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Old 06-12-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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Dual Sport Trip Suggestions - Western North Carolina

A group of us from Georgia are trying to arrange an Epic weekend dual sport trip for our buddy's 70th birthday. Looking for advice on a great town to stay in for two nights. We ride smaller, tagged, race oriented dual sports KTM 450's, Yamaha WR450's etc., so we will be trailering up. We expect between 10 and 20 riders. We plan to go in July or August.

Our goals:

-For Lodging - Cool mountain town or village with good vibe and some bars/restaurants. We will stay at same place for two nights.
-Elevation of town or village - 3000 feet or higher (for temps).
-Good, rough, small bike dual sport options nearby (10-15 miles or less by pavement is optimal)

We are pretty familiar with many of the towns from past streetbike trips, like Highlands, Blowing Rock, Boone, Linville Falls, Little Switzerland, Maggie Valley, Waynesville, etc. But not sure about the available dual sport riding nearby.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:03 AM   #2
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I usually stay at the Applecover Inn in Maggie Valley. It's motorcycle friendly, rooms are cheap and there is usually a campfire at night. It's within walking distance from several restaurants. The only issue might be parking if you have too many vehicles and trailers.

I have also stayed at the AHoliday Motel in MV. Rooms are more expensive but still reasonable and plenty of parking for all your vehicles. They have a pool and are motorcycle friendly.

There is plenty of good riding near MV, on and off the pavement.

I did several ride reports while riding out of MV. Here's links to a couple:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=512682

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=589110

And one more in case you have a lot of time on your hands:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=630570
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:29 PM   #3
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Thanks KLaviator. Good stuff - especially with the ride reports. Thanks for taking the time to help. Hope you are doing well.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
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Contact for your trip

You guys should try to reach out to GlennR. He is the local beast around the Boone area when it comes to small bike roads and trails.

Never met him personally, but he is a nice guy and am sure would give you first hand info on what is good for you and what to stay away from.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:57 AM   #5
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Thanks Bess. Small world story. I recently met GlennR while I was on a Streetbike ride in his area. Ran into him at a gas station. Asked him for some advice on good twisty backroads. His suggestions were awesome. Will follow-up with him.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:15 PM   #6
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Yea, hit up Glenn, but make sure you mention you are riding bikes, not goats before he sends you god knows where...
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Ha! I hear he can be like that. The more goat trail like the better!

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Old 06-14-2013, 03:28 PM   #8
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our buddy's 70th birthday.
Can he ride steep rock gardens ?
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Can he ride steep rock gardens ?
He has slowed down a little bit over the years, but will still do most stuff we do. Our group likes steep technical sections. Every once in a while we ride sections that he doesn't like. But, he will still do most of them (while cussing us out! :). He's a former racer - motocross, enduro, hare scrambles. I was in Crested Butte Colorado with him this summer and he rode everything that place could throw at him.

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OK - he'll be fine. Prob cuss you for 30 minutes but he'll be fine.

Stuff kind-of like this, but rocks are more square and trail is a reasonable decent

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Ihatefalling: Looks like a fun and challenging trail!

That time of year we'd prefer to stay at altitude if possible - love those cool nights. A town that is above 3000 feet or someplace like Pisgah Inn, Little Switzerland. Are any of those places within dirt oriented dual sport bike striking distance of good areas?
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:59 AM   #12
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Hey bro - sorry I was gone for a while. In looking at the topos - is doesn't seem like there a lot of continuous trail about 3000.

Are you guys planning on camping ?
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