Wounded Warrior Beltway Run June 25th 2011

Discussion in 'Events' started by Jaguar F822, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Jaguar F822

    Jaguar F822 Member

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    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!
     
  2. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    When I took the MSF Basic Rider Course, one of the last things they told us before we walked out the door was, " Do NOT be in a big hurry to do group rides or The Dragon!"

    You've got to take the time to learn the ins and outs of your particular bike and riding style before you try to mesh with dozens of other riders. Even then, as you found out, some of these group rides can quickly turn into out of control, testosterone festivals. No one dares show any weakness by riding at a sane speed and losing the pack so the speeds and maneuvers keep escalating.

    I'm sure not all charity group rides are like this but a lot are. Some riders just never get comfortable riding in large groups. You've got to know your own limitations and stick with what you really enjoy. That's why you got the bike, right?
     
  3. Jaguar F822

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    You hit the nail on the head! My point exactly. I didn't want to show that weakness either by taking the next exit, and instead chose to stick it out.

    I won't do that again obviously because I want to enjoy my ride. I'll rather be the wuss cruising at 55/60:newsmile07:
     
  4. TripleJ

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    The old saying "ride your ride" applies here. They may not wait up for you but (most) of them will be there when you arrive. And, no. they are not ALL like that but most of them seem to be.

    By laying back or taking the next exit you are definately not showing weakness, just smarts and a desire to survive :D
     
  5. sharpscuba

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    I think that you will find that this will always be the case when there are many bikes. Most of the group have no clue as to the experience of the over all group. The ones that lead usually have ridden together and know each others riding style. I myself have no desire to ride in most parades or large groups especially when there is bar hopping involved. I do enjoy riding with the PGR and find that the Mission is priority.
     
  6. javierm13

    javierm13 New Member

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    I always keep it 55/60 with my buddies, find some laid back friends that are in no hurry to get any where.Dont let that one experiance discurage you.:D
     
  7. Jaguar F822

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    Thanks for all the great advice! I will adhere to it in future runs.

    On to trying to figure out why my signature is not showing up, even though I have one, and I checked the box. Preview is showing it as well....
     
  8. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I'll ride with you ANY time, my friend!
     
  9. 08Ultra

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    Sorry your 1st event was a bust, they should all be enjoyable and relaxing. The start point of this ride was the dealership I support and the end point was the legion I frequent.... but.... the sponsors were the dealer and 4 MC's. It was billed as an "escorted ride" with LEO support. I learned the hard way that "escorted rides" around here mean full throttle, high stress, no fun. Many of us enjoyed a burger, paid the entry fee, and waved as they all rode away. That dealership has a strong HOG group, supports Rolling Thunder each year (MD RT1 is there) Both are RC groups that stress safety, ride your ride, and fun. The Dealer also supports many other events like this past weekend, outlaw jam, etc. Dont be discouraged, ask around for some of the RC events, or just look for a partner or group that you are comfortable with. No matter what enjoy your ride.
     
  10. Jaguar F822

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    It wasn't a total bust. I thoroughly enjoyed the pre-ride part of the event at the dealership (and appreciate their efforts in raising money for a great cause), as well as the 35 mile ride back from the American Legion post.

    It's just the actual ride part that made me hesitate to sign up for the next one. If anything, it was a learning moment in which I found my own limits.

    The great advice in this thread taught me to "ride my ride"

    @ 08Ultra; What's a RC event....? (sorry, newb here)

    Thanks all!