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Old 01-13-2012, 03:55 AM   #41
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Definitely a trip I would love to make... either the tail or skyway or any highways out that way. You just aren't living until you ride hills where you have a view and feel like your in heaven.
People are allowed their opinion and I take it all, kinda shows when to really go and how experienced you should be.
It would b an awesome trip to do as a group especially with the cabin idea.. keep it in mind for fall....
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:30 AM   #42
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I'd like to go one day. Be sure to check killboy's site for your pic
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:41 AM   #43
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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.
I don't want this to turn into a contest between us but I want to clarify.
I enjoyed the Dragons tail a lot but I see people that haven't been there speaking about it like it's a motorcycle mecca. I'm just trying to inject a dose of reality.

To be clear...
At times (like when I was there) it can be covered up with people and the popo presence can be thick. Weekdays too (sometimes, that's when I was there). There is little scenery on the tail of the dragon and you wouldn't have time to look at it, if there was. There are plenty of steel guardrails, dropoffs, trees and rock walls so mistakes can be harsh.
On the other hand it IS the twistiest paved road in North America AND has decent pavement. It's very intense and WILL be a fun ride.

By contrast there are other roads in the area that allow for a less intense riding experience with less traffic and fewer representatives of local courts, while providing places to pull off, take a break and enjoy the view.

I highly recommend making a trip to the area a priority. Explore the region without a map sometimes. Our experience was, even when we were lost the roads were excellent. Take time to ride from the "Gap" over to the Blueridge Parkway. It's got really nice pavment, sweeping turns, little traffic and beautiful views.
The Cherohala Skyway is 50 miles of open sweepers and nobody around. Every mile or 2 you can choose to stop at scenic overlooks and it ends in a nice little town of Tellico Plains where you can gas up and have lunch.

To summarize;
The Deals Gap area is awesome, you should go!
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:52 AM   #44
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I don't want this to turn into a contest between us but I want to clarify.
I enjoyed the Dragons tail a lot but I see people that haven't been there speaking about it like it's a motorcycle mecca. I'm just trying to inject a dose of reality.

To be clear...
At times (like when I was there) it can be covered up with people and the popo presence can be thick. Weekdays too (sometimes, that's when I was there). There is little scenery on the tail of the dragon and you wouldn't have time to look at it, if there was. There are plenty of steel guardrails, dropoffs, trees and rock walls so mistakes can be harsh.
On the other hand it IS the twistiest paved road in North America AND has decent pavement. It's very intense and WILL be a fun ride.

By contrast there are other roads in the area that allow for a less intense riding experience with less traffic and fewer representatives of local courts, while providing places to pull off, take a break and enjoy the view.

I highly recommend making a trip to the area a priority. Explore the region without a map sometimes. Our experience was, even when we were lost the roads were excellent. Take time to ride from the "Gap" over to the Blueridge Parkway. It's got really nice pavment, sweeping turns, little traffic and beautiful views.
The Cherohala Skyway is 50 miles of open sweepers and nobody around. Every mile or 2 you can choose to stop at scenic overlooks and it ends in a nice little town of Tellico Plains where you can gas up and have lunch.

To summarize;
The Deals Gap area is awesome, you should go!
See this I can agree with, the first two posts seemed a little harsh is all.
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:00 AM   #45
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go up to NW Arkansas and Southern Missouri and ride - it's a lot closer, scenery is just as good, people are nice and THE ROADS ARE FABULOUS.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:17 PM   #46
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man, that was a fun trip for me. met up with some buddies along the way and we stayed (probably 8 or 9 total) at some KOA cabins in Tellico Plains. We had to take the Cherahoula (sp?) parkway to get to the Dragon, and while I did find that part more fun, it was all a blast, though the Dragon was something entirely different. Well under 50 the entire time (rarely even out of 1st gear) and scraping pegs all over the place. We rode once on Saturday, and then again on Monday before heading back, and I have to say that Monday was much preferred to the traffic of the weekend.

Of course, my first run through I got stuck behind a Sheriff (SUV in front of me in the attached pic), but gave me some time to at least take it slow and get a little familiar. It was good for me to be forced to go slow my first time thru.
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I was there this past April. Got there on a Tuesday and Left on a Friday. The closer it got to the weekend the crazier it got. I suggest going during the week if you don't want to deal with traffic on the Dragon.

Tons of slow speed curves, don't think I ever made it passed 3rd gear on the Dragon

Also, +1 on staying off the yellow line through turns. 18 Wheelers run through a lot of those two lane highways out there and they are all over the yellow line in the curves.

You'll have so much fun you won't want to come back to Houston
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Also, +1 on staying off the yellow line through turns. 18 Wheelers run through a lot of those two lane highways out there and they are all over the yellow line in the curves.
This. I rode up there back in '06 on a 883 Sportster. Had a blast, made a couple passes up and down. Last pass I decided to slow down and enjoy the scenery, 18-wheeler coming the other way decided he needed my lane more than I did through a blind turn. Managed to miss the head on collision and instead hit his tandem axle, spent three months in a wheelchair. Went back in '07 on a Ducati to dispell the demons and rode Cherahola as well as Hwy 429 up near Johnson City. 429 is everything Deals Gap is but more of a local's hangout (less traffic) and only one cop patrolling on a CHIPs-era KZ1000. Well worth the couple hours ride to get up there.

All that being said, I am glad I have ridden Deal's Gap, but would probably never ride it again. As Bumblebee stated, there is a lot to love and a lot to hate about it. There is a tree hung with broken MC parts at the resort for a reason. I would rather spend the money on a trackday at Barbers.
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