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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-13-2007, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Fatality on the Dragon

First death of the year. RIP to the rider. No info on how it happened yet. The already stepped up an enforcement campaign against motorcyclists up there, it is only going to get worse.

http://www.thedailytimes.com/apps/pb.../NEWS/70713001

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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-13-2007, 09:49 AM
 
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post #4 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-13-2007, 09:55 AM
 
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CRAP !! Hate to hear this.

RIP

At least it says "speed was not a factor".

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This bothers me a great deal, I hate hearing about this especially when the rider was being responsible.

Makes me a bit worried about my trip to the dragon next month too.
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Makes me a bit worried about my trip to the dragon next month.
Don't worry, you will have the cops to keep you below your limit. Think about it, how bad is that road and how many people have gone across it and this is the first death of the year. That is pretty damn good statistics for this high traveled technical road.

You can always lowside like my buddy has 3 times this season and come out fine.



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RIP, that is just heartbreaking.
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This bothers me a great deal, I hate hearing about this especially when the rider was being responsible.

Makes me a bit worried about my trip to the dragon next month too.
Just ride at your pace.

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Just ride at your pace.
That's the key, keep it where you feel comfortable. Sounds like the guy got on his brakes mid corner from the article.

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That's the key, keep it where you feel comfortable. Sounds like the guy got on his brakes mid corner from the article.
So it sounds like speed WAS a factor. He was going to fast for his comfort level, but he may not have been breaking any speed laws.
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So it sounds like speed WAS a factor. He was going to fast for his comfort level, but he may not have been breaking any speed laws.
Yeah, he was probably below speed limit but just got spooked in a corner or thought he was going too fast entering and braked. Some of those turns at the 30mph speed limit are real fast for that speed.

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Hey DT, you will be fine. Like everyone has said, there are two rules to getting out safely
1. Ride your own pace
2. Stay in your lane
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Yeah, he was probably below speed limit but just got spooked in a corner or thought he was going too fast entering and braked. Some of those turns at the 30mph speed limit are real fast for that speed.
It didnt say if the road was wet. It has been raining there right?

My general rule of thumb is, I can handle double the posted corner speeds. If its a 25 mile an hour corner, 50 should be slow enough to handle.
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It didnt say if the road was wet. It has been raining there right?

My general rule of thumb is, I can handle double the posted corner speeds. If its a 25 mile an hour corner, 50 should be slow enough to handle.
It was dry yesterday. I dont think any storms blew through. I didnt go up there though.

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if i find time to look at my speed on the dragon, odds are i would be sliding on my ass again, watching the bike slid out from under me



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And someone keep this article hidden from my wife. I'll never get to go...
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if i find time to look at my speed on the dragon, odds are i would be sliding on my ass again, watching the bike slid out from under me
You dont need to look to know. As long as I know what gear Im in, I can tell me speed by listening the the speed of the RPMs.
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if i find time to look at my speed on the dragon, odds are i would be sliding on my ass again, watching the bike slid out from under me
I have watched my speed on video after. I hang around 40s-50s in a lot of corners. Some of the tighter hair pins I get down in the 30s. I pretty much am breaking the law across the whole thing now.

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