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Old 06-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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800GS on the Tail of the Dragon

I am leaving in the morning, so I won't see any comments until I return.
I have been to Deal's Gap before, but my 800GS was new to me at the time. I have also done a track day and I found the Dragon to be more fun. This time I want to be a little more agressive. I have Pirelli Scorpions on her at the moment. I want this to be a learning experience, but not the kind that leaves scars or bike parts in a tree.
I want to work on my line, my body position and my counter steering. I am not trying to set any records, but when I look at my Killboy shots, I do not want to look so upright! Any suggestions? PK
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:47 PM   #2
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Don't worry about looking to upright, they tilt the cameras. Just ride your own ride.
Stop by Kickstand and tell Moe the boys from Florence said hi she may throw a cold one at ya. Can't get one at the horse.
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:10 AM   #3
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:54 PM   #4
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What you really need to do, is ride about half the dragon, then you get off the damn thing and continue up Parson Branch road up to The Cove, then enjoy the wildlife there before continuing around to Old Cove Road that takes you down the Townsend. Your F800GS will thank me later....
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What you really need to do, is ride about half the dragon, then you get off the damn thing and continue up Parson Branch road up to The Cove, then enjoy the wildlife there before continuing around to Old Cove Road that takes you down the Townsend. Your F800GS will thank me later....


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Old 06-25-2012, 06:31 AM   #6
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I have been to gap many times.
best time was with my f8 that I bought in Atlanta and rode home threw gap on OME tires.

bike is perfect to roads around there.

just keep in mind she is tall. keep your lines on left turns to the far right of your lane.

and if you are into it, get off pavement. as stated it is great around there for dual sport stuff.
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:26 PM   #7
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Home!

I had a blast. Learned a lot about cornering. Did the official Tail eight times, and a lot more cornering practice on Route 28 and the other great roads in the area. Sharp corners don't scare me anymore. Well at least not as much. I really worked on counter steering and body position.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:48 AM   #8
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I lived on 28 near Franklin, NC. There are many great roads besides 129, less cops, less traffic, and some fun gravel back roads like Need More Rd. that follows the river. Not to mention the road to Highlands, NC Going back in a few weeks to see friends and get some ride time on the 800gs. Going to Alaska at the end of July! Glad you had a good trip.
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