California Camping with Dyna Low Rider
In September 2013 I started in San Francisco / Mountain View on a Harley Davidson Dyna Low Rider from California Motorcycle Adventures.
I rode on Hwy 84 to the Pacific with a quick stop at Alice’s Restaurant on the beautiful Skyline Blvd. Then southbound on the legendary Highway 1 which is packed with scenic views and beautiful places like Big Sur, the Bixby Bridge, Monterey, Carmel by the Sea, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara etc. down to Los Angeles where I visited Deus Ex Machina.
From there I took off to the desert through Maricopa and Bakersfield and past Lake Isabella. I entered Death Valley from the west, camped in Panamint Springs, visited Stovepipe Wells, Furnace Creek, Dante’s View and Badwater. I never experienced such hot temperatures at about 120°F / 49°C before. I left Death Valley and rode north on Hwy 395 through lovely towns like Lone Pine and Independence up to Mono Lake.
The Tioga Pass (SR120) was closed due to forest fires which was a bit sad but that led me to the Sonora Pass (SR108) which is at least as beautiful as the Tioga Pass (which I was able to ride on a different trip) and with less traffic as the road has steep and narrow passages not suitable for RVs and trucks.
I crossed the Sierras again on Ebbetts Pass (SR4) on the way to Lake Tahoe and west again on the historic Hwy 49 through Downieville and Nevada City. I reached the Pacific at Fort Bragg and took Highway 1 once again south. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge completed a gorgeous motorcycle trip.
I had booked a hotel room just for the first and last night of my journey and camped every night in between. The Dyna Low Rider managed the 2,790 miles / 4.490km in 13 days without a single problem.
(Update) The bike rental from California Motorcylce Adventures was perfect so that I rented another bike for a second trip in 2015.
Jens-Arne J. – Lübeck - Germany – September 2013