Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. klaviator

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    More riding after lunch.

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    We pulled into a Jackson County park.

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    I normally stop here. It has shade, a real restroom and a great view.

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    It's a great place to solve all the world's problems:D

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    We also stopped at another potential picnic area. We were scoping it out in case someone wanted to do a picnic lunch at next months ride.

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    This was Balsam Lake, a National Forest site.

    From the first picnic area to this one Steve and Josh swapped bikes. Its always cool to get the chance to try other bikes. Steve had owned a DR650 in the past but not as nicely set up as this one. Josh had never ridden a V-Strom before.

    A little later Josh and I swapped bikes. It was his first scooter ride. I had ridden a DR650 before but it was not like this one. This was a serious dual sport bike.

    We swapped back after stopping here:

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    It was a blast Brian, as you know. When I rode my Ultra Classic the next day I noticed how similar the seating position is to the Majesty. I tend to hold on to things and limit my maintenance pain, I mean toys. I also like Craigslist so if I make some room as I was telling you elsewhere who knows. I'm going to get to check out a whole bunch of different ones in a couple weeks. That will be cool and new. I'm hoping to Grom it up for at least a day, I'm sure someone will want to swap.

    Awesome pics Win, I knew they would be!
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    I will be on my Like150i in August and you will be welcome to ride it. It is a completely different experience from the Majesty.
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    I've jumped back and forth from MC to Scooter and back.

    The convenience of storage and shiftlessness (made that word up) opens up a different world of riding. I find myself seeing so much more on a ride when not constantly working a transmission.
  6. klaviator

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    We continued on the BRP.

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    Heat?? What heat? it was nice and cool up here!

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    We came up behind a couple of Harleys. They weren't going real slow so we followed for a while. It was a good chance for me to take some pics with bikes in them.

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    At some point we pulled off and Rich and I swapped bikes. His Majesty had an Airhawk Knockoff seat cushion and he had a laminar lip on his windscreen. The scooter felt very much like mine as you would expect despite different tires. I loved his seat cushion and will be getting one. I'm not sure the laminar lip made that much difference but it could be mounted farther up. I haven't decided on that yet.

    I had rotated my bars forward and Rich liked that.

    We rode a bit and stopped and swapped back.

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    Awesome recce report Win...


    I'm like Unknown.jpeg at the BRP route you guys are taking...
  8. klaviator

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    The BRP is a great ride. Not nearly as twisty and exciting as most of the roads we did but very scenic and relaxing. Being at higher elevations its nice and cool.
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    When we returned to the motel we found @cleanerman and his Reflex waiting for us.

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    I have said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, it's always great meeting inmates that you have interacted with online. Just a short time in person and you will get to know them much more than online.

    We talked a while then Josh headed home. It was really great having Josh along for two days of riding and socializing. I'm looking forward to seeing him again in August.

    The four of us who were left went across the street to Butts on the Creek for some BBQ. We were not disappointed. Then we stayed up late BSing at the motel.
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    The next morning would be our last in MV for this trip. We decided eat breakfast at Joey's Pancake house....purely as research for the August ride of course:D We knew it would be busy as there had been a crowd outside the day before when we rode buy around 9. We went at 7:30 to hopefully beat the rush. It worked. When i went to the door a lady asked how many in our party and handed me a buzzer. She said it would be around 10 minutes. She lied, it was less than one.

    We went in, wearing our masks until we were seated at our table. The food was great as we expected.

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    While we were eating we saw two employees clean a nearby table. They wiped down everything including the salt and pepper shakers and syrup bottles. They were really taking the Covid precautions seriously.

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    At checkout they never touched my credit card and I did everything on a touch screen which was wiped down between every customer.

    When we left there were more people waiting to get in.

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    This place is only open for breakfast.

    Returning to the motel.

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    We hung out a while at the motel before packing up and getting on the road. We would all ride together for about 20 miles and then start splitting up as we were all going different directions. Heading up 19 we got stuck behind an extremely slow moving truck so I pulled over and got this pic.

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    Then we continued to the BRP where it we had a great ride. We made one last stop before splitting up.

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    After this stop Rich and I continued on together. We had to do some four lane and go through Robbinsville before having some great riding on 143 and the Skyway. It got downright chilly at the top but as we descended into Tellico Plains it felt like riding into an oven:( We had been spoiled with the cooler weather in and around MV.

    We stopped at the Tellicafe for Lunch and then headed off down 39, 315 and 30. We did this route in reverse coming up but for some reason 315 just felt like crap. First it felt so rough I thought maybe there was something wrong with my suspension. Then at some point there where a shitload of tar snake which felt really slippery.

    30 on the other had was sublime with fresh pavement and great curves. After that the riding was boring and mostly four lanes. We hit some stop and go traffic riding through Chattanooga and my temperature gauge got as high as 99 degrees:knary I was so glad I had put on my cooling vest in Tellico.

    After Chattanooga Rich headed south towards Birmingham while I continued west to Huntsville.

    One last pic on I-24 west of Chattanooga.

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    I stopped at the motorcycle dealer where I bought my KLX to get some paperwork that will hopefully allow me to finally register it. I also took the opportunity to soak my cooling vest which was nearly dry.

    I got home around 5 with 335 miles on my odo.
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    The Majesty worked great on this trip. Its comfortable and has plenty of power for cruising the Interstates. It just flows through the sweeping curves on roads like the skyway and BRP. It's also super nimble and handles the tighter curves great as well. It does lack passing power when stuck behind slower traffic and is a little slow coming out of tight uphill hairpins.

    Gas mileage varied from 55 MPG or better on the highways to 65+ on the back roads.

    The rear tire had 3500 miles on it when I left. The last two metzlers I ran on this scooter were replaced at just over 5,000 miles so I figured I had plenty of tread left for an 1100 mile ride.

    This is what it looks like now.

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    I think that running at high speed on the interstate with really hot temperatures was hard on it because it still looked OK in Maggie Valley

    I'm glad I ordered a new one last week.
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    Good thing you have spare bikes! :nod
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    Good thing!

    I took one of my "spare" bikes out today. It had been a couple of weeks since I rode the KLX. Its now fully legal. I went down to the Courthouse yesterday and got it registered, applied for the title and paid the taxes on it. The total bill was $254. I got the Kawasaki $250 Military discount when I bought it so my OTD price ended up being MSRP + $4. Not bad for a current model year bike in short supply and high demand:-)

    I headed for wheeler to ride some dirt and get some pics for the "where's Waldo" thread in photos.

    Lots of people out fishing today.

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    Yes, my bike is in every pic.

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    This is the track in and out.

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    When I got home I pulled the oil drain plug for the 600 mile oil change.

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    The temperature when I got home was 87 and climbing. After being in Maggie Valley and enjoying the comfortable weather I am so ready to go back and get out of the heat:knary
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    After draining the oil from my KLX, I discovered that it needs a 10mm crush washer on the drain bolt. Crap! All my other bikes use 12 crush washers so that's all I have. Time for a trip to Cycle gear.

    After cycle gear I stopped at Freedom Powersports. Sorry for the crappy phone pics.

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    They were really low on inventory.

    I know that atv/utv's are popular but this seemed a little too much.

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    Hard top Vanderhall!

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    I rode home and finished my oil change.

    I picked up more than crush washers from Cycle gear

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    Can't ride all the time:( Gotta work on em once in a while.

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    Yeah, I hear that! :lol3
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    I got out a bit this morning before it got really hot. Headed over to Wheeler. I wasn't the only one riding there. I saw a bunch of spandex warriors:D

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    My ancient bicycle would shake me, and probably itself apart if I tried to ride it here. Maybe someday I'll invest in a modern bicycle with actual suspension and ride it here.

    The Kudzu is taking over here.

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    Lots of boats and people fishing today.

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    One speed boat passed me while I was riding along the river. It was too fast for me to stop and get a pic!

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    My loop got interrupted.

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    I backtracked and went around.

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    I rode over/under this tree.

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    Nothing exciting. I'll probably take it easy until heading for Maggie Valley in a little over a week.
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    At the last minute I decided to ride out and try to catch the sunset. I really have to rush if I don't want to miss it.

    Leaving my street. if nothing else I'll see some cool clouds.

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    I pull over at the edge of my Subdivision.

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    Then race to my next spot.

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    The trees block the sunset here so off I go to a better spot. I'm not sure I'll make it in time. I shoot some pics on the go.

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    I missed the actual sunset....but I'm not too disappointed.

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    There was a small plane flying around. I'll bet that pilot got quite a view.

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    Not disappointing at all!
    Your sunset pictures got me hooked on this thread initially. Back in the day I was often airborne at sunset; living in the woods nowadays I really miss horizon-filling sunsets, so really appreciate your sharing! (Don't miss driving home from the airport in the dark, or heading back there before sunrise quite so much however.)