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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 19th, 2006, 7:43 am
 
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Thanks for the post. I'll be riding the Dragon next month, although it will be on a rented Harley. We'll be in Tennessee for the annual national rally of our RVing group, and since I don't have a toyhauler, I have no way to take the K12GT. That's OK, I guess, since some of the other bikes on our ride include a Gold Wing and a Chevy-powered trike!

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Brown said the two groups of people most likely to die in a motorcycle accident are teenage to mid-20-year-old men and men in their early and mid-40s.

He said the older riders have a false sense of security and experience, possibly because they are just getting back into riding after taking a decadeslong break from the dirt bikes they rode as kids.


Chung Nguyen, 19, of Asheville was left paralyzed after crashing his 2006 high-performance Yamaha on a curve in Candler on June 2. He lay in the woods near his bike for four days before friends found him. He had purchased the bike a month before the accident.
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Thanks for posting the article. I was detoured around one crash that was mentioned in the article just after riding the dragon. Very ugly with the truck hanging over the bridge. I'm surprised one of the motorcyclists survived.

Kevin Austin Crigger, 39, of Dinwiddie, Va., died May 27 when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson at a curve on Ted Jordan Bridge on U.S. 129.

He crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the side of a truck. The impact pushed the bike back into the eastbound lane, where another motorcyclist hit it. That rider, 41 years old, survived but was taken to the hospital in Bryson City.

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I don't even go there any more because of the popularity as of recent. My first time was four years ago, followed by the next year. My buddy and I have recently gone to check it out and we lost interest since it became so popular. It's too dangerous with all the inexperienced Hayden want-to-be's overshooting turns, crossing into oncoming lanes of bike and cars. My fellow employee was laid up for 3 month's with a hole in his leg because another bike straight-lined a turn and broad-sided him. I feel if you want to pretend to be Matt Mladin, go to a track day where everyone is riding the same direction. In my opinion, the young inexperienced "Crockets" (crotch-rockets) riders are ruining alot of good roads. Once they get wind of a good road, they amass their "Riding-Club" of many riders to decend on the road and run the hell out of it until no one is safe to ride it and the law shows up. Oh well, guess I'm just getting responsible.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 2006, 10:18 pm
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We were there last Thursday - they didn't need any cops to slow things down, there were a few new riders on their Hondas with happy plates (paper license plates) backing up traffic to keep things plenty safe! Putt, putt, putt....

So, how do you get the job of riding a beemer up and down the Dragon all day every day?

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