Originally Posted by Garym262
Took the LC this time, heh? I was wondering how long it took before you started to use it for longer trips. How do you like it on the highway compared to the Volusia?
The LC is definitely a better bike for the long haul. It just doesn't have to work as hard as the Vol at 70-75 mph. I have determined that it needs lowers though. At first I thought I just didn't have the windshield adjusted right. I can't have any kind of visor on my helmet without it feeling like its pushing the helmet off my head. Then when I noticed my mic moving up from my mouth to my nose, I realized that the wind was coming up from in between the forks and the tank.
It also needs a better seat. Gawd, did I miss my Mustang!!!
When we were bumming around Beale Street in downtown Memphis, I would have rather had the Vol, but the LC is the way to go on the longer trips.
Way to go girl. Showing them what you're made of eh? Or is that just some of that southern bullheadness?Glad you're having a good time and hope you all can stay dry for the rest of the trip.
I think it was a little bit of both.
I found out later that the St Judes ride was over 200 bikes and the line was five miles long. What an awesome sight! Also forgot to mention that the Memphis police closed I-240 and I-40 for us, ramps and all. They also escorted us down Beale St on the way to the hospital, which is closed to traffic. It's usually barricaded on each end and is pedestrians only. Memphis treats the Southern Cruisers right.
To pick up where I left off.......
After dinner on Friday night, we went back to the Marriott for the Birthday Bash. Awards were given out then karioke began.
The night time events were held in a large banquet room. While talking to the girl who's husband brought the Dyno equipment, she said she felt like she was at the "Biker Prom".
I explained that the local members were leary about doing things outside again this year, as last year everything was rained on and the temp dropped into the 30's. She was right on though....Biker Prom it looked like.
On Saturday morning, we decided to do part of the poker run. We could draw the rest of our cards when we got back to the hotel. (I know, thats cheating) The first stop was Bumpus HD, which the guys wanted to check out. The next stop was Gibson Guitar Factory, where we left our bikes parked and went a block over to Beale Street. If you're a blues fan, which we are, this place is the *****! The music is playing in the street and there's usually an Elvis somewhere in the vicinity.
We went in all the shops and the guys bought crazy hats and the girls bought feather boas. This in preparation for "Biker Prom - party 2".
When we got back to the hotel, Rick and Chuck went to test ride the Boss Hoss bikes. They were one of the vendors in the parking lot. They said they handled very well and were very balanced. The ride was escorted, so they didn't get to go any faster then about 60 mph.
Time to get ready for the prom...
The dinner was catered and we had some good Memphis bbq. We had the President of the Outlaws dining with us. hmmmm......think his name is "Slim". Can you imagine it? In the Marriott banquet room at the Biker Prom?
After dinner the auctions started. There were some very nice items up for bid and the parking lot vendors donated some great stuff too. Leathers, including several vests, jackets and chaps, helmets, t-shirts and many, many other items. The high dollar item was a quilt that was hand made using the rockers that the SCRC is no longer allowed to wear. Rick and I bid on the quilt to give to to Sam, whos rocker is on it. It started at $100 and was up to $1200 in about 10 seconds. After that, us and one other guy was bidding. It kept going higher and higher. I think Rick quit breathing at $3000. I went on up to $3400 and the other guy bid $4000. I decided to quit. We knew that Sam really wanted that quilt and we really wanted to give it to him, but that other guy was getting it no matter what the cost. Like Sam said, at least we up'd the bid and the money goes to St Judes.
After that, they drew the raffle ticket to give away the Road King. It would have been nice if it was someone present who'd won it, but no such luck. They did call the guy, who was in the john, and he couldn't believe it, of course.
After all this excitement, I'm ready for a beer! We move the party out to the parking lot.
Time to go home on Sunday morning. Geez.....it sure got COLD overnight! We left Memphis and got on Hwy 72. It took us across the top of Mississippi and Alabama to Chattanooga. Nice four lane road, mostly 65 mph and it beats I-40 any day! There was no rain, but it was cold and windy. Once we got ahead of the cold front I was much happier.
I'm home and working on thawing out.