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Wicked ride. Tail of the Dragon is awesome but Back of the Dragon is longer and - in my mind - just as challenging. Rode down there from Ontario a few years back with a pal and hit the Blue Ridge on the way back. Twisty overload!
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Wicked ride. Tail of the Dragon is awesome but Back of the Dragon is longer and - in my mind - just as challenging. Rode down there from Ontario a few years back with a pal and hit the Blue Ridge on the way back. Twisty overload! View attachment 1026356
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Yeah a lot longer, but it is way more fun. I like Deals Gap a lot, being short makes it easy to learn it faster. But there is something about the Back of the Dragon, like it feels more special. Its definitely my favorite road so far.
 

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Hello everyone,

I want to start this thread to see what kind of interest people might have with trying to some kind of R1 Rally/Get together at the Back of the Dragon in Tazewell VA. I know it's early to start this post. But I want to see how many people might want to try this out and start planning for it. Was thinking early/mid summer of 2023. Post in here if your interested or have some ideas to help out. If we get a lot of interest, I can talk to the owners of the Back of the Dragon store and see what kind of accommodations they might be able to work out for us.

Home - Back of the Dragon This is the website so you can get more info about the place. It really is an awesome road to ride, and a great place to hang out at. I was just there for 3 days and had some of the most fun ever on 2 wheels.

Time frame can be modified to accommodate more people if need be. This is early planning phase of this, but I need know the interest before I start full planning. I myself already plan to go 2-3 times next year.

The road goes between Tazewell and Marion VA. Marion has lots of hotels and is right off the main highway, so it's easy access for trailers. Also a small town, so it has plenty of stores, gas stations, and great food options. The Back of the Dragon store in Tazewell has a food truck on site, and a brewery for hanging out and having a good time resting before hitting the mountain again.

So please let me know if any of you want to get some kind of group meeting setup and we can plan this all out, hopefully make it like the conventions of old with lots of us having fun together.

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Hello everyone,

I want to start this thread to see what kind of interest people might have with trying to some kind of R1 Rally/Get together at the Back of the Dragon in Tazewell VA. I know it's early to start this post. But I want to see how many people might want to try this out and start planning for it. Was thinking early/mid summer of 2023. Post in here if your interested or have some ideas to help out. If we get a lot of interest, I can talk to the owners of the Back of the Dragon store and see what kind of accommodations they might be able to work out for us.

Home - Back of the Dragon This is the website so you can get more info about the place. It really is an awesome road to ride, and a great place to hang out at. I was just there for 3 days and had some of the most fun ever on 2 wheels.

Time frame can be modified to accommodate more people if need be. This is early planning phase of this, but I need know the interest before I start full planning. I myself already plan to go 2-3 times next year.

The road goes between Tazewell and Marion VA. Marion has lots of hotels and is right off the main highway, so it's easy access for trailers. Also a small town, so it has plenty of stores, gas stations, and great food options. The Back of the Dragon store in Tazewell has a food truck on site, and a brewery for hanging out and having a good time resting before hitting the mountain again.

So please let me know if any of you want to get some kind of group meeting setup and we can plan this all out, hopefully make it like the conventions of old with lots of us having fun together.

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Definitely interested, will need a few month’s notice once the plan is finalized.
 

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Definitely interested, will need a few month’s notice once the plan is finalized.
You should have plenty of notice, once its all figured out.
 

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Do you have any preliminary thoughts on a date? Over a holiday weekend? In between events that may be going on around the time?

I was there middle of the week when I shot the video and the place was wide open. At the time, there was just that trailer as the landing spot. Now there is a big place with dining and drinks with plenty of parking. I got a picture of the new place I am going to post if I can find it.
 

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Do you have any preliminary thoughts on a date? Over a holiday weekend? In between events that may be going on around the time?

I was there middle of the week when I shot the video and the place was wide open. At the time, there was just that trailer as the landing spot. Now there is a big place with dining and drinks with plenty of parking. I got a picture of the new place I am going to post if I can find it.
Right now I'm more waiting to see how many actually want to go, or try to do this. But my thought is late May or early June before it gets too hot, but also after the chance of snow. And this would give everyone time to plan.
 
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But also I was there during the week when i went last month and the traffic was very light. Had very little trouble going the pace I wanted. So I like to do during the week, but we can always do mid week to weekend so more people can join.
 
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Wish it wasn't 1,100 miles from me!
 

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And right now as it looks schedule wise. I'm thinking the last full week of May. Or the following week, that is Memorial day week.
 
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And right now as it looks schedule wise. I'm thinking the last full week of May. Or the following week, that is Memorial day week.
So, around Memorial Day. That week.

Should have a lot of 2 wheelers out. But that's cool.

If we go the following week, prolly fairly light activity. Barring the retired old peeps that doesn't have much else going on 🙂

Frick, that last sentence sounds alot like me😊!
 

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So, around Memorial Day. That week.

Should have a lot of 2 wheelers out. But that's cool.

If we go the following week, prolly fairly light activity. Barring the retired old peeps that doesn't have much else going on 🙂

Frick, that last sentence sounds alot like me😊!
Yeah, just kind of an idea. I would like to go sooner then later LOL. And May tends to not be extremely hot yet here in VA. But Im open for ideas.
 

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I'm out. 😊

I will be at Road America for track days memorial weekend and then again the following weekend for MotoAmerica.
 

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I'm out. 😊

I will be at Road America for track days memorial weekend and then again the following weekend for MotoAmerica.
The date isn't set in stone yet, Just an idea based on how the weather tends to be here in VA
 

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We might be lucky with the weather around or after Easter. But it might also be tough to predict as weather conditions could change fairly quickly! 👍
 

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We might be lucky with the weather around or after Easter. But it might also be tough to predict as weather conditions could change fairly quickly! 👍
The mountains are a little harder to guess at. Possibility for snow into May. And if we get a bad winter this year, you have to allow time for the roads to get more cleaned up from any salt and plow damage.
 
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