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post #1 of 27 Old 05-27-2019, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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I think i hate rolling thunder

I went to the LAST rolling thunder. And i think i only saw another dl650. The other dl650 guy worked at the pentagon. I felt a bit out of place there. But it was too many bikes, you could'nt leave if you wanted. Not enough bathroom sfor 600k bikes. Just alot of hogs
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I've run across various rolling dorks in various states. Thankfully when needing fuel someplace back east the pack was filling at only a couple pumps and pointed other traffic to available pumps to gas and go.
If i had to compete with the huge mass of HD riders for gas I may have been a long time. They gave some consideration and for that I'm grateful.
The other batch was a group of Hells Angle or similar riders. They rode from gas station to station on I 40 going to the Colorado river for a meet. They had to show their stuff to a couple guys, me and a friend, riding our sidecar rigs to another destination. Just posing for the tourists, I suppose.
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I went to the LAST rolling thunder. And i think i only saw another dl650. The other dl650 guy worked at the pentagon. I felt a bit out of place there. But it was too many bikes, you could'nt leave if you wanted. Not enough bathroom sfor 600k bikes. Just alot of hogs
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Great video, thank you for reinforcing my decision to avoid RT, BW and all the rest of the Charley Foxtrots organized for the HD crowd.

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Why I never joined RT, despite living in the area:

1: I never served. The event originated with veterans coming to remember and honor their fallen comrades, and I don't fit in that model. I didn't want to insert myself into a situation in which I clearly Don't Belong.

2: Too much Hardly Davidson attitude.

3: Too many bikes in too small an area, and I have no idea what skill level the riders around me have or how they'll react at a critical moment.

4: I only started riding 5 years ago, and didn't consider myself adequately prepared to ride in those conditions.

But, first and foremost, reason #1 above was sufficient in and of itself. It's simply not my situation and I could find no reason to invite myself to someone else's party.
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I'm not a fan of any organized "ROAD BLOCK" no matter what the reason or charity is for......HATE THEM.
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I agree with B, I don't even attend our local toy run for Christmas anymore. Bunch of little boys that never grew up trying to ride motorcycles.
Our little valley now has several patched clubs that are difficult to be around or sometimes take seriously.
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I live in the DC area and avoid Rolling Thunder. I've ridden it 2x. and that was to let my kids experience it as part of their school project. But that was it. Lots of waiting in the hot sun at Pentagon until you ride.

Just wasn't worth it.

Instead, I actually rode toward west to the Shenandoah mountains. I put 400 miles and rode to Seneca Rocks, WVA.
Nice pleasant ride in the mountain twisties and away from the crowd.
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all the things I dislike in one place. Cities, crowds, chrome, noise and traffic.

oh and group rides.

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Huge group rides fall somewhere between "visiting my ex-wife" and "root canal without anesthetic" on my spectrum of "things I really don't want to do". They're like slamming your hand in a car door: "Well, I've done it once, now I know what it feels like, so there's no need to try it again". I went on one once, about 15 years ago; it was initially a very cool experience seeing a couple hundred motorcycles gathering in a big parking lot before the ride; it took all my self restraint not to do the "We wanna be free to ride our machines without being hassled by The Man! ... And we wanna get loaded" speech.

And then the ride began, and it was more Peter Griffin than Peter Fonda.

Noise. Fumes. Crawling along at a pace barely above a duckwalk. Scary inexperienced riders on bikes way beyond their skill level. Basically it was a leather-clad traffic jam that, if we were stuck in it in a car, we'd be white-knuckling the steering wheel and cursing all of mankind. I think I made it about ten miles and just peeled off.
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