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Posted: 06/15/2011 02:12 PM
I noticed we were given different wristbands to show when coming into the rally. Okay...no big deal.
However, what was a big deal was apparently they were easy to "share" or make fake ones. I hate that people try to cheat the system; however, the ones that were honest shouldn't have to endure the idiots trying to check if ours were real or not.
Coming in on Friday after a long hot day of riding....there was a large group of bikers coming in....after going through 3 checkpoints where we held our left arms up for people to see.....A BUNCH OF PAID IDIOTS...jumped in front of the large group of motorcylces yelling stop with their hands up in the air....HELLO...have you ever been around bikes? All of the bikers were trying to get stopped because we didn't know what was going on....my husband and I were on our brand new 2011 Road Glide Ultra when he had to stop and turn his front wheel to keep from hitting the bikes in front of us...and we went DOWN. I have major bruising all down my right leg from the bike going down and me trying to get off of it. LUCKILY, my husband was able to keep the BRAND NEW $28,000 bike off of the ground until we could get it back upright...so it didn't scratch the bike.
I'm not sure who thought people's lives, limbs, and 20 thousand + dollar bikes were worth checking to see if my $70 wristband was REAL. This was BS, and I hope it will be better next year.
Our friend bought a new bike in Round Rock while we were there...coming back into the Rally...other idiots almost made him lay his over because of the same thing. We heard of several incidents. So, please correct this for 2012.
Posted: 06/15/2011 03:13 PM
Wristband piracy usually has people selling fake wristbands on the street corners the day the rally opens. Soon as they see the new armband, they run out and print them up. This year, ROT when to a new style to try and cut down on the fakes. However, the theives still made duplicates, just not cloth. So by checking the armbands, they were able to cull out the paper wristbands that were being sold. The only way to tell the difference was to touch them.
It was an inconvenience, but it was also necessary. So sorry that your husband dropped his bike ... glad it wasn't damaged and that you weren't hurt other than some bruises. Hopefully next year the signs telling people to stop will be a little bigger so stopping when they come in won't be an issue.
Posted: 06/15/2011 03:19 PM
If you must stop a bike and look at their wrist, maybe you should put the band on the RIGHT hand. Most bikes I know of have to hold the clutch on the left when stopped. It is difficult to hold the clutch and raise your left hand at the same time. Just a thought.
Posted: 06/15/2011 03:26 PM
Good point!! I'll bring that to the attention of "the powers that be". :)
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Posted: 06/15/2011 08:04 PM
I totally agree on the hassle with the wristbands. This was my fourth year and I have never seen something such a pain in the butt. In previous years it was a hand up and on you went. This year with the stop and feel of the wristbands was more of a hassle and an accident waiting to happen. The wristbands in the past were just fine and you could even cut off the excess at the end so it wouldn't slap you all week. All in all it was a good year though it seems to me that there were some new coordinators and we want the previous ones to return... Things just were not the same this year.
Posted: 06/15/2011 08:06 PM
Posted: 06/15/2011 11:22 PM
I think it's totally Ridicules, having to stop and show my band 3 freaking times, to enter just one time....because of this it will be another reason, we won't becoming back real soon....3 check points to get back end is Excessive.
Posted: 06/21/2011 05:09 AM
I went in and out of the rally grounds several times. I don't see how having to stop your motorcycle is all that big of a deal other than it was different, and unexpected the first time I encountered it. They should have done a better job of communicating that all traffic was going to have to stop for inspection rather than the prior roll through routine. A simple Stop sign would have made a big difference.
Posted: 09/15/2011 03:10 AM
I don't have a problem with them checking the bands. I do have a problem with people gaming the system with fake bands, when the rest of us are paying $70 or whatever to get in. However, the process does need to be streamlined.
Putting the band on the right hand makes much more sense. Would bar coding work? I dunno.
On another note, what is done to people who are caught trying to sneak in w/fake bands? Isn't that theft, are they being prosecuted?
Posted: 09/24/2011 08:00 PM
UM, my hubby & I were not stopped even once coming back in ALL weekend. BUT, we did`nt get there until Friday afternoon. Unloaded and then just relaxed. Of course, maybe it`s because we are a little OLDER(??). Who knows? But, the RIGHT HAND sounds much better than left. I agree. As for the PARADE ROUTE, there was a lot more conjestion this year, and I DID see a lot of people get hit in the head,face etc with beads. Not good. Could lose an eye. But, you NEED Police protection in case the LOONIES get loose. Granted. So, what do you do?? We are going to be back in 2012, regardless. Thanks for listening...
Posted: 11/08/2011 11:39 PM
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Posted: 03/28/2012 06:52 PM
Any chance they will put the wristbands on the right arm this year so we can keep our left hand on the clutch???
Posted: 03/29/2012 03:08 AM
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Posted: 03/31/2012 01:28 PM
surely they have learned that the wristbands have to be on the right arm. I understand the need to check them and applaud that they really do check people, I would even encourage someone going through the grounds and "spot" checking from time to time. I pay my way and expect everyone else to do the same.
Posted: 04/01/2012 12:24 AM
Last year on Saturday night I noticed a lot of people without wristbands they found an open gate somewhere.
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Posted: 04/01/2012 02:10 AM
Kinda looks like the pearly gates to heaven to me and I guess they found out a way to get threw them by cheating. Sorry shits!
Posted: 04/02/2012 01:04 AM
Posted: 04/02/2012 02:40 AM
I still say they need a few "inside" the grounds wristband spot checkers. Ya know someone to just walk up and ask to inspect at random places and times. Prosecute those who have used fake wrist bands or have none at all. I assure ya it won't take long before word gets out that people are getting checked before this nonsense is at least slowed down if not halted completely.
Another thing that MIGHT help would be to make sure it publicized that the ONLY place to get a real wristband is at check in. All others are fake. I'm sure some of these poor people are getting scammed into thinking they're buying real wristbands without knowing the difference.
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