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 Post subject: US 129 Dragon
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:24 am 
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Saw Jim Tom from Moonshiner's want to ride his 50cc scooter from NC to Nashville. He was going to take US 129. The one part is called the dragon. 5000' rise in elevation and over 300 turns. Anybody ever ride it? Tell us about it and on what bike.


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 Post subject: Re: US 129 Dragon
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:20 am 
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The Tail of the Dragon is a very well known bike road famous for its curves and also for the number of motorcycles that come to grief on it by getting a little too enthusiastic and tangling with road conditions or other traffic. I haven't been on it myself , but am planning a run down to that area next spring which will take in the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I rode a section of the BRP last summer and really enjoyed it. The Dragon strikes me as a little bit more dangerous because of its popularity and the potential number of idiots you might encounter there either on 2 wheels or 4.

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 Post subject: Re: US 129 Dragon
PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:29 pm 
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My first Adventure on the Dragon, was back in the summer of 1972 on a Honda cb750-4, packing double. No speed limit or LEOs. Traveled the Dragon twice that week, in the rain. This is before the Dragon got Famous as a motorcyclist speedway.

In Oct of 2006. My wife on her Suzuki 800 Intruder and me on a Kawasaki VN-750 had another Adventure on the Dragon. Motorcycle Traffic was light, with 6 LEOs with radar guns checking Speed. Speed Limit at that Time was 45 mph.

In July of 2007. My wife and I, toured the Dragon on our Rebel 250s. Motorcycle traffic was moderate. 10 LEOs with radar guns. Lots of tickets written. Speed Limit Posted at that time was 35 mph.

In July of 2008. Another Adventure on the Dragon on our Rebel 250s. We were staying at a Time Share Resort, named Fontana Village. Their was a Sports Car Meet and Rally going on at the same Time. Resort was filled to overflowing. No need to be in a Hurry. Traffic on the Dragon was filled to capacity. Speed Limit was Posted at 30 mph. Very seldom could you reach the posted Speed Limit. More than a dozen LEOs, with radar guns. Not a very enjoyable Adventure.

Hwy 28, from Deal's Gap to Franken, NC is a more enjoyable ride. Speed Limit Posted at 45 MPH. About 35 miles in length.

If you aren't a Knee Dragger. A steady stream of motorcycles will be passing you. At a High Rate of Speed. So Be Careful and watch your "6".

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 Post subject: Re: US 129 Dragon
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:56 am 
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I've ridden the Dragon several times, on three different bikes. This was my first trip in 2009, on my Vulcan 500:
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The next year, on my 900:
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Finally, in 2012, on my Voyager:
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As others have said above, it's an experience that every rider should try at least once, but in my opinion, there are better roads out there without the publicity or the crowds. Hwy 28 is a good option, also mentioned above. In North Georgia, one of my favorite roads is GA 60, between Blue Ridge and Suches. Its not nearly as technical a ride, with a lot more sweeper, better views of the scenery, and less traffic.

But you should experience the Dragon at least once, and if possible, don't do it on a holiday or a weekend. Traffic has become unreal on those days.

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 Post subject: Re: US 129 Dragon
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:43 pm 
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It can be pretty annoying to have one of your favourite places or pastimes 'discovered' by a magazine or some other medium. If you feel like a 20 minute tirade, ask a fly fisherman how he feels about this.
My wife walked the 800 km Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain last year. Toward the end, they got wind of an "Oprah" film crew 'discovering' the already heavily-attended pilgrimage. The general sense was one of dismay.
Yeah, I know. This sounds a little selfish and misanthropic.
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 Post subject: Re: US 129 Dragon
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That's interesting Brent.. My wife walked part of the Camino Last September too. I think all the women in Fredericton have been there now.

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 Post subject: Re: US 129 Dragon
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:32 pm 
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Jim: that got me thinking, and I realized it was actually September/October 2013 that she was there. So, two years ago. Time flies when you're in a coma. Anyway, yep, you're probably right. She walked with 5 other women from Fredericton, as well. She was the only out-of-towner in the group. If I'd known she liked to walk so much, I'd have gotten her a paper route years ago.
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 Post subject: Re: US 129 Dragon
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I got to do the Dragon with one of my good brothers from another mother Newt. We have a great 3 day ride. One day down, one there and one back.


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 Post subject: Re: US 129 Dragon
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I finally toured the Dragon in June of this year. My buddy and I arrived there early in the evening headed north to Knoxville. I was on my BMW GS and he was on a Road Glide. needless to say he waved me by.
Unfortunately I caught up to some guy in a Toyota about halfway up. I slowed way down and let him go for a bit (passing is not a safe option on that road) and then sped up and caught him again a couple of times. Finally he decided he was going to lose me and picked up his pace which made it a little more interesting for me and a lot more interesting for him. We had just finished the south end of the Blue Ridge Parkway that day and really enjoyed all the roads in that area. Very pretty country.

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