Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Billy Joel & his disgusting thumb ...

Jay McBride Report out of New York > "One of the riders in our group - Chris Logsdon, had heard that Billy Joel had opened up a motorcycle shop in Oyster Bay. We didn't know much about it, besides an approximate location from one of our friends and the rumor that the man himself is there on the weekends. We were pretty sure the place existed, and we liked looking at old bikes anyway, we decided to ride out there and see. After a couple wrong turns, we ended up finding the place and sure enough - Billy Joel himself was there waving us into the garage. He was the nicest guy you ever want to meet. He's an old school new yorker and he knows a lot about bikes. He talked our ears off, I think he spoke to each one of us for about 20 minutes or so. We were there for a couple hours, he showed us almost every bike in his shop - including the Harley XLCR he famously crashed and mangled his hand. He showed me his thumb, it's disgusting. So, after we were all done looking at bikes, we thanked him and asked him if he could do a group shot. He said "sure" and asked us where we were headed. After we explained a few routes we were thinking about taking, we finally just said "Brooklyn", and that we were hungry for some place to eat lunch. He asked us if we wanted to follow him up to Bayhaven, to go to his favorite pizza place near where he lives. (his place in Bayhaven is the famous album cover to his album Glass Houses). So, we jumped on our bikes and he took us for a beautiful ride up the bay. We went over to his favorite pizza place, he dropped us off, shook all our hands and took off on his blue beamer. As soon as we walked in and sat down - "Piano Man" came on over the radio, i shit you not. Ask anyone that was there. It was pretty surreal."











Thanks for the ride report Jay! 
And if you don't know Jay, he's the guy who came out from New York to join us on the Escape to Hazzard County trip Nov. 10th, 2012. Pretty cool to buy a ticket, then just fly out for the weekend, rent a bike, ride around, camp, get drunk, fly home. Back to work on monday... hard living right there folks! If only we had more time ...

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