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Hello everyone! I just picked up my FJ yesterday. Stoked! I've been riding off and on since the 80's, but have been out of bikes for the last few years. Man, I found out how rusty your skills can get on the ride home from the dealer yesterday. Crazy! Think I'll be hanging in B-Mode for a while!
 
I have young kids at home so my riding time will pretty much be limited to commuting (I love spending time with my kids!), but if there's some sort of forum meet-up happening from time to time I'll see if I can get out for that. Group rides are fun, and we're surrounded by awesome roads here.
 
Anyway, that's it for now. I'll be lurking around!

 


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The roster: '79 Honda XL 125 '83, Honda Ascot VT500, '84 Kawasaki GPz 550, '83 Honda VF700, '86 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '87 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, '84 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '96 Honda CBR600F, '98 Kawasaki ZX-7R, '85 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '01 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '16 Yamaha FJ-09, '15 Yamaha FJR1300ES, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

 

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Hello from Essex, England
Honda SS50, Kawasaki Z200, Honda 400/4, Yamaha TDM900, Yamaha XT660Z Tenere, KTM 990 Adventure, BMW R1200GS, Mr Stevens, and my favourite of all: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer...a bit like FJ-09 only properly named :¬P
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I'm up by Magic Mountain. This is an amazing place to own a bike. I'm surrounded by wonderful roads.

 


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The roster: '79 Honda XL 125 '83, Honda Ascot VT500, '84 Kawasaki GPz 550, '83 Honda VF700, '86 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '87 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, '84 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '96 Honda CBR600F, '98 Kawasaki ZX-7R, '85 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '01 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '16 Yamaha FJ-09, '15 Yamaha FJR1300ES, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

 

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I should mention I grew up in Mission Viejo, so I know South County well. I used to ride Live Oak Canyon all the time!

 


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The roster: '79 Honda XL 125 '83, Honda Ascot VT500, '84 Kawasaki GPz 550, '83 Honda VF700, '86 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '87 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, '84 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '96 Honda CBR600F, '98 Kawasaki ZX-7R, '85 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '01 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '16 Yamaha FJ-09, '15 Yamaha FJR1300ES, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

 

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I am not far from Magic Mountain and go up Bouquet/San Franscito canyon to Lake Hughes road etc...lot's of good riding out that way for sure.
 
-Joel

That would be fun! Maybe something in the spring? I love all the local roads, and also roads like Lockwood that head out to the 33. So much great riding up here!

 


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The roster: '79 Honda XL 125 '83, Honda Ascot VT500, '84 Kawasaki GPz 550, '83 Honda VF700, '86 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '87 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, '84 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '96 Honda CBR600F, '98 Kawasaki ZX-7R, '85 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '01 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '16 Yamaha FJ-09, '15 Yamaha FJR1300ES, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

 

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In my non-expert opinion, anything below Santa Barbara is "SoCal". San Diego has some awesome roads with Palomar and Ortega, but a ride up Hwy 1 thru Big Sur is a must if you haven't done it yet. Usually best combined with a trip up to Laguna Seca for whatever races are going on.

 


Chadman http://www.twistypedia.com
The roster: '79 Honda XL 125 '83, Honda Ascot VT500, '84 Kawasaki GPz 550, '83 Honda VF700, '86 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '87 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, '84 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '96 Honda CBR600F, '98 Kawasaki ZX-7R, '85 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '01 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '16 Yamaha FJ-09, '15 Yamaha FJR1300ES, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

 

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RIP Chris Squire...one of the greats!!!

 


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The roster: '79 Honda XL 125 '83, Honda Ascot VT500, '84 Kawasaki GPz 550, '83 Honda VF700, '86 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '87 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, '84 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '96 Honda CBR600F, '98 Kawasaki ZX-7R, '85 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '01 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '16 Yamaha FJ-09, '15 Yamaha FJR1300ES, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

 

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Hey chapman,  Can I bump into this thread to ask a question?  Every year I go to the races with a friend.  Being an east coster, we go to Road Atlanta, or Watkins Glen etc.  But I always think Laguna Seca would be a lot of fun.  Pics suggest it is a near perfect track for actually being able to see the cars race (rather than trying to look over the guard rails).  Can a person actually afford to fly in to Laguna area and actually afford the motels around there?  What kind of investment would be required for a long weekend there?
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Hey chapman,  Can I bump into this thread to ask a question?  Can a person actually afford to fly in to Laguna area and actually afford the motels around there?  What kind of investment would be required for a long weekend there?
Unfortunately, Monterey is pricy and they know to bump their rates around race time. Salinas is much cheaper, pretty close to the track, but not as nice. The secret is to book well ahead. I have some friends that book their rooms for the next year on their way out of the hotel. "Back in the day" we used to put 6 or so of us in a room to save $$, but you're probably looking at a min of $150 a night and more likely $300 a night for somewhere you really want to stay.

 


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The roster: '79 Honda XL 125 '83, Honda Ascot VT500, '84 Kawasaki GPz 550, '83 Honda VF700, '86 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '87 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, '84 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '96 Honda CBR600F, '98 Kawasaki ZX-7R, '85 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '01 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '16 Yamaha FJ-09, '15 Yamaha FJR1300ES, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

 

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WOW! That's an awesome story! I've seen Yes a few times, but never had the chance to meet them. So cool!

 


Chadman http://www.twistypedia.com
The roster: '79 Honda XL 125 '83, Honda Ascot VT500, '84 Kawasaki GPz 550, '83 Honda VF700, '86 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '87 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, '84 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '96 Honda CBR600F, '98 Kawasaki ZX-7R, '85 Kawasaki Ninja 600, '01 Suzuki GSX-R 750, '16 Yamaha FJ-09, '15 Yamaha FJR1300ES, KTM 1290 Super Duke GT

 

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