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Old 11-09-2011, 11:26 AM   #21
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When I went we stayed in a cabin at the KOA in Tellico Plains. It was really close, and there are tons of good roads to ride up there, but I agree on trailering the bike. Between the 1100 miles up there (didn't go the most direct route) over 2 days, and the ride back I just didn't really feel up to riding up there as much as I hoped I would. When I go again I will probably still ride about half of the trip, but will definitely want to trailer at least part of the way (especially coming back).
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If you have a decently comfy bike, and can handle long distance on the freeway, by all means ride.
Just make sure and get a good nights sleep before hitting the good roads like the Dragon, because there is nothing like them around here to prepare you.
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dude, if you own a truck, you want to put the bike in the truck instead of ride. that's a LONG, BORING ride there. i just got back a month ago from there.

$70 cyclegear chock & canyon dancer and you forget that the bike is even in the bed. i hate pulling trailers.
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Trailer, it's 16 hrs straight driving.
We do a trip every year, and started staying in Fontana village. You can rent a room in the hotel or cabins.

Plan on at least 5 days of riding to hit all the good roads, 220-250 miles per day.
I go every year as well... with a car group though. I would definitely recommend trailering out there for a few reasons.
1- it's about 950 miles or so, you don't want to hurt before you even get there
2- if something were to happen, bike breaks, you go down, etc... at least you would still have a ride back home
3- can more easily get some company for the trip.


We too stay at Fontana every year now, but we used to stay at Tapoco Lodge. It was closed for 2 years I think and now it has new owners. It's a REALLY nice place, and they are very motorcycle friendly. They also have really good food.

Make sure you hit up all of the other roads... Foothills Parkway, Cherhala Skyway, 28 isn't bad, etc... and try to get to some of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I can't even remember all of the roads since I never lead. Check out www.tailofthedragon.com
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Hauling the bike is not a problem since I do have a truck but I guess getting more people to come with you isn't a bad idea since we can split the cost of fuel. We have a couple people here with trailers and trucks so if people are really serious than the ball can start rolling. I have a '08 Tundra double cab with the 5.7L 2wd except no trailer.
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I'll be going for a week end of Aug 2012.
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I'll be there the first week of Aug...

Speaking of which... another important consideration is the weather. Remember that even though it's pretty far south in the country, it's in the mountains. Pretty much Nov-March are cold and snow is possible. Keep that in mind when planning a trip!
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I wanna go!!!
Start planning your vacation!!!!
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If I have extra time off I will. I have to make room for family plans too....
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If I have extra time off I will. I have to make room for family plans too....

If my schedule doesn't change much, will be Aug 26 - Sep 1.
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Do it, do it, do it!!!
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Is that anywhere near Hero Hill??
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Like everyone's said, trailer up there. I understand the allure of taking long road trips but on a sportbike you may not be able to enjoy the destination because the travel sapped so much of your energy.

IMO I'd want to get there nice and refreshed, enjoy a couple days riding up there and then be thankful when you get to plop down in the truck for the 20 hr. trip home.
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yeah, been there, done that. unless you're going to be up there a week, trailer if you want to truly enjoy riding while you are there.
I'm with Jae. Unless you have a couple of free days to decrompress in between the ride there and hitting all the good Appalachian roads between GA, TN and the Carolinas, you'll be stiff and ragged out by the time you get there on a sport bike. I rode those roads for years. There are a lot of people who trailer bikes up there that live in that part of the country.

I always rode up, but then again, I lived in Atlanta and it was only an hour and a half or so to get to the mountains. Even then, the ride home can be long when you've done a couple hundred miles+ of mountains all day.

Not to be a killjoy either, but don't discount the possibility that you might wad up your bike on one of those roads and won't have a way back to Texas. It happended a LOT. Talked to more than one person at crash sites over the years that had out of state plates and a crunched up machine.

Don't get fixated on Deal's Gap. It's a great road, but far from the only one. We hit the Gap a couple of times a year, but seldom was it our prime destination. LOTS of other good roads in the southeast that leave you just as enterained as the infamous (and frequently squid, police and cruiser laden) "dragon".
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.....trailer it there?? Sounds like MH is running out of Depends and Ensure


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Sooo.. whats the longest ride you have done so far? hmmmmmm?
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Sooo.. whats the longest ride you have done so far? hmmmmmm?
Is that a trick question? It sounds like a trick question. LOL

Honestly though, you'd need to be addicted to WANT to ride that far!! Truly deserving an intervention upon return



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I go every year as well. I always trailer out there but that is just for the what ifs. 2 years ago my buddy was killed on 28. He was a of a rider and was leading the pack when he low sided. There is now a plaque hanging on the side of the mountain across from where he passed. Very fun roads out there, but you can get caught up quick if your not paying attention. DO NOT try to keep up with locals out there, unless you can really ride. Last trip there 2 bikes hit head on and one rider went over the mountain. I was first on scene, about 5 miles from the Gap resort. It took over 2 hours for the ambulance, and the equipment to get the him back up the mountain. It took about an hour to get him back up the mountain and probably another 30 mins to make it through the dragon to get him on flight for life. Take your time and have fun. I will be going back out there this year, just not sure when. We go between july and august. There is a place a little farther out in NC called 2wheel in. Place is about 3 or 4 years old and very basic but what I like about it, is that they have little mini garages to put you bike in. If you are doing a MH group put all your money together and rent a house out there for the week. A bunch of us do that from Chicago and have a blast while we are there. I have about 3000 miles of routes planned already of the surrounding areas on my zumo with gas stops included. Depending on when you guys go, I might be headed that way and will tag along. If I do go I will have room for 1 bike if anyone needs a ride.
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It is definately a place to "check your ego at the door", especially if you haven't ridden that type of terrain before.
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