By Wes Siler
I love the article on the Mission. Amazing piece of machinery. Lucky you to ride one–I’m jealous. Upon examining your ride data, how you RideApart guys avoid johnny law on that road (or any of the canyon roads around LA) must be a highly kept secret. My luck recently ran out, as I was happily ticketed (first speeding ticket in 20 years, mind you) on that same stretch of road for going 70 in a 45 zone– apparently the whole stretch of Angeles Crest Highway is 45 speed limit (I swear I thought it changed to 55 somewhere along the highway). I was obviously and joyfully speeding and so deserve my reprimand. Guilty as charged. Alas, after my online traffic school and donation to CHP, I’m $485 lighter in the wallet. The punch to the wallet did the trick, I now constantly monitor my speed- almost to a fault, but I’m actually more bummed that I won’t be traveling up to Newcomb’s for a long while– at least not at “exciting” speeds. Yes, doing 45 on that road can be fun, but not particularly exciting. Yes, I know the crash rate on the ACH–I’ve read the LA Times scare articles and seen the flowers perched along the embankments (RIP- respectfully), but if you’ve driven ACH enough and know what you you are capable of in decent conditions, you can safely go a fair bit higher over the limit when traffic permits. Too bad, as Newcomb’s was becoming a nice place to get fat at lunch. I guess my leathers will appreciate the reprieve. Thanks for sharing your data Wes, and now, how do you avoid the radar/laser with your job? Please let us in on it.