San Diego Adventures: Moto Monday & More

Felt the love in San Diego- seems like a place where people’s hearts are as warm as the weather. A great, budding motorcycle community that could explode at any instant. Constantly nice riding weather, cool shops abound… why don’t I live there again? 

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Erik Borowitz, co-owner of Cerberus Motorcycles, even took me around town on a little 1982 Honda Ascot FT500 (big thanks to Dave Hargreaves for the loan) so I got to see some sights and eat some awesome food at Pokez. 

Some various highlights before I unleash you into the photo album from the whole trip… I met many lovely motoladies like this fiery red head Kate, sitting on her Harley Davidson.

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I finally met Emma Bass, who I have posted many times before. She rode two hours from Long Beach to Cerberus Motorcycles for the Moto Monday celebration wherein Jen cooked amazing indonesian food. 

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Sanna Maria, a Harley lover, tests out the ergonomics of Tim Stafford’s award winning restored China Blue 1961 BMW – R50/2. Moto Mondays at Cerberus Motorcycles include beer, bikes, good grub, and lots of motorcycle talk (of course). 

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However this Monday there was quite the babe infusion, Jessica McClean, Nina Savage AND Sanna Maria are three shining examples of the lovely women who ride in Southern California. I had not met them until this weekend, and they were so welcoming and fun. It was really difficult to leave. 

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Riding the Ascot was fun, for an ‘82 it was a really solid bike. Felt relatively new, super light and could get up to speed just fine. I really do enjoy lil single cylinder thumpers. It accompanied me to my first ever visit to the California coast line where I finally got to put my toes on the sand. 

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Well, not quite… more like boots on the sandstone cliffs. 

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Devin Helmen, photographer and rad Triumph riding ginger, met up with Erik and I at Ocean Beach Pier. Apparently it’s the longest concrete pier on the west coast at 1,971 ft (601 m).

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He is the tannest ginger I’ve ever seen.

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His 2011 Triumph Thruxton was equipped with a well placed but totally legal knife.

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After our little beach walk, we stopped by Pokez restaurant where Daniel works part time (when he’s not doing hair like a boss) as I’ve been told it’s very good Mexican food. Suffice to say I was very very happy with my meal. THE CHICKEN WAS SO GOOD. Okay, moving on.

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Daniel is the builder of this fine specimen… his frankenbike Triumph/BSA chopper that I will be doing a piece on here shortly.

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My time otherwise was spent mostly at Cerberus Motorcycles, tinkering on projects with the co-op members or fiddling with web things and doing what I do. Magical moments happened all around, inside the shop and just across the street sometimes too. Like this guy who was playing guitar with a friend of his on the roof of the Tower bar attached building. 

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Members work on their projects- sometimes with more success than others. David’s grinding job was very successful, until he discovered a rust hole in his fender. Project number two, starts from project number one… as always. 

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While testing out ergonomics of his fork height change, Taylor hopped on the back, apparently neither gentlemen were offended. A great crew, they all kept me laughing (and busy with my camera). 

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Shop co-owner Dave Hargreaves and I just before I left to get on my return flight. Dave used to work for Confederate Motorcycles, he’s been in the industry about 25 years and is a veritable gold mine of information.

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Erik Borowitz (co-owner) has been in the industry a few years now, and like me is learning more about motorcycles every day. His taste in eyewear is as nice as his taste in motorcycles. Always a vintage-styled pair of specs upon his face. 

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Check out the various photos from my trip on Flickr »

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