I have always been curious about Street Vibrations but pretty much have avoided the area. With good reason, two years ago at the Nugget a fight broke out between two notorious MC rivals. The Hells Angles and The Vagos, when San Jose Chapter President Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew was gunned down by Vagos member Ernesto Gonzalez.
Due to my profession I have always thought it best to avoid places with a high number of criminals during my family time. This year our friends who are current and retired law enforcement invited my husband and I to meet up with them. We decided to be open minded and give it a shot. Our friends went up on Thursday and was able to get in a some local riding. Andy and I went up on Saturday morning at the butt crack of dawn.
Another friend of ours “Bernie” who recently retired from E.D.S.O. rode along with us on his third bike in as many years. The beautiful 2014 water cooled Harley Davidson. I guess when he bought the 2013 Harley Davidson he didn’t know Harley Davidson was going to come out with a water cooled Ultra Limited.
The ride up was amazing, we took Hwy 50 up through South lake Tahoe. It was stinking cold, I even wore my Cortech cold weather riding gloves and my hands still froze off. Bernie on the other hand has heated grips, which he pointed out at least a couple times. Andy immediately started researching heated grips, we both liked the Harley Davidson brand. Andy liked the fitment from a mechanical view of installation, I like the ease of use and the look. Of coarse, they are my favorite color “Chrome” but what I like the most is the dial to turn them on and to control the temperature is on the grip. A
lot of the aftermarket versions have a separate dial which attaches to the handle bars, I’m not a fan of this application as its isn’t as clean.
When we reached Reno, Andy and I peeled off to check in at the Hyatt Hotel at the air port, being as it were last minute arrangements, it was all that was available. Bernie headed to the festivities down on Virginia Street. When we arrived at the Hyatt Hotel it was a happy surprise, the entire Hotel is smoke free and practically brand new. The room was huge, more of a suite with a small kitchen, office work space, a beautiful sectional which had a queen size pull out and a 42″ flat screen television. Most of the rooms down on the strip were an average $289.00 per night with a two night minimum, the Hyatt was only $159.00 for the night without a two night minimum.
Our friends ( John and Cathy, Gary, Albert and Brian) who we were meeting were on a local ride touring the Cat Houses. To kill time Andy and I headed over to Virginia Street to check out the vendors. I was really looking forward to this, but unfortunately only a few lived up to my expectations. Such as Cycle Smith, Arlen Ness, and my all time favorite Carl Brouhard Designs, http://www.brouharddesigns.com. I’m always on the look out for quality suppliers for my online store Bells Cycle Shop.
Shopping is thirsty work! Andy and I sneaked into Silver Legacy and skirted around the casino floor and headed straight for Brew Brothers. I love this place, they have a really yummy wheat beer. Whenever we start planning a ride to Reno, I immediately start craving Brew Brothers Wheat. We each had a beer and shared a pizza and back to shopping, gathering inventory list for Bells Cycle Shop. We headed over to the Nugget to check out the vendors there, but when we got there we were told by a very apologetic security guard that there weren’t any vendors. I’m not sure who or why they decided not to have vendors there, but I was bummed.
We met up with our friends, but unfortunately not all them made it back. There was a miss-communication among the riders and while one of the riders was making a u-turn another rider was looking over his shoulder and collided with the rider who was making the u-turn. The passenger of one of the bikes was taken to the hospital with a broken ankle where she had to have surgery to pin and plate her ankle. Accidents can happen at any time to any one, this is why its important to have your ride planned out ahead of time. Additionally, Andy and I have bike to bike communications with the Scala Rider for last minute changes. I love it, not only for the safety aspect, but also I love talking to Andy while we are riding, to point out the beautiful scenery or to say heads up for the car next to you, or a road hazard or simply to say did you see that sweet ride.
When we met up with John and Cathy and Company it was at the out side Pavilion at Harah’s for a cover band concert “The Synnan Lynard”. John and Cathy are really good friends with the bass player, so we ended up in the front row spot. We had a blast, great music and great friends
Andy and I had planned on taking the long way home, by heading out to Virginia City and then drop down into Carson City and catch the 395 south to I 88 west. When we woke up mother nature had different plans for us with gale force winds. We decided not to go to Virginia City and to go straight down 395 to I 88. I hate straight line riding, so when we got to I 88 the fun really began and Mormon Immigrant Trail is absolutely beautiful. With most rides, not all, but most rides, the funnest part of the ride is right in our neck of the woods. I love love the twisties and Newtown Road between Pleasant Valley and Placerville has plenty to get into.
I am happy I have finally experienced Street Vibrations, but I believe “The Ride” to Street Vibrations is what it is all about,
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