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Welcome! If you have a FB acct., join some of the local Grom, Ruckus, Z125 groups to stay inform of local events, rides, Mini-moto Open Track days, and Mini-moto races. Speaking of, there is a Sac ride scheduled for Oct. 1st. Looks like it's going to be a pretty decent turn-out.
 

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What up?! Who wants to ride?
Not too many peeps post here. If you have a FB acct., search for Bay Area Mini Moto (BAMM) and BaG (Bay area Grom). Rides are usually posted there.

I'm usually always down for a ride, on weekends. Most of my rides are solo, and at times, short. My Backyard is riding Calaveras. Haven't made the effort of really riding any further than that, yet.
 

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Most of my rides are solo, and at times, short. My Backyard is riding Calaveras. Haven't made the effort of really riding any further than that, yet.
Manimal, I'm guessing you are referring to Calaveras close to Fremont? I'm a new rider (having taken the MSF course back in Dec of last year) but was wondering if this might be an ok road coming in from the Pleasanton/Sunol side for a beginner not trying to race through it? I've ridden the backroads close to Livermore (Highlands/Collier) which are somewhat twisty, and I take it pretty easy and don't deal with too much traffic.

Thanks
 

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Calaveras - correct; basically, from end of 84 / Niles Canyon (near 680), to Milpitas. It's certainly ridable for any rider. However, it is a bit intimidating for any new rider, and for some experienced riders, due to the technicality (tight and twisty). As long as you stay within the speed limit (25mph), or slower, you'll be just fine. Also, on these semi single lane roads, ALWAYS stay right of center of the lane. Granted, these tight, twisty roads aren't for everybody. Palomares is almost similar (almost as technical) to Calaveras.

For you, Niles Canyon (or roads similar) is a good start for new riders - stay within the center of your lane (stay away from the double yellow, or fog line (white line / shoulder).

Another popular road is Redwood., in Castro Valley area. Although, potentially a lot of traffic on the weekends. OTOH, having traffic ahead of you will keep you from riding too fast (over your head), and keep you around the speed limit, or slower.

Your neck of the woods (Pleasanton / Sunol) - Foothill Rd, to Pleasanton / Sunol Rd, to Niles, then back is fun. Or make your way up Mine's Rd. or Tesla. Or maybe some of the back roads of San Ramon / Danville area.

I am sure there are others in you area. You can always post something within the FB group(s) and find others to ride with local to your area, or if you want a group ride. I'll keep a eye out, if you happen to post anything.

To improve your riding and confidence, you can practice O (circle) 8, and swerving drills in a wide open, vacant parking lot. Also work on braking and panic braking (hard braking), without locking up your front, and or rear tire (if or when rear brake is applied).

Most new riders have a hard time judging braking distance, judging approaching corners (entry and mid corner speed), then target fixation (instead of looking and navigating all the way thru a turn, they fixate on other things away from the roadway) upon a panic situation.
 

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Manimal, thanks for all those route suggestions. I've been riding up around the Danville/San Ramon area, and this past weekend spent time through Highlands (past entrance to Mines) and headed out to Livermore, then down to Pleasanton via Stanley and finally back into the Danville area. I'll give the Pleasanton Foothill through Niles a go this weekend if I get the time. I signed up for an IRC training session at the end of May so looking to build as much riding time as possible before then. I've definitely been working on various drills in empty parking lots in between rides.

Much appreciate the feedback!
 

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Any time! Who knows, maybe I'll find you on FB groups and catch a ride(s) with you. After all, I'm just over the hill from you :p

As for riding experience, seat time - ride as much as you can. Enjoy every ride (stay relaxed, calm, smell the roses, and have fun!), and the experiences that come along with it. That includes learning from your and others mistake(s) / mishap(s) along the way. Getting home safe, and reflecting back on your ride experience is very rewarding.
 

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Any time! Who knows, maybe I'll find you on FB groups and catch a ride(s) with you. After all, I'm just over the hill from you <img src="https://www.hondagrom.net/forums/images/smilies/tongue.png" border="0" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" />

As for riding experience, seat time - ride as much as you can. Enjoy every ride (stay relaxed, calm, smell the roses, and have fun!), and the experiences that come along with it. That includes learning from your and others mistake(s) / mishap(s) along the way. Getting home safe, and reflecting back on your ride experience is very rewarding.
I’ll definitely check FB for local group rides once I’m a bit more confident on my own. Thanks again and if you spot a red/white grom buzzing around, it may be me!
 
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