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Hello everyone - my name is Alon and I am trying to plan a three to four day dual sport trip for a few of us guys here in Toronto, Canada. I've been searching trip / route advice on advrider.com and most responses have suggested this forum. I'm hoping to get some solid suggestions for our trip that we are excited to plan. First of all, a few details:
- we are looking at February 12 - 16 +/- a day or so
- two of us are on ktm 530s, one guy on a ktm 950se and one guy (God help him) on a bmw gs1200
- we aren't looking for anything really gnarly and given the gs1200 and it's rider's limited off road experience, what we want is mostly gravel, hard dirt roads, etc but as little of pavement as possible - no big river crossings, rock climbing or log slumping on this trip

I've looked at the Tellico Plains area in Tenn but it doesn't look like we can trust the weather given our dates. Alabama (especially the Talladega Forest / mount cheaha areas) seems to be a better idea if we want to avoid snow and real cold. We will look for motels / cabins for lodging and we are trucking down from Canada so we plan to use the motel / cabin as base camp and do day rides from it then back every night for dinner, etc.
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1- do you guys think we will be ok for weather this time of this year?
2- can we find good daily ride trips from a single base camp in Alabama for the type of riding we want to do?
3- can anyone point me in the direction of ride reports, gpx files, etc that we can access?

I did hear about the famous book Motorcycling Alabama and ordered it from my local online retailer who had the very last copy in stock. A few days later, the package arrived with no book inside - I have no chance of finding this book in time for planning.

I know this is my first post here and I'm certainly a guest given that I live in Canada - I really hope you guys don't mind me asking for help and advice, we are really looking forward to enjoying the beauty the south had to offer from the point of view of a dual sport bike.

Thanks in advance - anything you can offer is greatly appreciated.


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Hi Alon,
You may want to post this over on Bamarides.com website. They are an Alabama based group of riders and very friendly and helpful and should be able to answer your questions. As far as weather in this area (I'm in SW Georgia) in February you can get anything in temps from teens at night to almost 70 degree days (it's 70 here today). Typically Feb is pretty dry and we will have low 30's at night and low to mid 50's during the day.
Hope this helps,
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 I can say that the Mt. Cheaha area is a great place to ride. Love that area! Check out cabins and lodging at Mt Cheaha State Park.
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Yeah, that's exactly where I'm hoping to find lodging (the state park cabins look great) and centre the trip from mount cheaha but I can't seem to find dual sport routes / etc in an around there. I've seen mention of ORV parks / trails but have only found stuff that's like 20/30 miles long and we want to do day long rides from our lodging and back every night to avoid cold camping, etc since we want to park our truck at the cabin and ride daily. been checking bamarides.com and still can't find any posted routes / gpx files...



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 I can say that the Mt. Cheaha area is a great place to ride. Love that area! Check out cabins and lodging at Mt Cheaha State Park.

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Most times routes/ GPS files are not posted on a public web site. What I have found helpful is to read ride report and pm the user of an report and ask them if they would share.
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Ah, I see - ok, thanks. I've found some info like Kentuck ORV and someone had suggested forest rt 500 (which I can't seem to find on any map) and I just found a site called bamatrails.com - I'll keep searching [smile]


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The Kentuck ORV area is good for Dual Sport bikes. A GS1200 with
a limited skill set for off road will be a long day getting back
out of there. Not that it can't be done, anything is possible.
The cabins are nice, also check out the Chalets.

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As for the GS and difficulty navigating the area, that's his problem [smile]

He's pretty good but the bike itself will be a huge limiting factor for sure...


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Alon, If you have time try and spend some time around
Fort Payne, AL. It's not dual sport dirt and trails, but there
is Little River Canyon where there are really steep and twisty
roads around the entire canyon. It is 1.5 hour north of
Cheaha Mountain. Spend a night there on the way or on the
way back home. Plenty of good riding and scenery there.

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 No one has mentioned the DO NOT MISS Barber Motorsports Museum near Mt Cheaha!
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AH! Cheaha brings back memoirs of some good riding, good friends, and some GREAT STEAKS!!!!!

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 We could possibly do that again ya know.

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 We could possibly do that again ya know.



I got them there taters just a waiting!!!

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Just in case copy this recipe...... http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/grilled-potato-wedges-with-smoked-paprika-mayonnaise-dressing-recipe.html

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+1 on the Barber Motorcycle Museum and Racetrack!

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http://barbermuseum.org/

Also for the NASCAR fan, Talladega Super Speedway offers tours.

Link: http://www.talladegasuperspeedway.com/?homepage=true


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