|Very nice '74 Norton still in the hands of it's original owner and clearly marked "Not for sale."|
The 2011 Arizona motorcycle season kicked off Sunday with a very small Brit and Euro show and swap meet in North Phoenix. I'd been a couple or three years ago and saw some exceptional Bultacos road racers. This year the offerings were thin but there were still some nice bikes to be seen.
It seems like the cafe racer style/fad/next-great-thing is now beginning to replace the chopper fad with older riders. Sunday I saw more than one middle aged guy walking around with his new leather jacket festooned with checkerboard patterns, "59" patches, and Union Jacks. I suppose it's more plausible for riders to pretend to be cafe racers (or maybe they once were) rather than faux 1%ers.
Some pictures from the morning:
|1968 BSA 650 Spitfire MKIV|
|'70 Wixom "batwing" fairing. Not as cool as it once was.|
|Very pretty little Gilera single. Maybe early 1960s vintage.|
|A clean motorcycle is a happy motorcycle and a happy motorcycle won't let you down. He may have been wiping my drool marks off the bike.|
|Thinking back, I probably should have bought this bike Sunday, a running Triumph 650 Tiger for $1900. Oh well.|
I've noticed of late that anything that can be turned into a cafe racer or bobber is bringing higher prices, or at least the asking prices are higher. A month or so back I looked at a burned '66 Bonneville, no carbs, middle of the bike charred, wiring harness gone, dented pipes, and the guy wanted $1300 for it.
|1960s vintage Ducati. Not sure if it's a Diana or a Monza or an? Regardless, it would look nice in my living room.|