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I would like to take a trip to Deals gap, the "Dragon" and cherahala area this year on the 1000rr. problem is I might be moving out west for a job but I don't know how soon. It could be next week or 8 months from now. When does the weather in that area become nice enough for riding. I know weather is unpredictable but when is the soonest that I have a good chance of good weather for a few days of riding around the Tail of the Dragon?
 

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Don't think I'd go much before May. Mid day temps will be up for better grip by then and less chance of rain.
 

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The Cherohala is at a few thousand feet more than the Dragon and can be 10 degrees cooling on a typical day. So if you look at Tellico Plains in April the highs are 60's but the lows 40's and that is at the base of the Cherohala. So you would be on the edge of freezing on an average day up top. Unlikely you will get clean runs.
 

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The Cherohala is at a few thousand feet more than the Dragon and can be 10 degrees cooling on a typical day. So if you look at Tellico Plains in April the highs are 60's but the lows 40's and that is at the base of the Cherohala. So you would be on the edge of freezing on an average day up top. Unlikely you will get clean runs.
Good point about the high altitude on the Skyway sheep. I do recall the cooler temps a welcome break sometimes on the hot days. :plus1:
 

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I'm planning a trip here as well, my first one by the way. Besides the weather, what else to expect from this place? I'm coming down from NYC, any tips?

PS. my first post in months.
 

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The most important thing is don't ride over your head. There's lots of fast riders there and it's an easy trap to fall into. Take your time and let the roads come to you.

I personaly find the Dragon more of a novelty than anything else. It's very intense and a lot of work using really only second gear. Much better higher speed turns on other roads in the area.
 

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Got it.

What kinda gear should I take with me?
Do you recomend any hotels in the area?
I really wanted to go around April, is it really that bad? I don't care about riding in the morning but the mid day temps is what I'm concern about.

Thanks.
 

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Ok guys got ya covered on this one. I have a home in Andrews that is on 129. The weather broke late this year but we have had many good trips in the end of april. Usually the trip up to get the house opened and pull the jeeps out of storage is mid april. The mornings are cool as are the nights. Day time is gorgeous. After may first you're good but the rain is always a threat. Watch the weather comming across the plans states it makes it into the hills there allot. There has been allot of rock slides this winter from the snow loosening up the ground. The gap Just reopened and is closed at night from 8 pm to 8 am as of last check.

TN is saying 0 (zero) tolerance this year on traffic citations so watch it over the NC line. They about killed off allot of small buisnesses in TN because no one would go over into tennessee. Do the same. Screw'em. They dont want ya there dont go there. NC appreciates the bikers.

Check Killboy.com for the best feed back on the area. I have had a house up there for about 9 years and riding there for about 12. Try north georgia also. Nice roads throughout that area. They took away the honda hoot so the big event is the blue ridge ride in ashville and maggie valley. May 13th through 16th. Anyone have a date in mind and ya not a serial killer let me know. I always have room for more
 

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Good rain gear is always a must !! Clear shield is handy sometimes too. I always have a backpack with a camel back set up. Flat tire kit. Theres places where someone may not be able to find ya. Second helmet (rain) Good pair of boots that you can walk in also. Theres so many places and things to see. Good camera as usual. And lap top. I have found that Verizon is one of the few that has a signal in the mountains. My net book is priceless up there.

Someone else said That deals gap is a novelty, It is. Ride it get the shirt and go see the nice roads. The locals go like hell and you'll get sucked into chasing some kid that knows the road. No winning that one. 2 wheel camp ground is great they have small cabins also. There a small hotel in andrews. Days inn? not sure. Theres no alcahol in blairsville so get in andrews or murphy on the way in. PM me if ya have any specific questions. I'm up there allot. Absolutely the most beutiful roads I have been on. Cherahola skyway pass and foot hills pass are nice spirited roads with sweepers for ever. White water rafting at nantanahala river is always fun. I could go on for ever I won't. Any of you guys from across the atlantic plan on doing this I would love to show ya's around there. Free rooms on me. I can put up 8 or so with the loft over the garage. It will hold 8 bikes stacked in tight. Wheelers bike shop is at the entrance to the gap area. He's cool but very $$$$$$. Only gig in town!
 
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