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    I think this thread is hilarious.

    I haven't met one Harley owner that has actually ridden to Sturgis. A few years ago, just before Sturgis, I couldn't get a hotel room in Rapid City because every room was taken and every parking lot was full of trailers.

    One of the past presidents of the HOG group here was an absolute Harley freak. Biggest, best, shiniest, most chrome, louder every year. He bought a new bike every year. His trailer was a toy hauler just for his bike. His trailer also had an equipped shop. It was 30' long. His trailer had more miles on it than any bike he ever owned. Sturgis to Winnipeg is 12 hours on a good day.

    He also rode without a brain bucket and was very vocal how a skid lid would break your neck. He died of road rash but ironically, never regained consciousness to realize he was dead anyway.

    I love the guys that have the "Been to Sturgis" shirts and they don't know how to ride.

    I've never been to a Beemer Rally owing to distance and time and I have never done a formal Iron Butt. Now that I have time and Minneapolis is pretty close I am considering it but I realize that the body is my next hurdle. Stuff hurts in the morning that I didn't know could hurt.

    If somebody is going to pass judgement on me because I choose to take care of myself before fitting some arbitrary social expectation, they better have had walked the life I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMSimon View Post
    Sorry, Paul, but this sounds funny to a guy who owns a trailer that was built to haul motorcycles.... Like the advice to use a GPS to a guy riding a GS across country would sound ....
    In St. Paul, take a look at some of the rigs that arrive with bikes in tow. After that it won't sound so funny to you. I'm sure you have the right rig. My observation would be a lot of folks don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselyoda View Post
    I haven't met one Harley owner that has actually ridden to Sturgis. A few years ago, just before Sturgis, I couldn't get a hotel room in Rapid City because every room was taken and every parking lot was full of trailers.

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    I used to go to Sturgis. Did it in the 90s for 8 years in a row. Among Harley riders there is as big a resentment against trailering as in any other motorcycle community. In the greater Sturgis area are about 50,000 hotel rooms. The "Sturgis Bike Week" is visited by approx 350,000 people. You had to put up with only a small portion of those. Usually, more people who trailer stay in hotel rooms. And how many trailer rigs does it take to fill a hotel parking lot?
    I bet, if you would have camped in the Buffalo Chip campground, you would have not met a single Harley owner who trailered his bike to Sturgis.

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    I wasn't on a bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by EMSimon View Post
    I used to go to Sturgis. Did it in the 90s for 8 years in a row. Among Harley riders there is as big a resentment against trailering as in any other motorcycle community. In the greater Sturgis area are about 50,000 hotel rooms. The "Sturgis Bike Week" is visited by approx 350,000 people. You had to put up with only a small portion of those. Usually, more people who trailer stay in hotel rooms. And how many trailer rigs does it take to fill a hotel parking lot?
    I bet, if you would have camped in the Buffalo Chip campground, you would have not met a single Harley owner who trailered his bike to Sturgis.
    I was hauling a loader we sent for the Louisiana clean-up of Katrina. I expressed MY experiences.

    If you want to trailer to an event because of any reason you might have, including hurting yourself or the bike, I won't think twice.

    It stops when you brag about how far you can ride and all the stuff you've done. Then I think twice.
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    Do whatever works. If you're short of time, it's a lot easier on the mind and body to be inside of 4 wheels that on top of 2.

    As for Paul, I can just see him and Voni bombing around the fairgrounds on their 200/250's. Practical and fun.

    I'll be riding to the rally, but then again I think the fairgrounds are less than 10 miles from my house, so...I think I can handle it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluehole View Post
    I am planning to attend the rally in St Paul next year. I am going to meet a friend along the way and ride together. He will ride a K1600GTL and will ride an Oilhead. My friend has suggested the option trailering our /5s to the rally. I have mixed feelings about this. Part of the rally experience his the ride to and from the event. On the other hand, trailering does not preclude stopping along the way have getting in some decent rides in nice areas. I know trailering a bike to the rally is not considered good form, but I okay with it. Not sure Ol' Red (or I) and up for that long a ride.

    Any thoughts on this? Anybody been in this quandary before?
    Lemme guess, you ride an RS, right?

    You'll be missing out on a really sweet ride, pal. From where you live, across the Appalachians, up through Ohio and Michigan, across Lake Michigan on a ferry, and then arrive at the rally on a bike. Like real men (and women).

    If you do trailer the thing, you may as well keep going to the west coast where I can give you lessons on why bikes are meant for riding and not towing.

    You want more grief from me, just keep posting stuff about trailering your touring bike. Geez.....


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    Lemme guess, you ride an RS, right?
    Who invited this guy to the party?

    If we decide to take the late model bikes, we will ride. I love my /5, but for me, riding that far on my Airhead is harder on me than riding the Oilhead. Riding the /5 means I need to figure out how to load it properly (I may need to buy luggage). I understand it best to avoid putting too much weight on the back of bikes like my SWB model. I doubt a day on the interstate will be fun on the Airhead and while I prefer secondary roads, a certain amount of slab will be necessary. If I had more time I could stay on secondary roads the whole way. That would be great, but I have to limit the days I allot to the trip.

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    I've ridden to rallies but when both bikes let me down just before leaving in 2012, I drove to Sedalia. I received no grief from my riding and camping buddies and some borrowed the car on occasion to pickup supplies. I will be at the 2014 rally, and will ride and do not care how you get there so long as you are there and are enjoying yourself.
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    About a year ago I was trailering my motorcycle with my 31 foot camper. I had my children with me and the wife followed in the truck. A motorcyclist passed me on the interstate and as he passed he looked back at me and gave the "what the f**k" look with one hand waved up in the air. I could have cared less because I had my family with and my motorcycle with me. I had an awesome weekend. Like somebody else stated, do what makes you happy.........
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    When I read the title of this thread Trailering to Rally I thought of course I'm going to trailer.
    Then I realized you were talking about hauling the bike.
    Goes to show you how my mind works.
    I drag a trailer behind the bike quit often.
    I have a enclosed cargo trailer and a bunkhouse tent trailer.

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    Here are some friends I hang with camping
    3 Bunkhouses and an Aspen.
    The red one is mine.

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    All towed by motorcycles.

    So I'm thinking of heading to St. Paul next summer (2000 miles one way) and I will be Trailering

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    Probably going to trailer something too

    I'm fairly close to the rally but I'll probably trailer there due to the volume of stuff I want to bring.

    So far the plan is to bring a pool, cabana, grill, and bacon. Everything is better with bacon...

    Just do what is the best plan for you and don't worry what anyone thinks or says.



    And I probably need Bloody Mary stuff for this rally

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorman587 View Post
    About a year ago I was trailering my motorcycle with my 31 foot camper. I had my children with me and the wife followed in the truck. A motorcyclist passed me on the interstate and as he passed he looked back at me and gave the "what the f**k" look with one hand waved up in the air. I could have cared less because I had my family with and my motorcycle with me. I had an awesome weekend. Like somebody else stated, do what makes you happy.........
    Hey John, sad that he isn't half the rider you are. He would be ashamed if he knew who you are. Got time for lunch in cedar key on 25 jan?
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    Any room on your trailer for another /5?
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    Quote Originally Posted by martyhill View Post
    Hey John, sad that he isn't half the rider you are. He would be ashamed if he knew who you are. Got time for lunch in cedar key on 25 jan?
    Thanks Marty.........I will mark it on the calendar......
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