How I spent my summer vacation, or 6000 miles on a WR250R

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by skierd, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. llamapacker

    llamapacker Mr. Conservative

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    Just back from trip to Maine, stayed on slab coming home due to time restraints, wanted the BR or skyline and kept running into bikes at gas stops headed that way, sigh.

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  2. wraith

    wraith WR250R Addict

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    Thanks for the trip report! I'm looking forward to more.

    Did you mount your camera on the bike for some of the on road moving shots?
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  3. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Nope, I just took pictures with my left hand. The camera lives in the tank bag and I always put it so its easy to grab, turn on, snap a pic, turn off, and put back in the bag one handed. Its just a Sony cybershot point and shoot, DSLR's are too bulky and fragile for this kind of trip imo.
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  4. PHeller

    PHeller newb

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    Skierd, I think I may have asked this on GRM, but what were you at Townson for?
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  5. Jordan Y

    Jordan Y Adventurer

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    I've been daydreaming about getting an R² and doing a long distance touring trip so I'm very interested in this ride report. I'd be interested to hear how the bike was working for you over the course of the trip, and your impressions of what it's like to go a long distance on it.

    Keep 'er coming, good stuff so far. :lurk
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  6. bash3r

    bash3r 790ADVR

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    x2 !!!
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  7. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

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    even those of us that aren't on WRs are pretty impressed :clap

    6k mi is a long way to go on a dirt bike.
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  8. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    PHeller - I'm an Art Education major. I would have posted this over on GRM, but the forum interface over there is so wonky that its more of a PITA than its worth.

    You want distance? I'll give you distance. :deal

    Day 3 - End of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Deal's Gap, and Jellico, TN

    One thing I like about camping: waking up at dawn. One thing I don't like about camping, at least in a crowded public campground: other people. For example I woke up around 1:30am to the sounds of a couple obviously having more fun than anyone else going by her moans... :lol3 There were a lot of noisy kids, noisy pets, and people in general, and big (and unwelcome) change from the relative solitude of the last few days.

    Whats nice about waking up at dawn? Other than getting out before everyone else, the views are pretty nice:
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    First stop for gas was around 8am, as I came off the parkway I found this little sign...
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    :deal

    They weren't kidding. I learned something about North Carolina that morning: when the sign says its a 20mph curve, its a 20-fricking-mph curve. :eek1 Had a close call when the road curved around a cliff face and tightened back up with no warning...

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    As nice as that was, it was just a taste of what was to come.

    Back to the Parkway:
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    But first a little breakfast. This is a big part of how I could get up and going quickly in the morning. I tended to pass a town big enough for a walmart every few days, so I would get a box or two of clif bars to eat first thing in the morning. Before stopping for the night I would also get a gatoraide and drink about half of it. Waking up, the two combined makes a decent way to start the day. Cheap, somewhat filling, and tasty.
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    More early morning beauty:
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    It wasn't all sunshine and happiness unfortunately, as I was coming up one of the mountains after my breakfast stop, I ran into these guys
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    The guy in the white and red shirt was responsible for the skid marks in the grass, lost it on the corner and went for a pretty decent tumble. His bike was ok except for the mashed up highway pegs (the bike pictured is his), and he was fine except for a few bruised (or broken?) ribs, few bumps, small cuts and a abarsions. Used my first aid kit and helped patch up what I could. Keep it safe out there guys...

    As I entered the Cherokee reservation that serves as the terminus of the Parkway, I couldn't help but notice some more dirt roads off to the side that again seemed to parallel the parkway... Off we go!
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    It popped me out basically into the town of Cherokee at the end of the parkway. I found the town odd and harsh on the eyes and ears after being in the woods for 3 days. I guess I just don't get the casino thing maybe?
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    Oh well, lets motor! Kudzu!
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    I like where this is going...
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    This is the dam Harrison Ford's stunt double jumped from, if I read the sign correctly.
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    Its only a few miles away from...
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    Here's hoping I don't make a contribution...
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    Lots of amazing hardware, lots of bikes, lots to look at.
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    But screw it, lets ride it! I haven't ponied up for the US129Photo's CD yet, but I made 3 runs through the gap, two of which I pushed the bike as hard as I dared to. What. A. Fantastic. Road. The fact that its a US highway gives me some faith that the US government can indeed occasionally get something right. Blind squirrels and nuts and all that. I can say that I felt my boots touch down several times, and that was on D606's. I certainly wasn't holding anyone up on the dragon. But the same can't be said for the D606's... by this time they had about 3000 or 3500 miles on them, the last thousand of which were pretty hard street miles on the Blue Ridge and North Carolina back roads. Every knob on the front showed evidence of overheating around the base, and the rear was pretty well worn. More on the tires later....

    In any event, my last trip through was taken at a much more relaxed, cruiser pace (especially because I got caught behind a few dressers). So, I took some pics:
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    and pulled off at the scenic overlook. One of these bikes is not like the other :rofl
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    It was only another 100 miles to Jellico, and I had plenty of day light left... so I pused it and made it. It was something like 350 miles, can't remember the exact total as I didn't write it down.

    More slab...
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    Oh thank Jesus...
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    You gotta start at the beginning, and I had laundry to do, so I took advantage of the reasonable rates at the Days Inn Jellico and turned in for the night, excited for what the next day would bring as I've read that the first 60-100 miles of Tennessee were great.
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  9. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Some quick reflections...

    Skyline Drive, while pretty, was a disappointment compared to the first and last 100 miles of the Blue Ridge. Similiarly the middle 200 miles of the Blue Ridge were fairly disappointing by comparison.

    The last 150 miles of the Parkway, Deal's Gap, and any/all of the roads I took to get gas makes me seriously want to move to western NC. The people are fantastic, the roads are amazing, gorgeous scenery. The detours off the "route" were as good or better than the parkway many times.

    Less is more indeed, I'm going to be working on my setup over the winter to drastically reduce bulk, weight, and make everything more efficient.
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  10. Dr. Zombo

    Dr. Zombo I need a bike ...

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    Subscribed!
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  11. Oni

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    Nice RR...looks like a great trip! Really like your WR!
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  12. FourStroke

    FourStroke TE 450

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    Great ride report! 6000 miles on that WR is amazing! I can't ride my husky 20 minutes down the road. Looking forward to reading more.
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  13. twigsnapper

    twigsnapper How did I get here?

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    Nice report Skierd!

    Wanted to ask how the Hennesy Hammock is working for you (beyond that cold nite you mentioned)?
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  14. DualSPRTfan

    DualSPRTfan Been here awhile

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    Pass the popcorn! :lurk Nice report and good pics, and the choice of transportation is also interesting to me... I always like to see how the smaller bikes hold up on these trips, since most likely something in this range will be my first purchase. :thumb
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  15. bpg

    bpg Off Trail

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    Nice stuff, keep it comin'! The WRR is a riot anywhere, but especially in WNC!:evil:evil:evil

    It's hard to believe one bike can be so adept at gnarly, twisted single-track and highway cruising - Love it!
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  16. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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  17. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

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    Cool.
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  18. O-9

    O-9 n00b

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    :clap I'M looking forward to the consequences. I just might need a WR.
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  19. Bun-bun

    Bun-bun Long timer

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    I did part of this trip with a few friends on our Ducatis back in May. Your description of the BRP is spot on, and you're right; "20MPH means twenty-frickin'-miles an hour."

    Threadjack: Is that pizza joint still on the corner of York Rd and Bosley?
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  20. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    +1
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