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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-20-2007, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Rode a Patriot Guard Riders mission yesterday and had to share some of the more light-hearted moments. Had to travel in to where the ride was located and rode with a group of about 17 bikes, or rather three smaller groups summing to 17 bikes. One of the HD riders pulled up to me at a stop light in town and was chuckling to himself. He told me that he thought he was going to have to pull out of the ride while we were riding in on the freeway. He kept hearing strange noises coming from his bike, somewhere in the high range of notes that a HD would NEVER make. Turns out, while we were travelling down the freeway he was catching parts of my stereo as I was listening to the Bob and Tom show heading in. His bike wasn't making noises, he was hearing mine.

Next, as we parked in the cemetery, we had to park on a slight down-slope, with the road sloping away to the left.Facing downhill, kickstand on a slope, I was wondering if I was going to have to hire someone to help me tip my bike up to ride out...

We all had to move our bikes to keep from blocking the roadway which meant that we had to back uphill, then shift to parallel parking and, once more, lean the bike downhill. As I was listening to everybody else struggle and grunt trying to roll their HD's and VTX's back, I put mine in reverse and rolled back uphill. One lady riding an 1800 VTX parked behind me had to stop when she couldn't roll back any farther and called to me "Show off!"

BTW, have I said that I really, REALLY love reverse on a Goldwing?

I pulled back behind her and graciously let her pull forward where I had parked then tucked in behind her. The only slight to the whole act was when the chrome cover from the reverse lever slid off and fell to earth. One of the HD riders was walking by and asked "I thought things were supposed to fall of Harley's?" Great bunch of people with great senses of humor.

Let's ride bikes!

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nice story Ruaidh

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Nice

Bob and Tom show, I used to listen to them when I lived in Michigan. Don't get them on the radio here but my Wife was nice enough year before last and bought me several tapes. Still hilarious.

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Yep, that is a good story. I have no auto-reverse except my two feet. Sometimes they hurt so bad I opt-out and keep everything pointed downhill

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My second PGR ride, there was a guy on a beautiful Harly next to me. Even though we had road guards, we had to stop a few times as we drove through Killeen. While we were waiting to go from the funeral home to the cemetary, he asked me why my bike kept dying.

Because he couldn't hear it at the lights, he thought the engine had been dying and I was restarting it.

Made my day.

Then when we stopped to eat later, he said it wasin great shape for a2000 model. I really took that as quite a compliment, since it's a '91. When I told him, he said he really thought it was new, butknew they quit making the 1500 in 2000, so assumed that's what it was.

Really made my day.

See, not allHarley drivers are bad...


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TWO Great stories of PGR rides.

Thanks Guys. Wish we were there.

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TWO Great stories of PGR rides.

Thanks Guys. Wish we were there.

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I too made it back from Nam.

And everything in life since then has been a picnic.

But I too remember the way we were treated when we again hit stateside.

I do remember that our orders were to change into civies before we hit the states.

As showing up in uniform was inviting trouble from the mob.

I am glad things are now different for all of our people in uniform.

But kinda sad too as it should have been that way for our guys too.

Jealous. . I guess, But still Glad that things are as they are now.

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I take my hat off to all that have served our great country.

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It's hard to believe the treatment we got coming back in 1972. What the hell was that all about? Like I wanted to go?? Sometimes I forget. So glad it is not like that for the guys coming back now. God bless em.

I couldn't fix my brakes so I made the horn louder
Motor started to knock. Turned up the radio.


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