2017 Touring Weekend Registration Deadline Is July 13

Jul 08, 2017 View Comments by

Time flies! The Touring Weekend is just over one month away and the deadline to register is fast approaching. If you haven’t yet signed up, spaces are still available! Registration is $215 per person and the deadline is July 13. After July 13, it’s $235. Special hotel group rates are also available until July 13 at […]

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2017 Silent Service National Motorcycle Rally

Jun 24, 2017 View Comments by

This weekend, more than 100 veteran submariners will be riding into Cookeville, TN, as part of the Silent Service Motorcycle Club’s (SSMC) annual national rally. The SSMC is a self-governing organization composed of Navy-qualified submariners riding together. Boasting more than 400 members and 20-plus chapters nationwide, the group expects this to be their highest-attended rally to […]

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Loretta Lynn Ranch to Host Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival Sept 28 – Oct 1

Jun 06, 2017 View Comments by

Got fall plans? The Loretta Lynn Ranch will be hosting the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival September 28 – October 1, 2017. The event will host motorcycle riders of all makes, models, and years at one of the most storied and beautiful ranches in Tennessee. Located 60 miles west of Nashville, the ranch will feature live […]

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‘Run for the Wall’ Veterans Ride Pulls Into D.C. Today

May 26, 2017 View Comments by

After nearly two weeks on the road, Run for the Wall (RFTW) participants will be arriving today at their final destination: Washington, D.C. With a tagline of “riding for those who can’t,” the cross-country event has a mission to call attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action; to honor those killed in action […]

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TN, KY, IL, and MO: Trail of Tears Pt 2

Apr 25, 2017 View Comments by

“Left Brainerd for the Cherokee camps … Thus we leave this place, 
perhaps never to return.” —The Journal of Rev. Daniel S. Butrick, October 4, 1839 Reverend Butrick departed from Calhoun, TN, with the Richard Taylor Detachment on the overland Northern Route. My wingman, Bob Brown, and me, however, initially follow a paved approximation of […]

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City Escape: Knoxville, Tennessee

Apr 06, 2017 View Comments by

This route, in and around the Smoky Mountains, has a little bit of everything: exceptionally curvy roads, stunning scenery, charming villages, and an iconic movie location. There are few one-day rides in America that can compare to this escape. The route is appropriate for experienced mountain riders who will treat the inherent dangers with an […]

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Washington, D.C. to Tennessee: Trail of Tears

Feb 08, 2017 View Comments by

Missionary Daniel Butrick kept a journal of his travels with the Cherokee People as they were force-marched to Indian Territory during the winter of 1838-39. It is one of the saddest episodes in American history, with the depths of despair grippingly described in this entry: “… the government might more mercifully have put to death […]

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2017 Touring Weekend Presentations and Workshops

Nov 23, 2016 View Comments by

After a successful 2016 Touring Weekend in Bolivar, PA, preparations have begun for this year’s event, August 10 – 13, 2017, in Kingsport, TN. Located in what is known as the Mountain Empire—which spans from the mountainous counties of Tennessee to Southwest Virginia—Kingsport offers the perfect mix of old-school charm, the amenities of a large […]

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Tennessee Wildfire Threatens Trail of Tears

Nov 18, 2016 View Comments by

Just as we were preparing James T. Parks’ upcoming piece for print—part one of his journey across the historic Trail of Tears—we heard about the wildfire in eastern Tennessee. Since Wednesday, the wildfire in Monroe County, near Tellico Plains, has threatened homes, a business, and section of the historic trail. When, in 1838 and 1839, […]

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Southwest Virginia: The Heart of Appalachia

Oct 12, 2016 View Comments by

What do two Canadians, a German, and an Austro-American have in common? They have all made the journey to the westernmost corner of Virginia in the middle of July to experience the Heart of Appalachia—a corner so tightly wedged between Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina, and with so much kudzu, that the German needed a […]

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Tour of the Week: Edgar Evins State Park, Tennessee Shamrock Tour

Sep 25, 2015 View Comments by

Touring on a Budget – Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine is releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Edgar Evins State Park, Tennessee Shamrock Tour comes from the Jul/Aug 2012 issue.

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Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson

Sep 24, 2015 View Comments by

Not Your Average Motorcycle Dealership – Most motorcycle dealerships, particularly in predominately rural areas, are small and low-key. Not so with Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville, Tennessee. Owner and founder Scott Maddux bought an abandoned Lowe’s Home Improvement store and converted the 60,000 square foot building into a one of a kind Harley-Davidson dealership some […]

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Tennessee Bans Trucks on “Tail of the Dragon”

Jan 12, 2015 View Comments by

Anyone who’s ridden U.S. 129, the famous “Tail of the Dragon” between North Carolina and Tennessee, knows the dangers posed by tractor-trailers on this narrow and incredibly twisty mountain road. In some places along the 11-mile stretch, it’s impossible for such a long vehicle to make the turn using only one lane. This has resulted […]

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Tour of the Week: Chattanooga, Tennessee Shamrock Tour

Jan 08, 2015 View Comments by

Each week RoadRUNNER Magazine will be releasing a “Tour of the Week” from our extensive archives. The tour article, along with downloadable maps and GPS files, will be available for free, but only for a week! This week’s Chattanooga, Tennessee Shamrock Tour comes from RoadRUNNER‘s Mar/Apr ’04 issue.

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: The Snake (Aka US-421 in Tennessee)

Dec 07, 2013 View Comments by

 “The Snake” is one of several iconic “named” motorcycle roads in the southern Appalachian Mountains. I personally feel it is more fun for longer than the Tail of the Dragon, The Rattler, and many of the other famous motorcycle roads in this area. Scenery: Spectacular views of Shady Valley, TN, which roughly marks the halfway […]

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