Friday, May 21, 2010

21 May 2010 - Back from holiday to US

On 27 April we set off on a holiday to the US which included a 9 night cruise of the Caribbean. So, no bike riding during this period. As we travelled through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland it becomes quickly obvious that you are in the land of Harley Davidson. The number of people cruising on their HD's is amazing and even more amazing is the size of a HD dealership. Typically the size of a large supermarket, with parking for hundreds of bikes the HD stores buzz with activity particularly on the weekends. People gather from all around for a bit of shopping, catching up with other riders and to eat from the vans which supply hot dogs and hamburgers in the parking lot.

We pulled in to have a look at one HD store not far from Gettysburg PA. The place was rocking.

As well as bikes and spare parts the range of clothing and accessories for the whole family is truly astounding. One thing is immediately obvious - the price of a HD is about half of the same model in Australia. Yes folks, even allowing for transport costs, we're being ripped off.

Arrived home Wednesday afternoon and have ridden the Honda to work Thursday and Friday. A bit chilly but hanging out for a ride after nearly four weeks without.

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