Scenic City Rides (Chattanooga)

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by SquirrelyGrl, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Camper292000

    Camper292000 Adventurer

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    My question too on fees. Maybe someone will chime in and $10. Sounds like a good time.

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  2. TN3Sport

    TN3Sport East TN DS Rider

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    These OHV areas have no charge.
    Hardee's has an extended lot where I've parked my trailer several times. No charge for that, but I usually eat there and leave a Hardee's coffee cup on the dash.... Just to make sure Hardee's knows I'm a patron...

    The trail head to Rock Creek OHV is about 7 miles away by road. So, you need to have a licensed dual sporter just to get there. Or, you could park at the trail head if your bike is not licensed. No fee for parking there either.

    I plan to be at Hardee's at 10am. If we cancel due to bad weather, I'll post here by 9am. It takes me about an hour to ride from Chattanooga to Chattsworth via backroads on my XRL. If I dont post here, assume the ride is on...

    Other info...
    These are two track routes. Anyone can ride these trails. Pace is the variable.
  3. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    Hey Monte, if you're referring to the gate at the base of Tibbs, I noticed that it was open too one day a while back. I called the USFS office in Chatsworth and was told that section of Tibbs right at the road where the pavement ends is actually private property. I always thought that was a USFS gate. My late father and I use to take CT-90's up Tibbs all the way from that gate to the top.
  4. wjfawb0

    wjfawb0 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. I plan to ride there too. I'm in Bradley Co. just north of East Brainerd. I'll try to meet up with you at 9AM.
  5. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    I'm in. See you guys at Hardees in the AM.
  6. rush2112_2112

    rush2112_2112 Been here awhile

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    In. See you in the morning.


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  7. wjfawb0

    wjfawb0 Been here awhile

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    I made it back to Bradley Co, TN. TN3Sport was only a few miles from his home when we parted ways. I did find out that the WR250R will go about 137 miles before it sucks air. Luckily I had the extra gallon on the back of the bike and stopped to put it in about 4 miles from home. It actually lurched right after the turn when I split from TN3Sport.

    Nice to meet everyone. I'm sure I'll be back out again. As soon as I got home my wife went to the doctor, so it's probably best I came back to watch the kid.
  8. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    It was good to put some faces with names today.:thumb Next time I'll show up on a smaller bike. TN3Sport will be happy to know I found the missing master link clip that I lost on the side of the (Rocky Creek)trail last Saturday.:evil Mission accomplished.:clap The lower back, while still jacked up, does feel a little better after today's ride.
  9. rush2112_2112

    rush2112_2112 Been here awhile

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    Props to Tracy for taking the KLR up Windy Gap. Didn't make it all the way without some serious battle scars but it made it. Twisty has pics.


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  10. TN3Sport

    TN3Sport East TN DS Rider

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    Great riding w/ you guys today. Enjoyed every minute of it. Weather ended up being fantastic.

    We were making quite a few stops throughout the ride. So, I decided I would play with the rear suspension settings. NOT knowing what the heck I was doing, I figured I would set the rebound dampening to each extreme setting, ride for a while, and see how it felt. This worked for the first hour or so. A couple of experienced riders cautioned me about that... I didn't really listen... As a result, the setting I had when going down Mulberry Gap had my rear end bouncing all over the place. At one point, I hit a pot hole and low sided the bike. Good news is I didn't panic and almost recovered it. In the end, only damage was a broken clutch lever. An $8 part... No biggy. Just ended the day for me. An hour later I was at home planting azaleas for the boss... the wife...

    Lesson learned on screwing with the suspension and ignoring the advise of more experience riders.

    That's the 3rd time I've broken a clutch lever on or near Windy Gap OHV. Its a curse...

    Honda XRL clutch levers are notoriously long. Its the one part on that bike that has almost no aftermarket options. (No short levers avail that I've found.) You drop the bike, that lever is going to hit. Many times it snaps.

    At any rate, somehow I've gotta find a new clutch lever before MMM on Thursday.

    Monte, glad you found the masterlink clip. Go see the Chiropractor so that you're ready for MMM riding.
  11. youngblood

    youngblood Been here awhile

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    Sorry I missed you fellas. Had the kids solo with the wife out of town. Looking forward to MMM.

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  12. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    Had a great ride yesterday with a pretty good turn-out. We had TN3, wjfaw, Camper, Tracy (I don't know his screen name), Rush2112, myself, and a cameo appearance by fullmonte, who rode with us for a little while just to recover a master link he lost on the trail last time.

    Here is TN3 hauling butt on Rosie up Rocky Creek:
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    ...followed by Tracy
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    ...followed by Rush2112
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    MrBrokenClutchLever (aka TN3). At least he's still smiling. You can see it in his eyes.
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    Tracy joined a very small group of people who have been able ride a KLR up Windy Gap, but it wasn't without a couple mishaps. Here we had to stop to repair a bent shift lever.
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    Windy Gap certainly left it's mark on Tracy's KLR. The bike has a bit more character now.
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  13. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Way to go on that hill climb Tracy.:clap It's no mean feat on a piggy KLR.
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    I turned around here and went back down the hill so as not to re injure my back. Picking up a bike would have been a disaster.
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    Rode up towards Lake Conasauga and stopped at the overlook down on the other side. See some of y'all next weekend at MMM.
  14. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    :thumb
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  15. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    Here is wjfaw putting his first scratches on his shinny new WR250:
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    I almost got ran over by Rush2112:
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    Here is HappyCamper climbing the first hill past the "experienced motorcycle riders only" sign at Windy Gap. He did great, but decided to turn back soon after this. Probably a wise decision. :deal
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    Tracy did a spectacular job muscling his KLR up Windy Gap. Here he is making a miraculous save coming down Tibbs. Check out the front wheel at 0:25. :eek1
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  16. TN3Sport

    TN3Sport East TN DS Rider

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    I cut my balls off today.
    Talked it over with the wife and she was fully supportive of the decision.

    I will not be taking my balls with me on any future rides.

    If you are the least bit squeamish, don't page down.
















    Had to. They are indirectly responsible for ending a couple of recent rides prematurely. Only other option was short levers and I'm unable to find a source for XRL shorty levers. They just don't exist. Or, at least don't exist for a reasonable price. Cutting the balls (ends) off the existing levers was the only option...

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  17. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    Will she at least let you borrow them every now and then? :huh
  18. VAAPRIDER

    VAAPRIDER Adventurer

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    A hacksaw always worked well for me, (for shortening the levers that is)
  19. Al Tuna

    Al Tuna NSFW

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    Nice vids Twisty!
    Just goes to show, you're never to old to learn new tricks. :lol3
  20. wjfawb0

    wjfawb0 Been here awhile

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    MrTwisty, I never heard your offer of help, and I thought you were suggesting starting out in 2nd. Ha ha ha. That's the only dump I had that day, because afterwards I decided I should slow down until I figured out what I was doing. :D

    Thanks to everyone on the ride for being kind to a new dirt rider. I'll figure it out.