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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 05-20-2009, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Century + Tell A Ride - How Was It !!!

wkrizan's thread "Its that Time of Year" got me thinking about different rides and how they were, good bad or ugly...
So why not have a thread to describe your ride of lets say 100+miles, not to work and back 51 mi each way, but a ride you had of over 100 mi. ...
Did you take pictures, was ita group ride, how many, what did they ride, ride some good twisties, have a ball, break down, lost in the sticks, crappy ride, still grinning, whatever...???
Lets keep this thread going and add your 100+mi. ride to it, and even interesting pictures if you took some...
Just thought it would be fun to read about other folks roads & rides...
Lets hear about the century plus you rode...!!!!!!!
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well i guess i will jump in and start.
TAIL OF THE DRAGON !!!!!!!!!!!!
two years in a row and a third this year.have rode 150 miles in one day on the dragon and the skyway, wich i recomend to all here in the forum. last year four of us went on the trip, 1 vn750 , 1 harley, 1 victory 8ball , and 1 stripped down goldwing, i have a few pics on in my album and will post more some day soon. with all the accadental site seeing (getting lost ) taking a wrong turn here and there we put 150 miles or so on the bikes in one day. the time spent riding there was relaxing and the view up in the mountians was breath taking. had one bad experiance the first year. when riding the skyway . it was in the high 90's, wearing a t-shirt. a hornet went up my sleve and stung me three times before i could pull over and get it out . i can look back and laugh now but when it was happening it wasnt funny . i was like a mad man ( and i bet the people who rode past me thought i was). i pulled over , took off my helmit and my shirt and was jumping around and stomping on the hornet like i was crazy. after i got my composure back we finnished the ride with no other bad things happeining. i can tell you for a few miles after that i ws not comfortable riding.
there are many places to turn off on the skyway , not many on the dragon , that you can tek pictures from and just injoy the seniery. it is well woth the time to ride the skyway and the dragon and would be hard to beat the enjoyment of riding the twisties of the dragon.

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Semiepic rain ride
this past Sunday, a friend (v65 magna) and I set out from B'ham to the Little River Canyon near Ft. Payne Al. About 120 miles of rural two lane to get there. Constant rain all the way. the journey was worth it, the canyon road is 24 miles of twisties and elevation changes. stoped several times for spectacular views. met friendly Harley guys at one stop, and of course there was a BMW guy out there too. The 750 was perfect all day. ME 880's were sure footed on everything from perfect pavement to puddle covered rocky back roads. Frog toggs rain suit did well, just a little water coming up from the leg bottom. Just after 5:00, it began to clear up. We hit the interstate for the ride home and I laughed most of the wasy as I watched my buddies rubber rain suit dissentigrate at highway speeds. at a gas stop he looked like the Hulk with his shredded suit. all together we covered about 300 miles and saw 5 beutifull waterfalls. If you are anywere near, you should go. It was trully my first epic rain ride.

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Rides over 100 miles? SO many... I'd be harder pressed to find a ride LESS than 100 miles!

One recent Saturday, took off for parts unknown on deserted backroads. Have you heard of The Middle Of Nowhere? Go about 50 miles past it and you come to New Idria road.


Spectacular views.


So much space.


The road goes to New Idria, a ghost town. For over 100 years it was a cinnibar (quicksilver, mercury) mine; at its peak New Idria produced 5% of the entire world's supply of mercury. In the 1970's the mine closed down and everyone left.

One of the slag heaps at New Idria.


Little Panoche road. Stupendous mountains, sinuous road. Spectacular.


Del Puerto Canyon Road.


DPC connects to San Antonio Valley Road, which becomes Mount Hamilton road. Pic of the backside:


Front side. ALMOST twisty enough!




Highland way.


All told about 350 miles of twisty bliss. RIDE that bike!

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Thats what I mean, good rides folks, good looking roads & pictures too EQ, those are the rides I like to see and hear about......
Well I shouldn't but I'll tell about my little 100+ solo ride yesterday...
For some unknown stupid reason about every year or two I have to get myself out of a Hardly Sportster trading mood, well yesterday was the day, we have had a good bit of rainy weather lately and the rides have been cut back more than I like so here goes...
Left home here in Winchester Tn. for Columbia's HD Sealership, took the twistie route so to speak, hwy 50 to Lynchburg Tn. (good ride) then hwy 129 to Petersburg (good ride) but went US431 to Lewisburg and hwy 50 on to Columbia neither being anything to brag about... No problem getting out of the Hardly mood after about 10 min. at the Stealership...lol... Seems more like a shake and bake to me, did make me appreciate my VN750 much more though... So back to Winchester via hwy 99 thru Shelbyville then hwy 130 thru Tullahoma & home (151 mi. round trip)... I did have my camera but didn't see anything of interest to shoot, but at least the Sportster fever is over for another year or two, and I had a pretty good ride, "dang" this VN750 does ride good...lol...
Like I said, I shouldn't have even put this in here, but since I started it, I will......
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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hey old dog , any safe ride from point A to point B is worth talking about .

love the pictuers EQ. i must have missed that part of texas when i was there

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love the pictuers EQ. i must have missed that part of Texas when i was there
California.

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lol. that must be why i missed it

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Yep, EQ does have some good riding out there in his neck of California, and takes some darn good pictures too......
I rode about 115 mi. yesterday, but nothing to write home about... Makes me think I should have stretched the thread title out a bit, maybe 150+ miles...??? What do y'all think...???
DragonRider, next year also try to ride the Devils Triangle (Hwy 116) too, out of Petros Tn. and by Brushy Mountain prison, thats a good ride also and not as many ride it as the Dragon Tail...
I hope to get to E. Tn., E. Ky. and W. Va, W. West Va. in a couple or so weeks... Some good twisties riding up there too, and the Virginias will be new riding for me...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...
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Beautacious scenary, EQ!!!

Thanx for sharing!
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