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I was up at the skyway (Robinsville, NC/Tellico Plains, TN) this weekend-cruising in my buddies new turbo Solstice- and ran across dozens of off-road vehicles using the skyway. Does anyone have a link to these back roads surrounding the skyway? Also, are any of these roads DL1000 friendly? Better yet, does anyone want to meet up there on the next warm weekend to ride these roads (that is, if they really exist)? I'm really looking forward to hitting more dual-sport roads on the vee this spring, so the more info I have the better.

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Danny
East Tennesse/West NC Dirt roads conquered:
1) Parson Branch-I hate the traffic on Cade's Cove!!!!!
2) Mt. Sterling Road to Cataloochee from Waterville, NC/Cosby, TN
 

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I was up at the skyway (Robinsville, NC/Tellico Plains, TN) this weekend-cruising in my buddies new turbo Solstice- and ran across dozens of off-road vehicles using the skyway. Does anyone have a link to these back roads surrounding the skyway? Also, are any of these roads DL1000 friendly? Better yet, does anyone want to meet up there on the next warm weekend to ride these roads (that is, if they really exist)? I'm really looking forward to hitting more dual-sport roads on the vee this spring, so the more info I have the better.

Thanks,
Danny
East Tennesse/West NC Dirt roads conquered:
1) Parson Branch-I hate the traffic on Cade's Cove!!!!!
2) Mt. Sterling Road to Cataloochee from Waterville, NC/Cosby, TN
Tige and I are down there all the time doing dirt on our wee's. You are welcome to join us. Coop74 lives your way and rides with us so he may chime in too. If you run across a guy called Python on ADVRider he knows all those roads and is awesome to ride with. We recently thought him what the v-strom can do and he is no longer a doubter. I'll post a link to the ride report when I find it.

Read all about the ride with Python here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=281415&highlight=python+strom


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Thanks GW. Those creek crossings look like a big challenge. Please hit me up next time you guys have a trip planned.
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I'm in if I have my engine guards by then. I've never taken the strom (or any dirt bike) off road so you'll have a newbie. Hopefully I can hit some easy stuff before then so I won't be a total greenhorn.
 

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Cherhalla Skyway Area

There are tons of potential trails/roads in the area. If you are in the greater Knoxville area and give me a jingle. I live here and on the wall in my garage is a nice map showing most of the roads. If you have a gps a lot of them are there as well.

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a couple of excellent area maps

http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/product/387/800/246.html


http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/product/392/797/246.html


it's how I found the road in the above photo and more

the gravel dragon - Long Creek Road/Tatham Gap Road from Robbinsville to Andrews has gotta be my favorite though, it's tight, twisty and steep, mostly scattered loose surface on a compacted improved surface, generaly good condition, occasional washout, a landslide area last time I was there, some deeper loose stuf in the corners on the lower part on the andrews side. Beaver Creek road from Andrews is another link into the Snowbird range then out toward the cherohala, cross over, and keep riding along your best guess route, and before you know it your in Telleco Plains. Make sure you have a full tank of gas even then, your fuel indicator will likely flash before you get there



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Also looking for rides & riders...

Greetings stromfellows,

I live in the outer banks of NC and there is not much riding out here...other than going up and down the beach highways. However, NC is so far across that the WNC/TN riding area is a full day away.

I have ridden the BRP, Dragon and other beautiful runs out that way before on my HD & GW road bikes. But, in December I got a wild hair and flew to San Diego to buy a V-Strom 1k. After the 3,100+ mile trip...I love this bike. Sand, desert, highway, river roads this thing can go just about anywhere. Although it is pretty heavy with all my gear.

(For a posting of trip pics and my new farkles go to this link)http://picasaweb.google.com/jp1811/JayboySVStrom

I really want to do some off-road stuff, just not to difficult. I used to ride enduro but that was 40 years ago on a 250. I am looking for fire roads and other fairly simple off road stuff along with some good two lane roads with nice views.

WNC & TN definitely has that bill covered. Along with GA, VA and many other states to the west.

Also since I am new to DS riding I have no riding buddies yet. So, if a group of you heads out on a several day ride somewhere this year, give me a note. I would love to hook up and do some riding to somewhere (or nowhere?). It doesn't really matter to me as long as I am riding.

Ride safe........Cya! Jayboy

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Go to KLRWorld.com/forums and go into the South East area. Look at some of the events coming up this year. I plan on being at the Tellico even, Dragon event, and Pisgah event.

If you are ever up here during the year on a weekend let me know and I can try to tell you about some decent roads. Fire/gravel roads, etc.
 

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