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Old 07-09-2013, 01:52 AM   #22096
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[URL=http://s1230.photobucket.com/user/doxiedog315/media/myroads.jpg.html]
Shortest rd. is 26 miles,i live one inch to the right of map.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:55 AM   #22097
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Shortest rd. is 26 miles,i live one inch to the right of map.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:01 AM   #22098
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Thanks for making my point SouthWade!

Here is yours which is about 1600 sq miles (40x40 miles)




Vs central Italy about 625 sq miles, or less than 1/2 the area you mapped



Vs N Italy same 625 sq mile scale



And I can move N-E-Sor W of these captures and it looks the same. I have been with several riders there for the first time, and think they know what to expect and every one is completely blown away. Yes we have some good roads, but there is THOUSANDS in the Alps, and considering the entire Alps chain would fit in 1/2 of Colorado! So take EVERY great road in N America, and move it to an area 1/2 the size of CO, and you get the idea.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:06 AM   #22099
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Now I'm sad. :(
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:36 AM   #22100
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There are NO roads like that anywhere in the US; Not in North-Central Pennsylvania, not in West Virginia, not in Tennessee, not in North Carolina, not even in California as doxiedog has proven.

Bummer.

So everyone stay away from those areas I just mentioned and let us mope in solitude on our boring straight roads and tiny loops of twisties.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:57 AM   #22101
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There are NO roads like that anywhere in the US; Not in North-Central Pennsylvania, not in West Virginia, not in Tennessee, not in North Carolina, not even in California as doxiedog has proven.

Bummer.

So everyone stay away from those areas I just mentioned and let us mope in solitude on our boring straight roads and tiny loops of twisties.
For sure all the roads in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee suck so don't bother coming. Please.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:03 AM   #22102
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For sure all the roads in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee suck so don't bother coming. Please.
Don't forget North Georgia. Those are also terrible. So flat and straight. In fact, the roads are so boring around here I might sell my bikes and buy a minivan.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:28 AM   #22103
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Thanks for making my point SouthWade!

Here is yours which is about 1600 sq miles (40x40 miles)




Vs central Italy about 625 sq miles, or less than 1/2 the area you mapped



Vs N Italy same 625 sq mile scale



And I can move N-E-Sor W of these captures and it looks the same. I have been with several riders there for the first time, and think they know what to expect and every one is completely blown away. Yes we have some good roads, but there is THOUSANDS in the Alps, and considering the entire Alps chain would fit in 1/2 of Colorado! So take EVERY great road in N America, and move it to an area 1/2 the size of CO, and you get the idea.
This is one of the reasons I miss living in Europe. Of course, the tradeoff is that I get to have more motorcycles here in the US than I can in Europe.

Those sharp, changing radius right curves were hella scary on a hack.

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Old 07-09-2013, 09:42 AM   #22104
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Now I'm sad. :(
Never too late to plan a trip, just do the research, or pick the right tour company (Beach's) that lets you ride the roads that suit you, and not be herded on the major stuff.

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Don't forget North Georgia. Those are also terrible. So flat and straight. In fact, the roads are so boring around here I might sell my bikes and buy a minivan.

As an admitted and addicted corner junkie, yes the twisty roads of PA, VA, WV, NC, TN, and GA are like a pacifier, they keep me happy, until I get hungry for the real thing.

When I get a real Jones, and need a strong fix, nothing except a trip across the pond cures it.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:55 AM   #22105
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In the early 90s I was on a week long riding trip and ran into a German rider at Deal's Gap who had shipped his F650 Funduro to the USA to do some riding. I asked him why he was riding over here when there were so many great roads in the Alps. His reply was that there was much less traffic over here. I'm not sure that is true any more since Deal's Gap is practically a traffic jam on weekends these days. Back then it wasn't.

This was before the F650 had been released in the US. We swapped bikes for a bit and I got to ride the F650 before it was released here.

I have never ridden in Europe although I have driven a cage there. Riding in Europe is on my bucket list.
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:04 PM   #22106
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It's considerably easier for me to get to excellent roads here more often though. It does indeed appear that there are countless tight twisty roads there, travel time is a bitch though.
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:44 PM   #22107
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It's considerably easier for me to get to excellent roads here more often though. It does indeed appear that there are countless tight twisty roads there, travel time is a bitch though.
Why don't you retire Mac, then you'll have more time to ride. Being an oil baron; surely you've got enough salted away. Ian
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:14 PM   #22108
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This is one of the reasons I miss living in Europe. Of course, the tradeoff is that I get to have more motorcycles here in the US than I can in Europe.

Those sharp, changing radius right curves were hella scary on a hack.

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I just got back from doing tours in Croatia and the Alps. 8 weeks of riding in the Alps and my arms and shoulders are killing me . There isn't much traffic in the passes as most people that live there take the main roads/tunnels to avoid the passes. There are a lot of bikes and not many slow riders. I had a blast and I think the Alps is motorcycling heaven.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:13 PM   #22109
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There are NO roads like that anywhere in the US; Not in North-Central Pennsylvania, not in West Virginia, not in Tennessee, not in North Carolina, not even in California as doxiedog has proven.

Bummer.

So everyone stay away from those areas I just mentioned and let us mope in solitude on our boring straight roads and tiny loops of twisties.
So true, and just being twisty doesn't make a road a good riding road.

I have seen some pretty awesome roads in Europe, but I have seen some pretty awesome roads here as well. Roads with minimal traffic, lack of dangerous obstructions like farm animals, and roads that I can access easily.

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Old 07-09-2013, 03:48 PM   #22110
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You poor sods. I feel for you with all those curvy twisty pain in the butt roads you have to ride. I moved to Florida four years ago. The roads here are mind numbing stab me in the forehead with an ice pick straight. Yes, there are a few curves but you have to ride an hour to an hour and a half just to find the curve. Then when you get there its lined with crosses because people in Florida don't know how to negotiate any curve in the road. My buddy from Switzerland used to send photos of the roads he rides but I told him to knock it off I couldn't handle it.
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