Mid Atlantic Thrillbillies (MAT) | WV – VA – MD – PA

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Ken Hooligan, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Yeah for sure 460 is anticlimactic. Especially considering the great roads around. I've ridden on it from 635 to Narrows to pick up 61 and it felt long. It's only 16 miles from 635 to 648 but will feel like a long way. An interesting option could be to take 100 on the other side of the river - that's only 4.8 miles (4min) on 460.
  2. Ken Hooligan

    Ken Hooligan Getcha' Pull

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    A bit chilly but a nice ride up in Michaux yesterday.

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  3. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    I see bikes large to small, including an XR650L. :thumb
  4. Iron Cross Junction

    Iron Cross Junction Been here awhile

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    So, day before yesterday was quite fine here and Kathi wanted to go ride. I’m no fool — at least in knowing how to respond to that sort of thing :icy:raabia — so, as the Norge she prefers is on the lift getting ready for spring (and, I hope, the PNW) off we went on the EV.

    Only a 100-miler, but great fun on back roads, e.g., vic. Three Churches, North River Mills, Romney, etc.

    The EV has 102K on it and has never run better. Even better, no drips, no runs, no errors. Sweet.

    Then yesterday, I took the Stornello out. Because of company arriving today and other domestic tasks — please don’t sully that euphemism with the “honey-do” label; you might be right, but it would be hurtful :augie — it was a brief two-hour run on nearby roads. Many here know them, e.g., Pack Horse, Shockeysville, 745, others with no names ... code for I really don't know where I was.

    I looked at Google maps in “terrain,” and targeted several side small gravel roads that I had seen while riding my other Guzzis, but had ignored because that isn’t their forte … or mine.

    Most of these would get a contemptuous sniff from the serious off-roaders here, but this was new to me and as challenging as I wanted so far.

    I did learn several things. Among those lessons:

    1. Dirt riding may make you a better street rider, but I do not think the reverse is true.

    I am, despite my general self-deprecation, a decent road rider. 200K+ miles, with little of that on the slab or long straights of the Kansas sort, with only a few visits to the pavement. :muutt Still, I find, off-pavement (and much less the limited off-road) riding to be all the challenge I want.

    2. Maps lie. Enough said. Grrrrrr.

    3. A light m/c sure is easier to keep upright when it starts to head down than a heavy one.

    On one “road” — that very quickly went from gravel, to dirt, to disappear completely — I tried to turn around. This was on a surface with so many leaves it was flat on top but there were rocks and branches invisible and lurking under that. The Stornello thought it would just take a nap on its side.

    As it started on its way down to the motorcycle-prone-resting position, I simply stopped it from that. There is no way that this or any other old, unfit, fat guy could have prevented any of my others from going all the way down once they started that process. Yet I was able — with the help of helmet-muffled, but convincing, curses — to bring the little beast upright again without hurting myself in the process. :clap

    4. When one sees a sign on a “road” that has a picture of a gun pointed at you, it is most likely a private road. :2guns

    There were many more little epiphanies out there, but four lessons in a day that do not involve damage to body or bike are not a bad start to the first real day of off-road school.

    Here are a few pix of yesterday’s fun. Yes, duplicative, but I like looking at ‘em; you don’t have to.



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    Back home "on pavement." :D

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    We celebrated my return with (yet another) “This-time-we-really-mean-it Last G&T of the season." :D

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    Best,

    Bill
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  5. Buckee

    Buckee Ah, Grasshopper...

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    Nice ride (the bike, and the excursion)!

    And I also leave the stickers on when I cut the limes. They add flavor - blue ones are the best!
    :D
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  6. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Very nice, Bill! I like looking at 'em too. Glad you enjoyed the dirt roads, didn't get hurt, and could manhandle the still hefty bike. I think you'd be less apprehensive if you had another rider along when venturing off the grid on a foray into the back country. I understand the allure of solitude, but a safety net allows me to enjoy the ride more.
    I don't know about the "last" G & T of the season... :patch
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  7. maloryII

    maloryII ey brah

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    I really like this Guzzi... can you describe it a bit more? What model/year? And is it stock other than the tires?
  8. Iron Cross Junction

    Iron Cross Junction Been here awhile

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    Ha!

    Good noticing.

    I do usually take 'em off the lime in my Polish Princess's glass, but don't care about mine. But temps were dropping and I was in a hurry. Actually, neither she nor you know how close those G&T's came to have a reddish hue, too, as I sliced my finger a bit along with her lime. :doh

    Good counsel. Mebbe Kathi could follow me in our '93 beloved-but-POS Toyota p/u. It would probably go anywhere I can screw up my courage to go on the Stornello, and she's a game girl. With 218K on it, if it dies, I could just leave the truck back in the boonies. Might even fit in with some of the stuff already dumped back there. :D

    Seriously, I agree that solo riding is fine on the roads, but some of this back-yonder stuff would be better with a bud. I do have a SPOT tracker, but it can't lift a dropped bike. :becca

    It's 2016 Stornello. I've added nada except the strap-on bag you see in the pix.

    Tires are OEM, too. Gotta say those are a big surprise. I can't compare with "real" ADV off-road rubber, but they seem fine for my purposes and, very surprisingly to me, they are very fine at speed on "real" roads in dry and wet. I only have 2K or so on them, but have ridden it on everything but the slab.

    You can find lots of reviews of the Stornello out there. I agree with most of what the ones I have read say. Most seem to overdo the lackluster rear suspension. I don't disagree and will up-gun mine someday, but, again, for my rather limited riding on really rough stuff, they are OK. Not great, but OK. Power is fine. If I need to feed any need for more HP, I'll ride my Griso.

    It's a V7 II, not III, which -- along with the new EICMA teasings and the possibility of a V9 version -- may have stifled sales.

    The $11K+ MSRP is offputting and not reality because of the above. You can find one for WAY less than that. Bought mine literally out the door -- i.e., no freight, set-up, etc. -- for $8.1K in June. They are even less some places now.

    If need more details on any of the above, post or PM.

    Bill
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  9. Laoch

    Laoch Not buying as much ammo

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    Hammond's rocks?
  10. Laoch

    Laoch Not buying as much ammo

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    Nice scoot. I never knew anything like that existed. Very nice.
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  11. Ken Hooligan

    Ken Hooligan Getcha' Pull

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    Yep. Good guess! Ridge Road was the best thing we found that day.
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  12. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    That Stornello is beautiful. Looking forward to the new V85 they are going to introduce.
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  13. Laoch

    Laoch Not buying as much ammo

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    "Yep. Good guess! Ridge Road was the best thing we found that day."


    Not really a guess, I live there :lol3

    We'll ride together one of these days, I'll show you guys some more good stuff, including surrounding back roads.
  14. PineLaneRider

    PineLaneRider Been here awhile

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    Had lunch there on Wednesday. Rode Ridge Road end to end. Nice little ride. Got a rear tire puncture somewhere between the rocks and home on the other side of the valley. Shinko 705 got me home with no air.
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  15. Ken Hooligan

    Ken Hooligan Getcha' Pull

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    I got a flat on our ride as well, nailed a rock flying up ridge road. Time to upgrade to some HD tubes.
  16. PineLaneRider

    PineLaneRider Been here awhile

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    Pretty sure I got mine coming off the mountain into Mount Holly.
  17. Bald Kirk

    Bald Kirk Dances with Dirt Bikes

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    Hello everyone! In honor of the holidays I broke out my red suit and took it for a test drive. Big dang fun!

    Would anyone like to join me for a Santa ride? Saturday the 16th I plan on going out and putting smiles on faces. Ho ho ho!

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    Aloha,
    Bald Kirk
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