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09-04-2013, 10:19 AM
a few of us riding to the tail on friday from michgan. Any thing super cool we should hit up along the way besides the spearmint rhino in kentucky

09-04-2013, 6:56 PM
The weekends suck at the gap... Use pulloffs, you will get passed.... The locals run in the morning, pretty hard. Most are gone by 10 tho.. You will know quickly who is a decent rider, and who is a damn good rider that is local. Devils triangle is also very popular in this area. Have fun, be safe!

P.S. if you are wanting to go to Gatlinburg and look at a map and see Parsons Branch Road, It is gravel, and one way only. It heads towards 129. You can take it from Cades Cove which purely sucks on a bike. I would avoid that big time.

09-04-2013, 7:08 PM
Hit up Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum in Maggie Valley NC. About an hour ride from the dragon.

09-05-2013, 5:56 AM
The Devils triangle is a good ride the road is a little rough in places but not near traffic or deaths as the Dragon...

09-11-2013, 10:13 AM
Mind your P's and Q's this weekend.... I know for a fact shit can get real shady real quick with these cops. Not all cops are bad, but I've seen first hand how some abuse their power up on this silly road. Its usually sport bike riders that get the shaft, just be ready.


State troopers on motorcycles will saturate U.S. Highway 129, especially the section called “The Dragon” in the upcoming weekend because of two events expected to bring a deluge of riders to the area.

Motorcycle riding troopers from Tennessee Highway Patrols districts in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Cookeville and Fall Branch will converge on the federal highway during Sept. 13-15, according to the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

A $71,116.79 grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, which covers a period from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013, will pay overtime funds to the motorcycle officers

The decision to saturate “The Dragon” with motorcycle officers was prompted by two events this weekend expected to bring heavy motorcycle traffic to the challenging road. In Maggie Valley, N.C., the “Thunder in the Smokies” event will be under way and in Pigeon Forge the “Fall Rod Run” will be held.

The Dragon is an 11-mile section of U.S. Highway 129 that attracts motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world because of its 318 curves. According to the state, one motorcyclist has died so far this year on U.S. Highway 129.

Officials said the state troopers will especially be alert for aggressive and reckless driving, speeding, impaired driving and seat belt use for four-wheel vehicles. Authorities expect to have a sobriety checkpoint established on U.S. Highway 129 on Saturday.

More details as they develop online and in Wednesday’s News Sentinel.