Sharp

    Map link = http://tinyurl.com/280RestStop

    May 5, 2014

    • Jason C

      See everyone at 3:30; 1+ passenger

      May 10, 2014

    • Michael Calspeed M.

      Fyi everyone..... the crew left the meeting spot on 280 on time. At the restaurant now.

      May 10, 2014

  • Adrian A

    How windy is too windy to ride?

    May 10, 2014

    • Mehran

      At the speeds we are going in the City, wind is not a problem. Just be careful on the freeway or the bridge.

      1 · May 10, 2014

  • Ram R.

    Mehran - can't make it today but hopefully someone on the wait list will get a spot.

    1 · May 10, 2014

  • Michael Calspeed M.

    25 hours away. Getting my "theme" gear ready!

    4 · May 9, 2014

  • Blake N.

    I have a question is this ride open to all? Im not planning on eating before Just going on the ride

    May 9, 2014

    • Mehran

      Blake, we need to manage the size of the group. So, RSVPing and getting a spot is a must. I suggest you click on "I want a spot" and get on the list.

      1 · May 9, 2014

  • Steve C

    Late edition. I will be there for dinner. Count me in. Thanks

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Wild B.

    I'll see everyone at dinner! Boo!

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Tiffanie P.

    Whooooo! If I get off the waitlist I am *so* leaving Andrea at home for this one! Sorry babe :-)

    1 · May 3, 2014

    • Bob R.

      Oyyyyy..now I also need to consider "ass tar snakes", while contemplating high speed wheelies...

      1 · May 6, 2014

    • Tiffanie P.

      Slick as a baby's ass Bob :-)

      1 · May 8, 2014

  • PAUL

    I am going to ride in the pack.

    May 8, 2014

  • Dan

    Mehran- I don't see the meet up time for the pre-ride meet at the 280 rest stop near 84. I assume around 3:45?

    May 5, 2014

    • Mehran

      I thought you are Polish ;-)

      May 7, 2014

    • Dan

      Well thanks for thinking I'm a Polish beauty but I'm a Lithuanian in love with an Italian. =)~

      May 7, 2014

  • Andreas M.

    Anybody heading up from Santa Cruz or Monterey?

    May 7, 2014

  • Smitha

    Are we stopping at Ghirardelli's for ice cream? yum

    April 23, 2014

    • Michael Calspeed M.

      Absolutely. It's totally personal. Humphreys ice cream has excellent texture. Just not a fan of the flavors. Recently ate at www.ateliercrenn.com . Very trendy. Very boutique. But that worked for me. Food is very personal.

      May 7, 2014

    • Smitha

      Age is relative. Food is the new rock. And Ice cream is food!. Mitchell's or Humprey's does not matter as much as enjoying a delicious scoops with fellow riders with sweet tooth. See you all this Saturday!

      5 · May 7, 2014

  • Tom V.

    Mehran, I will not stay for sit down dinner. Thx.

    May 6, 2014

  • Mehran

    Here's the video of April 12th Spooky Ride (by Dave Fifer): http://youtu.be/IGYMlhW50M0

    1 · May 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming in from Fremont if anyone wants to ride.in together. I'm quick. :)

    May 5, 2014

  • Kirk W.

    Thanks Mehran!!! Excited about this ride!

    May 4, 2014

  • Tom V.

    Mehran, Can I ride my loud Harley?

    May 4, 2014

    • Mehran

      We don't want to attract too much attention, especially as we ride thru residential neighborhoods in the middle of the night. Think "Stealth" ;-)

      1 · May 4, 2014

    • Michael Calspeed M.

      Keep the revs down and everyone will be happy.

      1 · May 4, 2014

  • Ryan

    How was parking and seating at the restaurant last time? Any tips for parking? SF parking continues to mystify :)

    May 2, 2014

  • Dan

    Glad to see another Spooky ride scheduled already. Thank you Mehran! Now if I miss this one for whatever reason I will scream!

    April 24, 2014

    • Dan

      OK so picking up the bike Thursday. I can relax now =) zoom zoom

      April 29, 2014

    • Mehran

      I'll believe it when I see it :-)

      April 30, 2014

  • Michael Calspeed M.

    I'm available finally. Btw...I have a cool cafe racer for rent of anyone is interested. www.calspeed.com

    April 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is it the yellow Thruxton?

      1 · April 29, 2014

    • Michael Calspeed M.

      Yes. It's a Thruxton. Amazing bike. Looks beautiful. Sounds so classic.

      April 30, 2014

  • Tom L.

    I am lovin this! i'm going!

    1 · April 25, 2014

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