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Really nice photos and glad you were able to get out after the rain! It looks like you two had alot of fun. I have always wanted to visit the Dragon but I need a damn truck. Other than your tire issue it looks like your 300 handled the dragon very well.

Thanks hoss. My ZX14 usually eats rear tires, and though the rear tire was cold shearing from the corner exit hamfistings of the throttle...it was the front tire that took the brunt of the punishment down there. My wife's 300 did exceptionally well most everywhere we rode, aside from some steep inclines where another 10hp would've been handy, it's the bike to have for precision corner carving


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Looks like an awesome trip, thanks for sharing! I need to make it down there one of these days.

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Once you go, you'll be kicking yourself for putting it off. I've had a truck and trailer for years, but we usually blew our budget on tracktime so we'd never gone to the Gap until now. It cost a bit more than a double trackday does, but was well worth it. We talked all the way home about nabbing a few cheap acres and tossing up a small cabin to make the trip multiple times a year, shave overall expenses, and have equity to later build our retirement home on....the riding really is THAT good down there compared to our home area in Ohio. Plus it's not incredibly far from Barber and VIR to pacify the track urges, although the roads down there are almost better than tracktime since you're not limited to 20 minute sessions every hour....just ride until you can't, take a break to recharge, then back at it.
Do yourself a solid and just make the trip!


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Wow looks like a blast!
Haha I want a similar set up, once I graduate college I plan to buy a Toyota Tacoma and a 600 but keep the 300, I'll probably stay away from the 14... Haha
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Wow looks like a blast!
Haha I want a similar set up, once I graduate college I plan to buy a Toyota Tacoma and a 600 but keep the 300, I'll probably stay away from the 14... Haha
For just one bike, the Tacoma does great. Had to get a trailer years ago when the wife started riding because there's not enough bed space for 2 bikes.
I plan to upgrade to a Tundra in the next year or so ( yes, I'm a Toyota truck fanboy ) and buy a toyhauler so we can head out west with ease. Love my Tacoma, but it's max tow is 6500 lbs and I dont want to push it's limits.
I love my 14 because I'm a wide, stout guy at 6ft 280. So it's more like a big guys 1000 to me LOL. They got a lot of power and comfy enough to ride all day long, but if you're coming from a 300 then you're right, it's not a good idea.


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For just one bike, the Tacoma does great. Had to get a trailer years ago when the wife started riding because there's not enough bed space for 2 bikes.
I plan to upgrade to a Tundra in the next year or so ( yes, I'm a Toyota truck fanboy ) and buy a toyhauler so we can head out west with ease. Love my Tacoma, but it's max tow is 6500 lbs and I dont want to push it's limits.
I love my 14 because I'm a wide, stout guy at 6ft 280. So it's more like a big guys 1000 to me LOL. They got a lot of power and comfy enough to ride all day long, but if you're coming from a 300 then you're right, it's not a good idea.
yeah.... at 5'4 145lbs 600s are even iffy haha
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Looks awesome. I don't ride road much anymore, but a few roads are still on my bucket list and that's one of them.

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yeah.... at 5'4 145lbs 600s are even iffy haha
Dont discount 650 vtwins. They are very capable and torquey stepping stones from a small caliber parallel twin. I feel they're more manageable than an inline 4 cyl.

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Looks awesome. I don't ride road much anymore, but a few roads are still on my bucket list and that's one of them.
If you're predominantly a track guy, you'd love the roads down there. VERY tracklike feeling rides. The speed limit is low at the Dragon at 30mph, but when we rode it hard we still only managed 35-40 average. Definitely consider it


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Dont discount 650 vtwins. They are very capable and torquey stepping stones from a small caliber parallel twin. I feel they're more manageable than an inline 4
Oh I had a 600 before my 300. Went down to master technique and form, and also ride slower haha
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woah, it looks beautiful out there! i want to go!

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everyone should go...
that is my 300 in the photos... best ride of my life.


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