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Old 12-28-2008, 08:13 PM   #1
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Default Everglades Holiday Park

Every now and then in the various m/c magazines I read, I hear about "The Rock Store," where I understand LA riders like to visit on Sunday mornings. While we don't have Jay Leno, we do have a similar ride on Sunday mornings to Everglades Holiday Park.

It's not really a "park," more of an old-time Florida fish camp and tourist trap. They rent jon-boats for fishing, have airboat rides, alligator wrestling shows, and a gift shop where you can buy rubber snakes and genuine alligator feet. Good stuff.

The ride is nice enough once you're out of the city. You go West about 10-15 miles, and arrive on the Eastern edge of the Everglades. There's a big parking lot in front of the store/show stage/burger stand where all the bikes park. On a good day, like today, you'll see a few hundred bikes. If you stick around, there's a steady stream of people coming and going. Arrive early, and you can join a group that does a ride around Lake Okeechobee, which takes about 4 hours. It's a big lake.

Here's a few interesting bikes from today. There were two mint 1970's Japanese bikes, a Kawi 750 and a Honda 750. There was a Ural sidecar rig a guy was trying to sell for $8k, which seemed pretty steep for one without the driven sidecar wheel. I think it was an '06. A nice Ironhead Sporty, right-hand shift, and somebody's home-brewed 3-wheeler with an I-4 Yamaha engine with a shaft drive. The rear looked like it came out of a '40's Ford pickup. Damn those frame welds looked pretty scary. And my favorite, an original Triumph Thunderbird; completely untouched, modified, or restored. That bike deserves a better fate; it should be carefully disassembled, cleaned, and rebuilt.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:37 PM   #2
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The Rock Store is where the posers and wannabes go.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:09 AM   #3
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Some nice bikes there Ken, the CB750 looks like it just rolled out the dealership.. I've never been to the Rock Store either, I've never ridden in Kalifornia in fact but as a general rule I would think if a bunch of Hollywood Swingers hung out there it'd have to pretty well blow.
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Looking at those pics I can almost taste the humidity and I believe I am getting phantom mosquito bites.

You can never get me to move back to that state. I would rather deal with the cold, snow, and ice over here than live through a year of Florida weather.
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Ken,

That T-Bird is a 'new' one. Looks like a '99 or so. Great bikes, but never very popular. 885cc, IIRC. The T-Bird 'Sport' is a great looking bike.

The new one (the Thunderbird 1600) coming out this next summer looks like a Japanese FXR. At least on the left side. The right side has a huge chrome chain/sprocket cover that screws up the look (if you decide it has a 'look') completely.
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Ken,

That T-Bird is a 'new' one. Looks like a '99 or so. Great bikes, but never very popular. 885cc, IIRC. The T-Bird 'Sport' is a great looking bike.

The new one (the Thunderbird 1600) coming out this next summer looks like a Japanese FXR. At least on the left side. The right side has a huge chrome chain/sprocket cover that screws up the look (if you decide it has a 'look') completely.
Are you sure it's a T-bird and not a Legend?
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Are you sure it's a T-bird and not a Legend?
I'm damn sure no expert on Triumph, but it had a big "Thunderbird" logo on the side panels that looked original. It probably is a "new" one that's been neglected. I guess I assumed with all the hoopla about the GIGANTIC THUNDERBIRD THAT ATE THE WORLD coming out, the Bloor company hadn't used the name till now. Regardless, it was a cool looking "standard" that had a lot of things I liked.
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My problem isn't cold, it's absence of cold. I don't mind hot weather for a month or so but I do best in 50 and cloudy.
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Looking at those pics I can almost taste the humidity and I believe I am getting phantom mosquito bites.

You can never get me to move back to that state. I would rather deal with the cold, snow, and ice over here than live through a year of Florida weather.
It is pretty hot and humid 4-5 months a year, but you can still ride if you don't mind getting wet on occasion. I grew up in a 100 y/o house in Central FL without A/C, so it doesn't bother me that much. The past month is the weather we wait for, 60-70, no rain, no bugs. Traffic, old farts, crummy schools, those are my gripes.
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It is pretty hot and humid 4-5 months a year, but you can still ride if you don't mind getting wet on occasion. I grew up in a 100 y/o house in Central FL without A/C, so it doesn't bother me that much. The past month is the weather we wait for, 60-70, no rain, no bugs. Traffic, old farts, crummy schools, those are my gripes.
You filthy, filthy, liar! 4-5 months of humidity my Lilly white ass! It is humid 10 month out of the year and the other two months are only 'less' humid than the other ten.
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