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I narrowed down two options for my motorcycle holiday this year - Nova Scotia or Tail of the Dragon Tour - the decision went to the latter.

If you are looking at getting some excitement this summer, need to get away and have an adventure, live on a motorcycle for 9 days, and ride some pretty good roads then this trip is for you!

Leaving from: Boston, MA

Dates: Saturday 15th June to Sunday 23rd June

Destination: Tail of the Dragon and more importantly surrounding roads (e.g.  Cheroohala Skyway,NC etc etc).

Accommodation: not sorted yet -mixture of camping and cheap motels; open to ideas

Who is coming? - Anders (alternator upgrade guy) has already signed up.

Who is it open to? - anyone with good riding experience who can handle these technical roads: tight twisties combined with long sweepers. Just as important bike needs to be in good shape!

SOHC members along the route - want to meet some SOHC riders from New England? Then let me know. Have some time to show us some local roads - even better!

Want to come? Then sign up!

Hope to meet some of you in June!
cheers
Andy
« Last Edit: June 27, 2013, 09:38:39 am by andy750 »
Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 02:08:00 pm »
Definite maybe... I may be travelling to Raleigh, NC in June, mode of transport has yet TBD...
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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 02:40:01 pm »
As I was born in Tupper Lake, N.Y., seeing the pictures you had from last years Adirondack trip, makes me homesick. You could have crossed into NY at Port Kent by ferry from Burlington VT.  Outside of Tipper Lake (rt30) there is a place called Bog River Falls. Beautiful place to picnic, and swim under an stone arched bridge where the water flows into Raquette River. There is also Asable Chasm which has boats that travel through the chasm.


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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2013, 06:21:48 pm »
Definite maybe... I may be travelling to Raleigh, NC in June, mode of transport has yet TBD...

It would be a pleasure to meet you Wilbur! Let me know if its a possibility nearer the time  - or feel free to recommend some good roads ;)

cheers
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Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013, 06:23:09 pm »
As I was born in Tupper Lake, N.Y., seeing the pictures you had from last years Adirondack trip, makes me homesick. You could have crossed into NY at Port Kent by ferry from Burlington VT.  Outside of Tipper Lake (rt30) there is a place called Bog River Falls. Beautiful place to picnic, and swim under an stone arched bridge where the water flows into Raquette River. There is also Asable Chasm which has boats that travel through the chasm.


Thanks for pics.   Bob Papin

Hi Bob, glad you enjoyed the photos and thanks for the route/places suggestion. I am sure Ill get back to the Adirondacks before too soon and if I do Ill let you know.

thanks
Andy
Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 08:23:38 pm »
Bad timing! I will be riding the Dragon in the next 2 weeks. On my way now. Stopped in El Dorado, KS for the night.
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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013, 09:08:01 pm »
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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2013, 03:45:50 am »
I am in for at least meet/ride along a bit.  On the west side of DC, I can put you up for a night if needed.

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2013, 05:03:01 am »
Bad timing! I will be riding the Dragon in the next 2 weeks. On my way now. Stopped in El Dorado, KS for the night.

Have fun Jerry and let us know how it turns out! Ride safe!

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Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2013, 05:04:05 am »
I am in for at least meet/ride along a bit.  On the west side of DC, I can put you up for a night if needed.

Excellent! And thank you very much for the offer of accommodation. Ill let you know our route once I figure it out.

cheers
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Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2013, 11:05:57 am »
Popular dates, I will be in the area sometime during that time.  Been to the Dragon from Toronto 5 times thus far with another crowd.  I haven't picked a route yet, looking to enjoy the run down and back instead or charging there and back as I done the TN and NC roads enough.  Hope to run into you whilest I am there, I'll be watching for the CB750 crowd...  8)

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2013, 11:55:44 am »
Oh I wish I could go....was just down there at the beginning of May. 

If you are interested in camping while in the Deals Gap area, might I suggest the Fontana Campground?  That's where we usually stay when going for the big MINI Cooper rally.  The campground is not very big, quite secluded and quiet, and the campsites (especially the ones with electric hookups) are HUGE....you can easily get 4 or 5 tents on them, although that's probably not technically allowed.  It's near the base of the dam which is kinda neat and you are right off of 28 which leads to 129.  Unless the atmosphere changes drastically and it fills up with leather chap-wearing Harley guys (I doubt it), I highly recommend it.

There are lots of motels/hotels around the area.  I always have wanted to stay at the Tuskeegee Motel.  It's kind of cool 1960s/1970s retro looking (i'm sure the rooms are ugly and outdated), but it's small and appears to be VERY well kept.  Would be a great spot for a small group to stay and have a home base for a couple of days.  It's also on highway 28 towards Robbinsville.  http://tuskeegeemotel.com/

Have fun!!!! :)
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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2013, 05:13:11 pm »
We usually stay at the Jameson Inn in Alcoa only a 20 min ride to the Tail and the staff refill the ice in the cooler in the Partylot while we're out riding during the day.  How good is that???

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2013, 01:49:10 pm »
Timed this PERFECT!!  JUNE 22/23 HONDACHOPPER has what we call World Honda Chopper Meet at a MC only campground in Ferguson ,NC .http://www.ridersroost.com/index2.html          Most of us start showing up around the 18/19 of the month and stay over till Sunday. Here is some info,http://hondachopper.yuku.com/topic/49657/2013-WHCM-ANNOUNCEMENT#.Ua0AcNj4Isc  , and we DON'T care what you're riding or even if you have to hitch a ride to get there... We have fun , get our shine on and party . Welcome to stop by and hang with us!!

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2013, 03:12:14 pm »
Hey Chuck that sounds good to me! We will hopefully see you there! Ill be riding the sunrise orange K4 or the chrome/silver K2 (1st preference).

cheers
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« Last Edit: June 03, 2013, 03:13:46 pm by andy750 »
Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2013, 03:13:02 pm »
Thanks for the motel suggestions Cqyqte and IndyFour much appreciated.
Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2013, 12:44:53 pm »
Putting together a route from Boston to North Carolina for the 15th June - anyone got some great roads they want to share that we might include in our trip planning? I think we are good for when we get there but for traveling through CT, NY, PA etc all suggestions welcome.

thanks
Andy

Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2013, 01:20:16 pm »
Andy,

Watch your speed on Skyline Drive (toll) and Blue Ridge Parkway. They DO issue speeding tickets. I thought I heard one guy say 50 is the magic number on one of them. VERY hard to stay less than 10 over. I had very little traffic but your ride won't be that lucky with the summer season in play. Be safe.
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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2013, 01:51:33 pm »
Blue Ridge Parkway has lots of animals, not uncommon to see deer and a few bobcat around dark or at night. So, beware of the critters, they can ruin your ride if timing is bad.
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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2013, 02:46:25 am »
Blue Ridge Parkway has lots of animals, not uncommon to see deer and a few bobcat around dark or at night. So, beware of the critters, they can ruin your ride if timing is bad.

+1 and the animals are like a petting zoo, very easy to run into one.

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #20 on: June 05, 2013, 05:03:47 am »
Andy,

Watch your speed on Skyline Drive (toll) and Blue Ridge Parkway. They DO issue speeding tickets. I thought I heard one guy say 50 is the magic number on one of them. VERY hard to stay less than 10 over. I had very little traffic but your ride won't be that lucky with the summer season in play. Be safe.

Thanks Jerry I hear you. How are you doing anyway? Back in Colorado?

Heal fast!
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Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #21 on: June 05, 2013, 09:13:15 am »
Heading home from Atlanta this afternoon. Healing well. Thanks.

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2013, 09:43:51 am »
Hey Jerry,

I shot you a PM yesterday. Glad you're on the mend.
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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2013, 09:54:21 am »
Heading home from Atlanta this afternoon. Healing well. Thanks.


Glad to hear it Jerry!

Last time i was on the Blue Ridge - 1992 on my first CB750 - bought from a fireman in CT and rode across country - Cape Cod to the Grand Canyon and back. 3.5 weeks, 7000 miles  8)



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Current bikes
1. CB750K4: Long distance bike, 17 countries and counting...2001 - Trans-USA-Mexico (CB750K4), 2003 - European Tour (CB750K4), 2004 - SOHC Easy Rider Trip (CB750K4), 2008 - Adirondack Tour 2-up (CB750K4) , 2013 - Tail of the Dragon Tour , 2017: 836 kit install and bottom end rebuild. And rebirth: http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php/topic,173213.msg2029836.html#msg2029836
2. CB750/810cc K2  - road racer with JMR worked head 71 hp
3. VStrom DL1000 2003
4. XLR650L 2006

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Re: The Tail of the Dragon SOHC Tour June 2013
« Reply #24 on: June 06, 2013, 05:00:59 pm »
THE BRP is a nice ride but like some have said , some parts are like riding through a zoo without fences. Worst times are early morning and just about dark, of course every kind of critter is out after dark. You might just run into some REDNECK out HOWLING at the MOON cause he's got his SHINE on!!!


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