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Well, it seems they are cracking down hard on agrresive driving/riding on the dragon.

The following is found on the BMWMOA website and the
www.tailofthedragon.com :

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Well, the Late Great State of Tennessee has answered our open letter. Not in words but in actions. On Friday the third and Saturday the fourth of August there were some 14 Tennessee Highway Patrol vehicles and a couple of Blount County Sheriffs cars blatantly harassing both motorcycles and cars on the Dragon. They promise to be here for the next month. Talk about showing your ignorance.

These actions prove Tennessee does not welcome visitors to this area. One Trooper pulled me over for no reason. I was on my motorcycle following three cars at the posted 30 mph speed limit and the Trooper signaled me to pull over onto the gravel. He gave my bike a once over and then signaled me to pull back out. Why did he let the cars pass and then stop me?

We heard worse stories. An older female vacationer from Minnesota in an SUV was pulled over in one of the straights and ticketed for 45 in a 30. She insisted she was not going that fast. A local Blount County family was showing their friend from out of state the Dragon. He was ticketed for 40 in a 30. A Georgia rider was pulled over and threatened with arrest when the Trooper insisted that he had crossed the double yellow at 30 mph. He was then harassed for having his face shield up even though he was wearing glasses. The Trooper said the rider HAD TO PROVE they were shatter proof. We heard of a number of non-DOT helmet tickets and saw many rider helmets being inspected. Traffic crept over the Dragon at 20 mph all day. Get a life Tennessee. Many visitors who were staying in Tennessee told us they would not return or spend any money in that state.

While these 14 Troopers were here:

  • Friday 11 am, Meigs TN, 45 miles from the Dragon - Two pick-ups collide, one driver dead
  • Saturday Morning, Bledsoe TN, 65 miles west of the Dragon – A motorcyclist was killed in a one vehicle accident.
Bottom line ….. Tennessee doesn’t want your tourism dollar. Answer ….. bring it to North Carolina. We have many roads that rival the Dragon. US 129 all the way through Robbinsville to US 19/74 has some great sections. The Hellbender NC28 is a real challenge. Continue to the east of US 19/74 on NC28 and get a real thrill. And all of these roads have a 55 mph speed limit, not a ridiculous 30 mph like the Dragon.

Run the Cherohala Skyway. The speed limit is 45 in North Carolina, but that’s fast enough to get a thrill. In Tennessee the limit drops to 40 mph even though the road is easier. Ride the NC side.

You’ll have to obey the law in North Carolina, but there won’t be a storm trooper at every turn.

Now tell the Governor of Tennessee, other state officials, and Blount County Commissioners what you think. Let’s be LOUD & PROUD.
 

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wow, that sucks!

I can't see where "contacting your legislator" is going to help things, though, laying low and keeping our collective nose clean for a bit is probably the only option.

It's not like this is the first year there have been deaths there, not even the first year there have been this many, this early in the calendar...

Well, at least we've cleaned up that mess over in Iraq, sealed off our borders to illegal immigration, fixed the problems with education in this Country, made such serious progress in the fight against cancer, and virtually ended crime, so that resources can be devoted to checking helmet stickers and writing RV's.

At least the ticket revenue will SURELY go towards a fresh layer of asphalt for the ol' Dragon!

(wow, I think I pulled something there, I think...it was...my sarcasm muscle)
 

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I go down to that area a couple times a year, and sometimes don't even ride the dragon. Many other roads more enjoyable with a lot fewer idiots.
 

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Head to WV

Lots of great rides, just watch out for the gravel on curves......
 

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Well 555 in Ohio...fresh pavement-all the heck ya can handle ....never seen an LEO.....SSSSHHHH!!! its a secret. And YES Dan-watch for gravel!!

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So what?

Although I could care less if I ever ride the Dragon again...if one must, just go early during the week. I guarantee you won't see the LEOs on it during a Tuesday afternoon. Why go when all the posers are there anyway? :confused:

It does crack me up how the astounding "Tail of the Dragon" has become the mecca of all motorcycle riding east of the Mississippi. Gimme a break! It's only 11 miles long for crying out loud. YAWN!!! And one can't even reach triple-digits ... ever! Double-YAWN!!! I'll ride the Cherohala Skyway, thank ya very much. :) Less posers, it's faster, better views . . . and 'The Bistro' is one of my favorite restaurants to stop for lunch.

US129 is NOT the 'Be All End All' for riding, IMO. I say "Screw It!", and go find some real riding roads. :)
 

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Well the cars can't catch you anyway, they tend to run off the road.
If you know how to duck up Cades cove backwards :D they'll never know where you went. (Don't ask how I know this :histerica)
As for them pulling bikes for no reason, not likely, while local Barny Fife's maybe dumbass, (not saying they are in this local) takes a good bit more to make a trooper.
Ride the Wabaugh rd, take a side road off the Foothills pkwy, you'll find riding you never knew existed. :cool:
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RVB1019 said:
Well, it seems they are cracking down hard on agrresive driving/riding on the dragon.

These actions prove Tennessee does not welcome visitors to this area.

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Now tell the Governor of Tennessee, other state officials, and Blount County Commissioners what you think. Let’s be LOUD & PROUD.
no those actions show the residents of the areas are sick and damn tired of the noise, racing , and ignorant riding of better than 3/4 of the riders in that area, it is getting the same way here around the loops in NE Georgia.

maybe it's time to get loud and proud with our own and police ourselves.

it has become total BS with all the high speed racing, terribly loud pipes from the jap bikes and harley's and just flat rude behavior from many of the sport biker riders.

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UncleRock said:
As for them pulling bikes for no reason, not likely, while local Barny Fife's maybe dumbass, (not saying they are in this local) takes a good bit more to make a trooper.

well I'll tell ya Rock, the staties and county boys here in N Ga are doing just that, that is if you consider getting pulled over for 58 in a 55 no reason, this just happened to my wife a couple weeks ago on her way home from work on her R1200GS


and hey don't give away a few of the good places left that are not well known!

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petevandyke said:
wow, that sucks!

I can't see where "contacting your legislator" is going to help things, though, laying low and keeping our collective nose clean for a bit is probably the only option.

It's not like this is the first year there have been deaths there, not even the first year there have been this many, this early in the calendar...

Well, at least we've cleaned up that mess over in Iraq, sealed off our borders to illegal immigration, fixed the problems with education in this Country, made such serious progress in the fight against cancer, and virtually ended crime, so that resources can be devoted to checking helmet stickers and writing RV's.

At least the ticket revenue will SURELY go towards a fresh layer of asphalt for the ol' Dragon!

(wow, I think I pulled something there, I think...it was...my sarcasm muscle)
hehehe, good one

your right though, laying low might help, I personally think some quieter pipes would help drastically, even when your not flying most folks think you are with the loud pipes (more so on the non harley crowd)
 

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well I'll tell ya Rock, the staties and county boys here in N Ga are doing just that, that is if you consider getting pulled over for 58 in a 55 no reason, this just happened to my wife a couple weeks ago on her way home from work on her R1200GS


and hey don't give away a few of the good places left that are not well known!

Tom
When I went to school 58 was more the 55
So that does not come under the no reason clause, she was breaking the speed limit.
From fighting tickets in different places I have found they have to be clean tickets, I.E not wearing a helmet, but you were drunk does not work. Now you can't fight the DUI pull over on it's own because you were so drunk you forgot to put on your helmet.
If she had been doing 54mph that would be no reason, insist on a ticket, take it to court. Then sue the dept, jurisdiction and officer personally for expenses + (this is the big one) violating your rights to free and unencumbered travel as a citizen of the formerly free USA.
You do have to be not breaking the rules, to play in their playground, that does not mean you can't play and win :D
I won't give away anymore unknown rides :cool:
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UncleRock said:
When I went to school 58 was more the 55
So that does not come under the no reason clause, she was breaking the speed limit.
true and the reason we did not complain.

But you must admit that does sound funny coming from you after you saying
"Well the cars can't catch you anyway, they tend to run off the road. If you know how to duck up Cades cove backwards they'll never know where you went. (Don't ask how I know this )" <grin>

BTW that road to cades cove should be open again now after it's few years closed.

Still My point is they are really cracking down, never have we been pulled over for 3 over the limit anywhere, and I'm sure we have been tagged by radar many times for 3 or 5 over.


You do have to be not breaking the rules, to play in their playground, that does not mean you can't play and win :D
I agree
I won't give away anymore unknown rides :cool:
Rock
Thank You! <g>

Tom
 
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