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MC Blue Ridge Rendezvous

Tour headquarters for this year’s MC Blue Ridge Rendezvous will be the historic Switzerland Inn at Milepost 334 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Switzerland Inn was built in 1910, perched at the peak of NC 226A, locally known as The Diamondback Motorcycle and Sportscar Route.

A motorcycle-friendly inn sits on right on the Parkway and is an ideal base camp for riding NC’s mountain roadways.  The best way to get there is the Diamondback Route. Twelve miles of mountain highway with 190 curves, hairpin twists and double-back loops.

From tour headquarters at The Switzerland Inn, the MC Blue Ridge Rendezvous riders will be touring the surrounding area, including a visit to the famed Biltmore House in Asheville, the incredible Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum in Maggie Valley, and the infamous Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap with its 318 curves in 11 miles.

Read the full article below or in Motorcycle Classics March/April issue.

BLACK SIDE DOWN –

Every year, we toss around the idea of hosting our own motorcycle tour. We get to hit some really amazing shows, so wouldn’t it be great to spend a couple of days riding cool roads with like-minded motorcycle maniacs right before a big show? Like, say, the Barber Vintage Festival? The idea comes up like clockwork, and like clockwork we end up too busy to make it happen. Well this year is different, because this year we’re going riding, thanks to Bill and Debbie Kniegge at Blue Strada Tours.

You might remember Bill by way of his 1975 BMW R75/6 “Old ‘N Fast,” a stinkin’ quick gentleman’s express we featured in the January/February 2010 issue. A  motorcycle enthusiast to the core, Bill worked in executive marketing positions in the California offices of companies like Husqvarna, Bell Helmets and ATK Motorcycles before moving on to found two companies of his own, MCM Engine Technologies and Moto Sport Panniers.

During his California days, Bill would regularly organize motorcycle tours for himself and friends to various events. It was a fun diversion from the stresses of his other responsibilities, and he discovered he had something of knack for the biz. In 2008, Bill and Debbie decided it was time to shake things up, so they packed up house and moved, trading the fast pace of Southern California for the more genteel environment of North Carolina. Once settled in, they established Blue Strada Tours.

Bill’s since become a familiar sight in the region, leading riders from the U.S. and abroad on tours of discovery through the incredible back country of North Carolina, which boasts some of the finest motorcycling roads in the world (just ask the American Motorcyclist Association; its members say three of the top 15 in the country are there).

From his perch on a motorcycle, Bill’s become uniquely acquinted with them all — and we’ll ride the best of them in the Motorcycle Classics Blue Ridge Rendezvous.

Your headquarters will be the historic Switzerland Inn at Milepost 334 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Built in 1910, this motorcycle-friendly inn sits at the peak of the Diamondback Motorcycle & Sports Car Route, a 12-mile mountain loop with 190 curves, many of them doubling back almost 360 degrees. From here, we’ll head out on day tours of the surrounding area, including a visit to the famed Biltmore House in Asheville, the incredible Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum in
Maggie Valley, and the infamous Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap with its 318 curves in 11 miles.

We’ll gather on Sunday, Oct. 1, and ride Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 2-5. Wednesday afternoon, riders will have the choice of heading home or joining me for an additional 400-plus-mile ride to Leeds, Ala., and the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival.

We’ll give ourselves time for a relaxed ride, rolling into the Barber Motorsports Park around noon on Friday, Oct. 7, just in time for the start of the most exciting, fastest growing vintage motorcycle event in the country. We’re encouraging other riders to join us on the way to Barber, and we’ll have a special VIP escort the last 50 miles or so to the museum.

Three days of incredible riding in North Carolina, followed by two more days of bombing down the back roads of North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, wrapped up with an escorted ride to the Barber Vintage Festival.

If that doesn’t sound like a classic ride, I don’t know what does. Reserve your spot now at www.MotorcycleClassics.com/BlueRidgeRendezvous — see you there!

Richard Backus
Editor-in-chief

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