Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Day 50 - Corvallis Bike Night

I saw my nephew pull into the driveway with their dog on his 49cc scooter and ran out to take a picture. He said that the dog enjoyed (tolerated?) the scooter more than when he takes him on his bicycle. Maybe because the scooter rides are shorter and he gets to face forward.

The first Wednesday of the month is Corvallis Bike Night at American Dream Pizza on 2nd Ave. I headed down ther a bit after the starting time and parking was pretty tight. Lots of bikes. One was this wonderful Vincent with a left-hand mounted Steib sidecar. The owner came out and pointed out several features that the factory provided for sidecar use. Such as an eccentric on the front suspension that stiffened the front suspension and reduced trail at the same time when in sidecar mode.

Counting mine, there were four Urals there. This Patrol T was parked right out front. They didn't know the significance of the number "3" on the front of the sidecar. I talked quite a bit with 10guy on ADVrider about his new and old Urals. The old is a 2012 Gear-Up with some mods that I'm considering.

Anyway, there must have been about 50 bikes that came and went during the evening. A pretty good turnout.

10 comments:

VStar Lady said...

Corvallis seems to be a hot spot for motorcycles in the west ... breakfasts and bike nights. Sounds like there were a good mix of bikes there. I've never been to a Kingston Bike Night. They're held every Wednesday.

Trobairitz said...

Glad there was a nice turn out for you. The Vincent and side car belong to David - he is the one we were wondering about at Saturday coffee. He is a weekend regular. His toys also include a Morgan, Lotus, and Ford GT

redlegsrides said...

I would have liked to have seen that Vincent Sidecar Rig in person.....thanks.

RichardM said...

There was a pretty good mix of bikes both brands and type. Many that had never seen before.

RichardM said...

David must've seen me looking at it as he came out to answer all my questions. I couldn't remember his name, thank you.

RichardM said...

It was pretty nice with some minor mods to improve reliability. But all original parts were kept. Even all the sidecar mounting points are factory parts.

Unknown said...

Ooo, nice, rare bird you spotted--that Vincent...

Years ago, when I was still going around by scooter, I saw a guy on a red Vespa GTS 250: He was past middle age, was bald on top and had his long side-hair pulled back in a ponytail; he'd mounted a set of huge air horns to the front of his scoot, bells down; and around his neck he wore a big bag that held his goggled lapdog. It was quite a sight. I couldn't tell if the dog was terrified or what.

Troubadour said...

Glad you could make it.

RichardM said...

I don't think the dog was terrified at all and even after arriving at the house wasn't in a huge hurry to get out of the backpack.

RichardM said...

Thank you for the invite!