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Old Feb 2nd 2017, 12:19 PM   #11
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I watch videos of the Crest on Youtube every off season. It looks like a road for those with good skills and big ballies!
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Old Feb 2nd 2017, 01:15 PM   #12
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The Crest was my favorite ride when I lived in SoCal. Make a triangle of the Crest, Upper Big Tahunga, and Forest Highway and you'll have hairpins to triple digit curves.
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Old Feb 4th 2017, 12:01 PM   #13
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If you are starting in So Cal (Pro Italia?) Angles Crest, to Newcombs Ranch, Newcombs to Wrightwood is where you can really let it out. Wrightwood to Big Bear the back way is a blast.
For sure you have to hit Old Mulholland and Stunt Road, on your way to the Rock Store, although this area has become totally over developed with McMansions.
Where I live it's zero traffic and racer roads everywhere, Highway 36 from I5 to the coast is premier.
Sounds like a great trip stay out of jail and hospital.
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Old Feb 4th 2017, 09:30 PM   #14
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Newcombs to wrightwood is rock city most times. I have a ding on my Termignoni exhaust and a deep scratch on my lower fairing to prove it.

Start at the Shell station on ACH to Angeles Forester Hwy toward the 14 freeway to Lancaster (V-max straight). U turn back on Angeles Forest turn left onto 9 mile (upper big tujunga) and turn left back onto the crest. Take crest up to newcombs grab a bite to eat and continue your way up to the yellow gate which may or may be not open.

Use caution as it's rocky most times of the year on this stretch of road to wrightwood.

ACH is a backyard playground since I grew up in La Canada.
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Old Feb 5th 2017, 01:58 AM   #15
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I'd recommend Death Valley over Joshua Tree. And do your best to plan around the weekends. Highway 1 N. of SF is a great example of sublimity on a Tuesday at 11am and absolute hell on a Saturday.
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Old Feb 5th 2017, 02:39 PM   #16
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And if anyone would know mate it would be you.
Hope the world and its roads are treating you well.
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Old Feb 5th 2017, 02:42 PM   #17
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Centeroff and ilmostro - stop it !

My trips not for 7mths yet and you two are making it impossible to concentrate, sitting here trying to fathom why the hell I dont just pack it all up and head to Cali permanently.
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Old Feb 6th 2017, 08:25 AM   #18
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Newcombs to wrightwood is rock city most times. I have a ding on my Termignoni exhaust and a deep scratch on my lower fairing to prove it.

Start at the Shell station on ACH to Angeles Forester Hwy toward the 14 freeway to Lancaster (V-max straight). U turn back on Angeles Forest turn left onto 9 mile (upper big tujunga) and turn left back onto the crest. Take crest up to newcombs grab a bite to eat and continue your way up to the yellow gate which may or may be not open.

Use caution as it's rocky most times of the year on this stretch of road to wrightwood.

ACH is a backyard playground since I grew up in La Canada.
Yes the Crest is not to be taken lightly, I have lost my cousin and quite a few friends over the years on that road, but it is the one road I miss still even up here in canyon racer paradise. It got so bad up there by the late 80's I started running it at night and weekdays, by far my favorite stretch is from the tunnels to Wrightwood, Azuza Canyon used to be a blast too, but it was closed down for excessive motorcycle fatalities.
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Old Feb 6th 2017, 10:21 AM   #19
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Did a similar trip 2 years ago with 2 buddies and it was an experience of a lifetime. We threw the bikes in a trailer and towed them from Canada which was a 24 hour drive straight to vegas and in february so 20 hours was on snow covered roads. We left the truck and trailer in vegas at an Rv lot and rode to Palm springs the first day. We went through the mojave national park(i think thats what its called) and it really set the tone for the trip. The scenery in there was amazing and it was empty in there so it felt like our own place lol. From PS we went to LA and and stayed there for a couple days just checking out sites(Deus Cafe and Pro Italia are must do's). The traffic is crazy but thank god for lane splitting. We rode mullholland one day and didnt get to ride anywhere near as hard as we wanted just because it was a new to us(super curvy) road and our truck was 500kms away. We went on a monday so traffic was light which was nice but the Rock store was also closed so we didnt get to experience that. From LA we went to Santa Barbara and to this day i still get chills reminiscing about the ride there. We didnt plan on getting there as the sun set but it just so happened that the sun was setting as we were going down the hill and the view of the ocean with the sun setting and me riding was beyond epic! SB was our last stop.

Good call on only going with 2 other guys because more than that i can see it getting pretty scary trying to keep everyone together. I was the GPS guy and it was a lot of work navigating LA and trying to keep the other guys behind me. A big factor why it worked out so well though is because we have been riding together for 10 plus years now and are almost at the same skill level. We had a newish rider that wanted to come but luckily there was no more space in the trailer or else im 100% sure there wouldve been a lot of issues.

For luggage i bought the ogio back pack and a fast pack tail bag and i wish i never had the back pack. It was literally empty the whole trip because i managed to fit all i needed in the tail bag and the weight of the bag although super light really made the ride not as comfortable as it could've been. You'd be surprised at how much you can fit into that tail bag. FastPack Tail Bag Size 1 - The Cycle Guys Inc.

Sorry for the long post but i can go on forever lol
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Old Feb 6th 2017, 02:59 PM   #20
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That trip sounds epic, ex maybe the 24hr drive down to Cali.
Yeah thats a good call on the Rock Store & Deus Cafe, will make sure to factor those in. I forgot to mention that we have another buddy that doesnt ride but is coming with us in a Mustang as our support vehicle so all our bags and crap will just get thrown in the car as we are free to carve.
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