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Old 07-12-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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Tail of The Dragon

Rode it this past weekend. Stayed in my parents rental cabins, and man was it FUN! Here are some pics from the Dragon. Trying to decide which one or two to buy. . .













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All your gear all the time! Get yourself a proper riding jacket!

Otherwise, looks like a pretty fun ride
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it was closed due to a landslide when i was down there a couple years ago....

i got to ride near it tho lol
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All your gear all the time! Get yourself a proper riding jacket!

Otherwise, looks like a pretty fun ride

Yeah Yeah. . . I had my leather jacket in the cabin, but it was too damn hot. Road rash, smoad smash. Been there done that. lol

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it was closed due to a landslide when i was down there a couple years ago....

i got to ride near it tho lol
It's a fun ride, but don't be too disappointed, all the roads up there are fun. The Cherohala Skyway is my favorite.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:07 AM   #6
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Email killboy and he will make you a good deal on the lot (at least he's done that for me in the past).
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:10 AM   #7
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Yeah Yeah. . . I had my leather jacket in the cabin, but it was too damn hot. Road rash, smoad smash. Been there done that. lol
Oh hell no, I wouldn't wear my leather jacket in the dead of summer! I found a mesh Joe Rocket jacket that has reinforced slide pads down the spine, shoulders and elbows. It cost me about $125 and it was the best investment I've made for summer riding! Living down south where you have a longer riding season, it'd be a good investment.

Oh, decent gloves also. Natural instinct is to put your hands down when you fall so it's easy to tear them up. I picked up a cheap set from Bike Bandit that breathe really well and are nice and comfy.
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fun! i have been on it once in my truck! should have told me would have come out that way. i live about 45min to 1h from the TN end. may go out this weekend with gopro on the truck.

would love a little car to take on it. had to stay in 2nd and 3rd in my truck.
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[QUOTE=MxRacer190;5372257]Yeah Yeah. . . I had my leather jacket in the cabin, but it was too damn hot. Road rash, smoad smash. Been there done that. lol


Safety first, sweat doesnt hurt, however sliding 30 or 40 yards on pavement will leave a mark.
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Yeah Yeah. . . I had my leather jacket in the cabin, but it was too damn hot. Road rash, smoad smash. Been there done that. lol


Safety first, sweat doesnt hurt, however sliding 30 or 40 yards on pavement will leave a mark.
eh. most time guys go off the road. donít stay on the road long.
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Oh hell no, I wouldn't wear my leather jacket in the dead of summer! I found a mesh Joe Rocket jacket that has reinforced slide pads down the spine, shoulders and elbows. It cost me about $125 and it was the best investment I've made for summer riding! Living down south where you have a longer riding season, it'd be a good investment.

Oh, decent gloves also. Natural instinct is to put your hands down when you fall so it's easy to tear them up. I picked up a cheap set from Bike Bandit that breathe really well and are nice and comfy.
Yeah, I know. Road rash only hurts for a few weeks though :P


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Old 07-12-2012, 09:48 AM   #13
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Damn... If you didn't learn your lesson from that, I'm wasting my breathe!

Still very jealous, I want to ride that run sometime before I settle down and get a cruiser.
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I made it down there a couple of times when I had my Buell. It was great fun, but there were several serious accidents during my last week there. Damn if people don't ride like idiots when they are there- hard to have sympathy for a biker who hurts/kills themselves riding a public road like it's Laguna Seca. BTW, I like the third pic- great lean angle shot w/o the other bike in the frame.
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Damn... If you didn't learn your lesson from that, I'm wasting my breathe!

Still very jealous, I want to ride that run sometime before I settle down and get a cruiser.
Anytime you want to set up a trip a guy i work with just went down there in may. said it was the best time. I want to go really bad...there just arent enough twisties up here that i know of kancamagus i hear is good..im gonna take a trip up someday.
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Yeah Yeah. . . I had my leather jacket in the cabin, but it was too damn hot. Road rash, smoad smash. Been there done that. lol

Looks like a fun place to ride. But.....

Too damn hot? I ride with leather jacket (black), full faced helmet(black) leather gloves (black), plus jeans and boots on my Sportbike (bike is black) in Az when its 115 outside. There is no excuse to ride without gear.

And the do make awesome summer gear too.
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Looks like a fun place to ride. But.....

Too damn hot? I ride with leather jacket (black), full faced helmet(black) leather gloves (black), plus jeans and boots on my Sportbike (bike is black) in Az when its 115 outside. There is no excuse to ride without gear.

And the do make awesome summer gear too.
Damn, you're a glutten for punishment! Ride with a reinforced mesh summer jacket and you'll never go back to leathers. It was one of the best investments I've made.
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I have mesh gear and I use it sometimes. I really don't find it to be that bad heat wise and I use the mesh if I'm going out for long rides when its over 110 outside.

I work only 5 miles from home so I just wear my leather gear since its better protection then the mesh.

I just get a bit annoyed when people use the heat as an excuse to not wear gear. Gives sportbike riders a bad rep.
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I have mesh gear and I use it sometimes. I really don't find it to be that bad heat wise and I use the mesh if I'm going out for long rides when its over 110 outside.

I work only 5 miles from home so I just wear my leather gear since its better protection then the mesh.

I just get a bit annoyed when people use the heat as an excuse to not wear gear. Gives sportbike riders a bad rep.
Looks like a fun road, I'd love to trailer or road trip the bike out there some time.

I always wear my gear, regardless of the weather. I've been down once too, and if I wasn't wearing my gear, I would have had a shattered knee instead of a bruised leg. You can't predict stupid drivers and even at slow speeds it still hurts.

The OP has already been down once and he didn't learn his lesson, he'll be a statistic sooner then later.
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I have mesh gear and I use it sometimes. I really don't find it to be that bad heat wise and I use the mesh if I'm going out for long rides when its over 110 outside.

I work only 5 miles from home so I just wear my leather gear since its better protection then the mesh.

I just get a bit annoyed when people use the heat as an excuse to not wear gear. Gives sportbike riders a bad rep.


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Looks like a fun road, I'd love to trailer or road trip the bike out there some time.

I always wear my gear, regardless of the weather. I've been down once too, and if I wasn't wearing my gear, I would have had a shattered knee instead of a bruised leg. You can't predict stupid drivers and even at slow speeds it still hurts.

The OP has already been down once and he didn't learn his lesson, he'll be a statistic sooner then later.
Everyone is a statistic. My friend hit a deer, just as I did, only a few months after me. He had a mesh Icon Jacket, jeans, and coveralls on (it was winter time). He snapped his collar bone in half. He was out of work for 3 months. Shit happens.
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