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Old 10-05-2003, 10:39 PM   #1
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Annual Transalps in the Blue Ridge Rally

A couple of my Transalp riding friends invited me to tag along to for their annual rally in the north Georgia mtns. What a hoot, two Transalps, Kaw. Super Sherpa, Honda Helix 250 and F650 have a three day ride of great interest. I know the Honda Helix has caught your attention. My friend Gerry bought it at a flea market about 6 weeks ago and decided it would be a good idea to join 40 or so other's for a dual sport ride in Georgia. Also in attendance was our good friend Haskell on his Sherpa, he turned 77 this year and still can hang with us in the woods. Everything about the weekend was top notch and I'm just going to let the pics do the talking.

As I pack the bike Friday morning!!


The view from my street


Lake Rhodhiss


Lake James




Paddy's Creek Road




Old Hwy 70


A stop at the Scooter shop in Swananoa, NC




The new Vespa


This guy just bought this 79 Vespa


One of the higher points of the BRP, weather was pretty ourstanding on this day


Slowly working our way to Georgia via the best roads in the southeast US




Met these guys from Quebec and Ontario that could ride a GW like it was a CBR 600, we had a fun 20 mile downhill run on highway 215 and took no prisoners.


We arrive at TWO after 7 hours and 275 miles of a mix of dirt and paved roads.


Krautbikeman shows up with his AT, it was a busy area around his bike.


We rolled on out to our rustic digs, great place to stay.


We return to TWO next morning to start the "Ride of the Helix"
This bike showed up, I've always liked these and this is the first time I get to see one in the flesh.


Pre Ride meeting, Haskell states that he isn't getting any younger and they need to get going.


Before I go on, I must say that some of the photos are blurry as hell and it's just hard for my camera to do action shots when I'm trying to ride with one hand and shoot with the other. I think they capture the spirit of the ride so I will post them anyway.

Foot race going on, not sure how long but we passed lots of them on the first leg of the ride


First stop


I was riding as the sweeper so I got to watch the Helix rip up the terrain. Lots of laughter in my helmet.














77 years old and still gettin' it!!!


So I give it hell and transform myself into wetdog


Helix time


Everyone got a few turns in the water


Lunch at the Riverside


Fresh trout and pork tenderloin


Back at our shack, we get to watch returning sport bikes nail the corners in our view.


Pop's takes a snooze after 70 miles in the woods. He's a tough bastard and I like riding with him.


The Helix at days end.






A few parting shots from the porch.


















He does 100 miles of dual sport and gets a damn flat on a paved road.


Plug doesn't hold so we try again and succeed.


Not a bad place to break down.


This is a union job and it's break time. See ya
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Old 10-06-2003, 07:38 AM   #2
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cool report DD, love the helix
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Old 10-06-2003, 08:16 AM   #3
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Ha...ha...way to funny. Helix....
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Old 10-06-2003, 12:26 PM   #4
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That Super Ten belongs to a friend of mine- I just rode one a couple of weeks ago for the first time.... Neat bike! All I could think of was Stephan Peterhansel winning umpteen Dakars on that bike- great pedigree. Troy's bike looks like it's in sweet condition- did you meet him? Prolly spouting some lies about a recent trip to the alps?
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Old 10-06-2003, 12:56 PM   #5
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Helix

Somebody buy that guy a Zuma II or something!
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Old 10-06-2003, 01:01 PM   #6
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crap!

Why did I spend big bucks on a damn GS adventure? Could have done the same with a used Honda Helix!!

Kinda like the time I thought I was all badass adventurer for hauling up this gnarly, washed out and narrow fire road to a real nice lookout spot - admiring the view when a 30' camper came crashing up... DAMN!

Nice pics, thanks!
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Old 10-06-2003, 04:31 PM   #7
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That's my Super Ten you're posing with. If it was in the morning I must have been inside eating breakfast. Sorry we didn't get to meet.

The day turned out well. I did the ride led by "Transalp Pete Tamblin". Transalp is his first name but we call him Pete. I left Atlanta at 6AM to meet at T.W.O. and returned home at 9PM. 550 kilometers (the Super Ten doesn't do miles, but if it did, it would have been 340). Only about 30 km was offroad from Murphy, NC to Tellico Plains, TN. The FS road was pretty beat up from 4WD traffic from the Dixie Run.

Just so you don't think that I was intruding on the Transalpers day, I usually ride with my wife who has a 1989 Transalp. She had to work but I got to play!
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Old 10-06-2003, 06:52 PM   #8
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Love the helix. Can you get Jesse's for that thing?...What about extra lights?
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Old 10-06-2003, 07:10 PM   #9
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That's my Super Ten you're posing with. If it was in the morning I must have been inside eating breakfast. Sorry we didn't get to meet.

The day turned out well. I did the ride led by "Transalp Pete Tamblin". Transalp is his first name but we call him Pete. I left Atlanta at 6AM to meet at T.W.O. and returned home at 9PM. 550 kilometers (the Super Ten doesn't do miles, but if it did, it would have been 340). Only about 30 km was offroad from Murphy, NC to Tellico Plains, TN. The FS road was pretty beat up from 4WD traffic from the Dixie Run.

Just so you don't think that I was intruding on the Transalpers day, I usually ride with my wife who has a 1989 Transalp. She had to work but I got to play!
I'll introduce myself next time I see the bike. I just got in from another 70 miles in the woods with some really tough sections in the mix. I like the bigger bikes but they wouldn't be as much fun as the 650 Dakar in the enviorment I am most frequently playing in. Might you be around next weekend for our little party at TWO?
If so, look forward to meeting you.
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Old 10-06-2003, 08:03 PM   #10
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Wise words

In my country when we see thinks like this guy off roading a Helix, we just say: It's not the ARROW, it's the INDIAN

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Old 10-08-2003, 05:09 AM   #11
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Re: Wise words

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In my country when we see thinks like this guy off roading a Helix, we just say: It's not the ARROW, it's the INDIAN

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Well put Chivo.
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Old 10-08-2003, 08:17 AM   #12
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Cool pics man. I never thought of a helix as an adventure bike until now.
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Old 10-08-2003, 03:04 PM   #13
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V-Stroms at TWO

Some of the members of the V-Strom mailing list were also at TWO with the Transalps. Here are a few photos.





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Old 11-01-2005, 09:38 AM   #14
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What a great goddam ride report!
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Old 11-01-2005, 09:57 AM   #15
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Lake Rhodhiss ? Just might know where you are . DirtDog, would you by any chance know the Story brothers would you ?
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