Ride To Point Arena

Yesterday I rented a KTM 990 Adventure from Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals in San Francisco and decided to ride northwards along California State Route 1 to a small town called Point Arena. I added “ride a motorcycle to Point Arena” to my bucket list immediately after I watched the movie “Need For Speed”. The final chase in the movie was along this scenic road and culminated at the beautiful Point Arena Lighthouse.

I started riding at 9:30 am and made my first stop at Hawk Hill to get a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate bridge.

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Next I proceeded to Point Bonita Lighthouse and then to Muir Beach Overlook.

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Thereafter I started riding to Point Reyes Lighthouse. The scenery along the way was absolutely breathtaking.

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Point Reyes is off Route 1 and I had to ride back to get to Route 1 once again as I proceeded to Duncans Point. I rode through sleepy meadows with cows, horses and sheep and widing roads taking the shape of the jagged coastline. I stopped several time to take pictures.

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I then started the final push towards Point Arena, again stopping multiple times to click pictures. This stretch involved riding over a bunch of hills with winding roads similar to a ghat section in India. I was quite surprised to see certain sections that had no barricade. One wrong move and you would be tumbling down the sleep hillside.

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I finally reached Point Arena Lighthouse at 6:30 pm and struck off an item from my bucket list.

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I checked into the Wharf Masters Inn at Point Arena and had a good night sleep.

Next morning I woke up, had breakfast and started riding at 8:30 am back to San Francisco. This time the only stops I made were for rest and that’s when I took some pictures. By 1:30 pm I was back at Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals.

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It was an awesome couple of days riding a beautiful route on a fantastic bike. This is the first time I rode a KTM motorcycle and I loved every bit of it. It felt way different than my own Royal Enfield Thunderbird and Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. The KTM 990 Adventure looks heavy and it actually is. Its also quite a tall motorcycle. Getting on it is like mounting a horse. I’m 6 feet tall and my feet barely sit flat on the ground. But once you start riding you suddenly don’t feel the weight anymore. The machine is extremely nimble at relatively high speeds and sharp curves.