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There's supposed to be one at biketoberfest, but where? I heard it was at the speedway, is this correct? Anyone ever been to one? know what the drill is? How farwwhere do you ride?
Any info would be appreciated, and I can't find squat on the web.
 

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Rode a few in Atlanta, had to sign a waiver and show your cycle license. If you take a passenger, they must sign as well. Also no open toe foot ware. The ride was about 15+ min long on a marked course around outside the speedway. Each bike had a GPS hidden on the bike somewhere. There was a notice on the tank about it so they could check where you had been if you took too long. They had 16 V-rods, this group went on an escorted ride. Only one each of the touring bikes.
 

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We were at Biktoberfest last year. Had a great time. The demo rides are at the speedway. We made the mistake of pulling in where the metric bikes were doing there demo's. The Harley demo's are further down. There were signs that directed you pretty well. I can't remember the exact direction that we were headed but the speedway was on the right side and the metric demos were first and then the next turn or two was the Harley and Victory demo area. Keep to the right and watch for the signs. The ride is about 15 minutes long, maybe shorter. It was all right handed turns and very well marked. Keep an eye out for the markers and don't get lost like the guy next to me did. They took the Vrods out in a pack, probably so noone would do 150 mph on them. If you want to ride a Vrod get there very early. They were lining up at 5:00am on Friday last year. My wife got in the Vrod line and I got in the sign up line and I would of got to ride one if it hadn't of rained. Get there early if you want to ride a Vrod. They had lines for each family of bikes and typically only had one of each bike there. They did have a Road King and a Screaming Eagle Road King. I would be willing to bet they will have the Sreaming Eagle Duece there. Man, I'm jealous! Have a great time.
 

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The demo rides are at the east side of the speedway. You sign up by showing a valid license with a motorcycle endorsement. I think boots and long pants are a requirement too. You then get in the line pertaining to what model you want to ride. The V-Rod and Buell rides are escorted by a lead rider. All other bikes are turned loose (no escort!) on a marked 4 mile or so loop (all city streets). Many riders hit 80 mph+ on the back stretches. It really gives you a chance to RIDE the bikes. I highly recommend you check it out.
 

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OK, one more question, and thanks for all the replies thus far!

If they do supply helmets, are they open face or full face? It may be a bit chilly this year, and I don't want my face to freeze off. We're taking the truck up since we're only going for the day and I'll likely drive 90+mph to get there. Should I tote my own helmet with me just to be safe?
 

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Why wait for bikefest, and for only 15 mins. Go to a local dealer, tell them your interested in a ride and want an oppiontment for a test ride. Bring your lic, boots, gloves, and helmet. I do it just to take rides on diff bikes, all makes, all diff dealers. Works for me. And the road is my track.
 

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Typically half helmets, open face. I agree with Ed Y take your own.
 

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yellowFatboy200 said:
Why wait for bikefest, and for only 15 mins. Go to a local dealer, tell them your interested in a ride and want an oppiontment for a test ride. Bring your lic, boots, gloves, and helmet. I do it just to take rides on diff bikes, all makes, all diff dealers. Works for me. And the road is my track.
That sounds all well and good, but I don't think it will work at the dealers around here. One of the guys I work with bought a Night Train recently, and they wouldn't even let him ride it before he gave them the $$.
I live in South Florida, land of the raging assholes, where customer service not only doesn't exist, but never did.
 

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I went over this morning and rode some bikes. The loop is actually 7 miles long. Started with a Deuce (was OK), the V-Rod (unimpressive, quirky handling), FXDWG (still a nice bike) and a FXDX. I also rode a Victory cruiser which was probably the most impressive bike I rode! Even tried out an Indian - wow, what a disappointment. Can you say "rattletrap." Virtually everyone on the group ride hated the way the Indians rode.

Will probably hop on a few more on Friday if the lines aren't too long.
 

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VXT , Victory , Indain Cheif and a Road King. The King was the best and the Cheif had the most power of the air cooled I road today.
 

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Norman74 said:

One of the guys I work with bought a Night Train recently, and they wouldn't even let him ride it before he gave them the $$.
And he still bought his ride their??? If it wasn't the only bike left in to 2 states. He should have laughed his asss out the door. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
 
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