50,000 Harleys and 1 FJR (me)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Mr_Gone, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    I had an idea of what it was just based on the "lacto-" part of the word. Yup, it's what I thought it was. If I were your boss, I'd make you stay home, too! :lol3
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  2. eakins

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    We had a vendor booth at BBB. I work rallies.

    In the past we've had horrible luck at "Harley" rallies as most all are trying to look cooler than thou. They would just scoff at the idea of looking at a map and planing a ride. That's not what tough guys do.

    If they did stop in, someone inevitably would say "just looking, but i know all the roads anyway" We of course know this to be bogus (we still find new roads) but would be nice and show them what we offer. Most of the time they would be impressed and see some new roads, yet still not pay $15 for a map when they spend more than that on a doo rag. Harley is about image not riding to most of these groups. I've sat there and wondered, would you wear that goofy get up on any other day of the year??? For most the answer was probably no.

    The HD guys who were interested in the maps/rides/new routes would be the old school guys who did ride and alot. A good map was valuable to them as they were not the GPS type. These guys were however far and few between with most of the guys putting on their newer looking colors (their HD gear) and playing up the whole HD image thing. These guys are just trying to be the coolest guy ever and was only interested in bikes, beer and boobs. They are non-riders who show off on the weekend.

    My standard question at a rally is always what do you ride? That's what it's all about right, riding motorcycles??? Can't tell ya home many times people would come up all HD vest/doo-ragged out and say they don't ride. My brain would just be screaming wtf dude??? Sure not everyone rides, but at non-HD rallies people did not dress up pretending they did. Like i said, it's ALL about the image #1 and riding down the line for most. Kinda sad and so yes not about being an individual but following the crowd. The irony is over the top.

    ...this is what we've found at rallies in the rockies.

    BBB was different and surprising. Yes it was most all HD but the crowd was alot more friendly and alot less attitude. People were interested in what we did and we sold a ton of maps. The local ones knew some of the roads but wanted to learn about more. In the rockies states the rides knew their route and their bar and it ended there. I'd also say AR being in the mid-west people are friendlier overall. The more you move west the more the cool guy stand-off attitude a HD biker takes on.

    As for the BBB rally, it was the most organized & well run we've ever worked.
    I meet alot of guys who were not HD or who owned a HD plus many other bikes too and were willing to talk about em. Sure there was still attitude, but ALOT less than other rallies.

    Like all the other Harley rallies, in the end most of the buyers were women. Women want to know where they are going and will pay for that info. Stereotypically men just drive around lost and missing a great road. Had many guys tell me they would just poke around down any road that popped up and they'd see what came up. I'd say for $15, you could do alot better staying on top-shelf roads. Many declined because it wasn't cool to buy a map or they didn't care to ride great roads. Not sure? But humorous how ego can screw us up. If a couple was together, most often the women would buy it for her husband and he'd just grunt away with his map.
    I'm sure at night away from everyone else looking he'd pull it out.

    At non-harley rallies, it was mostly men buying maps.

    In the end we'll be back!
    We've decided BBB is our only Harley-centric rally we'll ever do again.
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  3. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Mad Bad Viking Berserker

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    Thanks for sharing your experience at the rally, and I'm glad it was a positive experience for you. I agree with you, too... most of the riders around here are pretty nice guys, and they're usually looking for pretty good roads. I've been around here since 1983 and I still find new roads to ride throughout northern Arkansas and southern Missouri.

    To my eternal shame, I keep some of these roads secret so I don't have to share them. Don't tell anyone.

    And in their defense, I like bikes, beer, and boobs, also. Maybe not in that order. But hey... it's bikes and beer and boobs!!! That's America right there!!!
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  4. eakins

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    your welcome. we had a great time.

    nothing wrong with bikes, beer and boob fo sho but it's hard to talk about maps when that's all you have on your mind and can't have an adult conversation too. lots of arrested development going on @ HD rallies.
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  5. Mr_Gone

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    :evil

    Try offering a free beer with each map purchase, and print some high-definition 1080p 3-D boobs on the front. Or a naked chick on a Harley. Marketing opportunity, maybe?
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  6. C-Stain

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    I'm going to call the Senior Operations Paramedic tomorrow and tell him I have Anal Glaucoma and that I just can't see my ass going to work.
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  7. betar15

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    What kind of new jacket were you looking for?
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  8. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Mad Bad Viking Berserker

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    The BMW motorcycle dealer in Bentonville carries Olympia, so I wanted to try on the sizing/fit of the Olympia AST 2 jacket. They had a Large (too small) and and XXL (a little to big), but at least I got to see the jacket, look at the details, try it on for size, that sort of thing.
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  9. betar15

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    The AST 2 is a nice jacket. I have the Olympia Viper jacket, (same as the Air glide but with heavier cordura) and am very happy with it, I don't think they make it anymore though. Seems as if they fit true to size so XL sounds like the one for you.

    My local BMW dealer carries a small selection, as does another independant dealer but I ended up ordering online. Not too many places carry Olympia.

    I enjoyed your trip report.
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  10. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Mad Bad Viking Berserker

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    I've looked at a lot of jackets, and I think I'll end up buying an Olympia AST 2. For the money, I think it's a great jacket.

    My only dilemma now is: buy from the local guy: $350 plus tax. Or buy online: I can get it 10% off thru Motorcycle Superstore and no tax. That saves me about $65 bucks if I order online.
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