So, I attended a Wounded Warriors benefit run hosted by the Yamaha/Suzuki dealer where I used to be a tech. I chose to ride my XT250 over the Stratoliner for several reasons. First, it's brand new to me with less than 250 miles on it, so I am still enjoying getting the feel of it. Second, I bought it at this dealership, and they ship two to a crate, so it's twin is on the showroom floor and I wanted to try to help sell it for them. Thirdly, I am a twenty year patch holder with an international M/C and I thought it would be good for new riders curious about clubs to see that we don't all have to ride behemoths.
I arrived a little early and was surprised that there were already probably 30 bikes lined up an hour before the ride started. The store owners were surprised as well, and scrambled to make everyone feel welcome. They sent someone out for multiple dozens of donuts and orange drinks and were excited about the crowd.
I hung out visiting with the employees, who I know, and the guests that I knew or met that day. Once registered, I received the run map to find out that the trip was mostly open hiway and the route to the second stop went right by my house. I had already did about 15 miles on the hiway to get there, and wasn't really interested in riding 99 miles with a bunch of cruisers that I wouldn't be able to keep up with, anyway. This was compounded by the fact that I am on nights and was supposed to be sleeping.
As I was getting ready to leave, several people commented on how they used to ride dual sports back in the day and they really loved my bike. One guy in particular came up and told me that he had been people watching in the parking lot the whole time and that my XT250 was the most looked at bike in the whole line of fancy Harleys, choppers, Geezer glides and decked out road bikes. This kinda made my day.
I meandered home on slower roads and went to sleep happy.
P.S. I found out last night that my daughter will be quitting her food service job to go to work for the dealership. more Happy.
'19 XT250, '13 Yamaha XV19 '04 Buell XB12R LightningBolt(4sale), '95 HD Springer, I want to swap XB/FZ1