I have to add one more comment on this topic . Quite the paradoxical approach is taken overall when it comes to the topic of the " Tail of The Dragon " . Obviously , we as humans have different outputs on the subject which accounts for different inputs .
Again , as humans , we tend to defend what we are most passonate about , and obviously riding is the passion that brings us all together in decent forums such as this one .
Each and every one of us have heeds to offer each other no matter our view point . But the most commonly excepted heeds and warnings are posted on a website that claims to be the utmost authority and the host to the " Tail of The Dragon " riding community .
Honestly , I find their site to be a very " can't get on one side of the fence " paradox in itslef . They too speak largely of the dangers of the Dragon and even spell it out quite clearly . Making large claims about of knowing it all . All the warnings , all the history , every single detail they can think of .
Yet on the same site and in the same breath , they powerfully condone continuing poor rider ethics and even place strongly suggestive information out there to create a strong challenge to those willing to risk themselves and us all for the sake of one run . I mean , you don't see photogs on the side of every curve on I-40 do you . You don't see endless claims of victory of times from which point to which point you need to run to be the fastest and how to acquire the official time on I-70 do you . Then they make a poor disclaimer by throwing out the challenge to beat the best time by saying , " don't try it , you can't do it " .
HHHMMMMM , you see , that's not rider responsibility being passed on to young new riders . That is challeging and promoting a racerhead mentality . Unforunately , if someone wants to be a racer head , I am in support of it . Just go find some sponsors and a track . Why should my tax dollars sponsor their need to be swept up off the shoulder of the road . Not to mention , why should I be swept up with them due to the challenge they read on a website that invited them to come attempy killing you , themselves and foc course , ME .
Not trying to pick solely on the Dragon , because this is a nationwide , highway wide issue . BUT..... The people that are commercially on the Dragon have marketed it from a profiteering point of view at the risk of life and of course liberty for the sake of monetary gain . HHHMMMM
To postup on the WORLD WIDE WEB , and say , " you cannot do this , but this is how WE did it " is a little hard for me to believe that isn't percieved as a challenge .
My point !!! Ride your own ride , but , PLEASE don't kill me in the process . If you saw Ozyran's Post above , he opens with " what he saw on ..... KILLBOY.com " . In all due respect Ozyran , it appears to me you are blaming trucks for committing legal commerce for the problem . Correct me if I am wrong .
It is not illegal for trucks to be on 129 . It is not illegal for them to extend over the yellow line for the sake of commerce ( I mean , you did get your computer on a truck you know ) . But it is illegal to knee drag on the Dragon at 70 mph hour and or cross and or pass on a yellow double line . No matter how slow the vehicle is going that is in front of you .
However , if a truck extends over the yellow line and strikes another vehicle without warning of their coming , the truck is held responsible for the accident . Now , if a bike or car comes blistering around a curve in access of the speed limit and strikes a truck that has crossed the yellow line for the sake of commerce , and the truck is at or under the speed limit . The truck is not held liable .
Here is something most people are not aware of as far as traffic laws go ......
No mater how steep , or how not steep a hill is ..... THE UPHILL TRAFFIC HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY , even if it is across the center line . Why , because it is more difficult to get a vehicle started back up and inlcine . Basically , the guy needing momentum is in the right no matter what . I know , I know , someone is gonna say , but what if it is to steep for me to get stopped and I am going down the hill . You then are going to fast for conditions . I assure you . LOL
Just my two pence and my IMHO . I just wonder why some commercial operations on the Dragon don't have a webiste called . www.Don't-KillBoy.com
? Then again , I have always had to earn my own way in life and really could not , or did not want to afford death or dismemberment . Just the way I am I suppose ..............
Here are some links I am sure most have seen , but this is what I mean about commercialzing high risk with taxpayer dollars . I swear , I am not trying to piss folks off or start a fuss , but when noone matters but ME , I am wrong .