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Hey, fellow VTXers --

This will be the third year that a business acquaintance will be organizing a "Freedom Ride", the theme of which is support of our troops overseas. I participated in the ride last year, and it was a fantastic experience. There were over 200 riders involved (we covered the entire span of the Triboro Bridge at once), TV coverage, police escorts, etc. They're expecting about 300 riders this year.
I plan to do it again this year, and I think it would be great if a few others from the board here could make it, as well. I think it would be fun if a few of us Long Island VTXers rode in this together.
Last year, it was all cruisers, and the metrics were well-represented. The whole thing was very friendly.
Here's some info, taken directly from the promotional flyer sent out by the organizer, for those of you who may be interested:

Long Island Meeting/Sign-In Time: Sunday, May 22nd, 2005, 9:00 AM
Long Island Meeting Location: Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum

The 'convoy' will leave PROMPTLY at 10:00 AM with a Nassau County Police escort and start the journey to NYC.
We'll ride the Northern State to the Grand Central Parkway (where the NYPD Unit will pick up the escort duty) to the Triboro Bridge. From there, south on the FDR, past the site of WTC Ground Zero. A short pause there, then uptown, exiting at 96th St., working our way across town through Central Park, then back onto the FDR North to the Triboro, returning to the Coliseum from there.

A fee of $25 will cover the Triboro Bridge Tolls, event costs, and donations.

Send your $25 fee, payable to Randolph Leidl, to:
Randolph Leidl
C/O EAM Land Services
6901 Jericho Turnpike - Suite 210
Syosset, NY 11791

IMPORTANT: Please provide your Name, Address, Phone Number, and E-mail address, if applicable, with your fee so a space can be reserved for you.

OK, VTXers, that's the story. If you plan to go, please let me know, so we can try to ride together.
The police escorts mean that we don't have to deal with cars at all, which is really cool.
I look forward to seeing some of you there.

-- Rich
 

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Oh wow. Sounds good. I'll be in so long as i can change my schedule.
 

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VTXDDS --

I look forward to meeting you.
Last year's run was a lot of fun, and a very memorable experience. Police escorts, no cars to deal with, cheering spectators (traffic is blocked off for us, everywhere we go), TV coverage, etc.
It would be cool if a few of us from L.I. could get together for this ride. It might be one of the first things the soon-to-be-formed 'Long Island Chapter' could do as a group.

-- Rich
 

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Freedom Ride

Sounds good, I have a couple of friends(not X'ers) invited them to ride along also.
Will contact you with info on how many and $$$
Sleezy Rider :twisted: :eek:rac:
 

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Sleezy --

That's cool. Everybody's welcome.
You guys should just send the money directly to Randolph Leidl, per the directions in my first post. (I'm not really involved with running this thing -- I just know Randolph because we're in related businesses. He's got a Harley, and does a good job of promoting this thing with the Harley guys, but reaches out to participants like me to help spread the word in the metric bike community.)
Where on Long Island are you from?
I look forward to catching up with you and your friends for the ride.

-- Rich
 

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I just wanted to bump this up to the top again, and remind everybody that the ride is just a couple of weeks away.
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definitely OK to pay when you get there

A couple of the guys who messaged me from this thread, as well as the thread on the 'Rides and Events' site, wanted to know if it would be OK to pay at the staging site on the morning of the ride.
I spoke with Randolph (the main organizer of this thing) yesterday, and he verified that there would not be a problem with that. He was already able to cover the Triborough Bridge toll, and he actually expects a lot of the riders this year to pay when they show up. (Just don't be late.)
I'll post again with any changes or developments as they occur.
I look forward to coordinating with those of you who have indicated you'll be going, so we can all catch up with each other at the staging site before the ride.

-- Rich
 

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I'm definitely in for the 22nd. My friend will also be joining. Just need to find out where to meet.
 

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I also rode in last years event and it was awesome, the best ride I ever did. That would be cool to get a bunch of VTX's together, I have a black 2003 1300 Retro. I just installed Cobra Slash cut slip-ons and they sound awesome!!
 

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JGNAMVET71 -- It's cool to hear from another VTXer who made it to last year's ride. I agree -- it was awesome. I'm glad you're making it again this year -- maybe this time, we'll get to meet each other before the ride!

Everybody -- this year's event is shaping up really well. The Harley community alone has committed to having at least 400 riders participate. That's already more than we had in total (all bikes combined) last year. There will also be a professional film crew involved, documenting the entire event. I guess this shouldn't be too surprising, given the amount of exposure motorcycling has these days on the cable networks.

VTXDDS asked about where to meet. At this time, it is still expected to be the Nassau Coliseum parking lot, at 9 AM. I just heard, however, that there is a possibility that the staging site may be moved to a different location right near the Coliseum, like the EAB Plaza parking lot (which is across the street from the Coliseum). I'll post again as soon as the final decision is made on the staging site.

The Nathan's nearby on Old Country Road has also indicated that they'd be happy to have people stop by after the ride, which a lot of us will probably do.

I'll keep posting as things develop.

-- Rich
 

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As far as where to meet, I meant something for just us vtxers like before heading over to the colliseum.
 

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VTXDDS --

Sounds good.
I'll give it some thought, and see if I can come up with a couple of logical choices that aren't too far from the Coliseum.
Anybody have any ideas on this?

-- Rich
 

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I think slip944 is referring to a HOOTER'S located on Hempstead Turnpike just a little ways east of the Coliseum (it's just a few blocks -- I don't even think it's a five minute ride).
I doubt that they're open at 8:30 AM on Sunday, but that doesn't matter, anyway. It would be a convenient place for us VTXers (and friends) to get together before heading over to the main staging area.
What do the rest of you guys think?

-- Rich
 

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ok. that sounds good. however, how long do you anticipate registration will take in person? And how early will registration be taking place there?

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Darren --

You can register/sign-in any time between 9 and 10 AM. The ride is expected to start at 10 AM sharp. Registering there should only take a couple of minutes per rider (once you get to the front of the line). Last year, they had a table set up where that stuff was handled, and everything went pretty smoothly.
I'm not sure how long the line is going to be, though. I'd also like some time to look at all the bikes and catch up with friends before we take off, so I'm inclined to want to get there around 9 AM.
How about we (VTXers & friends) shoot for meeting in the HOOTER'S parking lot at about 8:30? We could spend a few minutes getting to know each other, and then take off for the staging area by 9 AM.
Does that work for everybody?

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ok like many i assume my mile's per tank is limited. How long is the ride and will i be able to make it on a tank back out of the city. were does it end? back at the colliseam
 

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That entire ride from the collesium to the city and back should easily be made on a full tank on our bikes. if not further.
 
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