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« on: February 26, 2014, 06:34:17 PM »

Some interesting bikes herein (even a nose art bike for Pete)  ... also some (many?) "do not try this at home" shots.  A short respite from looking out a winter window.

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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014, 07:09:08 PM »

Hey that looks how Craig, Robin, Pete and myself lined up on Hwy 129!  Or something like that...
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2014, 07:24:09 PM »

Now I know why I was never tempted to ride the Tail of the Dragon.  I was never worried about my ability to successfully navigate those 11 twisty miles.  It's all those others who apparently have great difficulty just riding, let alone doing that stretch of road.  Fun photos, though.  Thanks for the entertainment.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 09:40:47 PM »

Damn! I'm ready to go back up there now!
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014, 11:03:22 PM »

...and then THIS is coming around the bend...no THANKS!



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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2014, 11:56:39 PM »

...and then THIS is coming around the bend...no THANKS!






Not sure how old this pic is as I thought big rigs had been banned from this stretch of highway (not to say they wouldn't still be there).  Anybody know the latest?
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2014, 02:15:19 AM »

Steve, it's not banned in both states so some still come through.  There are HUGE signs warning trucks not to come through but they do.  

Tenn is the largest chunk of the Dragon

http://tailofthedragon.com/dragon_trucks.html

This past summer... just one example.



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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2014, 08:18:47 PM »

Agree with Strompilot.  But that kid in the carseat strapped on the pillon of that one bike was equal parts adorable and terrifying!  I guess they couldn't get a baby sitter:(      (wonder if that's even legal?)

ah ... the dragon ...... when I first started riding I was told I HAD to ride it!  yada yada    So I did.  Numerous times.  I get why some folks go bonkers over it .......... especially if you are flat lander.   But, it has never been my cup of tee.  Frankly, for me,  its 11 miles of curvy road to avoid:)   

I have this one ride were I leave from my place in Cookeville, TN,  hop on I-40 east to 321 and go thru Maryville to the Foothills Parkway which brings you out on .... ta da ... 129!   So I'm going thru the Dragon only because it is between me and the Cherohala Skyway. {my favorite road/ride ever... the Cherohala}  Over to Robbinsville, NC and onto the 143 to the Cherohala.  I end up at Tellico Plains and take 68 back to I-40 again and home.   A nice 300 mile plus day.

I NEVER go on this ride on weekends or Holidays.  Try and go on Tuesday-Thursdays.  The only bike I ever passed on the Dragon had pedals:)   

It's the other bikers that scare the crap out of me!  Last time there I was  passed by 6 sport bikers, in a curve, twice.  I had the last laugh though  as I passed them later because they were all on the side of the road having a chat with a State Trooper:)

I like sweepers way more than twisties anyway.    But if that's your thang .... let it hang.

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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2014, 09:08:51 PM »

My preferences lie in plying roads that have a lot of tight sweepers, nice curves that are fun to go around, but don't require a bunch of technique to keep from going off the road in mid-curve.  I love just tossing the bike around to the left then the right as I go through curve after curve.  The really tight stuff is fun, but a little of it goes a long way.  We used to ride Hwy 21 north of Boise, to the community of Lowman, about 70 miles, give or take.  It has lots of great curves and a number of tight twists.  That ride is so fun to do because it's a good mix of everything, with almost no straight stretches.  Another great ride is Hwy 12 that runs from Lewiston, ID to Missoula, MT.  Great scenery and lovely curves where you can have fun blasting through them, but not so tight that you miss out on the scenery and beauty of the area as you pass through.  It's the Lolo Pass route, and I highly recommend doing that road to anyone considering a ride out west that includes Idaho.  Sorry, but I don't have any videos of it.
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2014, 09:10:07 PM »

But that kid in the carseat strapped on the pillon of that one bike was equal parts adorable and terrifying!  I guess they couldn't get a baby sitter:(      (wonder if that's even legal?)

    

I could not do that..... no way.

When I get on my bike every time I think to myself...  Someone out there is going to try and kill me.   I can't imagine thinking that with a child on board.
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2014, 08:09:30 PM »

Pete & the DN-01 on the Needles Highway in South Dakota... a fun road.

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