Found a new ride- Northern Sonoma to Lake County - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
Travel Log & Trip Reports For all your trip reports and the where to go along the way topics.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 Old 01-03-2010, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
2nd Gear
 
KLR-zin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 338
Found a new ride- Northern Sonoma to Lake County

I wanted to get out on the bike for a while today and what began as a short ride turned into a 4 hour journey.
I didn't really know where I was headed and just started going down roads that looked interesting.
I didn't even take pictures of the first section as I did not expect it to be as good as it was. I took Highway 128 out of Cloverdale and turned East on Mountain House Road. Excellent twisty road and not another vehicle. Amazing scenery- you'll have to trust me. I rode it to the end and it dumped me in Hopland. I continued East on another Highway that is almost joins with- I think that it was 175?

I couldn't believe how well the ride was going. I figured I'd head back toward home and call it a successful day. I happened to notice a worn wooden sign marked Old Toll Road that looked as though it cut straight over the mountain. So glad I turned.



There was a couple of miles of beautiful paved road surrounded by mossy oak trees, foothills and occasional vineyards. The road turned to dirt and stayed that way for about 20 miles.









I am not too sure of the names of the roads, but it was pretty clear and would be easy to remember the route.

I took a few side trails and tested the KLR's off road & mud agility. The mixture of pavement and dirt/mud was perfect. It reminded me why I bought a KLR and reminded over and over that this was what the bike was built to do.

I would love to host a ride out this way again soon, hopefully before the dirt road dried out completely. It was fun testing the limits of the bike and good experience for me to learn how to ride it off road. I realized that you have to ride these bikes fairly loosely when the traction gets dicey. The Metzeler Enduro Saharas were perfect. Great on the pavement and even better in the mud/dirt.

Next time I'll take more pictures- or you can come along and see for yourself. Let me know!

MarkB4- yes, the route does pass right by Buster's BBQ.
KLR-zin is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 01-04-2010, 02:02 PM
Threadjacker
 
Lockjaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Benicia, CA
Posts: 6,751
I'm in. Looks awesome. Let me know some times you'd want to do it again. This is just the ride I've been looking for.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

PPMC #1.
Soon, we ride.

AKA JD Mader or you can call me "Dan" just not early for dinner.

Click my handle for a link to my homepage/blog...which has nothing to do with MCs. Free literature and music! Viva La Revolucion!
-------------------
2008 KLR 650
RIP DM - Soon, we ride.
Lockjaw is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 01-04-2010, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
2nd Gear
 
KLR-zin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 338
Lockjaw,
I am thinking I'd like to ride it again in the next few weeks. If we do it, you are more than welcome to come up and stay if you want to cut down on the mileage. I think that it was about 120 -140 miles all said. There are a bunch of variations on the return portion- much better than the one that I took.

Does a Sunday work for you?
KLR-zin is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 Old 01-05-2010, 12:34 AM
4th Gear
 
tomatocity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 2,453
I am gone on 1/13 and should return on 1/26.

Sure looks like an excellent ride. I want to buy new more agressive tires for these rides.

Tim

2005 KLR 685
2015 Yamaha Super Tenere ES, 5/23/2015
2012 Yamaha Super Tenere; Purchased 7/30/2011; Sold 5/23/2015
tomatocity is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 01-05-2010, 11:22 AM
2nd Gear
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 182
yep, fun road.

we did it combined with a similar dirt road that connects Lower Lake to Middletown, and then a super goat that went from Middletown - dumped you out near Geysers.

same area, you guys ever try that dirt road that connects Knoxville-Berryessa to Hwy16 near Cache Creek? i hit a gate about 3-4 miles in, and saw a sign that said the bridge over the creek is not passable.....???? From where i turned around, you could see the road continue crossing Davis Creek (?) then climbing up over the ridge into a different drainage (looked like Cache Creek Canyon)....anyway, looked classic. wondering if that gate is ever open?

klr is new to me....so many new roads/area I never thought about (coming off a gsxr)....

maybe see you all out there soon.
ridgerunner is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 01-27-2013, 11:22 AM
3rd Gear
 
campfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Napa, Ca
Posts: 654
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by ridgerunner View Post
, you guys ever try that dirt road that connects Knoxville-Berryessa to Hwy16 near Cache Creek? i hit a gate about 3-4 miles in, and saw a sign that said the bridge over the creek is not passable.....???? From where i turned around, you could see the road continue crossing Davis Creek (?) then climbing up over the ridge into a different drainage (looked like Cache Creek Canyon)....anyway, looked classic. wondering if that gate is ever open?

klr is new to me....so many new roads/area I never thought about (coming off a gsxr)....

maybe see you all out there soon.

Rayhouse road!
From what I've researched, this was a BLM road that led to some campgrounds up there. The bridge was deemed "unsafe" and rated at 0 tons, so the road was closed. BUT, the rafters use the Hwy 16 end to either launch from or they portal over it from up river. The rafters have access from a parking lot there and BLM left them a very wide walk thru point that's just right for bikes. I've been all the way through a couple of times. Great ride!
campfire is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 01-27-2013, 11:57 AM
Missed Gear
 
Cabrito's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: 415&707
Posts: 1,192
Quote:
Originally Posted by ridgerunner View Post
yep, fun road.

we did it combined with a similar dirt road that connects Lower Lake to Middletown, and then a super goat that went from Middletown - dumped you out near Geysers.

same area, you guys ever try that dirt road that connects Knoxville-Berryessa to Hwy16 near Cache Creek? i hit a gate about 3-4 miles in, and saw a sign that said the bridge over the creek is not passable.....???? From where i turned around, you could see the road continue crossing Davis Creek (?) then climbing up over the ridge into a different drainage (looked like Cache Creek Canyon)....anyway, looked classic. wondering if that gate is ever open?

klr is new to me....so many new roads/area I never thought about (coming off a gsxr)....

maybe see you all out there soon.
Quote:
Originally Posted by campfire View Post
Rayhouse road!
From what I've researched, this was a BLM road that led to some campgrounds up there. The bridge was deemed "unsafe" and rated at 0 tons, so the road was closed. BUT, the rafters use the Hwy 16 end to either launch from or they portal over it from up river. The rafters have access from a parking lot there and BLM left them a very wide walk thru point that's just right for bikes. I've been all the way through a couple of times. Great ride!

Reif road / Rayhouse road does take you all the way from Knoxville to Hwy16.

There is a gate that is closed during the winter so you can't get big bikes past it. You could drag a small bike under it though.


Zero Ton Bridge right near Hwy16


One of the other bridges.


Here's a video from a ride through Knoxville over to Reiff/Rayhouse and out Hwy16

Sent from my rotary phone
================================
Track me here -
https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php...354a61e5f3997a
Michael G in SF | 2018 KTM 1090R Adventure | 02 XR400R (Plated) | 2011 FJ Cruiser Army Green |
------------------------------------------------------------
"If you have the will and not the way, you wont get very far."
Snakeboy66
Cabrito is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 01-27-2013, 01:18 PM
3rd Gear
 
campfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Napa, Ca
Posts: 654
Garage
Nice video!
My bad, I didn't remember that they close that gate in the winter. You can also take a left (eastbound) at the top of a ridge where there is a fourway intersection and wind down to "Buck Island" and a campground. Pit toilets, but take your own paper.
The road out to Buck Island gets STEEP in spots and some do not like the decent along the very top of the ridge. Looking down steep drops on both sides deter some riders outside their box.
campfire is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 02-09-2013, 11:17 PM
3rd Gear
 
campfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Napa, Ca
Posts: 654
Garage
And for those that like the Hwy 128 area, go on up to Booneville and turn west on Mountain View Road. You go past the airport and school, then head up into the hills. Great redwoods and places to stop for a break. It continues on out to Hwy 1 and you come out just below Manchester State Beach.

Uploaded with ImageShack.us



Uploaded with ImageShack.us
campfire is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Crater Lake Ride Mark B (4) Travel Log & Trip Reports 5 09-28-2009 05:37 PM
Lake Placid Ride sammy Mid-Atlantic Riders 3 09-04-2009 08:06 AM
Sonoma, Hwy 116/121 Mark B (4) You've been spotted 0 09-10-2008 08:44 PM
New KLR in Northern NY CDN_RN Introductions 0 05-07-2008 07:09 PM
BIG Ride in Allen County KY danny31 Travel Log & Trip Reports 4 04-01-2007 09:56 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome