My dad came up this past weekend from Birmingham (Alabama) and we did a little riding and also visited the Open House that the local H-D dealer was hosting. They had some live band playing that didn't sound too bad. They also had some free food and a few vendors were trying to hawk thier stuff. The most disappointing thing about it though is that I was hoping to take a Street Glide for a test ride and all they were offering was Buells and V-Rods. Now they had plenty of bikes in the show room but I guess they were trying to push sales for those two models.
Anyways, I saw a nice pan there. I wouldn't mind having one someday.
After spending about 30 minutes there we went for a short little ride. We dodged a few clouds and were able to make it home dry just in time for me to put some Ribeyes on the grill for us.
All in all we had a good day and it was nice to have my bike back. This Wednesday I am going to put it into the shop and see what is wrong with it but it should be back in my hands before the weekend and the toy run at the local fairgrounds.
Until next time keep the shiny side up and as a brother used to say, "ride it like you stole it".
So, you either like to go to bike nights or you don't. Some people think it is just a place for posers to bring out the bike to get that weekly 5 or 10 miles on it. Others think it is something where people just go to show off that garage queen they have. Well I headed out to one the other night and sure, I seen a few garage queens. I also seen a few guys that may have just been trying to play the Harley game but along with all of that I also had the pleasure of meeting some good people. They also had a few backyard builders there who had some neat bikes made from junk they picked up for $50.
The thing is, you never know who you are going to meet while at little gatherings like that. Well me I got invited to ride with the Legion riders next Saturday. I also got to talk to a few veterans and I got to see a few awesome rides too.
All in all I had a descent time and I also got to put around 75 miles on my dads Heritage and it was a beautiful night to do it (my bike is somewhere on a ship from Europe). I can't wait to get my bike back here so that I can ride it but until then I have other bikes to ride.
Well thats all for now, until next time get out and ride and be safe.
I promised you part four, day three didn't I? Well thanks for tuning back in. Day three was really a wrap up day for us and that is mainly what this post is going to be for. So without further distractions I will continue.
Wow, another day waking up to the rain. I got up and got out in it and stood there like a dummy for a little while. These past 2 weeks have been somewhat rain filled so you get to expect it and just decide to live with it. I started tearing down my stuff to pack for the ride back and while I did that I asked someone to pick up my bag breakfast for me. DZ was kind enough to do it and by the time the rest made it back I was through packing. The bike was loaded down and ready except for some stuff that I was carrying for others. Just in case you don't already know or haven't read it elsewhere my bike is an H-D Dyna Wide Glide. That type of bike is not one of the big cruisers that come with a windshield, saddlebags, and a big ol' comfy seat. It is more of a stripped down bike without a windshield and my saddlebags are just some cheap ones that I picked up for trips like this. I usually strap my tent and sleeping bag to the front of my handlebars and that blocks a whole lot of wind and I put my cloths, tools, and other junk in the cheapo saddlebags. It works out just fine for me but that is the way I like it. I wouldn't mind having a geezer glide mind you (touring bike) but I am happy with my Dyna.
Now where was I, that’s right I was through packing and they brought my food back. We all got ready took a few pictures and rolled out. It was a fairly uneventful ride back (that is always good). Luckily we didn't get any rain and about halfway home we stopped and pulled the rain gear off. We all started splitting up just south of Brussels and for the final leg of the trip it was just three bikes. Me, DZ, and Chip rode on towards our homes and I unloaded DZ's stuff from my bike and went home. It sure was nice to sleep in my bed that night.
Here are a few afterthoughts, complaints, and things I learned;
1. I am still waiting for the burnout pit, all rallies have them right?
2. Take plenty of money; you will go through it fast (beer is expensive).
3. My tent is awesome, it is made by Sierra Designs and I would recommend it to anyone. I did not get wet or have to deal with condensation on the inside.
4. My cheapo saddlebags from Willie and Max are very well made. You can not beat them with even real leather bags in my opinion.
5. Better bands, some were good but most I could have cared less for.
6. Final thought, I can't wait for the next rally and to all of those who went with us it was great partying with you guys. See you at Black and White!