The Smoky Mountains Guided Motorcycle Tour

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Ride the No.1 Motorcycle Road in the U.S.

A Guided Motorcycle Tour of The Great Smoky Mountains and The Carolinas

Join us for one of the top American motorcycle tours, do not worry, Smoky Mountain motorcycle rides do not disappoint! The Tail of the Dragon motorcycle ride is famous for its 318 curves in the space of 11 miles, no intersecting roads and it has been named the number 1 motorcycle road in the U.S. See the forests of the Appalachian and Smoky Mountains in early fall, the deep greens slowly turning are a sight to see!

Highlights

Ride the number one motorcycle touring road in the U.S. the Tail of the Dragon, with 318 curves in 11 miles and no intersecting roads- this road should be on any rider’s bucket list!

Explore the wonders of the Appalachian and Smoky Mountains in early fall by motorcycle.

Cruise along Skyline Drive, a road that follows the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and one of the best spots to see the deep green leaves turn into fall foliage.

Visit Asheville, North Carolina, the city at the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, famous for its historic architecture and thriving arts and craft beer scenes.

Meet other riders, form friendships, and keep in touch through the Bucket List Motorcycle Tour Club Meetup page and events.

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Trip Details
Price

$1,200 per person (using your own bike)
$1,500 extra for bike rental


Duration

8 days (Saturday to Saturday): 6 riding days.


Meeting point

Massanutten Mountain Resort near McGaheysville, Virginia


Dates

September 5th – September 12th 2020


Group size

Between 5 and 8 riders per riding group. We may have multiple groups on the same tour, but departure times will be staggered to avoid congestion.


Participation requirements

All riders must be over 18 and have a valid motorcycle license.


Included
  • Accommodations
  • Itinerary
  • Rider Guide (the local route expert) and Tour Captain (trip organizer)

Not included

What to bring
  • Weather-appropriate riding clothing (fall riding clothing and gloves may be required).
  • A helmet with communications equipment is ideal, if you do not have one, we can work to assist you with rental or purchase.
  • Comfortable walking shoes as this trip includes light hiking to sights and lookouts.

Good to know
  • Riders can ride or trailer their own bikes to Virginia for our Saturday arrival at Massanutten. Contact us for advice about hitching a trailer ride.
  • Some of our destination rides have a limit on the number of riders due to the availability of rental bikes, so please book early to secure your spot. 
  • This ride will include some twisty roads and mountain riding with climbs and descents, it is appropriate for intermediate and advanced riders. 
  • Two-up riding is not recommended for this trip.

Tour staff

1 x Tour Captain (organizer)
1 x Rider Guide (route and location expert) per every 8 riders

What to Expect From This Tour

 If you’re in search of the best motorcycle adventures or the most thrilling motorcycle tours the USA has to offer, look no further. The combination of the hills, curves, and straightaways of these mountain roads and the picture-perfect fall scenery is hard to beat. Famous roads such as The Tail of the Dragon and the Skyline Drive motorcycle route are high on the list of the great motorcycle rides in the U.S.

Not only will we make the most of the high-quality riding, but we will also visit interesting local cities like Asheville, North Carolina. A vibrant city known for its mountainous surroundings, quaint eclectic architecture, and its booming craft beer scene. We will sample the fine food of the region and taste local beers, bourbon, and moonshine too! At the end of the day’s riding, we will kick back in resorts, bed and breakfasts, lodges, and hotels.

More Adventures, Discounted Rates on Equipment, and Events

Join our community of riders on the hunt for an adventure! Do you have a bucket list of places you want to explore on two wheels but no one to go with? Being part of our free-to-join club means you have a network of like-minded people to accompany you on your dream trips. Not only that, but we also offer discounted rates on both clothing and equipment, provided by our partners and sponsors. In 2021, we will be touring in destinations selected by our club members.

We use MeetUp for club members to stay connected and up to date on upcoming rides and gatherings, as well as for the surveys on our ever-growing wish list of new bucket list rides. It’s the perfect place to meet new riding buddies and cultivate your passion for riding and travel. 

Answers to Your Questions
What do we do on the two extra days of the trip that are not riding days?

We always have a free day at the beginning and end of each trip. The first day is for flights to arrive, to check in to accommodations, to get acclimated, and pick up the bikes. We turn in the bikes the evening before the last day, then we relax and relive the week’s adventures before departing the next day.

Do you provide insurance?

Motorcycle rental companies provide insurance and you will need your own travel insurance too.

Is this trip suitable for all riding levels?

We don’t recommend this tour for beginner-level riders due to the twisty roads and mountain riding with climbs and descents.

Do we need to book our accommodations?

No, we will do that for you. If you would like a list of the places where we will be staying, please contact us.

How long is the ride time per day?

We typically ride for 6 hours a day, depending on the sightseeing and breaks along the way.

What is the cancellation policy on this tour?

To reserve your spot on a tour, we require a 20% deposit at the time of booking. The tour balance must be paid in full at least 45 days prior to departure.

  • If you cancel more than 60 days before departure, the deposit will be refunded in full.
  • If you cancel 45-60 days before departure, 50% of the deposit will be refunded.
  • If you cancel within 44 days of departure, you forfeit the entire deposit and any funds we cannot recuperate from vendors.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page!