San Jose to Magic Mountain
It took us 5 years and 3 months since our last long ride south. The last long ride south was supposed to be to L.A. but we ran into quite a bit of technical difficulties, to say the least. You can check out that ride story here.
This ride saw many upgrades to the scooters as well as some totally new bikes. For example; Adam and Russ’ Honda Groms made the ride with 180CC big bore kits (and more), Titus’ Grom ran with a power commander, new oil pump, spinner, shock, and clutch cover, Bijan added a one-gallon fuel container 😂, Dom soaked his rims in coffee grounds (says it adds horsepower), and Duy added an LED light. Marcus ran stock, and can do this, because he weighs 72-lbs. He is so lightweight that his stock Grom often gets over 70-mph. Crazy.
We started the ride in South San Jose at Starbucks. The ride was pretty uneventful but very long and hot. We rode over 450 miles the first day and arrived at our crap hotel after 12 hours of riding. Needless to say, the crew was a bit tired and our butts were sore. Lucky for us, Adam 3D printed up a fresh batch of clip-on cruise control gadgets for our throttles. It helped a bit on the long straight runs.
After checking in to our hotel in Valencia, 1 mile from Magic Mountain, we went out for dinner and some fun. We were so tired that it wasn’t a late night, plus we had a long day of goofing off at Magic Mountain planned.
Magic Mountain was a good time and had us all laughing like a pack of 15-year-old boys. The rides were awesome and the lines were reasonable. Duy saw a face painting station inside the Magic Mountain Park and came up with a great idea – we would play rock, paper, scissors and the loser would have to get their face painted. The best part is that Duy lost.
Yep – this happened…
After a day of fun at Magic Mountain, we headed back to the hotel and went out for some BBQ and drinks. Steve drove up from Orange, CA and joined in for the festivities.
The following day, we licked our wounds and pointed the bikes NW for an overnighter in San Luis Obispo. After the first days 12-hour ride, this 5-hour ride felt much easier. Our hotel in SLO made the last shitty hotel seem like a 5-star resort. Luckily we didn’t spend much time there.
The following morning we made it home with no injuries or broken bikes (except for Adam’s engine leaking oil). Took about another 5-hours. Another great trip on the books.