Discover the Joy of an Asheville Motorcycle Adventure
Asheville is a special place with a unique culture and geography. It’s a place where artists find inspiration, where chefs create unique flavors, and where everyone can find something to do or see. However, for those who love life on two-wheels Asheville is a special place a hub, if you will, for motorcycle enthusiasts seeking adventure around each turn and the apex of each twist in the road. This week we have all the best information to help you plan the perfect motorcycle adventure in Asheville.
We have the perfect Asheville cabin for your adventure
As we mentioned, Asheville is a wonderful place to use as your base for exploring the local mountains on your motorcycle. Our current inventory features homes that can accommodate a couple to a larger party. From more secluded to properties in the heart of Asheville, we have you covered.
Local motorcycle resources
Asheville has a huge local motorcycle culture. Because of this we also have a large variety of shops that can provide the latest in accessories, repairs, and maintenance. Hopefully, you will just be picking up a new t-shirt to commemorate your ride, but if you need more, rest assured your Asheville motorcycle community and Asheville vacation rental are minutes from the services you need.
Three once in a life time rides!
Asheville and the surrounding mountains provide some of the most picturesque rides in the country. Here are three awesome routes you might like to try.
Blue Ridge Parkway- The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic rides in America. The road is great because there is no commercial traffic, no billboards and just miles and miles of gentle curves. This ride is one every serious rider must take at least once. The good news is we have lots of vacation homes conveniently located just minutes from the parkway.
Tail of the Dragon- This is perhaps the most iconic ride on the east coast. The ride has 318 curves in only 11 miles. A riders dream! Asheville is the perfect place to end the day after riding the Tail of the Dragon. The ride gives breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park that are sure to be some of your best memories on two wheels.
Copperhead Loop- This is a beautiful 77 mile loop that follows the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway in the Pisgah National Forest. Along the way you’ll see some of the most iconic features in the area, such as Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls. This ride is through woodlands and even crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway twice.
Inspect your bike before you ride in the mountains
Heading out for a ride in the mountains requires extra attention to the little details. All riders understand the importance of maintaining your bike and checking its systems before a long ride, but in the mountains it is especially important to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable day. Here are a few reminders of things to check before riding.
Fluids- Many people seem to assume their fluid levels are ok until they find out they aren’t and by that time you have a serious and potentially expensive problem on your hands.
Brakes- We can’t stress enough how important good brakes and braking technique are when riding in the mountains. Descending can take well over an hour in the Asheville Mountains. It is critical to use proper braking and downshifting techniques. Nothing is more terrifying in the mountains a brake fade. Don’t just use that right lever. Make sure to check fluids, linings, and rotors.
Tires- Look for nails, cuts, cracks in the sidewall, and correct inflation. You are going to be cornering hard at times and need to be able to rely on a good contact patch from your bike’s sneakers.
Chains- Before heading into the mountains is the time to lube your chain and check for correct chain tension. Take a few moments to inspect the drive belts for cuts or fraying. For motorcycles with a shaft drive look for oil leaks and levels in the final drive housing.
Electrical- Check all of your lights both the high and low beams. Also make sure those blinkers and brake lights work. Light fades fast in the mountains and you don’t want to be caught in the dark.
Now that your bike has had a good once over it is time to take a look at the rest of your safety gear.
Every rider has to take responsibility for his or her own safety on the road. However, at the very least when riding in the mountains, especially if this is your first trip you’ll want a few items. Here are the basics you’ll want.
Jackets- A good quality jacket is not only great for visibility but also offers your best protection from injury should you fall. Look for a jacket with elbow, shoulder and back pads. The best on the market today is D3 armor that is flexible but upon impact it provides rigid strength.
Boots- Riding in the mountains (or anywhere for that matter) without the proper shoes is a bad idea. The best boots are ones that cover your ankles and provide rigidity and abrasion resistance.
Helmets- There are some states that have voluntary helmet laws, however North Carolina is a mandatory helmet state.
Pants- Good riding pants can be a life-saver. Make sure to get pants with hip and knee protection. Technology has come a long way, and there are many stylish pants that are both comfortable and functional.
Note: Remember bright colors are far more visible than dark colors. Being seen is being alive.
Are you ready to book your Asheville mountain vacation? There is plenty of time to book a late summer vacation or start planning that fall motorcycle tour of the North Carolina Mountains. Give us a call today at 828-274-6978 to speak with one of our friendly reservationists or click the button below to see all of our fabulous homes.
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