Bike problems - Orange VA - Best divert ever!
Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
41Trip End Aug 22, 2012
So, we had great night in Charlottesville - lots of history involved with UVA and Thomas Jefferson there, also it seemed - a lot of $$$ for uni students i.e it appeared a very affluent town - picturesque all the same.
Over the course of the trip and especially after riding the "Tail of the Dragon" (see previous posts); my front brakes had deteriorated to the point of almost 'max' freeplay i..e they were nearly at the grip before any braking occurred.... not a really good situation. Anyway, using that great modern tool called the Internet.....and yes, this was the exact reason we bought Harley's for the trip - we located the nearest H-D dealer on the way to D.C. The dealership was located in Orange, VA and we would be taking back roads to get there.... Wow! The country side in this part of the Virgina was scenic and it was a great little ride along Route 220/SR55 out of Charlottesville. Rolling fields, lush green grass, speed limit of 55-60mph and enough corners to keep it interesting. With thanks, we rolled in to Orange to the Waugh H-D dealership - what a place! The place was currently being run by the owners son - Palmer - as the owner - Palmer's Dad - Don 'Hoss' Waugh was currently touring Canada, with the wife, on his Harley with a sidecar..... Hoss is 82 years of age. What a bloody legend. The dealership was packed with memorabilia, dating back to the 1950s and earlier. Harley heaven.
The thing that did it for me was a picture of Hoss and his son, Palmer at Daytona Beach (Bike Week) from 1977 hanging on the wall, the Harley rider at time had just one the speedway as was #1 - a great picture for father and son and great to see it on display. The service team (Josh) managed to fit us right in, clean the brake lines and calipers and the brakes were good as gold....total delay on our road trip 90 mins. Of which we spent a good hour touring their museum pieces and shooting the breeze with Palmer. They made our trip and it was hands-down the best service I have ever seen in a dealership. Best intentional divert also!
On we hopped and made it into D.C..... but that's another story....