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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by PhilSpace, Jan 16, 2006.
Best news I have heard, great way to start the new year out.
Well, I bet the number of rangers running RADAR is the same. So, the number of rangers to speeders has increased.
Hooray! I looooooves me some BRP.
Yikes, thats still 50,000 people a day. And I'm sure they aren't evenly spread like that. Weekends in the nice weather must be packed.
That is good news! I made my first trip to the BRP last November, it was totally deserted on the Southern end - sweet. I will be heading back there in 2006 for sure, it is a nice piece of asphalt.
Think Valentine1. It really works up there, no interference, just them and you and not to many places they can nail you well in advance.
Yea.. I agree with Barry. It's heavily radar enforced and the cops use the instant on equipement so your Valentine's are pretty much useless. Add to that a lot of sloooow moving traffic and it's a pretty boring ride. Better using other roads in the same area. Now the Dragon is a different story completly..... love that ride.
The parkway itself is a great ride but there are some really good rides on roads that run into the parkway. Some of the side roads are dirt and make great dual sport riding. I know of two around the Linville, NC area and have seen others but haven't had a chance to explore them yet.
6 of us were riding along the Blue Rinse Parkway last year, escorted in front by a Lady Ranger in a burban, doing about 60ish......
Doing the BRP on a weekend except at the "ends" of the season is as appealing as root canal.
I run the BRP on the weekdays only. Although my 86 in a 45 ticket proves the radar works just fine anytime of the week.
When I lived in Roanoke, we'd use the Parkway as a connector between the "good roads" in the area. We routinely maintained 65-75 mph. Never got a ticket... on the Parkway at least. In the summer of 2000, a buddy and I bought RC51s and averaged 82 mph all the way back from Asheville with lots of 110+ bursts on the straightaways. Looking back, I guess we were lucky. I sure as hell wouldn't do that now.
Speaking of the BPR, has anyone ever done a SS1000 using this road, with the 'contained' speeds. I wonder if it'd be decent alternative to a standard superslab SS1000.
You'd have to get the timing exactly right. Parts of it have been shut down for months at a time due to slides and such. You'd also have to manage to get semi lucky on traffic enforcement. Last I heard the minimum fine was $500 and if they felt it was agressive driving or a couple other things it could easily be $1k :eek1
As much as I love riding it, I tend to avoid most of it now.
Daaamn Monte! Now I know I'll be way in the back If I ride with YOU!
Yaaaaaaa. Less motorhomes on the BRP is a good thing.
I have ridden the parkway top to bottom and back around 8 times ,16 total runs. Early in the season when the services open, traffic always seems lite. lucky? I am usually 60+ a little more most of the time. So far- no tickets or pullovers, Knock on wood. I do slow around the services and such. After giving drivers a chance to use the tunouts, I'll cross the double yellow to pass if I have to. I hope the chance of a $500-1,000 ticket is the exception not the rule. If I did have to pay it, I'd say it was worth it. the road is that good.
Provided the road is open (clear of ice), there is never any traffic up there in January or February.
Yes, a GS1200 rider out of Atlanta did an SS1000 on the BRP last summer. He started in the wee hours and finished after dark. You can search for his ride story on www.bmwsporttouring.com
What is it like 469 miles one way? How about a modified SS938BRP? Still gotta wait for the repairs to be completed.