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Back of the Dragon

Postby minimac » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:06 am



We all pretty much have heard or rode the Tail of the Dragon, but I had never heard of the Back of the Dragon. Ok, I live a sheltered life. Anyways I just returned from a week of riding in this area, hitting parts of five states-Ky, W.Va., Va., N.C., and Tn. There are some published routes for some great touring roads in the area, but by far the absolute best was the Back of the Dragon. It's a 32 mile run from Marion, Va. to Tazewell,Va. on #16. It is by far, the most technically challenging road I've ever ridden in fifty years. Blind curves, hairpin turns, numerous unbelievable switchbacks, and breathe taking views abound. It makes the Tail look like kids play. We set up camp at Hungry Mother State Park, which was an excellent base for our daily rides. If you ever get the chance to ride this road, make sure you're on top of your game, but it will be worth it.



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Re: Back of the Dragon

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:11 am

man, thats one heck of a "highway". i took a look at their website and it looks awesome. nice to see it has "pull-offs" so you can take a restbit to give your arms and hands a chance to loosen up. maybe one day i'll take a ride on it.

thanks for posting this interesting information.

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Re: Back of the Dragon

Postby minimac » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:01 am

You're not all that far away from there. The Back is highly technical and requires your undivided attention, but once it's run in a "spirited" fashion two things happen. #1- You'll never be satisfied with gentle curves again and #2-you will forever know that you truly are a "Dragon Master"!
It really is a world class stretch of road, and believe me when I say you have to be on top of your game. If you think you're a pretty good rider, this road will challenge you. And might very likely break you!

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Re: Back of the Dragon

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:44 am

well, i've had my 1100 wing on the "tail of the dragon" at least 25 times and my 1200 wing on it about 10 times,(and it still scares me), an never had a problem with either of them. i go at my own pace,(under the posted speed limit), and if someone or a group of bikes or cagers want to get around me, i pull over at the nearest pull off and let them pass. im not on there for THEIR riding habits, im there for MY pleasure and enjoyment, but your right, after looking at all the vids posted for that road, im sure it WILL be a challenge for me.

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Re: Back of the Dragon

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:24 am

i just did a map search from here to Marion VA, and from where i live its 3 hours 15 minutes/201 miles away. i would have to make this a "day and overnight" trip if i decided to do it. unfortunately my wife can't go with me. she would get car sick on the bike so i would have to do it solo. i can't even get her to ride the dragon tail on the bike with me in fear she would get sick and if she does, that might cause us to get off balance on the bike and throw the both of us off. i can't risk that.

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Re: Back of the Dragon

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:36 am

Sounds like a great ride. Been wanting to ride The Tail of The Dragon. Could plan a trip there, and then go to The Back Of The Dragon.
Hmmmm...will have to think about that.
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Re: Back of the Dragon

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:04 am

Just looked up Back of The Dragon. Saw some real nice looking pictures. Showed a few to my wife and then said "That would be a nice trip." Then she said if you want to go, go. She said we can afford it and I've got my health right now and we don't know what's going to happen in the future.
I was starting to get a little worked up about it but (always a "but") then I started thinking about the work I need to do to the bike.
Yeah, I might get it all done this week but then its October. Well, maybe next year.
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Re: Back of the Dragon

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:56 am

hey oldzx, you can download this site to keep a track on the weather for this area......http://www.weatherbug.com once you download it, let me know and i'll guide you thru it so you can get to the area. i might not respond right away, im watching all the episodes of star trek voyager on amazon prime :).

stuart.

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Re: Back of the Dragon

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:44 pm

Haven't ever used weatherbug, at least I don't think so. I usually use accuweather. I like checking the weather radar on their site.
Ill take a look at weatherbug though.
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Re: Back of the Dragon

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:28 pm

ok, let me know when you have it downloaded.

stuart.




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