Monday, May 18, 2009

OVM Show and Swap Meet

It was a beautiful weekend for the Oregon Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet, nothing but sunshine with temperatures in the low 80ºs. Saturday morning a group of us met at Creekside Coffee before heading over to the fairgrounds for the vintage ride. There was a pretty good turnout...

Bob, Sean, Brandy and I stayed with the ride while Stacy and Rick from our group went on ahead. The ride started off great and with Brandy riding pillion was able to snap some pics. This we learned is not an easy task while riding on the back of a motorcycle, especially with the constant acceleration and braking during a large group ride. I think she did a great job for her first try.

This is Sean on his Triumph Thruxton

Bob took off with the lead and we were unable to snap a pic of him and his CBRXX Blackbird.

We stopped once we got out of town to regroup and rode a total of about 30 miles before we stopped in Brownsville for gas. I snapped a pic of my Trobaritz.

The gas stop...

The problem with riding with such a large group is the slow going and long rest stops. We were probably at the Chevron for half an hour before we got rolling again. Sean and I just couldn't get in the zone and were constantly on the brakes so we called Rick and Stacy, got thier approximate location and when we reached them we bailed and went for lunch. This is the vantage point Rick and Stacy found and caught Bob waving as rode by.

and Sean again

It was sure nice to ride with a small group of friends you know and we made good time into town for a late lunch. This is a great ride for those with vintage bikes that don't get out very often and I am sure it is a lot of work to put this together, but for those of us who ride all the time on modern bikes, this was not our cup o' tea. It did however encourage me to drag out the old Kawasaki KZ900LTD and get her running again and I'll post more on that later.

Sunday was the Show and Swap Meet and it was a better turnout than last year. I made it down the block with the KZ but forgot the camera, so these next pics are first from Rick.

Brandy's boss's son-in-law Schuyler came down from Portland.

A few of my favorites from Sean's site

and a link to TJ Rubley's pics


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