Freddy wrote:Oh ya! Mt Washington...it's up there! My wife & I went up on a 1000cc Gold Wing Honda once. Near the top is a sharp turn, almost a U-turn, then it gets very steep. Those that have been up know where I mean. The tar has ended, it's just a bare rock road at that point. Right in the steepest part the idiot driving the car in front of us stopped to take a picture. I had no choice but to stop behind him. It too both front and rear brakes together to hold us. When the car left, his tires spun and he had trouble to get going, but he did, and left. My wife asked "How come you're not leaving?" Well, ya know, I was gathering courage...even now telling the story it makes my heart pitter patter... I said to her "This is where you earn your motorcycle license". To the right of us is a rock wall, to the left of us is where the Roadrunner drops rocks onto the coyote. I gave the engine about 6 grand of throttle and the clutch one hot supper. It was the one and only time that I felt the front end of a Gold Wing be light. Obviously I'm here typing, so we made it, but, wow.
Personally I would never take an automatic transmission car up there. You want something that you can leave in second gear and coast most of the way down. It's really hard on brakes and transmissions.