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Looking for advice. Buddy and I are thinking of renting bikes in DC and riding south on Skyline drive next weekend (April 4 & 5).

Looks like we could rent a pair of BMW R1200GSs. Other than HDs these are only bikes we can find to rent.

I'm sure the roads and scenery will be great, but not sure of temp and weather. Extended forecast looks to be between 60 and 65F highs with 40 to 45F lows.

Our plan is take off from DC early Sat morning (9 or 10 am), ride south on Skyline Drive, and stay the night in Charlottesville VA. We will and return by more or less the same route Sunday, returning the bikes by 4pm.

Just wondering if any locals (or others) have advice on the weather, route, must-see or must-do or must-eat locations, etc. I have some 'Lectric gloves, but otherwise no heated gear. Both of us have good gear and can dress in layers. Trying to figure out if I'm signing up for a great weekend or a weekend of frigid misery.

Any advice or suggestions are welcome.

Thanks!
 

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Trip cancelled

Well, we just decided to pull the plug on this trip.

Based on the extended weather forecast it seems early April is not the best time to hit Skyline drive.

Unfortunate b/c my buddy and I are going to be in DC on business, so the airfare was covered by our companies. All we had to do was rent the bikes and have a great weekend.

We'll figure out some other time/place to do this, but hopefully the weather will get nice around here soon and I can ride my bikes a little more without having to go out of town.
 

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i live in DC and usually hit skyline drive once a year. beautiful drive! it can be chilly out there in the spring. i've never ridden the entire length of skyline. we usually do day trips out and back. it takes a couple hours to get out there from DC and by the time you go for a ride, stop to eat and drive back, teh day is shot. the actual distance isn't that long but it takes quite a while to ride it because of the low speed limit and number of curves. great ride though. many of the surrounding roads are motorcycle magnets....plenty of leos too.

sounds like you're still coming to DC. make sure to see the cherry blossoms down at the Tidal Basin/Jefferson Memorial. they are in peak or close to peak bloom. the cherry blossom festival begins this weekend...parades and a bunch of other events. check out the calendar: http://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/cms/index.php?id=390
 

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Watch your speed

It was a while ago, but I got a speeding ticket there in the eighties. I went the entire length about four years ago, and it was a fine ride. I suggest you keep near the limit and enjoy the scenery, which is probably why you came to it in the first place. :rolleyes:

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Wouldn't stop me from doing it....and I would rent a hog.
 

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I've been up there recently. the only problem is that they were going to seal the roda by laying gravel and seal to it. unfortuately, they forgot to seal it. I'm not sure if it's in the same condition for the whole length cmopared to the portion i road (thorton gap to front royal) but if you strayed out of the car tire paths in a turn your tires will slip a little, not the best feeling in the world.

otherwise, its an absolutely beautiful drive
 

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While skyline is pretty and there is lots of scenery, the speed limit is a mere 35mph and anything over they've been heavy on enforcing. We got pulled over last year for going a mere 10mph over. Typically head up there several times throughout the year. The price, however, to enter skyline has risen over each year, increasingly going up... last season it was $10 per bike / car to enter.

Definitely a doable ride to go from front royal to charlottesville, but it's going to be a long day of doing relatively slow speeds due to law enforcement on the drive. Once you get down to the BRP, things open up and it's a lot nicer, relaxed ride. Also, fall and spring on skyline tends to be pretty crazy on the weekends due to the colors coming out and in the fall, the fall colors. So you'll get a lot of traffic, sightseeing and occassional backups. If I were planning a trip..I'd ride down skyline and take one of the many backroads below the mountain to head back up, occassionally crossing over skyline on 33 and / 211, which are both nice for the twisties up and down the foothill we call a mountain..haha (the backroads are fantastic, pretty scenic and some relatively backwoods style roads...you can hit gravel most / part of the way or not at all). Just my .02
 
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