Friday, March 21, 2008

Motorcycle Rallies versus Riding

sturgis motorcycle rallyI've come to a point where I don't care much for biker rallies, poker runs, and other biker gatherings.

One exception however, are bike nights. I still like going to those.

There was a time when I liked going to rallies and runs, paying my registration fee, getting my t-shirt, ride pin, and hanging out with other bikers. Over the years, it's just all the time same stuff, the same vendors, the same locations.

I don't mind helping out charity, and I do donate to charity, we just normally do it by writing a check and mailing it out.

All I want to do now is ride.

In the last riding club I was in, that was actually a bone of contention.

The Yuma Prison Run is coming up next month. Several folks I know around here are planning to go. It's basically three days of camping out at the Yuma Fairgrounds, and drinking beer. I've been there the last two years in a row. If you've never been to Yuma, AZ, the riding there sucks. The only roads you've got are Interstate 8, and highway 95, and they both run straight for miles and miles. It sucks. I do like the company of my friends, but I just get this itch to ride; I can't just sit in the middle of a fairground all day.

The reason why I still like bike nights is because they happen during the middle of the week, and it's just for a couple of hours. You go there, you grab a bite to eat, something to drink, and just chat for a little bit. You don't stay there all day long, and it's great way to bridge the weekend rides.

The irony of all this is that it's really tough to find riding buddies that want to ride a lot. You'd figure that people spend $10-20K on a motorcycle because they love the thrill of riding. Instead, most folks only want to do shorter rides.

Maybe I'm just out of touch with the rest of the motorcycle community. Maybe there's something I'm missing about the motorcycle culture. Maybe I'm destined to become a motorcycle loner.


  1. Looking forward to Biggs' Bike Night at Hooters starting back up pretty soon. As for the long rides, I just posted on the Ride For The Heart Foundation, It's charity rides, but Man, these folks are BIKERS!
    Hope you have a great weekend riding.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Is that the Hooters in Oceanside, right on the 78? Let me know, I'll try to make it down there.

  3. I agree with you. There are alot of rallies I could go to including the 105th in Milwaukee, but I want to go on my own trips. Too many places to see to stand around fairground USA buying cheap crap from vendors and drinking beer. I'm looking forward to a 5 day trip through West Virginia this summer. It's gonna be the bomb.


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