City Escape: Roanoke, Virginia

Feb 16, 2017 View Comments by

This Star City roundabout is a City Escape with an attitude. Seriously folks, only dual sports need apply. The first 40 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway are perfect to relax and shake off the morning kinks. Once you drop off the mountain on Route 812 at the Sunset Field Overlook (Milepost 78.4) it’s game-on. […]

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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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City Escape: Richmond, Virginia

Oct 19, 2015 View Comments by

Central Virginia Scramble – This route transports riders from Richmond, VA, the former Confederate capital, across rolling farmland in central Virginia to several iconic locations, marking the final days of the American Civil War in the spring of 1865. Riders interested in Civil War history should factor in plenty of time to peruse the historic […]

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Tour of the Week: Shamrock Tour – Lexington, Virginia

Oct 09, 2015 View Comments by

Virginia is for Lovers….of Great Roads – 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 Lexington, Virginia Shamrock Tour was originally featured in the Nov/Dec 2006 issue.

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Fox Creek Leather Hosts Fox Tail Motorcycle Ride

May 11, 2015 View Comments by

The Sixth Annual Fox Tail Ride – Fox Creek Leather, purveyors of high quality, made in the USA leather jackets and accessories, will host their sixth annual customer appreciation ride (known as the Fox Tail Ride) on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The ride is centered in Grayson County, VA, where Fox Creek Leather’s headquarters are […]

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Tour of the Week: Skyline Drive, Virginia Shamrock Tour

Apr 02, 2015 View Comments by

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 Skyline Drive, Virginia Shamrock Tour comes from the March/April 2011 issue.

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: Virginia State Route 80

Oct 04, 2014 View Comments by

Virginia State Route 80 is a hidden gem for experienced riders, because it’s not a route riders are likely to come across unless they know where to find it. It’s great East Coast mountain riding in rural southwest Virginia. Scenery: Numerous scenic vistas as the road summits one Appalachian mountain ridge after another. Check out […]

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Weekend for Two: Staunton, Virginia

Jun 23, 2014 View Comments by

Small-town Southern Charm Nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Staunton, VA, is a cultural crossroads offering a weekend of art, history, and motorcycling. The city is home to the American Shakespeare Center, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, and the Museum of American Frontier Culture. Staunton’s quaint downtown features many buildings dating to the […]

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Motorcycle Grand Tour of Virginia

Mar 13, 2014 View Comments by

It’s a simple, yet brilliant idea: combine the resources of a state’s motorcycle dealers with their tourism department to create a motorcycle tour highlighting what that state has to offer. That’s the concept behind Virginia’s Motorcycle Grand Tour. Here’s how it works: When you pay your $30 registration fee you receive your “passport” along with […]

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RoadRUNNER’s Bucket List Roads: U.S. Route 250

Feb 08, 2014 View Comments by

What is It? U.S. Route 250 is a spur of U.S. 50, which runs 514 miles from Sandusky, OH, to Richmond, VA, but the most scenic and curvy stretch is between Elkins, WV and Staunton, VA. Points of Interest: Staunton, VA and Elkins, WV are historic towns with numerous things to see and inviting eateries. […]

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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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Bonus Photos: Roanoke, Virignia Shamrock Tour

Jul 05, 2013 View Comments by

Quite often when we publish a tour article there are plenty of great photos that don’t make the cut because of the inherently limited space in the magazine. Such was the case with our recent Roanoke, VA Shamrock Tour. So, in order to do this beautiful area justice, here are some of the extras that […]

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Virginia State Route 16 Becomes the “Back of the Dragon”

Nov 04, 2012 View Comments by

Looking to duplicate the marketing success that U.S. 129, the famous “Tail of the Dragon,” has become, the Tazewell Virginia County Board of Supervisors announced that Virginia State Route 16 will be designated as the “Back of the Dragon.” Crossing between Tazewell and Smyth counties, Route 16 boasts 260 curves over 32 miles and has […]

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