The Blue Ridge Parkway from bottom to top!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by vwone, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. vwone

    vwone Been here awhile

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    That is crazy after all of this time! I remember you two as well! That was some serious fog that morning, but it cleared up for us just an hour or so after that. It is a small world, this is the second time I have had someone reply to one of my reports that saw me or my bike. I just think it is great to have the two photos on this report! Who knows I might run into you two again, maybe at a BMW rally. Dean
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  2. vwone

    vwone Been here awhile

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    You got it SgtMike, I am always looking to ride! I will PM you when it looks like I will have some time. Dean
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  3. vwone

    vwone Been here awhile

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    For some reason, every time I take a road trip, I end up on a dirt road. As Steve and I were closing in on the end of the BRP, we had to stop for some fuel. We followed the GPS to the nearest fuel station and had a quick snack. Since the road coming in had not been the best, once we got back on the bikes, we decided to try to find another way back onto the Parkway. So the GPS gave us the shortest route, and it was only 4 miles away. Well, as we followed the GPS, the road became narrower. At one point, Steve asked, “Are we still on track?” I looked down and the GPS said right on track. So further up mountain we went. The road continued to worsen, and soon we hit dirt. I try not to take my F800st on dirt roads, but that one did not look too bad. After 3 or 4 switch backs we made it to the top. Here are a couple of pics!
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  4. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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    Awesome report. Reminds me of how lucky I am to be within a hour and 45 min away from the BRP. Be careful with the speed. Dem tickets are "FEDERAL" tickets and require you to come to court. I try to stay off the BRP for that reason. There are a bunch of great roads near the BRP and even at the speed limit the BRP can be fun.
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  5. nick_j

    nick_j Adventurer

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    Satellite dishes like...this??
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    WV: One of my favorite states for motorcycling. Sorry if I'm crashing your thread, I'll stop now. I just get excited when I see how close some people on this forum get to my favorite places.
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  6. SgtMike

    SgtMike facebook.com/mikeraces

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  7. sdmotor

    sdmotor Long timer

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    That's pretty cool but there is no requirement of proof you actually completed the BRP end to end. I'm not taking away from the accomplishment but if I wanted one I could just get one. Maybe it's the LD rider in me. :dunno
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  8. SgtMike

    SgtMike facebook.com/mikeraces

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    Honesty - sure it's wide open, but I'd prefer to get it properly like this ADVRider has.

    Great ride mate.:deal
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  9. 3power

    3power Cafe'er

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    Ok . . I have to take a ride down there this year now. :D
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  10. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    :rofl If a guy needed a certificate badly enough that he had to falsify his form it would be too pathetic, but I could still sleep at night. I think it's more for fun and good will that also generates some free adverising when folks may ask about it.

    Great ride report. I live off the BRP and can never get enough of it.

    Safe travels.
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  11. * SHAG *

    * SHAG * Unstable

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    I got caught in the fog & rain a few years ago after leaving Cherokee too. I pulled over on the right at a parking spot and almost ran into 2 guys on bicycles that were hiding from the cars. I talked to them for a little while, but had to move on. Rode in first and second gear to the Maggie exit. Once in awhile I would see a car headlight pass by me. Could barely see the yellow line. By this time they had closed that section behind me. Got off at 19E and made my way to Bristol. :wave
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  12. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

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    I love the BRP. I am hoping to ride it again this year.
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  13. Rashnak

    Rashnak Lorem Ipsum

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    Great Pics! Nice looking bikes too.

    I have the $55 trunk from JC Whitney too lol. Matches those bikes pretty well. I iike my trunk but I wish it were large enough to fit a full face sitting upright- I have to turn my helmet sideways to barely fit in there.

    On that 800- is that aftermarket fog lights I see? That position over the fender... any possibility of hitting the fender in hard braking or potholes?
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  14. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    I agree. I don't think I ever did the whole BRP. I started in Ashville after visiting a friend and did it all the way north finishing up with the Skyline Drive on my way to the Adirondacks and Maine in the Summer of '02. Outstanding trip cept for the fog on lots of the BRP. Guess need to do it again.
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  15. Ridge-Runner

    Ridge-Runner Playing tag like a kid

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    I get to ride the BRP all the time due to the fact that I just live about 25 miles away. Prolly not even that far. But I have yet to ride end to end. I may do that this year and try to incorparte that into a SS 1000 or something.

    RR
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  16. Solaros1

    Solaros1 Long timer

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    My wife and I did the BRP end to end about six years ago - two of the best days we've ever spent traveling together.
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  17. vwone

    vwone Been here awhile

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    Lol yes, that is a JCW trunk. That is the largest one and it can handle my helmet and a bunch of other stuff. It has held up for a couple of years, two bikes and 20+ thousand miles.

    As for the light bracket/lights, I designed and manufacture the light bracket for an online retailer. I designed the bracket to only be a couple of mm away from the bottom fairing. The lights are mounted far enough to the sides to completely miss the fender. So you only loose a couple mm of distance between the fairing and the fender. They have been selling for over a year and there has only been one report of damage to a fender that I am aware of. I have the first one and I have never had any damage in 18 thousand miles. It is only designed for the standard bike and not lowered one. It is truly amazing how much light you get from the piaa lights in that location, I wouldn't own/ride an F800st without them.
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  18. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Best SS1000 report I ever saw was one done on gravel roads. I've done quite a few (mostly on Interstates ) but didn't know they gave out stuff for them back then. Was just trying to get home or to a rally. :wink: Now , at my tender age, it ain't gonna happen no more. :clap
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  19. BlueBuell

    BlueBuell Banned

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    Loved the report! My in-laws live near the BRP, and I had a great winter ride there last year. 30 degrees and not a car in sight!
    Thanks!
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  20. rockinrog

    rockinrog Long timer

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