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|05-27-2015 06:23 PM|
|mrseedsower||pmassey have you been told or learned from the internet not to ride in the center of the lane where it is blacker due to that blackness is oil and grease coming from the engines of cars and it could coat your tire and cause issues when wet.|
|04-09-2015 12:27 PM|
Read every post and had a blast doing it. Clever and funny you are Spencer1. I live in South Georgia-Jesup to be exact. I have been riding for almost a month. Self taught as yourself but interested in getting better and doing a few longer rides. Not sure I wanna do 400 miles just yet though. A bit much for me.
Anyway, I know this thread has been dormant for almost a year but just checking in.
|07-20-2014 10:18 PM|
Originally Posted by Spencer1 View Post
|07-20-2014 12:01 AM|
Originally Posted by rsavant View Post
|07-07-2014 08:50 PM|
|rsavant||Sounds like a fun ride! Wish I could've gone along. If I ever get Katie running right again - and when it's not so hot and humid - I'd like to do that.|
|07-07-2014 05:03 PM|
Originally Posted by Old Dog View Post
|07-07-2014 04:56 PM|
Hey buddy, good to hear you got'r done... What a ride, 411 mi. would have my ass draggin my tracks out big time...lol... So maybe it was not bad missing out on the rain, I think I rode more curves on a wet road in the rain than I have all my cycle riding before...
We'll have to do it again and stretch out some miles the next time...
Knowing the roads you rode I think you should get the iron butt award for the ride............ ...
Red River Gorge...???
FOB---Have a good one...Old Dog...
|07-07-2014 11:36 AM|
I stopped at one of the photo places about 3/4 mile down the road and told them about the rider and suggested they call or drive back up since there were 3 guys in in the tent but only 1 actually holding a camera.
I've been using an AirHawk Roho seat for several years, that's how my butt survived the trip. It doesn't make a LazyBoy seat by any means but a vast improvement. I really need to send my seat to Spencer in FL and have his super padding put in.
|07-07-2014 11:30 AM|
|DACataldo||Great story! I might try another long ride after hearing yours. They do sell seat cushions (Airhawk) that I hear great things about. I am gonna get one for sure. I hope that cr rider didn't fly off where he couldn't be seen from the road.|
|07-06-2014 10:01 PM|
As many of you know I was on a 3 day ride with Old Dog, Denny6006, and Chuck.A last week when my driveshaft tore loose at the rear end stranding me on the 1st day of the ride. We were 20 miles from running Tail of the Dragon from the TN side when my bike just wouldn't go,,,, engine ran great but no power getting to the rear. After the guys got me a U-Haul (my 1st time riding bitch but Chuck was a fine chauffeur) I drove home with Old Blue in the back. I went to work on it that night but needed parts so it took a few days to get Blue rolling again. Last night I decided to go on a run and hit some roads I had missed out on with the "Ride to the Sticks".
Took off around 8 this morning and after running the back roads I hit hwy 129 and headed up. I've always thought the 15 miles going over Blood Mountain was some of the finest riding,,, plenty of 25 and 20 mph curves and a passing lane most of the way so you don't get stuck behind slow cars very much. Weather was beautiful as I crested over the top and rode past the "Tree of Pain" (branches are full of failed hiking boots from the local backpacking trail, hundreds of pair thrown up in the branches and quite a sight). Scooted down the other side and crossed into NC.
Continued up to Deals Gap and started into the real twisties, Traffic was light and the cars pulled off to let me pass pretty as you please. about 3 miles after I crossed into TN I heard a crotch rocket coming up from behind, saw him in the mirror and started looking for a pull off which I found one after only a few curves,,, shot in but the crotch rocket never passed. I had heard him for a curve or 2 behind me but then I realized I hadn't heard him for the last 2-3 curves. I considered turning around to check for him since there was nowhere to pull off the road in that stretch but it was a bitch of a place to try a U-turn so I went on. Hope he's ok and didn't go off the road; there was nowhere he could have pulled off in that 300 yard stretch of road from where I last heard him.
Finished running the Dragon North bound and rode along the lake until I came to the HD dealership. I've never seen a HD dealership that didn't have any bikes to sell but plenty of overpriced HD shirts and stuff. Grabbed a free lunch since they had the grill running and while eating I considered what to do now that I had run the Dragon,,,, then it hit me,,,, Run the Dragon again!!! So I spun her around and went for pass number two. Saw no sign of the crotch rocket rider so I guess he wasn't hurt too bad if he slid off.
Old Dog had suggested that I try Moonshiner 28 which is a super twisty road running about 100 miles through Highlands NC and past Bridal Falls (which I detoured to ride under) to Walhalla SC. It starts at the southern end of the Dragon. While on it I detoured to cross Fontana dam and detoured again to try to find an old friend's place up by Cherokee (couldn't find the house). The rusty old guardrail made me a bit nervous since it was right on the road to keep cars out of the gorge (a bike will simply flip right over it) but generally good road. I took a wrong turn in Highlands and ended up on a road that made the Dragon look tame ( three 10 mph curves with a 15% downgrade according to the sign) for a few miles before I figured out I was on the wrong road. By this point I was well over 300 miles into the trip and realized that the curves were losing their fun but instead were becoming work. I was getting tired. Turned around and rode it back up but it wasn't quite so bad going up. Let me tell you,,, a 10 mph curve on a super steep road isn't fun.
When I finally got to Walhalla SC I turned on the GPS and followed it home. That was a little too much twisty riding for 1 day and I'm truly exhausted.
411 miles,,, 4 states,,, 1 VN750 and 12 hours My ears are a ringing and my ass is a stinging!!! Got to get a better seat.
So don't tell me that a VN is too small to survive a long trip! Heck,,, I've got a 30 yr old Honda 250 that could make the trip but it wouldn't be as much fun.
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