Saturday, May 30, 2015

Indian Motorcycle Test Rides this weekend @ Knoxville Indian

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (19/30/31) there is one of the rarest of all occurances, free test rides on brand new Motorcycles! Knoxville Indian / Victory /Triumph (I think that is the official name) which is now located in the former Knoxville Honda / Yamaha building, has demo rides going all three days. The fleet includes every Indian model. Can't beat that!

I snuck out at lunch Friday and rode the new Scout. There is a very good chance I could end up with one of these someday. The 100 hp V-Twin is more Ducati like than Harley, and finally someone built a sport cruiser that doesn't weigh 600 lbs. Handling of the large front tire was something I wondered about, but it turns out to be very stable and balanced. It's just a nice riding bike.
Anyway, get by and check them out. Its a great opportunity. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AMA Pro Hillclimb Saturday May 30th Rain or Shine!

I've always wanted to see the top level motorcycle racers of every form. I've been able to catch Moto GP, Mile Flat Track, AMA Superbike, and World Trials, but until now I've never had the opportunity to see an AMA Pro Hill Climb. They just don't have them in this area.  However, This Saturday there will be an AMA Pro Hillclimb at Buffalo Valley, just North of Cookeville TN.  Admission is $20, and kids under 12 are free. Its being held at Middle Tennessee Dragway (how ironic a Hillclimb is being held at a Dragway!) There are also dirt drag races for 10 different classes. 
Gates open at 8:00am CST. Dirt Drag Racing goes from 9:00am till 12:00, and the Hillclimb goes from 12:00 till 3:00
Location: Middle Tn Dragway - 680 Rock Springs Road, Buffalo Valley TN 38548
Directions: I-40 to exit 268, go north 1 mile, Turn Right on Rock Springs Road. Info-Gary at 931-260-9509

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Coal Creek Dual Sport Ride at Windrock Park- June 13-14

This is the second year of this event which once again heads out of the Windrock Park Campground, just outside of Oliver Springs, TN. Saturday's route has over 100 miles of riding, and Sunday's route has 70 miles. There are optional "Advanced" routes on both days, but be warned, the advanced sections are really for smaller dirt bikes with full knobbies. Unlike many Dual Sport Rides, this one is mostly trail. A route sheet holder (AKA Roll Chart) is a necessity for this ride. GPS coordinates are not provided. The cost is $100 for both days, and $55 for one day. For more info email or call John Strange at 865-322-0193. You can also look up Slate Creek Motorsports on Facebook

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Smoky Mountain Crawl - Townsend Tenn. June 19-21

For 3 days in June, the 19th, 20th, and 21st there will be a large gathering of scooter and small bike enthusiast at the Tremont Lodge in Townsend Tenn., The Smoky Mountain Crawl! I've never met any of these folks, but looking at the videos they have posted on their website this looks like an incredibly fun group to be associated with.
The Smoky Mountain Crawl is marketed as a "Rukus, Grom, and Slow Bike Extravaganza" Does that sound like fun or what? (If you don't know what a Rukus or Grom is, shame on you, plug the names into your google machine) There is going to be a large group of specialty suppliers and vendors for small bikes on hand, and lots of giveaways. It should be a big time (pun intended) . The home website is
Check out their promo video at :