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Spring Break 2013. Dragon time!

This Spring Break, 01SVTyler and I are planning a motorcycle adventure! My other riding buddy, Gary, says the Dragon is one of many roads that I have to tackle as a right of passage, and I'm pumped about riding it! One of my best friends lives over in Dahlonega, GA so we'll stay a few nights with him and the 3 of us are gonna conquer the Dragon. My buddy in Georgia rides a Vulcan 750.

We're gonna stay off the interstates as much as possible and take a more scenic route.

So here's the agenda so far-

Friday Evening (3/15/2013)- Depart Central AR, head to Marion, AR for the night (Tyler's house) via Hwys 38,33, and 64

Saturday (3/16/2013)- Depart Marion, AR and head for Dahlonega, GA via Tennessee highways 15, 64, 41, and several others. The roads through eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia seem pretty twisty which makes the trip look very promising

Sunday (3/17/2013)- Take Atlanta by storm. Get a good night's rest.

Monday (3/18/2013)- Ride the Dragon. I am thinking it's better to ride on a weekday since there will be an increased chance of traffic on the weekend. Am I wrong?

And now I need some input. What are some incredible roads to ride? What roads should we avoid at all costs? Are there any camping sites that would make for a nice destination?

Anyone care to join us or meetup to ride the Dragon?

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I rode the yellow loop and it was a lot of fun. Some of the northwest section was a little boring(compared to the dragon and the skyway), but all in all totally worth it. When i was down there i also rode the foothills parkway, throughout the smokey mountain park and wanted to hit the blue ridge parkway, but ran out of time. I stayed near pigeon forge because i was down there for a family reunion but would recommend staying away from there. Stoplight Hell! I only got to ride 2 days because of the family stuff, but it seemed like anywhere you go in the area is fun and worth seeing. I cant wait to take another trip down there with some motorcycle buds.

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The dragon is a lot of fun. Keep your head on though and don't out ride your own abilities. Going on a weekday is a good choice and traffic should be much lighter. US 129 is the main one, but you can't go wrong with pretty much any of the roads in that area. I took US 28 all the way from the Dragon down to South Carolina and rode through some amazing views along the way.


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My first trip to the Dragon was '79 when it was hardly known. Since then, it has grown in popularity to an all out free-for-all on weekends. There are plenty of other roads that are just as good, if not better, but I would venture to say that everyone should ride it once up and back. This could be a useful reference for the general area:

https://www.madmaps.com/roadtrips/smoky-mountains

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They both don't know how to ride.... Not surprised that happened considering how they were taking those corners.

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Dang rednecks, .

Too much bike lean, no body position at all. Got hung up looking at the bikers on the side of the road, then target fixated on the other side of the road.

Exactly the kind of guy I DON'T want to ride with.

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Don't be that guy. Can't ride for shit and makes himself look like an ass once he opens his mouth.

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I've youtubed quite a few vids and it seems like all of the accidents happen when they attempt to ride out of their experience envelope. I refuse to be that guy. And besides, we'll have the excuse of going slow to wait on Robert on the Vulcan so all is well

Have any of you guys had a small pup tent to carry along? I was thinking along the lines of the tiny Walmart special.

I still need to buy some saddlebags, and the Ogio bags on Motorcycle Superstore just went on closeout with the ZAP20 20% coupon brings them down to around $100

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Damn, you are going to beat me there by more than a month. Oh well, maybe next year convince your school that spring is the first week of May.

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Damn, you are going to beat me there by more than a month. Oh well, maybe next year convince your school that spring is the first week of May.
Screw that, convince mine!

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One of my best friends lives over in Dahlonega, GA so we'll stay a few nights with him and the 3 of us are gonna conquer the Dragon. My buddy in Georgia rides a Vulcan 750.
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damn, you changed your wha-cha-ma-call-it before I could call you Tirone

This campsite has been added to the agenda-
Camping at Hunting Island State Park

And these have been placed on Robert's and Tyler's wishlists-
Purchase the Disney Princess Tent for less at Walmart.com. Save money. Live better.



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I can already imagine you two, snuggling and bromancing in your little pink tent.






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I can already imagine you two, snuggling and bromancing in your little pink tent.






Oh, and welcome Surak. _\\ //
but there will be 3 of us, all pitching tents

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Take 2, scene 5 "Brokeback Dragon":

"If you pitch my tent, I'll pitch yours".


CUT!!! That's a wrap!!!

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I can already imagine you two, snuggling and bromancing in your little pink tent.






Oh, and welcome Surak. _\\ //
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but there will be 3 of us, all pitching tents

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but there will be 3 of us, all pitching tents

No homo

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Dude, I called no homo.

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Dude, I called no homo.
He obviously means that needing 3 separate people pitch tents is bad. If it's a good tent, it should only take 1 person. Get your mind out of the gutter.

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Some friends and I hit the Dragon in October. We rode on a Thursday and the traffic was minimal. Most of the cars will pull over and let you go by but from my experience most (not all) of the Harley riders would not pull off and we were stuck riding at a whopping 20 to 25mph behind them. We were able to get 2 good runs in early in the morning but a tractor trailer got stuck in the middle before we could get another one in. We ended up hitting the Cherohala Skyway instead. My advice is to try to stay to the right of your lane. We had a lot of people in our lane going around corners. Also, try to hit it early in the morning. We noticed the traffic dramatically increased after 10am. Most of all, enjoy yourself and ride at a comfortable pace. You're not going to set any records and if you try you will end up like the guys in the video.

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Thanks for the tips, jtaylor! We'll definitely take things slow and enjoy ourselves since the last thing we want is to donate parts to the tree of shame!


Just an estimate of the anticipated miles-
Lonoke, AR to Marion, AR (134)
Marion, AR to Dahlonega, GA (480)
Dahlonega, GA to Tail of the Dragon, NC (110)
Tail of the Dragon, NC to Dahlonega, GA (110)
Dahlonega, GA to Hunting Island Park (302)
Hunting Island Park to Dahlonega, GA (302)
Dahlonega, GA to Lonoke, AR (614)

At a minimum puts us at over 1700 miles

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Have fun and be safe. Only notch roads up here that are twisty like and they aren't nearly as long. Also what was that guy doing throwing his ass over on the bike it's not a snowmobile or atv let the bike do the work for you.

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Built a rack and mounted some luggage!
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Holy crap that rack looks hefty. How are you securing it to the bike?

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The rack is integrated into the passenger section of the bike. I used a sheet of .050" aluminum and bolted it to the seat. From there, I used fender washers on the bottom to secure it, and the rack bolts through the plate and seat. The toolboxes and seat weigh about 14 pounds ready for luggage. On the forward bolt between the rack and box I have a tab to mount a bungee to tie to the passenger pegs.

I favored this setup over the alu-rack for a few reasons-
1) Dat pelican case. is. HUGE. (and was a pain to swing my leg over)
2) This setup is easily removable if I need to access anything under the seat
3) It consisted of scrap aluminum whereas my other ideas required welding

Speed tested the assembly today on my commute to school today. I'm already liking the storage (Ken Phenix can relate )

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It was nice to arrive at school, get out of my gear, pull the backpack off the rack (instead of it usually residing on my back), and place all the gear conveniently with the bike instead of dragging it to every class (but I don't look as cool walking to class )

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So you had to actually make holes through the passenger section of the seat? And if I'm reading this correctly, there are no fixed mounts to any hard parts on the bike? If you take off your seat, you essentially take off the entire rack. Is this correct?

I'm worried about your setup breaking the seat and flying off the bike. Load up your boxes with anywhere from 15-20 lbs of stuff for traveling and it could be too much stress on the plastic in the seat. If you hit a bump hard enough, the bolts could rip through.

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Sckill, you interpreted the design correctly. However, I felt the loads and stresses on the seat couldn't be any worse than having a passenger on board. Sure, the rack bolts to it, but by bungee strapping the boxes to the bike, it keeps the setup from swaying and isolates most of the load to keeping the forces up and down instead of twisting and potentially breaking. It would have been a lot worse if I didn't have the flat plate between the aluminum angles and the seat plastic to spread the load across the entire passenger section. Only time will tell if my macgyver(ed) setup is gonna work. The seat plastic is pretty tough and resilient stuff and the fender washers keep the load spread out.

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I would still find some place to securely mount the rack like the grab bar screws and through the screws through the passenger footpegs.

True that the seat can take the weight of a full passenger, but a passenger's weight only presses down. The seat isn't designed for the opposite where a passenger's weight pulls the seat up and the plastic parts that secure the seat only need to account for securing the seat to the bike. Add your rack to the seat and now the plastic parts of the seat have to hold down both the seat and the entire weight of the loaded luggage rack. The bungee cords may help stabilize it a bit, but those things stretch and can act more like a spring than a tie down.

Don't worry about needing to pull the seat off. You shouldn't need the storage space under the seat if you have luggage.

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Reporting from Dahlonega, GA! We haven't been able to find a straight road since we crossed the TN/GA border

I don't have a way to upload pics quite yet but they will be posted in due time.

Both bikes have operated flawlessly, and since our arrival, I've stripped the 919 of boxes and windshield. Having a modular bike is pretty cool; one day she's set up for touring, then stripped down and ready for hooning

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Here are a few pics from today! My dad tagged along on his ST1300

And nevermind we all had red/black jackets. We called no homo.
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The dragon is a lot of fun. Keep your head on though and don't out ride your own abilities. Going on a weekday is a good choice and traffic should be much lighter. US 129 is the main one, but you can't go wrong with pretty much any of the roads in that area. I took US 28 all the way from the Dragon down to South Carolina and rode through some amazing views along the way.


28 was an awesome ride! We rode it specifically to cross South Carolina off the list and it was quite the scenic tour!



We rode the Dragon on Tuesday afternoon and pretty much had the place to ourselves since it was a little chilly. We stayed at the Deal's Gap Resort and called it home base while we explored the skyway and other roads that area had to offer, and it was definitely a trip of a lifetime!






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This is the full route we took leaving Dahlonega to get to Deal's Gap and our little adventures around the area plus the return trip on Moonshiner 28.

A semi flipped just ahead of us on US Route 19 leaving Dahlonega. We backtracked to Stonepile Gap taking GA Route 60 to Suches and then taking Wolf Pen Gap (GA Route 180) to connect with US Route 129.
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Looks like a great trip so far. I'm seriously thinking of making another trip down there this summer on the 919.

Keep the shiny side up and don't forget to slap a dragon sticker on your bikes!

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49/50 visited on two wheels. 1 more to go!
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The trip ended for 01SVTyler and I last night around 9pm after spending 2 hours stuck on I-40 less than 50 miles from the house

And it would not have been a legit motorcycle road trip if we didn't get at least a little rain




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Wow, that's dirty lookin! Looks like a blast though! Glad you guys made it back safe and sound!

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