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Ok so a few of us went for 10 days to Cali and back, and while we didn't stop and take pics of the roads, here are a few we did take. I ended up doing about 2300 miles, two up on a 1947 Vincent.

We went to Osoyoos for the first night and then south, first stop was dry falls.





Next we had to stop in Pasco for a new tire for one of out happy gang that forgot to check his out.... NOT me. We stopped at a gas station to ask the whereabouts of a M/C store, and ended up getting this State Trooper to escort us.



Somewhere out in the middle of nowhere we needed gas, so this was it.



Nice roads in the area tho'



Quincy California breakfast stop, highly recommended.



Someone needed a new clutch cable in Downieville on hwy 49 so while I changed it my "friends" had refreshments.



We arrived in Grass Valley to meet some other like mounted friends. By the way that is a 1975 MV Augusta signed by both Read and Ago, ridden over from San Fran.



We managed to get about 1/2 the group to pose for a photo



We had to run home for family things so a two day 908 mile rip up I 5 with only one flat tire at about 65 mph climbing Shasta.

 

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And after a few days home we went to Winthrop for the weekend. First time Wash Pass overlook was open in forever so stopped for the view.





Had a little bike show in Winthrop



And after a few days sitting beside the Methow river and having a nice 140 miles jaunt around the country side we headed home, but she said I have to take her photo to prove that she was there. You may have guessed she was on the other end of the camera for all the rest of the pics.

 

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Very nice! And it cheers me up to see so many "grey hairs and seniors. I still have hope to get back on my Bird.
 

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After putting around 150,000 miles on a couple of these things all around the world, you sort of figure out what you need to take with you and how to keep them functioning!

A Vin Twin

As for Canadian Bird or Old Guy, when either of you are ready for that first ride again, I'd be glad to accompany you on a short jaunt someplace, even if it's just local. Us "experienced" people need to keep doing that!
 

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I'll have to see the pictures later but I imagine you guys had fun. Was the ABS in full bloom on this ride?
 

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Amazing motorcycles! I'll bet that a road trip on vintage bikes is a lot more interesting and fulfilling than one done with sport bikes.
 

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Amazing motorcycles! I'll bet that a road trip on vintage bikes is a lot more interesting and fulfilling than one done with sport bikes.
We always claim we get way more riding per mile than on the modern bikes!! Interestingly there were 4 ridden from Canada, and apart from the MV the balance were trailered in from OR and CA! The local Vincent guys have a bit of a rep for actually using and abusing these old things....sort of like the quote on the bottom of someone's posts on here about despite what people say we are put on this earth to fool around!
 

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exemplary! in all senses...
 

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After putting around 150,000 miles on a couple of these things all around the world, you sort of figure out what you need to take with you and how to keep them functioning!

A Vin Twin

As for Canadian Bird or Old Guy, when either of you are ready for that first ride again, I'd be glad to accompany you on a short jaunt someplace, even if it's just local. Us "experienced" people need to keep doing that!
Thank you, very kind and appreciated!
 

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Outstanding!
Thanks for posting this.
It looks like a very good time and your images are excellent as well.

I am really impressed that you ride these bikes as far as you do. I love it. Knowing them as intimately as you do is
what makes it possible I am sure. It would be fun to ride with you....just for the sound. Vincents make great noises.

During day rides I have run into a fellow in Osoyoos that rides a 1952 Black Lightening. Maybe a 54 (I am a bit fuzzy on the year) his name is Will or Wilf. (actually, a bit fuzzy on most of it....)He bought the bike new and has ridden it regularly ever since. When I spoke to him last season he was on his first coffee run since getting the motor back together for it's 4th rebuild over the bikes life time. He was fun to visit with and had lots of stories.

Based on what this chap told me, the distance riding you do is all the more impressive when you consider the value of these wonderful bikes.

I just got back from the same area you guys went to. I treated myself to a hwy20 on the way home. What dates were you down in Cali and Eastern OR? We could have crossed paths. LOL.

The image "Somewhere out in the middle of nowhere we needed gas, so this was it." was Kimberly OR. I stopped there too. I just had a coffee, and played with the dogs and kids. I spent the night in Spray and this was my morning coffee stop, it was already quite warm so I made use of there lawn sprinkler as well.
Hwy 19 going south from Kimberly down to hwy26 (Dayville area) was a fabulous road. Great surface, amazing views, wicked twisties. I was through there June 16th.They were chip sealing hwy 19 from Spray to Fossil....so I chose to not to do that stretch and went south instead.
 

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So then we got back on another one and headed to Haida Gwai. One of my friends said he had a hard time calling it Haida Gwai and not The Queen Charlotte Islands. I told him that I did too until I went there, definitely Haida Gwai in my books now. Really enjoyed visiting the place. Sure, we log it and we fish it but the underlying Haida history is hard to gloss over unless you are really insensitive. Anyway, here's a few more pics.
We went to Port Hardy and took the ferry to Rupert, then to Skidegate, back to Rupert, then rode back down. Good trip.


Balance Rock


The T & S shop in old Masset


Waiting out the rain for 45 minutes. Glass of red and a block of cheese!
 

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I regret I've missed this post and arrive here 10 months from the last one.

In the LD (Long Distance) riding world there's a saying, "it's not the arrow, it's the Indian," that makes for a memorable riding experience..

Clearly, you've taken motorcycling to a professional level that is to be admired.

(I smiled when I caught the Supertrapp attached to the end of what I believe are the factory header pipes)
 
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