the dragon is an awesome place. went down there last year with a few friends and had a blast. huge props to yellow wolf, thats gotta be work to get throught there that quick on a wing.
ClutchZero said:I think I ride pretty fast, but was suprised to find it somewhat difficult to keep up with a couple of Lotus Elise at the Tail of the Dragon on Wednesday 10/25. I could always catch up with the fastest guy on the few straights, but he somewhat pulled away in the sharps, with lots of tire squealing. Some of these turns are so sharp that when you're leaning into a turn and trying to look through to the apex and then the exit, you're actually looking straight above yourself. Are these just incredible cars or was my riding not up to par. I didn't want to push too hard on a road I didn't know, plus my front tire has about 5,000 miles of hard leaning on it.
It's mostly the nature of the vehicles - for the same level of risk, you can just be closer to the edge of the envelope in the cars. (shrug)SPL170db said:I wouldn't beat yourself up about it too much. The Elise is a PHENOMINALLY handling car and the Dragon probably eploits that perfectly. The cars don't have monster HP, but they are light as a feather and designed to eat up corners for breakfast. It basically a stripped down club racing car for the street more or less.
Gold Tie said:i pulled up on what i thought was a kit car a couple months ago through the twisties. it took everything i had to get around it and when i did i realized i've never seen this car before. i met up with the guy at a gas station at the end and he told me he would of givin me more of a run but the car was brand new. made me feel like crap, i thought i had conquered something great. it was an ARIEL ATOM. he said it was the third in the U.S. Jay Leno having the first. google it, one bad mofo!!! there is a vid of it whooping a cbr 6 on a track.
Impressive Knowledge!! unkAlways good to hear Spl's insights!!SPL170db said:I wouldn't beat yourself up about it too much. The Elise is a PHENOMINALLY handling car and the Dragon probably eploits that perfectly. The cars don't have monster HP, but they are light as a feather and designed to eat up corners for breakfast. It basically a stripped down club racing car for the street more or less.
I also might add, that's not even an Elise up there in the picture next to your bike. That's a Lotus Exige. Essentially a road-legal race car. In fact, I think that is a Lotus Exige "Cup" model up there. Here's some reading up for you.