5th Annual Topanga Canyon Ride

Los Angeles, California - January 10-11 2004

 

About 1/2  of the ride group at an overlook above Ojai

 


The 2004 Topanga ride was the probably the best yet for this event with fantastic riding from the Malibu area through the canyons north to Santa Barbara. On the way we stopped at the Rock Store (always a favorite) and had a private reservation to Guy Webster's hacienda near Ojai for a tour of his world renowned classic motorcycle collection. Big thanks to Guy for this treat. From there we stopped at The Deer Lodge for some lunch and refreshment and headed into Santa Barbara for an evening on the town at State Street. Sunday we headed out for the quaint Dutch town of Solvang nested back in the hills and visited the Solvang Motorcycle Museum, Virgil Elings outstanding collection of classic vintage motorcycles. Then a couple of more stops at Clear Creek Tavern and back to the Rock Store before saying our goodbyes until next year.

Many thanks to Greg Varela and Chris Mee for the planning that went into this event and a special thank you to Ventura resident and Vmax enthusiast Pat Ahearn for helping out a couple of riders who had bike problems along the way...


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Bikes from out of state arrive at the local motel

 

  A few bikes stop on the way to breakfast Saturday morning on PCH in Malibu

 

Stop on the way to breakfast

 

Stop on the way to breakfast

 

Stop on the way to breakfast

 

Breakfast at the Marmalade Cafe in Malibu

 

Breakfast at the Marmalade Cafe in Malibu

 

Breakfast at the Marmalade Cafe in Malibu
 
Nice shirt!  

 

Breakfast at the Marmalade Cafe in Malibu
Breakfast at the Marmalade Cafe in Malibu

 

Greg Varela's GREEN Vmax getting ready for the ride to Santa Barbara after Sat. morning breakfast

 

Getting ready for the ride to Santa Barbara

 

Getting ready for the ride to Santa Barbara

 

Rock Store on Saturday

 

Rock Store on Saturday
Rock Store on Saturday

 

Rock Store on Saturday

 

Rock Store on Saturday

 

Rock Store on Saturday Rock Store on Saturday

 

Rock Store on Saturday
View of the canyon roads

 

Brian offers up his cinnamon ring once again, but alas, no takers... A few of the riders at an overlook near Ojai before our Guy Webster collection tour

 

Chris Mee on his Kawasaki Z1000

 

Guy Webster begins the tour with an overview of a rare piece of his collection

 

Webster's collection
Webster's collection Webster's collection Heading up to Guy's 'barn' where the real fun starts...

 

This pic shows a partial view of the outstanding collection at Guy's place. Mostly rare Italian bikes.

 

Webster's collection Webster's collection
Yowza!

 

Webster's collection Webster's collection
This bike was in the Guggenheim Museum while it was on tour

 

A few of the riders bikes at Guy's place

 

 

Another shot...
A stop at the Deer Lodge and an authentic BBQ!

 

Bikes at the Deer Lodge Pat Ahearn's cockpit area

 

"Corbin seats make me RANDY!"

 

Pat Ahearn and his cool Ford purple Vmax (BTW, all motorcycles should be purple or yellow...)

 

Jerry and Chris's rides

 

Greg+Greg

 

A few of the slower bikes that came along...

 

A little rest before the Santa Barbara night out for Bob & Bob...

 

"You have 2 wishes left"

 

Chris and Greg riding in style on the way back to the hotel after a night out...

 

Proof that the Atkins diet works - NOT!

 

Solvang on Sunday morning

 

Some of the group on the way to the Solvang Motorcycle Museum

 

Flower-loving Outlaw

 

Varela lookin' suave'

 

Chris Mee talks to Virgil Elings, owner of the museum

 

Some of the older pieces

 

A view of the outstanding collection

 

Jerry and a classic BMW

 

Bikes at the museum

 

A few pics of the group at the museum... Vmax at Clear Creek Tavern Clear Creek Tavern for lunch

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