Our infamous, east Tennessee Dragon road draws legions of curious riders year after year to the 318 uninterrupted curves in 11 miles but some riders are not quite ready for the challenge. Crashes are very common. Many crashes only result in road rashes and embarrassment but some are serious and medical help is usually 30 minutes or more away. Annual biker deaths on the Dragon since 1995 ranged from 0 to 4 (only two years with 0) with an average about 1.5 per year. The speed limit is only 30 MPH but many hot shots easily double that (or much more) on the very short straight sections. There's a lot of talk about the fastest ride time on the Dragon by sport bikes and motards. Much of the talk is BS. The unofficial Deals Gap Riding Society record is a 50 MPH average made well over 20 years ago by a local rider who knew the road well. Excessive speed and excessive braking cause most wrecks--some by sport bikes. Some by cruisers. With countless personal Dragon passes through the decades, more than once I have been leaned over in a curve and suddenly see a bike or car coming towards me in my lane after blowing his curve. One such errant sport bike and I missed each other by inches. Scary! The cardinal rule on this road is STAY IN YOUR LANE. These photos show some of the action. Cheers...