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I just got finished 6 days of riding through Death Valley, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks as well as a loop around Lake Tahoe. What really surprised me, was that for the first time ever I counted more Honda's and BMW's on the road than I did Harley's. In the past any time I have taken an extended trip the Harley's outnumbered everything else on the road by a good 2 or 3 to 1.
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I just got finished 6 days of riding through Death Valley, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks as well as a loop around Lake Tahoe. What really surprised me, was that for the first time ever I counted more Honda's and BMW's on the road than I did Harley's. In the past any time I have taken an extended trip the Harley's outnumbered everything else on the road by a good 2 or 3 to 1.
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Here in Northern California we have taken the drastic step of taxing each Harley rider thoroughly. This is done with increased taxes in hazardous material charges (someone has to pick up those oily pieces) Public nuisance (enough said) and various other taxation without representations. If they choose to ride, they must ride BMW's. And those taxes are paid straight to the dealer. So itís a tax deduction because itís considered foreign aid. Just our little way of saying thank you to the rest of the state... Welcome to Kal-ee-for-nei-a, come again soon!

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I just got finished 6 days of riding through Death Valley, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks as well as a loop around Lake Tahoe. What really surprised me, was that for the first time ever I counted more Honda's and BMW's on the road than I did Harley's. In the past any time I have taken an extended trip the Harley's outnumbered everything else on the road by a good 2 or 3 to 1.
By chance did you have to put your heated seat on or heated grips on? That would make most HD riders stay home....

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It is the same situation during summers in Arizona. Harleys and most Japanese bikes give out too much heat to the rider. So while other riders stop riding during summer time in Arizona, you will see most BMW riders still riding.

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I just got finished 6 days of riding through Death Valley, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks as well as a loop around Lake Tahoe. What really surprised me, was that for the first time ever I counted more Honda's and BMW's on the road than I did Harley's. In the past any time I have taken an extended trip the Harley's outnumbered everything else on the road by a good 2 or 3 to 1.

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Interesting. During Sept I rode from Toronto area to as far as Colorado Springs - thru 10 States covering over 6,000km. During that time I only saw 3 other BMWs. Where are they all?

Come to think of it, I rarely see one while riding around my home area. Unless a time is set up to ride with another BMW rider, my experience is that I'm the lone BMW on the road.

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By chance did you have to put your heated seat on or heated grips on? That would make most HD riders stay home....

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In Bad Water, Death Valley it was +35 C. In Tioga Pass just out of Yosemite it was +6 C. Three nights I had to scrape the frost off the bike before we started to ride. So maybe that was it Garry, they don't like the cold.
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Interesting. During Sept I rode from Toronto area to as far as Colorado Springs - thru 10 States covering over 6,000km. During that time I only saw 3 other BMWs. Where are they all?

Come to think of it, I rarely see one while riding around my home area. Unless a time is set up to ride with another BMW rider, my experience is that I'm the lone BMW on the road.
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The Harleys were there, I'm sure. They were just on their trailers, getting pulled behind the Escalade.
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Re: More BMW's than Harley's

When I get out of town, and stay away from small town bars, I do not see too many H-Ds just out and about. Sometimes in one long string. However, I do see about 1 BMW an hour on the weekends.

In town during the week, I see more BMW's and Hondas that Harley's going to work. But how many places really can you take straight pipes to work. Though I am sure we fail to notice a log of Harleys with stock mufflers.

I don't think of H-D as a regular day to day transportation bike like I did my Yamaha for years, and others do their Beemers and Hondas.

But one experience does not make a consensus.

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I went up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on another trip two weeks ago and same story. Lots of BMW's and Wings but very few Harley's.
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