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Rain doesn’t dampen spirits at Americade

Grandmother Jane Frogatti of Ontario and her granddaughter Trinity, 9, share a hug as they wait June 5 on their motorcycle for a safety inspection offered at the Americade motorcycle Rally, which continues in Lake George through Saturday June 9. Trinity’s trip down from Canada was her first ride ever on a motorcycle — a memorable way to begin a week off from school.

Grandmother Jane Frogatti of Ontario and her granddaughter Trinity, 9, share a hug as they wait June 5 on their motorcycle for a safety inspection offered at the Americade motorcycle Rally, which continues in Lake George through Saturday June 9. Trinity’s trip down from Canada was her first ride ever on a motorcycle — a memorable way to begin a week off from school. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Other motorcyclists were experiencing Americade for the first time.

Piloting her 2009 Suzuki Boulevard C50 —which weighs nearly 700 pounds with its touring accessories — grandmother Jane Frogatti of Ontario pulled up towards a safety-check operated by Dunlop Tires. Hugging her was her granddaughter Trinity Teeple, who rode nearly five hours on a rumble seat behind her, through wind and rain on her trip down the I-87 Northway.

Trinity, 9, said she was happy to get the week off from school to experience not only her first Americade, but her first ride ever on a motorcycle.

“I really liked the ride here,” she said, noting she enjoyed waving to other motorists as they cruised down highways. “...Even if it was really windy.”

Pulling up behind Frogatti and her granddaughter was Nirit Rechtman, 58, of Sugar Loaf, NY (Orange Co.). She’d just finished her trip up on her 1500cc 2003 Harley Heritage Softail, which she bought after selling her Honda Gold Wing to acquire a more nimble ride. Rechtman began piloting two-wheeled machines 38 years ago, beginning on a scooter in Israel, where she was born.

She said that the spirit of Americade was unmatched, anywhere.

“It’s the incredible energy with everyone sharing their interests in motorcycling,” she said.

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