Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Extremenc, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Thanks for posting your rides Bill! Great seeing how you are enjoying this area and your new GS!
  2. FishHunt

    FishHunt slow poking...

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    @SuhthernBoy , this is what I was talking about.
  3. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Hey Wind Junky! Looking at my reply to your question, I'm not sure that I answered it. A lot of these riders in the Asheville, NC area run the combination of a TKC80 on the front with a TKC70 on the back. I think they feel the need for more off-road traction on the front but like the on-road traction and longevity of the TKC70 on the back. My thoughts from what I have run on my 1200GS so far: The TKC70 on the rear is amazing, (although the Shinko 805 is 70% as good on-road and probably a little better off road). It has excellent on-road grip and clings off-road as good as anything except for the TKC80 rear. I personally perfer a more knobby front tire because I like to have the front wheel traction. Shifting a bit here: I prefer the Shinko 804 on the front over everything I have used so far, and the TKC80 is the best if you are trying to cling to those gully sides that keep trying to wreck you. Read this through front-to-end five times to understand what I am talking about. Or, lets Ride!
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  4. ronniet2466

    ronniet2466 n00b

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    Thanks to Extremenc for finding Hogum Hollow Rd. I would have never guessed it was there, but it was a blast on the DRZ.

    FYI It's bow season on the game lands, and a lot of normally closed fire roads are now open. A good time to explore.[​IMG]

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  5. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Wow! Glad you enjoyed it ronniet2446! That is a Jewel of a ride isn't it. Lets ride some. I need all the help I can get on some of these hills.
  6. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    Great riding weather this weekend! Well, still a bit warm, but it was a great weekend to get out. I wanted to test the ol girl out and make sure she could stay standing down Maple Sally, so I led a group of guys up there Friday. She made it thru! This is where we stopped in Wilson Creek.

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  7. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    I'm not sure if extremenc has posted some of these, so I'll share just in case. We headed west out to Bryson City to meet up with a few other friends and did some good dirt road riding Saturday as well. This was up at the top of Telico Rd, great road winding up the mountain and crosses the Appalachian Trail at the top. Didn't stop and grab any pics on the way up.

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  8. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    Then you wind your way back down the mountain on the other side where I believe the name changes to Otter Creek. My friends are "special". :)

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  9. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    From there we hit Winding Staircase until the unthinkable happened...

    My dear friend had a bad blow out, but come to find out he was riding on 15 yr old rubber. :lol3

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    Super glue didn't do the trick, so on to the ultimate patch job.

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  10. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    From there we hit Tatham Gap Rd or the Trail of Tears. What an awesome road even though the history behind it is pretty sad.

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    What's that I spy at the bottom of this 1000 ft ravine?!

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    I bet that was a helluva ride!

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  11. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    At the top of a cutoff path, there was a gate closed. I cannot confirm nor deny whether there is a way around or not. :)

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  12. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    We even dropped by my old stomping grounds!

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  13. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    If you ever see this motley crew out and about, I recommend running the other direction!

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  14. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    That's a good round trip using the "regular" roads, bonus points for all the dirt you guys enjoyed!
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  15. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    I'm a little out of range with this suggestion- but- you guys need to come up here into WV and ride the Dolly Sods some time!
    It's surrounded by Moto heaven.
    Smoke Hole
    Potts Mt
    Seneca Rocks


    As per usual- I never stop to take pictures. I did grab this one at the Bear Rocks Preserve overlook.

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  16. CheapB

    CheapB Been here awhile

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    I've actually been thru Seneca Rocks on my way to Niagra! I've heard great things about Dolly Sods from others as well. Let's do it sometime!
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    Hello! The back issues are available for $6.95.
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  18. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    This looks like such a good trip CheapB! Thanks for taking time to tell us about it. I normally ride just one day coming back home at night and I haven't ridden any of the gravel you guys rode, except for Wilson Creek of course.
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  19. Extremenc

    Extremenc NC Mtn. Man

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    Have you moved SidewinderX? I am going to ride that area north of Snowshoe on Wednesday this week.
  20. SidewinderX

    SidewinderX Hey, watch this!

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    Nah. I just seem to end up taking a trip into the area every fall. Usually for our anniversary.

    I don't know if you frequent the area but-

    - Hwy 150, Highlands scenic Hwy. Nice byway, reminds me of Cherohola but has a lot of fire roads leading off it for exploration

    - Fuel stops can be distant.
    - Some areas are cash only (Monterey)
    - Green Bank is a signal free zone. Be aware that if you need to call for help, it's not happening...

    Hwy 250 N from Monterey
    Hwy 33 N from Franklin
    Hwy 311 S from Paint Bank
    Potts Mt trail near Paint Bank
    Smoke Hole Rd near Seneca Rocks
    Maury River Rd
    Rich Patch mines
    Many, many more


    Be safe my friend.
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