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10-16-2002 03:44 PM
Garym262 Great trip, great people, great time. You two have a lot of fun down that way. It's too bad about the quilt though. Maybe next time?
Sounds like your going to have to take the LC and the Volusia and make a mongrel bike out of them. Or just get a bunch of new stuff for the LC. and have 2 nice bikes sitting there for you.
Glad to see you back and the trip was a success. Have yourself some hot chocolate and catch up on some rest.
10-14-2002 02:00 PM
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. 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.
10-12-2002 11:07 PM
Carbon_One 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.
10-12-2002 11:02 AM
Quiggenbottom Blair,

You are really somthin!! Proud of ya girl!

10-12-2002 07:06 AM
Anonymous Wow Blair,
Pretty busy agenda. Sounds like a real memorable trip.
Hope the weather holds for ya. Enjoy!!!
Joe K.
10-11-2002 11:13 PM
Anonymous Blair! I'm from Memphis most of my childhood, but have lived in Mo for the last 30 years or so. I hope you have a good time there. I hear the Southern Cruisers are a good bunch. I have thought about joining, but have not yet, mainly because of free time. Have you met Jim Austin from Roaring River in Missouri yet? Sorry you had a wet ride. How was the LC for a Long Trip???
10-11-2002 09:01 PM
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?
10-11-2002 07:07 PM
I'm in Memphis!

I left home on Weds afternoon to meet Rick at work
and head for Murfreesboro TN. It was cloudy, but not
raining. We left Canton, got gas and got on I-75. We weren't too far before the rain came and it looked like it was going to last a while, so we pulled off to "suit up". Of course, by the time we got going again the rain had stopped. I guess that's the way it goes. We got through Chattanooga before rush hour and it wasn't long before we were at our friends house in Murfreesboro. We were meeting Rick's sister and brother-in-law there from Ohio, spending the night and going to Memphis on Thurs.
We were all watching the weather closely on Thurs morning and it wasn't looking good. Sam and Char, from Ohio, trailed their bike to TN. Sam has melanoma and is on chemo, so riding in the rain was out of the question. If he gets pneumonia he can't fight it off. Rick said I could put the LC in the trailer with their Harley and ride in the truck, rather than riding in the rain. Well, I'd have none of that!! So we left Murfreesboro in the rain with Sam and Char behind us in the truck. It wasn't too bad at first, but the time we got to I-40 visibility was close to zero. I was pretty nervous about getting on I-40, not being able to see and knowing there would be MANY trucks throwing water at us. Again, Rick said I could put the LC on the trailer. Nope...not me. If he was riding, so was I! Well, it rained pretty much the next 3 hours and, needless to say, we were wet. And we hit a cold front. My clothes stayed relatively dry, thanks to my rainsuit, but our feet were absolutely soaked and my gloves felt like they weighed five pounds apiece. At one point, I gave my wet gloves to Sam and he gave me his. They were big, but they were dry.
It stopped raining about 30 miles from Memphis. Yea!!! I was sooo happy to get to this hotel and get a hot shower and dry socks!
We woke up this morning to a fairly good weather forcast. Cloudy, but no rain. We went on a police escorted ride to St Judes Childrens Hospital. The ride was awesome! The line of bikes was at least three miles long. We toured the hospital and gave toys, doo-rags and hats to the kids. This hospital is the most fantastic place I've ever seen. The miracles that happen here are magnificent. St Judes and the SCRC put up a plaque in the hospital for my brother-in-law, Sam, for all of the work he's done in raising money for the hospital. This benefit is very close to his heart, as he's dying from melanoma, and will more than likely be his last trip here. It was a very touching thing.
Back to the hotel. There are several vendors set up in the parking lot. Airbrushing, leathers, Boss Hoss demo rides and some doing Dyno's. Well, Rick put the LC up there. I don't know enough about it talk intelligently, but the HP is 58. It could be 60 with an adjustment. It has 77 lbs of torque.
So, now I'm passing a little time before we go on the dinner ride and then there's the SCRC Birthday Bash after that. Tomorrow is the Poker Run and we'll probably hit Beale Street.
So, here I am in Memphis. Having a good time and relatively dry for now.


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