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The OL and I are heading to Napa for a week in early May. Planning on renting a Harley for a day and hitting the PCH. Anyone recommend a dealer out there? Any suggested trips in that area that may be better than PCH?

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PCH north of San Francisco is narrow with some tightish curves. It's a pretty ride, but progress is slow and the view on your left (heading north) is pretty constant
There is plenty of great riding all around Napa Valley. It gets kinda trafficky in St. Helena but the other roads in the area make for some nice riding.
There is a dealer in Vallejo that's pretty decent if I remember, not sure if they rent bikes...
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From Napa, Head north on Hwy 29 and follow it up through the Wine Country. there are plenty of places to stop and sight see along the way. If you are still wanting to see the coast (Hwy 1 - PCH), you can pick up Hwy 128 West from 29 and follow it up to where it joins Hwy 101 North, then take the Hwy 128 West exit just north of Cloverdale, CA.

That will take you over to the Coast, just south of Albion, CA, which is not far from Mendocino and Fort Bragg. Both are great tourist places. If you do this, I would plan a night for either Fort Bragg or Mendocino. It is a bit long to do the round trip in one day if you plan on spending any time sight seeing.

From there, you can start the next day heading south on Hwy 1. With the Ocean (and the best vista points) on your right, pulling over and getting started again is a lot safer.

From there, it's up to you how far south you want to go before turning inland again. There are various places to head back over to Napa, but you could go all the way into San Francisco, CA if you wanted to.

There is just too much to see for any one person to give the best answer.
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From Calistoga take 128 N. to 101 N. to 20 W. or take 128 all the way and ride PCH S. to Monterey. Figure on 15hrs in the saddle/ 2 or 3 days depending on your stops. Ride across the GG Bridge and enjoy the N. coast experience and taste of S. coast all in one.

Vallejo HD closed. Check HD in Cotati.

Calstoga 128 N. to PCH S. to Jenner 116 E. back to Stoga is a nice one day ride. 8 in the saddle with stops add another hour for lunch.
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If you are flying into San Francisco, Perkins Harley Davidson is probably not 5 miles or so north of the airport. Also, stay in Calistoga, the Main st. is awesome and plenty of places to stay in walking distance. We were there this last August and had been to Napa several times. We by far loved staying in Calistoga much better.
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I was just in San Fran last month and rented a bike. I rent from Eagle Rider when I can, better prices than HD. I went north to Fort Bragg and road all over that are the first day. Plenty of great riding off the PCH. The second day I went south and pretty much stayed with the PCH. I ref omens you check out eagle rider for renting. By the way I rented a Indian Roadmaster just because I own two HDs and figured I would check out the other side.


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Funny timing. The wife and I are flying into San Fran on May 21st and back out the 28th. I called the Eagle Riders in Monterey as that's the closest rental place to my daughter's place which is where we're staying. The guy there (Kevin) doesn't know the difference between a Sleeze Glide and a Road Glide. I'm not impressed with him at all.
I have some notes here from California Motorcycle Adventures in the San Jose area. Also talked to the dealer right by the airport (he send me a 12 paragraph email explaining stuff). Right now CMA is looking to be the best deal and the guy (who claimed to be the owner) spent the better part of an hour on the phone with me.

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From Calistoga take 128 N. to 101 N. to 20 W. or take 128 all the way and ride PCH S. to Monterey. Figure on 15hrs in the saddle/ 2 or 3 days depending on your stops. Ride across the GG Bridge and enjoy the N. coast experience and taste of S. coast all in one.
That's another good route.

I suggested Hwy 128 across to Albion because you will leave the wine country and go through some nice Redwood Groves before hitting the coast, but Hwy 20 to Ft Bragg is a good ride as well.

If you're really into some twists and turns in the Redwoods, continue north on Hwy 101 until you get to the small town of Leggett, CA. That's where Hwy 1 turns inland and joins back up with Hwy 101. You can then head west (south) on Hwy 1 and hit the coast north of Ft Bragg after spending a bunch of time in some of the most beautiful Redwoods of Northern California.

Just watch out for that last turn coming out of the redwoods in the little town of Hardy, CA. (about three houses) just a few miles south of Rockport, CA. There was some loose sand on the road when I went through there on my way back from the Redwood Run 2012. I kept it upright, but ran out of road and wound up through a fence and into a hay field.

Just about any route you pick anywhere in and around Napa, CA is going to give you a great ride. Please post a bunch of pictures from your trip so those not lucky enough to ride out here can enjoy them.

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Good Rental

I live in Napa Valley....pick a route and enjoy. Hundreds of miles of options.
Here's a convenient rental option. Welcome to Nieman's Motorcycle Rentals Mike's two shops are local (not HD Dealerships) and make renting a bike for a day or two pretty seamless if you are staying in the Valley, without having to chase all the way to Vacaville, Ronhert Park or SF to find a dealer to rent from.

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PCH north of San Francisco is narrow with some tightish curves. It's a pretty ride, but progress is slow and the view on your left (heading north) is pretty constant
There is plenty of great riding all around Napa Valley. It gets kinda trafficky in St. Helena but the other roads in the area make for some nice riding.
There is a dealer in Vallejo that's pretty decent if I remember, not sure if they rent bikes...
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Vallejo HD is closed.

The nearest HD dealership is Ironsteed in Vacaville, I believe they still rent bikes.

Eaglerider rents all types of motorcycles so check them out too.


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