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Thread: South FL to Tail of the Dragon - Jetting questions

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    South FL to Tail of the Dragon - Jetting questions

    Sorry if this has been posted, I read quite a bit searching for an answer to my question. I am at sea level (south Florida), and am taking a trip to the Tail of the Dragon (TN Tri-City Areas) and will be riding all over there. The Skyway, the Snake, Dragon, etc etc. I just want to know if I should worry about jetting. I have a stock bike except for the gears. I read that stock is fine up to about 5k ft elevation, and I think "some" of the roads are near that if not above.

    If jetting is something I shouldnt worry about, is there something I should? I read also that some people drill holes in the box and keep them taped up until they need them.

    What are your opinions on what I should do/bring.

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    You should be fine...don't mess with the airbox.

    My TW lived in the NC mountains for 9 years with no problems. I even had richer main and pilot jets.

    What did you do to the gearing?



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    Im at 15/42 gearing for more road oriented riding style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dp4616 View Post
    Im at 15/42 gearing for more road oriented riding style.
    You will have a more difficult time going up the steeper inclines...will probably need to downshift tto 4th or even 3rd gear.

    I used 14/47 or a 15/50 gearing and only had to downshift to to 4th on the steepest roads.

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    I moved up to this neck of the woods about 12 years ago from S FL.

    Few of the roads get as high as 5,000' or a little more - the top of the Cherohala is about 5,400' I think. SL bikes seem to do just fine.

    If you feel like it, touch base when you make the trip. If you end up needing anything, I have a Handy Lift and tools. Or just get a bite in nearby Copperhill - whatever. The Dragon is about 40 miles from my house as the crow flies, but close to two hours if you're not a crow! Plus lots of fairly easy fire roads not far from my house.
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    Hey Fast Eddy, where did you get your name? Not by riding the TW?

    I didn't know anyone lived in Mineral Bluff...

    I pass through the one stop sign on the way to my cabin north of
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbfla View Post
    Hey Fast Eddy, where did you get your name? Not by riding the TW?
    It was actually a nickname my ex-wife gave me on our honeymoon. But enough about that!

    I didn't know anyone lived in Mineral Bluff...
    No one of consequence, anyway.

    I pass through the one stop sign on the way to my cabin north of
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    Take 60 or Spur 60. Decisions, decisions. Stay on 60 and you go right by Harper Valley Rd.

    And if that reminds you of anything, you must be of a certain age!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddie B View Post
    ?........

    And if that reminds you of anything, you must be of a certain age!
    I must be......

    I'm currently on the road to FL. Should be back in NC in a couple weeks.

    Join me for lunch when I return. I eat in Copper Hill once or twice a week......since the only cooking I do involves a microwave and coffee maker.

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    I wouldn’t worry about jetting but perhaps be prepared for some serious downshifting once those 15/42 sprockets leave flat Florida.
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