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Thanks! While the bike was out of commission for engine work, I fabricated both axles and the suspension pivot bolt out of titanium. Hollowing them out was the worst part. Used up a lot of long aircraft drill bits. Ti is a bitch. Here's the front axle:Looks awesome!
woahThanks! While the bike was out of commission for engine work, I fabricated both axles and the suspension pivot bolt out of titanium. Hollowing them out was the worst part. Used up a lot of long aircraft drill bits. Ti is a bitch. Here's the front axle:
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Thanks man! I lived in east Tennessee for most of the last 20 years, and very familiar with that part of the country! Would love to do this ride one of these days, and I will see what I can find on it. Sounds like a great way to spend a week or more!I didn't, but it went like this...
I had about 4 days available to ride from Tennessee to Vermont to visit family. I don't really like quick, straight routes, so I figured I'd follow the MABDR (a route from TN to Upstate NY on a mix of forest service "roads" and the backest of back roads). The people who created this route have created similar routes in other parts of the country as well. I believe they're best known for their Southern California route.
The MABDR passes through a lot of historic Civil War sites. It's probably a lot of fun to take your time and visit these places, but I only had 3 days to finish the 5-6 day ride, so I only saw the roads and gas stations.
My motorcycle is a small displacement dual sport-- a Yamaha WR250R. It's perfect for this kind of travel-- light, nimble, and reliable, but with enough power to get through stretches of highway. I wouldn't have been able to do this ride as quickly or easily on the kinds of bigger ADV bikes I encountered on the ride.
I rode from 8am to 8pm each day. The route goes through a part of the country that was much more remote than I really knew, so I was able to camp wherever I ended my day. My camping set up takes up very little space. It consists of a hammock, a light tarp, and a blanket. After the 5-minute set up, I would sit down each night and stare into the darkness until it was time to sleep. It was exhausting to push my personal speed boundaries for 13 hours each day, and so I slept very well.
I was surprised at how beautiful and grand the mountainous regions of Virginia were. Some areas had the feel of Montana. I had expected to enjoy the curvy mountain trails the most, but I ended up preferring the sections of the route that passed through the small towns. A lot in Amish country, as well.
If you're on the central East Coast, you're likely not far from this route. I'd highly recommend the ride.