The blog is a couple of days behind and reality is that today it is time to go home. I will continue to post the last couple of days and I also have a couple of themed posts I want to do so make sure you keep checking
A good friend of mind took off on his own motorcycle journey a few days ago. He has been reading this blog and emailing me private comments. I asked him to keep a diary, slow down and have fun and hopefully I gave him some ideas and safe riding tips. He has been gone a couple of days now and I received this email from him last night. I found it rather humorous and describes rules of the road on a motorcycle so well that I thought I would share some of it.
Sleasy Rider Journal,
Coeur’d Alene Idaho this evening, 1120 miles, things zI have learned:
Harley’s get mad and puke, no reason they just do. Altitude, lugging, insufficient RPM’s, lack of attention, or just to mess with you, they once in awhile load up a little oil in the heads, burp thru the valvecase vents to the air cleaner and dribble oil out the filter case. You can obsess all you want, good old truthful HD mechanics will acknowledge it but won’t try to explain it.
Don’t overpack hardbags, they will pop open and donate your latest $135 Harley jacket to some other dork 20 miles behind following you that recognizes it not to be a piece of truck tire.
(From old Harley rider ata a gas stop). Don’t believe in heat gauges or oil coolers. HD designed a big reservoir of oil, they test the hell out of their motors in the Arizona summers and if they thought they needed them they would have put them on the bike.
Stop and get your rain gear on when you see rainy clouds, not when the rain starts.
Again, Hail NO!
Don’t overdrive the day.
If you set something on your Harley, the probability it will fall off is proportional to the cost of the item, unless you bungee it, it will fall off and hit the ground. Cameras, cell phones, or brand new helmets.
Speaking of bungees, if you want your nice t-bag rain cover to stay on your t-bag, don’t rely on the elastic opening. Strong side winds , driving rains and passing trucks will rip it off and take it.
Every driveway is a potential dragon cave with a motorcycle eating dragon.
Even with the crappy weather, its still better and more fun than workin! On to Seattle, the sun is shining.
Ride on Pedro and thanks for the email, unfortuantely I can identify!
Well it is time to leave Sturgis, the bikes,
the great roads, scenery and neat places
The crazy streets of Sturgis and the girls
and now if I could only remember where I parked my bike, I would leave?
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