Sunday, August 9, 2015

There are Great People Out There

     After the Smoke Out I was on my way home and I was in a hardware store in Elizabeth Town, NC, looking for a bolt for safety wire. Neal said he lived nearby and offered to drill the bolt for me. Thanks Neal. Nice van too. 

     My front muffler bracket broke. I used some bailing wire to hold the muffler and went to Harley Davidson of Ashville, North Carolina. 
     Peaches, on the right in the photo, recognized my bike as a Stampede bike. I took the bracket off and Peaches took it to Justin, who is probably not really suicidal. Justin welded the bracket and I reinstalled it, perfect. 
     Neal, Justin and Peaches are the kind of friendly, generous people I find all over the country. Thanks guys.   

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It Was All Fun and Games Till the Cops Showed Up


     As far as I know someone reported some type of traffic incident. We were still riding close together so it was easy for Pinehurst PD to pull us all over.


     Initially the police were nervous and cautious.

Pete, a Marine, is a master of camouflage.

     After a through investigation it was decided that we were all good, there had been no violations and it was all fun and games again.

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Ride in the North Carolina Countryside

     On Saturday everyone was invited for a ride in the country. Michael Lichter was going to take photos. It was a beautiful day, but very hot.

     We stopped at a roadside fruit stand. I sampled local fruit. The peaches were the best I've had in a while. We talked and visited while Lichter took photographs.

While we cooled off, Velarde intertained us with wheelies in the street.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Racing is Hard on Equipment

     It's not a saw blade, it is what's left of a rear sprocket on a strutted Sportster after a hard run across the country. 
     I first noticed extreme chain and sprocket wear during Stampede 9, when my Sportster was strutted. 
     I wrote about that unusual wear in my "belt vs Chain" post (click on the label below).
     I think that there is something about a strutted Sportster that causes heavy chain and sprocket wear. Perhaps it is the lack of any "cush drive", like we see in many other chain driven motorcycles. 

     Gordon Porritt (#4) finished 33rd despite the extreme chain and sprocket wear. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Terrible Accident

     On Saturday morning we all took a ride through the North Carolina country side. We stopped at a roadside fruit stand and I took this photo of Michael Lichter taking a photograph of Richie Pan. 
     Late that night Richard Pannarra and Michael Napolitano were hit and killed while crossing the street in Southern Pines, North Carolina. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Smoke Out 16

     The Smoke Out is, by far, my favorite motorcycle event. It's not the largest rally by any means, but it has more going on than all the others.
     The palatial Stampede compound, where we were front and center on the happenings at Smoke Out 16. And there's a lot to take in.

It's always fun to check out the mini bikes and mini bike racing.

Diesel bikes, could be the next big thing. 

Two stroke choppers are cool. I sure like this one.

There are bands to listen to,

cute girls to enjoy,
and loads of bikes to look at.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Stampede 10, Barstow

     Stampede 10 would be the last Stampede. The last great American race. Because it was the last chance to be part of something so unique and challenging, 57 riders came to Barstow, California from across the country to measure their grit.

Grampa David Gooden rode his classic shovel head.

Speedo brought a sport bike technology chopper.

Benny Cisak and Phil Crank doing some last minute adjustments.

Mike Shocp brought his really clean sporty.

Steve Aretz had the first two stroke to compete. His Suzuki GT550 really looks sweet.

Bob Marshal and his fully loaded KZ-1000 Police bike. 

Pete and Jennifer Cushing going to Stampede 2 up. A great way to honeymoon. 

F-Bomb always rides a small displacement bike. This year was no exception. He brought his Honda 250 Rebel in a Sportster frame.

Sue and Steff Brooks, aka Mr. and Mrs. Mayagi

So on Sunday morning at 0600 June 14, 2015 Charlie Davis put his bike in gear and that started the last Stampede.

A Video of the start can be seen on YouTube at: