I’ve just returned from a brilliant two days in Vegas with the Indian Roadmaster and Chieftain, courtesy of Club Eaglerider. I’ve discussed this before; Club Eaglerider is a way to get thirteen days’ worth of motorcycle rentals a year for $29/month. You’ll pay fees and taxes on top of that, but not much. As an example, when I used two of my monthly credits this weekend, I paid $38.45 of taxes and fees on top of that. That makes the true cost about $50 a day, which is a lot of money for a Chevrolet Spark or similar but peanuts for a Roadmaster, Electra Glide, Gold Wing, Polaris Slingshot, or BMW R1200GS, just to name a few of the motorcycles and trikes that are covered in the arrangement.
If you’re interested in joining, I will get a free day added to my account if you use my referral code, FCUSS. I should add that I haven’t been comped in any way by Eaglerider; I’m a paying customer who has had six great rental experiences with them so far. My pal Sid joined this past weekend; he took a Chieftain, I took a Roadmaster, and we had an unforgettable late-night ride across the Hoover Dam.
It’s still legal to cross the Hoover Dam, but you have to turn around on the Arizona side and come back. It’s no longer a through-road. The ambient temp was 104 degrees when Sid and I, along with our passengers, headed out of Vegas towards Route 93. I find it rather amazing that these 111-cubic-inch air-cooled motorcycles can operate flawlessly at that temperature. I think they do it by transferring most of the heat directly to the riders’ legs. By the time we got to the dam, the sun had set but we were given ten minutes to get across and back. Which we did. All by ourselves on the massive structure, two American-made bikes above four million cubic feet of concrete. It was a hell of a way to celebrate the Fourth of July just a few hours early.
I’m going to shut up about Club Eaglerider from here on out, but you can expect to hear a little bit more about the stellar Indian Roadmaster. I’ll be riding one across the country in a few months, and I’ll keep you posted on what happens. It’s a little painful for me to ride nowadays, more so after last year’s crash, but that’s not a reason to quit.
Oh, and the photo above is me returning to the scene of my wedding, the Rainbow Vista in Nevada’s Valley Of Fire. That was a bit of a hot trip, as well. But very much worth it.