As I sad, the famous Dragon was a blast, but so were other roads in the vicinity. For those that don't know, North Carolina US129, a.k.a. The Tail Of The Dragon is famous for having 318 turns in 11 miles. It's not twisty, it's like a bleeping fussili! I mean that literally, some turns are slanted so far to the side that you'd fall off of them if you stop. It is a second gear road for me, which means that I keep the bike in second gear and rev it pretty high in order to control it with the throttle instead of the brakes that can upset the handling. That also means that I look and sound like I'm hauling a$$ , while I actually rarely get up to 60 (Bandit sounds positively mighty above 5000rpm, and it is). So, on I went, both ways on the dragon's tail and lived to tell the tale (tall as it may be :) ).
Looking for dinner, the only place I found open in the area is a Mexican restaurant. This is a dry county so no beer/wine for me this evening. On another note, people around here have a very funny way of pronouncing "nine" :). The bona-fide Mexicans at the restaurant have no such drool and their English is near perfect in comparison. Language aside, people are friendly and helpfull.
Earlier today saw a Bandit just like mine parked in front of a diner and pulled over. A guy jumped right out and we chatted a while. He's from Alabama here with the wife. He got his '04 with 5,000 miles for $2,000. Couldn't believe his ears when I told him mine has almost 100,000 miles.