Motorcycle Phone Mounts

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Mounting your phone on your motorcycle can be advantageous for several different reasons. The phone can double as either a music source (when coupled with speakers or a Bluetooth), as a camera for taking pictures on the ride or as navigational tool when used with GPS.

Phone mounts come in several different styles and price ranges and you’ll need to consider your own needs when choosing the one that will work best for you. Besides the above, you’ll also need to take into consideration your phone’s specifics such as size and if it has a case or not. You may also want to consider a waterproof mount or cover to protect your phone from the elements.

While you will probably charge your phone fully before going out on a ride, you may also want to consider alternative ways to be able to charge your phone on the road. There are two different methods to do this and both are simple. The first is to simply connect the phone directly to the bike’s battery via a mini or micro USB harness. The second way is more permanent and involves mounting a USB power port on your bike’s dash, handlebars, tank, etc. and then wiring it to a switched circuit like a headlight. Once properly mounted, you’ll have a permanent and handy charging outlet that can also be used for GPS devices or cameras as well as your phone.

The staff at OC Motorcycle can help you with advice on phone mounts and covers that will work best for your individual needs, so stop in or give them a call today.

Use a GoPro to Capture Your Motorcycle Rides

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With technology moving at the speed of light, it is easier than ever to share your motorcycle rides with your friends and family or even online with everyone.

GoPro, the mountable camera that is specifically designed for capturing action, was invented by surfer Nick Woodman in 2002. Since then, it’s evolved into the most versatile and popular recorders of our time.

There are several GoPro models ranging in price from $130.00 up to $500.00. In addition, there are many different methods for mounting the camera to various body parts, helmets, bike parts. By comparison, the mounts are extremely affordable, starting at $15.00 and going up to around $60.00.

While mounting the GoPro to your helmet is the easiest way to get footage, it’s the most common method out there. There are three different positions that the camera can be mounted-the top, side or chin. All of these will provide a nice POV, but can be a little disorienting to the viewer with your head movements. Also, the added profile can cause wind drag.

GoPros can also be mounted to the chest with a special harness. This method is good for off-road riding and for highlighting the handlebars and controls.

It can actually be much better to mount the GoPro to various parts of your bike. Several places can accommodate the camera including the handlebars, crash bars, passenger pegs or even the tail end of the bike. Each position provides a different POV, most are secure and unencumbered, but most can be affected by bike vibrations. Both GoPro and YouTube offer editing software/options to significantly reduce this for playback.

There are many different mounting gear options, or you can even get creative. Some riders have mounted the GoPro on the swing arm, the saddlebags, or even built custom mounts.

The best way to get started is to simply begin experimenting. Remember that camera settings will also have an effect of the quality of your video, so consult your manual or the Internet for user tips.

OC Motorcycles can help you with any questions you may have. They carry and sell both the GoPro cameras and accessories, so stop by today and start making your memories last.

Day Ride: The Rock Store

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By far the most famous biker destination in Southern California, the Rock Store has been welcoming the biker community since 1961 when owners Ed and Vern (Veronica) Savko purchased the old building and first turned it into a grocery store.

The Rock Store is world-famous, appearing in movies, commercials, videos and photo shoots as well as hosting many special events, bike shows, etc. Popular with the rich and famous as well as us “Average Joes”, it’s not unlikely to catch Jay Leno, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Harrison Ford in the parking lot.

The Rock Store is located on famous Mulholland Hwy, just off Pacific Coast Hwy in the town of Cornell. After picking up your rental bike at EagleRider Newport Beach, head north on the 405 before merging onto I-10 W toward Santa Monica. This will become CA-1 and you’ll take this beautiful road toward Malibu Canyon Road. When you reach Mulholland Hwy turn left and the Rock Store will be on the left-hand side about 6 miles down (30354 Mulholland Hwy).

The Rock Store is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so you’ll have to brave the traffic and crowds to get there. They serve breakfast as early as 7:00AM and close at 6:00PM. Because of the close proximity to the Santa Monica Mountains and all of the amazing roads and rides nearby, you’ll see all types of bikes in the lot, ranging from sport bikes to cruisers and choppers.

I suggest heading out on this ride very early so that you can enjoy some of the spectacular roads in the area. Unfortunately, many are known to local law enforcement as well and if you’re not careful, you may get stopped so watch yourself.

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Tuna Canyon Road is one of the more well-known routes and you can pick it up from Mulholland Hwy by heading north for about ten miles, turning right on Stunt Rd, which becomes Saddle Peak Rd, and then right onto Tuna Canyon Rd. This is a ONE WAY road, heading north to south, mostly downhill toward the coast with no guardrails. This road can be very dangerous; it is full of hairpin turns, so it is wise to watch your speed, make sure your brakes are in optimal condition and take your time.

This road will end up at CA-1, so getting back to the freeway and EagleRider Newport Beach is easy from here. However, if you have time, there are many interesting, scenic and very fun roads nearby, including Old Topanga Canyon, which is practically next door to Tuna Canyon.

Old Towne Orange and Irvine Park

Orange County is known for our miles of beautiful coastline and beaches, but there’s also a lot to see inland as well.

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Old Towne Orange is a great place to explore and it is only ten miles from EagleRider Newport Beach via CA-55N to Chapman Ave.

In the “Orange Circle” and up and down Glassell Ave., you will find plenty of antique malls, unique shops and lots of great restaurants and the surrounding streets are overflowing with beautiful historical homes.

Getting lost in nostalgia is easy in Old Towne Orange. It’s fun to get lost in the huge antique and consignment malls that feature all sorts of treasures from old Life magazines to record albums, comic books, jewelry, dishware, furniture, action figures and anything else you can dream up.

If you’re into 1950’s and 60’s mid-century furniture don’t miss a visit to Woody’s. Bret and Bettie Woody have an impressive collection of mid-century Danish and Heyfield Wakeman furniture for sale and can tell you anything you need to know about it.

Next door is the famous Watson’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain where you can literally step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned hamburger lunch complete with malt or float while listening to the 1950’s jukebox.

There are lots of specialty shops in Orange that are great fun to browse. Mr. C’s Rare Records is a favorite. The selection is great here, but the prices are a bit steep. Nearby is Big Red Comics where you can find toys, games and action figures in addition to the comic books. I also recommend a stop at the Army Navy Store where you’ll find lots of great camping equipment as well as pins, patches, bumper stickers, clothing, foot ware and a selection of knives and guns.

If you want to try some of the best Cuban food in town, head over to Felix’s Continental Café. Their portions are huge and you can sit outside or in. Other great places to eat are Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen, Citrus City Grille and Bruxie’s. If you’re a vegetarian, there’s a couple of amazing places to eat. Try Rutabegorz with its laid-back, hippie vibe or Mead’s Green Door, which features a local artists’ gallery. Next door to Mead’s is a great sausage and beer joint called Linx.

If you take E. Chapman Ave all the way to Jamboree Rd, you’ll end up running into Irvine Regional Park in Santiago Canyon. This is a beautiful and sprawling park, complete with a small zoo, train rides, paddle boat rentals, horseback riding, picnic grounds and hiking trails. Well worth the extra few minute drive from Old Towne Orange.

To get back to EagleRider Newport Beach, take Jamboree to CA-405N to CA-55S, then exit at Baker St.

Day Trip: Julian and Cuyamaca

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One of the more popular destination rides in Southern California is to the Old West mountain town of Julian. Most motorcyclists know about this location, which is reached by way of the freeway and then some very easy and scenic road riding.

Julian is about a two hour drive from EagleRider Newport Beach. After picking up your rental bike, head south via CA-73 to I-5S. In approximately 70 miles, you’ll reach CA-78 toward Escondido.

Following the 78 can be a bit tricky as it often takes you through small towns and on surface streets before actually becoming a road again, but follow the signs and you’ll have no problems.

On your left, you will pass the San Diego Wild Animal Park; farther on the road climbs into the foothills and offers nice views of rolling hills and in springtime, green grass and wildflowers. Once you reach the equestrian town of Ramona, you’ll begin to head up into the Cleveland National Forest. The road can be quite populated with both car and motorcycle traffic, especially in the fall, when apple season is in full swing. For the most part, this is a nice, curving, mountainous road and the beautiful pine and oak trees and clear blue skies make for a perfect ride.

Once you hit Julian proper, turn right on Main Street and park. You’ll see plenty of other motorcycles parked along the street as well as a horse and carriage that you can take a ride in.

Julian was founded around 1851, but its first claim to fame came when former slave A.E. “Fred” Coleman discovered gold in a creek in 1869. Some four years later, James Madison brought a load of young apple trees to town and they flourished, resulting in Julian’s current local product.  Don’t leave town without trying a piece of apple pie!

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There is actually a motorcycle accessories shop in Julian called Hog Heaven (what else?), located at 2016 Main Street. They offer necessities like thermal undergarments, gloves, clothing and cargo.

One place that is sort of off the beaten path, but worth a visit is the Julian Book House located at 2230 Main Street. A small, independent bookstore, they specialize in rare and used books. I have found many treasures among their shelves.

If you have time to explore, I recommend a visit to the Julian Pioneer Cemetery, located up a steep set of stairs at Farmer Road and A Street. Julian has a long Old West history and if you want to learn about it on your own instead of via the local museum (which is also good), wander among the crumbling headstones and grave markers here.

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During apple season, several of the orchards offer “U-pick” tours where you can pick your own apples. Check with the individual orchards and ranches for details as some require appointments.

Julian has several wineries as well as hard cider and beer breweries that all offer tastings. Check each one for more details and remember alcohol impairs your ability to operate a motorcycle, so book a room if need be.

Of course there are plenty of good restaurants in town such as the Julian Café, Miner’s Diner, Mom’s Pies and Rongbranch Ranch where the fried pickles are a must!

However, if you want to see some more beautiful scenery and take a short drive, head southeast on Main Street and then turn right onto CA-79. About 8 miles down this peaceful country road, you’ll find Lake Cuyamaca Restaurant with beautiful views of Lake Cuyamaca from either the outside deck or dining room. They have a reasonably priced and varied menu and are open until 8:00 PM. Their address is 15027 Highway 79 in Julian.

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If you head south on the 79, you will pass by Cuyamaca State Park before merging onto I-8 W toward San Diego. Take CA-67N to CA-52W, which will hook you up with the I-805N. This will become I-5N. From here, you can hop back onto CA-73N to CA-55N to return your rental bike at EagleRider Newport Beach. This route creates a sort of loop, but you can certainly just go back the way you came up.

Fall is the perfect time to visit Julian, so plan a trip with friends and reserve your rental bikes from EagleRider Newport Beach today.

Ride to Hell’s Kitchen & Cook’s Corner

Yeah, I know: this is a very popular and somewhat clichéd ride, but if you are visiting Orange County/Southern California, you kinda have to do this one. I don’t call this one a “Day Trip” as it is just too short, but it makes for a nice afternoon run.

From the parking lot of EagleRider Newport Beach, get onto CA-73 and then head south on I-5 toward San Diego. Exit at CA-74 in San Juan Capistrano and turn left, following the famous highway for approximately twenty-two miles.

Highway 74 , or Ortega Hwy, has a bad-ass reputation, even inspiring bumper stickers that read “I Survived Highway 74”. This is mostly because of the amount of four-wheel traffic and/or sport bike riders who get going around the curves a little too fast.

That aside, Hwy 74 is no slouch in the way of fun twists and turns, steep climbs and a few 180 degree turn as well as some spectacular scenery including Lake Elsinore and Mt. Elsinore and the valley below.

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Once you reach Lake Elsinore, Hell’s Kitchen will be on your left. You’ll likely be in good biker company here and although it has a reputation as more of a Harley or cruiser destination, many sport or dual sport bikes stop here as well. Many group rides make Hell’s Kitchen their destination, so you’ll be able to meet riders from all over Southern California.

The weekends are bustling here, so expect a crowd if you go out on a Saturday or Sunday. There is seating inside, out front and out back, which is my favorite place. There’s a nice deck with picnic tables shaded by the beautiful big oak trees.

Hell’s Kitchen offers a full bar, a typical roadhouse-style menu, big screen T.V.s and pool tables; however, the one item you’ll not want to miss (and are not likely to anyway) is their Coffin Condiment Bar.

While the service can be hit and miss (long wait time is the main complaint), their food portions are very generous and the food is decent enough. Worth a stop for sure.

If you choose to head over to Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon, you’ll realize that this ride isn’t a loop. Because the ride up Ortega Hwy (Hwy 74) isn’t a long one, I thought I’d throw Cook’s in as a second and popular biker destination in the general area.

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Head southwest on Hwy 74 for about twenty miles and then turn right onto Antonio Pkwy, then right on Oso Pkwy. Turn left onto CA-241N for a few miles and then exit at Portola Pkwy. Keep right and then make your first right onto Glen Ranch Rd, then your fist left at Saddleback Ranch Rd. At Ridgeline Rd turn left again and then left at Santiago Canyon Rd. Cook’s is on your left.

We rode up from Orange County for lunch on a Friday, arriving around 11:00-11:30. The place is what would be classified (lovingly) as a dive bar-small, rustic with cheap bar food (burgers, burritos, tacos, fries, etc). They have tables and benches out front, which is typically where we sit. As you would expect, many motorcycles of all kinds are parked outside, but the crowd is sometimes mixed with bicyclists and scooter aficionados.

Cook’s has always had live music and still do so check their website for details. They also have a Bike Night every Wednesday (as well as a $4.00 spaghetti dinner complete with garlic bread and salad). Saturday and Sunday they have a Bike Wash, beginning at 7:00 AM and going all the way until 6:00 PM.

Getting back to EagleRider Newport Beach is easy from here. Just go back the way you came and then go down Bake Pkwy to the 405N and then merge onto the 55S.

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