CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN. :(
And away we gooooooo!
This is the highlight Christmas lights ride of the holiday season! We are going to hit the town of San Francisco and join the festivities!
Christmas Lights Ride 2011
It's a blast seeing how people really get excited about our bikes. Here is a sample of what it's like. Lots of horns and flashes. :-)
Advanced Beginner Level Required: This is an evening ride so you must be comfortable riding at night. There will be a lot of stop and go, slow riding, in heavy traffic, as we will be going through high-traffic areas in San Francisco, with potential stops on hills.
Group Size Limit: As you all know, safety (besides fun) is always a main concern when doing group rides. With the logistics of this ride, we have decided to limit the size to 20 motorcycles due to the heavy street traffic in the city during this time of the year, as well as it being a Saturday night. If you have a guest, just add a note to your RSVP comment. The group limit will be adjusted to accommodate pillion riders.
Meetup Time:5:30pm. Safety talk at 5:45pm, KSU 6:00pm. There will be a mandatory safety talk...if you miss it, you will miss the ride.
Location: Kate O'Brien's pub. Come early if you want to grab dinner. They have a very tasty shepherd's pie. :-) Be sure to have enough gas at the starting point to get you through at least 30 miles for the ride. We will not be stopping for gas during the ride!!
Route: There is no formal route, but typically we will hit the Financial District, the Castro, going up/down Market St. Then the highlight is Union Square, with several trips around the square. Then off through Chinatown, down Embarcadero, to Fisherman's Wharf then a stop in North Beach for a hot beverage and snack. And possibly a last run around Union's Square.
And if we're lucky, with SantaCon happening the same day, we'll see some Santas running around!
"SantaCon (Santa Claus Convention) is a mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on streets and in bars in cities around the world. The focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill."
Some helpful hints on decorating your bike:
• Use an inverter
• LED lights only (unless you want to jumpstart your bike)
• Take it for a test ride on the highway before the actual event - you may be surprised at what won't stay on the bike.
• Duct tape (or gaffer's tape) and zip ties will help keep decorations/lights on your bike.