It’s been quite some time since the last post. Work and weather are 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.
Beginning The Day
We planned on going Sunday and 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 is overpriced as well. Seriously, anyone can open a bag of corn chips, pour liquid cheese out of a can on them and say it's a nacho plate. Yuck!
Pecan Lodge BBQ
Our destination before the show 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 will say it was probably the best BBQ I have ever eaten in my life. The doors open at 11 am on Sunday morning. 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 really good for the motorcycle show.
Arriving At The Show
Upon arrival, we were guided to free parking for motorcycles only. That was 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 and easy to navigate. 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 absolutely perfect fit, the likes of which she hasn’t been able to find for over a year. It was expensive though, as is most good leather. 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.
Amsoil's Marketing Practices Suck
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. When 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 of weeks.
Overall It Was A Good Day
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 we'll just have to strive harder to make more time and not let the details of life rob us of the joy of motorcycling.