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Riding The Twisties

By ROGUE Senior Editor,

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 Christy and I just came back from a ride on my 2022 Harley Ultra Limited to the Smokey Mountains. It is a really nice time of the year to do that with the weather and trees changing. As it turned out a lot of other people must have had the same motorcycling notion. Everywhere we went the majority of travelers were on motorcycles.


Stopped in Helen Georgia for lunch on the way north at The Two Tire Tavern for an adult beverage.


 We did take the opportunity to visit nine different Harley dealerships to pick up poker chips which we both collect from. We also snatched t-shirts from here and there. We decided to keep some of the other dealerships for future visits. There were more...

 Being from Florida where it is hard to find a hill, never mind a mountain, we took advantage of riding the fantastic lush Smokeys. Besides the Dragon there were plenty of other twisties and even the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. I saw deer and elk but no bears and that was okay. Rode through the twisty mountain roads during the daytime mostly, but some after nightfall and even slithered in light rain. Oh yeah, and the 18-wheeler that we met coming towards us in our lane. Just enough to make things interesting.

GPS wasn't dependable in the mountains, so the HOG Harley Map, available everywhere, were a big help in getting from one place to another.


 There are numerous train rides through the mountains, and we took one of them. Even grabbed the opportunity to down some Moonshine while jiggling on the train.

Got some suggestions on distilleries we might visit, and you know we didn't pass an opportunity for an adult beverages.


 Of course, we went to Mel’s Diner while in Pidgeon Forge.

It started to get a little chilly, so we dressed warmly. The bonus was the Ultra comes from the factory with heated grips and I got one of the new Harley Heated Seats to try out. Oh Yeah, Say What Ya Want but they made for a more comfortable and enjoyable ride.

If you get the chance, I suggest you put this on your bucket list.

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Reader Comments

Good ole Rocky Top was blessed to have you and Christy among the twisties and sweet mountain rain … So glad you rode during autumn — one of our Nation’s best kept secrets! Godspeed!

Dr Ruth Busman
Naples, Fl
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Looks like a great ride, one I will have to do one day. You look great my friend.

Robert L Chester
Phoenix, AZ
Sunday, October 29, 2023
Editor Response Rogue is amazing and inspirational. I'm fortunate to be able to call him brother.
Great vacation with Rogue.The mountains are gorgeous and beautiful. Breathtaking views??????

Christy Severino
Saturday, October 28, 2023

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