The Ohio Cousin of the "Tail of the Dragon"

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 41 visitors


State: Ohio
Date Submitted: July 1, 2007
Submitted by: Sandman
Motorcycle Road Length: 12 Miles

Written Directions

Start by getting yourself to Hannibal, OH. From their just take Ohio Rt 536 east to the end point of Ohio Rt 78. there are no towns between Hannibal and 78.

Scenery  

Hidden in the southeast corner of Ohio, just north of Wayne National Forest, you'll find a fantastic ride through the deep woods. Pics wouldn't even be able to really describe it. From steep hills, to valleys ... the view is superb!

Road Quality  

There are practically no flat spots on this one. There are turns as tight as 15 mph; I took them at 30, and i was very close to scraping pegs. There are a few 180 degree reversals on it, and this snakes over some extremely steep terrain; steep enough that a stock sportster will need to be in 3rd gear. The road is in great shape pavement wise and yet will give any rider a serious workout and has to be treated with a lot of respect. 97% of the rough curves are well marked out, and it's highly advised to pay heed to them; they're there for a reason. The hills are very steep also, and can easily tax the brakes and I suggest using the engine as an additional brake. Keep in mind there are NO GUARDRAILS anywhere on this road once u start to leave Hannibal. Like the dragon, leave this road, and u leave the extra hard way. The hills are steep enough that u will quickly get too much speed for any hairpins that could come up. be on high alert for gravel in the moderate and extra sharp hairpins and curves as u will only have seconds at best to react to gravel. Another danger is idiots driving too fast in their cars ... stay on yer side of the road, or become a bug on the windshield.

Roadside Amenities  

This route is meant for ridding and nothing else! The only thing between the start point and the end point are turns, turns and more turns.

















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Ratings/Reviews

 

Reviewed by Guest on October 15, 2010
(4 out of 4 members found this review useful.)
Creator: saddletramp
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Just got back from the NC/TN dragon US 129....frankly the southern dragon is over hyped.....fun but not particularly visually stimulating....536 is a better ride for my money...on the other hand ....the Cherohola Skyway in same general area as US 129 is magnificent...by the way 536 is much more dangerous than the southern dragon due to unlimited access on 536...be safe...wear the gear ....enjoy the view...but not too long...536 dragon will bite
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Reviewed by Guest on September 13, 2009
(4 out of 4 members found this review useful.)
Creator: grandma sue
motorcycle_year: 1992
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: 9-13-09 many bikes riding 536 this year sorry to say not enough helmets. some broken pavement and loose gravel ,deer. love the ride.150 curves in 11 miled.have fun wave when you go by.
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Reviewed by Guest on March 19, 2009
(4 out of 4 members found this review useful.)
Creator: 2003 Audi TT Coupe
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: OTHER
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: Spent the day on 536, 556, 255 and 78 and Sykes Ridge Road a wonderful day trip from Pittsburgh. The difference between the real "Tail of the Dragon" in NC/TN is that there are houses, driveways and barns in Ohio that the Dragon does not have. The road itself is a good comparison. I recommend the drive to bike and sports cars.
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Reviewed by Guest on May 9, 2014
(3 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Creator: old roads
motorcycle_year: 2013
motorcycle_make: s1000rr BMW
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: Just rode this yesterday 5-8-14. Neat ride 3rd gear most of the way,came down 800 to 78 to 536. I liked 78 it was smooth wide and scenic. 536 is tight and twisty,can't check the scenery as the roads takes all the attention.I went north on 7 to 148 to rt 9. I enjoyed that more,148 is wide smooth nice turns and 9 to Belmont county is fun ride.
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Reviewed by Guest on March 23, 2009
(3 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Chris
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: Me and a buddy rode here on March 22, 2009 SCARY ROAD lots of gravel dog ran out in front of us along with 5 deer and 5 turkey. BE careful Road has crazy turns but not a great canyon carver place lots of blind hills and gravel.
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Reviewed by Guest on April 11, 2012
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Geezer
motorcycle_year: 1996-2005
motorcycle_make: H-D
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Discovered this road last year on another site. Love it. It is about 2 1/2 hours from my home and makes a great day trip. Usually run it both directions, matter of fact , it was my first day trip this year. Not for the faint of heart. Every bit as good a ride as the Tail. Lots of sharp twists and turns thru beautiful farmland. Everyone I have taken on this road loves it except for one lady that I thought would have to have the seat on her old man's Dresser surgically removed from her butt, it was puckered so tight. Great ride and well worth the time.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 1, 2010
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: 04RT
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: Great road, got your heart pumping and never really stop until you get to Rt78. Careful as there are no straight runs and little time to adjust speed. I wont compare to the Dragon, Ohio 555, or 411 out of Boon NC - they are all fun and unique roads that offer great experience. This road could very easily push out of your comfort zoon, so stay safe, take it with a riding partner and have your safety gear on. Good luck and have fun.
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Reviewed by Guest on December 15, 2009
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Ken Bernard
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Excellent Ohio bike route! Lots of twisties and elevation changes. I rode SR536 and other southeast Ohio roads back in June 2009. This was one of my favorites! Pavement was decent, not much gravel. It follows the mountain ridge so one minute you are on top of the mountain and the next minute cutting through twisty forest. Make sure you do SR 255 and Sykes Ridge Rd while you are in the neighborhood! Also great routes. I'll definitely be back.
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Reviewed by Guest on November 22, 2009
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: dave binegar
motorcycle_year: 2000
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: Fun road with a lot of other route possibilities. Be careful because the other possibilites are Sunday drivers, cars taking corners too sharp, wet corners, loose gravel, and wildlife. KEEP IT UP !!!
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Reviewed by pghlivekid on July 9, 2014
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
motorcycle_year: 2011
motorcycle_make: HD
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Rode it in June of 2014, road dept had put some sealant on the road. Being it was very hot that day, the large sealant patches were slippery
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Reviewed by Guest on February 4, 2014
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: dirty dan
motorcycle_year: 1991 Tour-Glide Classic
motorcycle_make: HD
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: One of my favs on the way to the river.Not for novices!I still scrape my pipes on this one.Fun but demands your attention at all times.Be Safe.
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Reviewed by usagiyo11 on August 6, 2013
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Usagi
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: The steep elevation changes and tight, technical nature of this route make this one of the most challenging roads you'll find. Hard to find a rhythm on this one not very flowing, but I kept it in a lower gear than I am used to and it is a great tune-up road for the Dragon. Some say this is actually more challenging because of the steep elevation changes...
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Reviewed by Guest on March 4, 2013
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Jay
motorcycle_year: 1992
motorcycle_make: Goldwing Gl1500 Trike
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: GREAT RIDE WE'VE DONE THIS ONE SEVERAL TIMES ALWAYS A GREAT TIME IN THE FALL!!!
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Reviewed by Guest on April 24, 2011
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: andy
motorcycle_year: 2000
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Great road beautiful scenery. take your time and enjoy the ride.have a mini cooper i like to drive on there too.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 7, 2008
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Michael
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: Moto Guzzi
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: I have done this road several times and it is a classic for those who like chills and thrills. It is steep, twisty and at speed, hair raising. But the views are so great you will want to do it slow too. Just before the final drop down to the Ohio River, there is a view where the ridgeline forms a perfect semi-circle with the old bridge over the Ohio River down in Hannibal perfectly framed in the center. WOW!
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Reviewed by pghlivekid on July 9, 2014
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
motorcycle_year: 2011
motorcycle_make: HD
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Rode it in June of 2014, road dept had put some sealant on the road. Being it was very hot that day, the large sealant patches were slippery
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Reviewed by HeadOut on June 28, 2014
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Steve
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: BMW F800GS
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: One of my favorites rides - great turns & up-down, good site lines, good pavement, nice scenery. There's a fair number of houses and some truck traffic (fracking equipment), but I wasn't stuck behind anything for long. Highly recommended.
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Reviewed by Akumu on December 25, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Akumu
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: Probably the twistiest road in Wayne's National Forest (East). Not necessarily the best, though, due to gravel. Not horrible amounts, but enough that along with the average road surface for most of the ride you can't really ride like you know you want to. It's more of a cautionary fun for this road. (Much better than it has been in a while, though. That's for damned sure.) Going east saves you from riding the brakes too much.
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Reviewed by Guest on November 23, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Jaybird
motorcycle_year: 1992
motorcycle_make: Goldwing Gl1500 Trike
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: We have ridden this both directions, and keep coming back, great piece of road. Use caution or a mistake could be really nasty for you and your bike. This road has some nice scenery but, stop to view it or you will become a part of the scene! Shiney parts up, Jay
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Reviewed by sdjiggs on October 8, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
motorcycle_year: 2012
motorcycle_make: HD Roadglide Custom
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Great Road!!! Loved it, probably number one road on my list
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Reviewed by usagiyo11 on August 6, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Usagi
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: Heads up they are closing OH-536 for a couple of weeks starting 8/15/2013. So if you're gonna visit better make it real soon or in the fall.
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Reviewed by Guest on February 8, 2011
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Rebecca
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: Talk about twists and turns, dips and curves. I didn't think Ohio was capable of having such a route -- but I guess any state in the U.S. could. Living in Indianapolis has its advantages, but their lack of exciting roads is daunting. Don't get me wrong, I love the driving and riding in Indy, but it's mostly corn. Ha ha. I'm looking for new things. . . and it that means a fast and curvy ride, so be it. I wonder what those rides are like in a car. Not nearly the same, I'm guessing. ;) Rebecca "On the road again..." Used Cars Indiana
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Reviewed by Guest on November 5, 2010
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Creator: grandma sue
motorcycle_year: 1992
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I think the speed bumps across the road are new culverts being installed before new pavement next year. We hope. Have a good ride.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 12, 2010
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Creator: Hounddog
Comment: We rode 536 last weekend. Oct 10.2010. It was nice but there were small bumps across the road. They extended all the way across the road almost like a little speedbump. There were at least a half dozen of them throughout the course. A couple of them were bad enough to make my bike hop a little. Be carefull.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 10, 2010
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Creator: YSUguy
motorcycle_year: 1996
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: What the neck is with the speed bump-like bumps just as you're setting up to enter a lot of the curves?? They extend all the way across the road! Did they just pop up? If we ride this road again, we'll do it north to south - that way we'll hit the bumps as we come out of the curves! It's a fun road - I've done Deal's Gap, and I've done a lot of the great roads in West Virginia. This is a fun road that, if it had those bumps smoothed out, would be GREAT. The scenery is wonderful, and you definitely have to pay attention. Once we got to 78, we headed west and went north on 800 - another fun road, although not nearly as challenging as 536.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 26, 2010
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Creator: grandma sue
motorcycle_year: 1992
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: 8-26-10 State route 536 has reopened. Dont know the condition at this time. Motorcycles are running again. Be safe have a good ride.At least 4 deer 1 mile off route 7.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 12, 2010
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Creator: Grandma Sue
motorcycle_year: 1992
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: July 12/ 2010, Ohio state route 536 will be CLOSED from July 12 2010 for 39 days for repaire. Don't know what sections ordered by ODOT. Looking forward to a better ride. Deals gap should be reopened by now.Come back in the fall and enjoy the ride.
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Reviewed by Guest on May 23, 2010
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Creator: Chris
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: 5-23-10 Just ran down this road as part of my own mad map run in the SE Ohio area. I have been on the Tail of the Dragon many times and to be honest, this road is very curvy but its not the dragon. There are a number of high bumps in the road and the road condition is inconsistent, which makes running this road with any type of attack not recommned. The views are very nice, I recommend you take your time and enjoy the loops and views rather than trying to "straighten the tail" like you might be prone to attempt on TOTD. Nice road once they get it repaired and consistent. Nice road to ride as well for the views! Be careful, enjoy the ride!
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Reviewed by Guest on April 17, 2010
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Creator: Sue
Comment: deals gap he dragons tail is closed until July 1 bcause of a landslide. Call before you ride down
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Reviewed by Guest on March 25, 2010
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Creator: rick
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: twistiest road i have ridden in ohio. great
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Reviewed by Guest on September 25, 2009
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Creator: MechsHands
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: I rode this today along with 800, 556 and 148. This was actually a disappointment given the hype. While it was fun, it felt very very cramped and I had many cars coming into my lane. I like others had to go into the other lane at the stop sign as it was simply too tight with the climb to stay in my own. I took it easy as it ws my first road with serious twisties in it. I found myself going through the corners about 10-20mph over the recommended except for the 15mph recommended turns. Those were usually tight and no joke. Also the blind climbs with curves shown got my heart going a few times. All in all good fun but wish it wasn't so cramped and went on longer.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 21, 2009
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Creator: dave
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: 556 was wow and wow, 536 is OH MY GOD! drove my mazda rx7 on 536 en route to deals gap/tail of the dragon and i can honestly say 536 is scarier. TOTD is very tight, sharp curves but smooth and linear. 536 is like a friggin roller coaster withough the rails. not saying its better or worse the TOTD but it got my heart pumping more. a few apexs at the top of blind hills. i ride from northeast ohio down to marietta often and i will be going down the 536 again, maybe not everytime though.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 13, 2009
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Creator: Eric
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: 12 miles - 199 curves! EXCELLENT!
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Reviewed by Guest on May 26, 2009
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Creator: Richard
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: Awesome road! Very curvy and lots of elevation changes. The views are spectacular so you will have to ride the road a few times; once for the thrill of the ride and another to stop and appreciate the beauty only nature can provide. Be careful though the road is narrow and there are no guard rails so be sure to stay well on your side of the road lest you become a hood ornament for an oncoming car.
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Reviewed by Guest on January 8, 2009
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Creator: Paul
motorcycle_year: 1995
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Rode the TN. Tail early part of Oct. Late Oct. rode 370 miles of Ohio roads 536 was one of them. Friday afternoon, no traffic, made it in 17 minutes from beginning to end, don't recommend doing that again. Rode it 4 times that day. Very enjoyable. Also rode Rt. 26 out of Mariettia to 70. BEST ride. Long ride. Well worth the time. From 26 you can catch 78 E to 536, or 78 W to 'baby tail'. Nice days ride.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 15, 2008
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Creator: Tony
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Wow! This is a very good ride! We also did St Rt 555 and St Rt 313 all are good rides.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 17, 2008
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Creator: double trouble
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I too took this route out of WV. Guy told me it was a shortcut to rt78.
An hr later I finally made it to rt 78. Will take my Heritage over there and ride it.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 4, 2008
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Creator: Denny
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: I'll keep it simple-536 is the best twisty road in Ohio.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 9, 2008
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Creator: gramdma sue
motorcycle_year: 1992
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I live on state route 536 in ohio. It is an excelent motorcycle road.I am sorry to say that a 65 year old male rider was killed a few weeks ago . He hit a bad spot in the pavement and hit the gardrail and broke his neck. So please ride with caution.We want this road to be a pleasurer not a killer. By the way we have road the dragons tail several times.I t had 318 curves in 11 miles. state route 536 had 150 curves in 12 miles.Please don' t ride for speed. .
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Reviewed by Guest on May 4, 2008
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Creator: ron
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: they are not kidding about this road i had to make a delivery on 536in the semi wow i had fun but wish i was on the bike beautiful ride you all think its fun on a bike you should try it in a semi will definitly be back to ride it on the bike well worth a trip to ride this an this is coming from someone who has also rode the dragon its just a nice ride
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Reviewed by Guest on April 13, 2008
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Creator: Diamondred
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Sandman is right, Hands never left the grips. One turn actually had a STOP sign on it! I still had to go into the other lane to make the turn. Course I was going the other direction(from 78 to the river), on the way back it was still tight , but not as bad. I don't know how they ever paved this road. Take it slow, watch the signs, and allow plenty of room between Bikes. Enjoy.
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