The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

The thing I like most about this meet is you have some bikes that are regulars and then others show up that you’ve never seen in the flesh before, like the above Suzuki RE5 Rotary Engine equipped monster.  The only fly in the ointment this year was the cock who parked his Mini Van right in the middle of the bike line.  In the end it didn’t seem to matter though one of the Vintage guys asked me about my bike being close to their vintage line.  I looked over at the brand new Goldwing F6 (you can see it parked behind the Suzuki in the above pic).  He muttered something about it not really mattering and walked off.  Maybe he was new.  My experience with this show is that a bunch of vintage bikes show up and then a smaller number of very cool new bikes show up.  This year was no different and other than a truly nasty hamburger (the kind where halfway through eating it you ask yourself, “What the hell am I eating?”)  As much as I love planes, the bikes are why I came to the show.  So this is where the bulk of the pictures are going to be.  I did do some HDR treatment to some of the images and I hope you find it works.  I’m trying to highlight the patina and age on some of these bikes, especially the one 1940 Harley that showed up.

The front of this bike obviously made before drag and wind resistance were invented.

An Ariel Square Four… First time I’ve seen one of these. Now I get it.

I’m not sure what year it is though…

Our old friend the Nimbus with sidecar.

Given the HDR treatment

A Matchless, one of my favorite Brands.

A nice looking Honda

The 40 Harley is very cool because there exists a gentleman’s agreement not to restore the bodywork. The engine has been rebuilt and started smooth as glass on the first kick but the skin on this bike is awesome and speak to every mile it’s traveled.

 

The story behind this Vincent is that it’s cobbled together from the remains of many many bikes to make this final version.

A 38 Indian, I’m assuming it runs, it was brought in on a trailer for the meet.

 

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