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Great Roads Southeast

Motorcycle Travel in the Appalachians


“I think I’m lost.” Twenty miles had passed since departing the only hotel in Cumberland, Kentucky, that had a sign hanging in a broken window that read, “Closed.” That’s when the thought came to mind that I might be in trouble. I’d been traveling lonely State Route 522 for a while now, searching for a new stopping point. Shadows lengthened ...

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Georgia Great Roads

web-34 Hwy 52, west of Dahlonega, GA

The following is an excerpt from the article North Georgia Colors printed in the April 2007 issue. Tear it out and take it with you, or print the pdf version you can find by clicking here. To anyone who rides a motorcycle in the Southeastern United States, the roads of North Georgia into Southern Tennessee and North Carolina are well ...

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The Blue Ridge Parkway from the Backseat

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Plenty of riders have sung the praises of the Blue Ridge Parkway. But I’m here to give you the straight story from the passenger’s point of view. You remember us; we’re the ones in the turbulence, with no handlebars to hang onto and no clear view of the road ahead. Ours is a different experience from the front-seat rider’s, but ...

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St. Augustine SaddleSore


My favorite rides are usually on the Blue Ridge Parkway by way of the connecting back roads that bring multitudes of motorcycle riders to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. My home in Mayodan, North Carolina, is just 50 miles from the arterial ribbon of asphalt up on the Blue Ridge, and the North Carolina license tag on ...

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Scouting the Cumberland Highlands in Tennessee


I was sitting at a picnic table under a large tree in front of the Cyclemos Motorcycle Museum savoring one of Vinnie T’s burgers with all the trimmings, and a fellow on the other side of the table said, “You’re not from around here.” “Nope,” I agreed, as I looked over the map of Tennessee in front me. “You looking ...

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Spring Ride


Standing in the parking lot of the hotel just west of Knoxville, Tennessee, I looked west as the morning mist blanketed the mountains to the northwest. The morning sun was breaking through and the air was cool. My buddy Bob and I met up the evening before. He had left his home in Ohio and I left Raleigh, North Carolina, ...

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Old Bike, New Places


Mornings are getting cooler here in South Georgia, and I’d been talking and thinking about taking my old (1975) Honda CB750 for a real ride. Not just buzzing around the neighborhood to the drugstore and back, but an honest to goodness ride. Something like three or four hundred miles that would really blow the dust off me and the bike. ...

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Decisions, Decisions


The calendar says the autumn equinox was last Friday, and summer is certainly drawing to a close here in South Georgia. Muggy mornings have turned crisp, with temperatures dropping into the upper 50s. The midday heat still hovers around 85 degrees on most days, but everyone who has experienced at least one yearly cycle of Deep South weather knows that ...

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A Southwest Florida Motorcycle Ride to Solomon’s Castle

Cows admiring red Ducati Multistrada

[This Southwest Florida Motorcycle Ride to Solomon’s Castle was originally published as a Favorite Ride in the May 2011 issue of Rider magazine] By Csongor Daniel; photography by Sondra Allison and Csongor Daniel U.S. 129 between North Carolina and Tennessee is a two-wheel paradise with an amazing 318 curves in 11 miles. Nicknamed the Tail of the Dragon, anyone who ...

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Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway Motorcycle Ride


Story and photography by Tom Rose [This Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway Motorcycle Ride was originally published in the October 2010 issue of Rider]   High on the mountain tell me what you see Bear tracks bear tracks lookin’ back at me Better get your rifle boy before it’s too late Cause the bear’s got a little pig and headed through ...

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