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Old 06-25-2013, 06:22 AM   #21796
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Ben?
Nope. Francois

But Ben is in the picture a few posts back. He's standing on the flat bed while the bike is being lifted up to it.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:16 AM   #21797
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:21 PM   #21798
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Must be a weird place to live near. How many bike and car wrecks a week happen on that section of road, lol. :

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Old 06-25-2013, 04:27 PM   #21799
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at least $800 for retrieval and towing.
bike was totaled.

He is still hearing at that incident.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:00 PM   #21800
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I commuted that road daily from 2000 until 2007. Butlers was out there often, as were Foothills Towing, Tellico Motors, Moody's, etc.. I'm positive that it wasn't exclusive. For several of those years I was the guy at the store that used to call the towing companies. There were companies that wouldn't respond after a while. I'd see it all too often. Someone with good intentions would witness a wreck, come rushing into the store, and get us to call an ambulance and a tow truck. By the time either of those services got there the guy who crashed had gotten up, brushed himself off, and ridden away or his buddies had gone to get them in their truck before the cops could arrive.
I was going up our local version of the Dragon (Salmon Falls Road) a couple years back and came across a young guy who'd run wide on his new sportbike and ended up in the ditch. He and the bike were scratched up (no gear as usual), but it looked like the bike would run (his three buddies had returned and pulled it up on the shoulder). I pulled over as they were standing around pointing and talking. Distant sirens could be heard. I said "Do you hear those sirens?" Nods all around. "You'll be getting a ticket when the CHP gets here for speed in excess of conditions. You should get on your bike right now, and get out of here unless you can afford a ticket to go with all that scratched bodywork".

Here's hoping some lesson was learned, but I doubt it. At least the People's Republic of California got shorted a few hundred dollars.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:15 PM   #21801
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[QUOTE=bigdog99;21726664]I was going up our local version of the Dragon (Salmon Falls Road)"

Haha I know that road well! Used to jump off the bridge in the summer and ride dirt bikes up there. That road was really fun as a teenager hauling ass on an MX bike with knobbies! Cops didn't like it too much. I don't have any reason why? :sly:





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Old 06-25-2013, 07:56 PM   #21802
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Must be a weird place to live near. How many bike and car wrecks a week happen on that section of road, lol. :
The weekly number of wrecks vary greatly. Weeks or months can go by with very little incident, then you get a week from Hell where there are numerous crashes and maybe even a death. Overall the Cherohala Skyway is more dangerous since the speeds are higher. One of the most dangerous roads in the county isn't the Dragon though. It's a straight stretch of road called the Alcoa Motor Mile, where all the car dealers and the airport are located. Locals call it the "I'll killya motor mile".

You wouldn't believe some of the crap I've seen on the Dragon. Group get togethers were the worst, where everyone shows up on the same kind of bike. The R1 club, the SV club, the V-Max club, the WRX club, the Miata club, etc. I've seen proof multiple times that peer pressure and testosterone don't mix.

For those that don't know, most of the Dragon is in Tennessee. The Deals Gap store in NC is 7/10 of a mile from the TN/NC border. People would crash, then their buddies would ride back to the Deals Gap motel and get their truck/trailer, go up and retrieve them, then the whole gang comes back to the motel, evaluates the damage and then decides to call the police for an insurance report. So let's recap... you crashed, you left the scene of the accident, you left the freakin' State, and then you called the police? Can't tell you how many times this happened and not once did it turn out well for the person.

Then theres the "one turn Louie's". Drive all night after getting off work 3 states away, get to the motel at dawn on Saturday morning, unload the bikes before even checking in to their rooms, then taking off up the hill from the store doing a two gear wheelie and stuffing it into the ditch instead of making the very first turn. Sometimes funny, sometimes stupid, and a couple of times fatal. It's sad.

I've been run off the road by vehicles in my lane, I've had the edge of a bulldozer blade on a wide load tear the shoulder patch off my jacket when the oncoming blade was hanging over the white line on *my* side of the road and I was riding in the grass to avoid it, I've seen passengers fall off, cars flip, bikes and cars catch fire, people stop in the road for no reason, cars and bikes make U-turns in blind corners, etc.

After 7 years there I saw more than my fair share of blood, exposed bones, death, crying, and tragedy.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:16 PM   #21803
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I'll tellya, GapRunr, it's them dang flatland tourister cracker-croakers that make The Gap dangerous...





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Old 06-26-2013, 12:17 AM   #21804
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Holy shite GapRnr can I respectfully remove my "lol" from my post? That's nuts I didn't think it could be that bad!! Guess that's what happens when a stretch of road becomes nationally recognized. The stories you tell are the reason I think track days are SUCH a good idea. They force you to wear gear and you get safety barriers and gravel pits instead of trees, semis, and other bikes to run into head on.

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Old 06-26-2013, 02:00 AM   #21805
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And, apropos, Killboy is back for the week:









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Old 06-26-2013, 02:40 AM   #21806
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:52 AM   #21807
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Ouch.
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:06 AM   #21808
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Looks like things are going to end badly for dayglo dude.
Yeah seriously, unless there's a magical hidden secondary road where he's aiming. :sly::

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Old 06-26-2013, 03:57 AM   #21809
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at least $800 for retrieval and towing. their hotel was about 60 miles away.

bike was totaled.
He should have bought a Dual Sport
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:56 AM   #21810
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Looks like things are going to end badly for dayglo dude.
I'll give him this- at least he's leaned over trying to make the corner. Unlike a lot of the photos we see where folks are just riding off the road seemingly without even trying to turn.
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