Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Myrtle Beach SC, SC, USA
Interesting thread Al. For the first six or seven years of the Myrtle Beach Marathon, now about 10,000 runners, an informal group of local BMW riders rode escort and support for the event. We carry the race officials, newspaper photographers and generally monitor the course for the normal physical difficulties that runners encounter on the course. We also ride with the first participants out before sun up, the cranks and wheel chairs. These, we have found, present a unique liability situation as their profile is so low to the ground that auto traffic tends not to notice them and even the LEO's at the many intersections don't recognize them as they approach dangerous intersections. Three years ago, HD became a major sponsor of the event and HD's were mandated as the ride for escort and support. This presented a problem as we were all BMW riders. HD decided that they would donate bikes to us for the entire weekend, for the 10k on Friday night, the marathon on Saturday and the bike ride on Sunday. From three years experience I can tell you that it is a totally different experience on an HD. MUCH less comfortable and man can those machines bake your thighs riding eight hours without getting out of second gear.
Having said all this, I would be interested if I can fit in my schedule next year. You might pass along, that besides being quieter and more manuverable, BMW's are also much better suited because of their much more efficient motor cooling system.
Jeff in Myrtle Beach
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