Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Riding around the USofA
I took the KLR.... I did run by a car wash on the way and sprayed it off.
It was a joke there. All cruisers, except for my KLR, three trikes and one custom chopper. They failed to tell me they wasn't going to consider a bike unless it cost $20,000 or more.
I did have several looking at the KLR and telling me "I started to buy one of those". But to be honest most of them (95%) were the hard core cruiser type riders.
I also signed my brother and myself up for their poker run. ( proceeds went to a worthy cause) It was unlike any poker run I have ever heard about. This was my first one ever, and maybe my last too. Every one played follow the leader on a run to Harlan and back. ( well almost everyone) 41 bikes and three trikes pulled out of the "fall fest" here in town. Bikes broke out of the formation to block traffic at the intersections, then we kinda fell back into the group somewhere. We did have a local LEO block the main road for us (US 25E).
Several times during the ride of about 50 miles the speed went from 60 to 45 then back to 60 for no apparent reason. And I was about the tenth bike, I can only imagine what the last bike was doing. The ride had to stay in Kentucky because most of the cruiser guys didn't want to wear their helmets. Over 18 years old and the choice is your to wear the hat or not. We all pulled into a gas station in Harlan, I was surprised at how many had to get gas after only 50 miles.
The leader told me the way they were going to return to Middlesboro, and I explained how my brother and I were going the other way back. He agreed it was a better route, but stated that several wanted to go that way so they would get baqk quicker. I am just not interested in riding in parades, so we came back through some nice twisties and some really nice country. (all blacktop)
I did say it was a poker run, they had all the cards in a big basket and we got to draw from the basket. They said several complained about having to stop at five places along a route to get a card. I think the just wanted to show off their $20K bikes in one big long line of bikes, or some of them was afraid they couldn't find all five stops. Anyway my pair of sixes didn't win the pot, but I did learn something for the future. No more poker runs for me. (like that one anyway).