Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Harrisburg , PA, USA
What I learned on the Dragon
Well sitting here in Franklin having an ice cold Bass Ale and reflecting.
Did the Dragon on Tuesday. Rode from Franklin on 28N, 19S, 28 through Fontana, 28 to 129 Deals Gap. First off the stopping area is very cool. Tree of shame been mentioned many times, but to you see it and the stuff people write on their trash. The lot is filled with all kinds of bikes but Harley's were in big numbers. Just a great time talking to them all. Really the whole group were great to hang out with and talk with. Seems the Pirate mentality is left at home with this group of people and they just flocked to our BMW with compliments and curiosity.
Now the LT on the Dragon. My riding mate said as we pulled out, be on your game and stay sharp. Good advice for sure. It took me a bit to figure out the LT and very tight transitioning corners and what I found I was doing "wrong" was not pulling hard enough out of the corners. Once I figured that out the LT was a dream. I must say I have never ran her so hard in 2nd gear and at times 3rd since I owned her. But that is what it took me to keep her rolling over and transitioning corners smoothly.
While I did follow the advice of balls of the feet on the pegs, and look into/out off the turns and this really helped me become proficient on the LT in the Dragon.
All in all a nice road and glad I did it once, we may run over and do it again but I am in no hurry as these States are filled with good roads.
Coming back to Franklin we did, 143 SW, 68 S, to 294 S/E, old 64, to 64, to 28/Franklin.
Today we ran 28/64 into Highlands, Brevard, 276 N, Blue Mt Parkway, to 19, 28 Franklin. The Parkway was just awesome.
Not sure what tomorrow brings, but it will be another blast for sure.
I have to say I have spent 3 times as much time leaned over then strait up. No choice in these parts of the world.
The LT is a dream on this and while it is a "big girl" if you keep her low enough in gear and high enough in RPMS she will do all this with no issues. Well both pegs and the right center stand have taken some abuse but that was before I was applying enough RPM to make her turn back upright for the next transition.
Life is good and while my butt is sore, my desire to continue to ride these roads is like a crack addiction.
You must stay focused and in the 1/3 off the white line as trucks and cars and bikes do not watch their lines so you must. Very important to not be even a little sloppy here or life could turn ugly real quick.
So anyway my take on the Dragon and this area of NC and loving every turn.
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