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DH8 (Non Feature DH)
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64.4 mi / 103.6 km


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At a Glance
“Better to have climbed and fallen than not to have climbed at all” remarked wrestling face Bret Harte when he and country-pop star Shania Twain scrapped their matrimonial plans. “It is easier to stay out than get out,” replied the diva ruefully. But at least the motorcyclists among their disappointed legion of fans can find true love in the happy marriage of TIRES components that make up this fine story. Like its namesakes, DH8 has its share of fame. And no wonder. Silkily-toned, shut-in-winter Pavement and an impressive body slam of Twistiness combine with always-popular Remoteness on an entertaining climb up and down either side of Sonora Pass in the heart of the Sierra Nevada. And this crowd pleaser is suitable for cruiser audiences too. Because it bisects the Carson Iceberg and Emigrant Wildernesses, it has the kind of high-country Scenery that draws a packed house. Sure, as in many relationships, the initial excitement can ebb after a time. Especially once you get into the western foothill country west of Strawberry. There, the entertainment value is much mellower and the concert of traffic can leave you feeling like you're locked in a brutal cage match. Still, most riding aficionados would agree that it’s better to stay out and climb this road rather than get out and never ride it at all. As long as you leave out the “falling” part, that is.
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