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Old 12-19-2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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In Search of a Dirt Route to Georgia's Mountains

My favorite form of motorcyling is dirt oriented dual sporting. We generally ride lighter 450cc or similar thumpers.

We spend most of our local riding time, exploring the mountains in North Ga, Tenn, and North Carolina.








Our closest mountains are a little over an hour away. Recently, I've been asking around about offroad routes between my home in the Northern Atlanta burbs and the mountains. Received some good route advice from some fellow inmates on here. (thanks Crane!). My daughter and I decided to go do some exploring yesterday and see if we could follow the routes on my Bandit. I've also been wanting to see how the bandit does offroad to see if it would be ok to do some dirt/gravel while on streetbike journeys. I've never ridden much on a big bike offroad.





We were psyched that in only 23 miles from our town we found this road on our route. It's supposed to be the start of a mostly dirt route to the National Forest.


My sidekick had to get her camera ready, now that we were on the dirt.


We ran into a few of these and had to find alternate routes


with some exploring, we were able to get back on our route




We were riding two-up and the Bandit seemed to do decently well on the dirt.

More to come later. Just lost a bunch of photos and story on an edit somehow! erggghhhh!

One of the photo's that disappeared:

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Old 12-20-2010, 08:55 AM   #2
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Quite the adventure on the Bandit! Thanks for the pics
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Old 12-20-2010, 12:39 PM   #3
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So, we continued on towards the mountains.


Tried standing up -, dirt bike style. The bike's standing position is not too bad. Not quite an adventure bike, but not too far off from one.


After standing for a little while, I started wondering how it would do with a water crossing. Soon, we got a chance.


It didn't look to deep - a good place to do a first try


I'll have to admit, I was a little over confident to start from hundreds of crossings on dirt bikes. Went to stand, like we normally do on dirt bikes, and whoa! the ground kind of gave way under the weight of the big bike. Felt like a pig looks when he wallows in the mud. I better try this goofy dauber style.


Humbled and now thinking - how high is the pipe and air cleaner on this thing? keep the throttle on!


Mid stream line change - looking for higher ground


That was a little more of a liver quiver than I anticipated.


For a moment I forgot - I've got to turn around go back and pick up the photographer


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Did I wear a groove? Feels deeper now


slip sliding out


After one more crossing, this time two-up. We are back on our way. The woods are nice.






Looks like an old railroad bridge


Anyone know what river this is?






It was a fun day exploring. We didn't make it all the way to the mountains. We'll hopefully do that next trip

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Old 12-20-2010, 12:47 PM   #4
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Old 12-20-2010, 03:36 PM   #5
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The river is the Etowah, just west of Hwy 9.
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:14 PM   #6
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Was the water cold? Looks like you two had a great ride.
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:24 PM   #7
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Nice roads
Im not sure I've been there or not
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:19 AM   #8
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We were psyched that in only 23 miles from our town we found this road on our route.
That's great work

I have the same mind numbing dullness to the beginning and end of day.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:55 AM   #9
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The water is always deeper than it looks at that crossing! Nice job on the bandit.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:33 PM   #10
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Hi Guys. First post ever. I recognized that crossing the first instant I saw it. I live about 5 miles from there. It's actually Shoal Creek. Etowah is a little deeper. I remember when it didn't have that nice gravel bottom.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:52 AM   #11
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Man this makes me miss GA!!

I grew up in Kennesaw(78-05). You use to could find places to ride no problem. Now thats not the case. I remember what is now yuppievile-Woodstock there was a place called thousand acres. You ride for days and never hit the same trail twice. Now its all big money homes and Lexus drivers in TownLake. Towncenter BLVD was a 2 lane road (I think its 6+turning lane now)that ran thru our friends(Jim Roberts) family farm. It was called Roberts Rd back then. There were trails all over that area too. Now its one big mall. Makes me sad every time I return.
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Old 12-23-2010, 02:35 PM   #12
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You are correct on the crossing. I was refering to the one flowing under the bridge he asked about.
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Hi Guys. First post ever. I recognized that crossing the first instant I saw it. I live about 5 miles from there. It's actually Shoal Creek. Etowah is a little deeper. I remember when it didn't have that nice gravel bottom.
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