Saturday, July 09, 2005

Spring Green Twisties

After reading that Peter Egan from Cycle World recommended the alphabet soutp roads around Spring Green, WI as one of his top 5 areas to ride in the country, I had to give it a try and boy was he right. We discovered a gold mine of twisties, not too far from Chicago. I went up there maybe 4 times last season.

You can read the trip report from one of the times that we went up there here.

Below are pictures from various outings to the alphabet soup. It's called that because all the county roads in Wisconsin are lettered as opposed to numbered. So directions would go like this, "Take H all the way to S, then turn on ZZ till you come across K, then zip over to LL, etc."

My first time out there with Alex, Brad and Chris. We became good friends soon. Brad left us all shortly in a terrible accident.

Myra and Chris' 95 Ducati 900SS

Alex's Blue BMW K1200GT and Brad's Yamaha R6

Second time with a bigger group. Meeting at the Starbucks before heading out.

Good posture I say. On Deac's BMWK1200LT, basically a couch with a motor, that still handles really good.

Gas stop, notice the high gas prices.

Third time out with Chris's Ducati Monster, Alex's K12GT, Brian's CBR1000RR and my Gix.

Tyring out all my luggage for the first time, before heading to Arkansas.

Beautiful shot

Chicken strips, what chicken strips.

For you non-riders, chicken strips show other riders how much you've leaned your bike on the road through a corner. The part that doesn't come in touch with the road is in a lighter shade. The more you lean (getting your center of gravity lower to the ground), the faster you can go through a corner. But there's something else you should know - leaning only the bike way over can easily result in a "high side." That's why it's better for the ride to actually lean off the bike while keeping the bike as straight up as possible. Physics will tell you that for the same thorttle input, you will go slower if the bike is leaned over as opposed to it being straight up. So the trick is to keep the bike as straight up as possible, while lowering your cg to rail through a corner.

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