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#599922 - 05/17/15 8:54 pm British & European Classic Motorcycle Day  
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Today's weather started off pretty crappy here in Maryland with rain at my place. I had originally intended to ride to the meet, but now I was doubting whether I should even go since attendance wanes with downturns in the weather. So, some texts to ricochetrider and the decision is made; we'll take the cars. That also means that my wife could join as well since she doesn't ride in the rain, so I guess it was a win.

Turnout seemed pretty low, likely on account of the weather, but there were still some neat bikes to be seen. I think Blown Income had his land speed racer in the show, and Tom introduced me to none other than John Healy as he was taking pictures of his bike. Cool!

John, if you read this, I should've followed your lead with the sun screen-I got fairly burned.

Anyway, some pics of the bikes. Hopefully others will be along to contribute as well.



The featured marque this year was Ducati.


An old BMW.


And finally the Brits, starting with a 1947 Vincent Rapide.














After the meet, there was lunch with ricochetrider at Olney Ale House-it was great to see you again Tom! No pics from that, unfortunately. I need to learn from Shaun.


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#599925 - 05/17/15 9:03 pm Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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Looks like a pretty respectable showing.


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#599943 - 05/17/15 10:50 pm Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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Hi JD, it was really great hanging out with you guys. Great to see John Healy, too- a very nice surprise, indeed.

Had the chance to run thru my pix but didn't get any uploaded yet. Got some running around to do over the next couple days but hopefully I can squeeze in some upload time with Zenfolio...

At some point I'll post some shots.


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#600000 - 05/18/15 8:50 am Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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Looks like it was worth the trip. My son arrived as expected and in addition to our scheduled programing (lunch and swapping cars) we pulled a child's bicycle from the shed and cleaned it up and put training wheels on it for my grand daughter..... looks new after the polishing we gave it..... He saved some money , not have to buy one for her , and I got some more stuff out of the shed.... Win Win ... BUT does that constitute a "bike" weekend? I think not frown

Sorry I missed meeting up with you all.


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#600002 - 05/18/15 8:54 am Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: wadeschields]  
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Originally Posted By wadeschields
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BUT does that constitute a "bike" weekend? I think not frown



Of course it does, why ever not? beerchug


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#600138 - 05/18/15 10:40 pm Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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OK got my pix uploaded to Zenfolio...
Here's a teaser.
The featured Marque was Ducati. of course it's a BRIT 7 Euro show so there were actually quite a few nice bikes, considering the "low" turnout.

The range of various machines went from the sublime







to the more mundane



to um...
other:



Will post more later!


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#600182 - 05/19/15 8:09 am Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: ricochetrider]  
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Originally Posted By ricochetrider
OK got my pix uploaded to Zenfolio...



to um...
other:



Will post more later!




When you say "more" ... I hope there's not much more of THAT .... laughing

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#600194 - 05/19/15 9:16 am Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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Being that it was the Brit & Euro Show, there was a really great mix of bikes on hand.

Every day riders



and the more or less predictable slew of highly polished, antique BMWs



.... and of course there were a handful of the aforementioned that were NOT so polished...







Josh talked tho this guy about his bike... I thought the color was cool & unusual. A nice bike, fer sure.



There were a bunch of shiny BSAs there tho...



And a few quite special Brit Bikes to ogle as well







to be continued....











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#600196 - 05/19/15 9:33 am Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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Moving on with the Brits on hand, this 3TA was one of the nicer full retos



The Garden Gate tank badge moves me every time I see one



There was the predictable bunch of Triumphs to view... honestly, many looked like they never get ridden! This is something I may never fully comprehend... This bike, however, seems to be a rider



This little Velocette was really sweet... sure love to see it with some dirt on it tho! Obviously, one really has to admire all the work that goes into a full on resto... But I get so sick of seeing these great bikes all lookin like they just do not ever get out of the garage... from garage to the trailer, back to the garage... really. WHAT is the point, exactly? Call me silly, I guess. Well, I'll take pix of them all day long to share with my friends... so I suppose there IS that.











:sigh


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#600198 - 05/19/15 9:42 am Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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Moving on... I'll cut the commentary and stick to the point. cool





















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#600199 - 05/19/15 9:52 am Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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#600201 - 05/19/15 10:03 am Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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this little 250 was hot





It was a really great day, especially if you like your days real hot and humid! laughing

Of course, I never had a bad day looking at bikes, or hanging out with friends. I followed JD and Shanna over to the Olney Ale House after, and we had a couple nice beers and some good food.

if ya feels like lookin at all my pix (yes, I took a few more), feast your peepers .

Since I have these in the general gallery of Rides & Events... you might haffta wade thru pix of the Norton Rally as well. Speed thru that and there's pix of all the sweet Eye-Tal-E-Awno bikes at Clarksburg in addition to more Brit & Euro bikes I didnt post.

Cheers.
Tom


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#600202 - 05/19/15 10:15 am Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: ricochetrider]  
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Originally Posted By ricochetrider
Being that it was the Brit & Euro Show, there was a really great mix of bikes on hand.



Josh talked tho this guy about his bike... I thought the color was cool & unusual. A nice bike, fer sure.








That blue was a stock BSA color - that bike there is EXACTLY like my '70 Lightning, my favorite bike of all the ones I've had ......

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#600215 - 05/19/15 12:00 pm Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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Hey nice to see the alloy-tank monoshock Commando I built, out and about. I hope it was ridden, it FLIES.



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#600313 - 05/19/15 9:38 pm Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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great pixs fellas……Man I would ride the stink out of that Velo/greeves>>>>The turnout looks a little light, but a bunch of nice bikes there!.. Jenifer and I stopped there on the way home from the 3 state ride two years ago.. Man..it was packed to the gills with bikes…and they said most people left already!!!! I def will hit this event again in the future! thanks for posting!!

what model is that Velo?


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Great pics... Great seldom seen bikes. (this side of the pond ) I am sorry I missed the show but I did have a few hours with my son instead. One on one as well ... Been a few years since I have had that privilege.....


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#600477 - 05/20/15 7:20 pm Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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Hey Wade, ya take it when you get it brother.
There's always next time, another show, meet, ride in.... Etc.


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#600487 - 05/20/15 8:18 pm Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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looking at the pics...just spotted the rat b50 I took.
the trump with the for sale sign..i noticed the purple tank and seat in the distance......suspect no one looked at it though!

now looking toward the Nat'l triumph meet.

#600566 - 05/21/15 2:24 pm Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: mac]  
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Originally Posted By mac

the trump with the for sale sign..i noticed the purple tank and seat in the distance......suspect no one looked at it though!


I actually cage-rode down there, but only stayed for NY minute....

I had my youngest son with me and was heading someplace else, but had to stop in as I needed some alternator bits. Only two vendors there who had what I needed, but prices were too high compared to online so I passed. Sorry I didn't have time to hunt y'all down and say hello...

As for the Triumph, if it's the same one I saw, I think it was '73 and the price was 3500.00. Seemed like a bargain to me!

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#601119 - 05/25/15 10:40 am Re: British & European Classic Motorcycle Day [Re: JD]  
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Great pics! I always play the personal game "If you could take one home...." I'm not sure I'd be able to choose just one. The cafe Norties, the Velo...

I agree, Tom, about trailer queens. But on the other hand, as a historian, the non-ridden yet perfectly restored give me a picture of what brand new bikes must have looked like on the showroom floor, the likes of which I was privileged to see only a couple of times as a wee laddie accompanying my dad to the spares shop.

I watched as the showroom floors - swiftly, as I recall - went from gleaming Brits to row upon row of every imaginable color of Japanese stuff. And, yes, this was the time of the BSA demise.

The restored bikes should be ridden, I agree. But I have to admit the fleckless and dustless (nee oilless also) bikes do personally take me back to a year or two when our own bikes were new and front and center inside the large plate glass windows of the stockists long gone.

But, yes, as somebody said - ride the stink out of them!

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