Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

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

  1. klaviator

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    We decided to head up to Blairsville to get some dinner. It was another fun ride through some twisty roads:ricky

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    This place is a little south of Blairsville on 129.

    We all had a half rack of ribs and agreed that they were very good.

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    I highly recommend this place.

    Then I headed back to TWoS on 129 and 180. It was getting dark which makes a really twisty road like 180 pretty interesting.
  2. JoshinBham

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    I just found this thread!! My buddy moved up to Huntsville and this will help us plan some rides. I need to get me a scooter so that I can follow him around on his metropolitan!!

    Keep up the great RR!!!
  3. klaviator

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    Got another OK nights sleep. Then another good breakfast. They opened for breakfast at 7 am in case anyone is wondering. I hung out and talked to a few people and then decided to walk to the gas station.

    All the signs make Suches look too commercialized.

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    The gas station opens at 7:30 every morning..............except Sundays.

    So I walked back snapping a few more pics.

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    The van with all the graphics is from BMW/Ducati of Atlanta. They held a club event/rides there this weekend accounting for a large percentage of the campers there.

    It was another beautiful day ensuring there would be a lot of riders coming up from the metro Atlanta area.

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    I've seen this interesting vehicle around. The rider......driver? carries his wheelchair in the passenger seat.

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    There was also supposed to be a bicycle race today with around 3000 riders clogging up many of the roads. I had planned on getting an early start towards home but ended up talking to a number of people and didn't get on the road until around 9.

    I headed north on 60 to Dial rd. the ride reminded me how great these roads and the scenery of N GA are. Perhaps I got a little spoiled when i lived in GA and got to ride these roads more often.

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    I am a big fan of the ride reports by Colebatch. He takes trips to Russia, Mongolia, the Stans and other places much more rugged than here. This bridge reminds me of his reports because in many countries this bridge would not be "closed" and he'd be using it to cross the river.:huh

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    After Dial rd I took Newport rd to 52 to Ellijay and then to Chatsworth. I had forgotten what a great road 52 from Ellijay to Chatsworth was, especially with no traffic to slow me down.:ricky:happay:ricky:wings:ricky

    I had lunch at Subway in Chatsworth.

    All those twisty roads in the Ozarks and now this had badly cupped my front tire. This pic doesn't really show how bad it was.

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    I followed 52 to I-75 where I picked up some back roads to 136 then some pretty boring roads back to Huntsville. Total mileage was around 700 . It was a great weekend. I plan on going back to TWoS every so often. I just hope I get some fantastic weather like this weekend again.
  4. klaviator

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    The other bikes have all been mentioned in this thread. They are: 00XT350, 05KLR650, 09 Super 8 150. There are a few bikes out there I'd like to add to my collection but I've decided on a max of 4 bikes so I'll have to sell something before buying anything new. Wandering around riders Hill/European motorsports didn't help as I was drooling over a few bikes.



    By all means get a scooter. They are a blast to ride and you won't regret it. I'd recommend at least a 125/150cc. Anything smaller won't be able to keep up with traffic on most roads.
  5. Liberia

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    Saw that RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel magazine has a feature called Rocket City Road Trip and I thought of you.

    I really like this magazine. It's about travelling on motorcycles more than it is about motorcycles themselves.
  6. klaviator

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    I haven't gotten around to posting anything in this thread for quite a while. That doesn't mean I haven't been riding.

    I'll start by replying to this post.


    RoadRunner is an interesting magazine. I even got my picture in the magazine several years ago. A guy testing a Moto Guzzi for RoadRunner needed someone to ride the bike through a curve to get some action shots. Of course you couldn't tell it was me but it was cool anyway.

    I went on another street ride with BAMARIDES:

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    There was the usual mix of all kinds of bikes. There was even another Aprilia. This was pretty cool since there are no Aprilia dealers in the State of Alabama.

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    Went for a ride with the wife just around Huntsville.

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    One morning on my commute home the sky looked like it was on fire. By the time I got my camera and took this pic most of the color had dissappeared.

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    I'm planning on going on a Dual Sport ride with Bamarides a little south of Huntsville tomorrow. It should be interesting but my off road skills are really rusty. I'll try to get some pics.
  7. klaviator

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    Took a trip to Wally World to pick up a few groceries and made a slight detour and got this sunset pic:

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    Then I got up the next morning and headed south to Vinemont, AL to go on a Dual Sport ride. This ride was posted by AGoodwin on BamaRides and also on ADV.

    It has been quite a while since I have done a real dual sport ride. A few miles of dirt road here and there don't really count. I was pretty sure my dirt riding skills would be real rusty.

    It was a forty mile ride to Al's place. The rain had stopped but it was pretty gloomy weather in the morning.

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    We had a good turnout. Al had a big grill and cooked a bunch of bacon. His wife brought out some biscuits, gravy, and eggs making for a great breakfast to start the day.

    The theme for this ride was "Nowhere to go and all day to get there"

    Brian Goodwin led the dual sport ride and Al brought up the rear riding with his wife on the back of his KLR and a Go Pro to record it all.

    We started off on some nice twisty and scenic back roads to a short muddy trail to check out a waterfalls.

    No water going over the falls but a scenic spot.

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    Coming out on the trail.

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    Then some more twisty back roads.

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  8. klaviator

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    I was surprised at the quality of the riding in this area. We weren't very far from Huntsville but I had no idea these roads were here. I had the chance to snap this pic of my bike and a nice curve while everyone was stopped.

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    Then we got to do some nice dirt riding to a great overlook. I didn't get any pics of the ride in because I was really rusty and had my hands full just riding.

    Some pics at the overlook.

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    There was a wrecked Jeep at the bottom of this cliff:eek1 It must have been a wild ride.

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    I did get a few pics on the way out. I was a little slow on this pic as the rider managed to get his bike back upright just as I snapped it.

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  9. klaviator

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    Our next stop was the Shak for lunch.

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    Then some more nice twisty back roads.

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    There was an optional hill climb.

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    It didn't look that steep from the bottom, or in the pic, but it was very rutted out and although a few tried, no one made it to the top.

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    Then we head off for another interesting sight. First we all parked in this nice, well groomed parking lot:

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    And then took a short hike to a cave. This was my first time into a real cave except for guided tours into "tourist" cave. It was a lot bigger than I expected. I think we spent about a half hour in the cave but didn't explore all of it. I'll have to come back some time. I took a bunch of pics but most didn't come out. Here's a few where you can at least see something:

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    And a few after we came back out.

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    When we got back to the "parking Lot", we found this:

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    I guess the KTM was tired out from riding with all those KLRs
    and needed a nap.:lol3:lol3

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  10. klaviator

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    After the we rode more paved roads, dirt roads and one water crossing.

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    And eventually ended up back where we started. I hung out for a while before heading home.

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    Many of the riders hung out for the bon fire and camped out but I wimped out. The ride itself was a little over 100 miles + a 40 mile commute on each end. 180 miles isn't that much but I'm getting old and had a full day. It was a fun day, I got to meet some other riders, ride some very good roads, some dirt and even explore a cave. This was my fourth ride with Bama Rides and they have all been great. It was also nice to find out there is such great riding so close to the Rocket City. I plan on heading back down to that area and exploring when I get the chance.

    Thanks to the Goodwins for putting on this event. :clap:clap

    For the past few years I haven't been riding the KLR that much. I have been thinking of selling it and getting something a little bigger and more streetworthy like a Versys or Wee Strom. After this ride I'm re thinking that. it was the perfect bike for this type of ride....for me. maybe I'll just set it up with more/better luggage to make it into a better touring/adventure bike.

    decisions, decisions........I'll just have to do some research by riding more.
  11. klaviator

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    Another sunrise on the commute home from work.




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    And the moon was setting in the West.

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  12. klaviator

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    Sometimes I am easily amused. This happened a few days ago.

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    I really prefer these older analog odometers.

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    Went out last night hoping to catch another nice sunset.

    Snapped this pic while riding. If you look closely you can see a jet coming in for landing.

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    This will probably be my sunset spot from now on. This sunset was pretty but not spectacular.

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  13. nogutsnoglory

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    Wow, looks like you have a lot of different types of terrain and riding in that part of the country. Great pics, thanks for sharing.
  14. klaviator

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    We certainly do have some great riding and varied terrain.

    We also have all kinds of weather. Yesterday was cold and rainy. Today was warm and sunny. It was a balmy 33 degrees but the high winds made it seem colder. I went for a ride anyway.

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    For everyone following this thread, have a happy Thanksgiving.
  15. TrashCan

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    Happy Thanksgiving, Win.

    I've got to get ready for Black Friday shopping.
    My favorite store was closed last year.:evil
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    And what store would that be?

    All my favorite stores sell things involving 2 wheels and an engine.
  17. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    Happy Thanksgiving
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    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    This little road...

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    Takes you over to this little road...

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    And you know what store is down there...

    It was a good day.
  19. klaviator

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    Those roads are great in the off season with little traffic and you can see ahead and around many of the curves with no leaves on the trees. I'm hoping to make it up there on a nice weekend before the next tourist season comes around:p3rry
  20. N-m

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    I have got to ride that ride. I will have to contact you regarding the route in the next few weeks. I could possibly be off for three weeks and that would lend time for a camp out.