It’s been quite some time since the last post. Work and weather being the primary factors to the lack of riding related subject matter. This weekend though the weather warmed up considerably, Progressive was putting on a motorcycle show in Dallas, so we finally got the bikes back on the road for a bit of riding.
We planned on going Sunday and earlier in the week a couple of good friends called and asked if we wanted to go to the show with them on Sunday. It was meant to be with the timing so we ended up with 5 bikes heading out for an adventurous afternoon. Our first thought was food. I don’t usually like to eat at shows and events, the food is usually more like a circus snack than a good meal and overpriced as well. Seriously, anyone can open a bag of corn chips, pour liquid cheese out of a can on them and say its a nacho plate. Yuck! Our destination before the show to fill our stomachs was the Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum just east of downtown Dallas. It is the most award winning BBQ smokehouse in Dallas and was visited by Guy Fieri from the Food Networks Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. I won’t go into the details on this post of the experience since Margaret and I did another Fill Your Tank episode on this restaurant and will be posting about it and putting a video up about it later. I will say it was probably the best BBQ I have ever eaten in my life. The doors open at 11 am on Sunday morning and when we pulled up at 10:45 there was a line formed from the front door down the sidewalk to the corner. That line never ceased the entire time we were there. Incredible BBQ and it makes for a great ride. This set us up to feel real good for the motorcycle show which was only a couple miles away.
Upon arrival we were guided to free parking for motorcycles only. That was a nice and fit with what the event was all about. Riding. We checked in with our pre-purchased tickets and began the tour. Probably every major motorcycle manufacturer had shown up with old classics and the newest bikes going on the market. There were concept bikes, street racing bikes, motocross, supercross, cruisers, touring, enduro, dragsters, and whatever else you could want to see. The show was laid out well, easy to navigate so as to meander and see everything it had to offer. We sat on a few different types of bikes to take pictures and have fun with. There were a lot of gear stores as well offering about anything you could want or need. Margaret has been looking for a new riding jacket and every place we have been and had her try some on just didn’t fit comfortably. She slid one on at Renegade leather and a smile came upon her face as she melted into the jacket. It was an absolute perfect fit, the likes of which she hasn’t been able to find for over a year. What can you do at that point but get it for her. She needs to be comfortable while riding in the cold too! It was expensive though, very expensive as is most good leather. When the salesman asked if she wanted it she told him it was a bit too high priced for us at the moment. Because it was the last day of the show and most vendors were trying to liquidate their stock he gave it to us at a 45% discount. All I could say was right place right time on that one.
Another decent deal we got was on some Amsoil oil. I usually pay a local shop $15 a quart for it. There was a distributor there advertising Amsoil and trying to talk people into using the oil. I asked how much? The salesman said it wasn’t for sale. I responded “Then why are you set up with all this oil, advertising it, and not selling it when someone is interested in buying it? Why are you even here? He kind of looked at me dumbfounded as if to say, I never thought of that. I again asked if I could purchase some amsoil, I was there ready to buy. He finally sold it to me for $10 a quart. What an incredible deal. That worked out well since I’ve got an oil change coming up in the next couple weeks. And there will be 3 videos on it as I am going to break down each oil change into its own video for quick reference if your only doing one part.
We watched a battle of the bands for awhile. They were pretty good, considering they were all teens. It was nice to see them put a band together and play so well. A cheers to them for getting up in front of all those people and putting there musical heart out there!
We also got a lot of the free gizmos that goes along with these events. Pamphlets, key chains, bandannas, etc. that always accompany shows. Some how we missed out on our free t-shirts for being Progressive insurance customers.
Overall we had a good solid day of riding, eating, fun, and entertainment. It was nice to finally get back out and do something riding related. I guess well just have to strive harder to make more time and not let the details of life rob us of the joy of motorcycling.