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About bradwill

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    North Park
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    BMW R1200GSA. Just getting back into riding, so consider me a beginner. Interested in light off-roading and learning to moto camp.

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  1. Checking in

    Hi Erik! I’ve got a new-to-me heavy adventure bike similar to your Tenere (2009 BMW R1200GSA) and I’m also just getting back into riding after a long hiatus. I’ve been poking around the local mountain roads on my own most Sunday mornings and I’m looking to start pointing the front tire at some dirt fire roads and such. I was just eyeing the Minnewawa Truck Trail up to the top of Otay Mountain in your neck of the woods. I grew up in Bonita, so that’s my old backyard. Taking some slow rides on easy dirt sounds great. I’ve been keeping my eye out for an upcoming noob ride to meet folks and compare notes about trails, tires, maps, etc. My eventual goal is to be comfortable enough to do some 2-up moto-camping with my wife. Looking forward to riding with you! Brad
  2. New local member in North Park

    Sounds like this could be both bike AND relationship advice... Ha! Not sure my wife would agree on the relationship part. But great bike advice for sure. I appreciate the warm welcome and all the tips. Now to do some saving and shopping. Hope to see you fine folks out on the trail soon...
  3. New local member in North Park

    Thanks, Wierrider. That bike looks great. Anybody with GS experience have opinions or specific things to ask?
  4. New local member in North Park

    Thanks for the welcome, everyone. And good tip on defining my mission, TrophyHunter. I have a few thoughts, but being brand new to all this I'm sure I'm missing some things: I'm lucky enough to work from home, so this bike does not need to be a commuter, although it would be a handy for occasional trips around town. Likewise, I'm not really envisioning myself doing a lot of serious off-road riding, at least not to start. An adventure bike feels like the sweet spot of "not a commuter" and "not a dirt bike." That said, I would like to get back into riding on dirt after many years away. To start, I'm envisioning this as day trips / trail rides in the local hills and deserts. I'd like to try some overnight motorcycle camping trips with my wife. We already camp with our two boys, but I love the idea of getting out there on a bike. Eventually, I'd like to try some longer road trips to National Parks or other scenic destinations. Yosemite? Death Valley? Joshua Tree? Zion? Bryce? I'm happy with used and scratches are OK. I'm more interested in reliability, comfort, and utility than showroom condition. I'll need a helmet, boots, pants, jacket, gloves, etc. I noticed some items like that coming on going on other threads, so I'll keep my eyes open. As for me, I'm 6-1, about 185. My friend just broke 50k on his 2010 F650GS and recommended any F-series BMW 2009 or newer. I'm biased heavily towards BMW's for whatever reason, but if there's a better first adventure bike, I certainly would consider it. Oh, and TrophyHunter, I love the idea of folks riding in some examples. Maybe we can put something together? Or maybe I just show up early to the start of an upcoming Noob ride? Somebody else mentioned the Spokesmen meet ups as a place to see and chat bikes. Anybody ever meet up with those folks? Wierrider - who is Vannjoosten? Thanks again, everyone.
  5. New local member in North Park

    Thanks, 350thumber. I'm born and raised San Diego and only lived in LA during college. My wife and I have been living in San Diego since 2002.
  6. bow and arrow/archery

    I can also recommend http://www.bownarrowshop.com/in Lakeside. My brother-in-law is into bow hunting and frequent there. They set me up with a bow as well (that I've only used a few times).
  7. Hi everyone. My name is Brad and I'm looking to get back into riding after a few years hiatus. I'm hoping to get connected with some folks here who can help A little history. I road a Suzuki DR 80 and 100 growing up in the local canyons in Bonita and then picked up a Kawasaki Ninja when I went off to college in LA. I was bikeless after college for awhile until my wife and I got a scooter when we moved to North Park and felt like outsiders without one. We sold that last year and I've been dreaming of a getting a BMW GS or similar and setting off on some rides, camping trips, and other adventures. Our family already camps a ton and I love bikes, so it's only natural... As I said, I have nothing at the moment (no bike, no riding gear, no helmet, etc). Just an M1 license and a lot of questions as I figure out what's there, what I need, where to start, etc. Looking forward to it all. Cheers, Brad