I happened to catch a way above normal heat wave in that area a couple of years ago. Highs in the 60-75* range for almost a week. This was in late February. The road was deserted. The Dragon store(and others) were not even open yet. I tent camped at an USFS site that had power and showers. I did bring along the space heater and an extension cord as the mornings were a bit brisk for this FLA wimp.
I rode the Dragon and the Cherohala twice, along with a bunch of the other fun stuff up there.
I'll be up there again in April for almost a week, staying either at Kickstands or Suches.
The first time I rode the dragon I didn’t know I was on the dragon. It was just another narrow mountain road to me. Then I stopped at deals gap and realized what I had just ridden. On the way back west I had to keep telling myself to not look at all the skid marks heading off the road. Didn’t even notice them when I didn’t know it was the infamous ‘tail of the dragon ‘. lol.
I will ride it when it is the best way to get where I want to go, but not during tourist times.
I have found the best time is after the commuters, but before the sport bike wannabe racers wake up.
Yeah it can really be unpleasant sometimes during peak crazy season. I am able to pick and choose when I want to ride it. Best time during busy season is weekdays later in the evening. I ride it mostly after getting off from work
Rode it twice after work today once east then back west.Home bout 7pm. Virtually deserted. Crazy season for right now is still only weekends but soon to change. It was great. Rode my own pace without worrying about any traffic. Was able to enjoy the road and the scenery
If you want a rundown on the windscreen mod
send me a message... stops the noise and buffeting.
I use 2 helmets... no, not at the same time :rolleyes: and
the helmet that is the less quiet of the two on my
ZX10R and ZX12R is now the quieter helmet on
the Versys. The quieter one on the Zs has a...
I rode bout 170 mi. Cherohala Skyway and Smoky Mtns. The Tail of the Dragon is the best route from where I live to most of the best riding in my area therefore I consider myself a veteran of the Dragon with about 200 crossings in the last 15 months. Per Twowheeladdict I tried to get my bike in...
Decided to head out to Bridgeton, Indiana yesterday. Talk about in the middle of nowhere! The nearest gas stations are a very windy indirect 20 miles away in Brazil or Terra Haute. But the trip from those to Bridgeton on winding, wooded, farmy and lake-addled bucholic roads pays off dearly.
Even tho' yesterday 'dawned' at about 12C (54F), forecast to go to 24C (75F) by mid-afternoon, I decided AGAINST wearing ONLY mesh gear, tho' my 'Joe Rocket' mesh jacket is a mesh/armor INNER that zips to a water-proof outer jacket, easily removed in several minutes, and easily stored in...
This will be my first multi-day trip RR... bear with me as I am learning to get better at these. I will break down each day into it's own sub thread for easier tracking.
My cousin and I had planned a ride out to Colorado over the winter, his brother lives in CO Springs so we planned on staying...
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