I didn’t take very many photos this year at the Laughlin River Run. I’ve been here several times over the years, and for some reason taking photos wasn’t high on my priority list this time.
Anyway, here’s a few I took with my cell phone.
I took a ride over to Buddy Stubbs Motorcycle Museum today. I’ve been wanting to go here for quite a while and finally found the time to do it. This display has 35 different Motorcycle Manufacturers on display. I don’t know how many motorcycles there were, but a at least a few hundred.
Buddy Stubbs Arizona Motorcycle Museum is worth stopping by if your in the area. It’s located inside the dealership just to the left as you enter the building. A very nice selection to look at. I heard one of the employees say the oldest motorcycle on display is from 1918.
Located at: 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85022
It will be a few months before my next (9 day) motorcycle trip, but that’s not stopping me from getting prepaired! After all, part of the enjoyment (at least for me) is the preparation, planning, figuring out the route I want to take, etc…
I’ve decided NOT to put a hitch on my new Tri-Glide and pull the Bushtec cargo trailer like I did with the Ultra Classic. After talking to the person at my local Harley-Davidson dealer that deals with warranty issues, I’ve decided to wait on installing a hitch. He told me when a Harley-Davidson comes in for service and they notice a hitch has been installed, they have the ability to tag the motorcycles VIN number in Harley-Davidsons computer system effectively voiding the warranty. This “tag” would be in the H-D system for all dealers to see. If if you’ve purchased an extended warranty, it will be voided as well. For those who’ve purchased the extended warranty, you know it wasn’t cheap. He said some dealers may do it, and others may not. I got the impression this dealership would do it if it was noticed. He wouldn’t say one way or another. I don’t want to risk looking my warranty right now, so I’ll just keep the trailer in storage for now.
Anyway, I said all that to say I need to reduce the amount of things I’ll take on my next trip and reduce the size of some of the items I want to take.
I’ve made a few purchases in the last few weeks for my next motorcycle trip. I think I purchased most of these items at REI. They have a good selection of quality items and an excellent return policy if you’re not satisfied. I’m not affiliated with REI, I just like the store. Some items are a little expensive, but if your a member you get a 10% rebate each year which helps.
A Kelty Trailogic 2 Person, 3 Season Tent. This tent complete with the poles weighs 4 lbs 13 oz and packs down to 14″ x 11″ x 3″ in the included bag.
Marmot Maverics 40F/4C sleeping bag that weighs 2 lbs 3 oz. It opens up to 6 ft in length and packs down in the included bag to about the size of a 1 litter soda bottle.
Big Agnes Insulated Air Core (sleeping pad). In the bag it measures 8″ x 4 1/2″ and folds open to 20″ x 72″ x 2.5″. Weight is 1 lb 10 oz.
Cocoon UltraLight Air-Core Hood/Camp Pillow with premium synthetic fill. Ultra small, 4″ x 2 1/2″ in the included bag and weighs 3.5 oz.
REI Flexlite Chair. Size folded up in the bag is 14″ x 3″ and weighs 1 lb 11 oz.
SeaToSummit Drylite MicroTowel. Size folded in the bag is 5″ x 5″ and opens to 36″ x 19″. Weight is 4 oz.
An of course a motorcycle trip wouldn’t be complete without taking along a few snacks! Some Electrolyte drink tabs to put in my water bottle to stay hydrated, and various snack bars, etc… for my trips. These all have expiration dates good for several months and will be good for my next trip. I’m not sure if they’ll all make it that long, I may need to sample a few of them!
My old tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bad, pillow and chair are still perfectely fine, the new ones are just smaller in size and easier to carry on the motorcycle since I won’t be pulling the trailer.
The Phoenix area Harley-Davidson dealers have put together the 1st Annual PhoenixBike Fest this year next to the Wildhorse Pass Hotel & Casino. Here’s a few photos I took today (April 5, 2014). Harley-Davidson’s trailer with the new 2014 motorcycles. This is main reason I went here today to take a Demo Ride on a new Tri-Glide. This is the bike I was able to ride, a blue Tri-Glide. After watching a short video, I got to ride it for about 10-15 minutes. It definitely rides different than a 2 wheel motorcycle. I like it. Phoenix BikeFest 2014. A lot of riders arrived through this large tent for everyone to see. There sure were a lot of people here today. And lots of motorcycles. And even more motorcycles! A perfect day in Arizona for a motorcycle ride.
The Ultra Classic is about to to go in…
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I’ve been fortunate enough to able to ride a lot of miles this summer. The 100 degree plus temperatures this summer didn’t slow me down much. My last 5,000 mile service was less than 2 months ago. Now it’s time for the 30,000 mile service.
The service will be performed by Superstition Harley Davidson. I’ve purchased 2 Harley’s from this dealer over the years. My first one was a 2003 Road King that I rode for 7 years, and my current 2010 Ultra Classic.
I’ve read several blogs lately stating the motorcycle riding days are just about over for the year due to the cold, rain, snow, ice, etc… I’m happy to say here in Arizona, the perfect riding weather has just started.