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post #1 of 17 Old Oct 18th, 2006, 11:08 am Thread Starter
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Do any of you guys go to Americade in Lake George ? I was there last year, almost as a mistake, and I really enjoyed it and now that I have a true touring bike, I think that it will be even more fun. I remember there being a ton of Gold Wings, but since I wasn't into BMW's, at the time, I didn't notice any. Anyway, I'll be there, again, this June and I would like very much to meet any of you LT riders that might happen to be there. Also, for those of you that have been there, how difficult is it to get demo rides from the other manufacturers ?

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Spent a couple of days at Americade last June while on a ride thru New England looking at my old stomping (flying) grounds. Enjoyed the stop at Lake George. Kinda like Sturgis or Laconia but a little more subdued. Didn't try for a demo ride because the weather was lousy. This was my first stop at Americade and I came away gently impressed. Will probably return in a couple of years. Cheers
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Do any of you guys go to Americade in Lake George ? I was there last year, almost as a mistake, and I really enjoyed it and now that I have a true touring bike, I think that it will be even more fun. I remember there being a ton of Gold Wings, but since I wasn't into BMW's, at the time, I didn't notice any. Anyway, I'll be there, again, this June and I would like very much to meet any of you LT riders that might happen to be there. Also, for those of you that have been there, how difficult is it to get demo rides from the other manufacturers ?

Roy
I went wasn't impressed.
I did have a great time with the people, I camped with .
Would go again just to hang with them and not even go to the rally.

(After going to so many of these things for X number of years, I'm a little jaded)
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I have ridden over for a day some years just to check out the vendors and an excuse to go for a ride. Lots of wings and a number of V twins with loud pipes. I have heard that local authorities are starting to crack down on loud pipes. Lots vendors, but many of no interest being of the leather and chrome variety. But it is a big event so many vendors are of interest.

It is a good place to line up a demo ride for those bike's whose dealers don't generally offer test rides. You have to sign up and stand in line, it takes some investment in time but you can get the ride.

Past years there have been a few KLTers who have met up at Americade I believe (I wasn't one of them). Check the Northeast Board on this site as Americade draws near and you may find folks posting to look for a meet-up.
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Do any of you guys go to Americade in Lake George ? I was there last year, almost as a mistake, and I really enjoyed it and now that I have a true touring bike, I think that it will be even more fun. I remember there being a ton of Gold Wings, but since I wasn't into BMW's, at the time, I didn't notice any. Anyway, I'll be there, again, this June and I would like very much to meet any of you LT riders that might happen to be there. Also, for those of you that have been there, how difficult is it to get demo rides from the other manufacturers ?

Roy
Usually go down for a day or so. The riding through the adirondacks is great.
Some good bars and restaurants in town and often meet a few nice people.

Email me before you go down this year and we'll meet up.

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My wife and I stopped there for a couple of days on our way to Nova Scotia.
Had a nice time till it started raining. Took the BMW boat cruise, which it'self wasn't all that great but had a fun time with our table mates so that made it worth it. Won the license plate contest too.

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I went up this year for my first time to any of these type events. I went with my father and brother and the wives. They were on Goldwings and I on the LT. I saw about 8-10 LT's on Friday/Saturday while there. Of course many more of everything else.......which is another reason I like the LT. Besides it's the best looking and of course the Canyon Red is the fastest

We didn't see enough since we rode up on Thursday, vendors on Friday, ride around Lake George area on Saturday and then Rodehome on Sunday.

Great riding even with the 50's and drizzle the entire time. We had a nice time and will probably go back this year.

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Rode from Michigan to Americade in 2004. I believe the BMW riders where all camped at the same camp ground, not sure which one? I rode everything I wanted to ride from the new Goldwings to the cruisers proper riding apparel is a must including boots. I thought it was a great rally. Check the Americade web sight and ask questions on the bullitin board you will get all the info you want. I was riding a Goldwing at the time.

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2006 was the first time in 16 years that I did NOT attend. Next year will be the 25th Americade and YES I am planning on attending. Americade is a GREAT event if you love motorcycles ... ALL types and all years. My favorite parts of Americade are the demo rides .... ALL the manufacturers are there and you get to ride some intersting bikes. The other part that is pretty much unmatched anywhere is Canada Street at night. It is a wall to wall bike show for over a mile on both sides of the street. We always stay in town but off Canada Street so we are in a quiet place but close enough to walk to Canada Street at night for dinner, a cold beverage and the bike show. Also, the attendees are really friendly folks and I have met some great people there. The Expo is pretty slick as well and there are really a lot of vendors there. Having ridden BMW's for the past 6 years I am finding more BMW's in attendance and more stuff at the EXPO for BMW's. Still not anywhere as much as at the BMW National rally but still some neat stuff. The roads in and around Lake George are great and Hied's is a wonderful BMW shop should you need any service. A real mom & pop place and like taking a trip to the past when you walked into the shop and talk to the tech while they are working on your bike. For my $.02 Americade is really a must do for anyone who likes bikes. You see a very diverse mix of motorcycles of all years, brands and creations. But much less of a party event than Daytona or Sturgis and much better organized.

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Would like to go to that one, myself. Have been to Honda Hoot several times. Last time, only spent a few hours at the event itself. Spent most of our time riding the roads in the area. Much nicer riding than say Myrtle Bch or Daytona. Highly recommended for the area and extra events. They do demos there too. Gotta catch bike night in the old city too.

Went to Laconia last year. Was passing thru the area and figured, what the hey. It was raining so it was pretty subdued. But got the shirt. Can't figure out why the guys here at work that go to MB and Daytona don;t go to Laconia. They go to Sturgis too, so why not Laconia? Nice riding around Laconia.

Wife not fond of 750 mile days though, atr least she wasn't on the Vstrom. She llikes the LT much better and we may actually get to tour some next year.

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We went to Americade this year. Had everything pre paid in January. My accident in March kind of put a damper on things with my broken ribs, but we were determined to go. That being said, thatís why we were Trailer Losers. YesÖwe trailered two 1100LTís to Americade.

We stayed for the whole week. The weather didnít exactly cooperate, but we had a good time anyway. Thatís what Frog Toggs are for, right? Lots of good riding in that part of the country. We took day trips to Vermont and throughout the region. I got to replace all of my damaged riding gear at the trade show. Saw a lot of really cool farkles too.

I really wanted to go to Americade for the test rides. I was torn between a new LT and a Gold Wing as a replacement for my totaled Electra Glide. We had to get up early, but we got to ride them both. The BMW demo ride was by far the best route. About 30 miles or so in some pretty good twisty mountain roads. Toward the end of the week, I discovered that Boss Hoss was offering demo rides as well. Next year. I want to ride one of those 500 HP v-8 monsters just to say I did it.

We will be going next year, and this time we wonít have a trailer.

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Would like to go to that one, myself. Have been to Honda Hoot several times. Last time, only spent a few hours at the event itself. Spent most of our time riding the roads in the area. Much nicer riding than say Myrtle Bch or Daytona. Highly recommended for the area and extra events. They do demos there too. Gotta catch bike night in the old city too.

Went to Laconia last year. Was passing thru the area and figured, what the hey. It was raining so it was pretty subdued. But got the shirt. Can't figure out why the guys here at work that go to MB and Daytona don;t go to Laconia. They go to Sturgis too, so why not Laconia? Nice riding around Laconia.

Wife not fond of 750 mile days though, atr least she wasn't on the Vstrom. She llikes the LT much better and we may actually get to tour some next year.

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Have been to the Hoot the past 6 years and it is a pretty good event ... what I call Americade Light. Demos were not that good this past yeat though as many manufacturers did not show. But for a 2-3 day event it is fine. Nice to stay in town and take in Old Town!! Agree that is a blast.

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Been attending Americade since '87. Don't participate in the festivities like buying entire week pass; only go to Tour 'Expo 1 day. Prefer not riding with a bunch of tightly wound sardines only keeping track of the rear harley fender in front and the goldwing musing up alongside in a crowd. So we do our own thing.

Love the mountain roads, small shops, Lake Placid, Champlain, Vermont. Do Whiteface, Tupper, Saranac Lake, Big Blue, the Newcomb trail as well as Ti, Crown Point, Whitehall, Granville, etc.

Was a little wet this year. Usually camp up at Schroon Lake. (My grandmother used to live in Bolton Landing so I spent many summers there gorwing up.)

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I am only a little over 400 mile round trip to the Americade. I have been there probably just a little under 20 times. Some times for the last half of the week and sometimes I just go up for the day. 2006 was one of the years I didn't make it.. Had a heavy work schedule I could not get out of..

Usually you can ride any of the 'in town' dealers just by standing in line. They set up right behind the Fort in a parking lot. Two years ago it was Yamaha and Harley.. The others require you to go to Roaring Brook Ranch before 9AM and stand in line to make an appointment for a ride. I tried to do that once but after I wasted my time I never went back up there.

It was much better earlier when they would all get in the field across from the amusement park and let you ride by just standing in line. I spent many days doing just that.. Since they went to the 'new' format at Roaring Brook I have only rode a few HD versions.. Had to get that out of my system...

If you have a specific bike you want to ride I guess that is the place especially if you can't ride one at home. I like to wander through all the vendors and early on I spent a lot of money there. Before the internet that was the only place were you could see things and buy them at a great discount.. Now I find that it is just a place to touch or try on what I want to buy. Rarely do I see something that I must have or find something that I want at a killer price.

I do like the street at night.. but on a day trip staying till the end means I don't get home till 2 AM.. and half the fun of going up is the ride.. I don't take any interstates.. New York has some nice rural riding... Americade gets my vote. Lots of stuff to see and it usually costs me a tank of gas, lunch and dinner somewhere and $10 to wander the vendors for a day... all M/C related.. can't get that much M/C entertainment for that price many places..

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I did have a great time with the people, I camped with .
Would go again just to hang with them and not even go to the rally.

(After going to so many of these things for X number of years, I'm a little jaded)
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Rock,

Ya it was great camping with you, but we plan to volunteer next year so we can get a free room. Getting soft in our old age re camping. For those that don't register for the week, they miss out on the seminars and demo rides at R B. Some years we register for the week and some years we just did the vendors for a day. Got my smart tire there in 05.

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Smile Americade?

First off, Ed, I stole your avatar. There is a reason. :-)

Now for Americade, I've tried to go for the past 3 years and something always seems to come up and make it impossible. Thus far, nothing is on the horizion, but since I'm most likely retiring the last of May, that does make a significant difference. If all looks like this is a GO, then I'll be back on here letting you all know and also looking for info and advice.

Like others, I've been to the Hoot for 5-6 years, nice but they just need to get the rest of the manufacturers on board for the demo rides. I've got a few mods to put on the Silver Bird over the winter, but I do expect this year it will be a GO.

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I heard that several mfrs were "boycotting" the Hoot due to the HONDA in the name. Maybe they will all get it back together. I never had the patience to wait in the demo lines. The one time we got signed up for a decent ride, it rained it out. An instructor friend was going to hook me up to be a demo escort and that fell to crap too. I'd like the "inside look" at the hoot, but not willing to jump through the hoops to get it.

So for now, we'll probably just go ride on our own, at our pace and not have to pay premium prices for a motel, just to be there during an event.

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