A nice day for a ride in the North Georgia Mountains
We've been having a heat wave here in the Southeast so I wasn't real motivated to go for a ride. I woke up early and decided to go anyway, I'm glad I did. I also wasn't planning on doing a ride report but I met some other inmates and took some pics so here goes.
I got on the road at 7:30 when it was still cool and had a pleasant ride to Dahlonega where I stopped at Riders Hill to pick up some keys I had ordered. They were real busy so I decided to go for a ride and come back later. I took 60 to Suches and then another 5 miles north to ride some of my favorite twisties. Then I turned around.
60 is a great road. Here's a couple of pics:
I stopped at the gas station in Suches. There was a group of motorcycle riders so I went over to talk to them. One of them said "I know you. You're on Adventure Rider." It's nice to be famous:lol3
It was Mikem9. We had "met" on the forum but not in real life. They were planning on riding 180 then 129 over Blood Mountain so I decided to tag along. Here's some pics of the ride:
180 approaching Lake Winfield Scott.
This is one of the most dangerous curves on 180. It's along way down if you run wide.
A fun hairpin.
180 has some great curves.
Then we headed up Blood Mountain. I pretty much had to keep the throttle pinned to keep up.
We took a break at the store at the top of Blood mountain.
A dog with saddlebags?
As we were getting ready to head down the Mountain, so were these guys.
We headed down the mountain before the go carts took off. We had a few minutes of good riding before catching up to a line of slow moving traffic. We pulled over rather than putt around all those great curves. A few minutes later, along came the go carts.
These guys were moving along pretty fast.
The sensation of speed, being so close to the ground must be pretty impressive.
Then we continued down the mountain.
We stopped at the bottom.
many of the pics I took while riding where of this Versys. I didn't get the riders name but this is his first street bike (he's been riding dual sports) and he just got it a week ago. Nice bike and a great choice for riding these twisty mountain roads.
After that we split up. Nice meeting everyone even if I didn't get most of your names.
I headed back to Riders Hill to get some Lunch. I did notice that Turners Corner restaurant was open. It goes out of business and re-opens on a regular basis. It's at a great location.
I've had some great meals sitting out on that patio just above the river.
The ride back to Riders Hill was pretty slow due to heavy traffic. I had a good lunch there and hung out and talked to many people who I knew. Riders Hill has become the place to hang out for many TWO regulars.
Here's a friends new Buell:
I talked to an ADVr on a R1200GS. I got his name and promptly forgot it. I have a bad case of CRS:D
Then it was time to Brave the heat and head home.
If I was on my KLR I would have found a way to ride dirt at least part of the way. I skipped the dirt since I was on the scooter. That doesn't mean I had to stick to the main roads.
I prefer getting away from all the traffic.
And who needs 2 lanes anyway?
I took a break at the Amicalola River.
It was pretty hot, the water looked inviting.
Nice report and pics. 60, 180 and 129 are three of my all time favorite roads.
A little North of Canton a GS and Ducati passed me. It was the guys I met at Riders Hill. So I followed for Awhile and snapped a pic.
Then I got on I-575 for a bit. Small Scooters are not the ideal thing for riding on the interstate but I figured what the heck, I'll just stay in the slow lane:evil
It turned out to be a good day for a short 247 mile ride. I'm glad I went:D
So, let me see if I have this straight. You were chasing a Versys, 1200 Bandit, KTM 990 Superduke, and an FZ1 through the mountains, snapping pics while riding your scooter! :huh You must be crazy. Ha! :D
Good to meet you Klaviator! -and riding with you. Have enjoyed reading your ride reports in the past. Great report here - really captures some of the good roads up there. You've also given my buddy some pics of his first group ride on the street - thanks.
PS - watching those guys on the gravity go-karts was a trip! Those things were flying. and I went back and looked at that I-575 interstate pic again - 90 mph on a scooter, while taking a photo! :D
thanks for the thread, ride report, and great pictures
i love this area of the country... it's close enough to where i live for me to enjoy on a "regular" basis. it really has some wonderful roads
thanks for sharing
I got a PM asking how I took pics while riding. I've been asked that before so I'll post it here in case anyone else is wondering.
About a year ago I got tired of always having to stop and pull out my camera to get a pic. Also, it's hard to really show what the ride is like if you only take pics while stopped. So, I decided to start hanging my camera around my neck with a strap and take pics with my left hand. This way, if I need to, I can just drop the camera if needed.
I use an old Casio EX-Z400 digital camera. I will probably upgrade some time but it takes pretty good pictures.
I'm no expert photographer so I make up for lack of talent by snapping lots of pics. Usuelly some of them turn out OK and I can just delete the rest. I don't try to look at the camera to aim it. I just guess. I prefer to keep my eyes on the road. It's not too hard to do with a little practice. I think even a caveman could do it:lol3
Here's a recent pic showing the camera hanging from my neck:
This pic was taken at Deals Gap by US129 photographers
For anyone interested, the link for that ride report is here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=693143
HHAAA Your rock! 2 up on a scoot in the hills is kool. I'm a little big for a scoot but I'd do it for the fun of it. No on ein the riding world cares what you ride. Ride what you brung! Love the RR...
Klaviator: If you don't mind, tell us more about your interest/enjoyment of scooters. I know you are a long time motorcyclist and a very good rider, so it would be interesting to hear your opinions.
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