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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Nov 21st, 2006, 3:50 am Thread Starter
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Need advise from the local riders : how long could it take me on a bike to get from Pocono Raceway in PA to Osage Beach,MO provided that I am not familiar with the road and the bike could be a chopper(or what else could be rented in the US?)?
And is it possible to take a bike in Pocono and leave it in Osage Beach? Any advice on rent-a-bike co are appreciated.

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Easyman, The ride would take 2-3 days. There are many roads to chose from, you could go on high speed Interstate (Autobahn) type roads, or chose a variety of country highways and back roads, it just depends on what you want to sightsee or visit.

As for renting a chopper, I think it would be difficult to find one for rent. There are some Harley rental locations that may do oneway rentals, but I believe it would be very costly if you could find one. Most motorcycle rentals in the US are not oneway, you must bring the bike back to the location you rented from.
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As for renting a chopper, I think it would be difficult to find one for rent.
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Thanks a lot for your feedback! You live in Virginia - how long takes to do the BRPW? And Cherohala?
What is common for rent in US?
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The Blue Ridge Parkway is just over 400 miles long, it can be done in one day. Two would be real easy. I have not riden Cherohala.
The most common motorcycle rental is Harley. I was looking at a site called Eagel Rider, http://www.eaglerider.com/
Looks like they may do one way rentals, you could probably rent in Washington DC, and return it in St. Louis, Mo.
I believe there is a BMW dealer or some company in West Virginia that rents BMW motorcycles. It seems harder to find a BMW to rent.
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If you took the hiway it would be just over 1000 miles. I would spread it out over two days and enjoy the trip a little and take a few backroads as you will be going through some nice country scenery. Keep in mind that in the Midwest you will be traveling through deer country and not too far out of the Rut. I wouldn't leave real early in the morning or travel very late in the afternoon to avoid the most dangerous times of the day. I ride almost every day and every time I ride I worry about deer during this time of the year. 500 mile days shouldn't be too bad on a Harley. My father in law did it easy this summer with me. Good luck if you decide to make the trip.
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Thank you, guys! I found the eaglerider.com and hope they will be of help. And of course I will put in my plan some beautiful routes in the East( BRPW, Deal's Gap, Cherohala). I will revert with more questions later on.

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Thank you, guys! I found the eaglerider.com and hope they will be of help. And of course I will put in my plan some beautiful routes in the East( BRPW, Deal's Gap, Cherohala). I will revert with more questions later on.
Don't try to ride the length of the BRPW. It's a 2-day ride at minimum, a Federal road and so heavily patrolled by the Park Service. Sure, ride a section of it, but spend your spare time in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's America's most popular Park, with the Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway near it's southwest corner. See numerous websites about the Park. Ride around it and have lunch in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, do a little gambling at an Indian Casino in Cherokee, North Carolina, ride straight down southward on the highway through the very center of the Park, then turn West to return to the Dragon area, passing by Fontana as you cruise along the beautiful lake. Not too technical but a fine day's ride.

The 50-55 mile length Cherohala is just as scenic as the BRPW if not more so, and there's great food at the West end along the river in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. The K'bikers always ride to lunch at the Bistro Restaurant on Saturday there, and there are generally other motorcyclists present.

You might consider staying at the Tapoco Lodge, which is within a mile or so of the Dragon and only a few more from the Cherohala Skyway. Built in the 1930's, it's a great place to stay, and is old but classy. It's where the K'bikers stay for our annual Deal's Gap rally. Ask for a room in the Lodge itself rather than a cabin. A little pricy, but the atmosphere and food are terrific. I like Room No. 2 on the backside with the noise of the fast-moving stream to help me sleep. See their website.

There are numerous standard motels in Robbinsville, North Carolina, about 10-12 miles from the sights. Be careful on the Dragon and avoid it on Saturday and Sunday... too many squids going too fast. It's the longest 11 miles you'll ever ride. The Sands of Time Motel and Restaurant is right at the starting end of the Dragon but is favored by the younger (and noisier) crowd. A good place to visit though, a big Gift Shop and always a crowd of bikes there.
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By the way Vladimir... Have you ever visited Elena's website?

< http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/ki.../chapter1.html >
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K_Biker_Bill,
Thanks a lot for the recommendations and experience.

I had read that story about Chernobyl before and visited the site of Elena.
Well, history is an interesting matter. And my grandfather was killed by Nazi somewhere around Kiev at that Red Army river crossing operation in 1943.
But ..let the deads bury their deads.

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easyman05,

Here's another site that might be of help to you. Scroll down a bit and you'll see all the places in the U.S. where you can rent a BMW motorcycle.

http://www.bmwmoa.org/global/ToNorthAmerica.htm
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