Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Uraling to the Fourth Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show

Scarlett and I attended a great vintage motorcycle show today in Golden, Co.  All manner of marques and motorcycles vintage and some not so vintage gathered for the enjoyment of the show attendees and lucky passers-by who were enroute to the other venues at Heritage Square.

The event is hosted each year by the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club but this in no way means the show is composed solely of Japanese Vintage Iron.  I saw BMW, Ducati, Moto-Guzzi, Ariel, Puch, Norton, BSA, Triumph, Excelsior, Nimbus and even home made motorcycles sitting pretty along Japanese marques such as Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki.

Bob Kelly is one of the organizers of this event and he greeted me warmly soon after I arrived.  He and his friend Ron were soon quite busy getting arriving riders and their motorcycles situated and organized; all this while crowds of people walked through the area.

Bob Kelly and his '67 Honda Super Hawk 305

The Excelsior Henderson Sidecar Rig that was such a hit at Bob Ohman's recent Old Bike Ride made an appearance at this event.  A crowd favorite, its rider: John would periodically fire up the engine so that folks could admire the functioning of the exposed valves and the manual spark advance mechanism.  Yours truly had never seen this manual spark advance, those riders of old sure had a lot of things to keep track of while riding!

By the time the show officially started at 10:00AM, there were dozens and dozens of gorgeous vintage motorcycles to please any connoisseur.  I met friends, made new ones and had quite the enjoyable time wandering amongst these vintage motorcycle enthusiasts.  

 Back in the day, BMW's attempt at building a Superbike....

 Old Age and Treachery, a record setter on the salt flats of Utah

 Cool looking Nimbus, made by the Danish

 Todd Wallis, who runs the annual SBR: Small Bike Ride, brought his Sears Motorcycle

 Gorgeous 1930 Indian Chief with just the right patina

 1929 Harley Davidson, also owned by same rider who owned the Indian Chief

 Todd Wallis' motorcycles

 A fellow Uralista, Dave, brought his gorgeous Beemer to be admired

 Cool Cushman Scooter

Never sold in the US, these minibikes were apparently quite popular
in Europe before the onslaught of scooters.
The left one is a '64 CZ100 and the one on the right is the more 
collectible '67 C50M made for the French market.

Honda Quartet

The weather was almost perfect for the event, it did get a bit warm by 11:20AM when I had to leave for family duties.  Not all the beautiful iron was in the show however, I saw these in the parking lot along many modern motorcycles whose riders were inside taking in the show.

 I like the sand color on this URAL GearUP

Nice Airhead Beemer, almost as pretty as my Brigitta.

I am very glad I attended this show, my thanks to Bob and Ron for all the work they did to organize it and keep it going.  I look forward to next year's showing, mark you calendars, it's always held the first Sunday in June!


Richard M said...

Looks like a great show and pretty nice weather as well.

Trobairitz said...

Some really nice looking machines there.

The Henderson was neat firing up. Thanks for liming it.

bob skoot said...


Lots of nice bikes. I remember them from when I was younger, Well, not all of them. The Honda 305 Dream was the powerhouse of the 60's. Back then a 250cc was considered a BIG bike. I had a Yamaha 80cc 2-stroke, 4 or 5 speed, can't remember, as well as an MGB. I have only doubled once, and Mrs Skoot was on the back as we went up Burnaby Mountain.

If I do the reverse loop I could make it next year.

Riding the Wet Coast

Charlie6 said...

RichardM, it was a pretty good show indeed....

Trobairitz, you're welcome, I just found the concept of exposed valves fascinating....

Bobskoot, re the Honda 305, that's what the owner said as well! He had a pic of Steve McQueen with his 305, I guess it was The Bike back in the day.

SonjaM said...

What an eclectic collection of bikes. Love the Nimbus.
Speaking of... There is actually an international Nimbus Meetup in the Black Forest on the last June weekend.

terry said...

your pictures are fantastic, some great bikes and the video was superb...

Charlie6 said...

SonjaM, thanks...up until that day I didn't even know about Nimbus motorcycles!

Terry, thanks for the kind words.

Charlie6 said...

SonjaM, thanks...up until that day I didn't even know about Nimbus motorcycles!

Terry, thanks for the kind words.