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I copied this off another forum, ride safe and within your own limits out there people, this type news shakes our community up----R.I.P.

Motorcyclist dies on Dragon
2006-06-16
by Jessica Stith
of The Daily Times Staff

A Maryland man died in a motorcycle crash Thursday while riding the curves of the Dragon.

The Dragon is an 11-mile meandering section of U.S. 129 between Tab Cat Creek and the North Carolina state line. This is the first fatality on the Dragon in 2006.

Kelly Brown, 39, of Forestville, Md., was driving his Yamaha motorcycle northbound on U.S. 129 heading down the mountain at 10:30 a.m. He was negotiating a curve about 3½ miles from the North Carolina line, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Lowell Russell.

Brown traveled off the right side of the road onto the shoulder then came back onto road and veered off the left shoulder, Russell said.

Brown's motorcycle then went airborne off the left shoulder, hit a tree and then came to rest at the bottom of the tree that was rooted on a steep embankment.

According to Russell, Brown was dead when emergency medical responders arrived on the scene. His body was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service.

Russell said Brown, who was wearing a helmet, had a motorcyclist riding with him who had stopped ahead to let Brown catch up. When Brown did not show up, the motorcyclist went back to check on him.

Two other motorcyclists were driving through the winding curves when they saw smoke coming from the steep embankment. The two stopped to see if something was on fire and found Brown, Russell said. The motorcyclist riding with Brown then arrived to find the accident.

Brown was visiting from Maryland to join the Yamaha R1/R6 Forums East Coast Convention. Other motorcyclists traveling the Dragon said Brown had just arrived on Wednesday for the convention that started Monday and ends Saturday.

Motorcyclists from all over the country who are participating in the convention are lodging at the Fontana Village Resort at Fontana Dam, N.C.

This was not the only accident that has occurred at the site of Brown's crash. A tree directly beside the tree that Brown hit held a picture of a motorcyclist who had previously died in an accident at that site, and a cross was carved into the tree below the picture.

There were 19 fatalities in 2005 in Blount County, and three of them occurred on the Dragon. Brown's accident is the eighth fatality in 2006 and the first to occur on the Dragon.

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Blount County Sheriff's deputies, Rural/Metro Ambulance Service, seven Blount County firefighters and four members of the Blount County Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to assist with the accident.

The involvement of drugs or alcohol was not suspected, but mandatory testing is being done, Russell said.
 

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R1 forum user: Kflexx. Frequent poster. Young guy. Sad.

4 guys from that board went down that weekend... if big enforcement isn't already in that area, it WILL be.

Is part of you sad, while the other part is hoping that the Darwin-principle sorts 'em out quickly? :|

For me, it's more the former than the latter, but I'll betcha non-riders are more and more to the latter. Knowhaddamean?



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A patch of dirt or gravel that is virtually inconsequential to a car driver can be catastrophic for a bike. Some guys are accidents waiting to happen whether 19 or 39. Others get smacked by sheer chance. Ignoring the random behaviour of other road users, I think most of us run some level of risk even running at the posted speed limit when the full length of a curve or a safe stopping/sight distance is not visible ahead - it's the nature of the beast.
 

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Whilst I agree that patches of dirt & gravel can be catastrophic to a biker, so can slamming into trees. A biker has been killed before hitting those trees, so it would seem the obvious answer to making that particular curve safer would be to remove the trees, then at least you would stand a chance of just sliding down the slope and hope your riding gear is up to its job, or maybe even a low barrier to bounce off. Every summer here in UK, we are warned how dangerous a particular stretch of road, junction, or curve is, and yet nothing ever seems to be done to make the known danger safer. There is no way you can create a totally safe road I know, nor would I want such an enviroment, but I do think that where there has been multiple deaths due to a known danger, that danger should be addessed and eliminated if at all possible.
 

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a man needs to know his limitations.......can't ride curves hit the interstate....want to feel like a racer go to a track and be a club racer
 

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fjrville said:
a man needs to know his limitations.......can't ride curves hit the interstate....want to feel like a racer go to a track and be a club racer
Inexperienced riders usually get the luxury of a few solid frights before they either tone down the attack mode or get smacked solidly. Everyone pushes the envelope a little from time to time and if you experience a periodic dose of "big eyes" , "sphincter pucker" or "buttock to seat clench" and survive the experience perhaps it's part of the learning curve - "Learn or else"

Public roads are full of "random elements" and circumstances that can't be controlled apart from the authorities rectifying safety issues. Bad outcomes due to inexperience, unseen hazards and blind corners are largely dependent on rider behaviour.
 

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sherlock said:
Whilst I agree that patches of dirt & gravel can be catastrophic to a biker, so can slamming into trees. A biker has been killed before hitting those trees, so it would seem the obvious answer to making that particular curve safer would be to remove the trees, then at least you would stand a chance of just sliding down the slope and hope your riding gear is up to its job, or maybe even a low barrier to bounce off. Every summer here in UK, we are warned how dangerous a particular stretch of road, junction, or curve is, and yet nothing ever seems to be done to make the known danger safer. There is no way you can create a totally safe road I know, nor would I want such an enviroment, but I do think that where there has been multiple deaths due to a known danger, that danger should be addessed and eliminated if at all possible.
It's not just a tree, the road runs down the side of a forested mountain. Don't think they are going to clear cut this part of a national forest.

Chris
 

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Don't cut the trees down, just stay on the road. Not supposed to ride on the trees anyway. I'm sorry he crashed (and real sorry he died), but if you make the choice to take the chance, it's not the trees fault. Put up a sign " stay off the trees". The thing that really bothers me is that some times some jerks will put diesel oil on the road in that area just for fun.
 

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I see you are from southhaven so is my wife. Been to the dragon 30 times but not in about 5yrs way to crazy there now. The track is much safer and fun
 
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