Welcome to the Southern California Norton Owners Club!
Hope all is well, let’s talk about the rides we have had this year so far:
We started in January with a BBQ at Daniel Schoenewald’s place in Camarillo for a look at his large collection of iconic motorcycles. A different route up to his place through the mountain back roads was enjoyed by all I think.
We had our February ride to Guy Websters in Ojai from the Cactus Patch Cafe in Moorpark. I love this starting place – a nice little town and main street for all to look at bikes. Plus the fun of riding up to Moorpark for breakfast is a great way to start a morning.
March had us running from Frazier Park to Cuyama and on to Reyes Creek Bar & Grill off of Lockwood Valley Road for a beer.
April brought on Death Valley “Look For The Shade Ride”. A stop at Scotty’s Castle and a tour of the place peaked my interest to go on the second part of the tour next year. I believe it covers the mechanical side of the place in the middle of nowhere, where everyone came to visit many years ago.We stayed in different place this year “The Exchange” in Beatty, NV and I think it was a hit…simple, clean and inclusive.
May, well for May I tried for a run with some twist and turns, I know that was accomplished! A smallish group of hardy individuals stayed along the Kern River In Kernville. We woke up to a beautiful day and made our way north along the river. A stop to walk among the high elevation Redwood trees and to put on some warm clothes on this crisp ride made us happy to be on our motorcycles.
June was the Cambria ride with a nice turn out…some new faces/friends along making our way through the Central Valley then down the coast. We stopped at the Bixby Bridge to say hi to Bib and look for some illegal poppies. This is the best way to go down the coast, on the water side heading south.
July was the Wrightwood jaunt from the back side. A new place for lunch and in the shade was a bonus! Some riders had a spirited run back over the Crest westbound to Newcombs Ranch. I’m not saying, but my new rear tire was nicely scrubbed in…thank you Crest.
We also managed to cover the infamous Prince Of Darkness Ride from Glory Sales on Hollywood to Bob’s Big Boy in Toluca Lake. Jeff Koskie lead that one, Thank you Jeff!
September gave the club the High Sierras – South Lake Tahoe ride. This one I missed and missed it terribly. The route is one we took last year but with a different overnight place in South Lake Tahoe…a big thank you to Nanci Teter.
October 26th is a ride up the coast and to the Camarillo Airport for lunch. We will ride back through the top of the mountain and stop by the Rock Store for tire kicking. A nice one day local ride starting at Cafe 50′s in Santa Monica.
November 2nd is the 35th Annual Hansen Dam Ride, AKA, Best Ride by a Dam Site! This is OUR Southern California Norton Owners Club fund raiser. It is always a big event with many riders coming to see our bikes as well as many others.
The club will have coffee, water and donuts in the morning and regular BBQ food during the day and during the show.
Plan on riding you British Bike on the 80 mile ride and then put it in the show to see how you do. Plaques for best Norton, Triumph, BSA, etc. Always a lot of fun!
December 7 we will start in Temecula for a southern side of the state ride. We will go up to Mount Paloma or Idyllwild depending on the snow…that won’t be a problem. You do have studded tires, right?
December 31 the end of the year Run For The Roses Ride, starting in Pasadena and run up to Newcombs Ranch then back to old town Pasadena. Don’t miss this one…
That brings us up to date except to talk about August: The club had an unbelievable trip from Tacoma Washington to Los Angeles completely down the coast at the end of August. 30+ brave riders pointed their British bikes south after a fun stay in Tacoma. We were part of a show at the LeMay Automotive Museum and the LeMay Family Collection at MaryMount, they could not have been more helpful to our club riders. A contingent of riders from North Texas Norton Owners Club lead by (it’s fair to say) Richard Asprey. He brought along some great guys who knew how to sing and party. All but one made the entire trip and our hearts go out to Peter Dent from Vancouver, British Columbia. He scratched up his unique motorcycle and gave himself a winter project, he is fine after the usual recovery needed when your a motorcyclist.
Well folks, thanks for sticking with me and please come out to support your club and re-up your membership…for newcomers, join one of the most active riding club there is in Southern California.
Keep On Norton