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I've been hanging around nestreetriders.com. That's kind of a misnomer: it should more properly be "New England Track Day Fanatics and amateur racers." They are collectively pretty anti-squid, pro-gear riders.

A group ride was organized for last Sunday advertised as a 300 mile loop including a bunch of covered bridges: 11, as it turned out. The loop was more like 260 miles but with the ride up and back I covered 340 miles. It was hosted by Seacoast Sport Cycles in Derry, an Aprilia/Duvati dealer and Power Commander Tuning Center.

There were 32-38 riders but unlike every advrider group ride I've ever been on, it didn't get broken up. The lead rider and sweep had radio comms, which helped. A fair number of riders had full leathers, and a few even had Vanson racing suits.

We stopped at 100 miles for gas, in Harrisville NH for lunch and a visit to a custom builder's shop, and another fuel stop at 185 miles. There were about 10 miles of dirt roads: would have been more but one was closed.


The pace was healthy but not likely to attract attention from anyone, including LEO. There were a few folks who seemed to struggle with the pace a bit here and there, but always caught up in short order.

The bikes as a group were quite a candy store. Several Ducati Multistradas and 848's. A BMW S100RR. Several SV650's, an SV1000, and various GSX-R's. A 'busa, KLR650, Gladius and one V-Strom.
 

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I've been organizing and running a similar Covered Bridges of NH ride every year for the FJR1300 crowd past 3-4 years since Skip W switched his Feejer for a KLR and the dirty side of life. I always try and include a few dirt road sections (as Skip did in the past) and we have has wildly varying attendance depending on the weather. If anyone is interested I have some good GPS routing established to snag as many bridges as possible in the autumnal daylight allotment.

Looking forward to joining some DS rides of a similar ilk next year (just got my 'strom this fall)
 

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I went on one of Dave's Seacoast rides this last weekend. This was the (I guess annual?) jaunt to Curtis' Ribs in VT.

The rider turnout is something of a question. I guestimated 35-40. Someone said 39, someone else said 49! Either way you slice it, it was a lotta bikes in one big, long parade. We rolled through a small town in NH that was having some sort of festival day and quite literally became an instant parade. Got tons of waves from enthusiastic little kids and several residents approached riders asking us where we were from/who we were/etc. It was fun.

Definitely a candy store mix. One GS. One BMW RT. At least one Kawi C14. And then a BUNCH of Triumph and Ducati hardware I am simply not familiar with; a Thruxton, several Multistradas of various vintage and displacement, even an 80's 750 Paso (I had to wiki it!). Plus the usual suspect Japanese sport and super-sport bikes.

I counted one Triumph Tiger 1050, he was running sweep. And there was exactly one V-Strom: my wee.

Ride was fun, but I found the pace too aggressive for me. Not knowing what to expect I migrated right to the back of the pack early on and the pace was okay. After lunch I bullied my way to the middle. Also I know several riders dropped out after lunch, including a work associate of mine on a CBR who claimed the pace was far too fast for him. Near the middle/front of the pack I quickly agreed; the pace was just too much. I was way, way over the limit just trying to keep up. I quickly gave up and waived several of the sport bikes past at a let-the-group-catch-up stop. Pretty soon I was right at the back with the sweep again.

I'm torn because I felt perfectly safe with the pace. But it was definitely outside the law. I'm a wuss when it comes to that. I'm sensitive about spending my discretionary income on fines and insurance increases.

Late in the day some of the sport guys started to get punchy and a little squiddy for my tastes. It was about then I got a call from the missus and decided to b-line it home.

I showed 320 miles on my trip when I rolled into the garage. Had I stuck with the group I probably would have cleared 400 for the day easily. I'm no iron butt; this is about my threshold for a day.

These guys know some great roads though. Really great roads. However I am utterly shocked that there aren't more "performance awards" collected.

In the end I am not sure if I will return for another ride with these guys. They were adamant that you "ride your own ride" and receptive to those of us at the back of the pack maintaining a more conservative pace. So I am torn.

Looks like the next one is Mt Washington in Sept.
 

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I hear ya nhbubba.

I've never ridden with Dave but the speed that I observed one of his group rides doing on the Kanc when I was in the car with my wife tells me his pace is a little too spirited for my comfort zone. I have no doubt that Dave maintains a relatively safe pace based on the feedback of other riders that have actually ridden with him, it's just not a pace I'd be comfortable with for much distance.

25 over the limit in NH, and you'll be seeing a judge if the leo decides you deserve a ticket...not a chance I'm willing to take. I'm cheap and don't want to lose the clean record insurance discounts and I can't risk a suspension with a 40+ mile commute to work.
 
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