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Old 11-23-2010, 03:41 PM   #16
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Skyline Drive

My wife and I purchased a KLR650 in the Boston area this summer and road it back to Nashville, TN. Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway are all that kept her from killing me before it was over. Interstate 81 is not beneficial for marital bliss.

I recognized the overlooks in several of your pictures. Still beautiful. We hope to do that portion of the trip over again at some point (and on a different bike with a wider back seat). But it was a load of fun.

Thanks for the ride report.
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:30 PM   #17
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Yeah, I'd like to repeat this trip, but make it a four day'er and hit some of the BRP.

Thanks for checking out the RR.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:41 AM   #18
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Nice job on the RR. I live about 45 mins from Skyline drive and ride it all the time, it's nice in the summer when it's 90* and we get up there and it's 70. Also you might not want to ever come on a holiday weekend, there are literally hundreds of cars everywhere. Week days you have it almost to yourself, (except when leaves are changing in the fall). Thanks for posting.
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:00 AM   #19
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I've ridden Skyline Drive and the BRP many times, at least once per year for the last 10 years. Skyline Drive is closer to a higher population density and has much more LEO presence than the BRP. I've done the entire BRP on many occasions and never seen any LEOs.

Both are best avoided on the weekends and during any holidays.
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:48 PM   #20
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Thanks for checking out the RR guys.
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:55 PM   #21
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thanks for sharing!

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Old 12-29-2010, 12:26 PM   #22
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Good RR Doug. Looks like you had a good time. I can't believe you had the go pro mounted so high! That must've made for some serious wind resistance. That's the main reason why I decided to mount mine in front of my helmet near the chin area.

You should definitely check out BRP next time. LEO presence is much lower than Skyline too. It seems like endless mile after mile of twisties, a good mix of tight stuff and sweepers. You'll wish you were on your trackbike..
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:11 PM   #23
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Good RR Doug. Looks like you had a good time. I can't believe you had the go pro mounted so high! That must've made for some serious wind resistance. That's the main reason why I decided to mount mine in front of my helmet near the chin area.

You should definitely check out BRP next time. LEO presence is much lower than Skyline too. It seems like endless mile after mile of twisties, a good mix of tight stuff and sweepers. You'll wish you were on your trackbike..
Thanks for checking it out Song..and thanks for the bump in my sales thread.

Yeah, anything over 50 MPH was pushing my head backwards. The downfall of having too many helmets is not knowing which one I will want to use for the trips and make it a dedicated gopro helmet.

I was happy enough on my SV1K. Getting some of my Mojo back on the Catskills trip....it made this trip that much more fun. It was just Jeff and I, and we had to get back on these bikes, so we both took easy and only went to a certain point. Really wish I had taken more pics and did an RR for the Catskils trip.

On the good side, I got an indirect OK to do more trips....Tracey got me a Jetboil Back Country Set up...for Christmas.



I see more camping/riding trips in my future.
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:35 AM   #25
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Enjoyed reading your report. I think I'll do a simular run this summer.
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Old 01-01-2011, 09:29 AM   #26
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Enjoyed reading your report. I think I'll do a simular run this summer.
Thanks...glad you liked it. We may make it a four day trip next year and get in some of the BRP.
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Old 01-01-2011, 01:45 PM   #28
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Thx for the RR. Definitely try out the BRP next time.
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thats a TALL tail bag
It worked out really well though. I have some Chase Harper saddle bags, but did not want to bring them if I did not need to. I was able to pack my toiletries, netbook, camera stuff, and some misc gear, etc, in the JC Whitney trunk. In the Wolfman dry bag, held all my clothes and layers....which worked out well. Since we were eating on the road and staying in hotels for the two nights, I did not need to have a lot of stuff.

I did a camping and riding trip with some buddies in August, and the one thing we were trying to do was not spend any money for anyything other than gas..so that made for a highly loaded down bike....with all the camping gear and food and cooking stuff.....the bike was very heavy and bulky.

These two attached pics were from that trip. I had the great idea to bring my Hydrapak. It was hot and I wanted to have water while riding. BUT, It was too bulky,actually hitting the trunk and not letting me move at all, so when I met my riding buddies, I moved my gear around. The first pic is before moving things around, and the second after. Seeing these, you can see why I liked the set up for this ride more.
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seems you can only attach one at a time.
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