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California cruisin'

RUST IN THE USA – PART 2 ‘CALIFORNIA CRUISIN’

RUST’s US trip wasn’t all off-road roosting. When we got to the West Coast we couldn’t help ourselves but to indulge in a local passion – cruisin’. A trip from LA down to San Diego on Brit and American iron proved a great interlude while the dirt gear got cleaned up at the Laundromat…
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INDIAN LOVE AFFAIR

Warren took one look at the Indian and claimed it. If he was going to live a dream of Cali’ cruisin’ it had to be on American iron and he just soaked in the style and design cues of this new classic. And of course he took full advantage of relaxed local laws (or was it absence of cops?) to go, er, ‘native’.

ME TOO!

JB wasn’t impervious to the attractions of a little freeriding, either. There is something magical about riding with the wind in your hair (while you’ve still got it). The trick of course is to not look like you’re enjoying it too much…

Indian Scout Bobber
SUNSET BOULEVARD

Actually this was Laguna Beach, but when you see a Cali sunset you stop quick and take it all in – it really is quite special. Of course you have to shoot as well as look – so JB got Warren to push the Scout Bobber onto the boardwalk.

SUN SOAK

This shot is as it came out of the camera, no fancy Photoshop tricks. We had to pinch ourselves, it was so pitch perfect.

California cruising
STAR SPANGLED : It was just there, a wind-ripped red white and blue, we couldn’t resist composing at least one image like this…
Indian Scout Bobber
BLACK LIGHT : The Indian looked incredible in the light of dusk, just amazing. If you’d just bought the bike and parked it there you’d be 100% convinced you’d made the perfect choice.
Indian Scout Bobber
NIGHT LIFE : Warren was the cat that got the cream. Forget health and safety for just ten minutes, in that climate, that environment this was motorcycle nirvana – even for a confirmed dirtbike guy.
San Diego Cruising
PALM : Heading into downtown San Diego we passed this beach. Too nice to just ride past, so we stopped and hung around. Then we actually managed to lose each other when riding out – we still don’t know how. But it didn’t matter, just another excuse to ride up and down the strip…
San Diego
San Diego
San Diego
San Diego
San Diego
San Diego
OLD TOWN

Old town San Diego is enchanting. Low rise, and these avenues of weatherboard bungalows with just walkways between their front gardens make for a special atmosphere. And all just a few paces from the beach. And the culture was 100% Bohemian, artsy, foodie – kind of hipster in a sun-kissed beach-bum style. Being utterly uncool Brit and Saffie old boys we can’t say we fitted right in, but we certainly loved the style, and the fish tacos at Single Fin – sublime.

Indian Scout Bobber
Indian Scout Bobber
STREET SCENE

We could have walked the neighbourhood, but riding it was more fun – honestly what is more fun than riding bikes, any bikes? Warren’s been into riding with rolled-up sleeves ever since JB showed him how French enduro aces always ride like this, even in the depths of winter. See, even us old guys want to be cool.

Triumph Speedmaster
Triumph Speedmaster
HIT THE BUTTON

Warren eventually condescended to riding the Triumph. He made a play of finding the starter, the controls and all, but after a while he kind of liked, or at least respected, the Speedmaster. It’s just something he won’t admit in public.

Triumph Speedmaster San Diego
U-TURN

Using the pedestrian crossing as a U-turn opportunity confused the hell out of the locals – both in their automobiles and on foot (in San Diego they actually walk places, not just to their cars) – but you tell us: did Warren (a) turn on his Saffie charm or (b) just ignore them?

Triumph Speedmaster
BELL : The Bell Moto 3 is a sore subject in the RUST office. This was JB’s pick for the job, but when Warren fell out of love with his original pick of helmet after one day he collared JB’s pick instead. In the off-road variant (check for the plain colours and toweling – not leather – lining) the Moto 3 is one lovely lid.
Triumph Speedmaster
PLUM : You can tell quality paintwork by the way it works so completely in every light. In the San Diego twilight the Speedmaster’s red tank turned a warm plum colour, while the chrome tank badge and cap set off a contrasting deep reflective gleam. Meanwhile the simplicity of the instruments and comfortable sweep of the ‘beach bars’ just set the scene for a comfortable evening cruise.
San Diego
SUNSET 2

Another killer sunset, this time we’ve set one of the beach lifeguards’ lookout posts against it. There’s something a bit robotic in the design, don’t you think – maybe George Lucas had a hand in their design.

Triumph Speedmaster
AND GOODNIGHT

We’ll choose this as the closing shot of the San Diego cruise. At this moment life was perfect. We’ll not speak of the surprisingly cold, long and borderline uncomfortable ride back to Newport Beach, some of it on a super-busy freeway. No, we’ll not mention that nightmare, just remember that dream day…

Thanks
To Tom Robinson, Phil Read Jnr and Lance Jones at Triumph for sorting us the Speedmaster. And to Luke Plummer, Haley Holston and TJ Jackson at Indian for sorting the Scout Bobber. To Bell Helmets USA for the cool lids and to Richa (Nevis Marketing in the UK) for the gloves and jackets.

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