Deal's Gap...minor disappointment

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Jocassee, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. Jocassee

    Jocassee Petrolhead

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    So after reading up on the gap I finally rode it yesterday on the DR. It was a top-notch piece of road, certainly challenging but not really any more so than some roads we have in SC. For instance US-276 between Bald Rock and Caesar's Head is great (although admittedly the tar is in rougher shape than 129). US-178 between Rocky Bottom and Rosman is another great road. Although it can be crowded on the weekends, it's certainly not any worse than the Gap. There are more drivewys in some spots though.

    Perhaps if I set up with a booth and camera in one of those places...:D

    I did ride and have fun and will undoubtedly do it again. If any of you were up there yesterday between 5 and 6 PM and you saw a white n' blue DR with a rebel flag stuck on the front scraping pegs on the turns, that was me.
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  2. pacadermng67

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    I dont know, I rode it a week ago and had an absolute blast. I had more fun on that road than the Cherohala Skyway, Beartooth Highway, CA - 1, and VA 16. While all of those roads have good qualities and are unique, I thought Deal's Gap was something special. Maybe it was just the day I happened to ride all of those other roads, but I was able to get in a very nice rhythm going curve after curve. The only road I have had as much fun on is CA -3 up in Northern California. I was able to get in the same rhythm out there as well.
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  3. MrTwisty

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    The Dragon sucks. It is way over-rated and everyone should stay away. Go ride the Dixie Highway or something.
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  4. Bearded Hooligan

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    I agree that the Dragon is a major bust. There are so many roads in the area that blow it away and have no where near the publicity. If you need a tour guide hit me up. I would be glad to show you some great, low traffic roads that make you forget what the Dragon is. Whenever someone mentions the Dragon I laugh and thin about what a poser they must be. :D
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  5. Pork Butt

    Pork Butt Save the USA

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    so are all roads in VA :D



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  6. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    Especially 16 from Tazwell to Marion and 58 around Grayson. They REALLY suck. The Blue Ridge Parkway is MUCH better, stay on it.
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  7. 6gun

    6gun Been here awhile

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    You're a liar Jocassee, The Dragon is the bestest and all MC riders who are anyone will go there to prove themselves! Thereby tying up all law enforcement officials in the area and leaving virtually no traffic on the other roads. To help others along I will continue to spread the good word of The Dragon far and wide!
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  8. Goldburg

    Goldburg Been here awhile

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    I love going up and down all the roads that connect SC11 and US64 in NC. You left off 130/281. It might be my favorite. Speed on the 130 section can roll on up there...:clap
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  9. Jocassee

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    I've done 130/281 many, many times in the car, which is fun enough, but on the bike it's magic. The curves on 130 are just tight enough to make it fun but most are wide enough that you don't have to scrub off speed.
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  10. JTucker

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    Been there, got the T-shirt. Not bad except for the traffic. If I'm back through there I'm sure I'll run across it but I can't imagine going there just for that road. There are too many other roads just as good or better way closer.
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  11. Pork Butt

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    421 is just as bad .....



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  12. Pork Butt

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    try Wed around 9am :evil


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  13. Guy Young

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    This should be added to the "Why I Hate Virginia" thread. :rofl
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  14. Chazzman

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    It's a little more challenging on my GL1800 than, than my V-Strom... There are many better roads even in that.

    Check out the below video... If it doesn't work Google: Yellowwolf rides the dragon, pretty cool if you haven't seen it.






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  15. kitesurfer

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    the one thing the DRAGON has that all the other good roads don't have is squids in your lane. i've had cars in my lane there and they did not present a problem or me. but the squids in my lane are riding way above their skill level and cannot control their speed. i hate to admit that i live in Florida because of the Florida boy reputation up there, but I have never heard any sportbike rider in Fla brag about riding the dragon without somehow including the details of his crash.
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  16. CapoGreg

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    The Dragon is OK, but like many other have said, there are a lot of better roads in the area. That being said, most of the other roads are relatively unknown so the Dragon's publicity makes it a destination for riders from out of the area who want to ride an easy-to-find place.
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  17. Mike OD

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    NC 226A and 209 -- for me, more technical than the Dragon, but I'm old and slow anyway.
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  18. Angry Wookie

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    The Dragon was fun to do once, but I've definitely ridden better, less crowded roads. So many roads to ride, so little time :ricky
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  19. sagedrifter

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    For me its hard to beat 28 around the lake. Smooth pavement, high speed, off camber corners... I love it. Tellico and Robinsville has good food and motorcycle friendly places plus the camp grounds and the primitive areas. The fishing, the old growth forest in Joyce Kilmer, the rafting down on 64... You miss so much just riding through.

    When I go up to Robinsville, Deals Gap is not the high light. Although it is not crowded at all on the week days after 5pm. Its rather empty with cars, just a few bikes here and there. Many times I'll run it at 5:30 pm and never see another bike. I like to ride 129 through the gap in the evenings as the sun is going down. Very light traffic, little police too. Lots of great roads around there. I mix up the forestry roads in with 143 and the John Brown back through GA on dirt down to Ft. Mountain to see pavement again and back across to Alabama. Its a great two or three day ride. Some times I'll head down through Highlands down War Woman back through 60... But, the Cherohala provides relief during the summer so, I make it my main point and choose different paths to get there!

    I also like Marion, VA as a base too. Lots of cool county roads up there. The best pavement has always been Western NC though. If Cruso NC, wasn't so far I would stay up there more often. I love the Southern portion of the BRP. When I lived in Morganton, NC I was on 181 just below the BRP. After work I would blast up 181 to the BRP or 221 and loop back on 180 and sneak through the little roads, some gravel back to 181 and them home. Many times at 6am. I would still venture over to Hot Springs and 215 or head north through Boone and hang out in Marion or hungry Mother SP and ride 16 up till I got tired. All of the Appalachians are great motorcycle roads. I just change it up with alternating favorite stops... Now that I'm in AL I don't go as often, that run across Rome GA sucks... I'm 106 miles till Ft. Mountain or about 120 to 18 into the forest. This time a year I avoid riding across there in 100 degree temps. Come on fall.
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    And WV :evil
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