On Monday, I crashed my Monster at about 50mph. I suffered road rash on my hip and lots of bruising- and Pandora has flesh wounds of her own. Here’s what exactly happened, and the lowdown on the gear that saved my life.
RedSpade Rides the Tail of the Dragon
RedSpade, as she is called, is a motorcycle journalist, photographer, racer, and so much more.
Recently, she took a two day road trip riding roughly 18 hours through some of the South’s twistiest roadways on her 2008 Honda CBR600RR. “I took highway 60 from from route 19 (Georgia) all the way up to 68- Tellico Plains, Tennessee. From there we traveled East to 129 into North Caroline where Tapoco is via the Tail of the Dragon. We stayed at the Dragon Inn resort which is really close to the dam you see in the pictures. We also traveled along the Blueridge, 28, Cherohala Skyway and a bunch of other very gorgeous roads that I can’t even remember.” It’s easy to forget exactly what roads you take when you get wrapped up in the perfection of the ride.
The Tail of the Dragon, aka the Dragon’s Tail, route 129 is a notorious road for motorcyclists and sports car drivers. It has 318 curves in 11 miles, and is known as America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. On either side of you sits the Great Smoky Mountains and Cherokee National Forest, with no intersections or driveways.
Photographs by Jeff Etringer.
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