North Alabama Riders

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by klaviator, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. RuckedUp

    RuckedUp Long timer

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    That would have most likely been me :) I also scoot around on a Duke with Bama tags as of late. Great riding days we are having!!

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  2. Hammerdown77

    Hammerdown77 Been here awhile

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    Last week a co-worker and I took off Friday to do a ride loop up to Beersheba Springs in TN, stopping at Monteagle to eat at Jim Oliver's Smokehouse, and then later stopping in Altamont to check out Greeter Falls.

    This was one of the more treacherous hikes I've done, made even worse by the fact I was in Dainese TR-Course road boots with little to no grip in the dirt/rocks/mud.

    The trail down to the falls is steep, narrow, and there is a perilous drop-off to the right with no railing and hardly any trees to stop you before you plummet to your death. I was amazed in this litigious age that there was no railing or ropes or even warnings. I wondered how many people have fallen there.

    There's also a cool, very tight spiral staircase going down a rock wall to the lower trail. For some reason it bothered me more going up that thing than down. Claustrophobia and fear of heights combined to make a fun experience.

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  3. Hammerdown77

    Hammerdown77 Been here awhile

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    The spiral staircase

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    Me standing on the upper falls

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  4. AST236

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    I'm looking for a set of Wolfman side racks for a DR650 if anybody has some or runs across a set.

    I'm in south Alabama now, but grew up in Oxford, so I like seeing the pics from Cheaha, which was literally my back yard in my misspent youth........:)
  5. Hammerdown77

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    Couple of friends and co-workers and I did the Tennessee section of the TAT between Dunlap and Westpoint on Saturday. We were on the bikes over 12 hours.

    We had previously done the section between Fayetteville and Westpoint using a different set of tracks. This was mostly the same, although it didn't have some of the dirt sections, nor two of the water crossings we had the first time. Also, we didn't go by the "Confederate Compound" this time either (those who have seen it know what I'm talking about).

    There was still a decent water crossing at the end. Two of us were on new GS's (one a GSA), and the other rider was on a 2014 DL1000 V-Strom. The GSA and I were running in "Enduro Mode", which reduces traction control and ABS to more offroad friendly levels. Works remarkably well, and for us two dirt noobs, is a welcome rider aid to keep us from experiencing the consequence of our mistakes. Our friend on the Strom, who is an experienced offroad enduro racer, forgot to turn traction control off on his bike, and as he got halfway into the stream the bike just almost came to a complete stop. He was giving it all it had and the engine was just chugging like he was in 6th gear. He made it across without having to put a foot down, but that was entirely due to his skill. Couldn't have been going more than 2 mph through that water at the end!
    We were all on street tires, by the way. No real issues, although if it were muddy I would have been much more concerned.

    I'll try to get some video up later.

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  6. klaviator

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  8. Hammerdown77

    Hammerdown77 Been here awhile

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    Finally made it down to Cheaha yesterday. Got a late start, unfortunately, then trucked down 231, 278 over to 431, then 431 the rest of the way to 281. Rode 281 up and down a couple of times. At the South end, turned right (West) on Clairmont Springs Rd. and then proceeded to get quite lost and almost ended up in Talladega. Yes, despite having a GPS and Google Maps. That's how I roll.

    Made my way back over through Talladega Forest toward Cheaha Rd, then took that back up to 281. Cheaha Rd is really fun on the GS, although there's hardly anywhere to pass slow moving traffic, so you can get hosed if you're stuck behind someone towing a camper at 12 mph.

    Didn't ride FS-500. Was concerned about time, and didn't want to be riding back in the dark on 231. Uggh, 431 and 231. Awful. Beats interstate, I guess...

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  9. klaviator

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    Coming up next Saturday. Allsport in Decatur is doing a Forum/Club appreciation day. Free food, prizes and the chance to meet some of the other area riders. I've been to these before and always had a good time. There is more info on Bamarides: http://bamarides.com/ride/index.php?topic=1827.0
    Please let them know if you are coming either on Bamarides or the Allsport FB page so they can plan on how much food to get.

    There will also be a 1 1/2 to 2 hour ride through Morgan County before the event. We will leave the Blue Plate Cafe on Memorial Parkway at 9:00 and get to Allsport around 10:30-11:00.
    Info on that is here: http://bamarides.com/ride/index.php?topic=1871.0
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  10. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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    Interesting about the traction control in the water.
    Have you tried it with your gs in the water yet?
    Do they do the same thing in the rain?
  11. Hammerdown77

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    Switching to Enduro mode (or Enduro Pro, with Ride Modes Pro enabled) changes the TC and ABS settings for use offroad. Enduro settings are for normal use offroad with street-oriented tires. Enduro Pro is for someone with a little more skill running actual offroad tires.

    TC is a lot more lenient in this mode and allows for more rear wheel spin, but still monitors the Bosch inertial unit to see if you're about to get out of control. ABS is still on, but again is much less intrusive. It's pretty amazing, actually. You can hammer down the front brake in loose dirt/gravel and the bike just comes to a stop, no drama, no tucking the front wheel.

    I didn't have any issues in the water. The first couple of crossings we did, I feathered the clutch to dose out the power, like you would on a dirt bike. But then I learned the offroad TC mode would handle that for me, so for the rest I just stayed in the throttle and let the computer do the work!
  12. Hammerdown77

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    Rain mode is totally different. They assume you are on the street, and TC/ABS is much quicker to intervene, and the amount it intervenes is much greater. Throttle is also much less direct (response is softer), and engine power is restricted.
  13. oldroadie

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  14. basketcase

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    LOL. Perspective matters. How exactly do we define one place over the others as being "north?"

    My pending work schedule this fall (2017) will prohibit anything other than weekend day trips, but if a gathering of Alabama Adv types falls together for a Saturday and I have some time to plan ahead I would like to make it for the back-slapping and lie-swapping.

    Best to all,

    Rick - hiding out in north Tuscaloosa County
  15. Nice Goat

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    The geographic center of Alabama is in Montevallo ... and there is even a monument, if you want to visit the spot. It is here: https://goo.gl/maps/AmycCR3zF6G2

    If it were up to me, I would say, "Anywhere north of Montevallo."
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  16. Hammerdown77

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  17. basketcase

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    Thanks for the link; that would make an nice day ride motivator.

    And given the marker in Montevallo pegs the geographic center of the state, it appears I am indeed in north Alabama - roughly 25 miles north (by north-westerly) of Montevallo, as the crow flies.

    Re, this -

    Thanks, I saw that one earlier today and commented about Minooka.

    Oddly, I've been on AdvRider for a while and have never looked into the regional sections. I guess I need to get out more! :lol3
  18. Hammerdown77

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    My "go to" area for rambling when I only have a few hours is up into lower middle Tenneesee, specifically the area between Pulaski and Fayetteville, as far North as Lewisburg.

    Yesterday I was primarily exploring North of 64, and South of 129. This is a neat road, Ebenezer Hollow, but it is one of many cool little backroads in this area. Most have broken pavement, chip and seal, and some go back and forth from gravel to chip and seal. Pretty much any road with "Hollow" in the name is going to be interesting (which is most of them in this area).

    Good for bikes with decent suspension travel!

    Right before I took the picture below, a little furry head popped up from behind that stone wall to the left. It was a curious raccoon checking me out. I quickly tried to get him in the picture but he was camera shy, and as soon as the phone came out he disappeared.
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  19. klaviator

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