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Hot Summer Day for a battle...
#742051 07/16/18 1:16 am
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Yes, Mods vs. Rockers at The Yard. Very warm weather and very humid from rain yesterday. But no rain today so we were able to ride in from all over Central New York. The Interceptor's new carbs allowed it to perform flawlessly even in this heat. The nice thing about this event is I get to ride the Seneca Turnpike. A beautiful mostly two lane road stretching across Onondaga county with varied speed limits but mostly 55MPH which in local practice means nice cruising speeds of 60 to 65. I can get to The Yard in about 45 minutes.
Lots of bikes and scooters there when I pulled in around 1PM and more followed. About 2PM they had a meeting and left for a ride around a nearby park. I opted to find a shady spot and have a snack rather than suit up and ride again. Lots of my club members, friends and acquaintances, along with some new people, like the custom Norton NC15CS owner. The guy with the top hat was of course the owner of the red Modded out Vespa. The people were very nice and everyone appreciated the machines.
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Al Eckstadt #742324 07/18/18 1:39 pm
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Nice Al! That's one hell of a scooter with the mod license plate. Where are the Yards?


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Al Eckstadt #742326 07/18/18 1:43 pm
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The light bar on front of that scooter is clamped on with rubber-faced clamps .... you could have that thing looking like a stock unmolested Vespa in about 30 seconds .... Think of all the holes you'd have to drill in that Italian bodywork to do it in any other way .....

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The Yard is in Manlius, NY about a half hour southeast of Syracuse. It was a lumber yard on a former rail line - you can make out the rail bed line in the photo. The tracks ran behind the Manlius Military Academy where I spent the one loneliest year of my life in 1965. I used to walk the tracks but I can't remember if trains were running then, but I think they were. The Academy is long gone but the dorms were rehabbed into deluxe apartments or condos. They have a bar in one of the barns, an air conditioned cafe, and craft and food vendors on weekends. One of the buildings stores the owners' collection of motorcycles.
Its a good thing there was no breeze Sunday or the wind would have caught those mirrors and toppled the little Vespa.
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I have to wonder: If the rider turns on all the lights on that scooter at the same time, does it stall from lack of voltage, or does it simply go up in a mushroom cloud?
Just the way my mind works, that's all: Jim

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Originally Posted by Class Clown
I have to wonder: If the rider turns on all the lights on that scooter at the same time, does it stall from lack of voltage, or does it simply go up in a mushroom cloud?
Just the way my mind works, that's all: Jim


Well, it's just six lights ... if they're all LEDs (and in today's modern world they probably are), all together they'll draw less current than one normal headlight ....


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Originally Posted by Class Clown
I have to wonder: If the rider turns on all the lights on that scooter at the same time, does it stall from lack of voltage, or does it simply go up in a mushroom cloud?
Just the way my mind works, that's all: Jim


Well, it's just six lights ... if they're all LEDs (and in today's modern world they probably are), all together they'll draw less current than one normal headlight ....


Hello, Lannis: Now that's something that I hadn't considered...……..I'm still living in the 60's, that's all.
Jim

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Great pictures Al, THANKS!!!! I have at Rat-Fink key chain hanging on my 64 SF-Hornet. My first big bike was a 1974 Kaw Z-1 bought new just over $1800.00 out the door. Probably had that much in it in chains, sprockets and rear tyres when I sold it in 1981. That smoke grey 74 R90S made me the café/sport-tour' fanatic to this day!! Could not afford one back then so I bought the Z-1. With the help of Jack at Orient Express he set me up with a Denco pipe. Dicks Cycle West 1/4 fairing and black chrome superbike handlebars. I had my poor mans R-90S!!! Finally got my Airhead in 2001. Currently the Airhead, 3 Vintage Brits an 03 Bonny, & I still have will always have an inline 4cyl. in this case a 1980 GS-850. Great seeing all those bikes at The Yard

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Originally Posted by Class Clown
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Originally Posted by Class Clown
I have to wonder: If the rider turns on all the lights on that scooter at the same time, does it stall from lack of voltage, or does it simply go up in a mushroom cloud?
Just the way my mind works, that's all: Jim


Well, it's just six lights ... if they're all LEDs (and in today's modern world they probably are), all together they'll draw less current than one normal headlight ....


Hello, Lannis: Now that's something that I hadn't considered...……..I'm still living in the 60's, that's all.
Jim


A huge arc and a mushroom cloud WOULD be more fun, though ....


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Al Eckstadt #742409 07/19/18 5:53 am
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There are mods in the USA? Always something to be learnt.

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Al Eckstadt #742743 07/22/18 11:38 am
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It has become a phenomenon in Toronto. Big meet up in August.
http://www.modsandrockerstoronto.com/

Also on Facebook.
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Al Eckstadt #742830 07/23/18 6:14 am
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Mods have drifited in and out of fashion in the UK at least four times to my certain knowledge. Young(er) people wearing parkas with fishtails and roundels were out and about winter 2017/2018. No sign of current mod music though.

Big scooters look interesting e.g. Yamaha TMax

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Al Eckstadt #742833 07/23/18 7:27 am
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I remember an old Rocker friend telling me about a game of "Toss the Lambretta frame" on Brighton beach. I always thought all those bolts on lights and mirrors would make good trophies for the winners?

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