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    Of Motorcycles, MDA and Trailering

    So today Herman is riding his Harley in the MDA run. It is sponsored by Van’s Harley-Davidson. In years past, we have taken the motorcycle with the sidecar so I could go along. But this year, Herman wanted to ride his new Harley.

    We are always last in line when we took the sidecar bike. It’s maximum speed is 55, and that’s if the roads are good and there’s no incline. Speaking of the sidecar motorcycle, it recently quit on Herman, so he borrowed a trailer and took the bike up to Chestertown, New York to have the bike serviced at the dealership.

    Getting the bike on the trailer was a truly tight fit. The trailer measured 48” and so did the wheels on the motorcycle. Herman enlisted my aide Terry’s help to get the bike on the trailer and on a Friday in June he took the long drive to Chestertown. It was the weekend of the Americade and he passed about 1,000 bikes on the way.

    Herman asked me to go with him, but it was a sunny day and I couldn’t imagine not being on the beach, so I flatly refused. It took him about two hours to get there as he had to drive very slowly due to the trailer. He tells me on the way back he was able to save some time because he wasn’t towing the bike (an extra 800 pounds).

    The last time we were pulling a trailer it was across a mountain in the Rockies, pulling Hermanette’s VW Jetta as we were taking her out to college in California. That was in 1998 and ended in disaster, because a frost buckle in the road caused the tow-dolly to jackknife and we wound up taking out 6 guard rails along the US 25 Interstate. There had been several accidents there prior to ours due to the poor road conditions. But the “caution” sign had been run over by the previous accident that morning and so we didn’t see it coming.

    The result of this was that Hermanette’s Jetta was totaled, we had $3,000 damage to our Eddie Bauer Explorer we had just purchased. But as a true testament to this car, we were able to drive away with the mechanical part of the car intact. It just looked awful. Because of this incident, Herman was justifiably skittish about doing any more trailering.

    So Herman’s off riding in today’s ride for Muscular Dystrophy. The ride gets a lot of participants and ends up here at Sherman’s Amusement Park in Caroga Lake just a couple of hundred yards from my house. So I’ll get to join him for the festivities at the end. And I won’t miss any beach time. Terry, my aide, will be spending the day with me so Herman can go. It’s for a good cause and all bases are covered.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"