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Old 05-07-2015, 12:17 PM
 
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That's right, next month is June, time to get your hogs, Indians, crotch rockets and scooters. Its my favorite Austin event, the ROT Rally from June 11 to 14. Even if you don't have a bike, its always a blast. The rally in 09 when Robby Knievel jumped those cars in front of the capital was the best! I'll be riding a Sportster... Can't wait.
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Old 05-07-2015, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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We moved in on June 4th, 2008. Naturally, we were tired as heck; but spent some time driving around to get a feel for the city. I remember driving down 183 and being passed by dozens of motorcycles in groups ranging from just a few to over 20. Not knowing anything about the ROT, I remarked to my wife, "Wow! There are a LOT of bikes in this town!!!" Finally caught a newscast and realized what was going on. It was similar to an experience 'back east' when driving down I-95 a few days before Bike Week at Daytona!!!
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Old 05-07-2015, 03:27 PM
 
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Yep. I'll be dragging the '61 panhead out and hoping that fickle beast can handle the whole weekend without pitching the fit it did last year.
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Old 05-07-2015, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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They come from far and wide to attend ROT.

I've seen huge groups of them out here riding Texas 6 and US 77 on their way to Austin.
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Old 05-07-2015, 03:42 PM
 
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Yay, two wheeled mardi gras is back in town.
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:27 PM
 
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I was really hoping for loud intrusive motor bikes to descend en masse again this year. Thank god we're having that event, I was really worried they moved the event somewhere far, far away.
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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I always enjoy seeing the bikes in town. We'll be gone the entire month of June this year on a long-planned four-week road trip through Rocky Mountains, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Badlands, and will ironically be in the Black Hills near Sturgis while the rally takes place here. Hehe. Hope it's a safe weekend and both wheels stay on the ground for everyone.
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Old 05-07-2015, 05:12 PM
 
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I was really hoping for loud intrusive motor bikes to descend en masse again this year. Thank god we're having that event, I was really worried they moved the event somewhere far, far away.
Ah, I see. An event that was around 10 years before you moved here should relocate somewhere far away.

Got it.
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:25 PM
 
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Ah, I see. An event that was around 10 years before you moved here should relocate somewhere far away.

Got it.
Right, maybe we need more comic and anime conventions. I hear those are really quiet and safe....

BTW: do you do the work on your panhead? Thats a bad-a** classic bike!
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:48 PM
 
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Right, maybe we need more comic and anime conventions. I hear those are really quiet and safe....

BTW: do you do the work on your panhead? Thats a bad-a** classic bike!
I do most of it. Inherited it as a semi-basket case (although all parts were there). Needed a carb rebuild and some transmission work. I shopped the tranny work out, but did the carb and assembly. I don't ride it much and that carb is really finicky about ethanol fuels - even seafoamed it's a pain. I stored it bone dry this year and replaced all the fuel lines.

It's not numbers-matching, so I've been toying with the idea of replacing the engine with something more modern, just don't want to ruin the look.

Now, if I can just get through car traffic without getting run off the road, I'll be happy.
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