I started riding motorcycles when I was about 17. Now, I’m 47 and celebrating 30 years of motorcycling. I’ve owned only four bikes, but I’ve put them all to good use, logging somewhere around 225,000 miles in total. My current ride and mile-muncher is a 2005 Honda ST1300 that I bought new in December of 2006. I enjoy the touring comfort, but I still love to challenge my riding skills in the twisties from time to time. I’m primarily a solo rider, a non-conformist biker, and shy away from groups. I don’t follow the trends or “wear the uniform.” Motorcycling is not a fashion show for me. I just like to do my own thing and be a free spirit.
Of all the motorcycle trips I’ve been on, going to the Great Smoky Mountains has always been my favorite. I love just cruising through that magnificent park, smelling the fresh air, and hearing the water rushing down the mountain streams. Nearby on US Route 129 is the Tail of the Dragon. This road is such a delight to ride and attracts motorcyclists like a Smoky Mountain black bear to honey. But ride at your own risk; these roads are not for beginners.
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