The motorcycle byways of the Southern Appalachians are classic: Georgia 60, the notorious 'Dragon,' and the Cherohala Skyway. Ride to the top of Georgia’s Brasstown Bald and over Tennessee’s Lookout Mountain. Cruise remote back roads to Highlands, NC, highest incorporated town in the East, or tour the Chickamauga Battlefield. Spend a day seeing the sights of Chattanooga. Along the way enjoy local eateries and B&Bs, visit motorcycle-only resorts, and soak in the world-class scenery. This guide recommends 26 rides with information on road conditions, restaurants, lodging, and attractions. Each route description includes easy-to-read maps with complete directions for each ride, liberally sprinkled with the author’s special brand of humor and practical advice on motorcycling etiquette, handling a breakdown, avoiding traffic tickets, and more.
The asphalt ribbons tying the South together aren’t just a conduit for travel. They form a paved paradise Hawk Hagebak has found a haven in for years. Hagebak, a former Cobb County motorcycle patrol officer, has spent half his 34 years on the seat of a cycle. His passion—jumping on his bike and cruising through Southern scenery, touring enclaves and burgs off the beaten path and discovering hidden charms. Now he’s sharing his secrets.
A tremendous amount of useful information and an efficient, easy to navigate layout. . . . The rides listed are most definitely good ones, in terms of both visceral and visual thrills. Every one we sampled was impressive. . . . A friendly, well-researched, no-nonsense read that seasoned riders will appreciate. This book will make a lot of other motorcycle touring/sport-touring guides harder to tolerate by comparison; it's definitely a front-runner in terms of quality. . . . Few have the depth of useful information this one does.
—Motorcycle Consumer News
A summary of state motorcycle laws lets riders know what states require helmets, daytime headlights, eye protection, and other laws. An appendix lists places to stay (some that only allow motorcyclists and others that are motorcycle-friendly) and where to find motorcycle shops and other recreational opportunities.