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post #1 of 6 Old May 4th, 2007, 8:10 am Thread Starter
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Mountain Road Exploring, Two Up

I see there's a wealth of multi faceted riding experience contributing to trial-by-error wisdom existing here on this board and I'd like to draw from some of your sagaciousness.

We spend a lot of time around Gatlinburg, TN and I'd like to find a third bike, a mountain bike one might say, that would be perfect for exploring the mountain roads of the Smoky mountains. So far, a little Land Rover Freelander has been the best vehicle we've found for this purpose but I know there is a motorcycle out there somewhere that would be even better. We hardly ever find a dirt road around there but there are a few. What we do find is some nearly verticle ascents with an inconveniently placed stop sign after which a sharp switchback turn must be made and the angle of ascent makes a seemingly impossible increase. These roads are usually paved and in quite good condition.

Needed:

Low COG
Light weight
Great brakes (BMW ABS)
Easy to flat foot, slip the clutch, and walk your way through the worst areas.
Large fuel tank
Good gas mileage
Comfort (with aftermarket seats?)

Has anyone run across a good setup for this kind of riding? Please keep in mind we're always two up and we'll weigh closer to 400 lbs. than we'd like to.

All input welcome.


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If you're adamant that it be a motorcycle, I wonder what if you found a nice F650 Dakar and then change out the sprockets to gear it way down for lots of low speed torque?
My other thought was that a big 500cc or better scooter would be perfect for what you're looking for. Lots of storage, a CV tranny, Centrif. clutch. low CG and cheap so you won't care when you tip over....

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My other thought was that a big 500cc or better scooter would be perfect for what you're looking for. Lots of storage, a CV tranny, Centrif. clutch. low CG and cheap so you won't care when you tip over....
Thanks KMC1 ... never even thought about a scooter. I've seen some of the maxi scooters around but never looked in to them. Might be a great tool for the job. I see the Suzuki Burgman 650 Exec even has ABS brakes.


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Check this one out, I think it's really cool. My understanding is that a 500cc version is almost ready for sale, this would make the corners and stopping an absolute hoot

http://www.piaggiousa.com/pScooters/MP3.cfm#nowhere

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I'd take a look at the new F800ST. I assume you have to ride to Gatlinburg from somewhere...this will do what you want. Expensive, but....

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Ah. Good point. I was assuming (and you know what happens when you do that ) you would trailor / carry the scooter with the land rover, and then use it locally. I'm sure you could ride one all the way from FL to TN, but I'm not sure it would really be fun?
Never thought of the F800's, I hope a GS / GSD version comes out with that engine.

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