Episode 2 of the Motorcycle Radio Podcast
It’s not government run health care. It is not a patriotic service for the elderly. It is one of the largest family friendly motorcycle conventions in the United States. It is over thirty years old. It is held annually in Lake George, New York.
It is one of those events that every motorcyclist should put on their “bucket list.” It is has vendors, demonstrations, celebrities, tours, poker runs, seminars, fireworks, and more. This year it takes place from June 2-7, 2014. The website that has all the information is http://Americade.com.
This week we have an Interview with Americade business owner, Chris D. and the famous comedian Alonzo Bodden.
I wanted to interview the internationally known working comedian because I first saw him win on the third season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Since then he’s been a regular on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a favorite guest on Adam Corolla’s radio show and podcast. He has done some acting and hosted a couple of TV shows. I like this guy. He is big on Triumphs, “power cruisers” and Ducati’s. He is active of Facebook, twitter and has his own podcast.
The conversation was easy and I think I have a new friend. This guy was great to talk to and I look forward to seeing him live. Now I just have to make it to Americade. I hope you are going too.
For thirty years, this event has become more like a convention of mature riders. Does that mean Americade is just for old people? No, not at all! It is for those who like their enjoyment to be a little more sedate and family-friendly. People bring their young children to this rally. They bring their mothers, fathers and grandparents even. There is a large contingent of Christian Motorcycle Association members (and other religious groups) who return to Americade each year. The Blue Knights (Police) and Red Knights (Firemen) are represented in large numbers each year as well. But the common thread running through the fabric of Americade is the level of responsible, respectable, mature behavior by the attendees. What that translates into is that Americade attendees are among the nicest class of people who go to any motorcycle rally. They’re like good little boy scouts: courteous, polite, friendly, etc. But most of all, they are respectful of other people’s property. That includes the pride-and-joy of their vacations in Lake George — their motorcycles. Although it gets very crowded at Americade, especially when parking along Canada Street at night, or in the parking fields near TourExpo, you will not find people being more careful around others’ bikes anywhere else. But the respect goes beyond the bikes alone.
There are many elements that make Americade the choice of the mature motorcyclist:
Between organized rides on some of the Eastern US’s nicest riding roads, seminars by motorcycling professionals on a variety of topics, shows, drill-team competitions, free rides on manufacturers’ demonstrator cycles, opportunities to show off your own cycle, trailer, sidecar, trike, special lighting, license plate or stuffed animals in judged competition, excellent dining, the ability to buy anything and everything motorcycle-related in one place, dinner-cruises on Lake George, thousands of dollars in door prizes, fireworks, a parade… well, there’s just too much to describe here. I have heard that there is so much to do that you can’t do it all.
Poker Runs are akin to a TSD (time, speed, distance) rally with a car, except that your time isn’t measured, so speeds aren’t a concern. The route is already pre-determined and you just follow the route sheet. If you detour or short-cut the route, the only problem is you’ll (possibly) miss a checkpoint and (for sure) miss out on the great scenery along the route. To ride in the Poker Run all it takes is a small entry fee and the ability to follow some written route directions. To WIN the Poker Run prize takes no skill at all, just luck.
At Americade, Poker Run participants travel a set route, getting their route sheets at the start of the run, and stopping at manned checkpoints along the route. Americade’s Poker Run takes riders on a ride of “about 100 miles” on some of the prettiest roads in the lower reaches of the Adirondacks. Each year the route is new, or at least somewhat new.
Americade attendees are among the nicest class of people who go to any motorcycle rally. They’re like good little boy scouts: courteous, polite, friendly, etc. But most of all, they are respectful of other people’s property. That includes the pride-and-joy of their vacations in Lake George — their motorcycles. Although it gets very crowded at Americade, especially when parking along Canada Street at night, or in the parking fields near TourExpo, you will not find people being more careful around others’ bikes anywhere else. But the respect goes beyond the bikes alone.
Helmets may be left on seats or backrests. Leather jackets may be left lying across saddles. CB radios may be left in their pouches on handlebars. Radar detectors and GPS units may remain on their dashboard mounts. Compact disks may be left in their exposed players. And nobody messes with them…
Helmet law: New York State law requires all motorcycle (including trike and hybrid cycle) drivers and passengers to wear D.O.T. – approved motorcycle helmets. Full-face, three-quarters or half-helmets (police style) that are D.O.T. – or Snell Foundation approved are legal.