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Old 12-04-2017, 07:17 PM   #1
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tail of the dragon 2018

hi everyone. The lakes are frozen and storm warnings are out for 2 days. So its a good time to plan (daydream) about a motorcycle trip. Built myself a new bike trailer need to use it once anyway. Don't want the wife to think I wasted all that time and $ for nothing. Think I will trailer bike down to the tail of the dragon and spend a couple weeks cruising around. So I am looking for any advice about the area, weather, fog, traffic campgrounds tourist sites etc. We would like to stay at national forest campground (reasonable with access pass) but probably should get a pull through site for MH and trailer. Time of year would be right after Goshen rally if we get in or the first part of Sept. Looking at having Franklin NC as our home base. Thanks in advance for any help
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:38 AM   #2
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Ride The Dragon once, on a weekday, and then go ride all the other amazing roads around the area that aren't so hyped and therefore overloaded with traffic.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:54 AM   #3
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The one concern is watch the Weather conditions,it can be a Warm Sunny day,in Spring/Fall but come around a curve that is in the Shade and Water/Black Ice can be there! The Rock walls supply Dripping Water and there are Plenty of Curves! Youroo!!
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:22 AM   #4
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tony5oh has some good advise. You didn't say how long your stay will be or you riding experience. We live with in an hour of the dragon's tail. Stay away on the weekend if you can. You can ride a lot of other much safer rides all around here. i.e. Cherohala Skyway, Foothills Parkway, and many more mountain back country roads. Good luck and safe travels!
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:03 AM   #5
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Everyone’s input so far is dead on. 👍👍

The Tail is best ridden weekdays if you need your fix. When you’ve had your fill (if it’s even possible&#128516 ride anywhere else like mentioned. There are no bad roads in this part of the country.

Ride safe.....ride often.
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:21 AM   #6
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Franklin would be an excellent location as a base camp but I have never camped there. I usually stay in Pigeon Forge. From Franklin Rt. 28 north takes you back to the Dragon; 28 south takes you into northern Georgia for some great roads; Rt. 64 to Cashiers takes you past some waterfalls and the Carolina Smokehouse for some BBQ; continue to Brevard and take Rt. 276 to Waynesville. I have ridden almost every road in this area over the past 15 years so I could go on and on about the motorcycle riding there. Just use a detailed map program and look for curves!
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:24 AM   #7
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Make sure you see the Wheels Thru Time museum in Maggie Valley.
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:29 AM   #8
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Rule #1 on the Dragon: Stay in your lane.

Rule #2 on the Dragon: STAY IN YOUR LANE!

The vast majority of wrecks on the Dragon come from people 'clipping apexes' and crossing over the center line. If you can't go down it in one lane, then slow the hell down.

Also, if oncoming riders are making bird-flapping gestures, be on guard. Usually it means a semi truck is coming and they will literally block both lanes negotiating the curves. Don't plan on sightseeing on the Dragon. You will be too busy. If you wanna sightsee, do the Cherohala.

Ride within your skills, you'll be fine.

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Rule #1 on the Dragon: Stay in your lane.

Rule #2 on the Dragon: STAY IN YOUR LANE!

The vast majority of wrecks on the Dragon come from people 'clipping apexes' and crossing over the center line. If you can't go down it in one lane, then slow the hell down.

Also, if oncoming riders are making bird-flapping gestures, be on guard. Usually it means a semi truck is coming and they will literally block both lanes negotiating the curves. Don't plan on sightseeing on the Dragon. You will be too busy. If you wanna sightsee, do the Cherohala.

Ride within your skills, you'll be fine.

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good advice Cowracer
was in Arkansas a while back and those logging trucks don't slow down much
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I did not ride there but stayed at the Indian Boundaries Campground in the Cherokee National Forest. Very nice campground and we did see people there with trailers and motorcycles.
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