Tail of the Dragon | Motorcycle Destination

The Honda Hoot

In the motorcyclist’s constant quest to find the ultimate road, the riches are many in the land of Tennessee. The annual Honda Hoot, now 13 years old, offers a feast where some 15,000 attendees—not all on Hondas—frolic on routes that initiate the newcomer and challenge the experienced. Of note is the infamous Deal’s Gap, Highway 129’s two-lane Tail of the Dragon, which holds 318 curves, many of the hairpin variety, in just 11 miles. The Honda Hoot is capped by the Knoxville edition of Ride For Kids, supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. (Click image to enlarge)