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post #1 of 11 Old 08-16-2015, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Rode Tail of the Dragon

So this past Saturday I did a late afternoon run at Tail of the Dragon. The 2014 650 v was perfect. 3rd gear most of the run up and down. Mine is still pretty stock and it cornered really well. Brake earlier and accelerate through the corners. Not to crowded due to late day wh9ch was a bonus. Also did 500 miles mostly slab on Friday alone at decent speeds and it also did this really well. I'm so pleased I can do 80 mph on slab and my biggest complaint is my helment buzzy. Givi windsheild was a real bonus plus adjustable quickly. No side bags just a drybag bag and top case. Plenty of power if driven hard which I think it likes. Runs really good at 6600 rpms. I belive every bike is alittle different and crossing 11.5 K in just under a year I think I got a pretty good one. Happy rides......
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It used to be a much better road but is still nice if you hit it at the right time like you did. If you get a little further north try out the Devil's Triangle. It is really nice with almost no traffic. We hit it every chance we get.

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Just up in the mountains from here - we thought about popping over for breakfast this morning. Not much of a hassle most of the time, still fun. I've been popping over to NC via 129 since the late 1980s. Here is the last trip: Powerhead Productions - killboy.com at PhotoReflect.com - Dragon Photos-Sun-July 12, 2015-killboy.com I didn't take the VStrom, but the Moto Guzzi was plenty fun. So many great roads around here, also NW GA is full of fine rides!

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I like the looks of the Guzzi. Never owned one and know nothing about them but I dig it.

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The Cherohala Skyway I thought was a lot more than the Dragon. The best part of the dragon IMO was the tree of shame...priceless.
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-17-2015, 12:21 PM
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Good deal. The Dragon is great fun, and especially on your style of bike. You can still have fun at 35-45 mph on our bikes.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-09-2016, 04:54 PM
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Planning on riding down there from New York this spring on my dl100, he's been there a few times and knows some good dirt trail riding in the area too. Really looking forward to the trip.
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I've been frequenting the Suches loop (AKA Blood Mountain) in North GA the past few months. It's got some great twisties only an hour from my house.

I hear there also might be some dirt/gravel roads up that way... If you're into that type of thing. Haven't found em yet, but I'm always on the lookout.
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I'm hoping to get to that area this spring, haven't spent much time east of the Mississippi.
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I'm hoping to get to that area this spring, haven't spent much time east of the Mississippi.
You are in for a treat when and if you do.

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