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:grin:2020 BMW’s Tame the Tail of Dragon (TTD):grin:





BMW K1600's Forum riders, family & friends from across the country will be gathering for the 5th year in a row at the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge (IHML) from April 29th to May 3rd 2020. Our BMW Motorrad Sponsor is Touring Sport of Greenville, SC.

We Welcome All Experienced Mountain Riders to Join Us!

There is No Registration.
(Like most things: 90% of Life is Just Showing Up.)


Dates: Wensday, April 29th to Sunday, May 3rd 2020
Location: Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge (IHML), Robbinsville, NC ( https://ironhorsenc.com )
Sponsor: Touring Sport of Greenville, SC ( http://www.touringsport.com )
Grand Prize Drawings for Riders & Pillon: High End KLIM Jacket & BMW AllAround Boots (TBA)
Helmets: Required
Motorcycle Rental: https://wolfcreekrentals.us
Motorcycle Tires & Repair: Wheelers Performance ( https://www.wheelersperformance.com )



Group Rides: Spirited, Regular, Couples and Scenic; See the area with a RoadCaptain/ Leader & TailGunner; Most Mountain Riders should consider the Couples or Regular Group Rides. Spirited rides can cover almost 300 miles in a day. To participate in the Group Rides or be Eligible for the Grand Prizes you must fill out a Release. Release forms are available upon arrival or each day prior to the Group Rides.
Food: IHML offers Breakfast & Dinner. If you are staying at the IHML they will E-Mail out a menu for the dinners (usually a week before your arrival). Breakfast preferences are filled out upon arrival. Those not staying at the IHML may eat there if you notify/ E-mail the IHML in advance. Area has some pretty Good Places to Eat & Saturday night Prime Rib at the IHML is Great.





Accommodations: Location Central is the IHML. All Group Rides depart from/ return to the IHML. All TTD Event occur at the IHML.

What accommodation are AVAILABLE/ OPEN AT THE IHML RIGHT as of 1/14/2020!!!

- 2 Conestoga Wagons w/twin beds $145.95/night +tax
- 2 Conestoga Wagons w/king beds $145.95/night +tax
- Big Bear Luxury Cabin (New this Season: DELUX Private Cabin) 2 King Bedrooms, 4 bedrooms w/2 twins. Lots of space in downstairs for blow up beds. $1250.00/night +tax
- 1 Bunkhouse Bed $29.95/night + tax
- 2 RV sites Full Hook Up $50.00/night
- 7 (110 volt) campsites $25.00/ 1 person
Lots of Tent Camping

If you cannot get a reservation at the IHML consider Quality Inn of Robbinsville ( https://www.choicehotels.com/north-carolina/robbinsville/quality-inn-hotels/nc894?source=gyxt ), Phillips Motel ( Phillips Motel Robbinsville North Carolina | Home-style motel in the Smoky Mountains ), Two Wheel Inn ( https://twowheelinn.com ), or Tapoco Lodge ( https://tapoco.com ).

Our event occurs at the same time as the Mini Rally at the Fontana Village ( https://www.minisonthedragon.com ) & the Thunder in Smoky’s in Maggie Valley (1 of 3; https://handlebarcorral.com ).




:bmw:Tentative Schedule for the 2020 TTD:bmw:

-Tuesday, 28th of April 2020: Organizers Arrive
-Wednesday, 29th of April 2020: Organizers Group Ride- Open to All. Recommended Arrival Date!!
-Thursday, 30th of April 2020: Regular & Spirited Group Rides; Tips Rides with Doc at 4 PM; Meet & Greet at 6PM with Free Heineken Keg
-Friday, 1st of May 2020: Spirited (1 & 2), Regular, Couples (1 & 2) and Scenic Group Rides; Evening Events after/ during dinner- Presentation of Gifts to Sponsors; 50/50 (Must be present to Win) & Free Heineken Keg
-Saturday, 2nd of May 2020: Line up Bikes in front of IHML & Participants Photo- 8:30 to 9AM; Spirited (1 & 2), Regular, Couples (1 & 2) and Scenic Group Rides; Evening Events after dinner- Grand Prize Drawing for Riders & Pillions (Release Required/ Must be present to Win) & what is left of the Keg
-Sunday, 3rd May 2020: DEPARTURE

This is a Private Event. Please No Copyrighted Photography!! There is a professional photographer on site but, any & all SD cards of the event are appreciated.

:nono:No Public Drunkenness Allowed!:nono:

All Experienced Mountain Riders are Welcome!!



(Yes, you do not have to be riding a BMW….Yes, the LT Group has gone back to having their Spring Event at the IHML in April?? Will DeadPool make another Appearance at the TTD?? His Agent says- NO! I believe it was because several participants thought he was Spiderman…..)

Yes, we have a "Facebook" page;HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/K1600DG/



See You in the Mountains.

Doc:tb:tb​
 

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I am really hopeful nothing gets in the way of me making this trip this year.

I booked that last bunkhouse bed earlier in the week. At $30 a night it just seemed way easier than strapping on the tent and required gear. I wonder who my 3 roommates will be?
For now it looks like I will be solo on this trip coming down from Ontario via route 81 through NY.
If there are any other riders in Ontario or on the path that may be interested in riding together feel free to send me a PM. I am planning on arriving Wednesday.
 

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I am really hopeful nothing gets in the way of me making this trip this year.

I booked that last bunkhouse bed earlier in the week. At $30 a night it just seemed way easier than strapping on the tent and required gear. I wonder who my 3 roommates will be?
For now it looks like I will be solo on this trip coming down from Ontario via route 81 through NY.
If there are any other riders in Ontario or on the path that may be interested in riding together feel free to send me a PM. I am planning on arriving Wednesday.
Duke4,

Glad you are planning to attend. Yes, we have a group of riders that come from Canada & some guys from the New York City area. Hopefully, you will be able to come to the 2020 TTD with some of them? Best,

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I booked that last bunkhouse bed earlier in the week. At $30 a night it just seemed way easier than strapping on the tent and required gear. I wonder who my 3 roommates will be?
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I stayed in the bunk house last year and it worked out great. 2 of the beds had different folks every night. As an FYI at the end of the building is a small laundromat, also there is a door at the back wall of the laundry room that opens into a bathroom. I didn't find this out until the last day after walking all the way to the main bathroom every other day and night. If it's locked that just means someone is using it.
 

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Doc - any chance of getting the ride routes in a .gpx file that we can download into our GPS's? I know one year Kevin did it and it was helpful

That is the plan. qbird66 (Kevin) has been generious enough to provide .gpx files & maps for several years for the TTD. We also provide prinited maps of the Spirited, Regular & Couples ride routes at the event. The Relaxed group is TOO RELAXED to give me a .gpx file or map. Best,

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Update from the IHML on avaliable rooms:

- BIG Bear (Delux) Luxury Cabin- $1,250/ night/ holds 8 to 12 &

- Conestoga Wagon's- $150/ night: King or Two Singles in a wagon; No bathroom or shower

- Camping

Are still not booked.

Best,

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I reserved 1 of the RV slots before we left last year but we wont make it this year. I need to “sell” it for the $100 deposit we put down and I will let IHML know who will be using it.
Lemme know if you want it.
 
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