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rides in MD? - September 12, 2014, 12:33 PM

I'm In Arlington, but want to avoid a ticket in VA. The consequences are way more steep here, than in MD. Any fun rides in MD? I just started this season. I'm fine with speed, somewhat. I topped out at 130, a few times when the roads were clear, west of gainesville. Some abandoned back area roads. I'm getting more comfortable with leaning. I hear 50 towards anapolis is nice, something about route 15 having twisties or maybe sweeps (not sure what sweeps are)? Can anyone confirm?

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Just a thought, if you're still getting comfortable with leaning perhaps you shouldn't be going 130mph......


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Just a thought, if you're still getting comfortable with leaning perhaps you shouldn't be going 130mph......
Well.. I'm not leaning at 130. It's just a straight beeline to feel the top end of the bike. It's not sustained either, I just did a few spurts, and then was done. I don't do it if there are cars around, not trying to be "that guy". Just some abandoned back area road. We all get a little curious.
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sweeps are going to be the turns you like. They're usually pretty open and sometimes are properly banked, meaning you can keep a higher speed leaning through them. not 130 on most around here, but probably 90+.

I recommend heading out to WVa though for learning how to corner well though, as most of the mountain roads out there will have you dragging knee within hours of practice.


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sweeps are going to be the turns you like. They're usually pretty open and sometimes are properly banked, meaning you can keep a higher speed leaning through them. not 130 on most around here, but probably 90+. I recommend heading out to WVa though for learning how to corner well though, as most of the mountain roads out there will have you dragging knee within hours of practice.
No, you've got it all wrong.

Sweeps are the turns that have gravel in them.

Motorcyclists will often times ride in group with brooms on their back to sweep these turns out.

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No, you've got it all wrong.

Sweeps are the turns that have gravel in them.

Motorcyclists will often times ride in group with brooms on their back to sweep these turns out.

That's where the name comes from.
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Rt 50 towards Annapolis is only nice if what you want to do is go fast in a straight line, and aren't there during any kind of peak traffic time. I ride it every day back and forth to work.

It only has a couple spots where you have to watch out for troopers, unless one of them decides to be sneaky and sit at a random spot.

If what you want is turns, get off 50E at 424, go left, and then right on 450. That will take you to Annapolis via some decent 2 lane curvy stuff, but be prepared to get stuck behind a slow poke if you're not comfortable with passing someone on a double yellow line during the straights. There are a dozen good places to pass, but none of them are legal.

When you come upon the traffic signal at the end of it, go straight for a few more curves, that will eventually spit you out between Best Buy and Home Depot. Go straight again for the mall, right at the mall to get back on 50.

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Sweeps are the turns that have gravel in them.

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Rt 50 towards Annapolis is only nice if what you want to do is go fast in a straight line, and aren't there during any kind of peak traffic time. I ride it every day back and forth to work.

It only has a couple spots where you have to watch out for troopers, unless one of them decides to be sneaky and sit at a random spot.

If what you want is turns, get off 50E at 424, go left, and then right on 450. That will take you to Annapolis via some decent 2 lane curvy stuff, but be prepared to get stuck behind a slow poke if you're not comfortable with passing someone on a double yellow line during the straights. There are a dozen good places to pass, but none of them are legal.

When you come upon the traffic signal at the end of it, go straight for a few more curves, that will eventually spit you out between Best Buy and Home Depot. Go straight again for the mall, right at the mall to get back on 50.
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I recommend heading out to WVa though for learning how to corner well though, as most of the mountain roads out there will have you waiting on an ambulance dragging knee within hours of practice.
Fixed for truth - From my limited experience folks that head into WV to learn how to go around a corner often come back on a different ride than the one they left on - Just sayin...


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September 12, 2014, 04:08 PM

I grew up in Bowie. I used to run my RD350 back and forth on old 450 between Crofton and the edge of Annapolis back in the late 70's before anybody lived back in there. The road was barely traveled. Was my personal racetrack.

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If what you want is turns, get off 50E at 424, go left, and then right on 450. That will take you to Annapolis via some decent 2 lane curvy stuff, but be prepared to get stuck behind a slow poke if you're not comfortable with passing someone on a double yellow line during the straights. There are a dozen good places to pass, but none of them are legal.

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