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Nice write-up !

I've gone only twice,07 & 08 Good time & good crowds each time, along with good weather....and tons of vendors...+ a great parking lot show. And as you stated the area in general is just made for motorcycles.

I think attendance at all motorcycle events is down ? IMO due to mostly the economy.

My [annual] event is Mid-Ohio Vintage days & the SuperBike races. Big change in attendance at those as well.....:(....sign of the times I suppose.
 

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Sounds about right. Thanks :)
 

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I think attendance at all motorcycle events is down ? IMO due to mostly the economy.
There's that, but it could be that Wingers are getting on in age and don't really see the point. I love the area. I rode through there a few years ago. But last time I participated in Americade (98?) the rooms were overpriced, the cops were harassing people, the restaurants were strained and service was awful.

Personally, I prefer to visit when others ain't.

Hoot couldn't break even so it died. Broggy's prolly right about Americade too unless the cruiser people come to the rescue. That kinda get together better fits their party all night lifestyle than the blue hair early bird special crowd. Still, it was cool taking in rides to local attractions and restaurants by people who planned it out and knew where to go.

Oh well, we got GPS now I guess.
 

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The cruiser folk have definitely been encroaching on the GoldWingers territory. Every year, it seems like there's more Harleys and fewer gold wings. Granted, most of the Harleys are touring bikes, but not all of them.

This was my 15th Americade in a row. I can understand some people are starting to get tired of it.
 

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Paul: Ultimate shipped my old seat back to my house at no extra cost.
 

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Hey Broggyr,

Great write-up, thanks!

This was only our 2nd visit to Lake George and we had the same take away as you did. Last year was very busy during the week compared to this year. We arrived on Monday afternoon and left on Friday morning last year and Main St. and both vendor areas were very busy. We only did a day trip this year. We expected it to pick up on the last weekend and it sounds like it did somewhat. We were really surprised at the low rider and vendor attendance this year and I think there are many factors weighing in on the light rider attendance. Your prediction for the future of Americade may be a reality.

We are skipping Lake George next year because our plan is to go to either Myrtle Beach, SC or Helen, GA or both in May 2015.
 

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The cruiser folk have definitely been encroaching on the GoldWingers territory. Every year, it seems like there's more Harleys and fewer gold wings. Granted, most of the Harleys are touring bikes, but not all of them.

This was my 15th Americade in a row. I can understand some people are starting to get tired of it.
I think the Wing lost allot of it's appeal after 9/11..when the patriotic wave swept the country...jmo
 

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There's that, but it could be that Wingers are getting on in age and don't really see the point. I love the area. I rode through there a few years ago. But last time I participated in Americade (98?) the rooms were overpriced, the cops were harassing people, the restaurants were strained and service was awful.

Personally, I prefer to visit when others ain't.

Hoot couldn't break even so it died. Broggy's prolly right about Americade too unless the cruiser people come to the rescue. That kinda get together better fits their party all night lifestyle than the blue hair early bird special crowd. Still, it was cool taking in rides to local attractions and restaurants by people who planned it out and knew where to go.

Oh well, we got GPS now I guess.


The wingers are getting old :D we all are...I see more grey hair on motorcycles then ever before.

I agree about the crowds. I went to Americade twice...once out of curiosity & the next year because some friends wanted to go.
I just don't really care for the crowds . Sturgis, Bikeweek, etc...have no appeal at all too me.

My buddy [real Honda nut] talked me into going to the Hoot once...we both were sorry.

Ron
 

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I have gone to Americade for the last ten years as I only live an hour away. I normally just walk Main St and "bike and people watch." I think the best thing about Americade are the roads and the scenery. The Adirondack mountains have some of the nicest views you will ever see. And the best part is they are the same during the rally as they are all summer long. So if anyone is going to be in the area PM me and we can meet up and I will show you around. cheers
 

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I think the Wing lost allot of it's appeal after 9/11..when the patriotic wave swept the country...jmo
And then moved production from Ohio to Japan...

I have a buddy with a fine Ohio built machine. It bugged him. He says if he has to buy another bike it'll probably be a Vic and largely for that reason.
 

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There was a laundry list of multi day moto events in the northeast after Mem Day. Three competed for cycle dollars in NY in June. Harley Rendezvous, Americade and Am Jam. Am Jam is gone, dwindling numbers blamed on the police state, Rendezvous is still active, it's numbers reduced as well.

In the heyday of the 90's and early 21st century there was enough to go around but those days are over. These events are in direct competition with Laconia, which is for all intents and purposes a month long event with a concentrated week. It too though is reduced in size alongside Daytona and Sturgis.

Americade fashioned itself to be the event for the "other" motorcyclists. It worked when there were enough of each flavor to pay the bill for separate events. Those days are over. Now it has to compete for the same dollar as Laconia. The rolling hills of NY are a great take, but they just can't touch northern New England for motorcycle nirvana. Granted, Pop has a biased perspective but I had the luxury of choosing where to put down roots since I travel for work regardless. It was a nobrainer for me.
 

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And then moved production from Ohio to Japan...

I have a buddy with a fine Ohio built machine. It bugged him. He says if he has to buy another bike it'll probably be a Vic and largely for that reason.
I've heard both sides of that issue. Some say the Japan built are the better bikes...others say the Ohio built were better ?

I'm not so sure the "foreign" aspect was that big of a deal with the Wingers? in the beginning. The 1500 did not sell all that well...then 9/11 happened ,...then a friend of mine says women found out they could clothes shop at HD...:rolleyes: and well...?

Many of the 'old-guard' Wingers "Triked" them, and now HD has gotten on that bandwagon as well.
 

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I have no idea whether the USA 1800 is better or worse than the Japan 1800. I do know, in my opinion, I don't like the updated single lower taillight treatment.

Also, the XCT is much more comfortable for me that the GW ever was.
 

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Nice Blog.

I have not been to the Americade in quite a few years. It seems as though you have to pay for anything you do to include shop the vendors! I can just wait and go to Laconia and shop vendors free, park free and entertain myself for free. Also, I know a few people at that have gone to the Americade that get harassed by Police for their pipes. Bike running or not, if they're after market pipes, then its ticket time. Pretty hard to want to attend an event where you feel you have a chance for a ticket for showing up and then have to pay for everything you do when there is a free event not far away a week later.
 

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Good re cap, nice blog.

I too was at Americade this year, arrived on Friday left on Sunday, having nothing to really compare it too since it was my first time I enjoyed it for the most part. I rather enjoyed it being not that crowded. What I will say was sorely lacking was information, when I went to Holiday Inn to see what rides were available, wether I should buy a band, and how to get to the different events they really had no answers. Made it hard for a first timer.

Its funny my friend and I both test rode the Indian, and some Victorys. We really didn't care for the Indian at all, but loved the 2 XC's we test rode. Great test ride routes on both though.
 

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Nice Blog.

I have not been to the Americade in quite a few years. It seems as though you have to pay for anything you do to include shop the vendors! I can just wait and go to Laconia and shop vendors free, park free and entertain myself for free. Also, I know a few people at that have gone to the Americade that get harassed by Police for their pipes. Bike running or not, if they're after market pipes, then its ticket time. Pretty hard to want to attend an event where you feel you have a chance for a ticket for showing up and then have to pay for everything you do when there is a free event not far away a week later.
The registration fees are outrageous. That said, we haven't regististered for Americade proper since about 2007 (with the exception of 2012, which was the 30th anniversary).

Still cost me $10 to go see the vendors, but I mainly go there because of the friends I made. We all go riding together throughout the Adirondacks.
 

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Nice write up, broggyr.

I've never had much of a "herd" personality, preferring to go it alone or maybe with one friend, so big gatherings and "shows" don't interest me much.

My son has always been in to muscle cars and participates in those types of things, so I go see what's going on at the shows he frequents.

The sad thing is, that even those events are shrinking...dramatically.

Some say that it's the snotty attitude of the older guys toward the younger ones asking questions...some say everything costs ridiculous amounts of money...I don't know....but, there's no denying the participation is SHRINKING, for whatever reasons.

Kind of sad, I think...but most of the younger folks seem to prefer playing with little hand-held gadgets these days than actually doing something. :confused:

 

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"Kind of sad, I think...but most of the younger folks seem to prefer playing with little hand-held gadgets these days than actually doing something. "


I agree...I think the previous 'gear-head' segment of the male society has become the now 'tech-head' segment ?....electronic ~V~ mechanical....everything evolves I guess ?
 
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