Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018

It’s pretty likely that the day after the motorcycle was invented, someone rode it to the woods and partied with their friends. Technology improves, culture evolves, society changes and a hundred plus years later, that same endeavor gets thousands of people out of the house and on the road every weekend. Our GM, Mike Ellis and his wife Ashmore know how to throw a party that’ll get people off the couch. Two years ago, they started one in the Donner Pass area of Northern California called the Sierra Stakeout. The area is known for beautiful scenery, twisty roads and lots of elevation gain and loss–just the right ingredients to cook up a good time on motorbikes.

The trip for us is a little over 500 miles, depending on the exact route. We’ve all ridden HWY 395 enough times to have our favorite spots and if there’s enough time, it’s cool to spend an extra day or two on the way up and enjoy some of the streams, lakes and hot springs along the Eastern Sierras. June Lake, Tom’s Place, Rock Creek, Schatt’s, Mono Cone, Lundy, Bridgeport–they’re all good places to stop and dunk your nuts and camp for the night.

Rather than one more boring trip report or party recap, I figured we’d just dump a ton of good riding photos from our intrepid shooter Geoff Kowalchuk.

Ride Motorcycles. Have Fun.

-Bill

Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
Kalen Thorien is no stranger to the Sierras.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
Curvalicious.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
Roadside repairs are just part of the deal.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
Deez nuts.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
Our Exfil-80 bag works on this set-up too.
Sierra Stake Out Ride 2018
Big twin, little twin.
Sierra Stake Out Ride 2018
Rouser likes the nana.
Sierra Stake Out Ride 2018
Father Fury, master of tall tales and good times.
Sierra Stake Out Ride 2018
Whatever floats yer boat.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
Roadside junk food.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
The original energy drink.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
Send it.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
What it’s about.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
CB1100EX in flight.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
The Beast from the East.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
Ruler.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
Hmmm. Might be a 2019 Lane Splitter color in the wild…
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
Rouser modded a Fox visor to work on his Lane Splitter.
Sierra Stake Out Ride 2018
California wildfires raged this summer, hence the smoky environment.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
Makin’ miles.
Riding to Sierra Stakeout 2018
We never get tired of runnin’ the 395.