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Old 06-08-2016, 12:03 AM   #1
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Planning a motorcycle trip! Where can I go in 7 days?

Hey all!

As the title says, I'm trying to plan for a motorcycle trip. I'm finally going to have a week off in July and I want to spend it exploring the beautiful scenery of this country.

I'm mostly looking for scenic roads, they don't need to be too crazy and technical as I'm still new to riding. I don't care much for cities unless they have something really special to see. I'm thinking I'd ride about 350 miles a day. Finally, I want to go EAST!

Anyone have any recommendations on where I can go in a week? Famous routes? places? hot dogs? ALL advice is welcome

I'm reading the other thread posted by Marion and it has also been helpful!

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Arizona might be a bit hot, but The Devil's Backbone in Arizona was one of my favorite drives ever back when I still had a sports car. I'd go back on a motorcycle in a heartbeat.

The road is on the eastern side of the state on 191 between Three Way and Alpine. The stretch is about 100 miles long and the average turn speed is probably 15 or 20. Beautiful views all around once you're in this part of the state. Safety first on this road, you'll get plenty of turns in and the side of the mountain is just a few feet away.

In general, I thought there were quite a few good roads out in this part of the country.
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Old 06-08-2016, 05:42 AM   #3
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Ozarks in Arkansas.
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Ozarks in Arkansas.
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Northern Arkansas has some beautiful scenery, great roads and nice little towns. There is minimal police presence.
If you want to go further then east Tennessee and western North Carolina. You can check the Tail of the Dragon off your bucket list and then discover that every road for 200 miles is awesome. Cherahola Skyway, Blue Ridge Parkway and all the little roads as well.
Swing by Birmingham Alabama on your way and see the Barber motorsports museum. There's more motorcycles in that place than any other collection in the country.
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+1 for Arkansas! I lived there for ten months and would ride almost every weekend. The local law enforcement is very bike friendly and it seems like half the population there rides.
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Swing by Birmingham Alabama on your way and see the Barber motorsports museum. There's more motorcycles in that place than any other collection in the country.
more than in the moto museum in St Louis?
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Ozarks in Arkansas.
I'm doing this in three weeks
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more than in the moto museum in St Louis?
Well, Barber is in Guinness BOWW for largest vintage motorcycle collection. So, yeah. Bigger than that.
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Well, Barber is in Guinness BOWW for largest vintage motorcycle collection. So, yeah. Bigger than that.
Plus it's located at the most beautiful race track I've ever seen. It's not only landscaped everywhere but every section of the track has a custom made sculpture to illustrate its name.
For example, the signature horseshoe turn is called Charlotte's Web. They have a giant metal spider, probably 15 feet across near the turn.
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it really is Mecca for motorcyclists.
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Just copied this from wiki....

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Barber started collecting motorcycles in the 1970s.[3] In 2003, he established the Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, near Birmingham.[1][5] It is "the world's largest collection of motorcycles,"[1] and it is in the Guinness Book of Records.[3] He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2014
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Thank you all for the suggestions so far.

Which trip would you all say is more beginner friendly? Going to the ozarks or to tail of the dragon/surrounding roads?
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If you're a beginner beginner lol How about trying the three sisters in leakey (near san antonio) That way you can get a good feel of what its like to be on a moto for a week and not be that far from home.
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The reason I asked is, north Arkansas is pretty rural. Lots of empty space between small towns. Lots of hills, twisty roads and beautiful scenery with not much traffic.
All that sounds great unless you have a problem....

Run out of gas or have a flat tire, it could be a while before somebody comes along.
Have an accident, not only might it be a while but what if you end up out of sight of the road?

On the flip side, the east Tennessee, west North Carolina area has a lot more people around, on many of the more popular roads. It's kind of a destination for bikes and sight see'ers. Sure, there are lots of empty roads with very little traffic there too but you have to decide what your risk tolerance is.
If you are confident you can handle yourself take your pick but since you indicated you are fairly new to the sport, it's something to consider.

, for that matter, you could ride up through north Ark then cruise across Tenn and on your way back hit Birmingham. I wouldn't but you could.
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I haven't been to the 3 sisters but from what I've seen online, it seems like the roads are pretty bad there and the scenery isn't as nice as the routes I'm considering now. If anyone here who's been there disagrees, please correct me lol

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The reason I asked is, north Arkansas is pretty rural. Lots of empty space between small towns. Lots of hills, twisty roads and beautiful scenery with not much traffic.
All that sounds great unless you have a problem....

Run out of gas or have a flat tire, it could be a while before somebody comes along.
Have an accident, not only might it be a while but what if you end up out of sight of the road?

On the flip side, the east Tennessee, west North Carolina area has a lot more people around, on many of the more popular roads. It's kind of a destination for bikes and sight see'ers. Sure, there are lots of empty roads with very little traffic there too but you have to decide what your risk tolerance is.
If you are confident you can handle yourself take your pick but since you indicated you are fairly new to the sport, it's something to consider.

, for that matter, you could ride up through north Ark then cruise across Tenn and on your way back hit Birmingham. I wouldn't but you could.
I am indeed going alone! I actually didn't think about how empty those roads will be. That's definitely something I have to consider.
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The 3 sisters are pretty and the roads aren't bad. It all depends on what you're looking for.
West Texas is pretty dry rocky terrain and it has a beauty of its own. The roads are great as far as being twisty and hilly.
The downsides are the pavement is mostly old asphalt. It's not bumpy, full of pot holes or anything like that. In that sense they're reasonably smooth.
They have a sort of pebbly surface that is, at the same time abrasive yet, doesn't offer tremendous grip. It will wear your tires faster than some other surfaces and, IMHO, doesn't give me confidence in pushing hard.

All that said, there's a reason is popular with motorcyclists. It's a blast to ride out there. There is a fairly strong police presence, especially on the weekends, as bikers come from all over the state to ride the area. San Antonio is less than an hour away.
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Arkansas and the eastern area's have a more lush, rounded terrain and are beautiful in a different way. I think the pavement is better as well.
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just point the bike in a direction.....ride for 3 days, after that, go back home by any route you want.

take 4 coming back......or not.....its not the destination, its the ride!

My favorite conversation while on my ride-a-bout:

"where ya headin'?"

Dunno

"huh?"

Just riding, I may point this sumbitch north...or east......or all of the above.

95% could not grasp riding with no destination....I embraced it.

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