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    Thank the lord for small favors. I'm not really a big fan of the Dragon any more but I'm glad that the big trucks will no longer be allowed
    Jimmy Chance
    CEO Quality Machine Co
    Savannah, GA
    912-665-1846

  • #2
    That's way pass due. Glad to hear that.

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    • #3
      Good deal. About time
      2013 Red Airbag 1800

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      • #4
        Hey, Jimmy, since when are you no longer a fan of the Dragon's Tail ? And, how is Little Dawg ? Still throwing sparks off those footpeg scrapers ?

        I do agree that Hwy 28 was a lot more fun.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MMR View Post

          I do agree that Hwy 28 was a lot more fun.
          Right on, right on!!
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          • #6
            More than 30' would limit many vehicles including my truck and the bike trailer, unless I'm missing something?

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            • #7
              A little past due, but really a great idea because of the stated reasons. I always thought that it was somewhat irresponsible to block two full lanes of traffic on a hairpin curve. Apparently, Tennessee finally figured out the same thing.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by MMR View Post
                Hey, Jimmy, since when are you no longer a fan of the Dragon's Tail ? And, how is Little Dawg ? Still throwing sparks off those footpeg scrapers ?

                I do agree that Hwy 28 was a lot more fun.
                Hey, I remember the Dragon's tail before it became famous. Now, with the lower speed limits, all the idiots and cops, it just isn't much fun.

                Thanks for asking about Tracy. She tripped an fell with a large skillet of HOT grease and burned her feet and legs. She has gone thru 2 surgeries and skin grafts. If you remember, when we got to the dragon, I didn't ride through with the group, I took off back down 28.

                We are back in the Burn Center this morning for a follow up. Her last surgery was a week ago.
                Jimmy Chance
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                Savannah, GA
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                • MMR
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                  Jimmy, PM sent.

              • #9
                Its about time most of the 18 wheelers are using GPS which puts them on that route there also new drivers who just follow the unit.
                2018 DCT non tour, Pearl Stallion Brown, Double Darksider #856, Live To Ride, Love my Wing, IBA Member# 63744 Yellowbird Alias Coppertone

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                • #10
                  Is the Dragon in existence as a motor vehicle thoroughfare or a race track for motorcycles? I've never been on the Dragon but have been on similar roads and agree that 18 wheelers don't belong there. But neither do motorcycles who are there only to tear the place up with blinding speed and reckless maneuvers only to slide off the road and die in the trees. Too many crashes involving motorcycles seems to be the issue and it's not being addressed.
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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by azdryheat View Post
                    Is the Dragon in existence as a motor vehicle thoroughfare or a race track for motorcycles? I've never been on the Dragon but have been on similar roads and agree that 18 wheelers don't belong there. But neither do motorcycles who are there only to tear the place up with blinding speed and reckless maneuvers only to slide off the road and die in the trees. Too many crashes involving motorcycles seems to be the issue and it's not being addressed.
                    I believe more cruisers and touring bikes crash on the Dragon than Sport bikes do. So many of the accidents happen because the riders don't have the experience in the mountains and simply get over their head. It is being addressed more than you could ever know. Tennessee State partol has officers there every day. Not to mention that the speed limit has been reduced several times over the past few years. If I remember correctly, back in the last centry the speed limit was 50 mph and now it is 30 mph with zero tollerance.
                    Jimmy Chance
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                    Savannah, GA
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                    • #12
                      I rode the Dragon this last September on a Friday about 3pm and it was all I expected for that day and time. Cops, crashes and meat wagons. It was a Wing and other big bikes that were crashing - no surprise there.
                      I'll bet it was a hoot before it became famous.

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                      • #13
                        Be honest. Tail of the Dragon is nothing more than a great PR campaign. I was halfway down it in the rain coming from the opposite direction before realizing I was on it the first time. And only then realized it because I saw one of the camera guys. I thought, "Hmmm, this is it?"

                        There are thousands of similar roads throughout KY, WV, VA, TN, etc. And quite honestly, a lot more with much much better scenery. Everyone should get/take the opportunity to ride the Tail and get the t-shirt. Then, keep on riding. Moonshine 28, Back of the Dragon and all of the others out there that make riding worth living. Hell, on the other side of Gatlinburg there's a country road that eventually peters off into a gravel road that puts the Tail to shame. They're all good.
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                        • #14
                          Glad to hear they are stopping them. It will make it safer for sure!
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                            Originally posted by Rick Mays View Post
                            Glad to hear they are stopping them. It will make it safer for sure!

                            Yeah, even though I don't ride it much anymore, I will slid through there once or twice a year, especially if I buy a new bike and want a picture to add to the collection. My son loves it and has spent the better part of a day playing on it. He also loves taking newbies through there, like I used to do. Our North Carolina house is less than an hour away so during the riding season, we are in the area a lot.
                            Jimmy Chance
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                            Savannah, GA
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                            • #16
                              Awesome picture, Jimmy!

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                              • #17
                                Originally posted by Big Dawg View Post
                                Originally posted by murgie View Post
                                Awesome picture, Jimmy!
                                Nice pic indeed. Thanks Jimmy. Is that the kickstand that is dragging?
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                                • #18
                                  Originally posted by TravelinLite View Post



                                  Nice pic indeed. Thanks Jimmy. Is that the kickstand that is dragging?
                                  Nope, it is the little feeler on the bottom of the foot peg. The Concours is a fun bike to ride and the suspension is so much better than our wings even with the Traxion upgrades. Not to mention it is lighting fast. Hey Murgie, I guess you know that South Carolina Flip now has a Concours and the other fellow that you met at my house, Jerry Stewart who was riding the Air Bag wing has also bought a Concours.
                                  Jimmy Chance
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                                  • #19
                                    Yes Jimmy, I heard. Hope they take it easy on us old man bike riders. LOL.

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                                    • #20
                                      Okay, truth be told, Big Dawg loves to swap out the small nubs that come on the bottoms of the footpegs, and install Titanium scrappers, so that it throws the sparks you see in this picture. The evidence to this is....look very carefully at the footpeg on the right side of the bike, and look at the "much longer" feeler that has been installed on the bottom of the footpeg.

                                      Not to worry though....as only us few that have "followed" Jimmy (Big Dawg) through the curves have ever had our riding pants set on fire by the sparks from his titanium scrappers.

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