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It’s no secret among motorcyclists that Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road near Lake Sonoma is the place for speed and thrills.

It has been for years, so it should come as no surprise to motorcyclists as well that the CHP is aware of the racetrack-type draw of the rural road and is cracking down.

Using part of a federal grant the CHP received, the Sonoma County office is assigning extra officers on overtime to patrol the road, CHP Officer Jon Sloat says.

The CHP has stepped up traffic enforcement on the road before, and Sloat says “people are testing the waters again to see if we’re going to be there, and we will be.”

The latest extra patrols started about two weeks ago and will continue for at least a few weeks more, he says.

Common tickets for motorcyclists are for speeding and crossing double yellow lines, he says.

To get an idea of the excitement Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs creates for motorcyclists, here’s a description of the road on advrider.com by a motorcyclist. It’s a few years old, but the comment still captures the thrill although some of the road conditions may have changed:

From Highway 1, “it starts with several miles of typical CA paved goat trail followed by at least 25 miles of the finest on-camber, intersection-free, high-speed sweepers. There are two ‘slow’ turns marked with 20 mph advisories, but you can get though them about 60 mph if you don’t mind dragging you peg feelers a little. One is the only seriously decreasing radius turn on the whole road. Take care–you will be totally zoned when you get to it. This is the closest thing to track riding on the road, I have ever experienced. The road surface quality is awesome, some of the corners even have ‘run off,’ (although some have guardrails and cliffs). Best to go on the weekdays and usually there will be no cars or cops there. It has become popular with sport bikers in recent years, so there has been some police presence on the weekends. Best to take a slow run through your first time and check for cops. You will never see them in the goat trail section. Overall it is a great ride. ”

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10 Comments

  1. Brad

    Obviously, there are too many CHP’s because they can’t find enough real work to do.They have to hold these kind of fund raisers to justify their existence. With California’s budget woes the state troopers numbers should be cut in half. The only negative result would be the loss of income to donut shops.

    June 19th, 2012 10:30 am

  2. Jeff T

    Yeah, what do they think they’re doing, responding to citizens’ complaints about reckless motorcyclists treating their quiet country road as an informal race track? Whose business is it, anyway, if some riders want to blast around, scraping knee on a public road at double or even triple the posted limit (which is much too low, BTW, for the engineering masterpiece that is Skaggs))? Having ridden it myself more than a few times, I realize it is a public road, and said public really doesn’t appreciate you guys, like Brad here, screaming past them on your Gixxers at 9000 RPM over the double yellow.
    You want to ride like that, there’s an even better road in Sonoma County- right now, it’s called The Raceway at Sonoma. Do some track days, Brad, so no one has to peel you off a guard rail up on Skaggs, or some kid riding with his parents doesn’t have to see you wad it in front of their car, forcing Dad to run you over.
    Or, whine about the cops being on YOUR race track, and see where that gets you.

    June 19th, 2012 8:35 pm

  3. John

    Clearly Brad, you didn’t read this edition of Road Warrior before you went riding out on Skaggs Springs, did you? Most unfortunate…

    June 20th, 2012 8:36 am

  4. Rich Honsa

    Good job CHP ! And this IS real work , The tax payers don’t need to fund a racetrack for these morons. And people should be able to drive those roads without the risk & fear of being hit head on when they come around a blind corner and there’s a motorcycle in their lane. I really don’t understand their logic, Just because it’s a remote road with good pavement& curves it’s OK to drive at high speeds ? Law abiding people use, live & work in this area and Brad i’m sure if they were doing this in front of your house you would think differently.

    June 20th, 2012 8:41 am

  5. Kevin

    Kind of sad they decided to pay officers overtime to patrol a barren stretch of road. That money should have been used to help keep parks and schools open.

    June 20th, 2012 9:15 am

  6. Tammy

    Kevin,

    Skaggs Springs is not a “barren” road. Have you ever driven it? It’s a main thoroughfare directly to Hwy 1. It is also the county desginated main EVACUTATION ROUTE. Recycling and refuse trucks from the Annapolis Recylcing and Waste Center use that road everyday. Logging trucks, transfers, construction trucks and stock trailers are always on that road. Not to mention numerous tourists with their families driving out to the coast. I have personally seen at least 4 of those idiots smashed into guard rails, banks or wrapped around the front axle of a truck. They park on the bridge (in a NO PARKING area) and arrogantly stand out in the middle of the road, making the traffic go around them. Personally, I don’t care if the CHP catches them or not. I will not be looking out for these jerks, they’d better look out for me, because I am not moving over when they come screaming around a corner on my side of the road. I would prefer to see more of them tangled up in the bumper and radiator of a cement truck.

    June 20th, 2012 2:04 pm

  7. Sheila

    well, you know, if you motorists and tourists in your gas guzzling pickup trucks and your annoying little Prius’ would pull to the side and let the motorcyclists pass…they wouldnt have to cross the double yellow lines to get around you. most of the cyclists that are speeding on that road are still way within their safety/control limit. the others are going to be a nuisance and a danger to themselves and others whether they are driving a car, tank or motorcycle.

    June 24th, 2012 10:58 am

  8. Lou Sylvestri

    God bless the CHP.

    Write em up! When the guys on motorcycles go thru Watmaugh
    towards Hermosa you’d swear a B-29 just buzzed ya.

    Wish the CHP could nail a few of those jokers!

    June 27th, 2012 2:26 pm

  9. Tammy

    Hey Sheila…. There is a 35 MPH speed limit on that road. Let me explain what that means: NO ONE is to travel over the speed of 35, including crotch rocket riding idiots. People with gas guzzling pickups have them for work. I would, however, agree with you completely on the Prius’, I would also add Honda Fits, Leafs and any other vehicle that uses a tire smaller than that found on a wheel barrow. They to pull over or better yet, stay solely on roads where there is only a down hill.

    June 29th, 2012 3:01 pm

  10. TheYellowRanger

    @ Tammy,

    At first I really wanted to stoop to your level and come at you with some profanity, but I took a breath.

    I agree with you that motorcyclists shouldn’t be using public roads as racetracks, and if tons of obnoxious riders blasted past my house every weekend, i’d probably be upset about it too.

    Granted, sometimes the motorcycling community seems to be overpopulated by idiots from the outsider’s perspective – but even so we share this planet together.

    I can assure you that a majority of motorcyclists are normal people that try to obey the laws and co-exist with one another. Read my blog, its full of stories about safety and being a good representative of the community.

    Shame on you for wishing harm upon another human being.

    December 4th, 2012 8:28 pm

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