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Koonzee last won the day on January 7 2023

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  1. Forum Members, Hello. I am thinking of purchasing a used, small displacement (50cc-80cc) dirt bike for young boy to introduce him to the world of motorcycling. The target riding areas would include OHV, BLM and state park regions. (Ocotillo Wells perhaps) Does an owner of a 50-80cc motorcycle have to maintain a registration? I would be surprised if all the little Honda CRF50s in SoCal are registered. I simply want find someplace for a beginner to ride. A quick search reflected this is may be why green stickers are needed,... if I understand CA correctly. If I am incorrect, please correct me. The seller has a couple motorcycles and it appears they were last registered in 17 years ago. I wonder if the DMV will waive the last 17 years of unpaid registrations or charge for every missed year at $54/two years. I curious what others have done. Do LEO/park rangers even look for registrations on 50cc motorcycles? Btw, I found potential areas at the following area: (If you have a better resource, please share. ) It appears Ocotillo Wells may be the only OHV area in San Diego County. https://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1170 https://www.alltrails.com/lists/ohv-trails-san-diego I will try more research on this forum/Web, visit the local dealer or call the DMV for more information when time permits. In the meantime, any feedback would be appreciated since I may look at the motorcycles this weekend. I am guessing the unpaid registration fees will be required to obtain a green sticker. Also, I am guessing the green sticker is only required for OHV areas... and all BLM/State Parks require a registered license-plated dual sport. Is this essentially the policy in SoCal/CA? Thanks in advance! Koonzee The following was pulled from Google: A Green Sticker is similar to highway registration except it allows California residents to operate their OHV off-highway on lands that are open and accessible to the public for OHV recreation. " but they must display an ID plate or placard issued by DMV" "a Green Sticker costs $54 for each OHV and is valid for two years."
  2. Sorrento Valley / Carmel Valley Members: Don't allow deliveries to remain in the mailboxes overnight. The keys have fallen into the wrong hands and replacement locks/keys are on back-order. Insure all shipments if you can not avoid USPS. Letter Regarding my Service Request to Investigate Theft: ""Unfortunately it seems as though the Centralized Box Unit (CBU) that houses the mailbox you pick up from was broken into overnight on Wednesday 8/16/23 and mail was stolen. There has been a string of robberies/mail theft in the area and our zip code has been a hotspot as this isn’t the first time it has happened from the carrier statements we have received. The mail carrier assigned to your route noticed that mailboxes were left open and mail was missing at multiple addresses on his route, and your CBU was a part of that attack. The package we were looking for was delivered before the boxes were broken into so that lets us know it was most likely taken. " "We have two law enforcement agencies tasked with safeguarding the integrity of the Postal Service and the U.S. Mail. You can file a report for any package you believe was stolen while in our care with one or both of these agencies: Option (1): The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is the internal law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service If you would like to report an incident of mail theft by a postal employee, you may file a complaint online at https://www.uspsoig.gov/form/file-online-complaint. Options (2): The Postal Inspection Service is the external law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service. Complaints alleging mail tampering or theft from nonemployees come under its exclusive jurisdiction. To report an external mail theft, you may file a complaint online at https://www.uspis.gov/report/ or call the Postal Inspection Service at: 1-877-876-2455."
  3. robertaccio: Thank you for the tire information. I am quite happy with the paddle tire and will swap wheels as needed. Ride safely. David
  4. Slaugo: Hello. I am short on time....but I simply want to drop a line to THANK YOU very much for the wise words of wisdom about the world of Glamis. Your advice is golden! I wish I knew this prior to the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday break. I am returning to Glamis this weekend. Your information will certainly help with navigating. I will also have a GPS with a backtrack feature, a Garmin/Delorme InReach Exploror SAT comm device and a 2.64 gallon fuel bladder to compliment my 3.2 gallon fuel tank during this trip. Therefore, I will have approximately 5.8 gallons. Giant Loop Coyote luggge arrived this week as well and it will provide a little peace of mind by traveling with a tent and sleeping bag. Compression sacks are GREAT! I like your idea of burying gas in various areas. With every trip, I am learning more about the area and tips on navigating. As you know, Glamis is huge and there is a lot to explore and learn. Thanks again for your generous & GOLDEN keystrokes and for keeping one foot in the SD Adv Rider Forum although you are in TX. BTW, your T7 looks great. I test rode a T7 recently and was quite impressed with it. Yamaha hit the mark perfectly IMHO. I had a XT660Z Tenere in AUS and thought it was nice, especially the dual under seat exhaust for symmetrical saddle bag mounts, fuel capacity or touring range. The T7 is twice the m/c as the XT660Z in regards to the engine and transmission, IIRC. Ride safely and have a great MLK Jr. holiday weekend.
  5. For those who have not ridden Glamis, here is the Swingset. It felt great to relax on the swing for a few minutes.
  6. All: Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday. Slaugo: Thank you for your post and suggestions. I will certainly checkout Gordon's Well & Buttercup. If you have not already explored CO, I would highly suggest exploring the region around Ouray. It is a special place. Hopefully, you are not too far from CO. Telluride & Taylor Park region are nice also. Checkout the Backcountry Discovery Routes. There is beauty everywhere... I almost moved to Austin 18 years ago but decided to move to San Diego after receiving a job offer with 3Com. Sometimes, I wish I could experience a few years in TX, especially Austin's music and festival scene. iHeart Radio is providing my fix for local country music from TX. I am originally from Ohio. Goofy Footer: Thank you for your suggestion of exploring the areas east of Glamis, Picacho SP and south of Yuma. It is appreciated. I had another good ride at Glamis and am fine tuning my riding, gaining trust in the motorcycle and learning what is needed to be prepared in the desert. I am really loving the CRF450X. What a piece of awesome engineering. It runs strong and cool. Engine temps were between 150-180 this past weekend while hauling me around the dunes. No regrets with the CRF except for not buying it sooner. I am unsure of my desert tank capacity, but it was good for 4.5-5 hours of constant riding, dune climbing and idling at the top of the dunes. Although I have had a couple close calls.... I have not dropped the CRF yet. In order to enjoy the dunes without the stress of managing time (daylight) and precious fuel, I will definitely travel with a fuel bladder (US Military obtained in AUS) and a very lightweight tent and down bag in the future. It is not a pleasant feeling to get lost, ride to the top of 50+ dune peaks and backtrack to scout out an exit route, all while burning precious daylight and fuel. Lesson learned! I was surprised very few duners were out January first. Most campers must have traveled from far away and used Jan. first as a travel day. The early morning rain made the conditions perfect IMO. Once I was south of Oldsmobile Hill, I probably rode two hours without seeing any duners (side by sides, motorcycles, etc). While trying to reach China Wall, I got turned-around and ended up far southwest of China Wall and rode as far 'south' until I could see white campers. I thought I was facing 'south'. Then, while trying to ride north....(I was actually riding east), thinking the next dune would provide an oasis or landmark to expose the route home. If you ever attempted to ride west to east across northern third of Glamis you can relate to endless dunes. Prior to riding 'north' (true east), I passed the Swingset and Veterans Memorial. A stranded 25 year duner veteran who was waiting for a side-by-side belt was a road angel. He helped me with directions and suggested a couple landmarks to ride towards. Ironically, after talking with him, I gravitated towards the eastern course again and never saw the mountains with the communication towers we discussed. The wind was also becoming very strong. I finally saw some duners in the far west riding south through a wide wash....the easiest route to the true north. I rode the wash/route and gravitated towards an eastern route again...thinking I was traveling north. The campers that I thought were in the south, were actually the campers in the west at Roadrunner, per the veteran duner. Another set of side-by-sides eventually crossed my view and provided more optimism that I was exiting via a northern route. I ended up exiting the dunes around wash 22 or 32. ( I am unsure.) Another road angel provided some fuel as a precaution and I managed to return to camp without any fuel issues. My camp was just west of the Glamis Beach Store. I will return during MLK Jr. holiday weekend and hope to test my Garmin Basecamp routes for parts of the Grand Tour (China Wall, The Wall, The Ceiling, Phil's Wall, No Name(?), Swing Set, Granite and Oldsmobile). The Veteran duner also suggested Duner's Diner. It appears to be a must-do destination at least once for a heart attack breakfast. I simply need to workout the logistics of refueling or carrying more fuel for a 6-7 hour day with sufficient reserve for getting lost. Take care & ride safely! Cya down the road... or on the dunes!
  7. Btw, if either of us learn we are incompatible riders after two minutes or two hours, we can simply go our separate ways. No hard feelings. I understand a trip to Glamis involves considerable time, effort & expense. I don't want be the guy to prevent someone from 'riding their ride' at their pace. No problem. It goes both ways. I have done a lot of solo riding. I have learned I prefer to finish the ride/goal without injuries or destroying the motorcycle, than pushing the limits of either myself or the motorcycle. I car camp in Yukon XL and use a motorcycle carrier. I am fairly simple at camp. I try to bring enough to address most mechanical issues while away from home. Spare parts & tools are a higher priority than excessive camping & cooking gear. Cheers, Koonzee
  8. 350 Thumper: Hello. I have ridden with both the paddle & knobbies in the sand dunes. I like the paddle better and will be riding with it in the dunes in the future. I travel with both since I have an extra set of wheels. Thanks asking. Koonzee
  9. Btw, my other ride is more than 200 pounds heavier than the CRF. What a difference 30 years of newer technology, 200 pounds of less weight and a proper suspension makes when riding in the sand! At least I can pick up the CRF by myself....
  10. San Diego Adventure Riders, Happy Holidays! I am posting to learn if anyone on the forum may be interested in exploring Glamis Dunes this weekend (12/7) or during the week between Christmas and January first. Last month, I finally purchased a CRF450X and recently went to Glamis Dunes during the Thankgiving holiday weekend. Although I still have a lot to learn about riding sand dunes, I had a great time. I explored the dunes relatively close to base camp (north side) and even climbed Oldsmobile Hill. (What a 55 years old guy will not do to feel 13 again!!!) Anyhow, it would be nice to join one or two other riders to explore Glamis Dunes further from base-camp, just in case of a mechanical failure or injury. I would eventually like to visit all the points of interests within Glamis and perhaps cross the dunes north to south or vice versa sometime. By the way, I live in the Sorrento Valley area and am interested in exploring other off-road recreational parks in SoCal within a half a days drive. Since the CRF is street legal, I am also open to a mix of both on and off road routes. Cheers, Koonzee

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