Atlanta Motorcycle Schools Tours

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One-day Ride with Ken
by appointment
Two-day Scenic Mountain Tour
Two-day (plus) Adventure Motorcycle Tour *
Additional cost for a passenger sharing the same room.
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Ride with Ken

This offering is personally designed and lead by local veteran Professional Motorcyclist and Trainer, Ken Murray. This is a day ride beginning in North Georgia. The ride will include GA 60 to Tennessee, TN 68 to Tellico Plains, and east on the Cherohala Skyway into North Carolina. Plenty of photo opportunities and strategically planned stops at unique, local motorcycle attractions. Expect a leisurely pace covering some of the best motorcycle roads in North America. This ride is well suited for a two-up ride.

OPTIONAL: Turn this into an On-street Skills Refresher Session with rider-to-rider communication for an additional fee.

Ken with his Suzuki DR650

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Scenic Mountain Tour

The tour will begin Saturday morning in Dahlonega, GA—the site of Georgia’s first (and only, so far) gold rush. This epic era is chronicled in the historic Lumpkin County Courthouse, now preserved on the town square as a museum, and surrounded by an afternoon’s worth of shops and galleries to browse should you arrive sufficiently early to so treat yourself.

A Mapquest search shows our journey to Bryson City as a 104-mile trip drivable in approximately 2.6 hours. Obviously, Mapquest does not search for ideal motorcycle routes from “A” to “B”. We think we have crafted a much more intriguing day!

Tour Guide Pete—on the “Road to Nowhere”

Rather than the direct route, we will enjoy roads with character, with scenery and road characteristics chosen to maximize the riding pleasure for an experienced motorcyclist’s first visit to this area. At the higher elevations, the fall colors will be peaking. Starting at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we will crisscross the famous Appalachian Trail several times as we make our way northward into North Carolina. This is a route chosen for people who think a motorcycle should be leaned over, but the pace of the ride will never exceed the comfort level of the group.

The scenery is spectacular!

Rest stops have been selected at frequent intervals to allow for photographs, changes of riding apparel, and—well, you know—resting. Geographic, historic and biological items of interest will be shared with the participants. A lunch stop will showcase southern cuisine at its finest, but not so heavy as to interfere with the afternoon’s riding.
Walking the Road to No Where

The Nantahala Forest is our afternoon playground, with more gaps, curves, and lake views, culminating in a breathtaking run through the Nantahala Gorge. We then settle in for a final cool-down ride on a magnificent divided four-lane scenic highway which skirts the southeastern face of the Smokey Mountains. In Bryson City, we’ve booked lodging early to insure our pick of the best.

Cold Springs Country Inn

Group at Bridal Veil Falls

Sunday’s return would be a waste if we simply ran the movie backwards and followed our breadcrumbs home. Not a chance! There are too many fine roads begging to be explored. Suffice to say, the ride back to Dahlonega will have the same characteristics as Saturday’s route, but with as much difference in roads as the atlas allows.
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Adventure Motorcycle Tour

Atlanta Motorcycle School is now offering a new riding experience designed especially for riders of bikes which fall into the class known as “adventure bikes.” Triumph Tigers, BMW GS models, KLR650’s, Suzuki V-Stroms, Honda Transalps—unkindly dubbed the SUV’s of the motorcycle world, the uninitiated often look at these bikes and ask, “What’s the point?”

Laura on her Honda Transalp

We’ve got the answer! If you own one of these great bikes, you’re in luck.

Let us guide you on a two-day scamper through northeast Georgia, western North Carolina, and eastern Tennessee which will mix pavement and unpavement in a way that entwines well-maintained gravel roads with deliciously twisty back roads. While we might explore a scenic dead-end or two just for the fun of riding beside a trout stream, the objective will be to show riders new to this genre how to string together gravel roads which actually go somewhere.

On the universal Ten-Point Scale, the degree of difficulty rates between 2 and 4. Where it might help, we will do a little coaching on techniques you may find helpful. While unpaved, these roads will be no rougher than could be managed in a 2-wheel drive pickup with decent ground clearance—no rocky boulders to jump; no bottomless mud holes; no Evel Knievel capers required—but you might have to wash your bike when you get home. For sure, the scenery will be other than what you’re accustomed to seeing from the Interstate.

Difficulty Rating—between 2 and 4
Fun Rating—between 9 and 10!

Donnie relaxing at day’s end.
On the roads we travel, we can’t promise a gourmet lunch either day. Noon may find us so far off the beaten path we’ll be lucky to find a Bubba-store for a big orange drink and a Moon Pie, but we ’ll make it up at supper. Overall miles won’t be killer, but we suspect you’ll be ready to crawl off the bike by day’s end both days and sleep like a baby.

For these reasons, we don’t recommend the smaller dual-sport bikes, which usually don’t have the all-day comfort or fuel range for a tour like this. We also will discourage bringing a standard street machine. If you aren’t sure of your bike or your own abilities, give us a call.

For some extra help in developing off-road skills, check out our DS-202 Adventure Sport Riding for the Street Rider or the MSF Dirt Bike Course offered by Honda Rider Education.

Some days you just make a big splash!
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AMS Tour Photos

Group gathered at Bald River Falls - click for more tour photos
Group at Bridal Veil Falls

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Riding under Bridal Veil Fallsr

Group gathered at Bald River Falls - click for more tour photos
Group at Bald River Falls

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One of many scenic roads on the tour

Group gathered at Lake Hiawassee
Group at Lake Hiawassee

Click here for photos from the 2007 tour
One of many scenic roads on the tour

Group gathered at the top of Buck Bald
Group at Buck Bald

Optional water crossing (Tallulah River) on the way to Tate City
Tallulah River Water Crossing

Group at Richard Russell Skyway

First AMS Adventure Tour

Awaiting Departure—Toosy’s

Tour Group—Resting on GA Rt 76
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What is the payment and refund policy?

A $100.00 nonrefundable deposit is due upon booking.
Balance is due 60 days prior to tour date.
Balances are refundable for cancellations made prior to 30 days.
Additional cost for a passenger sharing the same room is $100.

What does the tour fee include?

Lunch each day.
Dinner for each overnight stay.
Breakfast following each overnight stay.
Lodging—normally single occupancy.
Riding some of the very best roads in the area.
Interesting tidbits of local history.

What is required of the motorcyclist?

We strongly recommend full, protective gear for these tours, as well as all of your riding. We wear it!

Valid motorcycle license.
Mechanically sound motorcycle with good tires and quiet exhaust (no straight/open pipes).
Adventure Tours require Adventure Sport motorcycles (see tour description for details).
Current motorcycle insurance.
Medical insurance.
DOT helmet—full face preferred.
Long, sleeved shirt or jacket. One or two pieced riding suits preferred.
Long pants. Jeans allowed, riding pants preferred.
Full fingered gloves. Leather preferred.
Over-the-ankle boots.
Rain suits as appropriate.
Cold weather gear as appropriate.
Saddlebags or luggage for motorcycle.
Passengers should be dressed in the same manner as the motorcycle operator.
We recommend watching the weather channel to determine the appropriate gear to bring.
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