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Old 11-30-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Comparing Deals Gap to the Hill Country?

I've had some questions about the roads in the TN/NC area..

If you have ridden both, please post up your thoughts...

My lasting impression is how smooth the roads are overall.
The Sisters area just chew up tires like nobodys business; the Gap not as bad, but more on the sides..

There are no real straights for relaxing on the backroads, all in the mountains and trees so no idea what is around the next turn

The Dragon is VERY tight, 5-15 mph marked corners that just pile on back to back to back...

If you have ridden the good roads in Arkansas you have seen similar, but overall the TN/NC area is more technical. A LOT of 1st gear stuff.


When Viffer and I made a Hill Country trip after hitting the Gap, it was actually a let down!
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:07 AM   #2
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yeah, i rode thru deals gap on the way back home w/ a new to me 'busa, a bit un-nerving for a flat straight lands rider like me..

let alone the size and weight of the bike.

i like the skyway mo betta
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I haven't done the sisters but I used to live and ride in Austin and rode out that direction a lot. I've also been to the dragon three times.

Even the tightest stuff in Austin (with the exception of lime creek) doesn't hold a candle to the dragon. There's a certain cadence to roads that run through the mountains with how the curl around and switch back that you don't get without, well, mountains. I question which is more dangerous... if you run it a breakneck speed, definitely the dragon. Its way more blind and you just can't see what's coming with a mountain in the way. Plus if you go down you're going right into a mountain, oncoming traffic, off a cliff, or into a guardrail. On the other hand if you're not riding to the wall, you are probably going to be doing less than 40 if you go down so its not like a lot of the hill country where you'll be doing 60-70 even if you aren't pushing it all that hard.

The closest thing I've ridden to deals gap is lime creek road in Austin. Also blind, also tight, but it doesn't have the same cadence and there's a few more straights. Its also nowhere's near as long.
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yeah, i rode thru deals gap on the way back home w/ a new to me 'busa, a bit un-nerving for a flat straight lands rider like me..

let alone the size and weight of the bike.

i like the skyway mo betta
I like Blue Ridge Pkwy much mo betta than the Cherahola.

Cherahola seemed to have a little sketchy surface.. may have just been the tires tho since last trip was fine.

I really like NC28 better than the Gap; better technical mix and far less traveled.

You better know how to toss the bike around on the Gap area roads; lazy or body steering won't cut it.
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First and last rule of any mountain riding is

STAY IN YOUR OWN LANE!!!!!!!!!!!

No room for error, your focus better be high... and us fat old man types are wore OUT at the end of the day.. LOL!!!
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I like Blue Ridge Pkwy much mo betta than the Cherahola.

Cherahola seemed to have a little sketchy surface.. may have just been the tires tho since last trip was fine.

I really like NC28 better than the Gap; better technical mix and far less traveled.

You better know how to toss the bike around on the Gap area roads; lazy or body steering won't cut it.
right, and that busa was set up to handle vs drag strip
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I like the pigs trail in the Ozarks much more to DEALS GAP. THe reason deals gap sucks is because everyones there and tons of morons. Its a great road, but the roads around it are better. That being said, I enjoy Southwest Wisconsin near the River....no one out there..nocops...tons of awesome roads you can get lost for hours.
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Just have to pick the right time to go. Summer, weekends and holidays are the WORSE!
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Hill country....watch for deer

TN/NC watch for bears..

The roads at the gap are good in season...after the winter its all tore up
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grew up in NC, been in Texas long enough.

Crowds are about the same and so is the level of idiots.

Both are OK in a pinch.
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Just have to pick the right time to go. Summer, weekends and holidays are the WORSE!
I been in the off season, its still kind of eh. Unless you go Tues-Wed...but that never works out great. I rather go to Wisconsin though. Well first I have family in MN and also Chicago is a fun time to with lots of Moto shops
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I been in the off season, its still kind of eh. Unless you go Tues-Wed...but that never works out great. I rather go to Wisconsin though. Well first I have family in MN and also Chicago is a fun time to with lots of Moto shops
I go on these trips to get away from the family and the shops

It's about the roads!
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