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Is anyone going to go to Rolling Thunder this year? The date is May 28 (Sunday). I was just thinking if there are a group of us that we should hook up and ride to the Pentagon or go to the FT. Washington Harley dealer and go with that pack. That pack is so large that it is police escorted to the Pentagon. And then we ride to the Mall of Washington,DC. If you have never gone, it is a blast! Over 250,000 bikes! This link has a photo of the Pentagon parking lot in 2005.

http://www.rollingthunder1.com/
 

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I just started riding last fall so this will be my first Rolling Thunder. Regarding the ride to the mall and what not, can you give me/us a brief play-by-play of what goes down? I mean do you just drive to the Pentagon and sit there for 5 hours and then sit in a major traffic jam while everyone queues up or is it somewhat organized? Also, when you are riding around the mall, how far is the circuit and is there like a meeting place afterwards?

Has anyone figured out how to attach a flag to their bike yet? I was thinking the only thing that looks strong enough to hold it would be the forks via some clamps - kind of like I saw used on that Honda windshield mod. But then I thought first of all you need to balance it out with two flags and, secondly do I want to be driving around with two flags slapping the top of my helmet all day, but maybe they will mount hight enough to clear.
 

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Since this is on a Sunday I will be able to go. I have heard that it is very well organized and the trip is not that long from the Pentagon. Maybe 10 miles or so. :bigthumbsup:
 

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dilbertian said:
I just started riding last fall so this will be my first Rolling Thunder. Regarding the ride to the mall and what not, can you give me/us a brief play-by-play of what goes down? I mean do you just drive to the Pentagon and sit there for 5 hours and then sit in a major traffic jam while everyone queues up or is it somewhat organized? Also, when you are riding around the mall, how far is the circuit and is there like a meeting place afterwards?

Has anyone figured out how to attach a flag to their bike yet? I was thinking the only thing that looks strong enough to hold it would be the forks via some clamps - kind of like I saw used on that Honda windshield mod. But then I thought first of all you need to balance it out with two flags and, secondly do I want to be driving around with two flags slapping the top of my helmet all day, but maybe they will mount hight enough to clear.
This event is very well organized. I have gone out of Ft. Washington Harley several times. I get there late but we can change that. From there we are police escorted to the Pentagon. It is great just walking around and looking at the custom bikes. I have been there from 1-3 hours and then EVERYONE fires them up at the same time and you start making your way out of there to the mall area. It takes several hours to empty the Pentagon parking lot. When I go I check out some more bikes and then visit the WALL. What an intense moment. To pay thanks for the men who have payed the ultimate price. And there are spectatores lining the streets waving at you most of the way. I have seen tags from all over the contry. I think it is something that everyone needs to do once.
I was thinking of placing a flag on the front mirrors, but I have not decided for sure.
 

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Joshua_109 said:
Sounds like fun! Wish I lived closer! Iowa's just a little too far for a weekend trip! :bigthumbsup:
Weekend trip, yes, but if you have the vacation time, join this ride to get there: http://www.rftw.org

I'm doing the RFTW ride from Chattanooga, TN to Washington, D.C. this year, and hooking up with my brother & his wife after arriving. The three of us are riding in Rolling Thunder together from his local harley dealer in, I think, Baltimore.
 

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Weekend trip, yes, but if you have the vacation time, join this ride to get there: http://www.rftw.org

I'm doing the RFTW ride from Chattanooga, TN to Washington, D.C. this year, and hooking up with my brother & his wife after arriving. The three of us are riding in Rolling Thunder together from his local harley dealer in, I think, Baltimore.
I live 20 minutes from Baltimore, but I have gone out of Ft Washington. It is so big that they are police escorted from there.
 

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not going to be able to do the trip this year hope to have things worked out so i can do next year done it the pass 2 years but no way to get my gear there and now money is mess up
 

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Yep, I'll be there. We have 11 of my Southern Cruiser Riding Club going and we are staying at the Candlewood Suites in Sterling, Va. We are gong up Friday morning and leaving out Monday morning. Looking forward to it. Doug :hot: :hot: :hot: :hot:
 

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There are 8-9 from this area (Huntsville) that I met last week that are going together on the RFTW ride from Chattanooga onward.

Looking forward to seeing some more of these M109 bikes on the road. I was going to upgrade in a year or two to a 1400 Intruder, but this thing is looking better all the time so it may be what my cash gets spent on.

Maybe by then, I can afford to get one with some engine mods already done. :D

Anyways, you'll recognize me by the little bitty bike, with the great big wolf tank.
 
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