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Old 04-10-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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Question Alternatives to Skyline and BRP

Skyline Drive and the BRP are beautiful roads. The speed limits and enforcement on them are fine, if of course you are poking along on a Road King....putt putt putt.

However, for those of us who enjoy life at a faster pace and views other then the lift gate of minivans for 500 miles, we need something a wee bit different from your standard crowd drawing touring roads.

I have done the BRP and Skyline drive from the Roanoke area north towards Front Royal. Now I am looking to head south along the spine of the Appalachians.

Does anyone know of any fantastic, must ride roads within the I-81 and BRP corridors?
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:40 AM   #2
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Hwy 16 from Beckley WV down to Wilkesboro NC come to mind.
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:10 AM   #3
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tthe speed limit is marked, and i have many, many rides on the BRP at 20 over without issue. and ALL roads that i have ridden that intersect the BRP are really great!
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:34 AM   #4
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The best part of the BRP is the NC section. Since you haven't done that, check it out. Go on a weekday when traffic is light. The twisties on that section are a lot of fun even when staying reasonably close to the speed limit.

Kitesurfer is right, most of the roads that intersect with the BRP are great. And 4PawsHacienda is right about Hwy 16 (just watch for coal dust on the road surface -- it can get very slippery -- DAMHIK...).

There are tons of other awesome roads in West Virginia and western Virginia. Check out my ride reports from that area (link below in my sig) for some specifics.

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Old 04-12-2013, 06:54 AM   #5
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Try VA Rt #16. Marion to Tazewell VA. 260 curves in 32 miles elevation to 3200'. Sweet road for sure. Done it, loved it!
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:32 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by LabRatBiker View Post
Try VA Rt #16. Marion to Tazewell VA. 260 curves in 32 miles elevation to 3200'. Sweet road for sure. Done it, loved it!
+1 on Rt 16.

To add, once you're in VA, get a map, and just about anything west of I-81 and east of I-77 is going to be great riding. There are great roads outside of those boundaries, but in between those is mostly state and national parks. Great roads, usually well kept.

There are not enough days in the riding season to ride all of the great roads in that TN,NC,VA,WV area.

Not to mention the scenery, history, and food you would find along the way.
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