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10/31 Widowmaker run - October 31, 2008, 08:54 PM

Today was my first day through the Virginia countryside and I was not disappointed.

Widowmaker picked a great day and some sweet roads, then Space took over and continued the run through some great countryside. Gixxerfiend and ..... darn it, I knew I'd forget someone, kept things focused on the fun part of apexing corners.

Here are some random thoughts on my first day:
I understand Virginia is not Japan (where I've been the last many years) but now I understand how its different. The road surface is difficult to predict. Combination of overhanging trees (shade/light distraction) and random levels of maintenance/road material made it tough to stay focused on the flow of the road. In Japan, most roads are blacktop and so well maintained, any irregularity is easy to spot and account for.

The flow of Virginia's land is sweet. The rolling, roller coaster like ride had me laughing in my helmet. Then, the awesome views were much better than almost anything I've seen in Japan.

Saw my first deer from the seat of a bike, at speed. I'm firmly of the opinion its not something I want to repeat. Hopefully they'll decide the same thing and stay away from the road next time I'm out!

So, factoring in the above, I think my overall apporach to enjoy riding here will be: If I ease up from the pace I was able to run on the roads in Japan, and simply take whatever it is the roads here give me, Virginia will pay me back with a reasonably safe ride and an awesome view. That's a fair trade.

As for the other contestants. I'm pretty leery of group rides. There are always a couple of knuckleheads that continually ride over their heads until they plant themselves into the ground, leaving the others to fix the mess. On top of that, someone typically picks up the "mother hen" role and starts to lecture just when you find yourself having fun.
The guys today however were fantastic. Everyone rode their own bike and just enjoyed the day. The pace was predictable, going with what the road gave and every rider gave each other room to play. Either I was lucky to meet such cool folks my first time out or possibly its just the way things are around here. Regardless, it was a real pleasure to "push the envelope a bit" with you guys.

Lastly, my recently purchased, cheap ($3000) and old (2002) FZ1 met my expectations. First time on something other than a HOV lane it gave me very little to be concerned about. Thats a significant win in my book!

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Widowmaker- Sorry to ask but it was all a blur. Can you send me the routes we rode, possibly in the order we rode them?
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October 31, 2008, 10:15 PM

[quote] darn it, I knew I'd forget someone [quote]

Thats Me! Good meeting with you as well

Sorry I had to bail out early....had some work to wrap up


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October 31, 2008, 10:27 PM

great ride and glad you enjoyed the country side..... looking forward to more good rides like this one....
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October 31, 2008, 11:13 PM

I have ridden with some of the guys you have in the photos. For the most part that is how the people on .net ride. You will find more people on here that are really fun to ride with and have a good head on their shoulders. It is always good to find good people to ride with and there are an abundance of those type of riders on .net. Great to hear you had a good time. I would love to take one of these rides, but on Friday it is a no go for me. Widowmaker has been doing this Friday ride religiously for a while now. Good Post!


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November 1, 2008, 12:07 AM

It was nice to meet you. I was glad to have you along and I hope to see you next time.


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Tornado 675. Gomen (sorry)

And that's another cool thing about yesterday. Everyone spoke english!
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November 1, 2008, 07:27 AM

[quote=Tornado675;651593][quote] darn it, I knew I'd forget someone
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Thats Me! Good meeting with you as well

Sorry I had to bail out early....had some work to wrap up

What?? You had to bail early??


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November 1, 2008, 07:48 AM

Good ride.

Wait until you can venture in to WV. SW VA has some really great roads as does western NC and eastern TN.

In a 12 hour day you can run 600 miles of twisty roads here, easy.
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What?? You had to bail early??

When you gonna cut me some slack...LOL!!!


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In a 12 hour day you can run 600 miles of twisty roads here, easy.
Reads like fun but 12 hours?
I need to get my conditioning up. Our little Friday run had me yawning in my helmet on the way home.

Or maybe I should avoid staying up until 2:00 am the night before a ride
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When you gonna cut me some slack...LOL!!!

NEVER! At least not untill you complete a full day. J/K man, bustin yo balls.


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November 2, 2008, 08:33 AM

I knew I should have called out on Friday and gone on this... The weather was great... Every time I went outside I was kicking myself.... I've herd a lot of good things about Widow Makers rides... I'll have to catch one sometime.
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