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For Those of You Going to the Gap This Year

Good Article in the Knoxville Paper
Keep this in mind.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2007/jul/29/riding-safely

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I thought this was about a clothing store! Good info. I'll be there end of August. Looking forward to it.

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I worry about going to that place with all the talk about people blowing corners and coming into your lane and crap. I'll stick the letters in WI for now.
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Deals gap has become pretty scary.


Maybe on a weekday when the population is low, early in the morning or something.


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Maybe on a weekday when the population is low, early in the morning or something.
Definately. I have been through there over 20 times. I only saw two crashes. These are people who are riding over their heads or just plain going too fast in there.

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Both times I was there, it was closed down for a motorcycle fatality.
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i`ve never been. but all the stories i`ve heard just tells me it`s a squidfest.

hey mommie look at all the lemmings

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Definately. I have through there over 20 times. These are people who are riding over their heads or just plain going too fast in there.


I don't worry about me, I have my shit on a leash.

What I am worried about is some Du Hamel wanna be who doesn't, thinks
the place is a fuggin racetrack and nails you head on in your lane because
he was riding completely beyond his abilities.

The place scares me when it's busy.


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post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 10:43 AM
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What I am worried about is some Du Hamel wanna be who doesn't, thinks the place is a fuggin racetrack and nails you head on in your lane because he was riding completely beyond his abilities.

The place scares me when it's busy.


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Absolutely true. I almost got nailed by a guy on a SCOOTER pulling out from a small pull off area right in front of us. And that's why I don't go in there on the weekends. It didn't used to be that bad. The last 5 years has been bad and its all the internet's fault. lol

But like you said before, go there on a weekday early or late in the day.

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Deals gap has become pretty scary.


Maybe on a weekday when the population is low, early in the morning or something.


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I don't worry about me, I have my shit on a leash.

What I am worried about is some Du Hamel wanna be who doesn't, thinks
the place is a fuggin racetrack and nails you head on in your lane because
he was riding completely beyond his abilities.

The place scares me when it's busy.


Tom

+1 on both statements!

What I dont understand is how people try to rail their first time through it, I went back and forth probably 10 times, before I stepped up the pace. Its so long and so many turns, the only you could ride it at even 75% was if you were a local and did it all the time- there is no way to memorize the thing like a track. Not to mention the boners that blow their right handers and come across the centerline on ya. BE careful if you go- if you wanna drag knee, go to the track, if you wanna enjoy the dragon , ride your own pace, go during the week, and hit it mid afternoon- there is a substantial amount of car traffic during rush hour on the weekday mornings. Have fun!

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I wanna go back NOW!
Lets plan a trip in the fall.
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Everything I read about the gap gives me the heebie jeebies. If I'm going down in a blaze of glory, I want it to be my own fault. Not the fault of of someone on an new R1 with temp tags who can't keep it in their own lane

just my .02

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Look, I don't want to start an argument with anyone, but all this danger talk about Deals Gap is way overblown. Besides, you run through 2x and then you go somewhere else.

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Look, I don't want to start an argument with anyone, but all this danger talk about Deals Gap is way overblown. Besides, you run through 2x and then you go somewhere else.
Exactly. You go up thaen back down. There are plenty of other roads to hit also that are just as fun. Cherahola is one of them. My personal fav.
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Look, I don't want to start an argument with anyone, but all this danger talk about Deals Gap is way overblown. Besides, you run through 2x and then you go somewhere else.
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Exactly. You go up thaen back down. There are plenty of other roads to hit also that are just as fun. Cherahola is one of them. My personal fav.
The Harley guys I went with stayed there all day back and forth- thats how I got to do it a bunch of times. I heard about other roads, but none of them knew where. Sounds like it would be fun..................

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you make your passes in the early morning, or after 5:30 pm and you are fine. there are other great roads to run during the day.

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The Harley guys I went with stayed there all day back and forth- thats how I got to do it a bunch of times. I heard about other roads, but none of them knew where. Sounds like it would be fun..................

Kegger the other roads are just as fun. Deals gap is alot of fun but it gets to crowded sometimes. Granted I did not lead the way so i don't know where the hell I am going I just follow the leader like you did but definatly venture out
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Just follow jrock and all is good - Cats knows all the roads down there - like stated above, we hut it 2 x's and moved on - Ran it one time after that but it was used as a short cut to get to anotyher road - Soooooo much good riding down there

We need a trailer this time though as I am not riding the Duc all the way down there

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You guys better not go w/o me! I still have 40 hrs of vacation time and counting.

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You guys better not go w/o me! I still have 40 hrs of vacation time and counting.
Would not even dream of going w/out ya meng - You are my mad map

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You guys better not go w/o me! I still have 40 hrs of vacation time and counting.



Damn you guys with vacation time. I hate you I get no vacation where i am at.

Justin there is no way in hell e can go with out you. As the wise man said we need you as our guide
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i was there in June for the YZF forums annual meet and I agree that the whole danger part of the dragon is way overblown. With the number of bikes that go thru there everyday I wonder if the ratio of bikes passing thru safely to crashes are probably lower than the starved rock route
Big +1 on the cherohola skyway....much wider than the gap and I love those sweepers.

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We need a trailer this time though as I am not riding the Duc all the way down there
As much as I love to ride, (except for the 1st trip) I always trailer down. Much like track riding, there WILL come a time that you can't ride back.

I have a 2 rail Kendon if you need it.

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As much as I love to ride, (except for the 1st trip) I always trailer down. Much like track riding, there WILL come a time that you can't ride back.

I have a 2 rail Kendon if you need it.
Thanks man - Way cool of ya to offer - May take ya up on it

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That article says it's a 45 minute ride from the gap to the hospital....what it doesn't says is that the ambulance actually comes from the hospital, so it could be 1.5 hours or more before you are being attended to at the hospital after they are dispatched.

As other's have suggested, make your passes early and go ride some of the other amazing roads.
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I have to say that I have been going to the smokies and appalacians for a week or so every year for the past 12 or 13 years. I must have been through deals gap over 20 times and several times in the wet and or rain. I have ridden in those mountains in dense fog and pouring rain. I have ridden the entire 469 mile BRP three times. Overall, I have ridden maybe close to 15,000 to 18,000 miles on those roads and I have never wrecked or really come that close. Sure I have scared myself a little here and there, but no big deal. Now last year, I had a scooter of all things pull out in front of me in the gap, but that was the first time. I have only seen one bad accident down there and that was just this year.

Those who know me and have ridden with me know I am no slouch on the road, so I think that says at lot. I don't putt around. I give 'er the business and have a lot of fun.

The road is dangerous no matter where you ride. And by no means am I saying you don't have to be careful and ride defensively. The local are very fast on two or four wheels.

But You have to ride like you are on the road, you have to use good judgement and take it very seriously. You have to ride like you know the only way home is to ride home and that focus and riding within your mental abilities are the key. It is such a great place to ride and to learn. Its amazing.

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