Killboy failure Dragon Fest

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by SCQTT, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. thetable

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  2. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod Red Clay Halo

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    That was one of those F800GS's. Wheel bearings probably went out right at that moment, or he lost the rear from all the oil pouring out of the valve cover gasket.


    :evil
  3. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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  4. txwanderer

    txwanderer Been here awhile

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    You got a tire like that around Tyler?? Oh, uhmmm, yes, yes you do. :huh
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    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    :hmmmmm

    Not quite sure what you're getting at...

    But, I don't think it was this thread that I mentioned that the only riding I get to do is my commute. With three kids and all the stuff they do (plus the fact that they are awesome and I just want to be with them), I really can't get away for a ride that often. Well, I could, but then I would have to sacrifice other things. Motorcycling is great, but it is far from my top priority. For now, I am happy with just commuting. I'll get more twisty stuff as time goes on, but I am very content right now. The above picture is a side effect of what I am able to do now.

    All that said, yes, there are some pretty twisty roads in east Texas if you know where to look. :ricky
  7. 100mpg

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    20 a year on one 11 mile road. :eek1 They should put that on a sign at both ends, with all their pictures, along with the family pics...maybe others would not treat it like a race track.
  8. jmlmjmjm

    jmlmjmjm Been here awhile

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    You read it wrong. There were 20 deaths through April of last year, 28 through April of this year.

    I'm afraid it's only a matter of time before this road gets straightened, closed, or neutered in some way.
  9. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    By the end of April 2011 THP says 20 people died in motorcycle accidents in Tennessee.
    Numbers for the entire year declined 18% over 2010.



    :1drink
  10. 100mpg

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    "By the end of April 2011 THP says 20 people died in motorcycle accidents in Tennessee."
    what did i get wrong? now wait a second...
    now I dont understand any of it...

    "By the end April 2011, 20 motorcyclists died on the road. THP says at the end of April 2012 that number rose to 28."

    So, from April 2011 to April 2012 it was 28? or 28 SO FAR in 2012? :scratch
  11. GoGo Gadget

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    I heard it as that many moto deaths in the state for the year, not at the Dragon.
  12. thetable

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    Tennessee has more than 11 miles of roadway.
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    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    The WHOLE state is more than 11 miles.
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    :lol3 not according to this thread...

    I missed the "Tennessee roads" part untill I un-muted the sound, then reread it.
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    Many people confuse deaths from as far away as 100 miles as being "on the Dragon". The Tail of the Dragon is only 11 miles long and the following facts pertain only to those 11 miles. There are more motorcycle deaths on other roads in Blount County Tennessee than there are on the Dragon each year.
    2011 - One death: August 3 Tennessee sportbike rider run over by 18 wheeler at mm 5.
    2010 - One death: August 28 South bound sportbike rider off road and hit tree. Another death at Wheelie Hell in August technically not on Dragon.
    2009 - Five deaths: HD rider from Miami went off road, reason unknown (possible heart attack). Friends and LEOs searched several hour before finding body. A female HD rider died at mm 5.0 when she went off the road. Another female died a month later in the same area. A 66 year old Goldwing rider died near mm 8. A 49 year old died two months after crashing at the Hump.

    Source:http://tailofthedragon.com/dragon.html
  16. dwoodward

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    Dude, it's the news. Why the hell would they want you to get the facts?
  17. Bill Harris

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    Ah, for the lighter, simpler days gone by: two-up touring on Honda 350's with ape-hangers when ATGATT meant a snap-on face shield:

    [​IMG]

    Them was da days. Peace, Bro.
    From the "Historical Dragon Photos" page of tailofthedragon.com.
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    I think I see at least two army field jackets there - those were considered protection just like jean-jackets were back in the day.
  19. ScEd

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    Ah-Yess, the good ole days for sure, Paratrooper jump-boots and a M60 field jacket and you were a safety nazi. Wearing a Bell or Buco helmet and you were over the top. And no head-lite requirements.
  20. ibafran

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    FYI, all y'all: US20, in Illinois 'tween Freeport and Galena, used to have a sign reading "Congratulations, you have just survived USRT20" at each end leaving the road segment. AFAIK, these signs have been removed for a number of years. This section of highway made the top 10 'most dangerous US roads' list for many years. While the road itself was not particularly challenging, its scenic vistas were highly distracting and its location had many impaired users due to no other way to get thru the area. Also, at one time there was a sign upon entering the section that read something like, "US20, extreme danger next 40 miles". I suspect that the local 'tourist' industry and civic institutions had a lot to do with getting these signs removed to improve revenue without actually making the roadway any safer beyond re-pavement to keep it smooth for the tourists. Lots of DBBL YELL and artificially low mph limits added over the years with LEO 'protection'.