We didn't get any rain this time but the pollen sure was thick.
The Euro-spec version of the new Tracer 900 GT. I slobbered over this bike for quite some time. Just a display model, not for demo ride. Shame.
Yamaha also had this bit of weirdness, the Niken, also just for display.
Every manufacturer does it's demo rides a bit different. Indian has the largest group ride and the least fussy assignment process, just get in line and wait.
Ranking the demo rides from wildest to tamest:
BMW (depending on ride leader but always spirited)
Honda (weird that they would hustle in parts and slow way down, almost to a crawl in the tightest twisties, I suppose they don't want those $30k machines dinged up.)
Indian (painfully slow at times)
Slingshot and a custom Trike company had demos as well but I did not try. Harley decided to cancel showing because they couldn't get their preferred spot on the rally grounds.
John rolling out on an Indian Scout. We didn't ride together because somebody jumped in and took his ride. Happened to me twice as well but I snapped back at the line jumpers, John is too nice and patient.
It's fun walking up and down the streets that are just filled with motorcycles. The constant straight pipe rumble and roar does get a bit tiring though.
My Precious. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new helmet. I detailed on FB that I had ten random people come up to me unsolicited and tell me how much they like my helmet. The funniest one was a salesman from the Schuberth Helmet company, he said, "I like how your helmet looks but I don't like your helmet". Sadly, the helmet is the wrong shape with a major hot spot on my top, front forehead. So much so that I get numbness and headaches, I'm really sad, I don't think another size or insert that can solve this problem. I will talk to the dealer where I bought it soon.
Some cool stuff on the road besides bikes.
Riding home as the sun sets. We had great weather, great bikes, fun people and beautiful roads. A very memorable trip. Oh, and the Versys did real well. If you are interested in the bikes that I had demoed I plan on writing that up very soon in the Motorcycle section.
Ride safe, ride often!