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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    A few more pics.

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    The boat we went out on, a Cal 33

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    A couple of days later we had about 30 people show up for the memorial party which went well.

    So I spent over a week without riding. It just wasn't practical to bring a bike along on this trip. I'm hoping to go back next year but maybe ride up and back on one of my scooters.
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  2. klaviator

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    Since returning from Ohio I have ridden the Like to the store a couple of times. This evening I rode out hoping for a great sunset.

    It looked like it was going to be a great sunset.

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    But then clouds on the horizon blocked the sun and prevented the sunset I was hoping for from happening.

    It was still worth the ride.

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  3. klaviator

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    It seems like forever since I did a local group ride. I've been out of town a lot this summer with trips to Little Switzerland, Maggie Valley x 2, and most recently Ohio. My schedule finally had room for a local ride so I set up a Dual sport ride into Tennessee. I didn't have the chance to come up with anything new so I figured my normal route of country roads, Dirt roads and paved goat trails with lunch at the 31 south BBQ would be good enough. After over a month of typical Alabama heat and humidity even the weather was cooperating with some much cooler weather for the ride.

    I posted the ride here on ADV and on the Motorcycle Alabama forum. We ended up with 8 riders total at the Shell in Ardmore this morning.

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    Randy had his new, barely broken in CRF300L

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    James showed up on his new to him CRF304L. He had just bought this bike from Natalee. We had a couple of new riders to the group. Mike was on his new Triumph 1200 Explorer. Last time he rode with us was on a street ride on a Harley Fat Boy. Then there was Rudy on a F650GS.

    We started off on my normal DS route out of Ardmore. It was cloudy and nice and cool.

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    We rode some nice curves.

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    Then we rode Van Zandt Rd. This was the first dirt of the day and also the most challenging dirt road of the day. Its not much of a challenge on a dual sport bike but might be a different story for a less experienced off road rider on a 600 pound adventure bike with street tires as it has some hills as well as some mud. Everyone including Mike on the Explorer made it through just fine.

    We took a break at the end of the road.

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    We rode some more on a mix of paved and unpaved roads. They were familiar roads for most of us but new to a couple of the riders.

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    Most of the paved roads had no Double Yellow or paint of any kind.

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    They also had no traffic despite this being a holiday.

    We took a break on my favorite paved goat trail.

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    No traffic came by in the 20 or so minutes we were stopped.

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    Someone commented that this was the most organized parking we had ever done here.

    More riding.

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  5. klaviator

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    Some people thing dual sport rides should be mostly on dirt but I really enjoy these narrow and poorly paved back roads. They are often too rough to be fun on a street bike, they normally have no traffic and the riders behind the leader don't end up breathing in a bunch of dust.

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    My pictures don't show how twisty, hilly and scenic these roads are.

    After a morning of familiar roads I took a couple of roads none of us had been on before. They weren't anything special but they were roads I had wanted to check out for some time now.

    Lunch at the 31 BBQ was good as usual.

    Mike took off and headed home after lunch leaving seven of us to continue on. We rode some more familiar roads. The clouds had mostly disappeared leaving a beautiful sunny day. It was no longer cool but it wasn't hot either unless standing still in the sun.

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    These tree lined one lane roads were fun and gave a sensation of going much faster than we were actually going.

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    See what I mean. Doesn't this look like Ludicrous speed?:D

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    I have lost track of how many times I have taken pics at this spot. It's actually quite curvy and hilly before and after this spot but I find this spot particularly scenic.

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    A few miles down the road I decided to turn off my normal route. A few more turns and I soon didn't know were we where. Of course those following had no idea:lol3 Well, at least until I made a U turn to go back and turn down some small side road. Actually, they probably thought i planned on riding down that road but I just saw it and decided to see where it went. It was a narrow paved road that soon came to a T intersection. At the T was a dirt road to the left and a dirt road going up a steep hill to the right. Which way would you go?

    Of course I turned right. It was a fun dirt road that none of us had been on before. I followed it to another intersection and stopped. Randy and James were behind me but no one else.

    So we waited.

    And waited.

    Where was everyone else:dunno

    We headed back and soon Stephen and David came along. They had turned around when the two riders behind them hadn't come along but didn't find them. They figured they had turned around after seeing the hill. :dunno

    So we continued on in the direction we wanted to go and a couple of minutes later Greg and Rudy were coming the other way. They had figured out a way to avoid the hill and still meet up with us.

    I love it when a plan comes together!

    Even when there is no plan:lol3

    Eventually we ended up on familiar roads. I stopped to take these pics.

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    We rode Van Zandt Rd again going the other way. Stephen and I rode ahead to shoot some action pics and video. We set up just past the largest of the puddles.

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    David on his V-Strom 1000.

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    Rudy.

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    Greg.

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    We took a break in the shade before finishing up the ride and splitting up and heading home. I ended up with around 220 miles.

    It was a great ride and it was great catching up with everyone. I wasn't the only one who has been out of town. Stephen wins the award for the biggest adventure of the summer. I'm sure he will do a ride report once he catches up on editing all the video he has shot.
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    There is so much to tell, it might get 2 versions: his & hers.
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    It was great as usual!
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    That last shot looks like a perfect place to pitch tents and build a nice fire. Life is good.
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  11. klaviator

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    That was the parking lot for the BBQ place we ate lunch at. When we got there the gravel lot was mostly filled with cars. Some of us parked at the edge of the parking lot and some pulled up into the shade. I don't think the restaurant would appreciate us pitching tents and building a campfire:D

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    I hate i missed this ride. I really want to hook up with yall soon. Maybe next time. Great rr by the way.
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    ya never know till ya ask:dunno
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    I can't wait to see both versions.
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    After only 6500 miles the front Pirelli Angel on my Like was toast. I ordered a Michelin Power Pure a few week ago and yesterday I took my wheel to Midway Cycles to get it mounted. Unfortunately they had received a 120/70-12 instead of the 110/70-12 I needed. I thought about mounting it but decided against it. So they ordered a new tire and said it should be in by Friday. I was surprised when they called me at 10:30 this morning and said my tire was mounted and ready to go.

    I took it for a couple of "test" rides just to make sure the tire works OK. This pic was on the second ride

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    Now I need to figure out a ride for Saturday as well as a trip next week for Steve, Rich and me. I'll probably do a street ride to Delina on Saturday. Next week? Maybe Burke's Garden and the Back of the dragon on the big bikes? Or maybe a scooter trip to the twistiest paved road I have ever ridden?

    I guess I better make a decision soon.
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    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Pirelli tires have never been good to me. They either don't last or have a defective. I've always had good luck with Michelin and Continental tires.
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    The Pirelli's handled fine and lasted longer than the OEM tires. I have a Michelin City Grip II on the rear of my scooter but can't get a City Grip in the right size for the front. I have had that problem with my previous scooters as well. I could get a City Grip that fit the front or the rear but not both. This is my first Power Pure. Depending on how well it lasts I may try a Conti-scoot or Vee Rubber tire next.

    Keep in mind that I'm really hard on tires. Many riders get double the mileage that I get out of a tire.
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    SoloRider73 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I'm also hard on tires and fuel mileage. I have no idea why. :rofl
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    I posted a street ride for today but I guess a lot of people were busy doing something else today. The three of us who showed up agreed it was too nice of a day not to ride. Besides me Randy ( @TheSweeper ) and David ( @enginebreak ) showed up. Stephen ( @Thinwater ) and his daughter also showed up but planned on doing their own ride and meeting us for lunch.

    On my way to Ardmore I spotted a hot air balloon so I turned off to get some pics.

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    We got on the road a little after 9 and zigged and zagged our way towards Delina. I decided to try some over the shoulder shots over my left shoulder instead of my right like I usually do.

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    I guess there is a reason I have been taking the shots over my right shoulder.

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    At least I could salvage this one with some cropping.

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    Despite my poor picture taking it was a great day to be out riding. While these middle Tennessee roads are not as good as my favorite mountain roads they are still a lot of fun and have very little traffic. The weather was about perfect in the morning.

    I shot this one the way I normally do.

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    We took a break after about an hour. I got a pic of David's XT225.

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    We rode some more and got to the Old Delina Country Stor just before 11. I wanted to get there before the rush. It was a good thing we got there early because the place was packed by around 11:15. Stephen and his daughter got there a few minutes after we did and they had quite a story. They had ridden Vanzandt Rd, which has been the site of a few "adventures" in the past which the most dramatic being Rudy putting a hole in his crankcase while riding it. A few others have dropped their bikes in the mud holes or going up the rutted hill at the beginning. Stephen decided to do something different and rode over some loose barbed wire which wrapped itself around his rear wheel! That's not an adventure I ever want to have!

    I got someone to take our pic with my camera but it came out real blurry. I took one. It was better but still blurry.

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    They had a band playing and some sort of fish fry special so the place was full.

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    They played one song that most people joined in. They had the lyrics in the table.

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    A couple of pics outside. The owners car:

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    We weren't the only motorcycle riders there.

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    After lunch we rode some more but I didn't take any more pics. My total for the day was 190 miles. I wanted to get home early because I will be departing on my next trip tomorrow. It took a while to come up with a plan but I think I have a good one. The weather looks good and we will be riding the twistiest paved road I have ever ridden as well as another road almost as twisty.

    Stay tuned.......
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