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Old 02-28-2013, 07:27 AM   #16
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A perfect time for a ride up - sun and no wind. It rained and was cloudy the whole 4 days I was in the area. Cleared up the day I was heading for Maine and couldn't pass it up.






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Old 02-28-2013, 08:22 AM   #17
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Does this count?

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Old 02-28-2013, 03:32 PM   #18
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YES, that counts for double!!!
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:37 PM   #19
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How do we know you didn't make that sign and set this up in your backyard during a storm???

Seriously though, well done!
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:05 PM   #20
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It was a little warmer when I was there!
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:10 PM   #21
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On the auto road several years ago.

I had the camera, Ichthy Rider was negotiating with the bear.

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Old 02-28-2013, 04:20 PM   #22
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On the auto road several years ago.

I had the camera, Ichthy Rider was negotiating with the bear.

That is quite an encounter! That's way to close for me, what was the out come of this? Sure looks like momma bear was saying stay away from my cubs!
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:27 PM   #23
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I rode my klr250 from Michigan to Mt. Washington in August 2010. Weather was perfect on the summit.





KLR250 on the summit, it was quite the climb for the little bike.


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Old 02-28-2013, 04:34 PM   #24
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That is quite an encounter! That's way to close for me, what was the out come of this? Sure looks like momma bear was saying stay away from my cubs!
The actual fact is momma bear and the cubs approached us. Her bike's radiator cap had failed just prior to the ride up to NH and I was unable to get the correct part to replace it before leaving for NH and Maine. Delaying the trip wasn't an option, we were showing a guy from Arkansas around, and his schedule was driving us. I did some research and found that a cap from an Acura would work better than the one that failed, so I installed it. The load of riding up the auto road caused the bike to overheat and some coolant vented from the cap, so we stopped on a rare straight section to let it cool off. The smell of coolant (there was never any hazard to the bears, there were too many cats in the house for me to not use the foul tasting antifreeze) brought momma bear out of the woods. Had we not stopped *right there*, we'd never have seen the bears.
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On the auto road several years ago.

I had the camera, Ichthy Rider was negotiating with the bear.

That's front page material there!
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:32 PM   #26
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I've always enjoyed going up Mt. Washington. It's the coming down that always worried me.
As a dry run for her before she went up on her own bike, SpawnOfEC rode 2-up with me last year.

Just as a lesson for her, on the way down I pointed out that I hadn't touched the brakes at all. Only engine braking. Any modern bike with some compression shouldn't be an issue.

Later that day she rode up and down on her own with no problems.











Well, maybe just one slight problem. Her shifter snapped off due to a bad weld from the PO having it extended. Mid-way up she had to learn about why you always carry vise-grips.



Part of the reason for the dry run was the shifter snapped off right at the toll booth when we first got there. The temporary weld to repair it was a bit more temporary than we had hoped and only lasted part way up.

I'm told where people have had the most problems is actually near the bottom as that is the steepest section.



OTOH, a 650 Ural with drum brakes with SCS in the tub was a little bit different.

SCS really enjoyed the view hanging out over the edge on some of those sections.

It had even less power at the top. All we could do to get it up to the upper parking lot where they had directed us to go.

With no compression to speak of it just wants to freewheel down the mountain.

We took full advantage of a couple of pull offs to let the brakes cool before they became an issue.

Somewhere I have a video.



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That's front page material there!


From what I understand it has been selected and will eventually find it's way into the rotation.

Nice shot, TE!
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:08 PM   #27
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I have one from almost the same spot.


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Old 03-05-2013, 06:16 PM   #29
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I took my Ducati up there last year with some friends. I found it to be incredibly frustrating as I was constantly on the clutch stuck behind some cager. Maybe you just need to be first in line when the road opens
We just passed the cages. The ride down down was a blast.
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Old 03-05-2013, 06:36 PM   #30
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There are other roads in the area to test your nerves on, the auto road is all about the view.
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