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Title: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: chief on July 29, 2013, 15:00:53 PM
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Hello Everyone.......I hosted Drift-In 09 in Cherokee & now I am Hosting for a 2nd time in Maggie Valley, NC.    Just wanted to keep you all updated.


The Official dates for Drift-In 2014 will be:   August 13-14-15-16    To many events going on in June and rates were high at all motels and it just wasn't a good time to have the rally.   Some said that July was not good for them so it left August.   

I searched in person about 12 possible sites for the Dog Pound and many where too high dollar, rooms were crappy, no pool or wi-fi, not enough rooms to hold us all, some people just were not really wanting the biker crowd.   I did notice that most motels in Maggie Valley are now 100% smoke free in the rooms. 
 

I did find just the right place for us on Monday and the owner offered me deals on rooms that were 30% to 50% off of what others were charging for below standard rooms.    The owner wanted the Drifter Riders and she showed me that in prices.   I will announce the price details in the next few days.   
 

This is what we have now:   45 units total.   Half the rooms are Creek side and this is a big white water creek & they have private balconies overlooking the creek with rocking chairs.    The standard rooms do not have the private balconies.  This is a 2 floor Lodge.   All rooms are NO SMOKING, but you can smoke outside in front of your room or on your back deck (creekside) or anywhere on the property.   PLEASE NO FLICKING BUTTS ONTO THE PARKING LOT OR YARD.   If you smoke in your room, then you will have to pay $100 times the amount of nights you stay.     
 

Between the lodge and the creek are 3 fire pits with plastic yard chairs around each one.    We can build fires and owner will supply the wood.   You will be sitting 3-10 feet away from a rushing white water creek.    There are grills back there for our us to use.    Now the rushing creek out back is also full of Trout......so fishermen....bring your rods and reels!!!!   


There is an indoor pool that is open all night long (never closes).   There's also a small play set area for the kids.   Most rooms will have awesome mountain views to look at on a rocking chair in front of the room.   For all you intellectual types, there is a big room next to the office with nice furniture, couches, recliner, chairs....just one huge room.   
 

There are places to wash our bikes.   An ice machine & a Pop machine.   There is also a laundry room with 2 washers and 2 dryers...very nice updated ones.  Many other biker clubs stay here year after year.   

This Lodge is also rated the 3rd BEST hotel/motel to stay at in Maggie Valley.   The rooms are large, very clean and toilets are the elongated ones.   

Some rooms have Jacuzzi tubs, some are Kitchenettes, some are standard king, 2 queens, 2 doubles.   There are 4 units that are perfect for families and have rooms opening into another room.   If you are going to bring your kids, ask the owner about which room will suit you and your family best and she will work with you.   Each room does have a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.   There is also a 2 bedroom apartment.   
  No pets allowed.


There is a 7 day minimum notice to cancel or you get charged for one night.  When I post prices of rooms in 1-3 days, I will post the link to the Lodge and you can see the room prices yourself and you will be shocked at the prices the owner is giving us.   

This Lodge has everything for our group.   There is a gas station 100 feet away that sells beer and a state store down the road.   There is also a small night club across the street.

Drift-In 2014 is going to be a blast and full of surprises.   You all need to be here for this.   There will be rides for all levels of riders, discounts for attractions, am working on a band to play for us.    You will all have a rare opportunity to see a 911 Memorial that has (2) I-beams from the World Trade Centers.  Don't forget that Wheels thru Time Motorcycle Museum is here in Maggie Valley. 

Mark your calendars now and make your reservations right away.   If you want quiet at night, then reserve a standard room.   If you want to hear a rushing white water creek and everyone talking and getting wild late night, then get a Creekside room.   

This is it...August 13-14-15-16 of 2014 for a Kicking Great & Unfogettable Drift-In.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 07, 2013, 06:53:36 AM
Since we're going to be in Maggie Valley, who wants to go to Wheels Through Time (http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/tm/) and see their HUGE collection of vintage bikes??

The website seems a bit wonky, but there are GOBS of vids on Youtube of the museum, as well as from his current  show "What's in the Barn?".

 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCvQ5EU_ZnU&feature=c4-overview&list=UUMkl9z3-VTPE7lOXOjKcoUg)


Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: racemom91 on August 07, 2013, 10:46:13 AM
Definitely!  On the museum, etc.!!!!!  Count us in!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 09, 2013, 21:03:23 PM
 I'm in too. Booked my room today, now people start to send your dollar to me.....lol......
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 14, 2013, 07:59:51 AM
I'm in too. Booked my room today, now people start to send your dollar to me.....lol......

Did you get a creekside room or a parking lot side room?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on August 14, 2013, 18:36:54 PM
I'm in too. Booked my room today, now people start to send your dollar to me.....lol......
So what's the PO box?  Can't send a dollar via email!! ;)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 15, 2013, 22:17:48 PM
 ;)  never to proud ....

1145 Copeland St
North Bay, ON
P1B 3E9

lol

 DC I told the very polite person (female) that I was not picky about the room as long as the A/C worked and it was cold at night, had a working fridge, an a TV, because I can sleep most anyplace once I am tired. Told her just to put me someplace and I would be most happy.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 16, 2013, 22:53:34 PM
Okay.  I'm thinking of getting a parking lot side room.  I might bring a video camera and have it trained on the parking lot all night.

I have to wait to get through some bills (a refi), then I can make my reservation, but I AM making it to the 2014 Drift-In.  Not willing to let work get in the way this time around.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 17, 2013, 21:19:02 PM
Quote
I'm thinking of getting a parking lot side room.  I might bring a video camera and have it trained on the parking lot all night.

 Why?

 We will just have D1 doing sentry duty all night for us.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 19, 2013, 09:09:51 AM
Why?

 We will just have D1 doing sentry duty all night for us.

Didn't know he signed up for it.

Besides, I'm a light sleeper.  So I thought I'd pick the quiet side, if there is such a thing there.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 19, 2013, 14:44:33 PM
   now that you made that public knowledge you think people are going to let you sleep.......lol......
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 19, 2013, 16:26:09 PM
  I know I didn't really know what to expect when I went this year, and I also know that you guys don't either. The location is in a mountain riding area, only about 70 miles from the Dragon. WolfChief is the host, and he promised it would be "KICK-ASS", so I have a pretty good idea what he meant, after attending this year. These people are not like the typical "bikers" you find at the harley-centric gatherings or even Sturgis...They are all about the ride. We left at 08:00 and didn't get back 'till around 16:00 each day...Meals were all planned and brilliantly executed....so if you want to ride after you ride there, and eat.... ;D, then this group is just what you need. I had a blast. The last time I had this much fun at a "rally" was in Wyoming, in 1988...I rode 500 miles with the group, over 3 days...so I would suspect this is a pretty good indicator of what to expect....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: FloridaDrifter on August 19, 2013, 18:35:05 PM
+1 on Troll's observations.  Didn't know a soul (other than from posts on this forum) and I was taken in from the moment my kickstand touched the parking lot.  Good folks that you'll be glad to ride with.  If you're on the fence because you don't know anybody...just go.

I'm going to have a shortened stay at the DI next year (probably Fri & Sat only thanks to the career), but I will start counting down the days (probably in January).  Wouldn't miss it.

Bryan
(with a B and an R)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 19, 2013, 18:43:54 PM
So, Bryan, you're going to make it, after all great! Did you look at the video I sent you?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: FloridaDrifter on August 19, 2013, 18:59:39 PM
Just sat down and watched the rest.  My wife says she's glad she didn't go, would've scared her to death.  This from a woman who has jumped out of airplanes.  Great video!

Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 19, 2013, 19:42:01 PM
Thank you. The dvd is almost done. I have been editing and it's going to have to be a dual layer dvd to get it all in....I had over 6 hours of raw video files to work on
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 20, 2013, 07:37:28 AM
   now that you made that public knowledge you think people are going to let you sleep.......lol......

Well, I barely sleep anyway.  So I might as well be watching the bikes.

Not sure about bringing the suede jacket and glue-on mustache though.    ;)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 20, 2013, 09:10:13 AM
  you bring the suede coat and glue on 'stach and I'll bring my trench coat and my 'stach.

http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/store/vict_mens_22.php

we will out shine them for sure....lol.....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 20, 2013, 10:54:48 AM
Sounds like a plan!   ;D
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 20, 2013, 11:09:26 AM
Oh boy...I gotta see this! don't forget your name tags!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 20, 2013, 11:45:02 AM
with the  ;D

  Hi my name is :                          Hi my name is :
  CDNRatMan  ;D                               DC   ;D

  Hi my name is :                          Hi my name is :
   Petemoss  ;D                             GreenBarn   ;D

  Hi my name is :                          Hi my name is :
     Troll  ;D                                       PC   ;D

like this eh! pretty easy,.....lol......
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: LarryInSeattle on August 21, 2013, 00:51:16 AM
2800 miles one way for me.  I wish it was closer as I only moto-camp so that is a good 6 days each way doing 500 a day. 
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 21, 2013, 07:32:11 AM
Oh boy...I gotta see this! don't forget your name tags!

Be careful what you wish for.   :o   ;)   ;D
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: IBI-UBU on August 21, 2013, 23:35:31 PM
I'm in too. Booked my room today, now people start to send your dollar to me.....lol......

Where do I book a room...I will go in 2014...and I'd like to be creekside...my calendar is already marked...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: IBI-UBU on August 21, 2013, 23:36:55 PM
never mind...just got my answer... :o....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 22, 2013, 12:27:26 PM
       Hi my name is :
         IBI-UBU  ;D

 see how easy the name tags are.....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: IBI-UBU on August 22, 2013, 15:09:24 PM
 ;D  LOL...Thanks RatMan...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on August 27, 2013, 09:27:12 AM
2723 miles.....and my room is booked.....parking lot side....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 27, 2013, 12:39:30 PM
  Cool and I'll be looking for you......lol.....

   Hi mine name is :
      49 Reo  ;D

 This name tag thing is so easy.........
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on August 27, 2013, 13:13:32 PM
Well, since you volunteered, YOU get to make everybody's name tags.....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 27, 2013, 17:57:58 PM
  Already done......
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 27, 2013, 19:45:27 PM
ok we are off now to Drift in we have a start on our fund, got this in the mail today and no names mentioned, but this person is now off the angel picture list and on the good person list......
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on August 27, 2013, 21:30:48 PM
Looks like one down, 'bout 999 to go.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 27, 2013, 21:32:00 PM
   ;) going to sell my blood and a few other things over the winter to make up the difference.

  and I have your name tag ready.....lol....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 28, 2013, 08:01:50 AM
RatMan,

Do you accept Monopoly money?   ;D   ;)

(http://www.worldofmonopoly.com/fansite/images/money/monopoly_money_1.jpg)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 28, 2013, 20:51:04 PM
  That will not even get you a name tag, but it will get you an extra large angel picture or a med speedo layout.....your choice....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on August 28, 2013, 22:12:48 PM
  That will not even get you a name tag, but it will get you an extra large angel picture or a med speedo layout.....your choice....

And I don't think he's talking "SPEEDOMETER" here DC... :o
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 29, 2013, 07:56:16 AM
  That will not even get you a name tag, but it will get you an extra large angel picture or a med speedo layout.....your choice....

 :o
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 29, 2013, 07:57:33 AM

And I don't think he's talking "SPEEDOMETER" here DC... :o

 :o
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 29, 2013, 14:37:38 PM
  oh no not SPEEDOMETOR......but my rather large carcass in a speedo bathing suit, or a hammock for my .............or dental floss.......ok enough said ...DC now we need real funds......
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 30, 2013, 08:06:59 AM
  oh no not SPEEDOMETOR......but my rather large carcass in a speedo bathing suit, or a hammock for my .............or dental floss.......ok enough said ...DC now we need real funds......

NO, NOT THAT!!!!!!!!     :o

I'm on my way to the bank, as we speak!!!!!    :o
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: ventoracing on September 17, 2013, 14:13:59 PM
Only 800 mi from my location.... Count me in!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 1SG CAV on September 25, 2013, 12:54:29 PM
looks like I will be making the ride to drift-in 2014, If my wife don't make the trip. Then I'll ride the whole 2600 miles from Salem Oregon. I have family in Charlotte, NC that I want to see also. If the wife goes then I'll have to trailer the bike behind the motorhome. Will be bidding for shift and vacation for next year in two weeks.

Ride with Pride
 
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on November 03, 2013, 09:54:53 AM
T- 283 days..... got your reservations yet. :o .... we do......... whoop whoop....... 8)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on December 19, 2013, 07:53:20 AM
I'm curious, but at the risk of sounding sacrilegious, is anyone trailering their bike down?  I'm not sure my back can take the ride all the way down and back.  I'd rather arrive with a usable back and butt for riding at the meet, than end up crippled over in pain for most of the time there.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on December 19, 2013, 09:16:46 AM
The one I went to was about 50% trailer. I'm riding, but then I always ride to things. I think the percentage of people riding is higher than that of Sturgis, so that shows you another difference in rider type!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on December 19, 2013, 15:22:14 PM
  DC you have to do what is best for you.........
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on December 21, 2013, 16:46:20 PM
Get there anyway you can...just get there. ;D
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on December 21, 2013, 22:46:21 PM
I'm curious, but at the risk of sounding sacrilegious, is anyone trailering their bike down?  I'm not sure my back can take the ride all the way down and back.  I'd rather arrive with a usable back and butt for riding at the meet, than end up crippled over in pain for most of the time there.
I'd say, man it doesn't matter to me.  Shouldnt' be a big deal to anybody else, either- like you said better to trailer it and be able to ride, than to ride the whole trip there and be laid up in bed the whole time.  Ratman might give you grief, but he's gonna give you grief anyway about something....   :o

Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on December 21, 2013, 22:52:19 PM
   
Quote
Ratman might give you grief, but he's gonna give you grief anyway about something....   :o

  now why would you slander my good name so.......I would not give him grief, if you noticed earlier I told him he needs to do what he needs to do, you would be so lucky to be as able as DC is at his age, heck you will be lucky to live as long as DC, you know he was a VIP passenger on the Ark. So do not pick on the poor man.......
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on December 22, 2013, 10:58:47 AM
   
  now why would you slander my good name so.......I would not give him grief, if you noticed earlier I told him he needs to do what he needs to do, you would be so lucky to be as able as DC is at his age, heck you will be lucky to live as long as DC, you know he was a VIP passenger on the Ark. So do not pick on the poor man.......

....my point exactly.... ;D ;D
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Eagle on December 22, 2013, 20:49:37 PM
Maggie Valley,  was banning all rallies , etc. due to a lot of citizens and businesses complaining about motorcycle groups there.  Has that changed ? ?

Another 'heads up'.......  we were at a motel that had no smoking, and "never" smoked in the room.  However,  was around the fire pit, which left a smoky smell on some clothes which I  put into a plastic bag when I changed.   However,   they "smelled" what I can only assume was the smoky clothes from being around the fire,  and claimed I had been smoking in the room (never did )  and wanted me to pay a 'fee'.  So,  a caution for anyone around the fire pits.....  you could get 'accused', and how do you prove your innocence ? .   
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on December 22, 2013, 21:57:32 PM
   
  now why would you slander my good name so.......I would not give him grief, if you noticed earlier I told him he needs to do what he needs to do, you would be so lucky to be as able as DC is at his age, heck you will be lucky to live as long as DC, you know he was a VIP passenger on the Ark. So do not pick on the poor man.......

And that was back when you could have as many wives as you wanted and no one batted an eye.  I don't care if people don't like it.  That's just how I live.  A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on January 07, 2014, 14:03:45 PM
Well, I finally took the plunge and made my room reservations for Maggie Valley.  So I'm definitely planning to go, God willing.   

I have one question, though  - can anybody tell me what I would miss if I wasn't able to go down early enough to be there for the Wed. 8/13 day?   I know there probably isn't a definite schedule yet, but I figured there will probably be a ride scheduled for that day??  Anybody have any rough schedule together yet?? 

Come on warm weather....   ;D
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: racemom91 on January 14, 2014, 11:27:34 AM
Wow, I haven't been on here in a while...

Trailering:  We trailered last year - not my preferred method of travel, but the old man has a rotten back and as mentioned above, better to arrive ready to rock n roll than all crippled up in pain for the week.  Anybody with an issue - well it's their issue!  I personally would ride it if somebody wants to come trailer with the hubby  ;D  And as for Sturgis - I was out there in 12 - actually I rode thru to Bozeman MT and back - thoses posers do NOT ride in! Oh yeah, some do - but 90% of the bikes I saw were heading in on trailers!  In their defense however, if I were to ride it again (from NE Indiana) - I would trailer to the SD/IA border - nothing to see in Indiana, Iowa or Illinois except Corn and pigs - and you can't carry in IL!

Last year there was a ride on Wed. at Drift In, we missed it as we assumed that was check in day only and arrived late in the day.  Whenever you get there will work out just fine - many were there for the whole time, some were way early and several made it only for the weekend - I'm sure Chief is doing a great job planning and their will be plenty to do no matter when you arrive!
Last year's format was to ride during the day and chill at night.

We are looking forward to 2014 Drift In! 
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on January 14, 2014, 13:00:29 PM
I made the same assumption about Wed. as you did, and missed the ride, but stayed for the thunderstorm! Won't make that mistake again..This was the most fun I EVER had riding with a group. I always hated group rides, but this is VERY different from the usual, how do I put this...H-D type ride!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on January 16, 2014, 11:57:29 AM
Last year I arrived in Helen, Ga on Thursday evening and it was getting dark so I had to find a campsite. I didn't go into town until Friday morning. Had a great time!
Only 7 months till Drift-In 2014...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on January 16, 2014, 21:07:09 PM
So when do you plan to get there THIS year?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on January 17, 2014, 07:19:33 AM
I'm thinking I will arrive late morning of the 14 and stay Thur night, Friday night, Saturday night.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on February 11, 2014, 17:28:22 PM
RESERVATION MADE!!!!!!!  I just finished a great conversation with Carol.

I just got a room with one bed.  Leaving the wives at home.  I like going solo most of the time.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: FloridaDrifter on February 11, 2014, 18:56:29 PM
Room booked.  Now 6 months of...............................waiting.  Is it time yet?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: racemom91 on February 13, 2014, 14:11:03 PM
Hey - is there a page to actually register for Drift In 2014 yet?  or not?  I reserved room, but seems like I still need to register.....and Collin just let me know he's taking off work and coming with us.....so 3 bikes...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on February 16, 2014, 18:32:35 PM
Sigh.... I am soooo over winter... All this snow/ice/cold weather is for the people who live up north.... there is a reason that I live in the South for and well this is not it...LOL... I heard my poor bike  :'( crying the other night.... I do believe that it is feeling neglected...lol..

But I will ride next Saturday no matter the weather I have a benefit ride to do for a young boy who has stage IV non-hodgins lymphoma... :(

We will be getting to Maggie Valley that Tuesday... So we can get a little rest from the ride there before we start the group rides.. and I agree with Troll I had fun and meet many new people.. Cant wait too do it again!!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on February 16, 2014, 19:07:14 PM
Hey - is there a page to actually register for Drift In 2014 yet?  or not?  I reserved room, but seems like I still need to register.....and Collin just let me know he's taking off work and coming with us.....so 3 bikes...

Looks to me like the main Drift-In website is:
http://www.drift-in.org/index.html

They have a registration page on there.   Guess I'd better register...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on February 16, 2014, 19:11:55 PM
Hey, there Mr. Barn....I've been working on a route that takes me a 100 miles out of my way so I can stop in at your place, and we can go together....Still in the rough planning stages, but we might be able to collect a couple of others as we go....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on February 16, 2014, 19:36:48 PM
I'd be quite honored if you would do that, Troll.  I believe Ratman is already possibly swinging by here as well, as I'm almost directly on his way down.  What day to you plan to make the trip?

That would be really cool is we could also meet up someplace on the way with the folks from over East yonder, and all ride down together.   
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on February 17, 2014, 08:54:12 AM
I'd be quite honored if you would do that, Troll.  I believe Ratman is already possibly swinging by here as well, as I'm almost directly on his way down.  What day to you plan to make the trip?

That would be really cool is we could also meet up someplace on the way with the folks from over East yonder, and all ride down together.
I'm thinking Monday afternoon, so we could finish the (one day) ride to Maggie Valley from your place. I don't want to miss the "opening ceremonies" Here's a copy of the plan, as it is right now....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on February 17, 2014, 20:00:51 PM
What?  I39 all that way??  You act like you don't want to go through CHICAGO!...   

Sounds like a plan.   Sounds like I need to get Tuesday off from the boss....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on February 17, 2014, 20:49:23 PM
I would rather go through Des Moines on my way than $hitc@go. Are you up for a long day on Tuesday? About 475 from your house...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on February 17, 2014, 21:04:52 PM
Guess I'll have to be....   ;D  If it gets too rough, leave me by the side of the road and I'll catch up later...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on February 18, 2014, 08:36:34 AM
I'm still refining the route. I have to balance time constraints against traffic patterns...I still have a few months to get it where I want it...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on February 18, 2014, 19:58:43 PM
I sure appreciate all the time you're putting in the route/schedule.  Saves me the trouble....   I was hoping to minimize the interstates and make use of as many lesser roads as possible, but I realize that's really hard to do that when going that far.

What are the chances of veering the route slightly to the East to meet up  with the NY contingent?   
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on February 19, 2014, 09:12:16 AM
I didn't look at the second day, yet, so maybe. I had planned to take it easy on the second leg and only do the 475...I am getting older, you know...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on February 20, 2014, 21:11:26 PM
I can certainly understand that! It will be your second long day in a row, so the direct route will probably be best.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on February 20, 2014, 22:02:19 PM
Sure hope I can make it!! I'm registered, room booked, all that, but not lookin' good for going. :(
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on February 21, 2014, 20:14:40 PM
Sure hope I can make it!! I'm registered, room booked, all that, but not lookin' good for going. :(

Well, I sure hope you can make it, 49!!   Seems like you owe me a beer or something ....   ;D

I hope it works out for you though..
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on February 22, 2014, 10:24:50 AM
Or 2....or something! Yes, I really hope I can make it too, sounds like a great time. Fingers crossed...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on March 14, 2014, 13:32:25 PM
...only 5 months from today.  8)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: moosewing3 on March 22, 2014, 15:56:21 PM
Just noticed this was happening at the same time as Drift In in Maggie Valley.

http://www.maggievalleyrallys.com/maggie-valley-summer-rally/
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: moosewing3 on April 06, 2014, 18:25:26 PM
Just requested my leave for the Drift In!! Going to be leaving from a BK run in NYC and will head to NC, three weeks on the bike. Woohoo!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on April 07, 2014, 11:02:45 AM
No Drift-in for me. Had to cancel my reservations in Maggie Valley. Maybe next year, I hope.  :'(
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on April 07, 2014, 20:26:27 PM
Man, I'm awfully sorry to hear that!  For one thing, I was looking forward to meeting you.  Secondly, now Ratman will have to find somebody else to pick on, which could be me, if I make it there!   Hopefully, if possible, maybe it will still work out.  If it's not meant to be, hopefully next year.

Take care.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on April 07, 2014, 20:55:15 PM
What do you mean "if"? I'm coming to stay at your house Monday night, and dragging you to Maggie Valley on Tuesday morning!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on April 07, 2014, 21:03:38 PM
  I might not even talk to you Gb..........

  now Troll might be my new best buddy, just for that .............

 and how many case of Canadian beer can I get down there.....on the Drifter........
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on April 07, 2014, 21:16:29 PM
IF I can make it down, I would have to fly down and rent a bike, likely a Harley, and get a room somewhere else. I cancelled my room already so that's out.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on April 07, 2014, 21:45:10 PM
What do you mean "if"? I'm coming to stay at your house Monday night, and dragging you to Maggie Valley on Tuesday morning!
Well, that's the plan, God willing....  as long as nothing bad comes up!

  I might not even talk to you Gb..........
  now Troll might be my new best buddy, just for that .............
 and how many case of Canadian beer can I get down there.....on the Drifter........

I haven't had a Moosehead or a Molson  for a long time!

IF I can make it down, I would have to fly down and rent a bike, likely a Harley, and get a room somewhere else. I cancelled my room already so that's out.

Well, IF something changes I'm sure you could bunk with Ratman!!  I'd volunteer, but I snore pretty loud!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on May 07, 2014, 15:36:37 PM
I am registered, and have my room reserved starting Tuesday night....I don't want to miss anything on Wednesday...Only 3 months and 6 days to go!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on May 07, 2014, 15:54:46 PM
Are you guys saying ALL the rooms are already booked up ?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on May 07, 2014, 15:58:18 PM
Get on your horse, there were 45 rooms initially, and the woman I spoke to said there were only a "few" left...like maybe 6 or 7!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on May 07, 2014, 18:35:12 PM
Well looks like I'll try to make drift-in 2015 as the rooms are booked solid .
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on May 07, 2014, 19:11:06 PM
 8) sigh...is it time yet??  :o
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on May 11, 2014, 18:22:30 PM
Last year I was late getting in and stayed at a nearby campground. You could do that and ride over and join the festivities.
Don't let the room being booked discourage you. There will also be some rooms that will become available if folks cancel.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on May 11, 2014, 20:34:02 PM
Last year I was late getting in and stayed at a nearby campground. You could do that and ride over and join the festivities.
Don't let the room being booked discourage you. There will also be some rooms that will become available if folks cancel.
Yea - what he said...   Do not lose hope D1.  Bunk w/ Ratman.... ;D
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on May 11, 2014, 20:52:58 PM
    I have reserved a second floor parking lot side room. It has 2 beds, and since I usually use just one at a time...I was thinking that splitting the cost 50/50 would benefit both of us. I'm expecting Greenbarn to be riding in on Tuesday with me from his house, but if he can't make it, I'm open to suggestions...I reserved the room starting Tuesday night, so the whole price for the room for 5 nights is $267.50.....lemme know what you think....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on May 11, 2014, 22:16:19 PM
Troll, Still planning on it! ;D

D1 - You'd be welcome to bunk with me, but I don't remember for certain, but I'm thinking my reservation is for a single queen bed. SO, I don't think that would work out that well for bunking with me - I'm told I snore.   And there's no way I'm spooning you, either.... :o
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on May 12, 2014, 08:19:56 AM
Ok, then...looks like I still have an open space...The offer will remain in effect until either somebody takes me up on it, or it's time to ride home...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on May 12, 2014, 14:27:28 PM
Ok, then...looks like I still have an open space...The offer will remain in effect until either somebody takes me up on it, or it's time to ride home...
NO, I'm saying he should take your spot -I think I just have one bed....   
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on May 13, 2014, 10:36:40 AM
GB  " SPOON " and " SNORE "  :o No thanks buddy , but my wife says that's boarder line of cheating  ;D :D ;) Thanks , ( I think ? ) for the offer though ..... LMAO

Troll I'll take you up on the offer , if it's still available ? I really appreciate it and know Ventoracing will be glad to hear the news as were riding down together from NY .

Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on May 13, 2014, 11:39:31 AM
Ok, then it's a deal. I'll be there on Tuesday night....just a couple of N.Y. bikers.....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on May 13, 2014, 21:30:41 PM
Sounds good and thank you Troll , as I've been looking forward to meeting fellow riders as well as seeing what upgrades others have accomplished .
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on May 14, 2014, 08:34:06 AM
If anything changes, like I have to cancel (I don't think so, but it is 3 months away), I'll let you know as soon as I know.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on May 14, 2014, 10:11:26 AM
 8) ;)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: chief on May 28, 2014, 08:43:17 AM



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I just learned that there has been some sort of a recent mix-up when making reservations at the Dog Pound.   There are 8 rooms left.   Drift-In 14 dates are Aug. 13-14-15-16.   There are rooms available before and after those dates.   Seems like someone at the front desk taking reservations got confused about the dates.   The Owner notified me of this and says its all good now.  [/size]There are 8 rooms left.   If you are one of those last minute people.....please make reservations ASAP.   [/color][/size][/font]
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Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 02, 2014, 20:31:07 PM
As of today, I still have my 2 bed room, and it's still available for sharing to cut down on costs...let me know what's happening.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on June 02, 2014, 20:50:18 PM
Troll I'm still going roommate ... LOL . Maybe there was some confusion in the pm . I just wanted to be sure you were still cool with this being rooms were available , is all . Sorry for the confusion .
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 02, 2014, 21:27:09 PM
OK...I like saving money.. I'm going to be there Tuesday evening..when do you expect to arrive?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on June 02, 2014, 21:34:31 PM
D1?  How are your going to get BOTH bikes there??  Because, I know you won't be able to decide which one to take! 
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on June 03, 2014, 03:57:17 AM
Troll , Ventoracing had it planned to leave on the 11th and arrive on the 13th . I'll get the final details as soon as I get them , but right know that's the plan .

GB , hmmmm never thought about that ... LOL ... Maybe I can have Ventoracing's fiance ride one down so he doesn't have to put his two up set up on .... LOL
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: chief on June 09, 2014, 12:09:14 PM

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Getting the T-shirts is a gonna cost me a huge amount of $$$ upfront.   So I am going to put in an order the First part of July while I can afford it. 
This means you all have til Monday June 30 to reserve yourself a Custom made Rally T-shirt.   
I will try to order a few extras depending on the money, but don't count on it.   
So if you haven't already registered, do so now. 
If you don't want to register but have reservations to make it to Drift-In this year or have every intention on being there or if you just want a T-shirt, then please E-mail me Personally at  wolfchief@charter.net 
I will need your FULL NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL ADDRESS along with your SHIRT SIZE & QUANTITY.     
 
Your Rally Host Chief
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on June 09, 2014, 22:20:55 PM
I would like to check on and/or verify my registration if possible - how would I do that?  I remember registering, but it's been several months, and just wanted to be reminded what I specified in T shirts, etc.

Also, I don't remember seeing anywhere what the fee is for the Drift-in?  I'm guessing there is a fee to cover the T-shirt, misc expenses, etc. etc.??   I couldn't find that info on the Drift-In pages? 

Thanks, and looking forward to it.  64 days to go... I REALLY need to get the 1500 mods started...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on June 13, 2014, 16:35:29 PM
O.K. Boys....I'm in. Got the kitchen pass, made a reservation, but only thru Thursday night, checking out Friday...that's what was left. Probably the room over the boiler next to the creek and the ice machine....but I took it. I'll play it by ear once I get there.

Ratman - make me a nametag...will send you $1 for the beer fund, if that's all you need.

Drift1 - I'm coming from Maryland and haven't set the route yet. My estimate is 9 to 10 hours, so planning on doing that on Tuesday 8/12. Do you know where you will be on Tuesday...I could try to hook up with you along the road.

Did put a new front tire on....decided to wait on checking the valves but wouldn't let the dealer do it after he gave me the price...so should make it.

Look forward to meeting this crew. So look for black on black with the rattle canned RH.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on June 13, 2014, 16:47:24 PM
Kw that's great man ! Glad your able to attend . I haven't heard from Ventoracing in some time now . He's the one who has planned out the itinerary for this trip , but sure we can link up with you on our way down . I’ll get in contact with him and have him post here .
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 13, 2014, 18:28:55 PM
Bring some pictures of your W...I will of mine. The last one I saw was at Helen, last year and it was, well, less than spectacular...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 13, 2014, 19:31:28 PM
Just giving this a little (maybe too much) thought..BUT, Ratman, be sure to note down the mileage on your odometer when you leave home, and when you arrive. Since yours is going to be metric, we will have to multiply it by .625 to get a real number. Last year there was a prize on Saturday night for the longest distance RIDDEN to the rally. I missed by 15 miles....
  My calculations indicate your trip should be 1018 miles, mine, 1167...maybe I'll win this year. Greenbarn won't even be in the running, with less than 500...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on June 13, 2014, 19:47:31 PM
  Troll if one was to take the distance from Micro Soft Streets and maps as accurate

 my ride down through Detroit would be 1653.2 km. and from Lacrosse WI to Maggie Valley is 1471.2 km.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 13, 2014, 19:53:15 PM
Yeah, but I'm going to Greenbarn's house first, and picking him up on the way by....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on June 13, 2014, 20:38:45 PM
  ok so you going to let him ride on the pillion seat behind you...........

 and you win.....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 13, 2014, 20:43:39 PM
  ok so you going to let him ride on the pillion seat behind you...........

 and you win.....
Hoping he will ride his brand new 1500
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on June 13, 2014, 21:17:41 PM
OK, boys, let's settle this:
1) no riding on Troll's pillion for me.
2) Ratman, why don't you take off a day early, head on over to Troll's and pick him up - on your way both of you to pick me up at my house - THEN, YOU could be assured to get the "longest distance" trophy!!   
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 13, 2014, 21:20:49 PM
Leaving my house at 0600 on 11, August.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on June 13, 2014, 21:34:23 PM
how about this 2996.7 km or 1862.1139 miles one way.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on June 13, 2014, 22:17:25 PM
That just might do it, ratman....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on June 14, 2014, 05:50:58 AM
Drift1 - Originally missed, but just read your previous post that indicates you were leaving 8/11 to arrive on 8/13. I took the advice of the forum to not miss the first day on 8/13. So let's keep in touch on travel details whether it works or not.
Troll - My W is a bone stock 2001, except for having tampered with the tamperproof carbs to stop the popping on decal. I waited to find the right one and it is clean. I just found the small flat factory luggage rack and need install it. So stock and not spectacular...but will bring photos and would like to see yours and talk "W."
Ratman: Where's my nametag?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 14, 2014, 07:43:21 AM
Drift1 - Originally missed, but just read your previous post that indicates you were leaving 8/11 to arrive on 8/13. I took the advice of the forum to not miss the first day on 8/13. So let's keep in touch on travel details whether it works or not.
Troll - My W is a bone stock 2001, except for having tampered with the tamperproof carbs to stop the popping on decal. I waited to find the right one and it is clean. I just found the small flat factory luggage rack and need install it. So stock and not spectacular...but will bring photos and would like to see yours and talk "W."
Ratman: Where's my nametag?
When I said not spectacular, I meant mainly, not well cared for. Actually, mine, which came from Florida, and had been exposed to salt air looked better before I started on it than his did...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on June 14, 2014, 19:15:05 PM
Troll - it looks well used and rigged for the road....seems a little small for all that gear...the big fairing and the sissy bar. Can't say I like the way engine guards look on the W either....but when I had my T140E, I rigged it with a sissy bar for long trips....I guess you work with what you have. Drifter is much more comfortable on the highway.
Won't hijack the thread with more W photos, but will bring some with me. Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 16, 2014, 08:35:16 AM
Well, the aluminum was pitted, the paint was nasty,, the chrome was filthy, rust under the fender,the cases were dirty....looked like it hadn't been washed in months, or years....I dunno, I couldn't stand to ride something like that unless it was fresh from a big road trip. Looked like a typical old motorcycle people no longer took pride in.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on June 16, 2014, 20:32:24 PM
how about this 2996.7 km or 1862.1139 miles one way.

How many fill ups for gas will that be, one way?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on June 16, 2014, 20:50:00 PM
ok using the formula that my bike is good for 150 km, and we are covering roughly 3000 km so divide by 150 so that would be about 20 fill ups.....

on a tank of regular I am good for 150, on super I am good for perhaps 170 km......so need to see
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 17, 2014, 08:19:22 AM
  I'm figuring an average of 45 mpg @ 70 mph (112.7 kph) for my calculations (11-12 fuel stops). I'm going to fill up at about 180-190 miles, (300 Km) average, so the entire trip, not counting what riding we do in the mountains, will run me about $171 for fuel @ $3.70 a gallon (46 gallons). Last year's trip actually averaged a little over 48 for the 2,500 miles ( I got 52 on the Dragon trip) of Drift-In, so I'm thinking I'll be a little conservative with the estimate, and then be happily surprised, again! Just in case you're wondering, when I put the Michelin's on, I bit the bullet and bought a speedo healer so I could fine tune the accuracy of the instrument. I decided I could live with the speed being off by 2.25 mph, as long as the odometer was correct. A lot easier to ride 72 mph than give yourself a headache trying to figure out some arcane conversion formula for mileage in your head!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on June 18, 2014, 17:29:40 PM

I would like to check on and/or verify my registration if possible - how would I do that?  I remember registering, but it's been several months, and just wanted to be reminded what I specified in T shirts, etc.

Also, I don't remember seeing anywhere what the fee is for the Drift-in?  I'm guessing there is a fee to cover the T-shirt, misc expenses, etc. etc.??   I couldn't find that info on the Drift-In pages? 

Thanks, and looking forward to it.  Not long to go... I REALLY need to get the 1500 mods started...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 18, 2014, 19:31:41 PM
I would like to check on and/or verify my registration if possible - how would I do that?  I remember registering, but it's been several months, and just wanted to be reminded what I specified in T shirts, etc.

Also, I don't remember seeing anywhere what the fee is for the Drift-in?  I'm guessing there is a fee to cover the T-shirt, misc expenses, etc. etc.??   I couldn't find that info on the Drift-In pages? 

Thanks, and looking forward to it.  Not long to go... I REALLY need to get the 1500 mods started...
Here's a quote from Nick: Getting the T-shirts is a gonna cost me a huge amount of $$$ upfront.   So I am going to put in an order the First part of July while I can afford it. 
This means you all have til Monday June 30 to reserve yourself a Custom made Rally T-shirt.   
I will try to order a few extras depending on the money, but don't count on it.   
So if you haven't already registered, do so now. 
If you don't want to register but have reservations to make it to Drift-In this year or have every intention on being there or if you just want a T-shirt, then please E-mail me Personally at  wolfchief@charter.net 
I will need your FULL NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER AND E-MAIL ADDRESS along with your SHIRT SIZE & QUANTITY.     
 
Your Rally Host Chief
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 19, 2014, 12:17:24 PM
I just had an epiphany. Several of us (you know who you are) are going to be riding fairly long distances to get to Drift-In, and for some (you still know who you are) this might be their first really long motorcycle adventure. I've been doing LD riding almost forever, but many have not considered it before. I exchanged address and tel# with Greenbarn, via P.M. since I'm going to his house first, and they we will be riding down, together. Maybe it might not be such a bad idea if we were to all exchange phone #s with each other, just in case something were to happen. Clearly, it would not be for immediate assistance, but a phone tree type set up might be useful...Can't hurt if we know where each of us is...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on June 20, 2014, 07:03:12 AM
We do the same thing in my truck club when we are doing a group ride.  The ride leader/organizer is in charge of the list to make sure only club members have access to it.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on June 24, 2014, 18:58:52 PM
Received some , not so great news , today from Ventoracing . Seems he isn't going to be able to make Maggie after all this year , bummer  ??? So if there's any drifters out there that would like to link up for the ride down I'd be interested . If not that's fine as well , but as it stands right now looks like I'm riding down by my lonesome .
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 24, 2014, 19:27:57 PM
He who travels fastest, goes alone! Riding with GreenBarn will be a first for me.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on June 24, 2014, 19:39:43 PM
Received some , not so great news , today from Ventoracing . Seems he isn't going to be able to make Maggie after all this year , bummer  ??? So if there's any drifters out there that would like to link up for the ride down I'd be interested . If not that's fine as well , but as it stands right now looks like I'm riding down by my lonesome .

So, now you have to swing West a bit, and ride down with Troll and Ratman and me. 
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on June 24, 2014, 21:11:36 PM
Quote
So, now you have to swing West a bit, and ride down with Troll and Ratman and me.

boy oh boy your English teacher is rolling over in her grave.....

So, now you have to swing West a bit, and ride down with Troll, Ratman and I.

bet your missus spends a lot of time correcting you.....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on June 24, 2014, 21:48:15 PM
I actually thought about that.... I think it's "me", though.   You wouldn't say "ride down with I", you'd say "ride down with me".  So, the way I learnt it, it's "ride down with johnny and me". 

Course, who knows if my back-woods teachers knew what they were talking about.. ::)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: moosewing3 on June 25, 2014, 15:03:27 PM
Just giving this a little (maybe too much) thought..BUT, Ratman, be sure to note down the mileage on your odometer when you leave home, and when you arrive. Since yours is going to be metric, we will have to multiply it by .625 to get a real number. Last year there was a prize on Saturday night for the longest distance RIDDEN to the rally. I missed by 15 miles....
  My calculations indicate your trip should be 1018 miles, mine, 1167...maybe I'll win this year. Greenbarn won't even be in the running, with less than 500...

Can we count my side trips to NYC an DC in total mileage? That way I can beat Ratman. Also, you interested in travelling back together Ratty?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on June 28, 2014, 08:50:43 AM
I just had an epiphany. ...... Maybe it might not be such a bad idea if we were to all exchange phone #s with each other, just in case something were to happen. Clearly, it would not be for immediate assistance, but a phone tree type set up might be useful...Can't hurt if we know where each of us is...

Troll I think that's a good idea, for sure.  You already have my phone no (and yours  ;D).  If you're volunteering for this list, You have my OK to put mine on there!

Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on June 28, 2014, 08:56:44 AM
I was thinking that regional people should have each others numbers, and to a lesser degree, the whole group. I'm open to suggestions about how this should be structured. Ratman would be, for example, in the group of East Coast/New York people since he will be closer to them than to say, someone from Texas....Thee is a message board on the Drift-In site, but I think that having direct contact with each other might be a more efficient method...We still have a few days to think this over.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DrifteRizzo on July 01, 2014, 10:12:00 AM
Ok...Super late to the game here!  Is there, by any slim chance, a room still at the Inn?  I've been trying to plan for Drift-in but life seems to redirect me whenever I get close.  If the rooms are all booked is there another establishment in the area that I could contact for lodging?  I am planning to ride in from Louisville, KY if I can find a place to stay, would'nt mind tagging along with a group of riders if schedule allows.

Thanks,

Rizzo
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on July 01, 2014, 11:31:03 AM
Ok...Super late to the game here!  Is there, by any slim chance, a room still at the Inn?  I've been trying to plan for Drift-in but life seems to redirect me whenever I get close.  If the rooms are all booked is there another establishment in the area that I could contact for lodging?  I am planning to ride in from Louisville, KY if I can find a place to stay, would'nt mind tagging along with a group of riders if schedule allows.

Thanks,

Rizzo
You better make a few phone calls. WolfChief has set 30 June as the cut off date for rally shirts. http://drift-in.org/details.html
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on July 01, 2014, 15:33:46 PM
Another word of advice for those who registered on the Drift-in site:   I thought I had registered there late last fall, like maybe November.  However, I got in touch with chief to confirm, and found out I was not registered.  SO, you might want to double-check, and make sure that your T-shirt is on order.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DrifteRizzo on July 02, 2014, 09:46:15 AM
Not too concerned about missing the shirt, mostly about a place to lay my head for a few days!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on July 02, 2014, 13:16:00 PM
 8) Whoop only  41 days.... we will be arriving on Aug 12....... cant wait...looks like this maybe our only long ride of this year...sucks getting the flu at the beginning of the year and having to use vacation time :'( lol...cuts down on trips,, :o
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on July 02, 2014, 14:47:31 PM
8) Whoop only  41 days.... we will be arriving on Aug 12....... cant wait...looks like this maybe our only long ride of this year...sucks getting the flu at the beginning of the year and having to use vacation time :'( lol...cuts down on trips,, :o
  I'll get a better picture of you this time!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: dougdrifter1 on July 04, 2014, 10:53:37 AM
Hi Chief! I'll be there Friday afternoon with my fiance. I have already made reservations at the lodge for Friday and Saturday night. I was at the '09 rally in Cherokee. You might remember me, I'm the one that sent you a foot shifter for your bike when yours had stripped out. Anyway, we will see you there ;D!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on July 05, 2014, 15:17:53 PM
  I'll get a better picture of you this time!

LOL.... not if I hide again  ;D 8)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on July 05, 2014, 15:53:25 PM
I'll get you when you least expect it.....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on July 07, 2014, 19:19:28 PM
 :o oooooooook :) LOL
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on July 08, 2014, 15:01:32 PM
   I have not had a good night sleep since reading about Troll having to bunk with the spooning twins D1 and GB, this has left me with a lot of sleepless nights, so I have withdrawn from attending this year, and will attempt to make it next year. This should let Troll have his own room. Troll you have the job of now herding the cats along.........
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on July 08, 2014, 16:47:51 PM
I was REALLY looking forward to meeting you in person...I'm not bunking with GB, we are riding down fro  oHIo together...SOOO don't use that as an excuse!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on July 08, 2014, 21:38:16 PM
Ratman, very very sorry to hear you won't be attending.   Now I don't know WHO I will have to pick on?!?!   :o

In all seriousness, after all the jokes are done, we will miss you.  Maybe I'll be able to get up there to see you this fall, God willing.  I'll have to check my passport....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on July 11, 2014, 23:44:19 PM
Hope you're just kidding and do make it Ratman.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on July 12, 2014, 05:49:43 AM
Ratman....I was counting on comparing the sound of our roadhouse exhausts......Is this because I didn't send my dollar yet?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on July 23, 2014, 07:56:26 AM
Anybody else notice there's not much information on the Drift-In.org site. Says it is the official page of the Drift-In.
Seems like there would be more information with the Drift-In getting close.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on July 23, 2014, 08:24:37 AM
Under details, there is a pretty complete itinerary.  http://www.drift-in.org/details.html
Scroll to the bottom to see it all
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on July 23, 2014, 10:20:53 AM
That is good...thanks Troll. See you in a few weeks.  8)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on July 27, 2014, 18:46:43 PM
ONLY 16 MORE DAYS!!!  ;D Just praying that hubby doesn't have to work :( I have had the reservations for over a year....gonna suck royally if he does  :'( and I will be one really  >:( pissed off, unhappy rider...just saying..... lol  :o :)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on July 27, 2014, 18:51:28 PM
Go without him.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on July 27, 2014, 18:53:54 PM
Go without him.

uhhhh Not in this lifetime..... He doesn't go.... I don't go.... that's just how we roll :)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on July 27, 2014, 18:57:30 PM
That's a good thing...I hope he doesn't have to screw it up for the both of you. I hate having to make plans more than 15 minutes in advance, but sometimes you just have to...Assuming you get to go, when are you planning to arrive? I'm trying to get a small (?) group together to go to the Dragon on Wed. morning....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on July 27, 2014, 19:05:49 PM
We are riding in on Tuesday the 12th ...... I LOVE the Dragon...LOL... gotta replace the screw caps on my floor boards... I kinda ground them half way down a few weekends ago....lol  ;D
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on July 27, 2014, 19:53:08 PM
OK, then... are you up for a trip to the Tail?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on July 27, 2014, 20:21:06 PM
hello!!! LOL heck yea....... probably will ride it a couple of times :) I had rather do it than the BlueRidge...we rode it last year....not impressed at all.....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 03, 2014, 08:56:22 AM
T- 9 days and counting... till we ride whoop whoop  8) ;D
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 03, 2014, 10:29:33 AM
I leave @ 06:00 1 week from Tomorrow!!!!!!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 04, 2014, 18:32:55 PM
I leave @ 06:00 1 week from Tomorrow!!!!!!

We will leave out around 8:30 Tuesday morning getting there around 1pm or so local time... just depends on how many times we stop...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 04, 2014, 19:41:20 PM
OK, then....glad to hear you're going to make it after all! We, (GreenBarn and I) will be in late afternoon on Tuesday (depending on how many times we stop) It's about 450 from his house....See ya in a WEEK!!!!!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 05, 2014, 15:50:40 PM
  Well, I kinda screwed myself out of riding the Drifter until the 11th when I leave for Maggie Valley...All the prep and maintenance is done, so I ran a couple of errands around town, and low and behold, as I turned into my alley, the odometer turned 87,500!!! Some kind of an omen or sign...don't know if it's bad or good, so I'll have to ride the W for the rest of the week...such a sad state of affairs!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on August 05, 2014, 16:01:04 PM
LOL...well it's only 6 days and a wake up. You can be polishin' & packin' her up.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 05, 2014, 18:06:35 PM
I have it partly packed, already. Wake up? I don't think I'll sleep on the 10th...I never could before a trip since I was a little kid....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on August 05, 2014, 23:49:46 PM
I'm envious of all you folks heading for Maggie Valley. Maybe next year; I have something going on this year that trumps a bike run....even a Drifter run!!!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 06, 2014, 11:55:19 AM
Tuesday and I will be leaving in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.  When I told her we would be leaving at 3am, she balked at that quite a bit, and is pushing to leave later.  My thing is I don't want to roll in to MV later than 5 or 6pm.  I need time to stop for rest breaks, fuel, food, and maybe a quick nap.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 06, 2014, 12:43:35 PM
06:00 Monday for me, expecting to arrive at GreenBarn's house by 17:00 or so, then Tuesday morning, no later than 07:00.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 05cummins on August 06, 2014, 20:14:48 PM
Hey troll  I will be hiking in Gatlinburg mon and tues. I would like to make the run to the tail of the dragon wed  if it is still on.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 06, 2014, 20:18:43 PM
Hey troll  I will be hiking in Gatlinburg mon and tues. I would like to make the run to the tail of the dragon wed  if it is still on.
As far as I know, nobody has backed out, yet. I'm figuring we should leave by 09:00, so we have enough time to do it twice and have lunch, and maybe hit the museum that afternoon...or maybe the museum on Thurs. morning...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Dancing Bear on August 06, 2014, 20:40:15 PM
This will be the first Drift In My wife Heidi and I will have attended since 09 in Cherokee. Since that Drift I had a stroke and have recovered to the point I can ride o k and Heidi now has an 800 Drifter She will be riding in. We are arriving on 8-12-14 and leaving 8-17-14. We are staying at The Creekside  Lodge and looking forward to seeing everyone. Making new friends and seeing familiar faces.
Dancing Bear and Dimples ( Ron and Heidi Ottow )
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 07, 2014, 11:21:02 AM
   Sooooo, I'm getting things sorted for the trip, and I'm thinking about what kind of tools, if any, and spares to bring. I don't have the factory tool kit, and the one for the W doesn't have enough of the correct sizes to be of any use. I've decided to bring a test light, electrical tape screwdriver set, a long 5mm Allen wrench, so I can pop off my windshield, and, and a few sockets in appropriate sizes, tire pressure gauge, tread depth gauge, inspection mirror so I can check the oil (don't need to bring extra oil, it's not my Harley)...wait, how old are the bulbs???? As far as I know, the bulbs, except for the license lamp are all original...I have some left over stuff from all my H-Ds...no way I could have ridden one of those without replacing the headlight at least once...so 1 spare 2057 for the tail light, 1 194 for the license lamp, and one spare H-4 55/60 for the headlight...I'm not going to bother with the turn signal bulbs, since you can always hand signal....What are you guys bringing???
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on August 07, 2014, 14:18:53 PM
I think you pretty much have it covered...I like to pack a flashlight or a strap headlamp. Some extra fuses, & wire ties.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 07, 2014, 15:53:10 PM
Yeah, got a flashlight, and extra batteries both for it and for the 3 cameras I taking....If my past history with this bike is any judge, I won't need any of it...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: paintedlady on August 07, 2014, 17:47:28 PM
Hey Chief.......did I forget to register again this year????? I am bringing a guest riding his own bike.   Let me know and I will get registered.  And I hope it is not too late for a t-shirt!!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 07, 2014, 18:34:38 PM
I'm organizing a ride to the Dragon for Wed. morning. I have been corresponding with WolfChief, and he suggested adding a loop for the trip back...Here's the map I created based on his suggestions...Sooooo right now, there are 7 going, anybody else????
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 07, 2014, 19:56:58 PM
   Sooooo, I'm getting things sorted for the trip, and I'm thinking about what kind of tools, if any, and spares to bring. I don't have the factory tool kit, and the one for the W doesn't have enough of the correct sizes to be of any use. I've decided to bring a test light, electrical tape screwdriver set, a long 5mm Allen wrench, so I can pop off my windshield, and, and a few sockets in appropriate sizes, tire pressure gauge, tread depth gauge, inspection mirror so I can check the oil (don't need to bring extra oil, it's not my Harley)...wait, how old are the bulbs???? As far as I know, the bulbs, except for the license lamp are all original...I have some left over stuff from all my H-Ds...no way I could have ridden one of those without replacing the headlight at least once...so 1 spare 2057 for the tail light, 1 194 for the license lamp, and one spare H-4 55/60 for the headlight...I'm not going to bother with the turn signal bulbs, since you can always hand signal....What are you guys bringing???

Good lord...and DKTime tells ME that I pack too much :o..........smh...LOL ;D
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 07, 2014, 20:16:41 PM
I'm organizing a ride to the Dragon for Wed. morning. I have been corresponding with WolfChief, and he suggested adding a loop for the trip back...Here's the map I created based on his suggestions...Sooooo right now, there are 7 going, anybody else????


This is a great loop to ride also ..19 to 28 to 129 to parkway foothills then 321 to wears valley rd (cades cove) to 441 thru pigeon forge, Gatlinburg to Cherokee to MV about 190 miles...

https://goo.gl/maps/OFvV6
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on August 07, 2014, 22:05:00 PM
  ....What are you guys bringing???

I was planning to put some tools on the bike- wrenches & sockets that might be needed by me or someone else.  Thought I'd put them in my new handy-dandy HD toolbox. 
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 08, 2014, 08:02:08 AM
Better wrap them up real good...the rattle H-D owner's wouldn't hear will drive you crazy.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 08, 2014, 12:03:27 PM
All ready to go...'cmon Monday!!!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 08, 2014, 13:52:55 PM
Looks to be nice weather... on the cool side for August..... little chances of rain..

http://wxug.us/1hek9
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 08, 2014, 13:59:17 PM
We have had a "Canadian summer" this year. only one day above 90, and it went down into the high 40's last night... :-\
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on August 08, 2014, 14:54:13 PM
We had a couple of days that got over a 100* in the afternoon, most days anywhere for the 60's to the 80's. about 50 in the am.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on August 09, 2014, 05:48:44 AM
Troll - Lookin' Good....see you there...leaving Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning the latest....expect to roll in Tuesday night. Final maintenance and cleaning today and tomorrow.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 09, 2014, 07:53:03 AM
Don't clean it too much...keep the rain away!!!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DriftinGirl on August 09, 2014, 09:54:54 AM
We have had a "Canadian summer" this year. only one day above 90, and it went down into the high 40's last night... :-\

And I guess we got your American summer - 90+ almost every day since July 1 - a couple in 80's and a couple 100+. Hot and humid, strange weather for us. Usually get two 3 day spells of 90+ and that is it for heat. Today it is beautiful at 73, FINALLY!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 10, 2014, 01:30:12 AM
Been following the MV weather.  So far it looks ideal.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 2beers on August 10, 2014, 18:36:58 PM
 :)  Safe riding to all those who are headed out to Drift In this week!  We're still hoping to make it up there at some point… Life just isn't allowing us to be sure.  That being said, ya'll have a great week, and may there be happy endings to all the stories told about this year's event!

--The Bride
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on August 10, 2014, 19:07:50 PM
:)  Safe riding to all those who are headed out to Drift In this week!  We're still hoping to make it up there at some point… Life just isn't allowing us to be sure.  That being said, ya'll have a great week, and may there be happy endings to all the stories told about this year's event!

--The Bride

Hope you can make it! 

My back is doing a little better today, went for about 100 miles, and felt like maybe I'll be good enough to go come Tuesday morning.  Time will tell.... 
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 10, 2014, 19:21:38 PM
You better be ready...can you say ibuprofen?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on August 10, 2014, 19:52:56 PM
Although I'm sad to say this years Drift-in is a no go for me , I want to wish my fellow riders a safe journey and great riding weather .

Troll I'll be looking forward to great pictures and so video from your go pro set up .

Have fun Drifter's  8)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on August 10, 2014, 20:33:13 PM
Sorry to hear you won't be making it D1!  I thought last time I heard, you were still going?  Hope you get some riding in anyway.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 10, 2014, 20:42:16 PM
   And I gave up my room so you three would not have to spoon....man now I am upset......
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on August 11, 2014, 04:34:04 AM
Ditto on D1....was looking forward to meeting you man. BTW...those shots of your 1500...really nice.

I'm still a go, but have decided to let the rain clear out, so the Lodge keeps my Tuesday night and will be leaving Wed at zero-dark thirty....with clear weather. After two days of cleaning, thought I might avoid the rain. Should be at the creek Wed - pm.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 11, 2014, 05:21:22 AM
40 minutes to go...no rain here, but Chicago is wet. I put the lowers on just in case
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on August 11, 2014, 09:27:51 AM
Don't know that I'd have the nerve to ride thru Chicago when it's dry, much less pourin' rain.
Hope you have a good ride Troll.

Ritchie-Sorry to hear your not going make it this year.

I'm leaving Wed AM and haven't done a single thing...guess I better charge my Ipod shuffle tonight.  ;D
Weather looks good through Sunday...we been blessed.  8)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on August 11, 2014, 10:23:00 AM
Ride safe and have fun, all you heading out to Maggie Valley. and remember..... IT AIN'T REAL WITHOUT PICTURES!!!!!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 11, 2014, 15:22:29 PM
Do we have a count on how many Drifters will be there?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 11, 2014, 17:02:51 PM
Duh count them once your there and you will know, which wife is going with you, she can do the counting......lol......
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 11, 2014, 20:45:36 PM
Well, Halfway there!   GreenBarn has a REALLY nice garage....675 miles today...only an hour late!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 11, 2014, 21:25:29 PM
  Troll buddy, hate to say it , but trimming your beard, and the ride seems to have regained some of your weight........
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 11, 2014, 22:17:46 PM
Duh count them once your there and you will know, which wife is going with you, she can do the counting......lol......

Tuesday will be joining me for this Drift-in. . . . and we arrive on Tuesday.  How fitting!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 11, 2014, 22:35:43 PM
Just hours away from leaving now.

How do we hook up with everyone at the hotel?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on August 12, 2014, 06:53:18 AM
Look for the Drifters.... 8)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 12, 2014, 19:06:24 PM
What time are we leaving tomorrow for the Dragon ride?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 12, 2014, 20:10:54 PM
09:00   
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 12, 2014, 20:39:22 PM
We made it to the Creekside by 20:00 even though we had more than 200 miles of torrential rain. Here's GreenBarn's bike, along with mine at 06:30, and again later at a fuel stop in Kentucky
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 12, 2014, 20:43:06 PM
ok only one picture?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 12, 2014, 20:47:50 PM
Internet  connection is a little slow...look again
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 12, 2014, 20:49:36 PM
sorry, glad you both made it safe.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 13, 2014, 20:39:23 PM
There were originally no rides scheduled for today,  so I had planned to go and ride the Dragon again. I put out an open invitation, and there were seven of us!   Beautiful ride to Deals Gap, and the traffic was pretty light, so we had a really enjoyable ride in both directions!  We had home made sausage and chicken Jambalaya for dinner
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on August 13, 2014, 21:25:23 PM
Actually 8 of us turned out counting the guy who joined up with us. 

And that jambalaya WAS GOOD.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 13, 2014, 23:45:27 PM
Look for the Drifters.... 8)

I'm seeing Drifters EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on August 14, 2014, 05:00:48 AM
Keep the pictures coming and GB don't make me pm Troll to keep track of your daily calories intake .... lol ..... Have fun and be safe out there fellow drifters
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 14, 2014, 05:59:09 AM
Here's a couple of shots from 129 Slayer. Killboy doesn't have Aug.13 th posted yet
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 14, 2014, 11:35:00 AM
Here are more sites with photos of riders on the Dragon make sure to keep going through the pictures there is another group of riders after the first group. 8)

Around 12:11
http://moonshinephoto.photoreflect.com/store/ThumbPage.aspx?e=9364105&g=0CVY016M01

Around 12:07
http://xtremesportsphotography.photoreflect.com/store/ThumbPage.aspx?e=9364147&g=0QAK01RZ02

Around 12:10
http://129slayer.com/129Slayer/129Slayer.com_Photo_Store_information.html
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 14, 2014, 14:00:32 PM
Pilgrim and GreenBarn going on a shopping trip
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 14, 2014, 15:19:15 PM
  An absolute jewel, here in Maggie Valley: The Wheels Through Time Museum is incredible. If you like motorcycles at all, then spending 4 or 5 hours here will be a great time. Everything you might imagine, and more. They even started some of the 100 year old bikes for us while we were here! Everything runs....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 15, 2014, 16:39:13 PM
Friday 8/15/2014  :o
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 15, 2014, 16:41:48 PM
8/15/2014 :o
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 15, 2014, 20:11:26 PM
Ya just had to mention it....thanks. My right shoulder has a torn rotator cuff, and while making a slow (walking speed) left turn, it locked up mid turn and I wound up gently laying the bike on it's right side. Shoulder feels better, now, and there is no damage to the bike.....She just had to mention it..............
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on August 15, 2014, 23:17:16 PM
D1 - yes we're eating well-(except for Troll - he just eats salads). Wish you were here.

Troll - you dumped your bike? I hadn't heard about that.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 16, 2014, 06:54:25 AM
gggg's Troll.... don't take it so personally  :o ... I am just glad you weren't hurt....  :D

Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 16, 2014, 06:57:53 AM
8/15/2014
Chief and One of our Patriot Guard who had our "backs" during the ride... Thank you again Chief that was an awesome ride.. best one of the rally IMHO....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Drift1 on August 16, 2014, 13:46:35 PM
GB wish I was there as well bud . Hoping to make next year's .

Troll glad to hear your alright . Maybe add some spinach in them there salads you've been eating , for strength .
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 16, 2014, 17:00:20 PM
Muscle relaxer and ice over night..you know how old people are, and I'm fine this morning. We did a 103 miles of twistys, and I feel great!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on August 16, 2014, 22:16:57 PM
Beautiful country there; wish I was there....maybe next year.....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on August 17, 2014, 11:20:30 AM
Home sweet home...had an awesome Drift-In.  Great picture Troll -of you at the highest.
Looking forward to next year's Drift-In in Pikeville, KY.  8)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on August 17, 2014, 11:43:34 AM
a few pics...
1. Greenbarn and Chief...the host of this years Drift-In.
2. Troll -ready to ride
3.Drifters as far as you can see
4. Moms...a good place to eat...or pee behind  ::)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on August 17, 2014, 15:31:23 PM
Pilgrim must be home.  I have about 50 miles to go. Stopped for a break to rest.  Safe travels to all.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on August 17, 2014, 16:05:21 PM
Left at 0430 this morning from Maggie Valley and got in about 3:15 pm. Wheeled my 800 out to curb to not wake you guys up. Had to get ot of the Smokies and beat the Sunday traffic back to DC and Baltimore. All good with no breakdowns or hiccups. The 800 just did a steady 70-75 MPH per speedo and had no issues. Can't ask for more. Only thing that was consistent was that after 500 miles of highway, I could hear the chain. Happened when I arrived at Maggie Valley when I finally slowed down (so lubed it then) and is evident now that I am home again. Anecdotally (because we are without tach....no issues with the stock gearing....lost a few MPG when doing over 70, but engine never sounded or felt overworked...just roared out of the roadhouse).

It was a pleasure to spend some time with Pilgrim, GB and Troll. Some interesting dynamics at the Drift-in between founders, company sponsors and hosts. As someone said to me: "People are who they are!" I agree. All in all had a great time. Enjoyed the bikes, the rides, the museum (wheels thru time) and the people. Again, Drift1 and Ratman....you were missed. It was a treat to see "Olive" close up. Some photos including a line up on the Blue Ridge Parkway (you will recognize Troll's 1500); some shots in the museum to understand why you could spend a long time there; a stop outside Juke Box Junction and the 800s during judging (the 2005 to the left of my black 2003 got best 800).

Hope GB and Troll make it home safely. Thanks all. Glad I made it. Have to get back to a regular diet after all that home style southern cooking!

Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 2beers on August 17, 2014, 18:12:25 PM
Enjoying the picks, guys and gals!  Post more!  And so glad to hear of each rider getting home safely, the last few should be checking in soon…

Time and family considerations didn't allow us to make it this year, but we'll try our best for next year's Drift-In.  The good news on our home front is that I (the Bride) was finally able (after 10 months of mods, including different boots lol) to get out and ride my 800, Princess…so 2beers on Blue and I on Princess celebrated Drift-In 2014 with two days of short, but successful, rides  8)

Safe Travels to all!!!

-The Bride
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 17, 2014, 18:22:32 PM
Greenbarn and I left at about 06:30 this morning. We had rain and nasty cool weather. I called him from a McDonalds in Indiana, he made it home about 17:00. Here's a few shots I took this morning while everyone was getting going.   It was about 60 and pretty foggy, and so was the weather!   Last picture is a shot of my odometer at about noon today. 2,000 miles since Monday morning, and I put on another 220 since I took the picture. 500 left for tomorrow.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on August 17, 2014, 20:19:17 PM
Yep, I made it home about 17:15 EST, after leaving at 07:30 EST (the 06:30 was Troll's CST).  About 480 miles today.  After the rain through Lexington, it cleared up about halfway to Cincinnati, and it was dry (but overcast) the rest of the trip.  Glad to be home.  Hope everyone else makes it with no issues.

I haven't downloaded and sorted all my pics yet,  but here's an obligatory "FENDERS" shot....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 18, 2014, 01:56:38 AM
Great to meet Troll, greenbarn, and Pilgrim at the Drift-in.  If I missed anyone else from the board, sorry I don't know your screen name or we didn't connect.

Here's a few shots.

Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on August 18, 2014, 04:07:59 AM
DC - Recognized your bike once home and on-line again. I make it a habit not to be connected during my free time adventures. I thought GB mentioned looking for you when we first got there....so same for me....sorry for not connecting, but agree with all your comments. Nice after hours shots....like the parked bikes in a row.
GB - Your obligatory fender shot....nice!
Troll - Found the rubber passenger foot peg "caps" for the 800 on-line and have already ordered same from www.kawasakipartshouse.com under "frame fittings." Just finding out about that missing part on my machine was worth the price of admission to the Drift-In.
Glad everyone made it home safe....ride on.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on August 18, 2014, 10:59:24 AM
Marc, like we discussed, another option for those covers is a lug nut cover for semi wheels - that is IF you want something more "blingy" than the black rubber.  There are lots of variations - either the plain-jane-ordinary type or there are several options available.  Google "semi chrome lug  covers" or something, and you can see quite a few.  If I remember, the measurements on the bike are about 1 1/4", but that needs verified.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 18, 2014, 14:40:52 PM
DC - Recognized your bike once home and on-line again. I make it a habit not to be connected during my free time adventures. I thought GB mentioned looking for you when we first got there....so same for me....sorry for not connecting, but agree with all your comments. Nice after hours shots....like the parked bikes in a row.


Same here.  I wasn't connected.  Didn't really have any time to check message boards or emails.  The wife I took with me wanted to keep checking out stores most of the time in the surrounding towns.

Well, maybe at the next Drift-in, if I can make it.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on August 18, 2014, 16:09:38 PM
DC - No worries
GB - Good thought...will give them a look.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 18, 2014, 16:18:01 PM
  Arrived home at 3:30 Monday afternoon...2,677 miles! I really should have bought a Drifter YEARS ago....AND....right at the Janesville WI exit of 1-90....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: CDNRatMan on August 18, 2014, 16:24:01 PM
 ;) cool....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on August 18, 2014, 19:09:25 PM
GB, Troll, KW, DC...good to hear. I don't think anyone had any major issues from their Drifters all week. Didn't see anyone working on theirs except when Troll did some troubleshooting and found a wire going to Chiefs fan that had grounded out and blew a fuse. Minor repair.  ;D
I plan on riding back to Maggie Labor Day weekend with some friends...only 3 hrs from my house...anyone want to join us?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on August 19, 2014, 09:55:04 AM
Ok, the numbers are in for my trip...I guess I could have had more fun, I still have money....ANYWAY....2,677 miles, Monday to Monday....and 46.3 mpg over all, with a couple of tanks at about 52....and in spite of what some others have alluded to, I managed to gain 5 lbs....too much good country cookin', and sweet potato fries.....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on August 19, 2014, 10:48:36 AM
...as long as you had fun...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Pilgrim on August 19, 2014, 11:14:15 AM
I managed to gain 5 lbs....too much good country cookin', and sweet potato fries.....

Troll...you and me both. I'm on a diet this week.  ::)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: DC on August 19, 2014, 11:53:35 AM
We ate waaaaaaaaaay too much!!!!!  Our weakness was finding all those Mexican restaurants in Maggie Valley and Waynesville.  YUM!
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on August 19, 2014, 19:50:22 PM
Troll: So 800s are represented.....1,389 miles over 5 days averaging 50.9 mpg overall...and ditto on the food! If you get a chance, send me a pm so I can get that photo you took of me with my bike...if it came out.

Anyone get a link from Terry from ROK?....Looked on facebook and didn't see many photos of the Drift-in 2014....???
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 19, 2014, 20:07:41 PM
Troll: So 800s are represented.....1,389 miles over 5 days averaging 50.9 mpg overall...and ditto on the food! If you get a chance, send me a pm so I can get that photo you took of me with my bike...if it came out.

Anyone get a link from Terry from ROK?....Looked on facebook and didn't see many photos of the Drift-in 2014....???

Patience---- she will get them up as soon as she can.... there were LOTS and LOTs of pictures taken  :o 8)

As of 5 hours ago Teri's status--- "Check out the post I just made to the ‪#‎RiderofKawasaki‬ Facebook page. Still editing photos but they'll be up soon!"
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on August 20, 2014, 05:10:27 AM
Stackie - Thanks...just learning the ropes here on my first time thru Drift-in.
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on August 20, 2014, 08:02:13 AM
Speaking of Teri....some shots of her and her really clean Gooseberry 1500....styling with pig tails....:)
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: BamaBikerMom on August 20, 2014, 17:46:57 PM
Stackie - Thanks...just learning the ropes here on my first time thru Drift-in.

not a problem.... were you in MV?  This was my second Drift-In and it was better than the first one I attended (last year)... I hope they just keep getting better and better.... soooo many great places to ride and tooo little time...lol
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on August 21, 2014, 19:51:36 PM
I was....black 2002 800
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on September 02, 2014, 19:09:49 PM
Here's a few short videos from Wednesday's unauthorized trip to the Dragon....You might recognize some of the people.....
https://picasaweb.google.com/109550952480484427597/SomeDragonVideo2014
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: kw-retrorider on September 03, 2014, 04:07:52 AM
And here's a link to Teri Conrad's photos of Drift-In 2014:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rokeditor/sets/72157646624386226

Greenbarn.....did you ever send Ratman your special present from Maggie Valley?
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: Troll on December 02, 2014, 10:09:09 AM
When we were at the Wheels through time museum, I was trying to describe one of the few types of motorcycles that weren't there. These are called either tricars or foretrucks. I have a picture of the last Harley foretruck built, which is now residing at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Ia., as well as a Wells Fargo tricar which is also there...so now you know what I was talking about....
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: 49Reo on December 02, 2014, 19:20:11 PM
Nice to see that old iron living on...
Title: Re: 2014 Drift-In
Post by: greenbarn on December 02, 2014, 19:40:13 PM
Those are pretty cool.