And, as a dedicated observer of human nature , I am never disappointed by the variety of sights to be seen during this time of year -
Their own private celebration...of something.
More "shiny happy people."
I did notice more custom and classic style motorcycles this year -
The body paint seemed a little more artistic -
And some of the vendors went from trying to be overly creative to just getting right to the point -
Now, one final comment about Harley Davidson riders. They just can't stand to be passed by someone on another brand of motorcycle! Don't get me wrong. I have some good friends and relatives who ride Harleys, so this isn't a criticism or complaint, just a fact that even they will have to admit is true. Several times this past week it happened to me, including once when I decided to have some fun with it and maybe offer a lesson in humility (although the point was probably lost on this guy). It happened on my way to Deadwood. I ride a Valkyrie F6 and blew by a Harley as we started up the hill leading to town. It didn't take very long for Mr. Harley Davidson to catch up and pass me, and as he did I increased my speed to stay on his tail all the way to the final curve before the city limits. Here's where I had an advantage, because being local I knew that right around the corner the speed limit dropped to 45, and I also knew there was often a city police officer sitting right there ready to nab anyone who dared break the law in their town. So right at the corner I backed off, Harley rider kept going, and sure enough BOOM there was a copper right there waiting - and he lit that Ultra Classic up immediately. I didn't wave, gesture, or even smile. I just rode on by doing 45 in the left lane. After thinking about it, I feel kind of bad about setting the guy up like that. But I just couldn't resist the easy target. We all know that the universe...karma...fate...or whatever other great equalizer might be out there...will see to it that I don't get way with it completely. Payback is coming. Not sure when or where, but I am pretty sure it will happen. Hope I'm ready for it and that "they" will go easy on me.