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Offline stevewaclo

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The Dragon
« on: September 19, 2016, 09:40:06 AM »
While I am confident few of the mature, responsible Nighthawk riders represented by our Forum engage in the activities described here, it may be of interest to read what others do, as related by this BBC article:


http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160912-the-treacherous-road-with-318-turns


My opening sentence is not cynical. You wanna ride like a racer? Go to a track, where you may measure your skill against others in a reasonably safe environment. It's a humbling experience.


Being a squid on public roads is selfish and irresponsible!

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2016, 10:49:00 AM »
Know that this is what the Dragon has become when you go to ride it.  Your best bet is to go early in the morning before most of the traffic hits.  And it isn't just motorcycles. 

My opinion of the Dragon?  Meh.  It was more work than it was fun.  I can say I did it and that's good enough for me.  I'm sure I'll do it again, taking other virgin riders on it.  But I don't have any real interest in doing it again.  There are many better roads in NC than 129.

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2016, 04:59:43 AM »
I have to agree, I've done it several times on different bikes.  I thought 28 was much more fun.  But I can say "been there, done that, got the golf shirt". 

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2016, 07:12:04 AM »
While I am confident few of the mature, responsible Nighthawk riders represented by our Forum engage in the activities described here, it may be of interest to read what others do, as related by this BBC article:


http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20160912-the-treacherous-road-with-318-turns


My opening sentence is not cynical. You wanna ride like a racer? Go to a track, where you may measure your skill against others in a reasonably safe environment. It's a humbling experience.


Being a squid on public roads is selfish and irresponsible!

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2016, 09:44:10 PM »
Thanks for posting BBC's article on The Dragon. I've often heard The Dragon referenced, but had never read up on it. Sounds like a blast!
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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2016, 02:57:53 PM »
My ST1100 bears a dragon sticker from a previous owner.  Alas, I have not had the pleasure of riding that twisty blacktop.

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2016, 04:14:44 AM »
The first time I rode my ST1100, I thought I needed to take it to the dragon.  Alas, never did make it on that bike.  Rode it first time on a Concours, 2nd on an 84 700S, and 3rd on the 96 NH750.

Also, it's the Tail of the Dragon, but seems to have been shortened lately.

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2017, 03:58:40 AM »
I rode the dragon earlier this year and I'm in no hurry to ride it again. I had much more fun on 60 out of Zanesville, oh down to Marietta, oh and on the 555 on the ride back to Zanesville and less traffic. rode as much of them as I could standing on the pegs, must be getting bores with those roads too

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2017, 09:51:35 PM »
 pcorn1 Still though, looks intense!   ridn2

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2017, 03:15:17 PM »
  pcorn1

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2017, 07:00:51 PM »
"Announcement for those planning to visit between April 17-29.  We had heard rumors that this might happen, but now we have confirmation.  Looks like the Dragon will be closed for 30 minute intervals then open for 30.  Spread the word." —Tail of the Dragon

https://www.facebook.com/tailofthedragon/posts/10154534245298067:0
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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2017, 02:04:51 PM »
wow that's extreme ! will that be safer or encourage people to go faster due to open road?
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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2017, 05:50:08 AM »
If they're going through the trouble to open and close it, chances are they'll be on it like ticks on a hound.  I'm wondering why just those dates though?

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2017, 09:32:58 PM »
My Sales Mgr. & his wife trailer their ST 1300 down at 1am tonight; Stoked for'em!


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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2017, 07:46:29 AM »
Riding the Dragon Is on bucket list.

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2017, 04:22:36 PM »
Riding the Dragon Is on bucket list.

Ditto.


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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2017, 05:04:43 AM »
Riding the Dragon is all well and good, but don't miss the other roads in the area.

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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2017, 09:13:46 PM »
Riding the Dragon is all well and good, but don't miss the other roads in the area.

Yeah, I've heard The [emoji236]Dragon is just the tip of the iceberg.


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Re: The Dragon
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2017, 04:56:14 AM »
And at least for me, it's not the best part.  Cherahola Skyway, Blue Ridge Parkway, Hellbender....too much good riding to do in a day or two.

 

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