Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

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

  1. blacktruck

    blacktruck Shiftless character

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    The one is your first pic is a grain elevator that has river access. Not sure who owns it now but it used to be just a grain terminal. The one pictured above is now a Cargill plant if memory serves me. Grain handling and maybe some feed producing. Been a long time since I did anything in that industry. The good old days.
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  2. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    I'm usually running on the weekends feel free to join me sometime.

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  3. Phipsd

    Phipsd Older but not wiser.

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    That looks like a really tasty scooter ride through the twisties. The leaves would give me pause though. I managed to do a nifty little slide on my old V-Strom in a tight corner on a windy day and in the process of picking the bike up and hammering the brakes; skidded to a stop on some sand at the edge of the road and tipped over into a deep narrow ditch. A couple of the locals walked by and being no friends of the cops helped me out and told me to get a move on before Officer Friendly showed up.

    Ahh those were the days.

    I have to say that probably the greatest ride of my riding career was my first ride through Colorado 13 years ago. Most tours I did on my cruiser, but that one I did on my V-Strom. I can still recall looking down into a passing valley and thinking that the town I saw at the bottom was higher than the highest mountains where I live and we have some big ones. I managed to hit most of the high points on that trip like the Million Dollar Highway. Absolutely awesome!
  4. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    My commute from work this morning. It was a bit chilly.

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    Then I got out for a bit on my KLR. I wanted to make sure it was running OK for Tomorrow's ride: http://www.motorcyclealabama.com/rides/index.php?topic=2183.0

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    There was still some color out there.........and some snow:eek7

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    OK, that's Alabama snow AKA cotton.

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    Now for some big news, at least for some of you.

    Bamarides is no more!!!:eekers:eekers:eekers

    It has been replaced by a new forum.

    Same people, new forum. Click on the link to see what's up: http://www.motorcyclealabama.com/
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  5. klaviator

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    Cloudy, windy and rainy. Not the best forecast for a ride. That's just what the "experts" were forecasting for most of the week. They were WRONG. It turned out to be a great day for a ride. OK it was cloudy and windy and even sprinkled a bit but it was also in the high 60's and about perfect for a dual sport ride.

    This was @Al Goodwin 's 5th Annual Nowhere To Be and All Day To Get There ride. I got on the road a little before 8 and headed south. It sprinkled a little on the way down and with the weather forecast I figured turnout would be a little low. I was wrong. When I showed up there was a pretty good crowd inside chowing down on the Bacon, Sausage, biscuits and gravy that AL and Melony had cooked up for us. They really go above and beyond when hosting these rides.

    We ended up with 12 riders on 12 bikes.

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    There were some new faces there, at least for me and some people I hadn't seen in a while.

    Al led us on some nice country roads over to Bankhead.

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    Some were paved and some weren't

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    We stopped at the Flint Creek OHV trail parking area.

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    At first only a few people seemed to want to ride it but then we all caved in to peer pressure and off we went. I haven't done one of these OHV trails in quite a while. I used to do them regularly when I had lighter bikes like my KDX200. The heavy KLR is not the best bike for something like this but then I can't really use that as an excuse when some of the other riders had even heavier bikes. The bikes in this group ranged from a plated KDX200 up to a V-Strom and Africa Twin.

    This was my first time on this trail and I didn't know what to expect. Most of it was fairly easy but there where also plenty of mud holes and some rocky sections that were challenging.

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    Taking a break on the trail. I was sweating and needed it.

    This must have been quite a story:D

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    @FenceJumper09 on his KTM.

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    Did I mention there were some mud holes?

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  6. FenceJumper09

    FenceJumper09 Been here awhile

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    It was another awesome event, camping Friday night was a blast! I think we cooked 6 lbs of sausage for 8 people!

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  7. klaviator

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    6 pounds of sausage? It's a wonder you guys were able to ride the next day:lol3 Unfortunately I had to work Friday night and missed that part.
  8. klaviator

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    After Flint Creek we rode some more roads, paved and gravel.

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    We stopped here to find a geo cache @ohgood wanted to find.

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    There was a really interesting, and most likely very expensive, headstone.

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    The other side. Somehow I just don't think I'd want my name on a headstone when I was still alive.

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    Taking a nap:dunno

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    We had a late lunch at Chef Troy's.

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    The food was great as always. If you ever go there save room for desert and order the Mexican cheesecake ala mode.

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    With severe weather on the way a few of us skipped the afternoon ride and headed home. I made it home with just some wind and one brief light rain shower.

    Some scenery on the way home.

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  9. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    somehow I think I burned 7 gallons in those 134ish miles. hmm, maybe it was all that time spent on the pipe ! had a great time @klaviator , it's hard to beat a short weekend with you folks.
    I think this was the first time @FenceJumper09 didn't pivot turn his six ninet... oh wait, ya he did. lol

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  10. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    You know how much I like Alabama snow. Nice pic.
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  11. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    I've been dealing with a cold and haven't been doing as much riding as I would have liked in this great fall weather we have been having. I have at least been getting out for short rides on the scooters.

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    I'll be heading out for a longer street ride tomorrow on the Versys and hope to have fun on some twisty roads. Just in case anyone reading is local and interested in a ride, here's the details: http://www.motorcyclealabama.com/rides/index.php?topic=2434.0
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  12. klaviator

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    Great ride today. I got up early and rode over to the Blue Plate cafe to join the Vintage Club for Breakfast. I drooled a bit over this RD400 in the parking lot.

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    Had a great breakfast and some great conversation. It's hard not to have a great conversation when the topic involves motorcycles!

    The it was time to ride. Six riders joined on this one. I only took one wrong turn getting us to Keel mountain. We rode over the mountain and then to Woodville where we took a break.

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    Then we rode CR8, 79 and then 33 down Crow Mountain. I had forgotten how rough that road is. It seem a lot worse going down. We stopped at the bottom and I headed back up to set up for some action shots for those who wanted them. Not everyone wanted to ride back up 33. Here's a few shots.

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    Nice vintage beemer.

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    @BuckeyeDoug

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    Then we headed for the Pikeville store to get some lunch. We passed these wagons on the road.

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  13. klaviator

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    Lunch was good but I was more interested in the conversation. we ate outside at some picnic table, the weather was perfect for it, and I got the chance to get to know a couple of guys I hadn't met before. actually two of us discovered that we had met briefly on the road a few months earlier. Pretty cool.

    Then it was time to mount up again. We had a variety of bikes on this ride.

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    Hard to believe but there are people in Alabama who have never been to the Rock Zoo [​IMG]

    After today there are a few less.

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    Time to ride some more.

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    The fall colors were past their peak but not gone yet.

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    We rode up CR39. I love that road[​IMG]

    Then back to 79, down 146 and then 65.

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    One last stop in Gurley.

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    It wasn't a real long ride, around 160 miles for me but I'm really glad I got out.

    I did a more detailed report of this last ride with more pics here: http://www.motorcyclealabama.com/rides/index.php?topic=2451.0
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  14. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    That vintage Wing is sweet. Too bad they messed 'em up with all that modern day stuff.
  15. SloDon

    SloDon Hey...where am I?

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    Hey Klaviator!

    Missed you by a weekend, Jeff and I were over there on the 25th on our way back from Muscle Shoals.

    We ran over to MS for some chicken at Champy's.

    Ran those roads and stopped at the zoo on the way back.

    Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!

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  16. klaviator

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    Good hearing from you Don! A weekend earlier I was planning a ride out that way but got sick. We might just have met....

    I plan on heading over in your direction a few times next year. Happy Holidays to you and yours.


    I did get out for a bit yesterday. Not real exciting ride but very relaxing.

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  17. Hammerdown77

    Hammerdown77 Been here awhile

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    I love that bike as well, always like seeing it out at events.

    Honda should do a "naked" Goldwing, what with the huge popularity of the retro themed bikes these days. They are coming out with a bagger version of the new GW (similar to what they had with the F6B), but they should take that one and strip all the bodywork off it and call it a naked GW. They'd sell hundreds!
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    I like the new wing but it is still way bigger, heavier and more expensive than I would buy. I'd like to see a smaller, lighter, and less expensive "mini wing". Make it a 1200cc flat four and offer several versions including a "naked version". Make that a Vintage styled naked version. I think it would sell.
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    Agreed, I hate the making new look "retro" thing that we all see too much of today but a GW in the order of the original 1100-1200 models without the bags and fluff would be a hit in my book. Not that anyone actually reads my book but I think it would work. Make the bags and stuff available if a rider wants it. Yea that old Wing in the pictures above looks great.
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  20. Hammerdown77

    Hammerdown77 Been here awhile

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    I feel like that could have been the CTX 1300. I thought that bike had potential, although its styling tended to generate a love it or hate it response.
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