Friday, October 19, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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...
Friday, October 05, 2012
This trend to make bikes uglier and uglier each year can be seen in the more polished but still butt ugly 2013 BMW R1200GS.
Really, how do trained designers come up with this stuff? The GS looks like a farm implement - a 2 wheeled hay bailer - more than a motorcycle.
Time Machine: 2006 Triumph Scrambler 900. (photo borrowed from www.advrider.com ) Continuing on with my current fascination for the new...
Gold Wings are known to be sensitive to wobble in the front end, depending on tires, head bearing issues, and other factors, so when my '...
The water temp gauge on a bike tells you how hot the engine coolant is but what about the rest of the bike? How hot does the gas tank get? ...
In olden times when one wanted to ride off road you didn't always have a specialized bike for it as we do now. You simply turned off the...
I decided to put out a few more photos from the vintage bike show while I slog through the bulk of them. Here's one of my favorite bik...
"When my mood gets too hot and I find myself wandering beyond control I pull out my motor-bike and hurl it top-speed through these unfit roads for hour after hour." - T.E. Lawrence
An Important reminder from the past:
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison