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Todays ride, a lil 919 dirbiking!

Well today i woke up and decided i wanted to go on a ride. I wanted to make my way up hwy 33 past Ojai here in southern ca. and turn around where the 33 hits lockwood valley road to head back. Those were my only loose stipulations for today ride.

So i started my day down around sealevel ~ 40 or so ft above sealevel. i made my way up the 101 to the 33 through ojai and once i got past the hubub of the lil town the road was mine. O MAN that hwy 33 is a treat, different scenery than im ust to playing in (normally i dont go north of ventura, i usually play round malibu). At the peak of the 33 (5500ft up) there was a big turnout area and i was gettin a lil chilly, needed to take a piss, and needed to stretch so i pulled over and layed out in the sun for a good 10 min or so.

The beast chillin at the peak of hwy 33.


After i chilled a bit i got back on the bike and about 100 feet around the corner of the road there was this cool lookin semi paved road, i had no clue where it went and no clue how long it was, curiosity got the best of me so i went up it.

Here is the road about half mile in.... still some pavement, dirt everywhere but i was just takin it easy.



Then the pavement just kinda stopped, i just bout turned around but went... eh its not bad i have seen much worse on my dirbike... ill just pretend the 919 is a dirbike.


Another mile or so up there was a turnout / lookout area, i had to stop n take a pic... look the 919 is on top of the world!


And finally after multiple miles of nothing but this sketchy road... some type of civilization! a designated camp ground!


And another campground... this one another mile or so up the road.


After the second campground the pavement ended and the road became pure dirt... which was nice as pavement chunks are a bitch to ride on.


And finally ... after ~ 12mi or so of this cool lil unpaved / semi paved trail i hit the end... the trail head for Reyes peak trail... i started the day at 40ft above sealevel... and made it up to 7500ft!!!!!



Overall the ride was ~ 160mi and i am so very glad i decided to continue on that lil dirt road. the views were AMAZING (let me do a lil stitching together of some images for the awesome panoramic shots)

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A couple more of the "road"... needless to say of the couple people that were up in the campgrounds... i got some REALLY funny looks of... dude, u kno ur on a street bike right?!?!?






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That's awesome. Gotta love getting off the beaten path and discovering stuff!

The 919 is more than capable. I find that a lot of riders are really apprehensive about riding their street bikes on dirt or gravel, but they don't have mx backgrounds so they ride too tense.

Thanks for sharing!

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That's awesome. Gotta love getting off the beaten path and discovering stuff!

The 919 is more than capable. I find that a lot of riders are really apprehensive about riding their street bikes on dirt or gravel, but they don't have mx backgrounds so they ride too tense.

Thanks for sharing!
ya... the 12 yrs of riding dirt definitely helps haha.... tho i gotta watch the ground clearance on the 919.. those exhausts hang down low.

more pics to come... finishing up the panoramics!

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And the panoramics.... click the link below each for super high rez.


http://teamlosi.andrevas.net/pics/ri...-11/p2-big.jpg


http://teamlosi.andrevas.net/pics/ri...-11/p3-big.jpg

This is the view from the very top lookin out at the ocean, u can faintly see santa cruze island on the right.

http://teamlosi.andrevas.net/pics/ri...-11/p4-big.jpg

Another view from the top

http://teamlosi.andrevas.net/pics/ri...-11/p6-big.jpg

This is one lookin down the canyon of hwy 33.

http://teamlosi.andrevas.net/pics/ri...-11/p7-big.jpg

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Awesome! Very nice. I've done a little off road as well with my 9er and never had much of a problem except like you mentioned the pipes occasionally will scrape on something.

Just for kicks, what panorama program do you use? I found Microsoft ICE a couple months back and am now addicted to panoramas.

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Awesome! Very nice. I've done a little off road as well with my 9er and never had much of a problem except like you mentioned the pipes occasionally will scrape on something.

Just for kicks, what panorama program do you use? I found Microsoft ICE a couple months back and am now addicted to panoramas.
Ya really, as long as you stay in the loose dirbike mentality... but keep in mind you have street tires and not much suspension.. the 919 does just fine off road.

photochop cs5 is what i use... does an AMAZING job, with content aware alignment and blending, and vignetting removal... makes life SO nice.

EDIT- tho i must say for a free program that microsoft ICE does a DAMN good job, VERY VERY impressed!

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Very fun pictures. 8-) I never noticed how attracted I was to the silver color 919.

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Great shots Sir! Love seeing that kind of stuff.

That'll work........
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good stuff!! everyone says I'm crazy for taking mine off road, great to see a fellow idiot! I actually just bought a DR650 for this type of thing, but nothing can replace the 9er

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Great Photos, love the panoramics!

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Great stuff!! Can't wait to go for a ride through the mountains next weekend.

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thanks guys! ... anyone have an extra set of 919 rims so i can get some dual sport tires haha.

i now see the draw to the adventure bikes... tho id really miss the 919.

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i don't have too much trouble with dirt roads...its when the dirt turns to mud, and then the mud turns into a big puddle at the bottom of the hill that effed me up. I shoulda stopped when I saw animal tracks. You shouldn't SEE animal tracks that dark.

lesson learned.

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i don't have too much trouble with dirt roads...its when the dirt turns to mud, and then the mud turns into a big puddle at the bottom of the hill that effed me up. I shoulda stopped when I saw animal tracks. You shouldn't SEE animal tracks that dark.

lesson learned.
lol street tires and a 450 lb bike probably made for one hell of a time.

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Awesome ride and pictures! I have a dirtbike background also and heck ya the 919 is capable. Had to ride mine last fall down the sidewalk down into a ripped up street to get out my house last summer. Neighbors thought I was nuts but I shoveled some gravel ramps and such. Scraped the pipes a few times but it worked. It's all about the adventure!

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Did you get any cuts on your tires from going off road? My buddy was worried about this going off road.

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Did you get any cuts on your tires from going off road? My buddy was worried about this going off road.
naw nothin major, maybe a nick or two but i steered clear of any of the sharp rocks.

im glad i went up there that day... ever since that day its been kinda gloomy round here... i want sun damnit!

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naw nothin major, maybe a nick or two but i steered clear of any of the sharp rocks.

im glad i went up there that day... ever since that day its been kinda gloomy round here... i want sun damnit!
what? Too scared of a little bit 'o water? whaaaa.....

I've been riding in the rain for weeks. Cali has got you soft.... lol

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not raining just foggy... its summer time damnit i want my sun!

it did rain a lil on sunday, a buddy and i were out on a ride... kinda weird and sketchy being up in the canyons 70*F out, raining ... the ground wasnt too wet then. But the last 5 mi home it got wet nuff to actually make the road wet... and it hasnt rained in a while. so all the oils came up... man with an almost bald pilot power 2ct in the rear, that last 5 mi was SKETCHY!

cali does have me soft... least i kno how to drive in the snow n ice... u should see some of the idiots during the winter up in the local mtns... god sometimes i think there should be a common sense stop instead of a chain stop.

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