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Old 12-19-2008, 06:17 AM
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Roads to ride hard...

The ride hard thread got me thinking, and I didn't want to
Here is some pics of roads that I would love to "ride hard".






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Old 12-19-2008, 07:33 AM
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anybody know of some good new england rides i should start drooling over?
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NEVER MIND....THOUGHT YOU MEANT BROADS!
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man that drop at a high rate of speed plus turn would be scary
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:33 AM
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looks like the corkscrew at Laguna
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NEVER MIND....THOUGHT YOU MEANT BROADS!

That might be a different thread on a different site, although i'm not opposed to the idea of sharing broad information...HA!
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:38 AM
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dont mind me im just bored to death at work
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Originally Posted by Shmittay View Post


man that drop at a high rate of speed plus turn would be scary
Not to mention the shitty looking surface and guardrail right at the edge of the pavement. No thanks. I'll go slow there.
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:47 AM
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i feel your pain. they just sent around the email saying we can go home now because of the snow. I'm hanging around of my own volition, dreading going to the gym and then trekking home through the tundra. 8-10 inches this evening and an even bigger storm on sunday. Being bored to tears at work is a walk in the park compared to shacking up at home and clearing the driveway every few hours. I'll probably just sit on my bike in the garage and cry.
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:49 AM
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Here's a couple I have ridden hard.

The roads in and out of Red Rocks park. Damn they're TIGHT. Since I live so close, it's easy to go make a couple laps around the park, then stop in Morrison proper for a beer. Summertime only of course.

Also the road north of Deckers that parallels the river there. Much cooler ride with lots of wide corners. A blast!

I'd love to know where that super crazy twisty road (and gondola) is, I'm guessing Europe somewhere?
Attached Thumbnails Roads to ride hard...-copy-fall-colors-redrocks-08-large-.jpg   Roads to ride hard...-copy-fall-colors-outside-deckers-08-large-.jpg  

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Old 12-19-2008, 10:01 AM
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Here are pics of the roads I ride hard on near here...

There are 2 roads I ride hard on here which might fit both criteria: Box and Tuna Canyon Roads

You have to look out for rocks in the road after the rain though.
Attached Thumbnails Roads to ride hard...-malibucanyons.jpg   Roads to ride hard...-smm-road.jpg   Roads to ride hard...-smm-road2.jpg   Roads to ride hard...-topenga-canyon-boulder.jpg  

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Old 12-19-2008, 10:16 AM
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there are some nice roads around here, but nothing like that.
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Old 12-19-2008, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by jonnyd View Post
Here's a couple I have ridden hard.

The roads in and out of Red Rocks park. Damn they're TIGHT. Since I live so close, it's easy to go make a couple laps around the park, then stop in Morrison proper for a beer. Summertime only of course.

Also the road north of Deckers that parallels the river there. Much cooler ride with lots of wide corners. A blast!

I'd love to know where that super crazy twisty road (and gondola) is, I'm guessing Europe somewhere?
The one with the gondola is in the Pyrenee's somewhere, French or Italian Alps... There are actually a lot of those roads... And the darned maniacs actually do ride them "hard"... Ie they will gladly dive onto oncoming traffic at idiot speed to make a pass on what is considered a straight...

The whacky bridge looks like somewhere in the slavic countries as the letters on the signs give that away... Dunno where though... I'd love to ride bit I'd go slow thankyouverymuch... Wonder what the architect was smoking that day but it sure had a profound effect on him, that's for sure...
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Originally Posted by Shmittay View Post


man that drop at a high rate of speed plus turn would be scary
Especially with a car up your rear like that!
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I was thinking it's foreshortened by a very long telephoto lens.

Or the highway engineer was on crack.
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Well... telephoto lens or not... It's still bloddy crooked...
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Moto Man View Post
You have to look out for rocks in the road after the rain though.

Holy sheet. That's the understatement of the year! Nice roads otherwise.


Tweety. Your spot on. That must have been the good stuff
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:55 PM
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great pics man........
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Originally Posted by Moto Man View Post
There are 2 roads I ride hard on here which might fit both criteria: Box and Tuna Canyon Roads
The roads above Malibu are great. I just wish I didn't have to ride all the way across LA to get there, and then all the way back.

Oh well, Ortega is close, but loaded with CHP in recent years.
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:06 AM
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Originally Posted by bundleofgrundle View Post
anybody know of some good new england rides i should start drooling over?
VT-17 from Bristol to Waitsfield is a pretty nice one. Not much traffic, decent pavement, good sight lines.

VT-108 from Stowe to Jeffersonville: Tourist trap, and a couple of corners that are barely a lane wide (at the top through Smuggler's Notch). But a couple technical ones that are fun even at slow to moderate speeds.

VT-12 running south out of Montpelier: sections with some cracked pavement, but level, cracked pavement is preferable to the tar snake maze that would be the 'solution' on a southern road. Watch out for frost heaves in the spring though.

Mt Washington, NH. Not a speed road, but definitely worth it. Technical, winding, and with a big dirt section in the middle, it is a very rewarding ride.

Here are some links to day-routes starting in Montpelier that hit some decent roads in the area:

Southern Loop

Mt Washington

Smuggler's Notch

Rode all 3 in consecutive days when I was home on mid-tour leave. I realized my heavily bafflectomized exhaust was just too much for the small towns while I was there, and subsequently purchased a stock set for future trips like this (Thanks SPRHK!!!). LOUD is fine on the open highway or the track, but it's just not right in some of the quaint New England towns. Damn getting older and more responsible is a drag... VT has a bunch of other roads, as well as NH. Watch for the leaf peepers in the fall though. I was lucky we were a bit ahead of the season this year so no real retards with cameras stopped in random places.

Edited to add: Rt 100 across the southern end of the first loop has some nice sweepers near the west end (by Killington), and it's brand new pavement

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For those out westward, if you haven't been to Mt Lemmon in Tucson, AZ, GO! The bottom is at appx 2800 feet, and the summit is just over 9100. 28ish miles of hammer down goodness.
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My favorite So. Ca. LA County ride is Big Tujunga Canyon out of Sunland and Angeles Forest Highway down into the Antelope Valley. Faster and way less traffic than roads above Malibu, especially on a weekday morning. For a longer ride I turn off Angeles Forest onto Mt. Emma before the Antelope Valley. Mt. Emma to Fort Tejon Rd. to Valyermo Rd. to Big Pines Highway.

Big Pines is very cool. Excellent road surface and pretty tight, but my last weekday morning ride I went like 20 miles at 2-3 times the speed limit without coming up on another vehicle. Big Pines Highway hits Angeles Crest at Big Pines. You can then go east to I-15 or take Angeles Crest back to the 210 just west of Pasadena.

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My favorite So. Ca. LA County ride is Big Tujunga Canyon out of Sunland and Angeles Forest Highway down into the Antelope Valley. Faster and way less traffic than roads above Malibu, especially on a weekday morning.
I used to do those with friends in the early to mid '80s when I lived in LA county. Absolutely no traffic back then, even on weekends. Great rides.

Also Bouquet Canyon and Lake Elizabeth Road. Urban sprawl has probably ruined those in the last 20 years though.
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Originally Posted by RK1 View Post
My favorite So. Ca. LA County ride is Big Tujunga Canyon out of Sunland and Angeles Forest Highway down into the Antelope Valley. Faster and way less traffic than roads above Malibu, especially on a weekday morning. For a longer ride I turn off Angeles Forest onto Mt. Emma before the Antelope Valley. Mt. Emma to Fort Tejon Rd. to Valyermo Rd. to Big Pines Highway.

Big Pines is very cool. Excellent road surface and pretty tight, but my last weekday morning ride I went like 20 miles at 2-3 times the speed limit without coming up on another vehicle. Big Pines Highway hits Angeles Crest at Big Pines. You can then go east to I-15 or take Angeles Crest back to the 210 just west of Pasadena.
Big Tujunga and Angeles Forest Highway are really good, but I still like the 33 from Ojai, then to Cerro Noroeste Rd through Fraisier Park.
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im pretty sure i used to ride that road thats in the first photo
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For those out westward, if you haven't been to Mt Lemmon in Tucson, AZ, GO! The bottom is at appx 2800 feet, and the summit is just over 9100. 28ish miles of hammer down goodness.
You sir have thee most incredible looking ride route I've seen. I'd absolutely love to ride that one If I ever win the lottery....
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That's just the thing... you can ride all the way to the top, and the road is the combined best attributes of the Dragon and the Cherahola Skyway. Sweepers, switchbacks, massive elevation change, good pavement... it's got it all. The attached picture is looking from here due south to the road some 1000 feet below.

Oh, I just noticed you're in PA... and figuring 4500 miles round trip, you're looking at nearly $300 in fuel alone, not to mention a set of tires (at least a rear) and accommodations for such a trip... and a Corbin or Sergeant seat would be a must.
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