Say What You Will About Harley-Davidson’s, People Love To Ride Them

We just returned home after a seven-day trip to Pennsylvania that was bookended by two, one-day 750+ mile drives.  Sitting behind the wheel of the truck or can can get a little monotonous so being a somewhat observant type I’m always scanning the road ahead and behind for things that a worthy of special attention.  For example, I’d love to know who owns the 2014 Ferrari 458 that I saw near Marion, Virgina on our way north…  there just aren’t that many Azzurro Monaco blue Ferrari’s out there.

Anyway, as we headed home from Manheim, PA, on Sunday I decided I’d count motorcycles.  Now, mind you, this is very unscientific since I clearly didn’t see all of the motorcycles that were on the road.  I obviously had to pay attention to the road ahead and there are sections of Interstate 81 that are divided by trees.  But, that also meant I had an equal chance of missing any brand of motorcycle that was headed north as we were headed south, as that’s where I observed the vast majority of the motorcycles.

Anyway, without further delay, here’s the tally:

  • 197 motorcycles on the road
    • 179 Harley-Davidsons, 1/2 of which had Batwing Fairings & 3 were trikes.
    •  18 “Other” brands/models of motorcycle
      • 1 Honda Goldwing
      • 1 Honda Goldwing Trike
      • 2 Ducati Monsters
      • 1 BMW R1200GSA
      • 2 BMW R1600RTs
      • 1 BMW K1200LT
      • 1 Suzuki Bandit S / 600
      • 1 Indian Chief
      • 3 Victory Cross Country’s (all together)
      • 4 Metric Cruisers (all with shaft drives)
      • 1 VW powered trike

I’d always thought I saw a lot of Harley’s out on the highways where other types and brands of bikes were the exception and not the rule, unless you were around somewhere where sport bikes or dual sports like to play, e.g., the highways around Maryville, TN, that take folks to US 129, aka, the Dragon’s Tail.  But, I never bothered to actually ‘count’ the number of bikes that were on the road.  That 90% of the bikes actually being ridden were Harley-Davidson’s on a hot summer day with nice weather is interesting.

A couple of other observations:

  • Only 7 motorcycles were observed in southbound lanes, i.e., we passed 7 motorcycles.  The rest were all north bound.
  • At least 3/4’s of the Harley’s were travelling as groups, with 2-3 being the most common but one group of 8 Harley’s up in PA, with another group of 6 about 30 miles behind them.  Northern Virginia also had several groups of 3-4 Harley’s. There was also a group of 8 bikes just west of Chattanooga.
  • The Harley trikes were part of the group of 8 in PA.
  • The only Victory motorcycles I saw were three Cross Country models that were travelling as a group down in Southwest Virgina.
  • The BMWs were all lone riders, as were the Honda Goldwings albeit riding two up in both cases.
  • The Ducati’s were part of a group of 8 bikes in Tennessee, where the rest were Harley Sporters, XR750s, a FatBob and a Street Glide
  • Most of the riders in PA either didn’t have a helmet or wore full-face.
  • Most of the riders elsewhere were wearing full-face (remember, this was all on I-81).
  • We only saw four boats being towed

About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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