Sunday, August 8, 2010

Fancy a ride?

The Triumph Demo Truck came to town this weekend so a group of us rode up to Canby to take some bikes for a ride. Our favorite little shop in Eugene has a limited number of demo bikes so we thought this would be a great opportunity to test ride some of the bikes our own group doesn't own. Among us local riders we have my America, a Scrambler, a Street Triple, a Thruxton and an older Tiger that I am sure any one us could take anyone's bike for a ride. Rod's shop has a Tiger 1050, a Bonneville SE and a Thunderbird. I don't know how often we could take his bikes for a test ride before he got suspicious we weren't serious buyers, although we are loyal customers. I've bought two bikes from him and plan to buy my Dirt Triple and Trobairitz's 450 in the future, Stacey bought her Triple and Sean his Thruxton.

Rick, Trobairitz and I rode out to Lebanon to meet up with Bluekat and (Mr. Bluekat) Ron, Andy and Josh. Andy led us north along some beautiful, scenic backroads which I would never have found had I been leading. We shuffled through the traffic and pedestrian obstacle course of Davenport Days in Silverton and arrived in Canby shortly after 10:00.

We made our way over to the truck and started signing waivers and reserving a bike. Evidently, they had too many Thunderbirds and little of anything else. Out of 9 Thunderbirds, 2 Rocket IIIs, only one of each other model and no Sprint GT, I waited 2 and a half hours to ride the next available of the 9 Thunderbirds.

Tbolt had a 9:00 service appointment at the Salem Suzuki dealership and would be running late, but Stacey met with us up there.

Tbolt finally made it after getting lost, although she blames it on poor directions. After entertaining us with a rant, they both sat (sans Monarch chairs) and visited with us until our scheduled ride times.

They found out most of the rides were booked and neither one of them were up for waiting until after 3:00 to ride a bike they didn't want to ride.

(The "Hero" walk)

Triumph did a piss poor job of coordinating this event; they had two rows of bikes so that meant two separate ride groups, but only one lead rider and one sweep for both groups. While one group of riders were out on a ride one row of bikes were just sitting and people were standing around waiting.

We deduced that this would be so bikes were present at all times for everyone to sit and pet. It made for frustrated attendees and impatient riders. If I were King, the host dealer Cascade Moto would have had all of their floor models there ready for purchase and the demo rides would have had a lead and sweep for each group with 10 to 15 minutes between rides rather than the half hour intervals we were forced to endure. Twice as many riders would have been through the ride portion and Cascade Moto would've sold a bike or two.

Andy testing the Scramber (he was first in line to sign up).

Josh on a Thunderbird.

Josh's "Hero" walk.

Rick saddled up on......yup another Thunderbird.

I think Ron got a Speedmaster, (the blacked out, drag bar sibling to my America), he was the first one of us to go for a ride.
Triumph Demo Event 8/7/10Click for video.

Here is Andy on the Scrambler, Josh and Rick on a couple of Thunderbirds.
Triumph Demo Event 8/7/10Click for video.

All and all I had a great time visiting and laughing with friends and I got to ride a Thunderbird.

Nothing against the Thunderbird, nice bike and plenty of torque but my America would outrun it on a twisty road. I scraped my boot twice on a couple of easy sweepers. It's sure fun to wick it up on the straights but a lot of bike to push through the turns.

This bike was definitely aimed at the Harley crowd.

My "Hero" walk.

After my ride (I was last in line), I expressed my feelings about the Thunderbird then we packed up and headed down the road to Pat's Acres go cart track. Several of us are signed up to take Team Oregon's Advance Rider Training course in a couple weeks and we wanted to scope out the track. We stumbled upon a couple of kids on their bikes staging for a few laps.

We thought this would be fun to watch and stuck around.
Pat's Acre's 8/7/10Click for video.

Little did we know the surprise we were in for.....VESPA RACING!!!!
Pat's Acres 8/7/10Click for video.

These guys were in full leathers and full knee sliding, floorboard scraping, muffler dragging leans.

Now how am I going to swing a Triumph Dirt Triple AND a Vespa racing scooter?


"The Hero Walk"


  1. I'm looking to ART on the 23rd! So, does Tbolt know how to find the track now? :)

  2. Great shots of the Vespa racing. Who would've though....

    I must be really out of it but what is a "hero walk""?

  3. @Irondad - Yes, Tbolt knows the way now, but we may get her lost just so we can listen to her rant again.

    @Richard - have you ever seen the 1998 summer blockbuster ARMAGEDDON? All the astronauts are walking together:

  4. Triumph's and Vespa's... Nice! Thanks for the 'hero walk' explanation... obviously Armageddon is not my genre, since I had to google it. I wish the dinosaurs would have had these heroes.

  5. Fun videos & pics - I loved watching those vespas! Ron (ever rocking the boat) had a little chat with the Triumph guys about the bikes sitting for so long & how they could get more people riding. I'm not sure they appreciated it. :)


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