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Old 10-05-2005, 04:17 PM   #1
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Drove it this weekend and it was stunning!
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I took my 91 Z28 1LE and I'm glad I think my IROC'* reg brakes would not of kept up and 700R4 would of freaked. The 91 has a T-5.
Of course the sport bikes just flew through there, but in the 2 hrs I hung out and ran it twice, 3 people laid their bikes down, only 1 was slighly hurt.

Also if you want even more curves, check out NC RT64 east of 74
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map-http://tailofthedragon.com/maps/tourmap.gif I was topping out 30 in the curves, 3rd gear., that was pushing it. I just wish I had some cool roads that where closer.
Cool thing is there are prof photo togs along the way and you can buy a pic of you running it, I just have to decide.
(I'm the red Camaro)
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I also hit the Cherohala Skyway. It tops out at about 5800', you can see the high part road on the far mountain
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Of couse no trip to that part of NC would be complete without a drive through the clouds on the Blueridge Parkway. ( I happened to have Led Zep'* Misty Mountain Hop on during this part)
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I hope to take a bunch of people from my local 3rdgen board there next spring, if they can keep up. Don't drive I-40 if you like to run a strick speed limit. I tried to keep it reasonable do to be arrest me red, but I was getting fliped off by old ladys so- I had to just go MUCH faster.
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Deals Gap is absolutely insane. I have ridden it before on a Gixxer 750, something like 300+ turns in 11 miles!! They warned us not to come out of 2nd gear, and they were right, a guy in our group twisted the throttle back, clicked in third, and it was all over. I scraped the foot pegs on the bike numerous times, its better than any roller coaster I've ever ridden.
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wow, that looks fun
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As the sticker says now on my car, "1 good turn deserves 317 more" all in 11 miles.
Sadly the SSEi would be a pig on there. Too much weight.
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Id drive that in my bonne. When I make a trip down south, Ill have to PM ya for that road route. I wouldnt mind detouring to see that.
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What did Geoff find while visiting the website... this:
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I've driven roads like that in the Ouachita Mountains. For some reason everyone had to speed there. I swear this one woman in this Chevy Astro was on the verge of rolling it. My car handled it very well suprizingly. The first couple turns were a little sloppy, but the computer seemed to recognize what going on and firmed things up in a hurry. Then it almost felt like the rollar costers at Six Flags. Power on the steep grades was effortless and very strong. The only complaint was shI^^y brakes.
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Reminds me a bit of British Columbia, really nice drive down there this summer.
That SE looks a bit "frustrated"
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If I get better brakes and possibily the SSEi springs on my car I would drive that!

aww hell I would drive it anyways! looks like fun!!!
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