SoCal Vintage BMW Auto Meet 2011

This was back on October 29th, 2011.
Wow. What can i say. LOTS of cars. Lots of NICE cars. It was great seeing all the 2002s and 1600s there.
Here is a flicker gallery of some of the ones that caught my eye. Of course i shot way more photos… but i had to edit.
Prior to the event, i talked to the coordinators about adding motorcycles next year. They really want to do it… so stay tuned. Hopefully Vintage BMW bikes will be there in 2012.

BMW Side car catching air

I love this shot. Looks like fun… however, if i was the passenger, i’d probably need a fresh change of underwear.

Vintage BMW Motorcycle sidecar photo

••• EDIT •••
So as it turns out, the passenger in the sidecar is actually a woman… and her name is Dane Rowe. She is quite the vintage moto babe. Thanks to Shane for doing some digging about her and sharing the information with me. Looking where to repair your car? At the Cottonwood tire store, their team of auto mechanics will take care of you and your vehicle, so auto repair is one less thing you have to worry about.
She even has a fan page:
Look for an article on her someday on the Vintagent blog. She is still alive and well and has become a coin collector of all things… Cheers to Dane!
Dane Rowe SideCar racer

Dane Rowe

1st place in Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally

Sunday October 22nd was the annual Venice beach Vintage Motorcycle Rally hosted by the VVMC. It was a great event complete with beer, pin up girls, and TONS of amazing bikes. It was $5 to park your bike there, $10 to enter the judging. The paper gasket on my bike’s oil filter blew out and was gushing oil so i spent Saturday morning fixing it instead of going on the vintage ride prior to the rally. If you are looking for a gasket, shop for Expanded Teflon™ PTFE Gaskets
When i got it done and got to the rally with a buddy, I figured what the hell, lets see what happens with $10 entry. A few hours later, and a few beers later i heard my name over the PA system. I was asked to bring my bike over to the stage into the ‘winners circle’. Sure enough, I WON! I’m so proud of this bike and the attention it still gets years after i got it running. And i don’t even consider myself done with it yet.
Thanks to the VVMC, the Judges and all the people who snapped photos of my bike…. and Matt who helped me make the decision to switch categories.

Great trophy that will i’m going to proudly display…somewhere. I haven’t figured out where just yet…

The Winner’s circle.

The MC and the judges. Thanks guys!

And to be honest, i thought there were nicer bikes then mine in the category but maybe i won because they were all Hondas… You don’t see enough NON-Stock BMWs out there. They are cool bikes and can be modified in nice ways… if you dare piss off the German purists.
Here are a few snaps i took while roaming the parking lot and contest entries.

This Indian was in great running condition.

A Pair of beautiful /2 BMWs.

Moto Parilla. Tasty Rims… watch for a set of those on my bike someday…

Tasty looking bicycle. I love those handlebars.

Someday… i’ll have a sidecar and a dog who will ride with me.

A Harley Davidson M65. I took this for inspiration on my little cream puff harley that is awaiting a rebirth.

Classic R90s in great shape. Too bad he too the fairing off through.

Chopped Honda.

What the hell?

Clubman Handlebars

There are many many options out there for clubman style handlebars.  I am often asked which bars i used for my bike.  I think they are Clubmans for a Suzuki but I lost the link to them due to a computer crash years ago.  According to the photo mine are called ‘Clearance’ Clubmans and are a 7/8 bar size.  I  saw this ad on Craigslist a while back and ‘Borrowed’ the person’s photos.  I hope this helps those in search for specific clubmans.    You’ll have to do some modifications to get the  22mm BMW clamps and controls to fit on the 7/8 bars.


Clubman handle bars , click the photo for a higher resolution version.

Clubman handle bars , click the photo for a higher resolution version.

April’s Vintage Venice Motorcycle ride

I attended the Venice Vintage Motorcycle ride last month. Finally downloaded the photos. Nice guys (and gals). Nice ride. Nice bikes. As the weather gets better, the rides should get more eventful…

Enjoy the photos –

BSA with a nice vintage helmet

Completely naked Ducati. All the covering and plastic has been removed and the owner made some additional mods.

Check out the exposed guts of this Ducati. Looks pretty robotic.

This paint job has been hiding out for 25 years. On the fairing it says Honda CB - X tra - Get it? ha ha...

Check out the dirtbike with the sidecar

clubmans are all the rage.

more clubman bars...

cafe helmet and goggles.

It's never a bad thing to follow a chick on a triumph.

I had to swing by one of my favorite surf shops after the ride. Mollusk is a great shop with some tasty boards.

More Willow Springs

Gotta Love Old Farts Racing

Another Fast Beemer

Ladies Discount!?! I'll wear a skirt if i have to.

Thor Antique Motorcycle. Looked as if it sat in a garage of grease for the past 100 years. i'd love to hear the history of this motorcycle. Note the vent holes on the cylinder. I'm sure that caused a nice mess.

Triumph making a pass.

Another leaning vintage BMW race bike shot.