Hey Steve,Hey Big Boy...I would truly appreciate a pdf of your best routes. I am hoping to have my new V in a few weeks and if weather permits I have about a week of vacation to burn and would love to take some nice rides during break-in.
I tend to disagree to a point. 129 is better, or should I say unique than many due to it's banked design along with just about every curve radius being different. Having to do a direction changeover while coming out of one 160 degree curve into another while on top of almost a 3' high narrow crown tends to get your attention. Of course this was all before they reduced the speed limit and the road became a magnet for all sorts of clowns, car clubs, cruisers and knee dragging racers, so in that regard, yes there are way better roads to ride. It is a fantastic road that has been ruined by overuse and the frequent crashes. It's almost my backyard and I have not ridden it since 2000 & have no plans to do so.Just got back form a 4 day trip to meet some friends in Johnson City TN. I found NC route 80 to be a great section of roads with the devils whip portion being especially great tight technical riding. Its like the dragon but tighter more technical and way less traffic. The dragon is nice but there are 1,000 other better less traveled roads in the area.
Fixed it for ya'. The museum is Wheels Thru Time.I just stayed at the Comfort Inn in Maggie Valley (good price, clean, and with swimming pool and spa). The road from it to Cherokee is a great twisty one, though a bit busy. In Maggie Valley there is a nice motorcycle museum. In and near Cherokee there are are some nice places to visit, including the Indian museum and village, and a couple of water falls. You'd be close also to a National Park (which I did not visit). BRP entry/exit is also right between Maggie Valley and Cherokee...
Then do a loop, including Dragon's Tail and the Cherohala Skyway and Rt 143....BRP is also great, including a side road called Diamondback NC State rt 226A.