Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: J'ville, Alabama
About half that route would bore me in TN, I would only do that to get somewhere. Not a loop, thats too many miles to enjoy the area attractions. It would be an iron butt ride. I've done it on my FJR quickly when I was bored. Had more fun on my lighter weight Vee though, taking it slower with camping gear. But, I think my Vee is quicker up 209 than the FJR, probably because my Vee has suspension work done.
I would run right through Maryville to Tellico over the Cherohalla into Robinsville and take a left going up to the Deals Store/Restaurant for people watching and go by or stop again at the top of Fontana Dam. Then around Robbinsville and over to the Blue Ridge Parkway via Cherokee. Stay around the Waynesville area and visit Pisgah National Forest, ride 215, 276, the Park Way to Ashville and look around town.
209 from Waynesville to Hot Springs is very curvy and varies in scenery etc. Pisgah Inn is very nice, Motorcycle campgrounds are around also with cheap cabins. Big loops will make you miss the cool stuff like the vast waterfalls and mountain peaks or maybe even DuPont Falls in the low lands.
I like 300 mile days or less up there, otherwise you don't have enough daylight to get off the bike and explore. Its not wide open spaces, the towns are close together, lots to see. In the South West and even teh Rockie Mountain states, I felt ok doing 500 mile days, some 600, the attractions I wanted to see were far apart.