It is a great ride, did it in May. When I finished, I was so sad it was over I turned around and did it in opposite direction. You don't have to go but 5 or 10 mph over speed limit to have an exhilarating ride (conditions/traffic/curves permitting of course). Best advice is to avoid weekends and later in day when traffic could be heavy. I stayed in hotel in Alcoa, TN hotel night before (Tail of the Dragon special rate, go to Tail of Dragon website) so I could hit it in the morning. Did my first run around 10 am. Traffic increased steadily afterwards. On my second run, a lot of motorcycle traffic, which will slow you down, as the cycles can't go as fast as the c7 on the curves. Keep a good distance behind vehicles in front of you, especially motorcycles of course. Be hyper vigilant for traffic crossing over double yellow into your lane. I did not have a single incident, but saw a lot of videos from people who did encounter that sort of thing.