Main Motorcycle: 1974 Schwinn U24 Unicycle
Join Date: May 2008
Location: AZ Desert Rat
Other Motorcycle: '05 Bonneville Bobber
Extra Motorcycle: '05 Bonnie Black Cafe
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Well, 852 miles latter, we returned home, half frozen, from a fantastic three day jaunt with South Coast to ride the vaunted Texas Twisted Sister ranch roads. As this is Texas, where everything is bigger and supposedly better, The sisters are the answer to that puny little road in Tenn., the Dragon. Not a stunted 11 mile run from no where to no where but a grueling 320 miles of in out, up down and ever tightening corners from one tiny town to another tiny town out in no where.
You can not believe how great, fantastic, unbelievable it is to ride as hard as you want on such well kept roads. Scaring the pee wodden out of yourself on the whups hills. From the top to the bottom and 300 foot fall and back up the next hill in the 3 digits only to panic at the top as you can not see where the road goes.
Now Dog is not riding his trusty Bonny but atop my beautiful graphite lady Sprint. With her trick suspension and a few other nice things I consider her a true lady of the twisty road. Dog said she was a touch light in the feet like "light in the loafers?" I asked.
No, but the Bonny clomps along in boots whilst the ST uses slippers he responds. I still think he was being sexist.
We have just a short time before Dog ventures homes
so we are going to shake a few of the other girls up in the garage and venture forth better dressed for another adventure further south, maybe toward Mexico so Dog will go home having ridden every type road possible. I will update any one who cares here in a week or so with tales of our next road trip.
Good time had by all at the Sisters!
First up the roads, challenging, in the way that some of the great roads I have ridden were engineer designed and you end up riding the same 400 foot radius corner left and right for 20 miles or so. After the first half dozen corners you realise it is the same corner and same camber over and over, makes for good fast riding, but there is no "pucker effect" happening in ya pants every time you go into a corner hard. It is the same with roads you ride regularly, you tend to lose that pucker effect because you know what is coming, and the only way to get it back is to go at it at the limit and beyond, not always a good thing, can be exciting though.
Some of the sisters are "old" roads that have evolved from the days before the motor car I am guessing. In Oz we would call them old coach roads, where they wanted to get from A to B and would build the road on a constant gradient so the beasts of burden could pull the wagon or dray at a steady pace. This meant all the corners were different in radius, this makes for exciting riding, and makes you really think and look into the corners as your approaching them... "****ters, this one is tight!!!!" Your brain screams at you as you just keep leaning over more than you really want to.
Other parts of the sisters have whoop-de-doo's where it is a roller coaster ride and a game of nerves trying to guess which way the road turns as you breast the brow of the hill. I defy anyone with brains bigger than their balls to hold it wide open going over the top of one of these dips, I tried and I don't have balls that big.
A must ride if you are in the area, good fun and challenging.
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