A ride from Huntington Beach to San Clemente California

California Motorcycle Accident Attorney and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez with "The Swede."
California Motorcycle Accident Attorney and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez with “The Swede.”

On June 8, 2014, I decided to take a little motorcycle ride down Pacific Coast Highway with one of my friends affectionately known as “the Swede.”

This also happened to be her first ride on or Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Previously, I purchased a new helmet for her, because none of the helmets that I have in my collection would fit her head. She wears a medium.

After giving her some instruction on how to get on the bike, where to put her feet, and how to act on the motorcycle, we both saddled up and took off from my condo in Huntington Beach California. We went down Main Street, to Pacific Coast Highway, and headed south to San Clemente California.

Biker and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez clowning around in San Clemente, CA
Biker and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez clowning around in San Clemente, CA

The ride down Pacific Coast Highway from Huntington Beach, California, to San Clemente, California, is marked by brief moments of good cruising, and a lot of stop and go traffic. The stop and go traffic is mostly in Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach.

There is however, some excellent ocean views on this run, and for the most part it is a stress reliever.

I always like to smoke a big cigar on this run. That is the beautiful part of having a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Ultra Classic. The fairing is a good wind blocker which makes smoking cigars while riding a breeze.

We had a pretty good ride, and I could tell that the Swede was really enjoy herself. It’s always a good thing when a beautiful lady enjoys the backseat of a Harley-Davidson. I always like to be the first one they ride with 🙂

The Swede was a trooper, she did not complain at all. On some stops she even rubbed my shoulders, which is always a good sign.

I ended up taking her to a Mexican restaurant in San Clemente that I always go to. As usual, I had a protein bar, while I watched her eat a regular meal. I’m a weirdo when it comes to my diet. To be ripped at my age, you have to really watch what you eat. This is another story for another time.

For some reason on this day I did not bring a sweatshirt with me or a jacket. I have done this ride many times, since I live next to the beach. I should’ve known better. As we left the Mexican restaurant at approximately 7 PM, the weather was cooling significantly. Luckily the Swede brought a little jean jacket, and I had a pair of gloves for her use. I had nothing on myself but a muscle T-shirt. I knew it was going to get cold fast.

We rode back up the coast, back to Huntington Beach. One of my customs, is a stop in at Starbucks in Seacliff Village and have a coffee before I go home.

It was a great ride with my beautiful friend the Swede. I look forward to riding with her again very soon.

Unfortunately, I developed an issue with the volume control switch on my handlebar control, and will have to take it in the Harley-Davidson to get fixed.

Looking forward to going to Sturgis in less than two months.

By California motorcycle accident lawyer, and biker attorney, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © June 8, 2014

A Video montage of Photos I took at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2013

As you all know, I drove my RV alone from Huntington Beach, CA to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2013, in Sturgis, SD from July 31, 2013 to August 16, 2013. I also drove to Custer, Montana, and to Cody and Yellowstone, WY.

This marked my first big trip since becoming a single man again.

Once at my destination, I rode my motorcycle over 1000 miles. Below is a video montage of the pictures I took at the Sturgis 2013 Motorcycle Rally. A couple of pics had to be edited to add pasties so Youtube would not delete the video. Look for my big write-up on the trip, and actual video footage taken from my various cameras to be published soon. Enjoy the video. Pictures were taken at Sturgis, SD, Full Throttle Saloon, Glencoe Campground, and all over the rally.

California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, December 29, 2013

Custom Motorcycle Trailer, Phase 3 Completed

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Well my custom enclosed motorcycle trailer is almost finished, and I must say that it is frigging awesome.

Today I picked up the trailer from Monster Image of Huntington Beach. They are the company I chose to do the wrapping of the trailer. They also designed the wrapping with my advice and consent.

If you ever want to get a vehicle wrapped, Monster Image of Huntington Beach should be the place you go. Make sure you talk to Scotty or Bobby, these guys are professionals.

If you take a look at the pictures you can see their handiwork. At the front of the trailer you can also see the diamond plate trailer tongue box I had installed. If you look at the back of the trailer near the top, you can also see the wireless video camera I had installed so I can see the back of my now 50 foot rig, including RV.

Next I am going to get my RV wrapped.

There are still a few things I need to wrap up before Sturgis, but they are not things that will prevent me from going. I still need to get a spare tire for the trailer, and a spare tire holder. I am also looking at shelving systems for the inside of the trailer, but unfortunately, since I am leaving for Sturgis this Tuesday morning, it is probably too late, we will see.

If you look at my phase 1 article by clicking here, and my phase 2 article by clicking here, and compare the pictures on each article, you can see the various aspects of my customization.

I also added a wireless tire pressure monitor to my RV, and the trailer, so I will have a computerized readout of all tire pressure for the RV and trailer tires, along with their temperature. If there is a leak or some other problem, the unit will show an alarm automatically.

So there you have it, a custom motorcycle trailer in less than a month.

I am really excited to try out the Biker Bar Strapless Motorcycle towing system, and meet up with the guys who manufacture it, and sell it in Sturgis. They told me they will be at Black Hills Harley Davidson, so that is where I will meet them.

Stay tuned, I will be blogging about my entire trip to Sturgis. I plan on posting video and a whole lot more.

The Biker Law Blog is now a recognized motorcycle industry and news publication. I have received press credentials to aid me in my work. So I am now not only a nationally recognized Biker and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer, I am also a reporter.

I never really considered the stuff I write for the Biker Law Blog to be news, but others do.

Stay tuned for one hell of a trip to Sturgis!

By California Motorcycle accident Lawyer and Biker Attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © July 25, 2013

A little motorcycle ride from Irvine, CA to Huntington Beach, CA

This little video shows me riding from Irvine, CA to Huntington Beach, CA by way of Pacific Coast Highway. I ride this way home every day. I go from Irvine, to Newport Beach, to Huntington Beach.

Notice the cigar 🙂 The video cuts off just as I turn from PCH to Main Street. For those of you in sweltering heat, notice the nice cloud cover in the late afternoon at the beach.

This video also shows me doing some old fashioned California Lane Splitting on PCH.

Enjoy.

By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © June 27, 2013

Had a close call on the freeway with road debris yesterday

California Motorcycle Accident Attorney and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez in Malibu, CA
California Motorcycle Accident Attorney and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez in Malibu, CA

Yesterday, Sunday, January 13, 2013, I rode my motorcycle from Palmdale, CA to Huntington Beach, CA as the first part of my move to Huntington Beach, CA.

Since I am moving this Sunday, January 20, 2013 to Huntington Beach a distance of approximately 100 miles, and I have to drive my car on the day of the move, I had to ride my motorcycle to Huntington Beach in advance of the move because I would not be able to do it on moving day.

It has been freezing cold these past few days; there is some sort of artic cold front that has been coming through. Before daylight on January 13, 2013, temperatures were about 17 degrees where I live, and it supposedly felt like 3 degrees with the wind. Imagine how cold it would have been on the motorcycle.

I decided to not ride in the morning, but to wait until midafternoon to do the ride. It was still freezing cold, at least for a southern California guy like me.

When I got on the motorcycle, it was in the 40’s at my home, but quickly got down to the 30’s in Acton and Agua Dulce.

It was a great ride, but a freezing ride. My hands and feet quickly went almost numb. There was a very real danger of hypothermia.

While riding my Harley Davidson Electra Glide on the 405 freeway south, past the Los Angeles International Airport, at around 70 miles per hour in the Diamond Lane, the car in front of me suddenly kicked up what appeared to be the remains of a hot tub or some sort of fiberglass tub.

I quickly grabbed my front brake, realized I was going too fast to avoid it, or to swerve away from it (there was no time), so I accelerated through it and held on tight.

The debris hit my motorcycle hard on the front fairing and the lower fairing which is attached to the right engine guard. Although traffic was going fast, there were a lot of cars around.

I shook my head in utter disbelief. I have been riding on the street on motorcycles since the age of 16 and I have never hit road debris which was this bad, ever.

As I type this I am having flashbacks of the incident. I realize now that I was riding too close to the car in front of me, violating one of my own rules. Had I kept a safer distance from the car in front of me, I would have had more time to react to the debris.

I was damm lucky that my front tire did not roll up on the debris and get stuck on it, which would have caused me to crash for sure. As a matter of fact there are many scenarios with the large amount of debris that was kicked up in front of me which could have caused me to crash. Had I locked my brakes up, or swerved to avoid it, I would have surely crashed.

Luckily, I was able to power through it.

Again, keep a safe distance from the car in front of you while riding your motorcycle, because on a motorcycle there are no second chances.

I need to listen to and follow my own rule!

By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, © January 14, 2013

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