song's ride report and pics

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by SONG, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    A few buddies and I took a long weekend moto trip to WV last weekend. Here are our planned routes.

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    packed and ready to go.
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    we arrive at green ridge state forest
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    yummmm..beef jerky does a body good.
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    feels like home
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    at least one person has their priorities straight. yuengling, don't leave home w/o it.
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    got some firewood - we only paid $20 for all the wood we could carry on our bikes. sweet!
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    a ducati hauling firewood? you don't see that too often..
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    aerostich power net is damn strong...
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    went out for a quick ride before dinner.
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    dinner is served. chicken dogs wrapped in fresh cut bacon from the local shop. yumm.
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    seneca rocks
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    Leaving the Midway Exxon..
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    Follow the keg.
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    Found some tight backroads
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    Saw plenty of 20mph advisory curves.
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    What a beautiful day to ride.
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    US219... this way for some amazing roads.
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    DSH's ducati monster ahead of me.
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    i wish the day would never end.
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    oops. a close call. road goes right, but everyone proceeds to go straight.
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    time to test your emergency braking skills.
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    ...and moving on.
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    typical small town we passed through. i made sure to slow down to the posted speed limit in these areas.
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    The last day of our trip. After some Bob Evans breakfast, we head off towards home.
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    The bikes feel so heavy compared to yesterday's ride.
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    I'm not sure what area this is, but it was gorgeous.
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    More nice weather, and awesome twisties. WV does not disappoint.
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    Oops. Wrong turn. We are not crossing that...
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    Going up the mountain, things get pretty tight. Here's a 10mph advisory curve.
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    It's hard to know when we should pull over with so many nice roads ahead of us.
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    typical tight, winding WV roads...
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    Can't wait to go back. WV rocks.
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  2. GB

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    Looks like a good time! Thanks for the report and pics.. You've got some great roads down there.. I'll be heading back in the summer :thumb
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  3. dsh

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    I know we ate a lot of them but I'm craving a bacon wrapped hot dog right about now...
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  4. zadok

    zadok Long timer

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    Great roads. Nice trip.:clap:D
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  5. intothenew

    intothenew Briar Patch Navigator

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    It amazes me that the roads in WV survived the winter as well as they did. I'm glad that you enjoyed the visit. :thumb
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  6. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    this is my idea of a day well spent. roughly 300 miles. hopefully this w/e. :D

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  7. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    Only 8 days left until we head south to Deal's Gap... I'm expecting about 2900 miles in about 10 days, an average of about 300 backroad twisty miles per day. We're planning to hotel/camp roughly 50/50. We reserved a nice cabin (with a hot tub!) in Cherokee, NC when we spend 3 nights there. I'm hoping to try my luck at the local casino too. And lots and lots and lots of BBQ joints along the way... Can't wait! :D

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    I'll be taking the KTM again. It's usually more fun in the tight twisties than my R1.

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  8. gallinastrips

    gallinastrips Been here awhile

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    Sweet bike and pics. I had an SMC for 10,000. miles and they sure shine in the tight stuff. Is that your gas tank on the back?:devildog
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  9. BusyWeb

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    :clap
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  10. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    Yes! :D It's a tourtank. It is Great! Awesome price and really easy to install. Now, I can ride longer than my sportbike buddies between gas stops. It also works well to strap my luggage against it. :deal
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  11. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    Great RR..........
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  12. SauS TaR-TaR

    SauS TaR-TaR Go BaBy Go...

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    :1drink
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  13. gallinastrips

    gallinastrips Been here awhile

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    I should have bought one of those instead of buying another tank for $450 plus a seat for $150 so the tank would work. Do you just flip a switch when the bikes tank runs dry and then gravity starts draining the keg?
    Sure do miss my 625.:cry
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  14. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    Yes, it's gravity fed. The aux fuel line has a petcock. I always use the rear tank first. When I'm ready to switch, I turn on the bike's tank, and then turn off the rear tank. I do this so I don't forget to close it later when I stop for gas. I left both open once, and the two tanks overwhelmed the float bowls...carb was thoroughly flooded.. I was dripping gas everywhere.. :eek1

    I considered the bigger tank + new seat, but the cost was just too much IMO. I think the tourtank was about $130. I also wanted to keep my Corbin, which makes 300+ mile days possible and it lowers the seat height an inch or two, which really helps me out since I'm short.

    I love the 625 too...if I ever sell it, it'll be for a 690... :deal
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  15. waltwhitman

    waltwhitman Been here awhile

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    looks like a blast
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  16. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    Routes are finalized...we head out tomorrow afternoon. My plan is to sample lots and lots of BBQ along the way. :deal

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    Day 4
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    Day 5/6...We will stay 2 days near Deal's Gap.
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    Day 9
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    Day 10...last leg home always sucks.
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  17. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Good RR Song. I am still regretting bailing on that WV ride...but such is life.

    The pics you have from your GoPro..riding. Is that the " take a shot ever 2 seconds" function?? And you have the HD version, right??

    Can't wait to see the RR from last week's trip. I envy you guys being able to take a whole week off..I do not see that happening anytime soon in my future. :cry
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  18. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    ...yea, so I'm a little behind in posting my RRs. This one was to the Indy MotoGP from Philly, PA with my riding buddies...August 2008. Our plan was to take a *LONG* way to Indy via MD, WV, and OH twisties...and back via similar route. So, here are some pics!

    On my trusty KTM 625 smc... PERFECT for twisties.

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    Dinner...
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    We stayed at Front Royal, VA the first night. We normally have no qualms about parking our bikes outside, but on this particular night, we spotted some people suspiciously eyeing our bikes..so we decided to add some more roommates to our room.

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    I'm surprised I didn't take more photos along the way, but we eventually made it to Indy. The worse part of the ride was the last few hours on the dreaded highway leading into Indy. Lucky for us, my buddy Alex from Indy showed up with his RV to host us for the few days we stayed. Thanks Alex!

    These are from the practice sessions.. They were still hauling ass IMO. :deal

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    Too bad MotoGP is not so popular in the US.

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    The RV... smells like something burning.

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    Sweet..

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    squid alert!

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  19. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    Nice. $52 for a Rossi t-shirt. $35 for Lorenzo.

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    Nice use of duck tape.. personally I prefer Gorrilla Tape.

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  20. SONG

    SONG Been here awhile

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    more practice sessions.

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    The race begins!

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    We need more fans..

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    Pedrosa's bike taking a nap. It's amazing how many places he regained by the end of the race.

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