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Old 09-03-2014, 05:43 AM   #1
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Hoosier needs local WV advice

Hello fellow ADV riders in the WV area. I could really use some advice...


Next week I am doing an ironbutt ride in the Monongahela and GW forest area. It is three days of riding 350 miles each day... can't wait.

Since I am from Indiana, I am not sure of the road conditions in this area. I have ridden all over KY and been to Deals gap numerous times so am very familiar with the curvies and understand the risks.

I am very spoiled and have two bikes to choose from for this event. My new K1600GTL or my F800GS. The GS has new TKC 80s so its ready to go.

From a comfort perspective, I am inclined to ride the K16. But looking at the checkpoints I might be better (safer) on the GS. For Deals Gap area I would definitely choose the K16 as the roads are well maintained and don't get all the freeze-thaw we get up north.

See the image of one of the days routes to get an idea of where we will be:



Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:31 AM   #2
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Without being able to zoom too much on that map its hard to tell but it looks like that route is all major state routes. If thats the case the K bike will be fine if you like it on some twisties. For instance the section of Rt33 is a lot of 4 lane and the section of rt 19 is 4 lane. Rt 4 is mostly sweepers, rt16 has some twisties. Either bike would be fine on those paved sections.

Keep in mind it was a rough winter here in the mountain state and there are a lot of broken roads, pot holes, endless cold patches, slips, frost heaves and general disrepair. Its WV after all

what do the other two days look like? If they venture more into the NF and FS roads the GS would probably be more fun.
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:29 PM   #3
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I've rode all that. Have property near rockcave.
The k will work. Gs might leave more options.

At the gorge go under the bridge. Its a nice little road. Station road I think, you go in by the visitors center cause it is one way.
Also pies n pints is a great food stop near there.


If your basing in Elkins. Run up 219 fun road to blackwater falls/Davis. Hell benders burritos is great.

But there is also a lot of country/dirt roads in that parts of the state that can be fun.
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:27 PM   #4
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Either will work...
Gs may let u explore more offroad if u have the desire.

I personally would continue rt 60 to 219 after you get done with new river gorge.
219 is the best road to be on. Plus, once you get up towards snowshoe/Seneca rocks there are some good places to stop. I also wouldn't rule out Lewisburg. In Lewisburg you can stay at Ronceverte bed and breakfast "Edgarton Inn"- the lady that runs it is great.... $95 a night, up to 4 people in a room.

Rooms at The Inn at Snowshoe are like $85 a night. There is also cass scenic railroad (which the gs can go to top of via rt235 & 267) which is 6miles away from snowshoe. The 6 miles away from Cass is Greenbank Radio satellite (pretty impressive)

This might let u see the best of the route u selected from what I see on map.

Check this link for scenic overview at cass that can be accessed on a bike (instead of taking 4hr train ride):
http://www.wvbike.org/cass_loop/virtual.html
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Old 09-04-2014, 06:07 PM   #5
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I've rode all that. Have property near rockcave.
The k will work. Gs might leave more options.

At the gorge go under the bridge. Its a nice little road. Station road I think, you go in by the visitors center cause it is one way.
Also pies n pints is a great food stop near there.


If your basing in Elkins. Run up 219 fun road to blackwater falls/Davis. Hell benders burritos is great.

But there is also a lot of country/dirt roads in that parts of the state that can be fun.




Thanks for the help! Gonna take the K16 and see how it goes.
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:36 AM   #6
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You might get some useful info on my website:

www.RidingWV.com

It's 99% street and back-road based ride reports and photos.

Looks like you might be going past Rella's Cafe. (south of Buckhannon at Hacker Valley on Rt 20) CLICK HERE FOR INFO. Say "Hi" from all of us as you enjoy your homemade pie.

Hope this helps.




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