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Old 01-11-2012, 10:59 PM   #21
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:25 AM   #22
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I rode it on the FJR, which is big and heavy but it would have been more fun on the CBR 954 or something like an SV-650..

That is one of the "bucket list" of roads but I didn't like it as well as some up in Arkansas and southern Missouri
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OK I will stop preaching now.
Good, because most of what you've said about it has been . Sorry, but if you want rolling scenery and don't like tight winding roads, then why would you even go to deals gap???
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Good, because most of what you've said about it has been . Sorry, but if you want rolling scenery and don't like tight winding roads, then why would you even go to deals gap???
Like I said, to be able to say you've been there and done that. My point was there are better roads around there and others have agreed.
Now let me ask you a question...

Have YOU ever ridden "the Tail of the Dragon"?
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Like I said, to be able to say you've been there and done that. My point was there are better roads around there and others have agreed.
Now let me ask you a question...

Have YOU ever ridden "the Tail of the Dragon"?
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Didn't see a single accident, police officer and barely any traffic... You must have gone at the wrong time.
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It's definately all about the timing.... Summer time sucks, spring/fall are much less crowded.

And so far as "better" roads, it really boils down to what type of roads you like.

There are plenty to choose from of all varietys!
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It's definately all about the timing.... Summer time sucks, spring/fall are much less crowded.

And so far as "better" roads, it really boils down to what type of roads you like.

There are plenty to choose from of all varietys!
One of your trips out there I'm somehow going to pull off being a stowaway. Just gotta figure out how to hide a 636.
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One of your trips out there I'm somehow going to pull off being a stowaway. Just gotta figure out how to hide a 636.
You should check out Arkansas as well.. some decent stuff out there
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I went in October. Too much traffic on the weekends. Lots of cars crossing the yellow, lots of cruisers not letting you by, the locals however are very friendly people and will let you by, there are really tight corners with gravel, there has been on-going construction, there is always someone wrecking there. When we entered the Skyway, as soon as it started opening up, there were 2 Harleys that wrecked. Traffic was blocked for hours while they brought in the airlift. The scene is spectacular though. After you make a loop through the Dragon and Cherohala, stop by all the overlook to enjoy the view and take LOTS of pics. It's a great getaway but do not expect to do any fast riding there on the weekends. Not many cops on Dragon when I went, there were a few on the Skyway...I believe it is a federal ticket (park rangers?) on the Skyway. There are much better riding in North Carolina/VA borders. Push Mountain, Pig Trail/Ozarks, Southern Missouri is closer and what I prefer for a day trip (I dont live in TX )
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If you are trailering, you can park your trailer along the river right before you enter the Dragon, coming from Maryville. There are a few of these large gravel lots along the road to park. Maryville is big and has lots of hotels.

Also....dont just blow past anyone on the Skyway on the double yellow unless they wave you by. There are some unmarked units.

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I saw a guy slide his motard into some trees, I wouldn't say "there are several accidents every day that cause traffic." Just seems like you didn't enjoy it and you're making it sound like it's so hard to ride and that no one will like it and that if you don't concentrate you're as good as dead, which is . Don't misunderstand any of what I've said as an insult or attack against you personally. Just throwing in my 2 cents. If it ain't your thing, it ain't your thing.
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Our last fall trip, riding during the week, we saw zero accidents and only one or two cops, not on the Dragon. Very little traffic anywhere.

Last summers trip it was packed, saw two Hardleys crashed on the Dragon, and plenty of PoPo.

Don't go on a weekend and expect it to be empty or unpatrolled.
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I think my bike is over-power for this kind of ride...
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Sarcasm or serious? You've expressed some interest in going in March, which is why I ask.

Here's some of the guys I went with, they seemed to be doing just fine

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highly recommended !
But its not only deal's gap, there are also other fun rides like the skyway and other rides through small towns etc.
The language was somewhat of a problem at times !
But overall great fun, I would recommend to go when there is a major event like the "Honda Hoot" as they offer other activities too, like free BBQ's and white water rafting and other activities, plus the cops seemed a lot more forgiving at that time.
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