Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New place to Ride Dirt - Durhamtown Tellico


Located just across the Tennessee / North Carolina state line,near Murphy N.C. Durhamtown Tellico is a new, 3000 acre, privately owned, pay to ride area which incorporates some of the old trail system that was popular years ago. If you aren't familiar with Durhamtown Plantation in Georgia, it is one of the most popular, and well run riding areas in the southeast. I think it is very promising that the same model is being used in the Tellico area. Years ago the Tellico area was wide open for riding and off roading, but over time overuse of trails by larger vehicles contributed to the closing of nearly all trails in the National forest on the Tennessee side.

Durhamtown Tellico is just getting started, and it appears that its main appeal is to Jeeps, Side by Sides, ATVs and of course dirt bikes. 

The park is open only on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and at this point only primitive camping is available. For dirt bikes the price is $21 for the first day, and $16 for the second day. A map is provided when you check in. According to the website they have over 40 miles of trails. 40 miles may not sound like much, but if its as rocky and steep as I remember, you aren't going to be running a very fast pace. The original Durhamtown Plantation has really nice amenities, and my guess is they have some big plans for Durhamtown Tellico.Check out their website for updates. www.durhamtowntellico.com

Vintage Bike Show this Saturday at Honda of Knoxville

This Saturday, April 19th, there will be a Vintage motorcycle show at Honda of Knoxville on Clinton Highway. Time is from 10:00am till 2:00pm. Last year was the first year of this show, and the turnout was great. Not only was there support from the local Time Warp Vintage Club, but there were several people who brought out bikes that hadn't been seen in local shows before. Some real quality old stuff was on display, and 99% of the bikes were ridden in. There is no charge to show your bike, or to spectate.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

New Beta Dealer in East Tennessee


Knoxville now has a new option for high quality Enduro bikes. Knox Enduro, a Beta dealer, recently opened. For those of you who may not be familiar with the brand, Beta is an Italian manufacturer who has been making motorcycles since the 1940's. Famous for their Trials bikes, they have recently really stepped up their game and now have a full line of Off Road, Enduro, and Dual Sport bikes, both 2 Stroke and 4 Stroke. American Cody Webb is racing, and winning, with Beta's in the Extreme Enduro series events around the word.

At a recent Volunteer Riders club event Knox Enduro owner Gary Pugh was giving test rides on his personal 250 RR 2-stroke, equipped with a Rekluse auto clutch. Against Gary's better judgement, he let me make a lap. The trail I tested the bike on was some really nice, well ridden in, single track with lots of roots, rocks, off camber, and was always either uphill or downhill. Pretty much a taste of everything. It wasn't the type of trail you typically want to test ride a totally different machine on, but I had nothing to worry about. This little Beta is SWEET! Super linear power delivery, supple suspension, and the Rekluse clutch was everything they are billed to be. To top it off it this 2 stroke even has electric start!
 
Knox Enduros showroom is under construction,but they are taking orders for, and delivering, new bikes. Gary will be happy to find you the Beta Enduro, Dual Sport, or Off Road bike that you need. Gary can be contacted at pughrace@bellsouth.net , or you can call him at 865-308-0330. The website is www.knoxenduro.com. You can find more info on Beta at www.americanbeta.com


Sunday, February 16, 2014

BMW coming back to Knoxville area


BMW Riders will be happy to hear that the Knoxville area is getting a new BMW dealership this spring. Airhead, oilhead and waterhead riders (BMW people know what this means) who have been without local representation since the demise of Ultimate Toys, can now rejoice,  BMW Motorcycles of Alcoa will soon be opening inside of Alcoa Good Times on 2019 Topside Road. The showroom is currently being remodeled, and the mechanics and sales staff are attending training. Additional staff is also being added in service and sales. 2200 sq ft of the showroom will be dedicated to BMW bikes and apparel. Alcoa Good Times will continue to sell Can Am,Kawasaki, and Yamaha, so you longtime customers don't need to worry.  It's always good to hear about a new shop opening up. You can check out their website www.alcoagoodtimes.com


Monday, January 27, 2014

Bubba's Bike Barn - Used Motorcycles & Consignments



Bubba's Bike Barn opened recently in a refurbished 30,000 sq ft warehouse at 494 E. Main Street in downtown Kingsport. Bubba's is not your typical bike shop. Their focus is on used bikes of all makes, types, and years. The inventory they have on hand is extremely diverse. I saw everything from an Aprillia Sport Bike to Custom Harley. They have everything from vintage bikes to slightly used 2013 models. Bubba's handles the used bike sales for Kingsport Cycles, so they keep fresh inventory coming in. The best part was they didn't have any junk. Every bike they had, regardless of age, was in good shape. If you don't feel like dealing with the weirdos on Craigslist they can also sell your bike on consignment. To look at their current inventory check out their website www.bubbasbikebarn.com

Friday, January 17, 2014

Cold Weather a good time to check stuff

When the temperature is below twenty, and it gets dark before you can get home from work, it's a good time to catch up on some much needed bike maintenance. One thing to look at, if you haven't in a while, are your cables. My 2001 KTM has never had any carburetor issues (until now), so I have never looked at the carb end of the cables.(not smart). Probably a good thing that the carb issues came up when they did, because both of my cables were about to snap. You would think that cables would last longer than 13 years! As my Dad use to say, I know right but won't do right! It's an easy thing to check, and better than being broke down in the middle of nowhere.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Metal Rescue - A must for any person restoring an old bike

I'll admit it, I'm a total garage nerd, and a sucker for nifty products and tools that can enhance my "Quality Garage Time". This is definitely one of those products. If you mess around with old bikes you have no doubt spent time getting the rust off of old parts with a combination of WD-40, a wire brush, and finger tip skin. Those days are over.
Metal Rescue is an environmentally safe product that literally dissolves the rust away. You just drop in the rusted part, let it soak for a period of time (the worse the rust, the longer you soak it), and presto, the rust is gone.

Another benefit is that it doesn't remove any of the metal. I needed to get the rust off of my old Triumph rotors and didn't want to damage the finish. As you can see in these before and after photos, Metal Rescue just made all the rust go away.

If you have a handlful of old rusted nuts and bolts, just let them soak over night. The worst you will have to do is hit them with a still brush to knock off the loose stuff. It's bio-degradable, non-toxic, and non-flammable, plus, you can reuse it.  I just filtered out what I used and poured it back into the container. I think that I have seen competitors come out with a similar product (WD-40 has one), but Metal Rescue is the only one I can vouch for at this point. I bought mine through Summit Racing supply. More info can be found at www.workshophero.com