Harley's have replaced RV's  

Catdoc2000 57M
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8/16/2006 6:41 pm

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8/17/2006 5:43 pm

Harley's have replaced RV's

I carved up Deals gap a couple weeks ago, No I haven't gone Jeffery dahmer. Deals gap has the reputation of being the curviest road in America. It's about 12 miles long with some 318 curves, many of them over 120 degrees. Last time I shot the Gap was on my BMW K-100 in 92. I had camped on the blue ridge Pkwy the night before and hit the gap just after dawn. I soon had a Moto Guzi 850 café Racer on my tail. I let him around me then by copying his line was able to keep up with him. At the end of the ride there is a gas Station & C store and he pulled in. I bought him a coffee and we shot the bull for a few minutes. He was a local and rode the Dragon almost every week. I marveled at his ability to corner like that on a skinny 3.25" rear tire and he was impressed that a touring bike could hold his lines even if it was a Beemer. The speed limit on the gap back then was 55 which is way crazy since the record run on a M/C has a average speed of 62. The limit now is 30 which brings me to my point. 20 years ago whenever you went to the Smokies, Yosemite or any other world class outdoor destination you had to contend with depression era retiree's driving RV's. Today that has changed to Boomers on Harley's. I hit the gap mid afternoon on a Tuesday and it was clogged with harleys barely keeping the 30MPH speed limit. Those of you who ride know that going too slow in a corner is a pain in the ass. Everybody has their own comfort level and I don't expect anyone to exceed theirs but they could at least move the fuck over! Just because I'm on another bike doesn't mean I want to just follow along...
This brings up another point. I'm not going to rant here and I do understand and appreciate the reasons that many middle aged people have for entering the world of motorcycles. Also in todays' world numbers mean political clout and that is something bikers need to keep from being legislated into extinction.

Having said that I'm grateful that I rode back in the day when motorcyclists were a rare breed and just a little scary to most folks

meerkittykat 42F

8/17/2006 5:18 pm

Wanted to stop in and thank you for visiting my blog a few ago....

Where is "Deals Gap?" Yer profile sez your from Indiana, and I don't recall much of Indiana have anything to do with curves nor hills.

I'm not a motorcyclist, but there's something about the allure of the road. I'd rather drive than fly anywhere.

Catdoc2000 57M

8/17/2006 5:43 pm

Deals gap runs between N.C. and Tennesee on the S.W. Border of the smokey mtns. Thanks for dropping by! I think you are far far from me but if you ever want a ride....

P.S. Thanx for stopin by, hope it was worth the effort.

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