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post #1 of 11 Old 10-08-2014, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Renting a bike near LAX, Yo

I'm heading home to see the family this weekend (My mom apparently needs her WiFi fixed, as well as a new fuel pump in the Mustang, as well as turn signals in the Mustang, as well as a new dash in the Mustang), and since I'm going Solo, the wife is visiting her parents in Watsonville, I decided to rent a bike and have some fun. I'm picking up a Triumph Bonneville from Eagle Rider at LAX and riding it to Palm Springs Saturday Afternoon.

I've made that trip a million times on the highway, does anyone have any tips for a scenic ride? I'm going to try and look up some routes, but it'd be nice if anyone had some first-hand knowledge. I do plan on heading up (then down) Hwy 74 while I'm home, but that's heading to SD, so it'd be out of the way for the trip to Mom's.

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Maybe you should change the subject to something like "renting a bike near LAX, where's the good shit to ride?"

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what a good son, what year mustang?

and i bet the wifi fix involves turning it off and on.

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Hmmm, dang. I guess the title could be better. Too late now unless one of the mods fixes it.

The mustang's a 65, I bought it in 98 just after my 2nd deployment in the Marines. That was back when you could still pick up a decently running car for 4k.

Here's a shot of her as she stands now:
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Hmmm, dang. I guess the title could be better. Too late now unless one of the mods fixes it.

The mustang's a 65, I bought it in 98 just after my 2nd deployment in the Marines. That was back when you could still pick up a decently running car for 4k.

Here's a shot of her as she stands now:

very nice, you buying a whole new dash and turn signals?

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-09-2014, 07:30 AM
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Take the 405 all the way to the junction with the 5, then press on to Laguna Niguel.
From there you have to ride Ortega Highway! It's practically obligatory. It meets the 15 in Lake Elsinore after some legendary twisties. Take the 15 South to Railroad Canyon road / Newport road / Domenigoni Parkway to Hemet. From there take the 74 to San Jacinto where you can either take the 243 over Mount San Jacinto to Banning (with some very challenging switchbacks on the front side) to the 10 to Palm Springs, or stay on the 74 Pines to Palms Highway -- a very high speed (if you are so inclined) desert highway that after a well maintained very twisty stretch drops you in Palm Desert, where the 111 Northwest takes you back to Palm Springs.

I have done both, and the 243 is usually crowded on weekends and quite variable during the week while the Pines to Palms is never really used much.

Either route tacks on about 60+ miles to the 130 miles to Palm Springs, but are infinitely preferable to the long drone on the freeways to get there!

You may have noticed that I couldn't care less about Mustangs. Sue me.

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Of course if you are feeling really hard core you could do the Angeles Crest Highway ride, another obligatory ride when in L.A., that is if it is open all the way to the 138 (I haven't checked recently), then stay on the 138 past the 15 all the way to Big Bear Lake then down the front side Rim of the World Highway which will dump you out in Beaumont. It's around 260 miles, and yes, I've done that as well.

You can't beat L.A. for twisties!!!! I really miss that aspect of L.A., though not much else.

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Thanks for the route ideas Rob, I'm going to map it out tonight just so I can make sure I'm prepped when I get off the plane. I had already planned to do 74 at some point, it'll be my first time taking that route on a bike. My brother lives right at the bottom of 74 in Palm Desert, so that's convenient, and it's only about 15 minutes to mom's in Indio from there.

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I've already got all the parts for the car stashed at mom's. I bought them earlier this year and had them sent over since she said she was going to have a local shop take care of it. Ten months later and it still hasn't been done, so now I get to do it.

I'll probably have to fix her Harley while I'm there as well since it apparently needs a new battery and something on the steering stem tightened up (another thing a local shop was supposed to take care of and didn't). She says it's got a bit of wobble in the bars so she's worried about losing control on the road and she loves riding it, so she's been bummed out about it. I've never gotten to do a ride with my mom before (Where I wasn't the passenger ), so I thought it'd be nice to get her out on the road while I was there.

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If you do hit Angeles Crest be careful. That road has alot of tar snakes. Makes my ride uneasy.

But the 74 from hemet to idlewild is my favorite road in this area. Freshly paved, niiice banks and great scenery. You can also drop into palm springs from there.

If you want a riding partner let me know in free Saturday and have been itching to go hit some twisties.

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Hey, that sounds like fun! I'm planning on doing the 405->74 route since that'll get me to Mom's by 5pm, just in time to get changed and meet my brother at the Casino to watch Bill Burr. Since I'll be home until Wednesday I think I'll take a ride up to Big Bear (I also get unlimited mileage), so if anyone wanted to meet up we could do a ride or something.

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If you are so inclined and will be in the area anyway, you might want to ride the roads that taught me how to go fast: Mt. Baldy road to Baldy village, then onto Glendora Ridge road to the junction with Glendora Mountain road. Be sure to take a left at the junction which will go across the top then down to Glendora. About 32 miles of very technical roads and roughly 250 corners combined with several stretches where you can exceed 100 easily, at least if you know the road well.

A link to Google map of the area:https://www.google.com/maps/dir/34.1...34.1361187!3e0

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