Motorcycle Paradise | My California story

Motorcycle Paradise | My California story

September 21, 2019 37 By Stanley Isaacs


Where do I start? Being a motorcycle rider in California is
like being a dolphin surfin’ the waves; you just can’t stop yourself from having
a blast. I basically start every weekend by thinking
to myself:Man, so what should I do today? Should I go do some canyon carving? Or maybe some trail riding? Or no, actually, Imma go on an epic road trip. Or wait: is there a track day at Thunder hill,
Sonoma or Button willow this weekend?! Seriously:
We have big tracks scattered all over the place. We have Motocross tracks, Supermoto Tracks,
I mean, I could go on like Bubba in Forrest Gump. And to top it off, there are desolate mountain
roads all over the place. And we can legally lane split. Oh, and the sun shines like 90 % of the time. So how the heck did I get here? I moved here in 2015, only having been here
once on vacation before. I was offered a job in the Bay Area after
having finished my degree back in Gothenburg, Sweden. Even though it would require me to move half
way across earth, I really didn’t have anything to loose by coming here. Besides, if things would go bad, I could always
just fly back, having added a great experience in my toolbox. After having been here for more than 4 1/2
years I can tell you; I’m certainly not planning on moving back anytime soon. I started out buying an 07 ZX10r, it was pretty
cheap, and I had never owned a fairly modern liter bike before. My only reference was a FZR 1000 from 1987,
that I had during my University years. It was custom built with a GSXR front fork
and swingarm, as well as custom tank and paint. It looks kinda cool in these old pictures,
but man was that thing a pice of sh**, haha. Every time I rode it, it had to be fixed in
some way. Anyways, back to California, so I bought a
ZX10R, and then started thinking about getting into track riding. So I bought myself an SV650 track bike, that
had already been setup by an AFM racer. This thing proved to be a perfect track bike,
requiring little maintenance, and also having a very sturdy chassis. Let me tell you, with the right rider and
setup, that thing can fly down a track. Even though I had a track bike, I was thinking
back to my younger years. So I started out riding Motocross at a very
young age, when my dad bought me a dirt bike. I stopped riding Motocross when I moved away
from home, but had always wanted to get back into it. So I bought a Yamaha YZ250F and found a local
track in San Jose. Needless to say, I had lost a lot of skill
over the years and was basically back to square 1 in motocross skill, haha. While I was re-learning Motocross, I had been
riding with some friends who like to ride Supermoto. Having never been on one before, I tried my
buddies one out. After that I was hooked. So I bought a Husqvarna 510 SMR. When it actually worked, I had a blast on
it. I took it to the Kart track in Sonoma, where
it had its moments of glory. Unfortunately, this thing turned out to have
been very badly maintained, and it essentially broke down every time I rode it, so I had
to get rid of it for basically nothing. Having done the whole Japanese liter bike
thing, I was ready for something new. I found this super low mileage Aprilia Tuono
and went right to get it. If I could only tell you one great thing about
the bike, it would be this: I hope you get it, otherwise maybe look into
another channel to watch, haha. While it had the most epic sound I have ever
experienced, and was an all around beast in the corners, it simply was too uncomfortable
in the Canyons around here. You see, the roads here, while being very
challenging and fun, can sometimes be badly maintained. So riding a stiff, aggressive motorcycle like
that around here simply wasn’t as much fun. Even though I didn’t ride it for quite a
while, because of the way that it sounds, I was still hesitant to get rid of it, but
ultimately it had to go. To replace it, I found two new bikes. A 2013 Ducati Multistrada and a Husqvarna
701. What can I say? I’m never getting rid of any of these two
bikes, and if I do, It will be because I’m just upgrading to a newer year model. Seriously, the Multistrada is one of the most
comfortable yet sporty bikes I have ever ridden. You can ride on the gnarliest of canyon roads,
and the suspension just eats the bumps. Now the 701 is like a miracle. 74 horse powers sounds like it’s a beginners
bike, but don’t let this fool you. The way this thing pulls out of corners is
like nothing else. It also handles insanely well, because it
is so light. Having had so much fun on the kart track with
the Husky 510, I started looking for track only supermotos. Now I wasn’t going to go all in on this
Supermoto thing, but man, when I saw it, there was no stopping me. The Husqvarna FS450. What can I say? This is the fastest stock Supermoto bike money
can buy. It basically lacks nothing; Suspension is
great, power is over the top and it handles like nothing else. My plan was to just use it on the local kart
tracks and have some fun. A buddy of mine had the great idea that we
should enter into the local series called Supermoto USA, which we are now racing in. Racing Supermoto is seriously some of the
most fun I have ever had. Because the track is so small and tight, great
battles occur in almost every race. A lot of the OHV parks in California have
both a Motocross track and trails. So while I was out riding the motocross tracks
I also started riding trails. After a while I was barely riding any motocross
anymore and focused primarily on trails, so I swapped the YZ250F to a WR450F, which is
my current trail bike. Man does that trail riding get you into shape. And actually, trail riding is the only proper
form of exercise I get. Now I know, I should be getting some more
exercise in, like hitting the gym and running. But seriously; can’t I just get to ride?That’s
pretty much what I like to do; I Like to ride. Over and out