Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. klaviator

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    As you can see from the pics, it was mostly cruisers and touring bikes. There was also an old Bandit and even older KZ1100. When the rest of the riders showed up the group became much more diverse. We now had a lot of cruisers and touring bikes, a couple of large Adventure bikes, a couple of Dual Sport bikes, and me on my 250cc scooter.

    The ride leader was riding 2 up on a Harley touring bike. I think it was an Electra Glide. He held a riders meeting explaining that this ride would be on back roads with lots of curves and some hairpins. He explained the rules which were pretty simple. everyone ride their own ride, staggered formation on the straight roads and spread out in the curves. He said he would ride the speed limit, or reasonably close to it:evil

    It was a large group of nearly 20 really diverse bikes. This had the potential to be a real mess. Oh well, if things got really screwed up I figured I could find my way home. So off we went.

    A few miles of urban traffic and then we went over Green Mountain road, one of my favorite local roads. I took some pics on the go.

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    While it wasn't a sport bike pace, it was fast enough to not get bored.

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    It was nice and cool riding in the shade up here on the mountain.

    One of the riders, on a Super Teniere, went ahead to stop and get some pics while we rode by.

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    We rode for about an hour on some pretty nice country roads. I thought the pace was pretty good. Sport bike riders might have been bored but for a group like this it was a good pace.

    We stopped at an overlook near Grant, AL

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    The Super Teniere is a nice looking bike. So was the view.

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    I wasn't the only one with a 250 on this ride. Add up the displacement of both bikes and it's still less than the next smallest bike on the ride.

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    More bikes.

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    This was across the street.

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    Pennsylvania log building?? Across the street was another old building labeled Michigan Center. Don't they know this is Alabama?

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  2. klaviator

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    After the overlook we headed to Gurley for gas and another break. Running on HWY 72 I had to twist the throttle to the stops for a bit to keep up. Then the pace slowed down to the speed limit.

    Since I have a small tank I decided to gas up. .7 gallons and I was good to go:D Then we got back on 72 and then north on 65. 65 is a nice scenic ride with some pretty good curves.

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    Unfortunately we got stuck behind a cage through most of the curves which kept the pace down.

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    We then went right on 146 and right on 79 to Scottsboro. 146 has a long hill which was the only place one this ride where i couldn't quite keep up. As soon as the road leveled off I caught the riders ahead of me.

    The we to 35 across the TN river.

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    I like these old bridges.

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    Another stop at a scenic overlook.

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    A view of the TN river.

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    Then it was off to the mystery BBQ restaurant.

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    You'd never know this place was here or that it was a restaurant. No sign of any kind. This is it. Barry's BBQ. It's only open Thurs - Sat.

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    The place was busy so we had to wait for a while. it was a good chance to kick some tires and talk about bikes.
    The food was good but I decided not to pig out and risk upsetting my stomach. I still ate a full plate and had some homemade ice cream for dessert. A pic inside.

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  3. klaviator

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    After dinner it was time to head home. The organized ride was over so everyone was on there own. The quickest way back was 35 to Scottsboro and the 72 to Huntsville. I was not looking forward to that. Someone suggested going through Guntersville. A little further but a much better ride. Luckily someone else was going that way so I followed them. We took 35 to the TN River then left on a road that followed the river. Then we picked up 227 to Gunterville and worked our way over to 231 where we split up. It was a nice ride with some great scenery and some curves. I took some pics while riding.

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    It ended up being a good day. I was really surprised how well thing went considering such a large group of diverse bikes. Everyone stayed together pretty well and no one crashed. The old KZ1100 did break down with an electrical problem. I got to ride some roads I had not been on before and meet some other riders. I plan on riding with Bamarides again when I get the chance.

    Totals for the day: 250 miles and 3.3 gallons of gas. That's just over 75 MPG:D
  4. N-m

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    Great ride report.

    To be honest I have anxieties about riding with a group especially since I am adamant about RYOR, safety, not holding up the pack since I am a novice, etc. I have a buddy who rides with a group in North AL. Supposedly they are known for riding the interstate with the speedo showing 3 figures all the time with every rider running beside someone. :eek1 That really isn't a ride for me.

    This group looks to have a plan that would actually allow me to ride with them at some point. Have you got a link for the group you can post here?

    BTW, I am getting just over 42 mpg. That 75 mpg is tempting! I am still looking for my dream bike which is listed in my profile, however. :)
  5. klaviator

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    When I saw the number and different kinds of bikes, I was pretty concerned too. Many of the riders wore no safety gear except for helmets. My experience with cruiser/touring riders who ride NOTGATT is that they tend to be pretty poor riders. I was pleasantly surprised on this ride. The ride leader told everyone to ride their own pace and we'd wait at all turns. I rode towards the front of the group and don't remember having to wait for any stragglers. I didn't see anyone do anything stupid. The choice of roads and the pace by the ride leader was very good. I don't know if things always go this good but I plan on doing more rides with Bamarides.

    Here's a link: http://bamarides.com/

    This is the thread to this ride: http://bamarides.com/ride/planned-rides/mystery-bbq-ride-postmaster-style-6292013/
  6. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    Nice report
    I rode with some of that group for the morning street ride portion of the "Free state of Winston" / Brushy Creek campout ride. Like your BBQ ride it was a very diverse group, but very well organized. The leader and sweep rider, both communicated with headsets. There were no problems whatsoever, though the rider of an M109R did have an accident on his way home to Birmingham. If I weren't so addicted to my Saturday a.m. golf game I would have joined the mystery BBQ run. I tend to ride alone or in small groups, but as you stated it does give one a chance to meet some other riders and new roads.
  7. klaviator

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    Passing up a ride to play golf???:huh

    You have a warped sense of priorities:rofl

    I, on the other hand, will pass up no opportunity to go for a ride. One of my other interests is hiking. I usually go to the Rainbow Mountain trails for a good hike/workout but decided to head over to the east side of Huntsville for a longer hike. It was a nice chance for a ride of over 20 miles each way. The nice thing about my scooters is I can wear my riding gear, lock it in the tail trunk/under the seat and go hiking in shorts and T shirt. the trail I hiked start at the parking area at the top of Cecil Ashburn drive. It runs along the mountain ridgeline and has some nice views.

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    and west:

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    After my hike, I took a short ride over to the Hampton Cove subdivision. Since some of the readers here may not be familiar with the great state of Alabama, I thought I would get a pic of a typical house found in a typical subdivision here in the Huntsville area:

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    Yeah, I know you're probably thinking it's a little small but it does have a three car garage and a nice view.


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  8. klaviator

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    Tuesday night was Bike Night at the local Cycle Gear so I decided to check it out. On the way over my Super 8 turned over 12,000 miles. It's still running strong. It getting 70-75 MPG despite being run with the throttle being wide open or close to it most of the time. The only issue I have had is that the fuel gauge failed recently.

    There was a good turnout for bike night although none of my pics really showed how large the crowd was.

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    The CMA was there serving burgers and dogs

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    These three bikes all had ADV stickers.

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    There was a good mix of bikes with all types and all the major brands represented. Even some of the lesser brands were there such as triumph, Aprilia and Moto guzzi.

    My Super 8 was the only Kymco as well as the only scooter. I guess that makes it really exotic:lol3

    I don't understand why people weren't all checking out my "exotic" scooter and checking out this 52 Vincent instead :dunno



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    I had a good time talking to people. The guy who led the ride I went on Saturday was there and I talked to him a bit. We talked about Bamarides and how it was much more active around Birmingham than up here. I mentioned that it seemed that a lot new people seemed to be joining the forum all the time. He said many people joined but only a few stuck around and participated. I found his next statement very interesting. He said to this affect: "We're different. Many people like to polish their bikes and spend a lot of time looking at their bikes and talking. We like to ride."

    Based on the ride on Saturday, I'd say he's probably correct.
  9. conchscooter

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    I'm glad to see you are out and about again and about time frankly. I'm in Asheville for a week with the dog wife and car and all its done is rain every day. Can't even see the mountains.

    On another sore point I'm glad you are discriminating enough to relegate Guzzis and Triumphs to the "lesser brands" corner of the paddock. Yet you didnt bother to mention the holy grail Vincent was a mere singe cylinder Comet. Well, I guess this means you get to flog yourself and post more pictures very soon.

    Ps are Vespas lesser or much lesser or just unknown?
  10. klaviator

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    I consider the Major brands in the USA to be the four Japanese brands, Harley and BMW. This is purely from a numerical perspective. It has nothing to do with quality or desirability. You won't see very many Moto Guzzi's around here. I'm not sure there is even a Guzzi dealer in Alabama. I know there is not an Aprilia Dealer. As for Vespa, there is a Vespa dealer in town but he has trouble selling them and may just give up trying. I do see an occasional Vespa around though. There is a Triumph dealer in Decatur, just across the river from Huntsville but I rarely see one around here.

    As for the Vincent, I know next to nothing about old motorcycles. All I know is that it was old and it's impressive seeing a bike that old still being ridden.
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  12. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    Klaviator

    I see that you caught me in a few of the pics for the mystery BBQ ride. If you remember, We talked at the gas station in Gurley and I had the WR250R.

    I have rented a couple scooters in the past (50cc) and agree that they are fun. I have been a little curious lately about them and their practicality. That was until that ride and reading some of your ride reports. Now I think I want one. I think that I want similar things in a scooter as you did. Enough power to hit interstate speeds, small size, and good gas mileage. I like the Aprilia that you got but don't know about their availability near Huntsville. I think that the SYM Citycom 300i is at the top of my list right now. I have heard about the supplier issues of the past and I think that they are doing better now. I also heard that they are quite reliable scoots. I guess what I really need is funds to buy something right now too.

    You sure do a lot of riding. I really need to do more.
  13. klaviator

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    It was good riding with you and talking to you. If you are interested in a scooter I recommend looking at the Kymco DT300 or GT300i. Midway cycles in Madison has leftovers from last year in stock and is selling them at a big discount. Both are faster than my Sport City but are reported to get around 70 MPG.
  14. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    I had looked at them before and went to look at them again today while I was out. I don't think that the DT300 is for me. I really don't want the maxi scooter type. I like the GT300i pretty well. The only problem that I see with it is it has very little under seat storage. I guess that is why they include the trunk as a stock part. I really like the engine though.
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    I've read some great reviews on the GT300i. The under seat storage would probably hold tools & tire repair kit and not much else. Don't underestimate how much stuff you could carry on the floorboards. If you are really interested, they would probably prep it and let you ride it. They have let me ride a few different scooters there.

    You might want to check out this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=676653
  16. Mr&MrsErnbo

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    I agree with you on the golf vs. driving my motorcycle thought. Anyone mentioning the "G" word on the ADV forum .... nuff said.

    Have you gotten to hike any of the trails in the Cohutta Wilderness? There are some epic hikes to be had there.
  17. klaviator

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    Yeah, the G word belongs in Jo Mamma:rofl

    I haven't hiked in the Cohutta Wilderness. I have however, hiked the entire Width of the AT:lol3

    My son loves Cloudland Canyon so hiking there with him is on my list.
  18. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    BMW dealer in Birmingham carries Moto Guzzi. My wife and I stopped in there on the way back from Pensacola July 4th week and I have the shirt to prove it! Nice dealership and nice people. They had a well rounded group of used bikes at decent prices. Tis is where I fell in love with the Honda CBR 250. :clap
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    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    I keep learning about these great gatherings from your thread. Every Tuesday night? :lol3
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    Good to know.

    No, they only do bike night at cycle gear once in a while, I'm not sure how often. Check out http://bamarides.com/ for info on local events. BTW, I believe you have an R1100GS. I still have an aeroflow windshield from my old GS. You can have it if you want it.