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« on: June 13, 2018, 03:15:31 AM »

I had the pleasure of visiting Americade for a second time.  It's only four hours away, I don't know why I don't go more often.  One interesting observation, my first trip there was in 2015 and in three years the ridership has become younger and more diverse.  It's still mostly older guys on Harleys and Goldwings but there was so many more types of riders and bikes than I saw last time.  Here are a few photos:


Gearing up for the ride out.  My friend John is riding my Ninja 650 and I'm taking my Versys LT which I bought last year.  This is the first real road trip for the Versys so I was going to learn a lot about it this week.


I've posted this spot many times before but it's John's first time at the Quabbin Reservoir.  I know you can't see the water from this spot but the view is lovely.




Dining at the Freight House.  It's a neat spot to eat, mostly counter service with a few tables scattered among the antiques.  Good food.


We took HWY 2 from Boston out to the New York border.  This is just before the Mohawk Trail, a view from the French King Bridge.








A small break and a little silliness at a roadside gift shop.


In the heart of the Mohawk Trail.  This road is fun with lots of elevations and some tight turns though the speed limit is a bit slow but a few twists of the throttle here and there can liven things up.


Made it to the Heritage Hotel, third time I've stayed here on a bike trip.  Great staff and very motorbike friendly.  What's fun is that most of the riders sit on the balcony at the end of the day and share stories with one another.


The demo ride ritual, get up early and get in line to get first pick of preferred rides and time.  I gravitated to the BMW booth this year taking out four different models and one of them twice.


Surrounding the demo tents is a skills course.  It's fun to watch the riders as you wait in line.  That woman in the red jacket on the police bike shredded the course, amazing control, she is one of the coaches.  It was fascinating to watch the riders improve as they repeated the course and took instruction.  Some improved a great deal but all improved to some degree.


After a day of demo riding nothing hits the spot better than pulled pork nachos.


Great view of Lake George from many of the restaurants.  John and I are chilling talking about the days rides.


Loved this guys passengers!


We didn't get any rain this time but the pollen sure was thick.


The Euro-spec version of the new Tracer 900 GT.  I slobbered over this bike for quite some time.  Just a display model, not for demo ride.  Shame.


Yamaha also had this bit of weirdness, the Niken, also just for display.


Every manufacturer does it's demo rides a bit different.  Indian has the largest group ride and the least fussy assignment process, just get in line and wait.

Ranking the demo rides from wildest to tamest:

Aprillia
Yamaha
BMW (depending on ride leader but always spirited)
Suzuki
KTM
Moto Guzzi
Honda (weird that they would hustle in parts and slow way down, almost to a crawl in the tightest twisties, I suppose they don't want those $30k machines dinged up.)
Indian (painfully slow at times)

Slingshot and a custom Trike company had demos as well but I did not try.  Harley decided to cancel showing because they couldn't get their preferred spot on the rally grounds.


John rolling out on an Indian Scout.  We didn't ride together because somebody jumped in and took his ride.  Happened to me twice as well but I snapped back at the line jumpers, John is too nice and patient.


It's fun walking up and down the streets that are just filled with motorcycles.  The constant straight pipe rumble and roar does get a bit tiring though.


My Precious.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new helmet.  I detailed on FB that I had ten random people come up to me unsolicited and tell me how much they like my helmet.  The funniest one was a salesman from the Schuberth Helmet company, he said, "I like how your helmet looks but I don't like your helmet".  Sadly, the helmet is the wrong shape with a major hot spot on my top, front forehead.  So much so that I get numbness and headaches, I'm really sad, I don't think another size or insert that can solve this problem.  I will talk to the dealer where I bought it soon.


Some cool stuff on the road besides bikes.


Riding home as the sun sets.  We had great weather, great bikes, fun people and beautiful roads.  A very memorable trip.  Oh, and the Versys did real well.  If you are interested in the bikes that I had demoed I plan on writing that up very soon in the Motorcycle section.

Ride safe, ride often!
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 04:35:12 AM »

Looks like a great time and thanks for sharing your pictures.
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 12:59:56 PM »

Your bikes look great as do you!  Bummer about the helmet! I love Icon helmets but they donít love me. I feel your pain, literally.
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 02:54:06 PM »

Bummer about the helmet! I love Icon helmets but they donít love me. I feel your pain, literally.

I know, I'm going to try an salvage the situation but I don't think there is a good solution.  They have different shell sizes and insert combos, that may work but it's a long shot.  The downside was i didn't enjoy the ride home very much because after the first forty or so minutes in and the the sharp pain and headaches started.  I may decide to keep the helmet and just use it for local rides of less than an hour... maybe thirty minutes.
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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 03:19:59 PM »

Great photos. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2018, 03:37:59 PM »

Nice pictures and notes, as usual.  I used to go when it was mainly a Goldwing event, but quit going when the straight piped pirates started showing up. It has become a good place to see the factories wares, though.
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 03:47:20 PM »

Nice pictures and notes, as usual.  I used to go when it was mainly a Goldwing event, but quit going when the straight piped pirates started showing up. It has become a good place to see the factories wares, though.

When I went in 2015 I saw a lot of Harleys and a substantial amount of trikes.  Surprisingly this time, while the HD's dominated it was a much more mixed group of riders and rides.  I saw maxi-scoots, sport bikes, adventure bikes and standards as well as the big tourers.  The vendor tents haven't caught up yet, selling stuff mostly for big HD's and GoldWings.
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