Great Smokey Mountains

Had to get away for a few days and took my BMW S1000XR up to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Stayed at Cades Cove campground for 3 nights. For the first time in about 30 years, I got on a bicycle and rode the entire length of the Cades Cove Loop.
Rented the bike from the campground. Lots of fun. Somewhat unsteady the first few minutes 🙂

Somewhere on the Parkway

S1000OXR

Somewhere on the Parkway

Cheoah Dam, where Harrison Ford jumped off in “The Fugitive”

Cheoah Dam

Cades Cove Loop. Early in the morning. No cars 😀

 

2019 BMW 1250 Boxer Engine

Brand new video featuring the 2019 BMW 1250 Boxer Engine, The new boxer engine will feature variable valve timing to increase the power and torque. Although the best-selling big adventure motorcycle on the market, the big GS is facing a tough competition by KTM and Ducati, who come up with 160 hp, while the R1200GS features only 125. Most GS owners say that 125 hp and 125 NM of torque is enough for an adventure motorcycle, but there’s serious pressure from the competition. 

Boone, NC 2018

Had to ride up to Boone, NC for the yearly BMW Boone rally. If felt good to get out of the South Carolina heat and humidity. Getting up in elevation makes a big difference with the temps dropping from 95 to 75 degrees.

The rally is held at the Boone KOA campground, which is actually very nice. We rode up Thursday 8/9 and stayed until Sunday 8/12.

Went riding on Friday (all NC country roads and twisties). Sorry, no pictures. Saturday was off-day, and relaxed at the site. Went back home Sunday.

Deals Gap - Tail of The Dragon

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Southern Virginia

Rode up to Meadows Of Dan, southern Virginia for a few days to escape the heat and humidity of the swamps of South Carolina. Decided to stay at Willeville motorcycle camp, where we had been before.

Decided to make a roundtrip up through Route 16 “Back Of The Dragon”. It didn’t disappoint. Terrific motorcycle road with nice scenery and curves.

Continued in to Tazewell, VA for lunch before continuing into Burke’s Garden aka “Gods Thumbprint”. Stopped at “Matti’s Place” for ice cream before we headed down VA614 (another pearl of a windy country road), then hitting I-77 for a quick return to camp.