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Old 08-01-2013, 06:24 PM
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My Tail of the Dragon run

Took a 2 day trip to the Tail and here's some pics. I know, I could of been hanging off a bit but... 318 curves in the 11 miles from the Tennessee border to the bridge @ the bottom... this doesn't count all the curves leading up to that point! I did a little shake and bake but couldn't keep up!! It's quite a work out!

Less talk, more pics.
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I found that the 3 different photo tents messed me up a little. For that split second I saw them and realized there was a camera pointed at me, my line was a little off. That's why you see me on the wrong side of the yellow. It didn't happen regularly.
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Go ahead, call me a pic-hoe.

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Old 08-01-2013, 06:35 PM
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Nice pics. Really looks like a fun ride..
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I found for my riding style and 16/43 gearing, it was in 2nd & 3rd gear almost the whole run. I personally trail brake a lot. When I tried to roll on throttle mid turn the bike would twitch due to drive line/gear lash and the high torque nature of the beast. Knowing this, the fastest way through turns (for me)was to slowly roll off throttle but not the whole way going into turns using front brakes. While tipping it in, I switched to rear brake to set speed while still using a little throttle, then I could roll on heavy throttle without any snap.

The Dragon was amazing! Videos and words don't begin to do it justice. The banking of the turns does not come through on the screen. I took tons of vid with my GoPro but haven't sorted through it yet. I'll have to post the spot where I passed an 18 wheeler going the other way!!! If it would have been @ the right place @ the wrong time, my experience might have been very different!
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:50 PM
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That's the problem with riding public roads, never know what you will
be faced with. Caffeine wasn't so lucky last week, but will make it out
OK. Glade to see you managed to enjoy it to it's fullest without any issues.

Maybe someday, will have the opportunity, but, still just a thought for the moment.
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Absolutely amazing experience! I hit it pretty aggressive my last two runs. Managed to drag a peg feeler for the first time. I will go back, regularly.
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Curious as to what your suspension setup was?
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NICE!! wow looks like you had the entire road to your self!! I only got to go through on the sunday and it was very busy.. glad you had a good one.. if your not back yet.. my crash was on the 28, you may still be able to see the marks of the bike on the road and brush folded back.. 9 days ago now.. I'm walking ok but can't drive yet.. ribs are still in alot of pain.. Doc said to take a month off work! I may take a week or two.. more then that and I'll go crazy!
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Pic hoe LOL

You have some nice pictures there so many to choose from. Looks like you had a fun day out. I just wished we had roads like that over here.

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Old 08-01-2013, 07:28 PM
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Very good to hear things are getting better! I got a lucky break, I read that early in the week was the best time to go and the weather cooperated! I ran 28 twice and the Cherohala Skyway once. All of 'em I practically owned!

Bammer, my Hawk has an Ohlins shock and Race Tech .85's in the forks w/ properly set sag. Forks raised a few mm's. I really need some valve work done up front, hopefully by the next time I go.

Carl, I do have a bunch to choose from. They run about $6-7 each with a discount if you order more. So I gotta pick wisely!
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Stay in your lane! Looks like you had fun
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I was at the dragon last weekend with my YZF group taking pictures but I didn't get any of you sorry :lol Kind of funny that you were there the same weekend I was and 3 days later I buy a hawk and join the forum
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I was there 7/29&30 so we might not have crossed paths. Did you get to ride at all during this trip and do you have any good pics to post? I had my wife try and take a few but they didn't turn out so great. When our camera takes burst shots the display goes black and it has no view finder. It would be cool to meet up w/ some other Superhawks next time. The friends shots would be awesome from the tents.
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All slrs will go dark taking burst shots while the mirror is flipped up, my canon does the same. It was raining while I was there (Saturday) and the 29th and 30th I was buying my bike. I'm only 3 hours from the gap though so on an empy weekend its not a huge issue to make the trip up, ride some, and go home
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Very nice, one of these days I will have to get there as well..
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I think we are all very jealous of your ride, and anyone who has had the oportunity to take a crack at the dragon, I'm trying to set up a group of the guys I ride with here to get a cabin for a week in early spring next year.
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I'm concerned about how exposed your neck looks in these photos. One flying rock to the Adams Apple could ruin your day.
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Originally Posted by sheldonsl View Post
I'm concerned about how exposed your neck looks in these photos. One flying rock to the Adams Apple could ruin your day.

Now you're just knit picking.
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oh man nice pics, makes me miss my SH...I'll have to hassle the guy painting the fairings and tank to get em back to me so I can get her running and on the road again
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Nice pics.

I rode the dragon pre Hawk daze, on rented HD & I went in the Fall - No one was on it, but it was also 12 or 13 yrs ago, so I don't think it was as popular as it is today.

IDK if I'd do it during the Summer, with the amount of attention the place gets.

But that area to ride is amazing.

Glad you made it back safe.
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Bought a few, thin one is 1 of my favs.

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And to the nay-sayers, Metzeler z6 front (sport-touring) and a Bridgestone BT023 rear. No drama, not optimum IMO, but gripped fine.

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I think we are all very jealous of your ride, and anyone who has had the oportunity to take a crack at the dragon, I'm trying to set up a group of the guys I ride with here to get a cabin for a week in early spring next year.
The YZF group that I go to the dragon with meets the last full weekend of July every year. We stay at the Iron Horse Lodge in Stecoah. Its a nice ride from there to the dragon, 55mph and honestly is a much nicer ride than the dragon itself. lots of easy curves with the harder stuff and long sweepers mixed in there as well but with enough of a break between to not tire you out completely. The owners are great people and the prime rib on saturday night is melt in your mouth and to die for. I always make sure to show up and hang out at the meets if nothing else on saturday to have some They have bunk houses on the cheap as well as places to throw a tent on the cheaper with nice 24 hour bathroom/shower house. As well they have much MUCH nicer cabins and such and if you make your reservations early they have enough room for a couple of large size groups.
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Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
Took a 2 day trip to the Tail and here's some pics. I know, I could of been hanging off a bit but... 318 curves in the 11 miles from the Tennessee border to the bridge @ the bottom... this doesn't count all the curves leading up to that point! I did a little shake and bake but couldn't keep up!! It's quite a work out!
Track days wear me out! Lol. Riding at the edge is quite a workout.

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I found that the 3 different photo tents messed me up a little. For that split second I saw them and realized there was a camera pointed at me, my line was a little off. That's why you see me on the wrong side of the yellow. It didn't happen regularly.
Excuses! You just got caught on film, Squid!
Nice ride. Thanks for the pictures.
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Tail of the Dragon is an surreal experience! First time I've ever been on a public road where the cops don't hassle you. I saw one policeman in the four runs that I made. All you had to do was mark his spot and slow a bit going into his spot. The rest of the 13 miles it was full on. Great time, wish it wasn't 13 hours away!
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Wolv, forgot to ask last time. Did you just suction cupped the go-pro on the
side fairing, or do you have some sort of bracket ?
I have trust issues with suction cups.
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I have trust issues with suction cups.
I do too, which is why i use this
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I am a hobbyshop owner and I have a trailer I go from track to track to to sell parts at races, I took the aluminum sign off my building at one point and stuck it to the side of my trailer with this stuff and drove 70 miles to a race.. sign didn't move. However I left it there a little too long (a few months) and the tape became a Mother to get off without peeling some paint with it
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Wolv, forgot to ask last time. Did you just suction cupped the go-pro on the
side fairing, or do you have some sort of bracket ?
I have trust issues with suction cups.
I used one of the adhesive mounts that comes with the GoPro. They stick very well!!

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