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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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A little trip to the Dragon and a few pics

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Took off early morning with intent of a 1,500+ mile road trip on this new Versys.... Dragon-bound.....
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A lot of two lane roads, and some good scenery.
Here's a remarkably clear stream.
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Made a fuel/food stop. I don't like the way that Dino is eyeing my Versys
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Foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains
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A motorcycle notice? This is a new sign. Of all the times that I've ridden this road, have never seen this one.
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OK, this one looks familar
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I wonder who owns this blue Versys?
Searched high and low for the owner.
After an hour, I just continued on my journey.
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Mister Dragon.....
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PROOF of my journey.
Remember folks - no pictures - it didn't happen !
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One of the more tame curves.... (this one had a spot to pull off to)
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Top of the Dragon, looking down on the dam. No, I don't know which one.
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The weather was low 60's in the mornings and upper 70's to 80 in the afternoons on the Tennessee side.
Heavy overcast and windy on the North Carolina side of the mountains and about 10 degrees cooler. Probably due to the hurricane crawling up the coast.
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That's all there is for now. There are a lot more photos, but I'm too lazy to post them.

This was an easy trip. No one tried to run over me. Everyone was friendly. No surprises.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 10:31 AM
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Great pics Kevin, that would be an awesome ride. The dragon has been on my bucket list for years, maybe some day. Glad you enjoyed your trip! That sure is a good looking bike too!
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Looked like an awesome trip! Glad you had a pleasant day on the dragon, it can be crazy this time of year. Next spring gonna try the Cherohala Skyway.
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Great pics Kevin, that would be an awesome ride. The dragon has been on my bucket list for years, maybe some day. Glad you enjoyed your trip! That sure is a good looking bike too!
This was my "walk-about" - which I do a couple of times each year.

This time I gotta take the Wife along.
She does NOT ride on the back of a Versys !!!
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Looked like an awesome trip! Glad you had a pleasant day on the dragon, it can be crazy this time of year. Next spring gonna try the Cherohala Skyway.
I came in from the South - ran the Cherahola Skyway
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Then Dragon - Foothills Parkway and then headed up north to Mountain City and took U.S. 421 (The Snake)
with a stop over in Shady Valley and a trip east about 6 miles to the stone arch.
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.... and no trip would be complete without a run up the Back of The Dragon.....
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The dragon and cherohala are both excellent. Be sure and do blood mountain on lower 129, and what ever you do don't miss The motorcycle campground and lodge. Two wheels of Suches.
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[QUOTE=This time I gotta take the Wife along.
She does NOT ride on the back of a Versys !!!


I know what you mean the versys suspension is a little stiff especially as compared to a Wing, the best 2 up bike on the planet. IMO
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I just made this trip two weeks ago. It's a great way to see the Great Smokies. I didn't even mean to head to the snake but it is wonderful!
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Here's a photo of me on The Dragon.
This bike has the MotoWerks lowering knuckle and the front-end has been lowered an inch. MotoWerks mirror extenders, Givi D410ST windscreen, Givi PL470 pannier mounts, Tusk 27L panniers, ktm duals rear rack
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Cherahola Skyway
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Went to Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend. Highly recommend you do that during the weekdays if you are not comfortable with double yellow line passes. Lots and Lots and Lots of 75 mph knee down turns on the Versys. Incredible riding!
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Went to Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend. Highly recommend you do that during the weekdays if you are not comfortable with double yellow line passes. Lots and Lots and Lots of 75 mph knee down turns on the Versys. Incredible riding!
I did the BRP this weekend into the week as well. Didn't make it down to the tail of the dragon this time, and I wasn't dragging my knee, but I did find some good twistie sections just off the BRP that I hadn't ridden before. The sweepers on the Blue Ridge with teh background scenery is second to none in my opinion.

I took tons a bunch of pics and vids, and may do a proper write up, but for now I haven't downloaded anything other than this short clip.

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I did the BRP this weekend into the week as well. Didn't make it down to the tail of the dragon this time, and I wasn't dragging my knee, but I did find some good twistie sections just off the BRP that I hadn't ridden before. The sweepers on the Blue Ridge with teh background scenery is second to none in my opinion.

I took tons a bunch of pics and vids, and may do a proper write up, but for now I haven't downloaded anything other than this short clip.

https://youtu.be/t6fqiD1DLaA
Since I have an interest , I need to ask what you are using for a camera, there is some really interesting stuff coming on the market. Don't want to hijack this thread, but one consideration is bike mounted with the ability to start and stop recording on the fly.Also looking at 4 to 8 hrs recording.
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Since I have an interest , I need to ask what you are using for a camera, there is some really interesting stuff coming on the market. Don't want to hijack this thread, but one consideration is bike mounted with the ability to start and stop recording on the fly.Also looking at 4 to 8 hrs recording.
4-8 hours recording is not possible unless you have an external battery pack. GoPro makes this easy. I would always recommend their products as they have served me great. The GoPro Hero is simple and you can plug into the USB slot a charger every once in a while.

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Is an example, very cheap, not possible to change batteries though. Price goes up from there.
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I will be there next weekend Oct 28, 29 and 30. I commented last week that someday I was going to the Dragon. The wife said, our camping along the SC coast were cancelled due the hurricane, so find us a place to stay and lets go! I'm just hoping its not raining. (love your post)

Versys is already loaded tied down in the back of the truck!
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