This video is from my weekly Angeles Crest Hwy ride with my regular group from the SCS board (http://www.socal-sportbikes.com) It begins leaving Newcomb's Ranch and ends at the bottom of the mountain. I hope this gives people who haven't ridden the Crest a good idea of what the road and conditions are like and how the new 250 handles in aggressive riding situations.
We got stuck behind two creeping cagers that wouldn't yield towards the end so the pace was about 50% slower than we normally take it during that portion of the video.
Our speed is about 55-65mph in the video.
Our pack was pretty thin this time because of Father's Day and we are taking it relatively easy on this particular ride down.
Rider roster based on formation:
1st: Paul (R6)
2nd: Earl ('07 Husqvarna 610 SM)
3rd: Michael (1000RR)
4th: Myself ('08 250r)
The 5th rider in my group who recently joined us is another fellow 250 rider (Roland, aka "dnaL0r"). He had a terrible spill that morning (going uphill) which resulted him being helicoptered out to the nearest trauma center. He's banged up pretty badly, but in stable condition.
You can read about the accident here:
My thoughts and heart go out to him and his family. This is a sobering reminder that although beautiful, the Crest is still a very dangerous place for a beginning rider if you're not 100% alert at all times.