yikes....SOULRIDER said:I'm in that crap news report (part 1).
It was the maiden voyage for the MV.
Our group is in the very first section with the bikes, and you can see the MV as it fades to a cruiser in the next section.
I 100% agree here.SOULRIDER said:However are several parts that really single out the sportbikes.
Many car clubs frequent the loop racing up the mountains aswell. Also the reporter makes several references to the loud sportbikes. A sportbike while loud makes half the noise of say a Harley with straight pipes.
Quick thread hijack.....acruhl said:I 100% agree here.
It's my experience that I see more Harley or cruiser crashes than sportbike crashes, but just not on the curvy roads as much as sportbikes. But they still do their fair share of that too. Almost was me once when I rented a Harley for a trip and found out what a pig it was! And as I sit here in my living room, the vehicles I hear on the busy road 2 blocks away are:
1. Econoboxes with open pipes but no other "performance" modifications (what *&^&*$ point there is in that I will never know).
2. Harleys or their derivatives.
In that order.
In the mountains it would be sportbikes, then Harleys, then cars, and there are surprisngly more loud exotic cars than I thought there were.
Interesting info about the asphalt-colored runoff. :jsm: THAT doesn't sound like fun. Ignorance is bliss though I guess, since IIRC around the time I was there the area had received a higher than normal precip for a few days before. The county sheriff was also running some sort of a checkpoint about halfway up too, so maybe the locals caught wind of it and stayed away for the day. The LEOs seemed pretty cool though and really liked the MV.acruhl said:Funny you ask. I was just there about an hour ago. And I hadn't been up there in probably a year (I get enough track riding to get it out of my system).
I saw maybe 40 or 50 sportbikes or so in the 25 miles each way or whatever it is? Including an FZ-1 smashed into the guardrail, paramedics putting a leg split on the rider.
I think it's very on and off up there. If it rains, the water washes the mountains across the road (notice how they are mostly like granite?), and often the gravel that is left is close to the same color as the road. It's just treacherous as hell, especially in the blind corners. I stay away after rain, and I think it did rain pretty good for a few days about a month ago. Also, the cops will police it really, really tight for a while, and then they'll lay off so that doesn't help.
Just an FYI, I have been up there and I'll only see 5 other cars. Or like today where I probably saw hundreds of cars. One time I was on the MV, coming up on a car doing about 32 mph (speed limit is 35). I dutifully waited until the single, solitary passing zone on the entire mountain because he never pulled off as the signs going up and down instruct you to do if you're going slower. And what was it? An unmarked cop car (Camaro). Nailed me for 3 different violations even though I thought I was following the law. $275. I beat it in court though, the guy was a slimebag and I think it was difficult for him to hide that fact.
And I have to admit it, I passed 1 car illegally today. It was just agonizing sitting behind this one, 22mph through corners with 30mph suggested. I think he was taking the piss, cause he sped up when I went around. But anyway. Followed the law for the rest of the way. It was enjoyable for the scenery, but not so much for having to ride that slow on the bike. I need a "real" streetbike...
So did you like it here?