As the 2007 riding season is fast coming and not too soon for us in the great white north, I thought it would be nice to recap some of the runs we attended in 2006.
The ABATE NY Freedom Rally was a success even though the rain came and the temperatures dropped.
The ABATE weekend started on Friday with rain all day.
Things got a slow start, then came Saturday and the sun came out. The Booze Fighters had a run at the same location, Wholly Cow in Schodack, on Saturday. ABATE saw a few people drift in and out all day. Sunday again came the rain and to everyone’s surprise they saw support coming in from mainly out of town chapters riding to the event in the rain. Sunday evening was a live band and great food, a small crowd but a great time. Monday morning, just in time for the rally ride to the NYS capital, the sun came out and the bikes started rolling in.
As far as we could tell there seemed to be about 200 bikes that showed for the ride.
We had a great time and will be back next year for this fun event.
Check out the pictures of the event at the Gallery link below.
2006 Road Dragons Bike Show
What a great group of guys. We arrived at the event in the rain and found all in attendance up-beat and ready to party. Joe Roy Jackson was rocking the bar and the burgers and dogs were on the BBQ, and the Road Dragons were making all in attendance feel welcomed. The rain did put a damper on the Bike Show as many of the show bikes did not venture out and get the chrome all messed up. But what the hey it was a great event, good people, great music, lots of food, and brotherhood.
There are a few pics in the gallery of the Road Dragons President TK showing his fun side with a pet goat……. LOL
BikerParties and BikerDater Live from AM-JAM 2006
22 years of BIKES, BABES & TATTOOS!
What can I say, this is one of the best national / local bike events BikerParties attends each year. This year there were a few changes and with changes comes a bit of confusion. The bands were moved from the main stage to a big tent in back of the grandstands. This made for an up-close bar club type experience but lacked seating for us old guys that just can’t stand on our feet for hours on end. As always the Lady Legs and Wet T-shirt contests brought out some great looking ladies that were willing to show their stuff. The weekend had its share of sun and rain and an impromptu Mud wrestling contest broke out between a few young ladies. Our favorite place to eat was there, the Pancake Guy and of course spedies. The event had a good deal of vendors and everywhere you looked were great custom bikes for viewing and for sale. The Bike Show proved to be a great time. And the Tattoo Show had a line up of great art work. Now all we have to do is hold on and look forward to AM-JAM 2007.
Some great photos from Am-Jam are available right at the Am-Jam website.
BikerParties and BikerDater at Americade 2006 Run Report
Americade was wet and cold this year. We all spent most the time looking to stay dry or warm. Friday evening we had a great dinner at Stony Creek Inn in Stony Creek, NY. We did get a chance to go into Warrensburg for some great shopping. Warrensburg has become a great place to find all types of vendors. It also seems they have better deals, and this could be due to cheaper vendor spaces. The parking is better than in Lake George and the local business people are welcoming; you have the great feeling of a stellar event all around you. We then jumped on the Northway then headed south to the first Lake George exit and headed south on 9 to the Indian Village to shop for leather and t-shirts. The deals were great and the crowd was large. This is the first year we did not make it into Lake George. I personally think charging $10.00 a head to view vendors is a huge rip off so we opted not to go to the Tour Expo area. I have been going to Americade for 20 years and have seen it grow from an event where you could have a great time and not feel like you were being taken advantage of to what is now a ‘raise the prices on everything’ event. A friend even noticed that at the local Price Chopper market not a single item was on sale. All the Lake George area gas stations were at least 9 cents higher than the gas 5 miles south. The good news is there are small towns all around Lake George where you can go and still get a fair shake.
2006 report from Albany Renegade Pigs Annual Pig Roast
Renegade Pigs (Albany Chapter) hosted their annual Pig Roast at the Nassau VFW Post, Lyons Lake Rd. & Rte. 20, Nassau, NY…12:00PM until??? Beer, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, clam chowder and PIG. Music by ‘Poor Dead Molly’…bike games, vendors, tattoos…
Ok, lets be honest here, I had no idea what to expect going to an event hosted by a Law Enforcement Club. But these guys and ladies know how to throw a party. Great bikes, lovely ladies in the wet t-shirt contest. Well organized bike games and some of the best event food I have ever eaten. The crowd was big and everyone was respectful of each other.
They had a power outage mid-afternoon and within an hour one of their members showed up with a generator to run the whole event, the band started up again and when we headed out at 7PM the party was still going strong.