By the end of Friday, we’ve ridden 1,000 miles of back roads, experienced close contact with the vagaries of weather, experimented with roadside mechanics, told stories, kicked tires, and generally had a great time.
On Saturday, the clean up begins.
While this is partly good motorcycle maintenance, the polishing also has a competitive edge. Club members vote for the best of each category as well as for prizes that depend on the bike’s (or rider’s) performance during the week. Obviously, these motorcycles are not Garage Queens, but they still want to compete for the prizes.
Around noon, the bikes are pushed into line according to various categories such as Sports Velo, Rigid Velo, and Non-Velo (where my faithful Buell takes its place). Votes are handed out and members confer and bribe and generally carry on.
The votes are counted and the prizes awarded after the final group dinner. At this time officials for the next year are voted in – and I get to be editor of the Fishtail West once again! Yeah!
For more and better photos see Paul’s site: http://thevintagent.blogspot.com/ and Pete’s site: http://occhiolungo.wordpress.com/
Next year will be in Arizona. At this point the plan involves cloverleaf rides out of Flagstaff. I can’t wait…..