Originally Posted by stevek1200lt
Since I wasn't able to help out this time - How did it go - with the rain and all!
Well it's over and I'm caught up on my sleep. We set up at I-90 Motorsports at 4 Saturday morning and as soon as we had the easy up up the first riders started showing. It was a couple of the instate riders that wanted to get a good start on the day. We had 40 riders and one passenger do the ride. We had one guy hit a parked car in his neighborhood so he and his riding partner didn't make it to the start. There were others that canceled out or just didn't show. That sucks because I have to find out why, so a person has to call the emergency # and wake wifes and girlfriends up. At least they all had answers to the whereabouts of the riders. All riders where on the road before 6.
Saturday night I got to the site around 7:50PM and started to get set up. Before I could get everything out of the truck my first rider pulled in from the out and back route. He did it in 15.5 hours. He made good time but didn't ride that hard. Only got off the bike once and that was at the turn around. Fueled staying on the bike and ate energy bars. About a half a hour later they slowly start to come in and then around 10 the waves started. There were 4 of us untill around 1:30 at which time a couple of the guys went home so it went really smooth. Only had a few mistakes that I fixed today. One guy did the ride on a KLR650 and did it in good time and another 6'5" guy on a 1981 CB 650 who did it 22.5 hours. There was a gal that was riding a Suzuki Marauder 1660 with NO windshield. She was riding by herself and made the ride in about 19 hours. She was very cold, so I was glad that I had a couple of propane heaters. We had one very close call. A rider was passing a pickup and all of a sudden the pickup came over on him. He got out of the way of the truck but he hit the guardrail. Managed to keep the bike up and continued on. I looked at the damage and he was ONE LUCKY GUY. Thank goodness for crash bars.
Only one didn't make the time. He got back 31 minutes late thinking he had until 6 when he should have been back by 5:01am. He was riding a 1989 Transalp XL600V and just dilly dallied to much. He didn't have any mechanical problems.
There was one guy on 1999 ST-2 Ducati that decide to take Lolo back. He started having electrical problems about 70 miles from Lewiston. Worked on it and jump started it which he did three more times before he got back. I had to run home and get my jumper cable because we couldn't get it start by pushing it. Had to have the jump energy to do it. Really quite strange. Running, his head light would work and as he added load, heated gear, the headlight would get brighter and the bike ran better. He wasn't a happy camper.
Never did rain very hard in Issaquah but the riders sure got hit with rain and fog in the pass and the ones that took their time had rain in Montana and Idaho also.
So we have 39 riders and one passenger that will be getting there number. Congratulations to all on a successful ride.
We got everything tore down and in the truck and I was home in bed by 6:15. It was a long day but I sure was fun.