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Deal's Gap (AKA "The Dragon" or "Tail of the Dragon") + ADD NEW ROUTE


1   in Tennessee Tennessee11 Miles

By Mark H.
on July 1, 2003

4.4out of 5

77 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Deal's gap is not the easiest road to find on a map because it is just a small 11 mile stretch that hugs the border of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park on its very sparsely populated southwest corner. Most of the road lies in Tennessee yet a small section of it crosses into North Carolina. Suggest you use the Online Map Link to get your bearings. The closest town to the north end of Deal's Gap is Tallahassee, TN and the closest town to the south end of the road is Tapoco, NC. And, keep in mind that when you get close to the road, all the locals can point you in the right direction if you are not sure.

Scenery

Beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery includes some lush forests and evergreen covered mountains.

Update/Addition from Michael S. McDonald: People from all walks of life are drawn to the seducing curves of the Dragon (other wise known as Tail of the Dragon) at Deal's Gap, also known as US Hwy 129. They make their pilgrimage to test their skills, or in some cases, to be bitten by the Dragon. The area surrounding the Dragon was one of the last areas of North Carolina to be settled due to its inhospitable terrain. The southern Appalachian Mountains are made up of two separate ranges; the eastern range is the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the western range is known as the Great Smoky Mountains. For thirty-six miles along the TN/NC border the GSM are more than 5k feet in altitude with 16 peaks stretching to more than 6k feet. All of this altitude translates to treacherous travel, especially for the pioneers in their day, but also for us as motor-sport enthusiasts today

Road Quality

318 curves in 11 miles - what more needs to be said? Well these just aren't any curves as there are many sharp turns, steep drop-offs, not many cars, lots of bikes ... overall a real challenging road. The road is mostly in good shape as its become a real tourist draw and the local government knows to keep the road in good shape and the people will keep coming. Its challenging and exciting for some, scary to beginning riders, be careful on this one.

Update/Addition from Michael S. McDonald: 318 curves in 11 miles. By the time you reach the plateau from which the end (otherwise known as the turn around) your will be spent but very eager to hit the tight turns that are banked to perfection. Pay very close attention to on coming cars and large trucks as the turns are hairpin and they do come into your lane!

Roadside Amenities

Not many pull-outs, one store at the end of ride, be sure to go in and see pictures of crashes that have happened along the road.

Update/Addition from Michael S. McDonald:

- GAS STATIONS : Deal's Gap Motorcycle Resort

- FOOD: Dragon's Den Grill, , located at the resort

- HOTEL: Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort

- REPAIRS: NONE, You can get some very minor repairs at the resort. Nearest

repair is Wheelers, 16 miles south or the 129 Pit Stop located in TN 12 miles

north of the Gap.

- PULL OFF'S/OVERLOOKS: 1, Dragon overlook.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

- Nice Deal's Gap web site - Visit North Carolina web site.

- A Deal's Gap video contributed by Chas

- Visit North Carolina web site

Nickname (optional) : Mark H.

What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By GJRonK
on July 28, 2012 8 out of 9 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

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I understand this is the road to which many others are compared. For number of curves per mile, it may have no peer. For viewing, there are thousands of roads that are more scenic, such as the nearby Cherohala Parkway. As you are concentrating so much on the turns, you don't really pay much attention to the trees lining the route--distant views and open spaces are few. For pleasurable riding, going mostly uphill from the Tennessee side is much more fun. I would only suggest the route for someone to be able to say they've done it, not because it's spectacular.

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By GIJoe
on January 3, 2012 7 out of 11 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I have ridden the Dragon about 6 times, and it is still one of the best roads to test your skills on. NOT for the weak of heart, our group has taken novice riders on this road, but they are warned to be very careful, and DO NOT push their skill level . . . ride your ride and enjoy the experience!!

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By Guest
on September 27, 2012 6 out of 18 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make HD

Motorcycle Type Touring

I have been going to the Dragon every year since 1997. Have done it will over 150 times. Any one who is newer to motorcycling should not ride the Dragon or other roads in the area. You will be a danger to yourself and other bikers. To many times I have gotten behind a inexperienced rider who does not know how to ride a cruve or counter steer who goes to slow for safe riding and will not pull over. This is when the Rice Rockets get impatient and will try and run you off the road. Bit of advise if someone is faster then you please pull over and let them pass. I always will and it makes the ride more fun to ride at my pace. With that being said the whole are has some of the greatest motorcycle rodes to can ride for weeks and not run out of cruves. If you want scenic beauty go to Colorado here all you will see is trees. I hope to retire in 7 years and I have a place 60 miles from the dragon so I can ride every day if I choose.

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By Sooner805
on January 2, 2012 6 out of 10 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Still one of the best rides in the nation for bikes. The scenery is great and the road surface is excellant. Took this ride before in June of 2010 on a weekend. Way too many sport bikes riding stupid but the only crash I saw was Harley rider and his female companion. A Goldwing almost crashed into me in a curve crossing the center line. So, maybe the sport bikes were not so bad after all. I took the trip this time in Dec. 2011 and it was great. Very few bikes at all and all of them serious safe and skilled. The Deals Gap Resort is closed during the winter months but Robinsonville NC has everything you need. I have made the trip from OK to the Dragon twice now and it is well worth it.

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By Noica
on November 5, 2011 6 out of 11 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Nice ride. I rode it the first time around 2002 on a rented bike from Pigeon Forge. A lot has changed in the past years...more bikes, more cars, more cops, more wrecks, and also more semi's trying to cut a few miles off of their trip (WATCH THE CURVES). When in the area, I usually ride the Foothills Parkway, Cherohala Skyway, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (Gatlinburg, TN.) and Great Smoky Mountain Parkway. You can make a loop around from Gatlinburg, through Townsend (great little sandwich shop in the gas station - great homemade pimento cheese), picnic on the side of the mountain just outside of Townsend, ride the Foothills Parkway, ride the 'Dragon' to Deals Gap (stop and take a short break), leave on NC 28 South and ride down past Fontana Village and Lake (check out the Fontana Dam overlook...real nice), head toward Cherokee, NC on 441, blow some money at Harrah's, and cruise through the Smoky Mountain Park back to Gatlinburg. About a good days ride with beautiful scenery and several rest stops.

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By flrider06
on August 17, 2011 5 out of 9 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make H D

Motorcycle Type Touring

Deal's Gap is, without a doubt, a great ride, I recommend it to anyone who can make it to the area. With that said, I do think it's a little overrated. The scenery is beautiful, the curves require some skill, and the resort itself is a neat place but, it's only 11 miles. The road is patrolled and the speed limits are strictly enforced. As always, the most challenging part of the road is other riders/drivers. Riding during the week seems to be the best bet, traffic is low. I know several people who think other rides are much more beautiful and challenging. Still, I plan on going back to ride the "Tail" and explore some of the other roads in the area.

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By colleen&mark
on January 3, 2012 4 out of 8 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport

Myself and my husband have done Tail of the Dragon 4 times at 2 seperate visits. This is the most challenging and thrill ride I have done so far. I loved it! After the ride you end up at a motorcycle resort, which I thought was a great concept.Have a bite to eat or just people watch, then you can keep going onto other great rides in the area. Great senery and lots of turns!!!

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By Felon
on November 28, 2011 4 out of 7 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson Street Glide

Motorcycle Type Touring

It is not hard to find, hell you can't miss it. Take SR 28 from Franklin or US 129 from Robbinsville and it is at the intersection of those two! Everyone should ride it once, so you can know what everyone is talking about. But don't ride for a lot of scenery or you wil be part of the landscape. It is not for rubbernecking, it is technical and can be work (fun work). Hellbender 28 coming from the east is a much more scenic ride if that is what you like.

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By Guest
on April 3, 2011 4 out of 10 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I have ridden 10 hrs. 3 different times to ride this road. I want to go back again.

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By Hapkido
on August 18, 2014 3 out of 6 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Honda Goldwing

Motorcycle Type Touring

Have ridden The Dragon twice. It is an awesome ride. But if you don't pay attention, you wont ride it twice. If the sign says 20 mph it doesn't mean 25!

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By Pouge
on September 19, 2011 3 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year '08

Motorcycle Make Road Star

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This road is simply sensory overload. You have glimpses of grand vistas, more curves than you can count (but apparently someone did!), and the surrounding roads are just a plus. It also has a "bike week" feel to it in the warmer months due to the amount of bikes there. Riding a cruiser, I prefer to ride it uphill, slows easier and hits the curves better (for me anyways). It's also great to see the crotch rockets "slay" The Dragon

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By Guest
on October 8, 2010 3 out of 5 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

WE RODE OVER FROM TEXAS TO RIDE THE TAIL OF THE DRAGON, CHEROHALA SKYWAY, AND BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. IT IS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY TO RIDE IN. IF YOU RIDE THE DRAGON, YOU HAVE TO RIDE THE CHEROHALA SKYWAY TOO. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THE VIEWS!! THIS IS NOT A RIDE FOR FRESH BEGINNERS AND SPEED DEMONS. IF YOU WILL SIMPLY USE COMMON SENSE, STAY ALERT, AND OBEY THE SPEED LIMITS, YOU WILL HAVE NO PROBLEMS. WE HOPE TO COME BACK IN THE NEAR FUTURE. RIDE SAFE AND ENJOY YOURSELVES!!!

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By Guest
on September 29, 2010 3 out of 6 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1993

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

I do a lot of touring on my bike averaging 15-20k miles per year. I've been from Georgia to Quebec and everywhere in the Smokies, Adirondacks, and Appalachians and no road compares to this one (and surrounding areas of Robbinsville) the pavement is amazing and you have fairly good line of sight without too many blind turns. As for the comments that say it's too congested, that is true during normal "business hours" where "hogs" do their part hogging the road from shoulder to shoulder. But for us sport guys go early or around dusk and you will not be disappointed. Even did a night run (have an hid which helped a lot compared to my friends stock lights) which was really intense.

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By CCMedic
on July 31, 2013 2 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki Boulevard C90T

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Excellent!! Rode it many times, love it. Challenging but enjoyable. Watch for the crotch rockets trying to break a speed record!

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By MCR Contributor
on December 28, 2011 2 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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Just read an article in the May 11 issue of Car and Driver. The article called "Chasing Tail" (page 76) was based on three sports coups (Audi TT RS, BMW-1 Series M, Infiniti IPL G37) being tested out on the Dragon's 318 curves in 11 miles. Among other things, it has some nice photos of the road and scenery as well as an interesting chart that show's that in addition to the turns, the Dragon's fun factor is increased by it's elevation gains as well ... in those 11 miles it rises from 800 ft above sea level to 2000 ft above sea level ... a 1200 ft elevation gain in only 11 miles!

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By DBR
on September 19, 2011 2 out of 5 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

My wife and I, have rode for many years. And have been on many, many roads. And we have rode the Dragon for many years also. Spring, Summer, and Fall. The Dragon is the best ride you could ever go on. But if you don't like to have fun or or even like to ride your motorcycle, or just can't ride. Please Please stay away. Stay far, far way. from Deals Gap or even the Great Smoky Mountains area. Because this ride area is for people who like to ride and have FUN.

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By Guest
on June 28, 2010 2 out of 6 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

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Two friends and I rode Deal's Gap in mid-June, and had a good time. We were on Harleys, and that seemed to be the ride-of-choice on our Monday. The weather was beautiful, the scenery was outstanding, and most of the bikers behaved themselves. As my friend says, "It's a good road...with a GREAT agent." In other words, we were a little underwhelmed that the storied Tail of the Dragon didn't live up to its widespread reputation. Don't get me wrong: the road grabbed our attention and demanded a degree of technical expertise. But I believe that if a rider can successfully negotiate some of the roads LEADING to US129, he/she will be successful on the Dragon itself.

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By Guest
on September 8, 2009 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Very nice ride. keep your eyes open and keep your line. watch out for cars trucks and harley riders crossing the yellow line. I been 4 time in the last 2 months and every time i have almost been hit by a harley that blows the curve. and ive seen 3 harleys go down in front of me so please know the limits of your riding and your bike!

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By papafern
on January 16, 2016 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 05 Yamaha Vino 125

Motorcycle Make 05 Honda Reflex

Motorcycle Type Other

I road the dragon 2 times. The 1st time it was in a group ride for Amerivespa Chattanooga and the 2nd time on my own. The road is definitely not for beginners. There is one turn that the banking is opposite of the turn so if u went into the turn at or near the limit, the angle of the road will make u scrape and possibly go into on coming traffic to avoid laying it down. The downsides, too many people riding or driving past their skills and someone driving really slow in a minivan or something. I suggest u don't go take a look at the tree of shame until u r done riding the dragon. It puts pressure on you, LOL

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By robby54
on July 11, 2015 1 out of 4 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type Sport

Look, don't hype something up so big that it almost is a let down. The first time I rode this I arrived at about 745pm and no one was around. Boy did I really enjoy it. The next day I arrived about the same time but was greeted by a bunch of douchebags on crotch rockets hauling ass about 50 mph. Finally the last day I was heading south on 129 to RTE 28, did this during the day. Again a bunch of SOA cuts everywhere and just plain rude people. While I enjoyed riding the road I did not like the faggotry that people brought. After all the roads I rode, this was my least favorite.

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By Mid Life Crisis
on July 13, 2014 1 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki Voyager

Motorcycle Type Touring

The ride is as good as the reviews. We visited the Dragon the last part of June 2014, with clear skies and bountiful turns. One thing I notice on other reviews are the comments on no elevation changes during this ride. I thought there were several turns that either were heading up or down into a turn. No issues riding the bike but I was expecting a more flat riding plain than what I experienced. A pleasant surprise to have these tight turns with some hills to work around. Be careful, one of our party got a ticket riding "left of center", which they didn't cross the yellow but leaned over the yellow on a tight turn.

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By HD Fat Bob
on June 29, 2014 1 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make HD Fat Bob

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Just got back from the Dragon with my son and it was awesome! Son has FZ6R and is hard to keep up with on the HD Fat Bob. Rode it many times over two days on Wednesday and Thursday...not very busy in middle of the week and did not see any police for two days! Many people from Texas, New York, Ohio and Florida staying at Deals Gap. 11 miles of pure adrenaline rush...if you have not traveled to this area you should spend a week because there are many other listed rides in this area!

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By chiliwili77
on June 13, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

One of the best rides I have ever been on. Absolutely love all of the curves. Staying at the Deal's Gap Resort was awesome and definitely an experience I want to do again. Love the Tree of Shame.

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By Guest
on November 4, 2012 1 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year numerous

Motorcycle Make numerous

Motorcycle Type Sport

Reading these comments is eye opening for this local. 30 years ago this area was totally, 100% a "pass & let pass" community. Didn't matter, bike, car, work truck, late to work, late for a hot date, fast or slow - when we could see we went around - whoever came up fast in the mirrors got help getting around - no knotted knickers ever.

Times change. Reading some of these I can't help recalling the time I saw a bunch of unknown to me but obviously my fellow citizens filing into a McDonald's in Rome - the real one...

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By gloverintl
on September 16, 2012 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1982

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Standard

I live about two hours from Deal's Gap. I have been there several times, but every time I leave, I anticipate my return. It has a reputation for being awesome for a reason. I would recommend it to any rider, unless I know that they were inclined to ride beyond their skills. That said, if you will let her, the Dragon will teach you to be a better rider. I'll be back.

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By Rob A4763
on June 24, 2012 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Victory

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

THis was an amazing Trip for me. i loved the ride and the entire area, Watch the weather though in the mountians because you will get rainined on. The tail is only one of the amazing roads in this area.

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By Guest
on June 8, 2012 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Aprilia

Motorcycle Type Sport

318 turns of complete excellence. Been to the tail twice over the last 10 years and can't wait to go back. A challenge for the novice, a thrill for the advanced, and scenery that will take everyones breath away. Be careful of the speed limits as they are strictly enforced.

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By Guest
on April 4, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

The Dragon is the most awesome road in America. It will scream at you to try it again and again. Try a night ride!

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By Jrz_Devil_HD03
on March 7, 2012 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

I rode this for the first time in April 2011, and it was a blast! Sure, you have to pay attention to the curves and oncoming traffic, not the scenery, but if you want to watch the scenery, then ride pillion! I don't consider myself an overly aggresive rider, but scraped the pegs 3 times on the 2 runs I did...probably not supposed to lay the Ultra over that far...Will get back to it as soon as time and life/wife allows, and hopefully will hit the other roads int he area as well.

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By 2009hdflhx
on January 15, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is a great technical ride that requires skill and concentration. Plenty to see if your eyes weren't glued to the road 99.9% of the time.

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By Guest
on April 8, 2011 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

If your in the area it is a must do ride! Folks at Deals Gap are friendly and it is usually nothing but motorcycles of all types, That is where you pickup you tee-shirt and gas if you need some. The Scenery will make it hard to keep your eyes on the road so when you hop on you bike for the ride keep that in mind. The curves are amazing and it is better to go during the week then on the weekend as the Leo's are few and far between. The weekend however is loaded with them so keep that in mind when you make the trip.

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By Guest
on November 1, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

As advertised. Not quite as busy as I expected it to be on a low 70's fall day that was beautiful. Great road, great scenery. Watch the four wheeled vehicles and sport bikes.

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By Guest
on August 24, 2010 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

We loved it,ride it both ways,watch out for semis in your lane it can be tricky for a novice and yes the sport bikes love to come up and pass touring bikes i think the scenery was great but didnt get to see much ,the semi we met kept my eyes on the road ahead

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By Guest
on October 1, 2009 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make OTHER

Motorcycle Type

The best road I have driven on ever. As stated 318 "roller coaster" curves with almost no cross roads and no houses etc.

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By Guest
on September 15, 2009 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Myself and two friends went from Columbus MS to top of the Blue Ridge Parkway, down to Cherokee and culminating in a run on the Dragon (129). We had my V Star 1100, a 1800 Goldwing and a Bergman Executive 650 and had an absolute blast.. The Berg has an unfair advantage, its faster than thought, I believe. Deals Gap store has all the trinkets and t-shirts you'll need uncluding "Dragon" water and gas. We're going back soon.

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By Guest
on June 16, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Been to the Dragon 4 times in the last 3 years and it is a world class ride that deserves it's world wide reputation. I love turns and this road has more than I can ask for in it's short length. Only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because of the sometimes crowded conditions ... although I love seeing all the other bikers out there, sometimes I wish it was more of a less known hidden ride known only to the local riders. Either way, it's worth the trip no matter where you are coming from.

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By Lumberjack
on September 10, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type Touring

One bad thing about it is amount of traffic at times (especially on weekends).

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By woody7800
on July 25, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2016

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

A road for an experienced rider. Thrilling if you enjoy banks and corners. Motorcycles rule the day, while cars rule the night. The restaurant has great food, 93 octane fuel on the south end. There is NO cell phone reception in the area, PERIOD. Make sure you take cash with you just in case their card machines go down. It's hit and miss. Beautiful country, an absolute must ride.

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By Brainsprain
on January 29, 2016 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Suzuki V-Strom 650

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

My girlfriend and I did this road in August two up with all our luggage for a two week trip. It deserves respect but is not as difficult as some we had done earlier in our trip in the Blue Ridge and Smokies. We traveled almost a consistent 30 to 35 MPH with few slow downs from that speed. It is a beautiful drive. Obviously, many want to test their metal and go as fast as possible. More power to them. We were there on a week day and there was still plenty of traffic so I really see little possibility of going much faster. To me a greater test was Grandfather Mountain and Beech Mountain. Both near each other in North Carolina near Boone. Both are steeper with far more challenging curves than Dragon's Tail.

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By DC
on November 9, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley Road King

Motorcycle Type Touring

I made the complete east coast trip through the smokies. Must say that I agree this is a road you should ride, stop and get the T-Shirt so you can say been there done that then move on. Durango,CO is 100 miles closer for me so I got the T-Shirt and won't go back. The 28 is a better ride.

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By Adventure_Rider
on October 11, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make BMW F-650GS

Motorcycle Type Other

I've ridden this twice so far. First time was on a 1989 HD Ultra and it was a nice fun ride. The road was in good shape and the traffic was moderate. A fair amount of sport bike riders flew past. Saw a few bikes down, mostly HDs. The second time I road it I was on a 2005 BMW F-650GS. Same with the sport bikers, too many riding too fast, showing off and taking too many risks. Saw a couple of bikes off the road. Also witnessed an accident with a truck going down hill and a pick up towing a boat coming up hill. The corner was not wide enough for both to safely pass. Caused vehicle damage and tied up the roadway for a while.

Of course this ride is notorious and everyone wants to do it. It can be a lot of fun if the conditions are good. Would suggest riding this run first thing in the morning before too many folks hop on it. Don't forget to visit the "tree of shame" too.

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By Jerry
on August 26, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type

Eleven miles ? So for a day of riding it is constant U-turns to ride the eleven miles again.

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By ejwhite
on April 21, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Honda CB500F

Motorcycle Type Standard

Great ride.

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By Stalephreak
on March 8, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport

This road is one of those "must ride before you die" roads. I can honestly say that I have been on roads that are more dangerous, but not by much. This road is well maintained, an well painted. There is NO ambiguity on which lane is which. The real pain is when slower riders will not utilize the pullout points. I found myself using them so more skilled riders could get around me quickly, but not a single touring rider would get out of the way for me. The cops show up on weekends, so ride during the week, when nobody's around really. Trucks are now completely banned, which makes the ride MUCH safer. The Deal's Gap resort is really neat too. For the best experience, don't stick to your room. Join the other riders at the fire pit or whatever and be sociable. Also entertaining is watching the cruisers ruin the chrome on their mufflers. You'll see sparks flying all over this road as even the "slow" guys want to twist the wrist for this road.

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By RedWing04
on February 21, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

A good road but in my opinion it is overrated. Has quite a few tight curves and hairpins but definitely no where near 318 curves unless you say a 1-2 degree turn is a curve. Lots of motorcycles and good scenery. Worth doing at least once just to say you have ridden the Dragon.

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By shotgun
on January 25, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2010

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Very Nice Ride. Very few pullouts. You need to keep your eyes peeled both in front of you and behind you for folks riding beyond their skill level. Other than the lack of pull outs it is a ride worth doing.

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By jomaha
on January 8, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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By jomaha
on January 7, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make Road Glide

Motorcycle Type Touring

The "Dragon" will test your riding skills, be warned; "ride 'your' ride" and don't let the bike get "ahead" of you. Each year someone (or 2 or 3) goes over the cliffs. It is some of the greatest riding in the country!

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By Naples4u
on December 26, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make Harley-davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Nice ride but to touristy for me. There are many great roads to ride in the area that are not congested and are just as good as the Dragon

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By Brian Fistler
on November 23, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Great road surface and very fun ride. Are there better roads in the area that are more technical? Yes, but you will NOT find another road in the nation that has the same level of camaraderie and enthusiasm as you will find here.
We did the Tail of the dragon for the first time on a motorcycle June 28, 2014. It was the weekend before the 4th of July and I expected a huge amount traffic and high LEO presence, but traffic was more than manageable and only 1 LEO was out and you had plenty of warning.
As far as politeness of other drivers, I waved a few around me, and was waved around by a few others. I did not sense any hostility or ill feelings in any of the situations. One one run I got up behind a group of cruisers where were going considerably slower than I was (and considerably less than the posted speed limit, even), but instead of trying to go around I simply pulled off on one of the MANY pull offs, waited a minute then continued my ride.

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By Imasoftie
on October 10, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

What an amazing ride this was. My wife and I carved out a long weekend enjoying the scenery in the Smokies. Enjoyed The Dragon, Hellbender 28 and a trip to Cherokee NC as well. This was a trip filled with rides to remember for a lifetime! If you're in the area, it is a MUST!

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By Imasoftie
on October 10, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

What an amazing ride this was. My wife and I carved out a long weekend enjoying the scenery in the Smokies. Enjoyed The Dragon, Hellbender 28 and a trip to Cherokee NC as well. This was a trip filled with rides to remember for a lifetime! If you're in the area, it is a MUST!

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By FJR2010
on August 26, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport

I've been riding the Gap for 15 years, but first rode it in the mid-1970s. For 2014, the pavement is much improved. There are some new repairs and the turnouts are a real plus. I agree with people who say it's overrated, however. It's almost too technical and traffic clogged to ride at a sporting pace. The reason to go is for the zoo, I guess. Beginner riders can certainly tackle it; nervous riders of any vintage might not enjoy it. And please, no matter what your pace, check your mirrors. Some of us ride this section fast and there are numerous turnouts to allow faster rides to get by. Hope you'll use them. As for being passed, you can also just give up the left third of your lane and a skilled sport rider will get by safely. Oh, hell, I was once passed by a cruiser rider after I gave him some space. Ya never know. Everyone should do the Gap just once. Repeats are optional. There are far better roads in this area.

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By TheBuffaloSoldier
on August 7, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Triumph Rocket III Touring

Motorcycle Type Touring

What a ride! What an experience! I did this on a large heavy toring bike and scaped the floor boards a few times, but at speeds I'm sure racing bikes would chuckle at! There's curves and then there are "curves" and this is a road where you have to be on your A Game, do not underestimate this road no matter what anyone says- you can get hurt here so ride within your limits the first few passes. The ride is only 11 miles long so you have time to make a few passes. I took the ride on a Monday afternoon around 6P in July and there were very few cars on the road, when I did encounter approaching cars especially on curves it made things quite challenging, so be careful if you take this ride on the weekend when roads are crowded. Overall though this is definately a road to test your riding skills, 300 curves, lost of hairpins over 11 miles means you will not do much sight seeing here! LOL! But you will definately have a great time challening yourself to Master The Dragon!

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By MEDIC1509
on August 3, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make H-D ULTRA lIMITED

Motorcycle Type Touring

The Tail is a fun ride but not that challenging if you're at all an experienced rider. With a strictly enforced slow speed limit it's really not a hard ride. It is a very relaxing, however. If you are in the area for the weekend, check out the Two Rivers Lodge near the Tail. We stay there every time we go down. It's a VERY bike friendly family run motel.

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By ThomasB
on July 4, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Triumph Tiger 1050

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

It's twisty not as scenic as Blue Ridge until you get away from the hard corners, riding past the Chilhowee lake was very scenic, and the small town by the river was very cool,(sorry can't remember the name, lots of construction on the road and a lot of nice motels by the river, will look into staying there next time.

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By proberts
on February 15, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Road Glide Custom

Motorcycle Type Touring

The "Tail of the Dragon" is one of those "must ride" roads in the southeastern U.S. The problem is that EVERYONE is riding it too. Large crowds on weekends in the summer. Varying rider skill levels and various types of motor vehicles on the road cause danger also. Try a weekday that isn't around a U.S. holiday for smaller crowds and a more enjoyable ride.

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By Guest
on January 23, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport

rode all the way from michigan to come to the tail and loved it i would give it 5 stars if the traffic was not so heavy, not that its a problem just a safety issue. smooth as a babies ass road quality in my opinion this is one of the best places to ride to!!!

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By madbuyer
on December 1, 2013 0 out of 2 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport

Deal's Gap is a nice ride if there are no cars, trucks and cops. Lately Blount County Sheriffs have been staking this out too much and the 30mph speed limit is crap too. Its difficult to get into a good riding rhythm knowing cops are always lurking.

Cherohala Skyway is better and less cluttered of traffic.

I do enjoy the action shots you can buy from killboy.com.

Ride safe.

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By CCMedic
on July 31, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki Boulevard

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Excellent!! Doesn't get any better...

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By acranger
on July 15, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1998

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

One of the most famous riding roads, and for a reason. Very challenging. Easy to lose it, literally. If on a cruiser, remember that 2nd gear is your friend!!

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By hdsportsman
on July 13, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I road this w/ a 2000 XL1200S Sportster Sport H-D @ 52. It was great! The only reason it isn't a "5" is that I would like for it to be even longer!
Now I am 54 and have a 2013 FLD Switchback H-D and am looking forward to getting it down to the Tail of the Dragon to run it through and back!

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By Guest
on June 18, 2013 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great place for sport bikes, rice rockets and daredevils. The road is in great shape with lots of tight turns but you will be passed by sport bikes at high speed and beware the cars coming the other way! Nice place to get run over from behind.

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By patches_mcmatt
on April 25, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I rode The Dragon for the first time recently and was only somewhat impressed with the experience. There are so many better roads in this area that are more enjoyable than this one. The things I disliked the most about The Dragon were the amount of traffic, lack of scenery, and the extremely short length. In order to really enjoy the curves, I think I'd have to ride back and forth a few times before moving on with the rest of my ride.

The Dragon is a must-ride-at-least-once for just about every motorcyclist, though.

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By Damnit
on March 24, 2013 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

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By FBFletch
on November 5, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I've ridden the Dragon many times. Everyone needs to ride it once just to say they've done it. However, the Dragon is WAY over-rated. There are many roads in the area that are much better rides. Unless you go there during the week or very early on the weekend, it's overcrowded and there are generally a bunch of idiots riding it that should have a driver's license much less a license to operate a motorcycle.

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By Guest
on August 18, 2012 0 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year flstci hertiage

Motorcycle Make 2006

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

ride was ok, short but ok, jap bikers think this road is for them and the way they ride. over rated.

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By RalphCurt
on May 11, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson Road King

Motorcycle Type Touring

I would take this trip again and again if I was so inclined - it is remote, beautiful and fun to ride. I like the ride getting there through northern Georgia and North Carolina as well. This is a great trip if you want to get away from everything.
Unfortunately this is a busy 13 mile run. For a touring bike guy like myself its fine but I have to imagine the crotch rocket types go nuts over all the slower traffic. Personally, knowing its a popular place I had the right relaxed attitude and enjoyed the trip very much.
One other note: There was a cop at the far end of the run that looked like he loved to find speeding motorcyclists. Just sayin'

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By fliprideshd@aol.com
on March 29, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 11harley

Motorcycle Make HD Limited

Motorcycle Type Touring

It is a great ride, but you've got to be very careful I've riden it numberous times Watch out for others coming at you, they will use your side of the road

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By jbarnes
on November 13, 2011 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 08

Motorcycle Make HARLEY ULTRA

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great time but very busy. Had a good ride from DG into TN and on to Gatlinburg.

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By Guest
on April 15, 2011 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1992

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

The Dragon is great fun, but do be careful & watch out for the "other guy". If you have time while in the area, The Foothills Parkway is great for a nice scenic ride & often overlooked.

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By Guest
on February 16, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Loved the resort, but the road was a little scary. Lots of sport bikes. Would not recommend for the faint of heart.

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By Guest
on July 10, 2009 0 out of 4 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Other

Full of curves- yes. Lots of assorted bikes and fancy cars-yes. However, if you get car sick like I do... It was a nightmare of a ride. I wanted to shoot myself or at least have God smote my sick butt off my V-Rod. Rode all the way down. Stopped by a creek and tried to not throw up. Then, I had to do the whole ride again backwards. Never again... I can only imagine how much fun the ride could have been if I hadnt been car sick.

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By Guest
on October 21, 2008 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Crossed the mountain from Cherokee, along Foothills Pkwy, then on the Dragon Tail. Many cars crossing the mountain (Leave season). Not as bad on the Foothills Pkwy. A little crowded on the Tail. Heavily patrolled by Police. A must ride (I got the t-shirt from Deals), but it is more work than enjoyment. It's riding, not sight-seeing. On the Tail of the Dragon, you don't have time to gawk, unless you stop at overlooks.

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By Guest
on July 11, 2008 0 out of 3 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I have done a lot riding in my younger days, but I don't think I ever had as much fun as I did with the Dragon!!! We went on a Tuesday Just to get away from the Young and dumb, CR'S You Know the ones that have no respect. Wreck causing Morons! We Loved the Ride. You need to pay attention To the road marks, And skid marks To know something bad is up ahead. You Do that and you will do good. Say hello To the store staff, There great!! So if your there around about go do this thing ,

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By Guest
on July 7, 2008 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Went to Deals Gap first time with another couple Labor Day 2006 & we girls rode with our husbands..wanted to see what we had ahead of us. We came back again Columbus Day weekend and we rode our own bikes...IT WAS AMAZING! Headed back up to that direction at the end of this month...If you're anywhere in the area on your bike and aren't faint of heart....DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By Guest
on December 16, 2007 0 out of 2 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Pay VERY close attention to your mirrors on this ride. Deals Gap has developed the reputation lately of being a "racetrack" for sport bikes. There are numerous documented cases of passing slower-moving riders on their own lane. Use extreme caution. Also, law enforcement has cracked down on the speed limits lately. No warnings are being given, but tickets issued liberally.

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