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July 8th, 2009, 12:58 PM   #1
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My buddy just texted me and told me to check out his ride with Doug. My buddy is on the GXSR 750.

This is the road that I ride when I travel to work. It's the 229. These guys are fucking nuts. I ride at half that speed and it feels scary as shit.

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (SackWack @ Jul 8 2009, 01:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>My buddy just texted me and told me to check out his ride with Doug. My buddy is on the GXSR 750.

This is the road that I ride when I travel to work. It's the 229. These guys are fucking nuts. I ride at half that speed and it feels scary as shit.

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Some friends you have... they go out riding with Doug Polen while you're sitting at home watching Jerry Springer and eating a bag of Cheeto's wondering what went wrong with you and your past girlfriend. That's pretty messed up if you ask me.
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Not to be a killjoy, but that was some very questionable riding. Did i not see a car in the opposite direction meaning that is a 2 way road that they were cutting blind corners on.Otherwise,it looked like a pretty fun road, fast but not super technical
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (povol @ Jul 9 2009, 08:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Not to be a killjoy, but that was some very questionable riding. Did i not see a car in the opposite direction meaning that is a 2 way road that they were cutting blind corners on.Otherwise,it looked like a pretty fun road, fast but not super technical

Yup, it's a two way road. It's more technical than you think or the video did justice. Not gap style or anything but there is some sections that will put your stomach in your mouth. I ride it every Mon and Fri to work. The problem is as you can see in the video is the blind corners and it's a two way road. On top of that there is a small little Rodeo gathering place about halfway down the road so sometimes you get a lot of trailers on the road and it can be real dagerous. Also, as you saw in the end there, that dude crashed. When the trailers and bigger vehicles get on the road they cut the corners and offroad a bit and put a fine powder like dirt where the apex would be, you could see Polen getting squirly a few time when he hits those patches. It doesn't take much and it's more slippery than other dirt and gravel I have hit. I have learned where these corners are. Every month there is a street cleaner that cleans it up, and then it's full gas [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img] About 95% of the time I won't see anyone on that road. There is a ssection in there that is just like the corkscrew although a little smaller. Everyone that rides it talks about that section as their favorite. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif[/img]
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (SackWack @ Jul 9 2009, 12:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Yup, it's a two way road. It's more technical than you think or the video did justice. Not gap style or anything but there is some sections that will put your stomach in your mouth. I ride it every Mon and Fri to work. The problem is as you can see in the video is the blind corners and it's a two way road. On top of that there is a small little Rodeo gathering place about halfway down the road so sometimes you get a lot of trailers on the road and it can be real dagerous. Also, as you saw in the end there, that dude crashed. When the trailers and bigger vehicles get on the road they cut the corners and offroad a bit and put a fine powder like dirt where the apex would be, you could see Polen getting squirly a few time when he hits those patches. It doesn't take much and it's more slippery than other dirt and gravel I have hit. I have learned where these corners are. Every month there is a street cleaner that cleans it up, and then it's full gas [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img] About 95% of the time I won't see anyone on that road. There is a ssection in there that is just like the corkscrew although a little smaller. Everyone that rides it talks about that section as their favorite. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.gif[/img]
That suprises me that a former world champion bike racer would be a part of riding in such an irresponsible manner. Remember the video of the kid i posted on the gap. He stayed in his lane the whole way thru except for a couple of turns that you can see thru.There must be more visibility than that video shows but the first thing i think of is another rider going equally fast in the other direction.As far as technical, i did notice the many whoop sections that looked to be a hoot but the corners all seemed predictable. The gap is not as fast as that road but probably 10 times more technical. The road i have the most fun on is the Cherohala Skyway,it is super fast and has everything,including a special corner that kills many. A fast entry into what appers to be a nice sweeping 70-80mph sweeper that decreases dramatically and requires you to brake midcorner from 80 to about 40. The locals no how its done but the visitors tend to panick and do either one of two things. They panick and stand the bike up and shoot across the oncoming lane,where they either hit an oncoming vehicle if there is one there of if no one is coming,they hit the 2 foot high guardrail that catapults them over a cliff. The second choice that many make is grapping a panicky handful of brakes which results in a nice lowside but also into oncoming traffic. If you dont hit another vehicle coming the other way,at least this option usually stops rider and bike at the guard rail. It is a wonderful road though,but like any road a twisty rider likes,its dangerous.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (povol @ Jul 9 2009, 10:12 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>That suprises me that a former world champion bike racer would be a part of riding in such an irresponsible manner. Remember the video of the kid i posted on the gap. He stayed in his lane the whole way thru except for a couple of turns that you can see thru.There must be more visibility than that video shows but the first thing i think of is another rider going equally fast in the other direction.As far as technical, i did notice the many whoop sections that looked to be a hoot but the corners all seemed predictable. The gap is not as fast as that road but probably 10 times more technical. The road i have the most fun on is the Cherohala Skyway,it is super fast and has everything,including a special corner that kills many. A fast entry into what appers to be a nice sweeping 70-80mph sweeper that decreases dramatically and requires you to brake midcorner from 80 to about 40. The locals no how its done but the visitors tend to panick and do either one of two things. They panick and stand the bike up and shoot across the oncoming lane,where they either hit an oncoming vehicle if there is one there of if no one is coming,they hit the 2 foot high guardrail that catapults them over a cliff. The second choice that many make is grapping a panicky handful of brakes which results in a nice lowside but also into oncoming traffic. If you dont hit another vehicle coming the other way,at least this option usually stops rider and bike at the guard rail. It is a wonderful road though,but like any road a twisty rider likes,its dangerous.

The camera sits low on the bike so with all the changes in elevations it's hard to tell what is blind and what is not. I can tell you that they take 4-5 corners which are completely blind and slice them off. Like you said all it would take is another rider in the opposite direction. When I ride that rode I hug my side because of that very reason.

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (povol @ Jul 9 2009, 04:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Not to be a killjoy, but that was some very questionable riding. Did i not see a car in the opposite direction meaning that is a 2 way road that they were cutting blind corners on.Otherwise,it looked like a pretty fun road, fast but not super technical
You're being a killjoy
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I will admit it that I'm soo jealous. I would love to get to ride that road once a month let alone to work everyday.

Also I think this is the first video I have ever seen of any type of retired pro racer "getting on it" on a public road.

I presume that was Doug on the 848/1098. It looked like he had a couple close calls.
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Looks like fun. I've lived and ridden on the central coast for 30 years and there are many roads like that, I'll bookmark this one for the next time I'm in the area!

Looks like somebody was trying too hard, hope he's ok.

Life is all dangerous, even staying in bed! However, looks like there is pretty good visibility through most of those corners, all ok until the end....
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