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post #1 of 4 Old 09-01-2019, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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Trying Out the Triple Nickel

I live close enough to OH 555 that I have been wanting to take a ride down the entire length but just haven't made the time, nor do I know if I am really ready for the time on the bike it would take to travel the entire road and then basically the same distance on other roads to get back home. I have decided to make a figure-eight loop for my sunday cruise that includes the southernmost 17 miles. Does anyone have any experiences on the Triple Nickel that they would like to share or thoughts on the northern 3/4 of the road. I am getting ready to leave now and will give my thoughts on the bottom quarter when I get back. Picture of the planned route below.
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-01-2019, 04:40 PM
 
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Northern part from Zanesville until about where it hits 669 is tame with some long straight stretches. From there it gets progressively more exciting, but there is often gravel that gathers in the middle of some of the curves and lots of driveways, so stay sharp.
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The scenery along the ride is usual southern Ohio fare. Forests, fields, and hills make for a peaceful ride. Even the straight portions of this route have you making frequent gentle turns to keep you engaged. The technical portions allow for peg scraping if you are so inclined or enough stimulation to keep you in the zone without being taxing on skills if you want to take it a bit easier.

As expected 339 and 550 were straight easy rides. They were mostly there for transit between the two technical roads and to complete the loop. There was one spot on 550 where the speed limit went down to 40 for no apparent reason. Otherwise they were both 55 mph cruises with a slow down for towns, or rather a slowdown for the same town.

676 is one of my normal roads, but I appreciated the chance to go eastward on it since I normally head west. There are a good number of technical turns and light traffic so adding this road to any route increases my enjoyment.

Boy, I can see why 555 has a bit of a reputation as a good motorcycle road. It wasn't as technical as some roads I have taken but it was challenging enough to keep you on your toes. I only ran into gravel in one turn and it was in the center portion of the lane. I was able to avoid it but had to take a line I wouldn't have otherwise. Unfortunately I got behind a couple of guys from out of state on bigger cruisers and their chase car for the last bit of 555, so I couldn't take some of the turns at the speed I would have wanted to. They were either unable or uninterested in taking the turns any faster than the yellow "recommended turn speed". I normally like to enter unknown turns about 10 over that speed since the Rebel is so nimble. The ride was still enjoyable, but I could have done with a bit more excitement. I would like to ride a bit more of 555 and might try to find a good route from Marietta to 669 to ride the entire twisty portion of 555.

I usually take a weekend cruise (If not two) and have been considering making a weekly route review. Would anyone be interested in such a thing and if so is there anything you would like to see added/changed with my formatting?

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I would love to hear about route reviews! Every year I host the Lake Hope Rebel Rally. Would love the input from someone local.

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