Riding North Carolina, TN and VA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Extremenc, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. SwampyDeadHead

    SwampyDeadHead Ride, Rage, Rinse, Repeat Supporter

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    Im going to be in that area next week are there any good creek front campgrounds you can share? I’ve never been that far north.
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  2. CheapB

    CheapB Long timer

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    the one mentioned earlier in this thread is the main one I know of. Check out Willville!

    http://www.willvillebikecamp.com/
  3. SCPancho

    SCPancho Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    I didn't have the 1290/690 combo for long, but it seemed strange. Which bike to ride? I went on the MABDR a few weeks ago. We got up to section 5. I took the 1290. It was fine on the off road parts. Nothing difficult. Actually we road OLD 105 on the way up to Damascus and it was by far the most difficult part of the trip. Very rutted and big humps from the jeeps.

    The 1290 is fine, except if it gets rough. For this old man it is a handful. Very top heavy. The 690 would not have been comfortable, old man again :lol3, on the 80% road part. I'm thinking it's better to have something in between. The 890R sounds good. That's why I think I'll wait for the 22 to see what it looks like. I like the Yamaha T7 too. Keep searching for the unicorn.
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  4. SCPancho

    SCPancho Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    +1 on Willville. Owned by a rider!
  5. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    You won't find nicer folks than at High Country!

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  6. CheapB

    CheapB Long timer

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    yeah I think for most of us, the bigger bikes are all we really need for what we ride MOSTLY. But it's those few times we're out riding and find those areas that are just too much for a 500+lb beast... we need the unicorn. :lol3

    I'd say the 890 is the closest thing I've ever ridden to the unicorn. Is it THE one? I'm sure they will keep coming out with better as long as we're buying 'em, but as far as a true 50/50 bike that can do it all with comfort and plenty of comfort features like cruise and plenty of luggage capacity... it's probably the best out there right now. :bmwrider

    More than welcome to ride mine sometime. :beer I'm sure the R is even better, but I bet this goes the same places, just at a slightly slower rate of speed because of the suspenders.
  7. dirtbagger

    dirtbagger The Pan American Supporter

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    Nice bike and great shots!
    Looks like you're putting her through the paces!
    -DB

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  8. SCPancho

    SCPancho Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    I had a 790 for about a year. Over 10K miles. Liked it. Sold it to get the 690. I can’t accuse anyone of changing bikes a lot.
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  9. CheapB

    CheapB Long timer

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    I've tried the 690, 790, 890, 1190, and 1290... :lol3

    I briefly owned a 990, but not really. It was part of a trade deal when I got the 1190 and I sold it instantly to a friend lol. So I really need to try the 990 and 1090 out. Then go all the way back to the 390... By then they will have the 1390 out... :doh
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  10. SCPancho

    SCPancho Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    There is something about orange...
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  11. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    $$$$$:ricky
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  12. SCPancho

    SCPancho Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Maybe...$$.

    Yes, the T7 is $4K cheaper than the 790/890R but the suspension isn’t comparable and the KTM has a lot more electronics. Now, I know a lot of folks don’t want that stuff, and I get that, but I find it useful. So, as far as value is concerned, not that much different.
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  13. CheapB

    CheapB Long timer

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    honestly, Ktm is a great value with the tech it has compared to others, and this is coming from a guy that is not brand loyal at all!
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  14. SR1

    SR1 Going to America!!!!

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    Is everyone forgetting the HUGE horsepower difference between the T7 and the 890? Even the 790? You can upgrade suspensions, brakes, lots of things, but it's hard to upgrade an engine that much without going nuts. KTM FTW.
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  15. SCPancho

    SCPancho Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    True. 30 hp for the 890. From the reviews I see the T700 is good in normal riding but doesn't have the top end punch the KTM does. The brakes are lacking also. I just wish KTM would hire the styling department from Yamaha ! :D
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  16. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Oh my, seems the ernge parade has arrived:D

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  17. BigOleSingle

    BigOleSingle 2 > 4, your math teacher didn't ride!

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    Is it true that KTM dirt-bike paperwork is missing any wording related to "off-road only"? Seems like an easy path to a street-legal 2-stroker. I heard this from a mechanic friend/KTM fan.
  18. viper522

    viper522 Been here awhile

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    It's only a problem if you aren't willing to run out of state plates, or can't sweet-talk someone at the DMV. Insurance doesn't care what state the plates are from, just where it's kept and who will be covered on it.
  19. JRowland

    JRowland reaching for the sky Supporter

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    Insurance does care, the insurance has to be written out of the state the vehicle is registered in. Also there is a residency requirement for insurance, so you can't get a policy (for very long anyway) without proof of residency.
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  20. viper522

    viper522 Been here awhile

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    Ok.