Daytona 2016

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Daytona 2016

Postby stagewex » Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:29 am

Left on Friday early evening. 18.5 hours drive straight thru. As soon as we got in we dropped the bikes and rode to South Beach Grill in Crystal Beach for some excellent seafood and Margaritas. Spent all of yesterday at the Speedway. A friend of mine is down with his son who is competing in Jr. Moto Cross. Man, those kids have no fear. After we spent all of the rest of the day at the Vendor and Bike company Midway in front of the Speedway. Excellent and so big we have to go back today to see the other half. Demo'd a lot of bikes. Exhausted by the time they closed so didn't go to last nights Flat Track racing. But headed back to A1A to have steaks at Martins. Again... excellent. More later.

After 18 hours, WhooHoo
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2X Whoo Hoo
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Believe me... in a Jeep Wrangler it's an Iron Butt.
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That's my buddy in the black tee-shirt with the Jet on the back of it. Riders were about to take-off.
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#517 is his son, 12 years old. These kids performed much faster than the bigger kids and adults. A lot of girl riders as well. Wish I knew how to post videos as I have a bunch of jumps and starts that are incredible.
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Re: Daytona 2016

Postby stagewex » Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:37 pm

Some demo'd bikes from yesterday.
We are about to take off on the bikes south in a few minutes, nice Sunny 72 right now. Gotta get sun sunblock, got a little burned yesterday.

Victory "Hammer". Very, Very Nice. A real thump into any gear which I'm not used to since selling my Harley Softail. Pure Power.
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My buddy test road a Victory All-Electric Impulse. Looks like they took all the same technology as found on the Zero but backed it up with Polaris/Victory dealer and service. He really liked it a lot and I'm going to try one today. You have the option to shift or just let the bike do it for you.
Very fast. $19,000 MSRP
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Indian Scout. I didn't like the forward (only) controls and where they had the windscreen mounted so low it actually encouraged wind to hit me in the face. During the test run a real Indian from the 1950's passed us. All of a sudden this bike seemed kinda cheaply made. I'm going to test their "Dark Horse" later today.
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Just in case the "Hey, Look At Me" attention factor doesn't work for you as a potential Slingshot owner you can order it in Mirror now.
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Crazy.
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Re: Daytona 2016

Postby tom48 » Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:59 pm

Thank you
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Re: Daytona 2016

Postby MartyL » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:11 am

I came close to buying the Indian Scout. But it didn't quite fit my need is what I wanted in another bike. But it was fun fast! I also looked at the Hammer. Very nice bike as well. The Demos at the Speedway are a great way to check out new bikes. Why Ural doesn't see the value in being at Daytona is beyond me. Set up a dirt track and have some Ural riders blast around it. If that doesn't sell Urals nothing will.... JMHO. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Looking forward to getting out there this week.
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Re: Daytona 2016

Postby sagerat » Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:09 pm

As someone who's had three Wranglers, I concur a 1,000 miles is an Iron Butt.
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Re: Daytona 2016

Postby stagewex » Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:36 pm

Ural not being there is no surprise. Guess they don't know about all the ridiculous bike, trikes and whatever that catch folks eyes at this event and I've seen some "buys" right on the spot. Guess always designated to the niche crowd (us). But I digress.
One big surprise is that Triumph is not here. This is their nostalgic crowd and even the folks that have a HD would want one in their garage.
My buddy got banned by Yamaha today because the front wheel on a demo FZ9 came slightly off the ground. He didn't have time to tell them that he just rode an FZ8 all the way from Hoboken to St. Augustine... 15 hours straight-thru.
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Re: Daytona 2016

Postby Odyssey44 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:26 pm

8) report w/photos. Thx for taking the time to share/post!
Reads/looks like you and friends had a fantastic time!
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Re: Daytona 2016

Postby stagewex » Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:28 am

Continuing on from Thursdays Sidecar get together Chris and I went back to the Speedway Midway to demo some more bikes. Our friend Luis had gone to the local BMW dealer (BMW did not display or have any demo rides at the Speedway) to get some motor oil. That dealership also sells Ducati as well and they were offering 45 minute Duc demo rides so he stayed there for awhile.
A friend back in NY had asked me to test ride the Indian Chief "Dark Horse". I didn't get around to it but did check out one on display. Pretty incredible looking bike:

It almost looks like a model in this picture/not real.
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So many of the big Indians had so much other stuff attached to them I really appreciated the simplicity of this presentation. No nonsense.
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Nice lean-back handlebar and seating.
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Re: Daytona 2016

Postby stagewex » Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:10 pm

So I have to say that the way Harley Davidson conducted their demo rides was quite different than all the other manufacturers. Similar to the others there was a registration process (scanning you MC license, "are yo planning on buying anytime soon", liability check-offs, etc) and all done on an ipad with your picture. But then they just gave you a black Harley plastic card, about the size of a credit card and then you just went to whatever type of bike you wanted to ride. No real lines because they had so many bikes there. And here's the kicker that made HD stand-out... the demo rides were not accompanied by any HD personnel or employees. They simply asked you if you had done other group rides with other company's bikes and if you knew the route taken. You say "yes" and they hand you over a $30,000.00 motorcycle and you're on your way. Now this is a huge course winding around not just the entire Daytona Speedway but also the airport next door. About 7-8 miles and most of it straightaways and nice long curves where you could really open the bikes up. We demo'd Harley's for almost 6 hours straight and increased our route to 10 miles. I did 8 bikes, my buddy did 9. Really one of the most fun days I've ever had at this event.

ElectraGlide Ultra
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Got right off the Ultra and jumped on this Limited. Basically the same bike but this one is a 110 motor as opposed to the 103. Believe me, a big difference.
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Softail "Breakout". Very fast but the straight handlebars were uncomfortable for any more than the Demo ride for me.
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Softail Heritage
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Road King
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VROD "Muscle"
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Re: Daytona 2016

Postby stagewex » Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:23 pm

These two bikes stood out as my favorites and I took them both out twice:

Fatboy "Slim". Just felt right and had a huge amount of power at your hands.
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Standard VROD. First time I ever rode one of these even though they have been out for many years. The only bike that Harley offers that you could say is a performance bike coming off the line stock. What's not to like, Porsche had a hand in its design.
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During my very last demo ride I passed an accident that occurred with the Indian Demo group. Apparently one of the riders just didn't make a left turn, kept going straight and crashed into the fence that encloses the airport. I'm just guessing that it was someone fiddling with all the switches and buttons on all the big Indians (probably the radio or GPS) and took his eyes off the road for a few brief but important seconds.
Bike was on its side into cyclone fence and EMS was attending to the rider. Hopefully he was okay.
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Re: Daytona 2016

Postby scan » Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:04 pm

Great pics and stories Stagewex. That Indian is sick! Many thanks
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Re: Daytona 2016

Postby stagewex » Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:18 pm

After HD demo day we went to the Flat Track races. Our seats were in the"dirt zone" which is similar to the "splash zone" at Marineworld.
This was the first short track AMA event of the 2016 season and it was really great. While not as high-end or flashy as the Daytona 200 on the track proper this event had a good hometown feel to it.

After the race ended we left to take a leisurely ride north on A1A but another more serious MC accident closed that road in both directions. So we meandered onto I-95 and made our way back to the hotel.

Friday morning I dropped one guy off at the airport. We were trailering his bike home and we agreed to take turns riding while the other drove the Jeep and trailer. We did 11 hours and then shut it down about 50 miles south of Washington D.C. in Fredericksburg, VA. Could have made it all the way but I really didn't want to get home at 2:00am. So had a nice dinner, woke up early and drove the rest of the way in 5 hours. Was home by 2:00pm.
Definitely one of those "best times ever" even after my 4th Bike Week.

Flat Track/Short Track. Gate 40 to the right and behind the Speedway.
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Still had dirt in my mouth with every chew of my steak hours later. Good time.
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Nice view of the main rack from the Flat Track grandstands.
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About 6:00am saying goodbye to a favorite place.
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Our caravan taking an overnight break in Fredericksburg.
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