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post #1 of 17 Old 02-18-2004, 4:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hoiliday in california

Hi guys/girls
Not sure if this is in the right section, Have just booked a holiday fly into LA pick up rental car stay for a few days then of to Sacramento to visit relatives for a few days, the maybee Rheno or Vegas (havn,t decided) then finish off in San fransisco
Any way what i would like to know is there any good bars, places i should check out that are bike related whilst i,m over it,s my first visit to the states so any info appreciated

rgds Neil

PS forgot to mention with the exchange rate being so good at the mo would like to buy a Ohlins wheres the best place to go

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Re: Hoiliday in california

Best place to go for Ohlins would be Dan Kyle. He's next to Monterey though which doesn't sound like it's on your agenda. In San Jose, Road Rider is funky old Moto store. Tons of selection, especially on leathers.
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If it's your first visit to the states, then you should take HWY1 North till at least Monterey. Some of the most beautiful scenery we have. BTW Dan's shop is right off HWY1 just passed Monterey. From there you can go East to HWY101 North, then to Eastbound on 152 to HYW5 North. 5 will take you into Sacramento. Sacramento is about an hour and a half away from many ski resorts. Kirkwood being the deepest and steepest.

You'll need to try a warm Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut, an In-N-Out burger, San Francisco Sourdough Bread. Make sure it's not some willie nillie grocery store brand of sourdough. Even better...Clam chowder served in a round sourdough loaf. We also have some of the best Chinese food in the country. Since you say the exchange rate is good, try a Dim Sum meal at the Hong Cong Flower Lunch. There's also a famous steak house in San Francisco called Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. Rare is cold on the inside, sizzling on the outside.

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First thing: California is HUGE. Go into this open eyed. L.A. to Sacramento is 400 miles. Sacramento to Las Vegas is about 600 miles driving distance, where Reno is 120.

How much time do you have? There are all kinds of amazing places near Sacramento and what month you are here could have an impact on some of them.

Yosemite: Words can not describe how amazing this place is. It's only a few hours from Sac (great motorcycle roads, especially Priest's Grade) and well worth the trip; however, it's often closed in the winter due to Snow.

Lake Tahoe: Screw Reno, go stay in Tahoe. Gambling is legal and the view is so much better. I like South Shore better; but, North shore isn't bad.

Mendocino: Start in San Francisco and drive up highway 1 North. I know a great little bed and breakfast along the way.

Lots of other places and to do it right, you need at least a month.

Check this site out, too.

http://www.pashnit.com

Hollar when you're out here. I'll buy you a pint at an English Pub in downtown Sac

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BUMBLEBEEBLADE, When you're in Sac you can check out the nightclub where I work downtown if you're in the mood. Just let me know what weekend night you'd like to check it out and I'll put you on the guest list.
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check out Zeitgiest(sp) in SF.
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BUMBLEBEEBLADE, When you're in Sac you can check out the nightclub where I work downtown if you're in the mood. Just let me know what weekend night you'd like to check it out and I'll put you on the guest list.
So, where do you work?
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You don't say where you're coming from but if you are going to be in northern Ca. Like eeek said. The Mendocino coast and the redwoods are one of the most beautiful places in America. SF is ok but it's dirty like any big city. My personal opinion is to see the north coast and the Santa Cruz Mtns. If you need a guide let me know.

Another great site to visit.

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Re: Hoiliday in california

Thanks Guy,s
some usefull tips we are only there for just over two weeks so wont be able to fit a lot in but you have definatly given me some idea,s


eeeeK will take you up on that pint

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So, where do you work?
I bartend at '815 L'. You been there? You could give him an unbiased opinion of the meat market maybe? I don't want to blow my own horn.
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Make sure you go down to Fisherman's Wharf and have a clam chowder bread bowl while you're in Frisco. Maybe take the tour to Alcatraz. I'm at Travis AFB, smack in between Sac and Frisco. What holiday are you coming over the pond for?

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Oh, yeah, 815L is a total meat market. I drop by now and then as Brian Hawk is an old friend.
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Oh, yeah, 815L is a total meat market. I drop by now and then as Brian Hawk is an old friend.
Next time you drop by, be sure to say hi. I bartend closest to the front door.
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Next time you drop by, be sure to say hi. I bartend closest to the front door.
You gotta be kidding me. Bryan Hawk is a friend of mine and my girlfriends as well. Mostly my girlfriends but still a small world. She used to hang out with him from the old days when he DJ'd at the Amazon (now closed). She worked with a bar tender at 815-L as well. Hmm...I'll ask her his name and get back to you. I think he now works at Harlows. Jason something...

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Will post nearer the time (25th may) and get the addy of the bar will come and say hi
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