A day in the mountains off pavement with the SM-T

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A day in the mountains off pavement with the SM-T

Post by Windblown » Tue May 20, 2014 4:02 pm

With the weather having tuned nice there's nothing better then running the many awesome paved roads that criss-cross the VA/WV here on the east coast... except maybe running some of the awesome UNPAVED roads that wind back and forth between these two states. ;)

The sun was out, the air had just a hint of chill. Perfect weather for a ride! I fired up the bike and headed out.

Climbing up into the mountains from Virginia.
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and over into WV
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Now south along a road that crosses the state line back and forth multiple times.
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Now down into a nearby valley

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Along the way I ran into a fellow coming the other way. We chatted for a bit and I asked about the road ahead since we have had a fair amount of flooding in the last couple of days. He told me he had gone as far as the
"block house" and the road was open to that point. And so it was... :)

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After a quick stop I proceeded with my wandering. Hmmm what is that I see on the other side of the stream crossing?

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Hmmm... Maybe I should have brought a smaller bike.
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I pondered for a bit... I hate turning around! I then noticed all the construction materials lying around at hand and proceeded to get to work! After some time I had stone ramps built to aide getting the low clearance of the SM-T.

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Whew, success! Last thing I wanted was to highcenter the bike and flip it on it's side and down into the ravine. I might have been
stuck there for quite awhile.

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After a quick roadside lunch that I brought along and free of that obstacle I was on my way once again and went deeper into West Virginia.

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And back into Virginia again. Wandering, not lost.

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Back to civilization! Must be time to head home.
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All in all the my route led me just shy of 200 miles, Hope you enjoyed them. :)

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Re: A day in the mountains off pavement with the SM-T

Post by Yoozy » Tue May 20, 2014 4:09 pm

Fantastic :D
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Post by JJay51 » Tue May 20, 2014 6:33 pm

Good work, thanks for sharing those excellent pics :mrgreen:

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Re: A day in the mountains off pavement with the SM-T

Post by ogden » Tue May 20, 2014 6:58 pm

Looks like a cracking ride.

I'd have turned back at the first stream.
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Post by Windblown » Tue May 20, 2014 10:15 pm

ogden wrote:I'd have turned back at the first stream.
You'd have been fine with them. There were about a dozen small stream crossings along the route but none were particularly deep and they all had a good rock base. Rocks don't bother me. Mud while atop a 400+ lb bike without knobbies on the other hand always tightens me up a bit.... :)

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Post by ogden » Tue May 20, 2014 10:36 pm

Only time I've ridden in water was a trials day where the riverbed was boulders the size of bowling balls and (bizarrely) the further I rode from the bank the deeper the water got. Who knew!?
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Post by katum_smt » Wed May 21, 2014 11:57 am

Looks like an awesome ride

Please tell - what tyres (tires) have you fitted, make, model, size
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Post by Yoozy » Wed May 21, 2014 12:28 pm

Unusual seat ?
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Post by Windblown » Wed May 21, 2014 1:21 pm

katum_smt wrote:Looks like an awesome ride

Please tell - what tyres (tires) have you fitted, make, model, size
I'm running the Dunlop D616 front & rear, 180/55 & 120/70. They seem to be a good all-around tire for the type of riding I do with this bike. I'm on my 2nd rear. They won't perform like a race tire and certainly not like a knobby but they have enough grip on the asphalt to get to the edge if you want to without so much as a slip, work well in the rain, and have enough siping to be a little bit of help in the dirt though like any non-knobby tire they are not to be trusted in the mud! They are pretty soft and not a dual compound design so they don't care much for straight line travel.





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Re: A day in the mountains off pavement with the SM-T

Post by Windblown » Wed May 21, 2014 1:34 pm

Yoozy wrote:Unusual seat ?
It's a stock seat off an SMR. Narrower and flatter than the stock SM-T so it allows me to move around on the bike better. The trade off is it's not nearly as comfy... I tend to put the stocker back on if I know I'm going to be putting on a lot of miles with my butt planted in the seat instead of moving around.

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Post by supertoon » Thu May 22, 2014 4:47 pm

Great pics, a nice dirty Smt! I am glad the dunlops work for you, I had them on the Buell, and as you say, they don't like to go in a straight line! I am really wishing I had that orange frame, very Super Duke'ish :D

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Post by limeyduffa » Sun May 25, 2014 8:31 am

Nice pics :). What pipes are you running ?

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Post by Windblown » Mon May 26, 2014 1:07 am

limeyduffa wrote:Nice pics :). What pipes are you running ?
Thanks.

I'm running the Akra's with the DBkillers installed on the stock headers.

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Post by Geerod » Thu May 29, 2014 5:20 pm

Nice casual ride on the back roads. Spent time in VA & WV last & this year, but on pavement. Great states for riding!
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Post by Windblown » Fri May 30, 2014 4:37 pm

Geerod wrote:Nice casual ride on the back roads. Spent time in VA & WV last & this year, but on pavement. Great states for riding!
Yep, love the variety here. Me and a buddy on a CBR1000 logged a bit over 400 miles and spent a day tearing up the asphalt in this same area the week before. When I take the big bike off pavement it's a relaxed pace and I enjoy my surroundings more than when I'm strictly focused on the next bend. I have a plated KTM 525 for when I feel like ripping it up a bit off pavement, and it crashes on the rocky trails better, LOL.

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Post by King Tut » Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:01 pm

I missed this mighty fine report. Thanks for the pictures not sure I would ride my SMT on the gravel that much but I have a KLR forthe dirty work. I'm riding my GL1800 across the US in September to explore the tasty roads of the Virginia's, Carolina's, Kentucky and Tennessee etc.
Hope to hook up with a fellow who has an extra Dualsport so I can tag along for a day in the dirt. Really looking forward to a few days riding out of Maggie Valley.

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Post by orangepetrolcrush88 » Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:53 am

my kind of trip/trail! in the woods!

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