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At a Glance
Handsome, colorful Major James D. Savage is
best remembered for how he died, but he’s also famous for three
major discoveries: rich deposits of placer gold at Big Oak Flat;
the magnificent Yosemite Valley during the Mariposa Indian Wars;
and how to satisfy his 33 Native American wives. A tough act to
follow, sure, but ride this hunky, Character-filled DH and
you’ll stumble on a few discoveries of your own. Like the pure
vein of 24-carat curves on Priest Grade. Or the richly paved
riding gold past Groveland that climbs steadily in stretched-out
twisties through escalating Remoteness on the approach to the
Sierra Nevada. Not to mention the increasingly rugged, foothill
Scenery that climaxes when you slip into the Merced Gorge and
revel in Yosemite’s stunning native attractions. Just don’t run
afoul of the authorities like our boy Jim did. This is a heavily
traveled tourist route with a CHP speed tax presence eager to
put a bullet in your wallet. Could be worse, though; Jimbo ended
up being shot to death by his judge.