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post #51 of 68 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 08:02 AM
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I have zero desire to ever ride The Dragon. And it has nothing to do with me or my abilities. It is morons like this and the show-boaters that ride beyond their ability that keep me away. There are plenty of less traveled roads that would be just as fund to ride.
We have a road like that. MO-94 between I-64 and MO-47 is one of THE best roads to ride in Missouri. It goes thru two Conservation Areas, has dueling Biker Bars (the good kinds, not the ones with blood all over the floor) across the street from each other in Defiance, runs thru Missouri Wine Country, sweeping curves, good hills, does a bit of Ridge Running, just a great ride. Problem is, all the Wino's. All to often there are more than a few folks who have sampled a bit too much at the Wineries. There are a bunch along the route. Nothing worse than a curvy road and cages (or bikes for that matter) who have had a bit too much wine. You see a few white crosses along the route as well.

If you are ever in the area, ride it during the week, avoid it on weekends.
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A good point has been made in this thread about riding on nice twisty roads that are very popular. Good thing there are many such roads across this great country, so we can all lessen our odds of encountering someone riding beyond their abilities.

You simply have to practice the perishable skills if you expect them to become second nature.


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oh man that looks so bad hope the guy is okay. they should have a warning on that road about crapping yourself if you crash from riding like that.

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if i ever make it to that road i hope i do better than he did.
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I have zero desire to ever ride The Dragon. And it has nothing to do with me or my abilities. It is morons like this and the show-boaters that ride beyond their ability that keep me away. There are plenty of less traveled roads that would be just as fund to ride.
Amen, been there, done that, dealt with the crazy riders..riding way above their abilities. There are plenty of other roads in NC not as crowded to ride lots of curves on.

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post #55 of 68 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 05:26 AM
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This concept is taught to Motor Officers, that bike is going to go towards whatever you focus your eyes on and that's for sure what occurred there. Hope the guy was ok.

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This concept is taught to Motor Officers, that bike is going to go towards whatever you focus your eyes on and that's for sure what occurred there. Hope the guy was ok.
I learned that in my MSF Rider Class as well.

See the pothole,
Stare at the pothole,
Hit the pothole.

See the pothole,
Look ahead for the path around it,
Avoid the pothole.

If you read the post, somewhere in the middle, it said both the rider and driver walked away, it was the rider behind, who hit the debris, that ended up clinging to life in critical condition.
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Just saw the one about the sportbike rider, that sucks hope he will fully recover sounds like from the list of injuries it will take quite awhile.

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I recon its Frame 8 he starts to realize he should be concentrating on the road a bit more than hes doing. Frame 11 the OH phuck! Factors kicking in and is first mistake (looking at the car and not where he needs to put the bike), from there its all down hit. Hope was Ok.


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We've probably all entered a corner too hot before. There is a lot to learn from these photos.

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I have rode the Dragon many times, its just 75 miles from the house.

These pictures prove you go where you look.

Its not a hard road to ride. You just have to watch the road, and look where you want to go.

The first ride I took on my 12 CVO Road glide was the Foot hills parkway to the Dragon. This was the day I got the bike, took the ride leaving the dealership.

Wednesday I pick up my 13 CVO Anniversary color King. Will head out of the dealer up 321 to foot hills parkway, to 129 the Dragon to Robbinsville NC, then down to Murphy NC, to 64 along the Ocoee to home, about 230 mile ride home from the dealer. I good way to start the break in, lots of varying RPM and no constant speeds.

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