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Old 08-28-2012, 09:19 AM   #1
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Motomarathon Rides

The 2012 Great Smoky Motomarathon™ is confirmed for October 27-30—the height of fall color season in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The four-day event will route endurance motorcyclists away from tourist traffic over a myriad of twisty, paved back roads where riders average eight hours in the saddle each day.

“The Great Smoky Motomarathon is designed for long-distance riders who want to see the best fall colors while beating the leaf-peeper traffic,” said cartographer, Routemaster and purveyor of America Rides Maps Wayne Busch, of Waynesville, NC. “The tourists tend to avoid the hidden back roads that are too twisty and tight for RVs, but just right for sport-touring.”
“Enlightened routes over hidden, out-of-the-way roads is what Motomarathons are all about, and no one is better qualified to design our first event in the Southeastern U.S. than Wayne Busch,” said Motomarathon Association Founder John Metzger. “I’ve heard about it all my life, but have never ridden in the Blue Ridge region. I can’t wait to see the colors, the waterfalls, forests and the mountains of Tennessee, the Carolinas and Georgia riding roads that only a local expert like Wayne can reveal.”

Eurosport Asheville is sponsor of the Start and Stop Location on Days One and Four. Riders will meet there at 8:00 p.m. on Oct. 26th and the following morning at 8:00 a.m. to receive route sheets for Day One. For Days 2 through 4, the Loop-Base and hotel for the nights of Oct. 27th, 28th and 29th is the Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Rd., Fontana Dam, NC 28733, 800-849-2258. Rooms are filing up quickly, so make your reservations soon.

Motomarathon routes and checkpoints are kept secret until the night before each day’s ride. Participants complete a series of self-recorded checkpoints using digital cameras to photograph their badge numbers at designated landmarks.

For more information or to register for the event click here Motomarathon: Register Now or contact Caty Metzger at motomarathon1(at)gmail(dot)com or at 303.621.5356.


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Old 08-28-2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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Impressive first post. Enjoy your fall parade lap through the Redneck Alps.
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:33 AM   #3
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2012 Great smoky Motomarathon

Thanks! We are trailering our Suzuki Vstrom DL 1000 from Boulder, CO. We've heard a lot of good things about the roads down there and we are pumped to ride the Cherohala, Tail of the Dragon and parts of the Blue Ridge. With Wayne Busch, of America Rides Maps, involved in the 4 days of routing, we are hoping to avoid the leaf-peeper traffic!
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:37 AM   #5
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Laugh Wayne Busch . . .

. . . the Chuck Norris of endurance sport touring!
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:01 AM   #6
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Pristine Paved Twisties on the Menu at the first Great Smoky Motomarathon Oct 27-30

Who's going to the 2012 Great Smoky Motomarathon (GSMM) Oct 27-30 2012? Lots of excitement and talk by the riders who just attended the recently completed Empire State Motomarathon about the upcoming GSMM. Motorcycle Map Cartographer Wayne Busch, of www.americaridesmaps.com, is picking the plum paved roads to keep us out of the leaf-peeper traffic. You think the Tail of the Dragon was gnarly? Wayne is promising even gnarlier twisties in arguably the most pristine part of this beautiful country. Experienced endurance motorcyclists will enjoy what we hope will be the peak of fall color season in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The four-day event will route endurance motorcyclists away from tourist traffic over a multitude of pristine, paved back roads where riders average six to eight hours in the saddle each day.

The first 30 registered riders to show up Wednesday night, Oct. 26th at 8:00 p.m. for the kick-off riders' meeting at Eurosport Asheville, in Asheville, NC, will receive four different, free America Rides Maps of the areas we will ride during the event created by Wayne. What makes these maps killer is that they are made for you, the adventure motorcyclist and focus on great roads, gas stations and good eats. This is Motomarathon's first foray into the remarkable beauty of the Blue Ridge. We are pumped!!!

The 2012 GSMM is a reach-and-loop format. This is how it works: Riders meet at Eurosport Asheville on Days One and Four. Riders will meet there at 8:00 p.m. on Oct. 26th for the kick-off riders' meeting and/or the following morning at 8:00 a.m. to receive route sheets for Day One. For Days 2 through 4, the Loop-Base and hotel for the nights of Oct. 27th, 28th and 29th is the Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Rd., Fontana Dam, NC 28733, 800-849-2258. Motomarathon rooms are gone, but there are still plenty of rooms.

Out-of-state endurance riders, if you're thinkin' you'd like to rent a ride, contact Jose at Carolina Motorcycle rentalsat www.carolinamotorcyclerentals.com and mention that you'd like the Motomarathon rate.

Motomarathon routes and checkpoints are kept secret until the night before each day’s ride. Participants complete a series of self-recorded checkpoints using digital cameras to photograph their badge numbers at designated landmarks.

For more information or to register for the event click here www.motomarathon.com: Register Now or contact Caty Metzger at motomarathon1(at)gmail(dot)com or at 303.621.5356.

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:12 AM   #7
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Day Trippers Welcome to Oct 27-30 Great Smoky Motomarathon

Did you know that Motomarathon can be ridden one day at a time? Day Trippers are welcome at the 2012 Great Smoky Motomarathon. The Blue Ridge is cracklin' into flame and should be a wondrous sight for our ride Oct. 27-30. "Even local riders, who know the area, haven't been on some of these paved back roads I'm working into the Motomarathon," says Wayne Busch, motorcycle map cartographer and purveyor of America Rides Maps. Wickedly sweet twisties and, sigh, our last ride of the 2012 season.

Ride one day or all four, any checkpoints you receive will be credited to your event and lifetime total. To register go to the Motomarathon website and select Register Now. Only $50/bike but if you decide to ride two-up both riders must submit an event waiver.

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:03 PM   #8
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2013 Motomarathon Schedule

Celebrating our fifth season of Motomarathon’s unique endurance motorcycling format, we’ve got three events on the calendar for 2013:

Colorado Motomarathon, June 18-21, Denver-Durango-Glenwood Springs-Denver, designed in conjunction with the Routemasters at Butler Motorcycle Maps.

Pacific Northwest Motomarathon, July 18-21, looping out of Salem, Oregon in conjunction with the 2013 BMW Motorcycle Owners Association International Rally where we’ll be running our starts and stops out of a nearby hotel (you don’t have to ride a Beemer, nor attend the Rally itself, but we strongly encourage it – when my old ’75 BMW began losing its reliability, I went to these rallies on my Honda SuperHawk and was treated with civility and tolerance).

The New York Motomarathon, September 18-21, Bronx-Lake George-Ogunquit, Maine-Bronx, hosted by the Celtic Motorcycle Club.

For more information and for more specific hotel and date information for each event, visit www.motomarathon.com or call Executive Director Caty Metzger at 303-621-5356.

Though we couldn’t get out of the driveway on Feb. 1, we’re still shooting for our monthly training ride from Boulder up to the Peak-to-Peak Hwy – meet at NOON on the first of each month at Amante Coffee, 4580 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304. Weather and schedules permitting, everyone’s on their own.

In the meantime, please “LIKE” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Motomarathon.

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Old 04-24-2013, 09:24 AM   #9
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Talking 2013 Colorado Motomarathon Set for June 18-21


Endurance Motorcycling Event Takes in Central Rockies During Summer Solstice… and a Little Land of Enchantment


BOULDER, CO – April 25, 2013 – The Motomarathon™ Association
has scheduled its annual long-distance motorcycling event in Colorado for June 18-21.The event will start at the western edge of civilization at the Denver West Marriott where routes will be handed out the evening of June 17 at the initial riders’ meeting at 8pm and again the morning of the 18th at 8am. Riders will end the first day in Durango for a two-night stay with a loop into New Mexico, then night three in Glenwood Springs before returning to Denver on June 21, the longest day of the year.

“Routemasters for this classic endurance ride will be the expert motorcycle map makers at Butler Maps, who will string together the best paved, twisty roads and scenic byways in Colorado and Northern New Mexico,” said John Metzger, Motomarathon founder. “The Colorado Motomarathon will be taking advantage of the colorful landscapes and finest roads in the Southwest over the long days of the Summer Solstice.”

Motomarathon routes and checkpoints are kept secret until the night before each day’s ride. Participants complete a series of self-recorded checkpoints using digital cameras to photograph their badge numbers at designated landmarks. For more information and specific hotel and date information, visit www.motomarathon.com or call Executive Director Caty Metzger at 303-621-5356.


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Old 07-07-2013, 05:19 PM   #10
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Come Out and Day Trip With Motomarthon in Salem, OR During the BMW MOA Rally

John and I will be representing the Motomarathon Association at this year's BMW MOA International Rally in Booth 316. We are also running the 2013 Pacific Northwest Motomarathon out of Salem during the rally and offering a day tripper rate of $15 or for the purchase of the book , Motorcycling Through Midlife: The Call of the Corner, by Motomarathon Founder John Metzger. This day rate is available only to first-time Motomarathoners.

We hope some Adventure Riders will join us to discover this new sport of long-distance sport touring called Motomarathon.

Stop by our booth #316 if you are in Salem during the rally!

Motomarathon Offers Day Tripper Rate to Rally-Goers Attending the 2013 BMW MOA International Rally, July 18-21, in Salem, Oregon.

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Thumb 2013 NY Motomarathon - Free Book with Registration

the 2013 New York Motomarathon is set for Sept 18-21. We'll begin from the Celtic Motorcycle Club HQ in the Bronx, yes, the Bronx, and ride northeast via Lake George and Ogunquit, ME. Come out for a day or for all four. Sign up at www.motomarathon.com. Each rider gets a free copy of MMA Founder John Metzger's book, Motorcycling Through Midlife: The Call of the Corner.
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2014 Ozarks Motomarathon - May 29-June 1

With our 6th Motomarathon season, we're rounding out our coverage of the Lower 48 with a spring ride in the Ozark Mountains: May 29th through June 1st, 2014.

Details and hotel information will follow on www.motomarathon.com, but in the meantime, the Routemasters at www.ButlerMaps.com are working away on a "touring center"-style approach basing four days looping out of Eureka Springs, Arkansas with paved riding as well as dirt options.

Come out and join us for a day or two or ride all four and enjoy long-distance sport touring with Motomarathon. Hope to see you there!


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Thumb Why Ride the Ozarks???????

For you seasoned Ozarks riders, which roads do you like most in that region and why? Let us know if you get a chance.

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p.s. Hope to see y'all in May at the 2014 Ozarks Motomarathon with paved and dirt options! www.motomarathon.com

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You gotta let us know if it's dirt/trails, gravel/forest roads, or paved twisties you are seeking. We got it all.

Do you ride a sport bike, big adv bike, or a little dual sport?.

Many including myself will be glad to help if ypu're a little more specific.
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Motomarathon routes are designed with paved twisities as the foundation, however, chopped up asphalt and construction are conditions to be expected. Many of our riders are on ADV bikes, so we like to have dirt 'options' that give them the chance to stay on the general route and hit the checkpoints while changing up surfaces. Though our field is usually dominated by GS's, Multistradas, Vstroms and the like, but we as well almost always have a few Harleys and more Gold Wings every year…. We've heard about the Ozarks forever. We assume they are ancient mountains which makes for wider and more smooth sweepers, and less massive geographical barriers like we have here in Colorado which makes for a patchwork of complicated roads and routes (which we like). Also, for our ride May 29-June 1 out of Eureka Springs, it should be pleasant and cool -- whereas in Colorado is is still way too cold and the potential for snow and ice at that time. Hope our assumptions are right, so let us know.
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