The Virginia British Motorcycle Club had a spring outing this weekend, so I fired up the Norton early Sunday morning and headed over to see what was going on. It was at “Osborne’s Landing” on the James River below Richmond, VA.
This is in the Tidewater area of Virginia (the rivers go up and down with the tide) so there’s a lot of flat land … and a lot of the roads look like this:
You’ll notice I’m standing on the center line, with no traffic in sight. It was actually a nice early morning ride …
A few people started showing up at 9:00 AM
Some of the bikes ridden in were pretty neat. This one’s a 1928 Henderson Four. The owner has several of them, and this one stays on the road quite a bit:
It sounds really good running!
Another guy was into BMWs. These all ran but were trailered in. We didn’t care, we just wanted to see them. The newest one was an R75/5.
and they went all the way back to a 1939 model:
This one was not only the prettiest bike there, but was ridden in the longest distance. Well, of course it’s the nicest one, it’s MINE!
I was salivating strongly over this ‘52 FL – reminded me so much of the ‘54 FL I owned and loved. I ought to sell ‘em all and just get one and ride it everywhere, shouldn’t I?
Not everything was an exotic. Some guys just rode in on whatever they had. And someone, no matter what it is, says either “I used to have one of those!” or “I’d love to have one of those!” so it’s all good …
A bunch of Ducati guys zoomed in, so we old-bike types took them in hand and explained The True Faith …
The club cooked hamburgers with all the fixings for everyone who showed up, and kept cooking until the last few folks were fed …
The weather forecast had been bad for a week; the day turned out beautiful. I’m not listening to any more weather forecasts before a ride!
Nice ride home and job’s a good ‘un. Had to kickstart the Norton, my 2-1/2 year old battery won’t hold a charge. It’ll hold VOLTAGE, but won’t supply current (hurrah for the Load Test!). Got to figure out the right kind of battery for this thing ….