North GA DS Rides? Where to find routes?

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by TerraNick23, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. TerraNick23

    TerraNick23 Adventurer

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    I recently picked up my new Husqvarna Terra 650. I have some basic mods done, but still no skid plate(its the next thing on order, just gotta figure out which one) and I am still on stock tires, With that said, the trails cant get too crazy.

    What trails would be good to hit, and how do I find out what routes to take and so forth. I have some time off this week and would like to make some day trips up there. I used to do it on my last street bike, but stuck to the paved roads and obviously never went off road.

    Thanks chaps

    ps Wedesday and potentially Fri(March 6 and 8) will be the days I may ride, if it turns out anyone else would like to ride around the Kennesaw let me know. Always good to go with other people incase something happens.
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  2. BryceB

    BryceB It's OK, we know the Mayor!

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  3. TerraNick23

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    awesome info. Thanks Bryce

    If I had the time to, I would love to just get lost and end up camping. In fact at some point thats what I will be doing. But for now, I only have time for a day trip. Not afraid of riding at night, but cant do any overnight excursions.

    If you ever find your self going for a ride let me know, says your in acworth, I live off Jiles.
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  4. GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB

    GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB Long timer

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    Im just off wade green the otherside of the expressway. Go to ellijay, head out 52 towards Dahlonga, take Bigcreek till you see FS 42 go off on your right at the top of the MTN. Then go get lost. If you can catch me one day with nothing to do I'll take you and show you around. :wink:
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  5. dep411

    dep411 Been here awhile

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    Glad I joined 2day and found this thread... I'm from Kennesaw, very close to
    you guys

    I just put down a down payment on a new bike and as soon it comes in I'd be down to ride with ya'll. Don't really care where we go as long as its fun :)
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  6. GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB

    GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB Long timer

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    Nice, what will you be riding? :ear Fun for who? The things I think are fun some don't feel the same way. :deal On the real though, I'll be glad to show you guys around anytime I can. If you like anything more than a dirt road, it will have to dry up some. I'm riding a 950 Adventure with worn out Scorpions.
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  7. dep411

    dep411 Been here awhile

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    I'll be on a 690, as soon as it comes in:D And anything on two wheels is fun for me. That would be awesome if you can show us around some day. I'm some what familiar with the suches loop and wolf pen and blood Mt but thats all with a street bike. It would be fun to ride down some fire roads and more scenic stuff.
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  8. BryceB

    BryceB It's OK, we know the Mayor!

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    I'm over on the Woodstock side of Acworth. Near the intersection of Woodstock Road and Kellogg Creek Road.

    Good asvce in the FS42 routes... 42 usually ends up being a rad on my tris up that way.

    Heres what I putt around on
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  9. loosesprocket

    loosesprocket Been here awhile

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    I live in Blairsville and ride Coopers Creek and Blue Ridge Forest Ser all the time. We are also going to ride Western NC over to and around Tellico Plains TN. A lot of good riding up here. PM anytime as we are ready to ride now !:clap
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  10. djminta

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    I'm in Marietta with a 2006 Husky 610. I'd love to meet up with anyone willing to ride. I usually have Mondays off...
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  11. mb90535im

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    The Cohutta's are my favorite in N GA. I believe the approach roads headed to the summit of Grassy Mountain are still closed, but should be re-opening any day now. Watch the DOGS thread for rides and show up.
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    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    The Cohutta's/Big Frog are my favorite in N GA/SE TN. I believe the approach roads headed to the summit of Grassy Mountain are still closed, but should be opening any day now. Watch the DOGS thread for rides and show up.
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    Nice ride you have coming.:clap I need to get me another thumper myself. It will do well on the fire roads and black top. Do you have any off-road experience?
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    I cut thru your area sometimes, and will keep an eye out for you. 06 950 adventure, orange. Ride it everday.
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  15. dep411

    dep411 Been here awhile

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    I had a wr450 that I sold a few years back. It was a beast. I used to like to take it through the mud and rocks but now I'm getting too fragile for that stuff. I really want to do some exploring type of riding and have a bike that if needed can get over the things in the way :)
    I Hope my wait is not that long before she is in the stable. Doing a lot of googling and it's hard to read all these stories of great riding.
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  16. Gumbeaux

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    Happy to help, as I first started riding this area 4-5 years ago and the guys here in the DOGS thread have helped me out accordingly.

    I won't be revealing any secret stuff here...just the public forest roads.

    For those towards the West, maybe the areas like Cohuttas are easier for you to get to...not as familiar with that area, but just go get lost on some forest roads starting in Chatsworth area...

    For those headed towards the Suches area, I normally start at the Nimblewell Church area...and take a loop around FS 77, 42, 58, Fish Hatchery, etc. You can mix and match those roads for a lot of fun. Crossing 60 you can find a lot more stuff in Coopers Creek and Duncan Ridge and some gravel spits off 60 a little farther North. On the other side of the gap off 180 there are some other great similar gravel forest roads.

    I use the National Geographic maps for those areas. http://www.natgeomaps.com/ti_777.html These are great for motorcycling and other purposes. There are other less detailed maps floating around, but I start with these and then take a look at my GPS tools and tracks from there.

    Watch that DOGs thread, show up for some rides or campouts. Be ready to take care of yourself responsibly (tools, decent gear, etc.) and also help others as needed. If you like small groups, you will find em there. If you like large groups, you will find em there. If you like to find just one or two people to ride with, you can find people there and PM them to get together. In general, I have found people here like to meet new people, go on rides with reasonably sized groups, and help each other find their groove. That's why we're here. Lurk a little, you will figure out who likes to hook up for rides and who doesn't and who rides fast and outlaw and and who doesn't...

    Too bad it's gonna be 65 degrees this weekend and I invited my relatives to come visit, otherwise this would be a "let's ride" post. :baldy
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  17. TerraNick23

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    op here.

    I live right next the interstate as well. Cherokee Street side. Next to the home depot in the apts. I have been riding around the area just finding little abandoned areas to have some fun in. Right off of hickory grove is a little field thats kinda fun to go mess around in. just FYI.

    One thing I have been experiencing is that the Metzler Saharas that came on the bike are a little slick on anything other than dry.

    If were gonna go do this trip up there, would it be wise to get some new tires? I imagine its pretty wet and rugged up in the mtns...
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  18. Gumbeaux

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    Well sure, knobbies are "better", but for the basic forest roads, you can get by pretty well with dualsport tires in dry conditions. I am not familiar with the Saharas specifically, but the Anakees on my F800GS were just fine for good conditions. I do like running the TKCs much better now...

    Example of a road from the area below. This is a relatively slow pace on one of the more groomed and smooth ones.

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    Some short areas of Duncan Ridge can get a little more rocky and muddy than most forest roads...but it's still pretty tame. One of my favorite roads. For higher on the adventure scale check out Flatlands Road.

    Again, a pretty slow plod up this one...
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