August 15, 2019I am home from Sturgis, got home last night around 9 pm. pretty good trip, but I am a little tired. Dave , I never heard anything out of you, don`t know if you mad the rally or not????
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August 15, 2019Glad you made it home, VT. We never went. I had a couple appointments so it just never happened. Hope you had a good time though.
August 15, 2019Too bad Dave , you would have enjoyed it. Attendance was way down from past rallies that I have attended there. Would imagine around 300,000, probably not many more than that. Going anywhere out there was a breeze, no lines, no waits , but still lots of bikes and enough people. Will not care to be there for the 80th anniversary next year though , I still remember the crowding they had at the 75 th anniversary in 2015, do not want to go through that crowd and that waiting in line anymore. estimated 1.2 million at the 75th.
I RAN INTO A COUPLE OF vets that were staying over at Elsworth for the rally. they though the accomodations were pretty nice.
August 15, 2019Yeah, the 75th was jam packed. Not sure if we will try to go next year. Ellsworth is nice. Like I said, you can`t beat the price and amenities.
August 17, 2019
So VT........Did ya end up taking the Caddy and the trailer or did u ride out.
August 19, 2019Does it really matter Moscooter??????
I pulled the bike with the Cadillac, it sucked gas like a whale swallowing plankton!!!!!!!!!
August 19, 2019At least it gave you a reason to stop for a water and a snack. Hope you had a great trip though. I also hope to see you in October. Hope number three is that you found a decent woman with no baggage.
August 19, 2019No biggy if you drove. Being comfortable counts for something. I`ve done 6-700 mile days and I don`t remember getting a special badge or patch. I will continue to do that but have no problem driving either.
August 20, 2019
Nope, it really does not matter. But you`re the guy that showed us pics of the trailer and how you had fixed it up, etc. and (might or might not use it for the trip).
I can relate to losing gas milage via pulling a trailer. my old pickup milage would cut in half sometimes when pulling the bike trailer.
August 20, 2019Actually the trailer that I took , I bought the Saturday before leaving for Sturgis, my bike would not fit on the trailer I borrowed and repainted. So I bought a 5x10 trailer with two foot mesh sides, I got as much rust off it as I could with wire brush and wire brush wheel for cordless drill. Then I repainted it with rustoleum and power washed the floorboards and put two coats of thompsons water seal on the boards.
Anyway this trailer was 700 lbs empty weight and then a 900 lb. motorcycle so I was pulling 1600 lbs plus luggage. So It put a work out on the v6 in the caddy. Seems like it was changing gears every 30 seconds most of the trip. So now I have a nice trailer anytime I choose to haul my bike or anything else anywhere, and won`t have to worry about borrowing one from anyone else.
August 20, 2019Never hurts to have your own trailer, VT. They come in handy sometimes.
August 25, 2019
Several years ago, I rented a 14 foot dual axle enclosed trailer to haul my Harley and Dave Langs Harley to Cherokee in the western part of the state for a Rally. The dealer had to install an electric brake module in my Avalanche to activate the electric brakes on the trailer.
Also had to buy a larger hitch ball as this damn big trailer took a 2 5/16" ball. So now I still have this huge hitch ball that I`ll never use again
Anyway, with two tour model Harleys in that big azz trailer, it was a big load and tough on my transmission. Out on the interstate, would no more than get up to speed and the last "upshift" and then it would drag down the speed and down shift itself. This went on for the whole trip............never have had any follow on transmission problems, but for sure would have if I made many more such trips with that kind of load.