5 Days / Phili to Knoxville to Barber Round Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by svenoman, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    What do you do when one of your best friends asks you to be his
    best man and he is thinking VIR Superbike Race for a Bachelor / Getaway trip.

    Well I don't know Ricky Johnson, so having him set us up with an epic ride was
    out of the question.

    The best thing I could come up with was:
    Wednesday go to Knoxville and hook up with my buddy Jason,
    Thursday Rip in the dirt for a full day. Then on Friday head to Barber
    to see the museum and Saturday 8-18 we would schedule a Track Day with NESBA.
    Then home on Sunday.

    That was the plan and here is the short story and lots of pics.

    We did not quit our jobs or sell all of our stuff, and we did use a trailer to get there.
    We also did have a great time.

    If using the Trailer makes us unworthy, we understand.



    Parking Lot Breakfast at Sheetz, Mount Joy, PA.
    Thats Chris on the Right (the one getting married in 2 Weeks) and Wiggy on Left.
    Chris rides an 06 KTM 450 EXC and a 05 GSXR 1000.
    Wiggy has the wrecked Rossi Addition R6 (Thats another story) and a Dual Sported WR450.
    Ive got the 03 GSXR 1000 and an 04 Dual Sported TC450 Husky.

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  2. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    Fast Forward 10 Road hours to Knoxville.
    Thats Jason on the left and myself (Sven) on the right.

    He's got a 640 Duke in the Garage and a KTM 450 EXC.
    The Duke is perfect for ripping up the Tail of the Dragon,
    and other nearby great roads.

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  3. svenoman

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    So we drank some beers and ate some Pizza.

    Swapped the bikes around so we could use Jasons trailer (I know there is that word again) to get to the Coal Creek Mining Company riding
    area in the morning.

    Thats Jason's wife Christi and Daughter Jessie.

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  4. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    We unloaded at the Trail head. The plan was to ride over
    the mountains to Scottys for the Lunch and get fuel
    across the street.

    The trail is mostly fast 2 track stuff. I rode some of it last
    summer and it was wet and slick. Actually it was the
    slickest trails I have ever ridden, the trails are full of
    clay in sections. But on this summer day it was
    very hot and dry. The area is in a drought.

    The Elevation changes here are incredible. Lots of
    challenging up and down hill sections.

    We made are way over the Mountain and down into
    a Valley with a Creek Crossing.

    Im not a big butterfly freek or something but my kids
    really enjoyed the pictures of them.


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  5. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    I got a flat rear tire about 1 hour from lunch.
    Jason asked me if I wanted to head back to the
    Truck. "Are you kidding me, Lets Ride and go Eat".

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    Here we are at Scottys.
    Great Greasy food, and they are happy
    to have Dirt Bikers Business.

    There was a small school with a big
    playground down the hill.

    The Bathroom was, well lets just say it has
    running water.

    We all enjoyed our burgers.

    Then it was across the street to get some needed fuel
    and water for our camelbacks.

    I tried to put some fix a flat in my tube but discovered
    my bead lock had broken and sheared my valve stem off.

    We had no tube and there was no cycle shop in town so
    back up the mountain we went.

    Even taking the short way home it was a couple hours back
    to the truck.

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  7. svenoman

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    Here we are on top of the Mountain.

    Chris noticed my front tire was just about flat to.

    There was nothing to do but Ride.

    I should have taken it easy but I was still riding the
    bike hard and still having a blast.
    There were several small water crossings,
    when my rear wheel would get wet (we tightened the
    bead lock up all the way, the rubber was gone, just metal
    to metal contact) the rim would spin up like crazy.
    I would be 3rd gear half to 3/4 throttle going about 5MPH
    until the rim would dry out and the tire would get hot enough
    to grab a hold of the rim.

    Abusing the bike like this makes some people cringe but
    for some reason I enjoy it. Between bashing both rims
    on the rocks and hearing the waterlogged husky motor
    trying to make power, it was very amusing. (The Carb
    on all the four stroke 04 Husky's is Junk, and mine
    was acting up.)

    Anyway I finnaly lost the front end in a corner, busted my
    rear fender and ended up taking a soil and rock sample.

    Jason just laughed and said "Maybe if you had some air
    in your tires it would handle a little better".

    The Crash slowed me down a bit and we were now close
    to an access road that we took to get back to the truck.
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  8. svenoman

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    So here we are on the access road and
    Chris gets a front flat.

    We all run heavy duty tubes and ride
    in the Rocks of Central, PA. We just had
    a bad luck tube day.

    So Chris is tired of me ridding in front of
    him with 2 flat tires and decides to push
    it down the access road to the truck.

    He loses his front end also in a high
    speed corner on the gravel road.

    Air in his font tire would have also been
    beneficial.

    Anyway it created a great photo op. And
    we took some pics.

    Jason asked us if we could "please stop crashing
    so we can just get back to the truck for some cold beer"
    We only had about 20 minutes to go.

    So we did that.


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  9. GB

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    YFF look like you're having a great time, the dirtier the better!! :thumb

    any more?

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  10. Papa Dulce

    Papa Dulce Old Enough to Know Better

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    Hey Sven and Jason,
    Thanks for the pics and report. Just what I needed to get me moving on a Sat morning. Coincidentially, the same weekend I think, the rest of Team Hairball was riding in the CO mountains. Nothing else in this world like ripping with your buddies.
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    Back at the Truck:

    Wiggy found he had a Stick bug on him
    that was along for the Ride.

    Chirs and I had a couple scrapes and bruises to.

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  12. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    Papa,

    Good to here from you. I would love to get
    out there and Rip with you guys sometime.

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    The Heat in the parking lot was pretty intense.

    Wiggy and I could feel our heads pounding
    from loading up the bikes and getting changed
    in the Sun. It was about 4:30 and our ride was
    cut short due to my Flat tires.

    Oh well, you know what that means.

    Time for Food and Beer.

    So we went to the Market.

    We picked out some killer steaks and I picked out
    the biggest Baked Potatoes I have ever seen.

    The guys tried to get me to put them back, but
    I would'nt listen.

    We had to visit the Beer Isle of course.

    Back to Jason's to Cook, Drink, and be Merry.

    And we were Very Merry.

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    Finish up with dinner and some more Beers.

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    Then off to bed so we can drive out to Barber in the
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    Kick ass! Me jealous..........:freaky
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    svenoman Been here awhile

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    So here we are at the entrace to Barber
    Motorsports Park.
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    Here is the Museum from the parking lot.
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    And a picture of our Rig in the Lot.
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    This Sculpture depicts the feeling
    of a Motorcycle Racer or something
    like that.
    There is art everywhere on the Grounds
    at Barber.

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  18. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo Long timer

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    I saw you guys at Barber. I was there 8-18 and 19 on the HP2. Were you the KTM in the Intermediate group? Looks like a dream trip to me!!! :D It was a great time. Here's me finally getting the "hang" of the HP2 on the track. :rofl

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  19. svenoman

    svenoman Been here awhile

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    This Large display gives you a small idea of
    whats in store when you walk inside the
    Museum.

    This is actually just in the Foyer of the
    building when you walk in.


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    svenoman Been here awhile

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    Sweet Mike, Looks like you were tearing it up.

    Jason did not make the trip, One of his buddies
    talked him out of running his Duke there, he
    thought he would need more HP for the Track.

    We were all bummed that Jason did not come
    along for the Track Day.

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