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post #1 of 10 Old Jan 31st, 2007, 5:48 pm Thread Starter
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LT Begging For The Mountains

My last two trips into the mountains have been from South Florida up through Deals Gap and on into Tennesee and North Carolina. Last year we rode The Blue Ridge Parkway up to Front Royal, Virginia. The EVO on my Heritage Springer was a real dog in the mountains. I can`t wait to see how the LT performs this fall in The Ozarks. Being manufactured in the foot hills of The Alps, the bike seems to be made for either the mountains or the Audobon. Both sound exciting to me. It`s in the shop right now getting a new clutch installed and any other easily accessible engine and transmission seals that can be replaced while the techs are in there. A fine gentleman from this forum suggested they do so, I passed the word on today. I`m looking forward to the bikes return. I just know it`s going to perform fantastic in the mountains.

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post #2 of 10 Old Jan 31st, 2007, 6:55 pm
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Mountains and turns

We are in Fargo, ND - no mountains here - love to travel south and west. have played in Glacier, Cascade's, Sierra-Nevada's, Colorado and for the altitude award so far goes to 14,000 feet at Mt. Evans. Bike loves everything you give to it and I can hardly wait to hand it more this coming summer.

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Unfortunately, I have been snowed in here in Denver. I haven't ridden for at least 6-7 weeks and counting.

My bikes are my dose of get-away-from-reality. This is depressing.

Oh well, there's always Vodka straight out of the bottle!

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Living in Reno, NV I have both worlds the flat straight desert highways and the mountain roads of the Sierra Nevadas (Lake Tahoe). I spend a lot of time on the mountain roads because the scenery is better love (the trees). The LT eats it up either way. What is also fun is Hwy 1/101 along the Coast of CA.

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post #5 of 10 Old Feb 1st, 2007, 6:54 am
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Living at the base of the blue ridge, I can say the LT performs well on mountain roads. I haven't even begun to tap into the potential there. Still getting comfortable with the handling. But the bike does pretty well on everything so far. You'll like it.

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I'm not too certain you really know what "the mountains" means!! If you're riding in the Appalatchians, and think you're in "the mountains", you have GOT to make plans to go west, young man, got west!!

The areas around here are, arguably, some of the best there are, but the riding in the mountain states is a whole lot different! Deals Gap, Mt Mitchel, and the BRP are great riding, but Pikes Peak, Wolf Creek Pass, and CO 50 thru Silverton, Blue Lake and Monarch Pass are without descriptive words.

The LT will handle them all, 2-up with luggage, and never complain!

Happy, safe riding!!

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I'm not too certain you really know what "the mountains" means!! If you're riding in the Appalatchians, and think you're in "the mountains", you have GOT to make plans to go west, young man, got west!!

The areas around here are, arguably, some of the best there are, but the riding in the mountain states is a whole lot different! Deals Gap, Mt Mitchel, and the BRP are great riding, but Pikes Peak, Wolf Creek Pass, and CO 50 thru Silverton, Blue Lake and Monarch Pass are without descriptive words.
My favorite has to be Alternate US14A on the west side of the Big Horns. Some year they're gonna fix it & that'll be the end of that I'm afraid.

Another fav is BC 99 above Whistler BC.

How about a thread of favorites by states?

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I think you will be very pleased. I've only put a few miles on my LT since purchase in Dec. but, comparing it to my RS it is a whole new ride. The boxer has a uniqueness all to itself. I live at the top of a very windy mountain road and what little I've been able to ride my LT, , , it loves to lay into the corners. The faster the better. It definately belies it's 800 + lbs of body weight. My RS weighs half as much and I really have to push it down to corner. Beemers rule ! ! !
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Living at the base of the blue ridge, I can say the LT performs well on mountain roads. I haven't even begun to tap into the potential there. Still getting comfortable with the handling. But the bike does pretty well on everything so far. You'll like it.

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I envy you, you are in the best kept secret area of the world. Fancy Gap has to be a blast on an LT. Just driven it in a car I haven't had a chance to get up there with mine yet. I also found a great road while I was up there at Christmas, I will have to see if I can find it on Mapquest or if my GPS has memory that I don't know about it, anyway, It was off 81 just past Wytheville and it cuts over to 77 before you go down the mountain. I drove it at night in my suv and decided then what my spring time vaction would include.
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I haven't been UP fancy Gap yet. That's where I crashed last year, and have kinda been avoiding it. No real reason other than my raides so far have been in other directions. Fancy Gap was always fun on my Vstrom at about 9/10 of what I could do. One of my friends says Fancy Gap on an LT is a peg dragging hoot.

Only bad thing can be the tourists sometimes. They are so unpredictable. Imagine running Fancy Gap on your bike and some older Canadian folks do a U turn across it in front of you....

Not sure of the other road you refer to. I thought I did, but then not sure. Hwy 52 is pretty nice all the way up to West Virginia. Not a fast trip, but a fun one. There are many great roads around here, so if you get up this way for any length of time, lemme know - I'll try to help you find some.

My LT came from Greenville, BTW. At least you're not too far away...

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