Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.
We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
– The Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, November 19, 1863
The Nation of Patriots is a charity that I was lucky to find out about right when they began. The organization raises awareness and funds that is distributed directly to the families in need who have or still serve in our Armed Forces. The organizers themselves are all volunteers which makes them able to give out 100% of all the money that is raised.
Once a year there is a national effort to move an American Flag across the United States of America. The Patriot Tour starts on Memorial Day and is escorted by motorcycle between groups of individuals who receive the flag, then move it to the next group of riders, each group advancing the flag across this great nation and eventually arriving back where it started on Labor Day.
For what ever reason, this specific charity has sparked something in me and I have been 100% behind it since they started in 2009. My personal goal is to ride escort to the flag a little further each year. In 2015, my riding buddy and I rode with the flag through three states and we witnessed it’s passing between five different groups of riders for approx. 500 miles. In 2016 I rode with the flag through four states and nearly 800 miles.
Last weekend, I attempted 1,500 miles in 24 hours. Think about it for a second… if your total moving average speed was 60 mph, you would only complete 1,440 miles in a day. We had to average at least a 65mph speed for entire day.
We planned, we prepared, we failed. Mother nature was not on our side. We planned to leave Las Vegas and go Lake Elsinore, CA and back to Vegas which would be 500 miles. We then would pick up additional riders who wanted to ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours, and the group would leave las Vegas a second time and go to Grand Junction, CO and back for an additional total of 1,000 miles.
Five riders attempted the first 500 miles and as we got back into Las Vegas, one of the riders was feeling more fatigued than what he thought he should of. We also looked at weather in Grand Junction which was a high percentage of rain with thunder and lightning. Putting our judgment on the side of caution, we aborted the ride and only completed the first 500 miles.
Lessons that I learned:
1) You can not ride 1,500 miles as a group. You can leave as a group and arrive as group but managing traffic must have a “every man for himself” mentality.
2) Don’t have a midway stop in your home town, it gives people the mental option to quit and some will take it.
3) Don’t start your ride in the late evening. if you start your ride at 8pm,your body is already telling you it’s bed time and that you should stop. It’s not a great way to start a distance ride.
This is how Carley stands now. Starting to look pretty damn good. 🙂 The new pipes are great, it moved the power band to where I like it, starts to kick in in about 3,000 RPM and really gets boost of power at 3,500 RPM. I even got to plat with a 1200 Sportster on the way home through Lake Mead today… poor guy backed off at 100 MPH. There are more pictures in the gallery.
Oh speaking of the exhaust…. I got some MP3’s… recorded with a professional audio recorder, mic levels, distance from bike etc stayed the same between the two recordings.
FLHTK w/Stock Pipes
FLHTK w/ Screaming Eagle High Flow Exhaust
I took Carley II into the dealership on Sat. They called early to tell me that my exhaust has arrived. When I dropped the bike off I also asked them to do the 1K Miles service, install the LED Fog Lights and Fairing Switch, programs the Spot Lights to stay on with the high beam and to install Fairing Mount Mirrors. As part of the deal with the new bike, the dealership was to also move my JRI Shocks from the Street Glide over to the Limited.
Later on Saturday afternoon, I get a call from the dealership asking what kind of shocks were installed on the Street Glide, I relayed the information then asked why he was asking. It seems the dealership has already sent my bike to auction along with the shocks that there were supposed to put on my new bike.