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Old 06-17-2013, 03:11 PM   #21616
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Woah tough crowd here
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:12 PM   #21617
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What is it with these morons on the wrong freakin side of the road? Now, I'm just some cheesehead rider from Green Bay, done most of my 225,000 miles plus riding in Wisconsin and the midwest, but even I can easily handle the Dragon. We have some hairpin turns in Wisconsin. Not easy to find, but we got em.

Now, I have not ridden the Dragon on a bike, but I did do it in a rented Mustang back in 2000. A Tuesday night, had the whole thing to myself, cept for one Chrysler that waved me past, and on couple on a Hawg. They also waved me past because he could NOT lean the bike even five degrees off verticle.

The little Mustang was howling through the turns! I did the entire Dragon in 2nd gear (automatic), and a few times I saw 70 on the speedo. What a hoot! But not once did I have to use the opposite lane to manage the turns. Cherahola Parkway was a nice drive too, Bob Seger blasting on the stereo, sun roof open, what a night driving back into Knoxville during a lightning storm.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:20 PM   #21618
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Not a Fail, but there is a certain symmetry in this image. Almost like a time-lapse photo:



Countdown to New Killboy: about 36 hours.

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Old 06-17-2013, 07:44 PM   #21619
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What is it with these morons on the wrong freakin side of the road? Now, I'm just some cheesehead rider from Green Bay, done most of my 225,000 miles plus riding in Wisconsin and the midwest, but even I can easily handle the Dragon.
You are preaching to the choir here. The awesome riders in this thread have never crossed a center line. Not only that but they know the precise lean angle for every turn and how much to hang off their bike at any given time in said turn. A real bunch of douchbags, er, um, I mean pros around here!
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:13 AM   #21620
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$.50 cent soda in the machine at the yamaha shop in modesto.
As of two days ago,had a tire mounted there and a pepsi. :)

My dog, rides better than some of these jerks.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:47 AM   #21621
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:05 AM   #21622
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What is it with these morons on the wrong freakin side of the road? Now, I'm just some cheesehead rider from Green Bay...snip...Bob Seger blasting on the stereo, sun roof open, what a night driving back into Knoxville during a lightning storm.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:47 AM   #21623
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Only one visible license plate in the group, and it's the same guy who still has turn signals. The other guys just might get to bring home a TN award, handwritten on a beautiful multipart paper form!
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:55 AM   #21624
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Only one visible license plate in the group, and it's the same guy who still has turn signals. The other guys just might get to bring home a TN award, handwritten on a beautiful multipart paper form!
Not all states require MCs to have turn signals. (only 18 states require them)

TN is one that does NOT require them.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:07 AM   #21625
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Not all states require MCs to have turn signals. (only 18 states require them)

TN is one that does NOT require them.
Sure, but haven't they been a federal DOT requirement going on almost 40 years?

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:10 AM   #21626
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Sure, but haven't they been a federal DOT requirement going on almost 40 years?

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Nope. There are DOT requirements listing specifications for signals IF used. But there is no DOT requirement to have them on NON-Commercial vehicles.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:55 AM   #21627
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another hack job failure having fun at our expense

I met him at the 2 stroke rally last year. That bike is far from a hack job. FZR brakes, egt gauges, ignition hooked up to a smart phone so he can change ignition maps on the fly. Looks like crap. He's got a sticker on the tank that says "What a fuckin toilet"

The rd400 he had down there was way more impressive though. Had a full on sand drag banshee motor in it. Said he couldn't make a full pass there on a full tank of fuel with that bike.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:07 AM   #21628
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Made my first trip to the Dragon...

Just got back from the Can-Am Spyder Owner's Event out in Maggie Valley this past week... had a blast. BRP puts on a really nice gig, great rides, great free food. If you check out Killboy or 129Slayer for 13-14 June, you're likely to find PLENTY of Spyder fail.

During my trip the GF and I finally got to ride the Dragon after reading about it all these years (alas, on the Spyder instead of my bike). My noob impressions:

1. There are a LOT of grumpy poseurs on this board: make no mistake, the Dragon *is* objectively a great road if all you're counting is quality corners and solid pavement.

2. That said, it was only great for us because we woke up dog early to leave Maggie Valley at 6 am on Friday in order to beat the Dragon rush. Riding it ~8:30 am on a chilly Friday morning, there wasn't a *single* rider or car ahead or behind us on either our pass north or return south. When empty, it's a great road.

3. However, I'm positive when it's NOT empty, that road is a nightmare. I spent a lot of time in the area riding behind slooooow bike and car traffic afraid of any kind of cornering. All these awesome twisty roads in the Smokies, and time & again the riders turn them into straight lanes at ~15 mph. I imagine I'd prefer to swallow a basket of hornets than be stuck behind a parade on 129.

4. This was my first rally, and I learned a valuable lesson within the first few hours: group rides are NOT for me. While it was awesome to be around a zillion other Spyders for the first time, there wasn't anything great about being BEHIND said Spyders, especially the ancient retirees trucking along on their RT's. I bought my Spyder because it's like taking an ATV onto pavement, it's unique fun in its own way and a great change of pace from riding two wheels. Alas, it's obvious many owners bought them because they're too infirm to ride two wheels-- and they're still afraid of *three*. Yeah, the Smokies scenery is nice, but I've got pretty mountains here at home, too-- what I *don't* have are those great roads, and I wanted to ride them, dagnabbit!

Oh well-- I love the old riders, too: they were great people to meet and hang out with, DECADES of motorcycling experience. Besides, they keep Can-Am in business, so more fun for me!

Anyway... I don't recall failing too much on the road. It's definitely technical, but nothing too insane. I had no idea where the cameras were set up, so I made sure to spend as much time hugging the WHITE lines to ensure I didn't embarrass myself in this thread.

However, here are the obligatory pics, so fail away, I'm at your mercy!

* Disclaimer: I'll save you the first fail-- no matter that I've bought her three pairs of armored pants, the GF still insists on wearing plain old jeans while riding most of the time. Not happy with it, but it's her choice, and at least she gears up everywhere else.



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Old 06-18-2013, 08:21 AM   #21629
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Great report, Dave.

But... izzattacartire?

Sorry.

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Old 06-18-2013, 08:45 AM   #21630
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4. This was my first rally, and I learned a valuable lesson within the first few hours: group rides are NOT for me. ...................

Oh well-- I love the old riders, too: they were great people to meet and hang out with, DECADES of motorcycling experience. ............

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I don't do "group" rides, but riding with 3-6 other riders with similar skill, and all enjoy a spirited ride is great fun.

This spring my riding consisted of a group of 2 to as many as 7, but we all string out, and ride our own ride, no "rules" just have fun. Believe me when I say, we don't hold up 99% of the sport bike riders out there, in fact they hold us up! And the average age is about 60, ranging from 29-74. In fact the 29 year old rides from Texas to ride with us.

Just to give you an idea of our pace I wore out a new set of pilot ROAD 2ct, after 2700 miles.WooHoo BTW, front was worn out too, this is not from burnouts.
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