Travel Blagging

This was a great trip.  I got the chance to ride from LA to the Bay Area on a 2010 Victory Cross Roads.  I didn’t hurry, and stopped whenever I felt the need to take pictures.

The bike was perfect for this ride.  Comfortable after hundreds of miles, yet still enough of a motorcycle to enjoy the twisties.  The cargo capacity made it easy to carry nine days’ worth of gear, plus cameras.

Camera Gear:

  • Nikon D300
  • Sigma 24-70 f/2.8
  • Nikkor 35mm f/1.8
  • Tamron 11-18
  • Olympus E-p1 with 17mm f/2.8 lens (usually around neck)

I didn’t bring any film gear because I was traveling light.  Yes, that’s light.  Nothing is more annoying than not having the right lens.  No underwear, no problem.  No lens, big problem.  I also had to carry my laptop, some tools, a few parts that needed delivering, and the wherewithal to flash various bits of software onto the bikes I was working on (these were production bikes, but they needed to be updated with the latest-latest-latest versions of everything before we could officially call them complete.)

You could hardly tell I was carrying anything.  The air shock at the back made it easy to adjust the ride height so I didn’t scrape in the twisties.  The comparatively light weight (for a cruiser-based tourer capable of carrying such cargo) made even the switchbacks leading into and out of Ojai easy.  It only took a short while before I found my groove and was able to flow nicely through the corners.  It’s no sportbike, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on a twisty road… as this video shows.

Now who’s up for a ride?