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post #1 of 5 Old 08-03-2010, 04:35 AM Thread Starter
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V-Strom Sighted: 7/30 on Rt 17 West of Mad River Glen

I believe a Concours was just ahead of you. Blue V-Strom and the rider was wearing a "yellowish" riding jacket. We both waved to each other, but I was focused on the next set of turns coming up.

I love that road!


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Hell yeah buddy, it was ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wOOt, I've been sighted! I don't normally look in regionals though, so tmcgee had to link me to this post.

It was a BMW LT, 1990s, in front of me. Jan was the rider, nice guy, but slow as shit. We met by happenstance on the overlook there on 17 and I was following him to go visit Ben and Jerry's. I saw your bike and wondered what the hell it was - and congrats on your obscene lean angles, they were mucho impressive!

My report:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=56129

-Mark

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-04-2010, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hell yeah buddy, it was ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wOOt, I've been sighted! I don't normally look in regionals though, so tmcgee had to link me to this post.

It was a BMW LT, 1990s, in front of me. Jan was the rider, nice guy, but slow as shit. We met by happenstance on the overlook there on 17 and I was following him to go visit Ben and Jerry's. I saw your bike and wondered what the hell it was - and congrats on your obscene lean angles, they were mucho impressive!

My report:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=56129

-Mark
Well, hello back to you Mark!!!

Yes, you have been sighted. I've kind of given up being "sighted"; at least recognized as a V-Strom rider: "What the heck was that?" is usually the response.

So, you made it to here.......


Hopefully, who ever gave you the tip to ride Rt 17, also gave you the tip to ride the Warren Mountain Road.




It's not as dramatic as Rt 17, but it's fun with some gravel portions along the way.

As to the leaning, there is no way that I can ride with sidecases anymore. In the Fall of 2008, I was reguarly "nicking" the corners of my Pelicans; even with them mounted as high as they could go. It's the reason I switched over to carrying my gear in drybags, strapped down across the passenger seat. Doing this gives me complete freedom to ride how I want to ride, without thinking of things like, "am I going to hit.......am I going to hit.......?"

Since you don't read the regionals, and if you are interested in what I did to my bike, follow this link: 2010 Bike Modifications.

Where did you ride after we passed each other?

Barry

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-04-2010, 08:02 PM
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I didn't recognize your bike as a Strom, but today I was on here and saw tmcgees avatar and said to myself: "self, that's the bike you passed on 17".

I PM'd mcgee and eventually got steered to this post.

At the time we passed I was on day 4 of my trip. I followed Jan to Ben and Jerrys and then rode 100A (I think) back to 100 and did 17 a few more times, at my speed. Hit some gravel near there but couldn't tell you where. Ended up crossing into NY on the northernmost ferry and after that, well, I couldn't rightly tell ya.

I'll look at your link about the mods to your Strom. Mileage is impressive, I'm close to 40k on my 07 and I thought I rode a lot!

"How rare that we can point ourselves inevitably west and go, go, go. Run out the highway and the hills. Slide our fingertips over the creases and the valleys of the impossibility that is America. You canít grasp its vastness from a plane. Itís diversity from a map. You have to put your feet on the ground. Your hands in the dirt." - Zach Bowman

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You guys are talking about my home turf. I am within 25 minutes from the top of the App Gap (Rt17) and try to get up there a couple times a week. Although I have most of the (very sharp) turns memorized... the bumps and gravel on the road seem to move around to keep it challanging.

I sometimes stop at "picnic table curve" and just watch the traffic. That off-camber bend has done-in a lot of bikes and drivers alike. The outside of the bend is litterd with bits and pieces from all the accidents.

The App Gap is said to be the best motorcycle road in Vermont. For those of you not able to actually ride it... On Google maps you can do a virtual drive over the gap.

Perhaps I will be "sighted" on the App Gap road sometime?
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