There seemed to be more booths this year and more attendees but less interesting stuff. Lots and lots of miscellaneous and largely uninteresting bike parts and very few older bikes for sale. I got this notion as I walked around that in the down economy a lot of people have already sold off their good junk and are down to selling their junk junk. On the other hand, prices seemed a little silly, a badly painted and now very rough Sportster tank for $300? A primered and weathered Triumph tank for $400?
The guys manning the booth looked positively clean cut and beyond their colors not much like the guys that used to frequent the gas station where I worked when I was 19. Things change even in the 1% world. While faux "bikers" around the world try to look bad the real bikers are looking almost corporate. I'll guess that corporate is only skin deep just as "bad ass biker" is often only t-shirt deep.
Behind the Red & White booth you could buy "The Ultimet Riding Bandana." I resisted buying one even though there is no helmet law in Arizona.
I contented myself with wandering about struggling to find interesting things to point my camera at, things that wouldn't turn suddenly away and ask "Who ya takin' those for??"
I find myself drawn to photograph old saddlebags. More than many parts of a bike, worn saddlebags seem to hint at a story.
I thought this tank looked interesting with it's damaged '70s style paint scheme. Looks like someone tried paint remover on it and failed. I thought it would look cool in my house and with some flowers poking out of the filler neck but lost interest when the seller quoted me $300.
More photos to come...