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
The light was not the best (the haze that time of year is called “June gloom”), but Wes made it work.
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.
North of San Diego is this beautifully desolate road through Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
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®.
Way to go El Cajon H.O.G.® for helping keep America beautiful!
Call me crazy, but I love the idea that what I call “road cattle” could appear in my path at any moment.
I guess I was starting to gain some altitude riding toward Mt. Laguna.
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!
I can see for miles and miles and miles.
Red on red looks pretty sharp, don’t you think?
This old wooden fellow keeps watch over interesting items inside the Laguna Mountain Lodge.
It must have been much harder to get an article written in the old days. How would you check your spelling?!
That really tall bicyclist turned out to be basketball legend Bill Walton (for reference, I’m 6'-2").
A slight detour through what appeared to be a patch of re-growth forest.
The town of Julian is famous for its apple pie. Something about the soil and the climate gives the local apples something extra special.
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.
Too bad. I was thinking of setting up shop selling up-close looks at the Switchback for a dollar apiece.
A final stop before the push back to Los Angeles, where I would (reluctantly) return the Switchback motorcycle the next day.
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