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I have a couple of regular riding buddies who I try and do at least one major ride each year with.
We had been speculating that next years trip would be to New Zealand, get hire bikes and spend two weeks doing the South Island.
Over several glass's of red wine the other night i suggested that we should keep flying east and maybe do the east coast of the U.S.
The proposal was warmly recieved and now its about looking at the logistics and locations.
We would probably be on the ground for 3 weeks and at this stage we are contemplating the east coast possibly from New York - south.
Can any of you guys point me in the direction of any good blogs or threads that might educate us a little as to the pro's and con's of different routes.
All of us hate slab riding so if we can avoid highways and pick up as much picturesque sweeping and twisty stuff as possible will be our preference.
If anyone can help us in recommending a good hire firm it would also be much appreciated and if there is one that can arrange a one way hire that would be perfect.
We are thinking maybe late Spring or early Autumn.
Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 2010, 8:17 pm
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Hi Andrew, if I were you I would strongly consider Skyline drive, Blueridge Parkway, and Tail of the Dragon. I know you said East Coast, but you also said no slabs, and that's about all you will get on the East Coast is I95, no fun at all. Sounds like a great trip coming your way

http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?...eridge+parkway

You should search these sites for info:

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
http://www.i-bmw.com/?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/index.php
http://www.bmwmoa.org/
http://www.dealsgap.com/
http://www.tailofthedragon.com/
http://www.jupitersnyc.com/

If I wasn't going to Yellowstone Park via Beartooth pass next year I would go with you mates. If you need anything in NY say the word.

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I agree with 2008-K12GT Skyline Drive, the Blueridge Parkway, and Deals Gap aka Tail of the Dragon

I would recommend reading up on that one a good bit before hitting the throttle. It's got a bit of a reputation...

If you find yourself in Richmond let me know I'll buy you a beer (after your ride ).

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You should have another couple glasses of vino and consider riding the west coast. California offers some of the best riding in the country. There are lots of quiet winding roads in the Sierra mountain range. You can start a day in the mountains and watch the sunset on the coast. And if you tire of California, Utah and Colorado are in the neighborhood.

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You should have another couple glasses of vino and consider riding the west coast. California offers some of the best riding in the country. There are lots of quiet winding roads in the Sierra mountain range. You can start a day in the mountains and watch the sunset on the coast. And if you tire of California, Utah and Colorado are in the neighborhood.
^ This ... plus you'll save about 10 hours of flight time round trip on an already long flight.

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I live in California, so I would like to see you come here, but both are good suggestions. Either way, you will have a great trip.
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No offense to the left coast, but maybe they want to see New York City. I've been out to California many times, and no insult intended here but LA ain't Manhattan.

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Thanks everyone for the tips so far.
Yes, saving 5 hours each way is attractive however there are a number of cities that came up the other night that more or less put us on the east coast.
I have done Manhattan before but hey im not sure you can ever over do it. I dont think my buddies or their handbrakes have been there.
Im a big Chicago fan but its a little out of the way if we do NY and want to get down the coast in 3 weeks, maybe?
The riding along the coast road on the west side has a lot of appeal too but we can only do so much in 3 weeks.
Great info so far guys, thanks.

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Manhattan to the Shyline drive which leads you into the Blueridge is only a days ride. We usually stop overnight at Front Royal Virginia have a good nights rest then right on to skyline drive.

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