Finally made it to the Swinging Bridge

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by soboy, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. soboy

    soboy Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,295
    Location:
    Roswell, GA
    Sounds like you are planning a great ride - I would like to do as much dirt as possible, I've ridden almost every paved road up there many, many times, but I don't know the dirt very well and want to learn it. A 90% dirt ride would be fine with me.

    I plan to bring the DT250, because it is much more fun and confidence-inspiring off road than the V-Strom, which is an absolute pig when the going gets really rough. I have taken the WeeStrom off pavement (like FS 42), but not off road. It is fine on the well graded stuff but horrible in soft stuff and will not make it thru mud. And it is too damn heavy to pick up easily - lol. For exploring new off road trails, the Yamaha is the way to go.

    If the group gets tired of keeping the paved stuff under 45, just tell me the meeting point and I'll catch up. The only other thing is I will need to get gas at some point in the ride, as the Yamaha only holds 2 gallons.

    Are you gonna start a new post topic for our Sunday ride - I have a feeling a lot of people who are interested are not reading this thread.
    #21
  2. GaM

    GaM Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2004
    Oddometer:
    1,878
    Pretty sure thats the Benton Mackaye Trail bridge, I've floated under it on a two day trip down the Toccoa River. At one time (probably still the case) it was the longest swinging bridge east of the Missisippi.
    #22
  3. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Oddometer:
    9,707
    Location:
    Cumming GA
    Yup, that's the bridge, GaM. I did not know it was the longest at one point. Very cool tidbit.

    Ya, soboy, I'll post another thread after supper. I'm about to teach this Tony's pepperoni pizza who it's daddy is.

    I am sticking to the plan of a mostly dirt route, but I gotta say that 90% is wishful thinking. It'll probably end up at 60% to maybe 70%. I know Trent is mounting some knobbies on the KLX this week, and I am mounting my new K270 front, so I do want to ride as much off road as possbile.
    #23
  4. GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB

    GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,302
    Location:
    Acworth Georgia
    :clap :ear
    #24
  5. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Oddometer:
    9,707
    Location:
    Cumming GA
  6. Killer Whale KTM

    Killer Whale KTM Life is the adventure!

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2003
    Oddometer:
    730
    Location:
    The Mountains of Jasper GA
    Alright you guys...,
    Sounds like a ride to me ! Honestly though,I won't know until later in the week. This weekend is the motorcycle show at the Cobb Galleria.I hate that it has been changed to the last date this year !! You see ,I save my "lunch money" for the show each year in order to pick up on deals on coats ,gloves etc. And I'm worried that there will be nothing left! Oh well,Maybe it will all come together.
    Flux, where are you at ? (living I mean) Are we almost neighbors ? Some of the areas around the Chatt forest remind me of Deliverance ??!:eek1 And seeing as your avatar is the wild lookin makeup wearing Pirate dude:huh ......... Oh well surely not !
    I'll stay in touch
    Killer Whale KTM
    #26
  7. soboy

    soboy Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,295
    Location:
    Roswell, GA
    KillerWhale: The motorcycle show at the Galleria is NOT this weekend, it is March 17-19. Come on and ride with us on Sunday - it will be a blast!
    #27