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Ralphumor
10-25-2005, 22:43
Well its been just under a week since I got back from the Dragon and I still have a smile on my face . For all that have rode there you know what I am talking about. For those who have not heard of the place its AWSOME!!!! 318 curves in 11 miles. Now Im not a curve carver and my tilt ole meter is WAY less that most. But I LOVE the mountains and I LOVE to ride and that was just freaking AWSOME! I went with a buddy who rides a 99 Valkarie and I have a 85 GoldWing. I rode 630 miles round trip in a day and it was worth EVERY MILE! If you dont think that you have the motorcyle to ride there your wrong. I saw ALL kinds. Counting mine there were 4 80's models Goldwings in the parking lot of Deals Gap. From 30 thousand dollar wings to 500 dollar Hondas. Crouch rockets dual sports. I got tired of waving at bikes there were so many. For those that are ANYWHERE close to Gatlinburg go. Its close to there about 45 min to an hour south of Knoxsville....Its HWY 129 from Tn to Nc.


I suck at spelling so please forgive...;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f ;f

TimP
10-26-2005, 19:28
<------ Adds one more to the "Things to do" List. That ride is only about 2 hrs west of me.

fnfalman
10-27-2005, 09:10
Taming the Dragon is one of my lists of things to do before I die as well.

Texas T
10-27-2005, 09:48
Originally posted by fnfalman
Taming the Dragon is one of my lists of things to do before I die as well. Let's just hope that you don't accomplish both deeds at the same time!
;P


;f

fnfalman
10-27-2005, 16:00
That ain't a bad way to go. Say, you round the last corner of Deal's Gap and fly off the cliff, embracing your favorite motorcycle, wearing your favorite set of leathers...it's like Thelma and Louise, man.;f

g29andy
10-27-2005, 17:31
Check out killboy-dot-com for weekly dragon pics

c5367
10-29-2005, 07:54
318 curves in 11 miles.
?!?!?!?

Where is this place???

HKMark23
10-29-2005, 08:32
Originally posted by c5367
Where is this place???
Heaven!!!!!!

NMGlocker
10-29-2005, 09:49
Originally posted by fnfalman
Taming the Dragon is one of my lists of things to do before I die as well.
When you decide to ride that direction let me know, I'm up for it.

Bone
10-29-2005, 18:45
Where is this place???

Near Robbinsville,NC.

Check out: http://www.tailofthedragon.com/

Also: http://www.killboy.com/

I've been there also.Unbelievable stretch of road!Try to go during the week,it's very crowded on the weekend.It has kind of become a Mecca for cyclists all over the nation.There are some other fantastic roads in the immediate area,such as Hwy 28,Cherohala Skyway,Hwy 74 by the Nantahala River,and of course The Blue Ridge Parkway.

TreeTrooper
10-29-2005, 19:54
Watch out for geezers in motorhomes. I had a religious experience there last summer.

c5367
10-30-2005, 22:13
Originally posted by Bone
Near Robbinsville,NC.

Check out: http://www.tailofthedragon.com/

Also: http://www.killboy.com/

I've been there also.Unbelievable stretch of road!Try to go during the week,it's very crowded on the weekend.It has kind of become a Mecca for cyclists all over the nation.There are some other fantastic roads in the immediate area,such as Hwy 28,Cherohala Skyway,Hwy 74 by the Nantahala River,and of course The Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thanks! ;c

The wait until next season just became even less bearable :)

fnfalman
10-31-2005, 09:05
From what research I've done on riding the Dragon, you have to do it in the spring and during the weekdays and in the early morning. Otherwise you will have to deal with not just RVs but semi trucks and everything in between.

TimP
10-31-2005, 09:09
Originally posted by fnfalman
From what research I've done on riding the Dragon, you have to do it in the spring and during the weekdays and in the early morning. Otherwise you will have to deal with not just RVs but semi trucks and everything in between.

I'm thinking an early Tuesday morning in April would be a nice ride.

KinderGlocken
10-31-2005, 09:15
Ten years ago the 129 was a great place to ride but like all good things the dragon has become too popular. There are too many cops now. Look out for police choppers, and I don't mean the two wheel kind!

Bone
11-01-2005, 06:10
I've been there a few times and have not seen a Semi or RV.Occassionally a semi come through,but they avoid it because it is SO tight.They are usually escorted by a motorcycle or two for safeties sake,due to the fact that they must use all the road to get through.This is encouraged by the folks at Killboy,and you often see pics on their site of this.

I agree it has become too popular,and crowded,mostly on the weekends.I haven't found the LEOs to be too bad,and I haven't seen a chopper.They are mostly there to keep it from becoming a racetrack.They don't mind you taking the curves quickly.They just don't want you to "Launch" from corner to corner.It's too dangerous for others as well as yourself.It's a little scary when you're leaned over in a turn and the guy coming the other way is trying to decelerate from 80 to make the turn.It's a lot of fun at a little over the speed limit(30). Bikes (and sports cars) bring a LOT of money into the area,and the LEOs don't want to shut it down.

I'm riding an FJR1300,and I'm a decent rider,but not real fast as I don't like to push my luck.

The Highway engineer who designed this road either had a bike,or a good sense of humor!

cop1215
11-14-2005, 03:11
ive ridden the dragon so many times i could do it in my sleep....go check out killboy.com for the weekend of oct 21st....go to the touring section and look for the yellow goldwing...me and my wife was riding a wheelie....later

DunedinDragon
11-16-2005, 05:49
Originally posted by TimP
I'm thinking an early Tuesday morning in April would be a nice ride.

That's exactly when I rode it on my last trip to NC. Perfect timing as far as less traffic. Be advised that it's still pretty cold in the mornings up there in April.

Also...there are some unwritten rules of conduct. One thing for sure, if you're riding a cruiser, be considerate of those on sport bikes and try to give them some room to pass. They are obviously going to want to be more aggressive on these turns than you are. I ride a Harley so I normally try to stay aware of who's behind me and after coming out of a corner will skootch over as tight as I can to the right and signal them to pass.

2cats
11-16-2005, 10:25
It doesn't matter what you ride, or drive, or what day of the week it is - there will be people who want to pass you. While I agree anyone is fully within their legal rights to take up a lane at or below the speed limit, to be a good citizen everyone should watch out in all directions, and you will be adored and applauded if you efficiently indicate to those behind you that they may pass. Otherwise, if they're nice, they will follow you for a while, hoping that you'll make way, before crossing the double yellow and blowing past you. If they're not nice (and this is by far my biggest peeve), they'll blow past you, in your lane, without warning.

I think the Gap is all that and totally worth it. Police usually show up when they have to work an accident, and then they stay there for the rest of the day to ticket and generate revenue. Never seen a helicopter or heard anyone talk about them. Not many semi's; never had a problem with them. Weekdays are quieter, and there may be fewer vehicles, but really all the dangers are still there in a lower concentration. And there is a great vibe on the weekend. My other substantial peeve, and what will most likely spoil a weekend visit for me, is the large number of vehicles (cruisers, sport bikes, and cars) that simply will not yield to allow a pass. This engenders frustration for all, and tempts riders into more dangerous passes than should ever be necessary.

I've ridden just about all the other roads that people are recommending in this area, and they are great, but there are several features of the Gap that truly make it special for me.

Bone
11-19-2005, 08:18
I agree entirely 2cats.

If someone catches you from behind,they're riding faster than you.Let them pass immediately.Less "pressure" n everyone that way.I can't stand to have a faster rider behind me.

That's another point for this thread.If you go to the Gap,you will NOT be the fastest rider there.DON'T compete!