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Motorcycle Journeys Through California [Paperback]

Clement Salvadori
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January 2001
This book is about roads--sweeping roads high along the coast, lonely roads amidst desert splendor, and sporting twisties through grand forests--superb routes that offer some of the best year-round riding in the world according to moto-journalist Clement Salvadori. Couple that with the enthusiastic West Coast motorcycle scene and you can begin to see how the Golden State seduces motorcyclists from all over the world to experience it for themselves.

A longtime resident of California, Salvadori will guide you along some of the lesser-known motorcycling gems in his home state, as well as the memorable routes catalogued by list-baggers. Welcome bits of history, commentary, and notes from the author will give you plenty of good excuses to stop, as well as things to ponder as the miles roll by. And should you be in the right place at the right time and wish to really take in the local motorcycle scene, you will learn which famous runs and roadhouses typically bring together like-minded riders to kick tires over coffee.

Salvadori describes dozens of trips, most of which are loops clustered around the of 13 convenient "base camps" he suggests around the state, so you could leave your luggage and explore an area unencumbered for several days. Although the author recommends accommodations to help your planning, the numerous sidetrips, detours, connecting routes, and dual-sport diversions will encourage you to truly make your trip your own.


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Clement Salvadori graduated from a three-speed Raleigh bicycle to a friends Harley 125 when he was 15. A year later he got his drivers license, bought an NSU 250, and acquired a taste of the open road, paved or not. After expending much time and money on a formal education, he made several attempts at pursuing conventional employment that did not directly involve motorcycles--although he did get the U.S. Department of State to assign him a Vespa as his official vehicle when working in Saigon. However, at the age of 33, he quit his last real job and proceeded to squander what savings he had on a two-year trip around the world on his BMW R75/5. When a motorcycle publication actually paid him for a story he had written about riding to Afghanistan, he realized a whole new career was opening up.

Since then, he has earned a living of sorts by editing and writing for motorcycle magazines. Hes a senior editor at both Rider and American Rider. He has also been a Baja aficionado since 1975 and goes down there several times a year. He lives in Atascadero, California, which he claims offers the best year-round riding in the world, only 300 miles from the Mexican border.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Too big of a subject Oct. 25 2001
Format:Paperback
This is a well-written, well-researched book. However it fails in certain areas.
First, it tries to cover too big of an area. There are more than 35 great rides and roads just in northern California alone. As a result some prime rides are missed. This book is really geared more toward the touring rider than the sport rider.
Second, the only way to follow the well written riding directions is to copy them long hand because each ride description is too long to bring the book without stopping every 3 miles to check directions in some cases.
Third, is that many of the rides have pictures or descriptions that promise "on the weekend 100s of bike would be here" but it appears that most of the review rides were done during the week. This is a better time to ride but not a better time to see the bikes.
When it comes to finding the local spots to eat or visit this book is great. The accomodations are superbly researched and detailed. His inclusion of other riders and people he met while riding is a nice touch. His use of multiple bikes on the review rides was neat. The rides selected are all great rides. But they tend to be well known and can be heavily traveled too. I don't think that you'll find the undiscovered gem that many of us are searching for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clement knows CA motocycling Aug. 21 2001
By JonRode
Format:Paperback
I've now taken 2 of the suggested rides and both have been first class. The mileage markers, road tips, and side excursions make for compact & useful information that you need to read carefully. The reward is fast learning in unfamiliar territory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!! April 26 2001
Format:Paperback
In this book the author selects an area (san diego, so cal, central ca, san francisco, no cal, high desert, low desert, etc) then shows about 3 detail SCENIC loops (trips) from 50 miles to 200+ miles with great detail and gives options for side trips not listed.
It is up to date, printed in 4-2000. It makes me want to go on the trips listed!!!
Happy traveling, keep the rubber side up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clement knows CA motocycling Aug. 21 2001
By JonRode - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've now taken 2 of the suggested rides and both have been first class. The mileage markers, road tips, and side excursions make for compact & useful information that you need to read carefully. The reward is fast learning in unfamiliar territory.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!! April 26 2001
By randall carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In this book the author selects an area (san diego, so cal, central ca, san francisco, no cal, high desert, low desert, etc) then shows about 3 detail SCENIC loops (trips) from 50 miles to 200+ miles with great detail and gives options for side trips not listed.
It is up to date, printed in 4-2000. It makes me want to go on the trips listed!!!
Happy traveling, keep the rubber side up.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too big of a subject Oct. 25 2001
By D. Dimick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a well-written, well-researched book. However it fails in certain areas.
First, it tries to cover too big of an area. There are more than 35 great rides and roads just in northern California alone. As a result some prime rides are missed. This book is really geared more toward the touring rider than the sport rider.
Second, the only way to follow the well written riding directions is to copy them long hand because each ride description is too long to bring the book without stopping every 3 miles to check directions in some cases.
Third, is that many of the rides have pictures or descriptions that promise "on the weekend 100s of bike would be here" but it appears that most of the review rides were done during the week. This is a better time to ride but not a better time to see the bikes.
When it comes to finding the local spots to eat or visit this book is great. The accomodations are superbly researched and detailed. His inclusion of other riders and people he met while riding is a nice touch. His use of multiple bikes on the review rides was neat. The rides selected are all great rides. But they tend to be well known and can be heavily traveled too. I don't think that you'll find the undiscovered gem that many of us are searching for.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories and Many Great Tours March 12 2014
By John E. Lincoln - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Unlike a few critics / reviewers, I enjoy Clement Salvadori's musings. I have his 101 Tales, and now this, and so far thoroughly enjoy it. The first two tours he describes, the south Pacific coast and Angeles Crest (very cold in Feb, even with thermal underwear on), I rode in the 60's on a then new Honda SuperHawk (305), and enjoyed both. Some of the other routes I've also traveled by car, truck, or MC (especially east of Sacramento, Hwy 49) and his accounts brought back many happy memories. Maybe another reason is the fact that I calculate his age by his writings, to be colse to mine (71), so I always look for any techniques to adjust for the aging process as well (if no more than slowing down and more smelling of the roses).
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