Blue Ridge Parkway...Nazis take Over!

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Troutrider, Aug 1, 2004.

  1. Troutrider

    Troutrider Vicarious Adventurer

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    This isn't a ride report but I figured it would get everyone's attention. :eek1 According to www.smokymountainnews.com , 7/21/04 edition, the BRP Rangers have been given free reins to take your wallet. They can write a $500.00 ticket for speeding. A $500.00 ticket for wreckless behavior. Then after that $1,000 take, they can cite you to Federal Court for another big fee. Already one unfortunate rider has been fined $1,500. Supposedly a group of "professional" riders has a game where they race to Deal's Gap from Asheville and back for honors. Yeah right, whatever they need to justify the highway robbery. I wonder how many cars are getting mugged? :defend :hide Just another good reason to zigzag on all the good roads that cross the parkway.

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  2. Troutrider

    Troutrider Vicarious Adventurer

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  3. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    So what you're saying is avoid the BRP at all costs if you plan on going down anytime soon, which I will be in a week or two. Crap. Last thing I need is a freakin $$$ ticket.
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  4. MattS

    MattS Been here awhile

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    It's a beautiful road, but shit for a motorcycle. Speed limit of 45 is far too low (there's $500 right there), and too many cars move far too slowly (another $500 for improper passing/reckless blah blah blah) ... probably can be best enjoyed in the rain with less traffic and, probably, enforcement.
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  5. Ultrafirebike

    Ultrafirebike Flaccid Member

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    I enjoyed taking my time on the BRP..yes, there are way too many RV's and car/trailer combinations up there...and I did get frustrated. I did ride a good part of the night on it tho...not too many vistas to view, but I went at the height of a full moon, so the 2 nights were almost daylight anyway. There are lot's of forest rats out there, one tried committing suicide by smacking it's head against my tourpack, but Major lights (HID) will help avoid that by cooking thm before they have a chance to step in front.

    It is a shame that the speed limit is too slow, but any higher and it wopuld be closed half the time recovering vehicles from the cliffs. Maybe early morning and late aternoons are the time to ride.
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  6. Witold

    Witold Been here awhile

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    Blue Ridge Parkway is a 450 mile road. Most of it is 55mph, with lax enforcement, and relatively decent traffic situation.

    The area around Asheville is an exception to the rule, as that area has been crawling with local squids.

    I've taken BRP from start to finish going both ways a few times (DC to Deals Gap). I've passed rangers going 70+ through turns and they didn't mind, which is especially noteworthy since I have an R6.

    If the route suits you, and you have never tried it, I recommend going. Given the nature of the Parkway, and its mountainous path, it is also very worthwhile to try the many roads that criss cross it.
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  7. aftershock

    aftershock Been here awhile

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    I've ridden the whole BRP/Skyline Drive, much of it numerous times. I expect the new enforcement is largely focused on the Asheville area crazy sport bikes. I'm not a particularly agressive rider anyway but the BRP is a great ride at 55-ish, a speed at which I've had no problems; scarcely getting a second look from rangers at 10 over the limit. Given the deer and other varmits, it can be less than fun pushing it harder on most sections. As for traffic, early mornings are always better and if you can swing a weekday off you can often have it to yourself...even in summertime.
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  8. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    No it isn't. Max speed on the BRP is 45.

    Don't know where you got 55mph. :dunno

    I've been rewarded on the BRP for 72 in a 45. Granted you can get away with 60 all day and I frequently have, but the speed limit is NOT 55 on any part of the BRP.
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  9. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    That's the Skyline Drive nimrod. Also the section you have to pay to use.
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  10. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Excuse me Mr. Nimrod
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  11. xtphreak

    xtphreak from B4 "adventure bikes"

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    the BRP is a PARK.

    if you go into a PARK, people are going slow, gawking at shit.
    when I ride on the BRP (often as it's only 20+ miles from home and I love some of the neat roads that cross it, drop off it) ...
    I realize it's mellow time / time to be mellow.

    yeah following a bus at 35 mph going up to Craggy is a pain, pull off and look at something, burn one, have a swallow of bug juice.

    try crossing the smokies on 441. HA!!

    and that's a highway crossing a PARK. parking lot is what it is sometimes.

    riproaring and raising hell on the BRP will cause even more increased LEO activities against all bikes.

    I watch sport squids passing in corners >70mph and tucking in when the RV oncoming can't swerve fast enough.
    then hey, out comes the cell phone and MR Irate Citizen is calling MR Ranger.

    then along I come on my "trail bike" and get hassled because it's a motorcycle.

    point being ... if you want to ride like a squid and go fast as hell and be reckless ... take your ass to Deal's Gap.

    if you want to ride the BRP, ride it, don't be an squid.

    all that being said, I don't like the fact that it's a FEDERAL BUST if you speed.
    and I ain't a lawyer, but it used to be a $500 fine was a felony in some places.

    I don't like having to stop & unload and secure my legally carried handgun on the BRP.

    but remember if you go to Yellowstone you can't speed there either.
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  12. deerslayR

    deerslayR Spodely Adventurer

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    Spent a Tuesday-Thursday in early October last year. Quite nice, indeed.

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  13. cyclecat

    cyclecat half post a day wonder

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    My dad and I are headed up there on our bikes in Sept. for his 60th birthday. I do not want to hear this now. However we won't be racing, and we're not actually hitting the BRP until a Monday, so maybe it won't be a problem for us.
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  14. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    I agree, at the right time of year and with a "little" sanity the BRP can be fun. Every once in a while.
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  15. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Remember 45 means no more than 60, you guys will have fun! :thumb
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  16. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    Back in the late 70s, my then girl friend (and now wife) and I used to jump on our bikes ('72 Norton Commando, '74 Sportster) and ride down from Blacksburg and have dinner and a couple of beers at the New Floyd Cafe.Then we'd stop and load up the saddlebags on her Sporty with beer and ice and ride the the BRP from Floyd to Roanoke, or south to Fancy Gap. We always went on full moon nights, and we could ride most of the way with out turning on our headlights. Up there after midnight, there was never anyone else out. We'd pull into the overlooks and drink a few, and makeout some.
    Of course, now the government has stepped in and stopped us from hurting ourselves by mandating that the headlights don't even have off switches any more.
    Our biggest fear was running headlong into someone else as crazy as us.
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  17. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Or deer...

    What other roads do you know that are good in the Blacksburg area? I am stumbling on good ones myself every time I look, but some local knowledge would be appreciated even if it is dated.....
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  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Dude! The stories I could tell...

    I spent 7 years in B-Burg! I was on a bicycle for most of it, but there's LOTS and LOTS of fun riding around Bleaksburg.

    IIRC I still have a Bicyclist's Map of the area. I may be able to rattle off some names/numbers. The "Bender Loop" was one of my favorites. It may be a little short on a motorcycle, but its beautiful riding.

    Lemme see if I can't find that map (and remember the name of the road where I used to live!) that way I can get you directions.

    M
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  19. norton73

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    Deer didn't seem to be a problem back then. Now I can't even pull down the driveway without having to shoo them out of the way.
    I'm sure you have discovered rt42, both north and south of B'burg is good, and of course 311 north out of Salem.
    I used to work at Gio's Cycle Sales in Roanoke, and rode from B'burg down through Ellot (sp?) Valley all the time. Start just off of south Main across from the 7-11 and go past the pizza place, and explore all the roads down there.
    Mt Tabor off of North Main used to be fun. You should be able to find some forest service roads going off Mt Tabor over Brush Mtn. I used to ride my Ducati Scrambler out there a lot, but I'm not sure I could tell you what might still be good, development and all.
    Floyd county used to be great, one stop light in the whole county, and only a couple of sherrifs. Every road over there was great riding.
    Rt 100 out of Pearis burg to Dublin was fun. Or try Rt61 along Wolf Creek up to Burke's Garden.
    16 from Tazwell to Marion used to be fun, and don't forget 58 around mt Rogers to Bristol, a long version of Deal's Gap.
    Get out the Delorme map book and look for sqiggly lines, that's how I'm finding my way around here.
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  20. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Phew good, done most of those. Ellet Gap is my daily commute the back way from Christiansburg to Blacksburg....:thumb

    58 around Mt. Rogers is a blast! :thumb

    I'll keep looking.....:evil
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