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We are planning to attend Americade this year. The initial plan is to trailer up our 17' Jayco. Does anyone have any experience with the local facilities? Can you recommend a campground, preferably with hook-ups, that would be nearby the festivities? Thanks...John.
 

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Yes, Sloppy, I have. But, I have found that a live report is the best. Thanks. Hope to see some of you guys and gals up there.
 

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JRW - I have registered for Americade and will be there Thurs pm-Sat noon with an A La Carte pass. Riding up from Syracuse and planning to pitch a tent somewhere nearby. Have signed up for the Friday am Vermont Bridges guided tour although I won't have the CB to listen in. Figure it should be a beautiful ride though. Will attend the Fireworks Friday night as well. Have you heard anything more about the local campgrounds?
 

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Nope, just what I have seen on other sites. Google 'americade forum', select 'americade msg board' and check out 'accomodations' for some ideas. No plans by us, yet.
 

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I would recommend Moreau Lake State Park. It is located about 15 mi south of Lake George Village just off I-87 exit 17S. I stayed there for the whole week of Americade the last two years in a Jayco Popup camper. (My wife had to work and she was kind enough to tow the camper there on the weekend while I rode the bike.) It was nice to have the room of a camper instead of just a small tent. There are no hookups, but the showers / bathrooms are relatively new and pretty nice. It is really low cost compared with other accomocations in the area. It only took about 25 minutes to get from my campsite to Americade acitvities and at the end of the day I enjoyed getting away from the crowds and traffic congestion of Lake George Village. There were quite a few other bikers in the campground especially towards the end of the week. Last year a couple of guys from Indiana riding a Honda ST and a Harley Touring bike were in the campsite next to me. We shared a couple of enjoyable evenings around the campfire. (They wondered how I managed to tow my camper with my VN750 ;)

If you want to expand your "vacation" beyond Americade acitivities as I did, Moreau Lake State Park also has of hiking trails, a beach and boat rentals on the lake. I enjoyed spetacular views of the Hudson River while hiking on a ridge overlooking the river. There are also a number of twisties in the area if you don't get enough riding at Americade organized tours.
 

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Nope, just what I have seen on other sites. Google 'americade forum', select 'americade msg board' and check out 'accomodations' for some ideas. No plans by us, yet.
JW - Did as you suggested and found Hearthstone Point State Campground. $22/night plus NYS vehicle entry fee ($6 ?). 2 miles north of the village on Lakeshore Drive. Good comments from those on the board and others on the web. Fills up fast apparently and most of the lake side (two sections straddle RT 9N) is just about booked. You can make a reservation in advance at www.reserveamerica.com which is the site NY state uses to reserve it's campgrounds.

Not sure you can find anything closer that's better/cheaper so I booked a site for my tent. Has Trailer dumping station but not sure about hookups.

Anyway, thanks for the steer, looking forward to it! :rockon:
 

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John,
See if you can hook up with the Central Jersey Motorcycle Riders Group http://www.meetup.com/central-jersey-motorcycle-riders-group/ I know that there is a group from the CJMRG that is already planning on it and has a lot if good info. I may go up with the group but if I do I'll stay with my brother in Albany.

BTW where are you in Central Jersey?

R
 

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Ron, thanks for the heads up. I'm in Lakewood. Also appreciate the input from Sunpa and Rsawyer. Rsawyer, when I figure where we stay I'll drop you a PM.
 

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Ron, thanks for the heads up. I'm in Lakewood. Also appreciate the input from Sunpa and Rsawyer. Rsawyer, when I figure where we stay I'll drop you a PM.
Roger. :motorcycl
 

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For those of you who actually do part (or all) of the Americade rally, please come back to the forum (and maybe this thread, too) and post your experience(s) with us.

Some questions you might respond to could include...

Was it fun? What did you like best? What about it did you dislike? Where did you stay? Was it too crowded? Was everything overpriced? How was the weather during your stay there? Would you recommend it to the rest of us? Is this rally a "bucket list" trip--or not?

Thanks!....:beerchug:
 

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Americade mini review

All told, a good experience and I will be back next year. Lots of bikes and nice crowd. Rooms are expensive, figure 1K if right in town, but I camped and went by what I heard.

Bought a day pass for $20 and just the fact that I got to demo a new Nomad, Roadstar, Victory (fast bikes) and Harley was worth it. And, these are nice, escorted 1/2 hour rides and all different countryside circuits. Harley is unescorted, but they suggest you follow the arrows for their 17 mile circuit. At the pre-ride briefing, the escorts ask you to "keep up." How cool is that.

Couldn't see much of the vendors as I just had time to get a T-shirt. But you could buy tires and have 'em mounted right there, Kuriyakin had a big spread, etc.

Met up with Rsawyer there and we enjoyed the festivities. Rob spotted two other VN750s there (one cranberry/gray like mine...dark helmet), and we know where to get a $10 grilled chicken sandwich with a million dollar view.

Maybe Rob will chime in with his views.

Hope to see some more VN750 faces next year.
 

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All told, a good experience and I will be back next year. Lots of bikes and nice crowd. Rooms are expensive, figure 1K if right in town, but I camped and went by what I heard.

Bought a day pass for $20 and just the fact that I got to demo a new Nomad, Roadstar, Victory (fast bikes) and Harley was worth it. And, these are nice, escorted 1/2 hour rides and all different countryside circuits. Harley is unescorted, but they suggest you follow the arrows for their 17 mile circuit. At the pre-ride briefing, the escorts ask you to "keep up." How cool is that.

Couldn't see much of the vendors as I just had time to get a T-shirt. But you could buy tires and have 'em mounted right there, Kuriyakin had a big spread, etc.

Met up with Rsawyer there and we enjoyed the festivities. Rob spotted two other VN750s there (one cranberry/gray like mine...dark helmet), and we know where to get a $10 grilled chicken sandwich with a million dollar view.

Maybe Rob will chime in with his views.

Hope to see some more VN750 faces next year.
I'll chime in John.

Although it was my first major rally, thought it was a good rally, very well organized, tons of bikes and eclectic crowd, saw a little bit of everything there, hogs, wings, sports, trikes, cruisers, metrics but only four total VN750's (including John's and mine). Didn't get to speak with the other two as they drove down main street as it is PACKED almost all the time.

Went up Thurs and came down early Sat morning. Camped at Hearthstone Campground, a NYS DEC campground about 2mi. north of town. $22/night + $9 reservation fee. Nice campground and well kept. Next time will try to get into Lake George Battleground Campground, another NYS DEC campground that is right on the edge of town so you could walk to the Expo, Beach, Main St. and/or watering holes if you wanted. Handy, as parking is pretty tough to find.

Spent most of Friday riding the countryside in NY and VT. Beautiful partly cloudy day and awesome scenery. Went on a guided tour (CB-narrated) of Vermont Covered Bridges. 180 mile trip with a very nice lunch stop at a country club in Bennington VT. Cost $25 and took roughly six hours with a group of about 50 riders, including three local guides. There are a number of tours to choose from, both guided and unguided. The rally staff is very frendly and very helpful.

Spent most of my time in town with John, who is great company. Just make sure you know where all the ice cream shops are so you can find him if you get separated! ;) Although there is plenty of opportunity to raise a little Cain, we both made fairly early night's of it, which was fine with the riding we both had lined up.

Did not see all of the Expo but walked around some. Three separate areas of vendors, most outside but some inside large buildings. Just about anything you could possible want was probably there somewhere. A number of vendors do installations on the spot, which is handy if you're getting pipes, tires, fairings, lights, etc. Depending on your purpose for going (riding, vendors, people-watching, etc.) you should probably plan on three full days there. I only had 1-1/2 and would have liked at least another full day there to see more vendors and tour or demo ride. I got the multi-day "A La Carte" pass ($69 during pre-reg prior to May 1st) and did not have time to get my money out of it but still glad I had it.

Many people leave on Sat afternoon to beat the Sunday crowd. Make sure you take your rain gear as the weather is sketchy up there in early June. If you're not adverse to camping (especially if it rains), it's by far the best deal for accomodations. There seemed to be a number of vacancy signs at the local hotels/motels which wasn't a surprise with the rates they were charging.

As it was my first major rally, not sure I can put it on the bucket list. Will let you know after I attend a few more and get some perspective. Will definitely go again though, as it was such a beautiful location and so well organized.
 

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I'm sure I speak for others, too, when I say, "Thanks very much!" for the Americade feedback!!!....:D

I take it that Honda and Suzuki were both a "no show" at the bike demos--they weren't listed as being there for that on the Americade website. I found that to be very surprising, given the size of that rally.

Anyway--glad you had a good time and a safe trip!...:beerchug:
 
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