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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by SCQTT, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Never too late to plan a trip, just do the research, or pick the right tour company (Beach's) that lets you ride the roads that suit you, and not be herded on the major stuff.


    As an admitted and addicted corner junkie, yes the twisty roads of PA, VA, WV, NC, TN, and GA are like a pacifier, they keep me happy, until I get hungry for the real thing.

    When I get a real Jones, and need a strong fix, nothing except a trip across the pond cures it.
  2. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    In the early 90s I was on a week long riding trip and ran into a German rider at Deal's Gap who had shipped his F650 Funduro to the USA to do some riding. I asked him why he was riding over here when there were so many great roads in the Alps. His reply was that there was much less traffic over here. I'm not sure that is true any more since Deal's Gap is practically a traffic jam on weekends these days. Back then it wasn't.

    This was before the F650 had been released in the US. We swapped bikes for a bit and I got to ride the F650 before it was released here.

    I have never ridden in Europe although I have driven a cage there. Riding in Europe is on my bucket list.:ricky
  3. 20valves

    20valves Yamaholic

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    It's considerably easier for me to get to excellent roads here more often though. It does indeed appear that there are countless tight twisty roads there, travel time is a bitch though.
  4. ianbh

    ianbh Been here awhile

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    Why don't you retire Mac, then you'll have more time to ride. Being an oil baron; surely you've got enough salted away. :D Ian
  5. Edder B

    Edder B Meister Poser

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    I just got back from doing tours in Croatia and the Alps. 8 weeks of riding in the Alps and my arms and shoulders are killing me :clap. There isn't much traffic in the passes as most people that live there take the main roads/tunnels to avoid the passes. There are a lot of bikes and not many slow riders. I had a blast and I think the Alps is motorcycling heaven.
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  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    So true, and just being twisty doesn't make a road a good riding road.

    I have seen some pretty awesome roads in Europe, but I have seen some pretty awesome roads here as well. Roads with minimal traffic, lack of dangerous obstructions like farm animals, and roads that I can access easily.

    Jim :brow
  7. augerdin

    augerdin I do my own crashing

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    You poor sods. I feel for you with all those curvy twisty pain in the butt roads you have to ride. I moved to Florida four years ago. The roads here are mind numbing stab me in the forehead with an ice pick straight. Yes, there are a few curves but you have to ride an hour to an hour and a half just to find the curve. Then when you get there its lined with crosses because people in Florida don't know how to negotiate any curve in the road. My buddy from Switzerland used to send photos of the roads he rides but I told him to knock it off I couldn't handle it.
  8. JonU

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    I'm pretty sure that I could have just as much fun in the appalachains, rockies, or sierras as you could in the Alps. Can I ask why the shot you used for California was to a different scale than the other two (i maybe missing something)? If you could have them all at the same scale it would be a more accurate comparison. As it is the California map covers nearly 3 times the area. It would stand to reason that there isn't as much detail on that one as opposed to your ones of italy.
    Don't get me wrong though. The roads in the alps are tons of fun. I just think the comparison is a little biased towards the european maps due to the smaller area having more detail.
  9. ArmyJoe

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    LOL. Please excuse the shameless plug for my recent trip to all three of the aforementioned sucky locales.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21788845#post21788845
  10. zeerx

    zeerx Been here awhile

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  11. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Maybe so, some people have a great time getting on the interstate and riding 1000 miles in a day, but like the guy from FL that posted prior, about an hour on the interstate and I am ready to find a bridge abutment to make it stop. If you get immense enjoyment from twisty roads, you can't get the concentration of twisty stuff anywhere in NA, yes I have fun in the Smokey's, and there are a FEW roads that rival Europe, but not thousands of them. As I said take EVERY great set of twisty pavement in N America, cram it in an area 1//2 the size of Colorado, and could get a sense of Europe.



    The CA map was from Doxidog (the pic fail) in post #22130. It looks like a great route BTW. I used my scale because that is the highest scale mapsource shows the secondary roads, if i zoomed in more there are more, but there are a lot of 2 track roads when you get that detail. Search the CA area yourself, and you will find there is not many other roads in that area by the look of it. So actually the opposite, If I used the same scale for the Doxi's area, it would have cut out 2/3 of what he highlighted, so it is actually a Bias toward CA, not the other way around.
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  13. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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