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Motorcycle Roads Diamond Back Loop (226 & 226A)26   in North Carolina North Carolina16 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Diamond Back Loop (226 & 226A)

By WVrider
on January 21, 2012

0.0out of 5

11 Riders rated

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Written Directions

If you are in the area of Little Switzerland, NC this is a must if you like curves and twisties. Start at Little Switzerland just off the Blue Ridge Parkway or from the intersection of NC-226 and BRP. It is most fun to ride this loop clockwise. From Little Switzerland go left at the stop sign on NC-226A to the intersection of NC-226. Go right for a few miles and take NC-226A to the right. Follow NC-226A back to Little Switzerland. Just a super fun little loop if in the area. They actually sell Diamond Back collectables, shirts, stickers, etc. at the shop in Little Switzerland. Great restaurant and lodging there as well.

Scenery

There are a few beautiful spots along this short route. What is nice is you can do this loop while enjoying the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Road Quality

Lots of twisties all the way around. The roads were super nice. Crazy fun on the sport tourer.

Roadside Amenities

Little Switzerland has everything but fuel. Fuel can be found nearby off NC-226 just a few miles north of the BRP.

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By Guest
on June 2, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I visited Little Switzerland (home of the Diamondback 226A) on May 29-June 1st 2014.

I can confirm that the tar snakes are 85% gone as they have repaved the entire road. (It is still under construction and probably mid to end of Summer until it is 100% tar snake free).

I enjoyed this road very much, and virtually worry free. (I will be posting Video link soon on this page that shows the fresh new road)

There are some nice steep dipped in corners, and best of all little to no traffic when riding the inside loop.

Not a really hard road but will catch beginners off guard.

I will be visiting again in the Fall when the road is 100% complete.

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By Guest
on May 30, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

2.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make goldwing

Motorcycle Type Touring

rode this on memorial day weekend. tar snakes crisscrossing road the entire length feel like ice when you hit them, so take it easy. this would be a great road if had new pavement.

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By Guest
on May 28, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Just visited the Diamondback this past weekend on a beautifully sunny day with perfect weather conditions. This is a fantastic riding road if you're just meandering along. However, I agree with another reviewer about the road patches, specifically on 226A. The asphalt smears cause really unnerving feedback from the front and rear tires. Moderately aggressive cornering made both tires feel like they were covered in oil. If you intend to ride this road aggressively, make sure you take out a hefty life insurance policy... The little cafe in Little Switzerland near the northern end of the loop was INCREDIBLE!

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By LifesAcurve
on November 11, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport

Rode the full Diamond Loop (226A 80) yesterday, on a beautiful, sunny fry fall day. I agree that 226A coming up towards the Parkway is a road with fantastic curves and huge fun potential. However, local authorities completely ruined the road; it is over and over covered with bitumen smearings winding in all directions. They make leaning into the curves a hasardous adventure. My StreetTriple R has fresh and warm Pirelli Diablo S tires with wonderful grip, but after the third bend with my rear wheel slipping on bitumen I gave up--and I am talking about moderate curve technique, no extreme hanging-off. To make things worse, there was sand in multiple curves on the upper half of 226A. There is hope though: The asphalt or route 80 is perfect and the road rightfully famous.

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By Nabubba
on March 18, 2012 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1988

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson FXSTC

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a great ride but the route we call the Diamondback Loop doesn't include Highway 226 it is Highway 226A and Highway 80 also known now as The Devil's Whip along with part of the Blue Ridge Parkway that connects the 2 roads.

Don't get me wrong highway 226 is a great ride but will have a lot of traffic including truck traffic 226A is restricted to trucks and is less traveled then 226.

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By Nabubba
on March 18, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1988

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson FXSTC

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a great ride. I grew up in this area and still live close to it. The Diamondback Loop however contains Highway 80 (Devil's Whip) along with Highway 226A (Diamondback) Highway 226 is not considered part of the loop. It has truck traffic as it is the only way trucks have to get to the Spruce Pine area. It is a great road if you can catch it without trucks...lol

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By glowinthedark
on July 9, 2018 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Goldwing

Motorcycle Type Touring

Rode last year in July and the road was GREAT. tight curves and lots of twisties. No tar snake that I can remember. I left lots of scrapes on the road from the foot pegs. Will ride it again when we return to the area.

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By Brian Fistler
on March 7, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki ZX6R-636

Motorcycle Type Sport

Drove this road March 2015. 226A repaving is completed and is now in excellent condition.
Hoping to get a lot of riding on this road this summer.

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By Guest
on August 13, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki Ninja 250

Motorcycle Type Sport

Competes with the dragon's tail for curves. 276A is the beter half of the loop. Little Switzerland is a great starting point right off the Blueridge Parkway.

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By WVrider
on May 16, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Well, just went by what I was told at the Little Switzerland Shop about the short loop. I know this little loop is fun if you don't have time for the larger loop. However, I'm heading down there in a couple weeks again and will definately do the long loop to include Hwy 80, looks like alot of fun. Thanks everyone for the heads up.

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By WVrider
on March 18, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make HondaNT700V

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Fantastic road !

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