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Old 12-05-2009, 01:59 PM   #21
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doing both while ur somewhat in the area is out of the question?
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yep, you cross the yellow line... YOU DIE.

the dragon was great but i enjoyed other roads like the Cherohala Skyway more so.
Agreed. The Skyway was always a better ride for me simply because of the peace of mind I had while riding it.

The Dragon is fun, when you're not stuck behind a group of hogs or an 18 wheeler. But it's no place to play "trackday".

Make no mistake....there is NO run off room. You're either going into the mountain....or off it (sort of) and the local riders have NO problem buzzing you.

If you ride the Skyway, make sure you bring a camera.

Oh, and be sure to get a picture of you on the "Dragon Throne". If you don't know what that is....you'll know after you down a cheeseburger and a soda from the resturant.
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:58 PM   #26
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I'm still planning on riding out there and back. Seems like there is a lot of good riding between here and there.
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One more thing.

Give this guy a call if you want to talk about tire choices and especially suspension set-up for a Deal's Gap ride.

His name is Rick and he's a suspension genius. Both him and his wife are super nice and Rick is super fast, especially on the Dragon.

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One more thing.

Give this guy a call if you want to talk about tire choices and especially suspension set-up for a Deal's Gap ride.

His name is Rick and he's a suspension genius. Both him and his wife are super nice and Rick is super fast, especially on the Dragon.

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yup... Rick did my old Bandit forks before the swap to the Busa.
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wow pretty amazing looking ride that looks like it takes some skillZ
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I wanna go. Unfortunately my lack of funds from this slow economy will never allow it
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Make no mistake....there is NO run off room. You're either going into the mountain....or off it (sort of) and the local riders have NO problem buzzing you.
For sure there is no room...coming around a turn on my very first run on the Dragon, I see a guy and girl in leathers standing at the edge of the road looking down the mountain...NO BIKE
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yup... Rick did my old Bandit forks before the swap to the Busa.
Yep. Rick is a cool guy. He can talk for hours over the phone about suspension set-ups and what not, so make sure you have the time before you get him started.
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wow pretty amazing looking ride that looks like it takes some skillZ
Skillz? Yes.

Ballz? Definitely.
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I wanna go. Unfortunately my lack of funds from this slow economy will never allow it
Budget trip...

5 people on the trailer, gas up and back split, rent one of the cabins that sleep 6, eat cheap.

Or ride the bikes (you up to ride yours for 14 hours straight I know )

I just have to decide where I want to go for my spring trip... Hill Country, Arkansas or the Dragon.
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For sure there is no room...coming around a turn on my very first run on the Dragon, I see a guy and girl in leathers standing at the edge of the road looking down the mountain...NO BIKE
Yea. It never scared me at first. But after a few visits when I started getting a little faster, I started noticing just how much room you don't have for mistakes.

I came around a corner and almost slammed into the back of a Gold Wing once. That slowed me down pretty quick from then on. Turns out it's actually more fun just to enjoy the ride, as opposed to trying to see who can make it from the lake to the Gap first.

I never did enjoy the downhill, hairpins. ALWAYS scared the out of me.
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My plan is load the bikes on the trailer (my low boy will hold 5)

Deadhead up (14 hour drive) spend 3-4 days riding during the week, then back home.

Or, ride the bike up and take a week or so to and from.
I would be all over that. Let me know if you need someone to help with gas
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Will do... I'll hit up the usual suspects, then post it up and have the usual long list, and then make the trip with the usual suspects...
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dunno; I've been checking out cabins and such and they have some that sleep 6-8 for a little over $100 a night.

640 miles to the West side of the area, 1300 or so round trip. Truck is not super efficient so that will put a dent in it, especially towing a trailer. Probably need a second vehicle if 5-6 go as mine is only an extended cab and would be snug for 5. After that depends on how long we stay and how far we range. A lot of good roads in that area besides the Dragon.

I can fit 5 bikes safely on the low boy with individual chucks. Maybe more but starts getting a little close. And another in the bed of the truck.
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Skyway is where it's at. I met up with about 30+ bikes from a zx-12 forum and we stayed there a week. I'll admit the Dragon scared the out of me. Skyway is easy to open it up and the views are unbelievable.

We had one guy ahead of me have a get-off into a ditch (fortunately not a cliff or wall). His bike landed on him and he couldn't get up. Several bikes past him up but a few of us spotted him. We stopped and proceeded to pull the bike off him. A couple minutes later, a n00b chick in our group target fixated and slid right into him. Totalled both bikes. The guy busted up his knee pretty good. Glad it wasn't worse. That place is no joke.
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