Honda Unveiling New Models at Annual Smoky Mountain Crawl

Jun 09, 2018 View Comments by

The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee boast some of the best motorcycling roads in the country like the infamous “Tail of the Dragon” with 318 exhilarating curves in 11 miles or the stunning panoramic views along the Foothills Parkway and the Cherohala Skyway.

Nestled at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, Tennessee has become a popular destination for motorcyclists and car enthusiasts looking to visit these roads. The location offers a tranquil escape while still having convenient access to the most sought-after roads, dining options and accommodations. It offers beautiful mountain vistas, a temperate climate and proximity to major highways and a regional airport.While the Smokies draw groups of all kinds, some are remarkably unique like the annual Smoky Mountain Crawl, the nation’s largest small-bore event.

Set for June 8 through 10 at the Townsend Visitors Center, the Smoky Mountain Crawl expects 1,200 attendees with small bikes like Honda Groms and Kawaski Z125s and scooters like Yamaha Zumas or Ruckuses, just to name a few.The only small-bore event of its size, the Smoky Mountain Crawl sees 80 percent of its attendees come from out-of-state and even has international attendees that visit from countries like Norway, Israel and Canada.

The event is quite the party with a full schedule of games, raffles, races and the chance to meet new friends and enthusiasts. It’s completely free to attend and not limited to just small-bore bikes—all bike sizes are welcome.

Hosted by MNNTHBX (Man in the Box), a dealer of small-bore parts located just down the road from Townsend in Seymour, Tennessee, founder and owner Greg Hatcher finds the location of the event to be biggest driver for the Crawl’s event participation.

“The area and the riding,” said Hatcher. “The Smokies have America’s best riding and people come from everywhere and make a vacation out of the event.”
The Smoky Mountain Crawl also allows this niche group of riders to meet a thousand other individuals with a passion for small bikes and scooters like themselves.

“It’s the biggest event for small-bore bikes,” said Hatcher. “Usually these riders may get to meet and ride with five to 20 other enthusiasts, but the Crawl enables them to be in a group of over a thousand like-minded people. And some of these bikes are cult classics and really special. It’s an exciting opportunity.”

The Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority, the tourism branch of the Blount Partnership, encourages motorcyclists and groups like the Smoky Mountain Crawl to take advantage of what the Smokies and Townsend area have to offer.
“We welcome motorcyclists and hope they enjoy the rivers, mountains and lakes and our diverse selection of great restaurants, entertainment options and variety of resorts, hotels and campgrounds,” said Blount Partnership Director of Tourism Kim Mitchell. “We’re thrilled to have the Smoky Mountain Crawl back another year.”

With the event coming up in June, MNNTHBX is currently recruiting sponsors and raffle prizes.
The raffle tickets are sold to raise money for charity. Last year, the event raised $25,000 for Hearts and Hands, a nonprofit that raises funds for college scholarships for Townsend residents.

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