Dealernews had the chance to attend the Drag Specialties Adirondack Run and spend two days carving across upstate New York's picturesque landscape.
Launched six years ago as a chance to bring together the distributor's dealers, sales employees and vendors, the annual run has blossomed into much welcomed chance to ride motorcycles, have a good time and forget about work-a-day business for a while.
"It gives us the chance to ride motorcycles in great locations," says Jim Matchette, Drag Specialties' national sales manager. "That's why we all got into the business in the first place."
While Dealernews didn't get a chance to ride along on the previous runs through South Dakota's Black Hills, North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway, the Ozark mountains and California's Redwoods, this ride offered plenty to see and a chance to shoot the breeze with dealers and vendors alike.
This time around, we picked up a 2008 Harley-Davidson Road Glide from Eagle Rider Queens (Thanks Vince for all your help!), a franchise owned by legendary New York motorcycle dealer Whitey Illigasch. From there we headed up out of New Jersey and north on the New York State Thruway (I-87) toward Lake George Village and the Fort William Henry Resort.
This year's ride featured two major loops featuring hundreds of miles of woodsy, twisty roads — one that took riders to Lake Placid, home of the 1980 Winter Olympics, and another up and around Lake Sacandaga for a stop at Jimbo's Club on Brant Lake. Both rides were incredibly beautiful and featured meandering stretches of winding asphalt and fast-paced straight-aways.
I had a chance to talk with Dave Barnes, owner of Cleveland Road Cycles, who said the run was a great chance to hang out in a low-pressure, all-fun situation and talk with his rep and vendors. Also spent some good time riding with owner Jim Bannon and service manager Buck Shelton out of Mavrix Motorsports, a Honda Powerhouse dealership in Middletown, N.Y. Good riding, guys!
So in the spirit of show more, talk less, here's a slideshow of pics from the run, courtesy of Drag Specialties.