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Floating Mobile Shop at Thunder Beach

Here the Cycle Solutions crew wades through 7″ of standing water while working at the Thunder Beach rally in Panama City, FL. Good thing they brought their water wings!

Tight Quarters in Lafayette, LA

Tight Quarters in Lafayette, LA

The Cycle Solutions Crew is at it again. The big winding road has landed them at the Lousiana State HOG Rally in Lafayette, LA. this week for the Louisiana State Hog Rally2012. Have you ever been to the Cajandome convention center? Our crew is getting a very close-up view of the dome’s exterior . In fact, they are setup underneath the dome’s entrance awning. If you thought a Dyno running a bike with aftermarket exhaust was loud, wait until Chris cranks up the first bike and brings the down the house. This promises to be one ear-piercing, clamorous, noisy, turbulent, you get the picture, rocking show. If you can, get on the road and see the crew in action. Tell them Tom and Jake sent you.

Cycle Solutions Inc. Presents 2011 Americade Pro Rodeo & BBQ

For the past 5 years Cycle Solutions has sponsored the Americade Pro Rodeo & BBQ at the Americade Touring Rally in Lake George, New York.  The attendence was over 5,000 this year dispite the impending weather. However, around 7:00 PM, the storm decided not to ruin our fun and the rodeo continued! The festivities concluded with door prizes from Cycle Solutions which included K&N Complete Breather Kit, K&P Oil Filter/Cooler, NGK Iridium Spark Plugs, Lucas Oil Products, & Dimple Magnetic Drain Plugs. We had fun as always and look forward to doing it again next year! YEEEHAAW!

Cycle Solutions 2011 Americade Rodeo Video

A Tribute to Craig’s Yard

Years ago a gentleman named Craig asked if we would be interested in coming in and doing a private tuning party for he and his friends on the way to the next show.  We met them at a truck stop a mile or so down the road from his home in Louisiana.  He picked us up in his truck and showed us the route to his house and pointed out that the ground was very solid and firm where he wanted us to execute a very wide left handed U-turn.  The plan was to turn the dyno rig around in his well-manicured yard and then pull back up onto his concrete drive and set up to work.  We went and got the dyno, which is 60,000 lbs, and 80’ long and proceeded to execute the suggested maneuver making it through the U-turn to within 20 ft of the concrete driveway.  What Craig had thought was solid, quickly turned to quicksand.  The toter home was sunk to the body.  In order to get it out, a 20’x20’ steel 2 car carport had to be unbolted from the concrete and moved out of the way.  A neighbor showed up with logging chains and an F350 Dually 4×4 and somehow managed to recover the sunken toter.  We call this the ultimate yard job.

Never Trust Your GPS

How do you turn a 13’ 6” tall motor home into an 8’ 6” tall convertible?  Follow your GPS Route to a rally in Davenport, Iowa Sturgis on the River. In 2007 I embraced GPS technology as a way to route our trucks from show to show. It took me flawlessly and efficiently from Hartford City, In to Davenport, Iowa.  Cracks in the plan started to appear when I crested a hill rolling into downtown Davenport.  I was greeted by what seemed at the time to be hundreds of yellow flashing lights signaling that we were over the height for a low height bridge.  I was able to get stopped just a few feet from an 8’6” high railroad bridge.  I called 911 from my cell because it was a one way road with traffic stacked up behind us and no way to turnaround and go a different way.  No damage at this point except to my pride.  A dozen police officers with a lot of lights managed to get us backed up about a mile to access a road that was created for over-height trucks.  Since, we have been seriously considering purchasing a GPS that shows height restrictions.