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post #1 of 27 Old 04-13-2009, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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I think I figured out why alot of areas of WV appear run down. Its likely everyone their has little money left from a paycheck by the time they are done purchasing their weekly alotment of tires and knee sliders!

Geeze! Man the roads in that state are awsome. I need to find a job in WV so the 919 can have a happy comute to work. I hit higher lean angles on the WV turnpike than on my way to work on OH back roads.

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Love that State.
Tough to earn a living, but love that State.

Great rivers in the spring.
Yough, Cheat, Big Sandy etc.

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I think I figured out why alot of areas of WV appear run down. Its likely everyone their has little money left from a paycheck by the time they are done purchasing their weekly alotment of tires and knee sliders!

Geeze! Man the roads in that state are awsome. I need to find a job in WV so the 919 can have a happy comute to work. I hit higher lean angles on the WV turnpike than on my way to work on OH back roads.

Where in OH? I am near Cleveland.
Last season I did a 4 day and a 3 day WV ride. WV keeps their roads in excellent condition. There are literally thousands of miles of smooth, relatively unknown twisties that are just begging for a toe slider.

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You guys SUCK! I can hit the twisties on the exit ramp and that's about it!

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WV keeps all of their main roads nice.
Go too far off the highways and biways and my Tiger is struggling horribly.

WV has mud season, and it is pure hell on many of the back mountain roads.
However.... You are correct on how beautiful it is. I get some in near Union Town. I drive the car most of time due to taking stuff out to my Aunt. But I am contantly checking out places to return with my motorcycle. Oddly enough, I have found more places I want to take my mountain bike.

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I was lucky enough to grow up in Wv and learn to ride there but had to move out to find a job. I still do love going back to ride the rds though.

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I was lucky enough to grow up in Wv and learn to ride there but had to move out to find a job. I still do love going back to ride the rds though.
I was born in Ashland, KY, but grew up in Huntington. I moved to Cincinnati for a short attempt at college, then finished at Marshall. I then moved to the god forsaken area of Northern VA for several years, and eventually retreated to Charles Town, WV. My office is technically in Sterling, VA, but I telecommute 99% of the time.

So....I'm 10 minutes from Harpers Ferry, which equates to great smallmouth fishing in my choice of the Potomac or Shenandoah Rivers. I'm also 10 minutes from my shooting range, as well as quick access to multiple roads for hopping on the motorcycle. Personally, I greatly appreciate the folks that criticize this beautiful state; keeps the population down and the fun-o-meter at redline.

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I grew up just north of Charleston WV in Jackson Co.
Then moved to the god forsaken area of Northern VA for a little over 10 years and now am in Columbus OH.
My sister and her family live in the Sterling area.

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Wow. I never thought I'd hear anyone say an OH resident was lucky. Especially pertaining to riding conditions.

I'm in the Columbus OH area.

Love WV. Its beutiful. I wish I could get a good job there. I'd find one alot quicker if I'd look. Only down side is race tracks are hard to come by. That is the only thing I like about OH. Nelson ledges and MidOH are close. BeaveRun in PA and the new KY track and Puttnam in IN are all relativly close.

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sort of funny to hear you guys say wv has roads in good repair. IF coal trucks aren't running 90 down a back country 2 lane, most likely it is a good ride. They don't pave the burm and you can catch quite a bit of gravel sometimes from people dropping the rear car tires off the road. I am born and raised in wv. Grew up in buckhannon, went to marshall in huntington (awesome road around yatesville lake) working and living in charleston now.

There are just some amazing places to ride and the places to see. I love riding up route 60 (midland trail) to hawks nest, and then to new river gorge. I plan on doing the ghost towns of the new river this summer, but that will require a dual sport.

The turnpike is horrible condition and i hate the tolls. So i take 60 to by pass it. I can make nearly same time. I do admit the interstate gives you some good leans in the turns on the bike.

I got a huge list of roads to ride this summer, namely 33 from seneca to va, 16 from parkersburg to war(or where ever it ends), 219 again, 50 from I79 to eastern panhandle, and many other little small town gems.

I"ll probably spend a week in crandberry glades doing mountain biking at snowshoe and slatyfork, and then hitting the roads on the 9r.

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Barmatt you are the closest wristtwister I've seen. I live in Gallipolis, OH about 50 minutes from Hurricane.

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Barmatt you are the closest wristtwister I've seen. I live in Gallipolis, OH about 50 minutes from Hurricane.
I use to live in south point, oh for a year in college. Been through gallipolis many time. I usually ran up route 2 in wv instead of 7 in ohio mostly to avoid the cops.

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Wow. I never thought I'd hear anyone say an OH resident was lucky. Especially pertaining to riding conditions.

I'm in the Columbus OH area.

Love WV. Its beutiful. I wish I could get a good job there. I'd find one alot quicker if I'd look. Only down side is race tracks are hard to come by. That is the only thing I like about OH. Nelson ledges and MidOH are close. BeaveRun in PA and the new KY track and Puttnam in IN are all relativly close.
I live minutes from Summit Point Raceway. I've never ridden on a track, but the sounds from the track tell me that it must be fun.

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It's hard to know where you are in WV, because all the street signs have bullet holes in them. A freind of mine when to school in Salem WV. i used to go down and visit him there beautiful area. He would have stayed and lived there if not for the people.

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sort of funny to hear you guys say wv has roads in good repair. IF coal trucks aren't running 90 down a back country 2 lane, most likely it is a good ride. They don't pave the burm and you can catch quite a bit of gravel sometimes from people dropping the rear car tires off the road. I am born and raised in wv. Grew up in buckhannon, went to marshall in huntington (awesome road around yatesville lake) working and living in charleston now.

There are just some amazing places to ride and the places to see. I love riding up route 60 (midland trail) to hawks nest, and then to new river gorge. I plan on doing the ghost towns of the new river this summer, but that will require a dual sport.

The turnpike is horrible condition and i hate the tolls. So i take 60 to by pass it. I can make nearly same time. I do admit the interstate gives you some good leans in the turns on the bike.

I got a huge list of roads to ride this summer, namely 33 from seneca to va, 16 from parkersburg to war(or where ever it ends), 219 again, 50 from I79 to eastern panhandle, and many other little small town gems.

I"ll probably spend a week in crandberry glades doing mountain biking at snowshoe and slatyfork, and then hitting the roads on the 9r.

Small world - Hurricane has absolutely exploded over the past decade. I haven't made any of those trips through our fine state yet. One of my riding buddies has a cabin down in Franklin, so we will probably do a trip from the Eastern Panhandle some time this year.

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It is a blast. And if you are that close.... Just try it out once. I learned more in one day on the track than I did my first two years of riding.

You spend half the day breaking bad habits as instructed.
You spend the second half of the day faster than you have ever been with less effort than you expect.

One of the roads to Summit has two little hills on it.... I swear I can get the truck airborne! If only I drove that rode with out a trailer!

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It is a blast. And if you are that close.... Just try it out once. I learned more in one day on the track than I did my first two years of riding.

You spend half the day breaking bad habits as instructed.
You spend the second half of the day faster than you have ever been with less effort than you expect.

One of the roads to Summit has two little hills on it.... I swear I can get the truck airborne! If only I drove that rode with out a trailer!

My neighbor went our for a weekend ride on his beat-up 1985 BMW R80RT....he took care of jumping those hills for you.....

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Hwy 52 in the southwestern part of the state is a beautiful ride. Kinda slow through some of the towns, but overall very scenic and twisty!

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Huntington WV here.

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Huntington WV here.

nice lived there for 5 years while going to college. now in charleston.

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I'll be riding through WV and Ohio on a cross-country trip on the 919 in May and June--I'd love more road suggestions for that area...

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Really Cool to learn about the WV "Twisters" !!

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I'll be riding through WV and Ohio on a cross-country trip on the 919 in May and June--I'd love more road suggestions for that area...

The question would be if you are going to be traveling northern or southern route through wv. And a matter of if you plan to make good time across the state or really get a good ride or see part of the state.

Just let me know and I can give you some good places to hit.

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Definitly glad this thread was started. Going to have to refer to it towardds the end of summer when I want to put some pointless but fun miles on the 919.

I grew up in PA. A bad road to me is nothing like a bad WV road as far as payvment is concerned. Now I live in OH. Pavement is nice but the path it lays on sucks. WV is the closses refuge.

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The question would be if you are going to be traveling northern or southern route through wv. And a matter of if you plan to make good time across the state or really get a good ride or see part of the state.

Just let me know and I can give you some good places to hit.
Thanks! I'll be heading north from Asheville, NC to New York City, then southeast through PA, crossing through northern WV and probably into northern KY. I can't spend a week, but a couple of days would work for sure!

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Huntington WV here.

That's my hometown! I miss all of the great food that made that town the unhealthiest city in the US.....

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Thanks! I'll be heading north from Asheville, NC to New York City, then southeast through PA, crossing through northern WV and probably into northern KY. I can't spend a week, but a couple of days would work for sure!

So many people make fun of WV, but call me biased, it is one of the most beautiful states. Its too bad that you can't stay awhile. I have the WV daytrip book and you would be amazed at just how much stuff is packed into this little state.

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