Hi all, After acquiring my 2003 ultra classic about 7 weeks ago, I went on my first motorcycle run... Seeing all those bikes, the camaraderie, the burgers/dogs previous to the 12:30 TakeOff was awesome! But that's where the fun stopped for me. I purposely called it a takoff, as after we left the dealership and entered the Capital beltway at breakneck speed, I had to switch to afterburners to catch up with the group in front of me. The majority of the 60 miles around 495 we did at 75 mph, while there where long stretches where I had to push her to 80 miles an hour to keep up. Maybe it is because I am new to riding these kind of events, but I don't think I can ever get used driving at that speed on a busy highway like that. Those of you who are familiar with the DC area, know that the beltway's road surface has seen better days to say the least, where the Tyson's Corner area in VA, where they are constructing the "hot lanes" is riddled with sudden lane changes, deep ruts that lead my wheels into directions I don't want to go etc. All in All it seemed stressful and dangerous to me, and not at all what I thought a motorcycle run should be. Would somebody tell me if this is normal, or share how they experience these type runs. I appreciate the organization's effort in raising money for a great cause, but I am wondering what the people riding up front are thinking.......... Maybe it's just not for me? Looking forward to your response!