I thought I would use Facebook as a commons where folks can read the narrative I discuss in TRW. Please feel free to comment, ask questions, or provide insight to what I am trying to put forward. But please, no politics, and no funnies.
There are many motorcycling forums on which most everything is discussed. Certainly there is much chatter about riding gear. There is discussion about all the great places to ride, whether it be in our United States, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. There is discussion about heavy-duty long distance riding like the Iron Butt and similar events; there is discussion about riding on the track. There are track days and there are plenty of track schools. And finally there are a host of parking lot schools all over the country.
Through TRW and Facebook I’d like to put forward a discussion of rider skills to employ while Appalachian mountain riding. Appalachian Mountain (or most any other mountain range) riding is unlike any other form of motorcycling because mountains demand as much or more skill from the rider than any other form of motorcycling.
Think of mountain riding like being on a motorized, two-wheeled snow ski. I think of the Appalachian Range as a huge “ski” resort. If you follow my drift (pun intended,) the roads I “ski” are mostly “blue” intermediates or “black” expert roads where, unfortunately, the uneducated often crash. These roads offer varying pavement conditions, and a wide assortment of hills and curves to navigate that extend from north central Pennsylvania, down to the Smokey Mountains, and west to the Ohio River. Weather is often an issue.
Not to blow my own horn, but over the past 20 years, I have ridden over 400,000 miles. Roughly 95% of these miles have been in the Appalachians so I have always been a mountain rider. In the past 15 years, I have dedicated myself to learning most all the great motorcycling routes through these mountains and have formulated a cool technique for riding these roads safely and with a very high degree of skill.
Over the next few months I would like to share these skills with you. If you think this is a good idea and will participate in the discussion, please “like” The Rider’s Workshop LLC on Facebook. That way you’ll get notice when I’ve posted Riding Tip # 1.
We’ll begin there.