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    How to find and avoid HOG rallies?

    I see Erie PA has a HOG rally from July 12-20. Having been stuck in one of them before - with all the noise, drunk riders, lines for everything from gas to food - I have no desire for an encore.

    Does anyone know of a Website that lists rallies for the coming season so I can route around them?
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    Good luck with that, your description pretty much sums up the coast of Maine from from Kittery to Machias, Memorial Day till Labor Day.

    Try this link for starters; http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US...bmLocale=en_US
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    Good luck with that, your description pretty much sums up the coast of Maine from from Kittery to Machias, Memorial Day till Labor Day.
    Yeah, but in Maine, the cruiser riders wave at you, the Goldwing riders don't.
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    Don't know the answer to your question, but it describes mostly what we will find after the St. Paul rally anywhere in the upper Plains states beginning about the first of August (Sturgis, ya know?). My experience is that lodging will be difficult to find within 200 to 300 miles of the Black Hills for most of the month of August.

    BTW, I don't find the cruiser crowd difficult to deal with; in fact, it's sometimes comical to observe them. If you can find a safe place to observe from.
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    Shouldn't this thread be moved to the "Elitist" Forum?

    Enjoy your ride the way you want to, but why be critical of the way others choose to enjoy theirs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gstom View Post
    Shouldn't this thread be moved to the "Elitist" Forum?

    Enjoy your ride the way you want to, but why be critical of the way others choose to enjoy theirs?
    I sorta agree, but, if you have ever pulled into a small town gas station/convenience store to find a single cruiser bike parked at each side of each pump, and a small crowd of bikers over at the front of the store eating ice cream bars, smokin' and jokin', or whatever they are doing .... while nobody has done the polite thing and moved their bike after fueling .... then you will get exactly what the OP meant with the original post.

    Or if you have ever tried to have a pleasant quiet ride through Spearfish Canyon in late July or the first half of August, you will know then, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gstom View Post
    Shouldn't this thread be moved to the "Elitist" Forum?

    Enjoy your ride the way you want to, but why be critical of the way others choose to enjoy theirs?
    Because their behavior affects other people.
    Public drunkenness and driving or riding under the influence affect other people.
    You might look to your local laws for some guidance on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gstom View Post
    Shouldn't this thread be moved to the "Elitist" Forum?

    Enjoy your ride the way you want to, but why be critical of the way others choose to enjoy theirs?
    I wasn't certain about posting but retrieving information is a thing with me. I reread it a couple of times and thought it more of a case of looking for information for a bye pass than an elitist value judgement; that may come in another post if the OP gets stuck in an undesirable situation again.
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    My parents live in Sioux City, IA and I try to get over there in June for Father's Day to play golf with my dad. That same weekend is "Awesome Biker Nights", formerly known as "Awesome Harley Nights". You know, typical cruiser rally with "rock" bands, burnout contests, and every kind of fried food you can think of. I have to admit, I kinda like it - there's not much else to do in Sioux City (or Siouxer City, as I like to call it - it's ok, i grew up there), so it kind of livens up things in that dirty river town. HOWEVER, law enforcement is super vigilant around that weekend. I got a speeding ticket on my way over one year and the deputy was kind of giving me grief for "trying to get to the big rally in a hurry". Never mind the fact that I was on an Aprilia and had my golf clubs strapped to the back - not exactly the "rally" set-up!

    But, hey, we're all enjoying the lifestyle in our own way, so to each their own. I'm sure the cruiser guys say the same thing about all those Beemer drivers in their florescent yellow jackets and full-face helmets!
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    I rarely see the cruiser herds, stick to small curvy back roads, they are out of their natural habitat, and they hate them, except the few that ride the "Dragon" to get a sticker.

    Stick to small out of the way towns for gas and food, not enough parking for the herd. I do occasionally get behind a few strays, that got separated from the rest, but they are generally dispatched quickly and after 2 or 3 more corners, not visible in my mirrors any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gstom View Post
    Shouldn't this thread be moved to the "Elitist" Forum?

    Enjoy your ride the way you want to, but why be critical of the way others choose to enjoy theirs?
    I believe its Barley who is the elitist, not Pete.


    No wait I think Barley is more laid back than most
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    Quote Originally Posted by pffog View Post
    I rarely see the cruiser herds, stick to small curvy back roads, they are out of their natural habitat, and they hate them, except the few that ride the "Dragon" to get a sticker.
    They're not usually out before noon either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I sorta agree, but, if you have ever pulled into a small town gas station/convenience store to find a single cruiser bike parked at each side of each pump, and a small crowd of bikers over at the front of the store eating ice cream bars, smokin' and jokin', or whatever they are doing .... while nobody has done the polite thing and moved their bike after fueling .... then you will get exactly what the OP meant with the original post.

    Or if you have ever tried to have a pleasant quiet ride through Spearfish Canyon in late July or the first half of August, you will know then, too.
    Paul, I agree with you but the behavior you refer to is common throughout the whole motorcycle community. Try using the gas pumps in Suches Saturday or Sunday and you will notice it is not only cruisers but squids, adventure riders and BMW riders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gstom View Post
    Shouldn't this thread be moved to the "Elitist" Forum?

    Enjoy your ride the way you want to, but why be critical of the way others choose to enjoy theirs?
    I wasn't being critical, just trying to avoid situations where I need to make good time and can't, and knowing those sorts of rallies are often marked by some who like to drink and ride. My dog also gets very anxious around loud pipes and fireworks, which is another reason to avoid that crowd. (Strangely he's fine around gunfire, go figure!)

    Some of the nicest, most helpful folks I've met on the road ride Harleys, and if we find a group of them pulled over for a rest stop I generally join them, knowing that Barley will make new friends and get socialized while I stretch out the kinks. I find I have more in common with a fellow long distance rider on an HD than I do with a GS rider who has never ridden more than 50 miles from home. I've also helped a few cruisers over the years when they ran out of gas. (I carry a gallon in a Rotopax under Barley's bed just in case.)
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