Fewer Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by PhilSpace, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    Best news I have heard, great way to start the new year out. :clap

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  2. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    Well, I bet the number of rangers running RADAR is the same. So, the number of rangers to speeders has increased.

    :huh

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  3. Meathead

    Meathead tin man

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    Hooray! :clap I looooooves me some BRP. :nod
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  4. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    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.
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  5. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    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.
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  6. PhilSpace

    PhilSpace The Gov Administrator

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    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.
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  7. kdude

    kdude Happy to be here !

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    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.
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  8. deeseoid

    deeseoid n00b

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    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.:D
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  9. alimey4u2

    alimey4u2 Been here awhile

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    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......:ricky
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  10. deerslayR

    deerslayR Spodely Adventurer

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    Doing the BRP on a weekend except at the "ends" of the season is as appealing as root canal.
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  11. Sandflea

    Sandflea One Lump or Two?

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    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.
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  12. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    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.
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  13. eap

    eap El Adventurero Solitario

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    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.
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  14. dazdconfsd

    dazdconfsd Been here awhile

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    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. :cry
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  15. Boojum

    Boojum I Miss the PartyBoss

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    Daaamn Monte! Now I know I'll be way in the back If I ride with YOU!:lol3 :lol3

    Boojum!
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  16. CMWoody

    CMWoody Banned

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    Yaaaaaaa:clap. Less motorhomes on the BRP is a good thing.
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  17. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    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. :wink: 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.
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  18. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    Provided the road is open (clear of ice), there is never any traffic up there in January or February. :deal
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  19. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    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
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  20. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF

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    What is it like 469 miles one way? How about a modified SS938BRP? Still gotta wait for the repairs to be completed.
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