Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Garage Party and a Few Other Thoughts...

I'm always up for anything having to do with motorcycles. Well a couple weeks ago I got this invite to the Garage Party for Women Only at Big Barn Harley Davidson. I thought I'd check it out and I'm glad that I went. There were about 45 women there from various backgrounds and with various motorcycle experience. It was good to find out that there are a few women out there just like me...motorcycle license but no motorcycle...and they are still riding 2 up. The evening began with introductions. We met the staff and met one another. After filling out a couple questionares we were put in groups and sent down on the floor of the Big Barn to our various stations. There were 4 Stations in all. The group I was with began with motorcycles. A few members of the sales staff told the group about the different families of Harley Davidson motorcycles. There are 5 in all: Sportster, Dyna, Softail, VRSC, and Touring. They of course spent all their time talking to us by the Sportsters which they told us was considered the starter Harley Davidson. One of the sales staff did say though that you should buy the bike that makes you feel the most comfortable instead of thinking that you should begin with a Sportster. After they told us everything that they knew about motorcycles they let us walk around and check out the bikes. I think the 2008 motorcycles are some of the best looking rides that HD has come out with. I love the new custom paint options and new bikes that they have created. The Rocker and the Softail Cross Bones are wicked looking scoots. After about 5 minutes of letting us wander around the bikes we were sent on to Station 2. This station was back in the service department where you drop off your bike for service. We all got the opportunity to learn how to lift a fallen bike. That was something I really needed to learn. We didn't learn that in the motorcycle safety course for some reason. I thought that they should have taken us into the shop were they actually work on the bikes. They may not have because of safety but it would have been interesting to me. Sometimes I wonder though if I'm not normal and I'm the only chick that might care about seeing that. After a quick break with refreshments and Harley Davidson trivia for prizes we were sent back down for the final two stations. Station 3 was Parts and Accessories. We learned how to remove a bike seat and got to see the new LED tail lamp. Station 4 was Motorclothes and our final station of the evening. We got to see the latest in leather, boots, and helmets. We all got together one final time and filled out another questionare and they drew a name for a door prize. We also received schwag bags which were minus really any schwag. Well we got a pen. All in all it was something that I would recommend to any woman out there that is interested in the sport of motorcycle riding. For a first timer it would be a real learning experience. For a more seasoned gal that has riden 2 up for a lot of years, there are interesting things to learn and it's fun meeting new people.

I did leave the Big Barn a little sad. My Crimson Denim Street Bob dream bike had been sold. It better not be to the guy I put a hex on. It better have been to an amazing chick rider that will love her just as much as I would have. When I noticed that she was gone I said to the P & A guy that my bike was gone and he was so understanding of my broken heart that he told me they could get another Crimson Denim Street Bob and he could help me make her even prettier just for me. How sweet was that! :) here is hoping that in 2009 or 2010 they are still making that bike. Well by then they will probably have come up with something even more rock'n!

My father will love this! Hey Dad...remember that Literature Text book you bought way back when I attended Wartburg for a term? Well I've decided to finally read it. LMAO!

My final thought for the day...I'm so excited because my new little Niece Sydney is going to be born any day now! I can't wait to hold her!

Please continue to keep our Troops in your prayers!! God Bless America!

Have a great night!

IHG! :)


Anonymous said...

Says in your bio that your favorite movie is Pretty Woman.You might want to buy the 20th aniversary edition of the movie. It has several unseen out takes,as well as bloopers, and since Julia Roberts was only 21 when the movie was made,it is cool to see how well she has matured. Just a thought.

Dean "D-Day" said...

A lot of the dealerships have started realizing how beneficial these Garage Parties are. It helps them tap into a huge segment of the market that they had previously ignored.
Glad you enjoyed yourself!

Anonymous said...

You'll get your bike, I know you will and it had better have a cool name (Nothing with the word pickle in it!!!)


KT Did said...

Thanks for the inside view of the garage parties. I have always wanted to know what that's all about. I like the fact it's geared for women. We are a different ride and we tend to think "we can't" ride that big bike. Good to hear they aren't pushing.
On the 105th! I would love to hook up. I still have been unable to get a room though. If you get one, let me know where!! Please. I have a small group that is riding out from here to there and I really want to go. The only place I don't have a reservation is the 105th. I can't find any place and not knowing the geography, I am going to have to head out on my own from the group (they already have reservations and have packed themselved in like sardines). If you have any ideas... I am in to hear them! Thanks for any info you can give.

Ronman said...

Always great to hear about the ladies doing bike related things. I think you'll love your ride when you get her. I've ridden a friend's street bob a couple of times and they are a sweet ride.