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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-07-2007, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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S129 aka Dragon shutdown

Apparently TN doesn't want folks visiting the Dragon:

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Glad I already know other roads nearby to ride.

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I saw those "storm troopers" this past summer. It really put a damping on our trip... I mean every turn there was at least one sometimes 3. I guess they'll pull you over for crossing the double yellow, speeding and or riding too close to other riders. I believe in safty but come on now!!
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Here is a simple solution. Close the road. Charge admission, allow all traffic to run one way only. It already has more reputation than it knows what to do with, and the state gets to make a few bucks, while enthutaists get safer conditions.




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I saw those "storm troopers" this past summer. It really put a damping on our trip... I mean every turn there was at least one sometimes 3. I guess they'll pull you over for crossing the double yellow, speeding and or riding too close to other riders. I believe in safty but come on now!!
It borderlines harassment. Another forum I am on has a convention in June. We are scouting roads on the NC side of the border for our riding in case it continues.

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Here is a simple solution. Close the road. Charge admission, allow all traffic to run one way only. It already has more reputation than it knows what to do with, and the state gets to make a few bucks, while enthutaists get safer conditions.
The problem is it's the short route from Robbinsville/Fontana into Tennessee. So they want it open for traffic.

In all reality, people have to stop treating it like a racetrack. You can have a good time at or relatively close to the speed limit. I can run the place at a pretty decent pace, and I get passed all over by guys going 20+ mph faster than me, dragging knees and elbows all over the double yellows.

I'm on a fence on this one. I know it's a great road that attracts people from all over, but at the same time, if they want to run that fast, there are lots of tracks, and 185 for a track day beats the fines or accidents that you can get into on The Dragon.

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How long is the alternate route? In terms of time, and miles?




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The problem is it's the short route from Robbinsville/Fontana into Tennessee. So they want it open for traffic.

In all reality, people have to stop treating it like a racetrack. You can have a good time at or relatively close to the speed limit. I can run the place at a pretty decent pace, and I get passed all over by guys going 20+ mph faster than me, dragging knees and elbows all over the double yellows.

I'm on a fence on this one. I know it's a great road that attracks people from all over, but at the same time, if they want to run that fast, there are lots of tracks, and 185 for a track day beats the fines or accidents that you can get into on The Dragon.
I've never been there but firmly believe its all-too-often used in lieu of a track and that's just not right, IMO. Quite some time ago I realized it was only a matter of time before The Man put the bitch-slap down on the illegalities. Double yellow crossing happens to be one my biggest pet-peeves of other riders/drivers. No simpathy here, it is a public road and the state/county/locality and po-po will do what they consider best for their voting and tax-paying public.

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How long is the alternate route? In terms of time, and miles?
Doesn't matter. It's a federal hwy so Tennessee can't close it or make it one-way.

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Doesn't matter. It's a federal hwy so Tennessee can't close it or make it one-way.
Shame, seemed like a solution that would've benefited everyone




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.........bummer, i guess that means i may need to plan a different vacation for this summer. had it all lined up, hotel reservations and all. i heard it was pretty bad as far as a heavily cop-ulated area but i didnt think it would be that bad! Some people need to realize theres a time and place for everything.again the dumbasses ruin it for the rest of us!
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