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Old 07-23-2009, 05:15 PM   #1
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ANYONE READY TO DRIVE THE DRAGON

"Tail of the Dragon"at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line. World famous 11 miles 318 curves.People travel in small groups (2 and 3 cars)and have a blast. I'm usually the only 2010 up there. Like to get a great shot of you and your car from Killboy.com of Zee foto carving the mountain, here's your chance. Believe me when I tell you, this is what the 2010 was built for.
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Old 07-23-2009, 05:43 PM   #2
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Since I got my bike last year I always wanted to go up there on that, me and another board member have talked about taking out camaro's up there. He lives in TN and well I'm apparently your neighbor. Where you hiding that IOM, Indian Trail is a small town. I can't wait to see orange in person and I can't wait to get my yellow.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:34 AM   #3
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Yeah I'm really looking forward to it. Where did you buy from?
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:59 PM   #4
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Been up there a few times on the bike. As much as I'd like to have a killboy shot in the cammy I ain't takin her up there. I'd sure hate to go to jail for driving someone's crotch-rocket up their a** for running up on me around a blind curve. Doesnt sound like fun on a saturday night to me. That's too bad too, killboy does great work. :(
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:22 AM   #5
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Plenty other good roads around there that arent so hazardous.
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:57 PM   #6
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Plenty other good roads around there that arent so hazardous.
Not to mention the beautiful scenery. We rode up through Tellico to the hatchery on our bikes today. Breathtaking. Cherohala is gorgeous too (of course) and so is Foothills Parkway. All pretty close to one another. Ocoee is another nice ride, but it's a little farther south.
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Old 07-25-2009, 09:00 PM   #7
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I wanted neither and they backed them out of the deal.
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Old 07-26-2009, 12:12 AM   #8
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I took mine through there 1 time about a week after I got her! It was a blast but bought had 2 different bikes hit me so don't plan on making anymore trips up there. Even though it's only bought 15 min drive there. But had to make the trip at least once
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Old 01-02-2010, 08:46 AM   #9
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I have been on the lookout for a trip there. I heard about it from some of my biker buddies, but had some anxiety over doing it on the bike...any trips planned?
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:17 PM   #10
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Heres a good site I used to check every now and then when I use to ride sportbikes up and around that area. Just watch the bikes, the fuzz, the road, and the trucks. www.tailofthedragon.com. It really is nice and beautiful up there, really a fun ride.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:03 AM   #11
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Heres a good site I used to check every now and then when I use to ride sportbikes up and around that area. Just watch the bikes, the fuzz, the road, and the trucks. www.tailofthedragon.com. It really is nice and beautiful up there, really a fun ride.
Depending on the style of bike and helmet you wear, just watch out for the State Troopers. I went up there a few months ago and got a ticket for not wearing an approved helmet. They are real picky there and want you to wear a DOT Approved helmet...
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:48 AM   #12
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We have a road in upstate NY named route 8 that runs through the Adirondack Park that is like that. It has a lot of hairpin turns and ups-n-downs. I took a ride on it last September and it was a blast! While the Camaro held the road great I too had to carefully watch the people coming the other way as they were not holding as well.
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:05 PM   #13
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I'd love to run the Dragon. I read an article about "Run through the Hills" and a big Camaro event last September. Anyone know when/if they're doing it this September?
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:32 PM   #14
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Ran it with my Triumph Speedmaster back in 2006. I had a blast but the wife was not impressed. Cherahola Skyway and the Blueridge Parkway were awesome for the views and the changes in elevation. I did see a trike wreck running Deal's Gap, was pretty nasty.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:31 AM   #15
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never done it would be awesome, although its closed from a rockslide now, estimated from now till april 1st before reopen
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:42 AM   #16
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The wifey and I on The Dragon a couple years ago.

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Old 03-23-2010, 11:16 AM   #17
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sounds like fun.
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:42 PM   #18
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We've got a Gatlinburg vacation planned for May. Planning on running the dragon then.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:31 PM   #19
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Bad news for all you guys wanting to "run" the dragon. US129 from the North Carolina state line to the Foothills Parkway Intersection on the Tennessee Side is closed for a minimum of 14 weeks, possibly extending to August 2010 due to the rockslide that occured. Barricades have been placed at both ends and will be guarded by security and local police agencies. TDOT did remove enough debris to open a lane, but the rock face has been deemed unsafe, so no traffic until they determine how much of the rock face will need to be removed. So, basically the Dragon is shut down - possibly all summer.

I live approx 20mins from the Dragon and rode up to the barricades this past Saturday to confirm the time frame. Its a bad situation locally due to tourism and workers who travel that road everyday as its the only route they can use to/from that area, otherwise its a 100mile detour. NC and TN officials are trying to work out a way to re-open it quicker, but so far its not looking good.

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