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post #1 of 3 Old 01-29-2017, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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California trip planning

I am planning on renting a BMW R1200RTW in San Francisco late October/early November. The plan is to pick the bike up on a Saturday in San Fran, and drop it off on a Thursday in San Diego. They have one way drop-off pickup, which will work out great since I will then head to Del Mar, California for the Breeders Cup. The plan is to ship our gear to the pickup site, and then ship it back home from San Diego. So I will have 5 days to get between the two cities. Planning to stay close to the coast and see as many sites and good roads as possible.

One question. The guys at the bike rental site said that you can't really go east around Los Angeles, and getting thru the city can take a whole day. I've been to LA before, and realize traffic is quite heavy with a lot of congestion, but a whole day? If that's the case, how does anyone get to work? I think that's a little bit unrealistic.

So if you have any comments/experience about that, or ideas where to go, what to see, etc. post away.


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I've been stuck in LA traffic for 3 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the evening in the same day. Might as well be all day when you go through that on both ends of a full work day... Avoid normal rush hour traffic like your life depends on it and you will be ok. Schedule it so that when you hit LA it is in the wee hours of the morning and get through it as quick as you can.

I've done SFO to Long Beach several times now roughly 400 miles. Best time was about 8 hours and mostly on the I-5 superslabbing it. If you take the PCH there is a lot more to see obviously, but another 100 or so miles added to the route and a lot more potential for delays or even a forced massive detour. If we have another rainy winter you could have road closures and mud slides etc at that time of year. If it is anything like this season you could end up in nothing, but rain the entire time...

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In 2004 I left Pasadena on a Monday and headed south to San Diego by way of the Angeles Crest. I ate breakfast at Newcomb's Ranch and rode all the way to Wrightwood. Then I headed south through San Bernadino, Temecula to San Diego. I left Pasadena around 8 am. I spent the night in San Diego and the next morning I left early (about 4 am) and blasted through LA. I picked up the 101 in Santa Monica, skipping Malibu, and took it all the way through Santa Barbara up to San Luis Obispo. I traveled the rest of the way to San Francisco, stopping in Monterey and at Laguna Seca and many other spots along the way, by the end of a long day on Wednesday.

I realize I skipped many good roads and stops along the way, but I wasn't trying to get anywhere fast and it only took me 2 days. I think a week is more than enough to take your time and look at all the small stuff.

Enjoy your trip and good luck.

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