As featured in H.O.G.® Magazine Issue 011
In issue 011, H.O.G.® staff writer Mike Zimmerman had a memorable adventure riding the not-yet-released Switchback motorcycle from Los Angeles to San Diego for a paraglider ride at Torrey Pines Gliderport. Largely unreported in that issue was the ride home.
Original story, photos, and additional commentary by Mike Zimmerman
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The light was not the best (the haze that time of year is called “June gloom”), but Wes made it work.
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Thanks to Wes for capturing the Switchback and me at the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, where Tiger Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open with a broken leg.
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North of San Diego is this beautifully desolate road through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
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It’s no exaggeration: I fell in love with the Switchback. Especially the practicality of a bagger paired with the slightly more nimble frame of a Dyna®.
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Way to go El Cajon H.O.G.® for helping keep America beautiful!
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Call me crazy, but I love the idea that what I call “road cattle” could appear in my path at any moment.
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I guess I was starting to gain some altitude riding toward Mt. Laguna.
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Frequent stops for photos meant I played “leap frog” with this extra-tall bicyclist before we crossed paths at the top of Mt. Laguna – and I discovered he was famous!
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I can see for miles and miles and miles.
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Red on red looks pretty sharp, don’t you think?
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This old wooden fellow keeps watch over interesting items inside the Laguna Mountain Lodge.
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It must have been much harder to get an article written in the old days. How would you check your spelling?!
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That really tall bicyclist turned out to be basketball legend Bill Walton (for reference, I’m 6'-2").
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A slight detour through what appeared to be a patch of re-growth forest.
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The town of Julian is famous for its apple pie. Something about the soil and the climate gives the local apples something extra special.
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Bicyclists everywhere, not always extra-tall, this guy was involved in some sort of race. I’ll stick to the V-twin variety of a two-wheeler.
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Too bad. I was thinking of setting up shop selling up-close looks at the Switchback for a dollar apiece.
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A final stop before the push back to Los Angeles, where I would (reluctantly) return the Switchback motorcycle the next day.