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« on: October 10, 2019, 11:36:15 PM »

Every year there is a Vintage Festival featuring Vintage Motorcycles and Scooters held at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.  It is also a big event for another forum I am a member of.  The Motorcycle Alabama Forum is a lot like this one in that many of us actually know each other and ride and go to events together.  Every year we have a booth in the swap meet area where we can hang out.  We also sell stuff donated by our members which generally makes enough to pay for the booth and a little more. 

In the past I went down on Saturday and spent the day there.  This year my plan was to go down for two of the three days of the festival.  On Friday I got up early and got on the road for the 100+ mile ride to the barber.  It was a beautiful morning!



I got there, parked my scooter and checked out the first Super Cub I have seen in person.



Then I headed over to the Motorcycle Alabama booth.

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 11:46:13 PM »

I went for a walk over to the vendors section. 

This Janus motorcycle may look vintage but it's new and manufactured in Goshen, Indiana.



There are a number of things to see here.  The Wall of Death:



There was a rider practicing for the jumping demonstration.



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I did a test sit on the Super Cub.



I know that the Grom is considered a tiny bike but it's not so tiny when compared to this vintage dual sport.



There are some things for which I have no words....



Small scooters are very popular here becasue they are the ideal way to get around events like this.



I'm not sure how you would ride this???



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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2019, 01:12:51 AM »

I love that Janus, but 7 grand for an off brand 250 is too much for me.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2019, 01:27:51 AM »

I love that Janus, but 7 grand for an off brand 250 is too much for me.

Me too but it sure does look cool.
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2019, 01:33:26 AM »

I took a ride around the park.  There was a second swap meet section. 

That's a lot of older sport bikes.  I still remember when these were state of the art.



Several manufacturers were offering demo rides.  There was nothing I wanted to ride all that bad.



A view of the track from the opposite side of where I normally watch.



That's it for Friday.  Saturday would be MUCH MORE interesting.  Stay tuned.
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2019, 01:45:07 AM »

I got home from barber fairly late on Friday night, went to bed and was up and back on the road before 6.  I knew would likely just be more of the same on Saturday but for some reason I was really pumped.  As I got close and started seeing so many other bikes I got even more excited.  An over the shoulder shot going into the park.



As I headed over to the Motorcycle Alabama booth I stopped to admire a Vespa GTS.



I ended up talking to the owner for about 10 minutes.  My day was off to a great start.

Some interesting bikes:



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The MA booth.



I hung out there for a while before heading back out.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2019, 01:54:44 AM »

There was much more to see here besides interesting old bikes.  One of the big attractions of course is the racing.  I watched that for a while.  While I don't follow racing and didn't know who was racing here, the sight and sounds of the racers ripping around the track were intoxicating.  There was the deep sound of the singles and twins, the angry bees sound of the two strokes and my favorite, the wail of an inline four at full throttle and high RPMs.  It made me want to get a track bike and do some track days. 



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Of course racing is not the safest sport in the world.



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I enjoyed the racing but there was much more to see.  How about something really dangerous?
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2019, 02:06:47 AM »

Racing is dangerous but I could see myself doing it.  Being 40-50 feet up in the air on a motorcycle is not something I can even imagine myself doing.



I have seen stuff like this on TV before but seeing it in person is a whole different experience.  What these guys were doing was just unbelievable.



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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2019, 02:40:24 PM »

A couple of guys were talking about going to watch the cross country racing.  What??  I didn't even know what that was but after they told me we headed over to watch.

The ride around the park.



ATGATT??

 

It's 96 degrees.  I threw on the helmet and went.



When I got to where the racing was supposed to be I just found a gravel parking lot full of RVs.  Eventually I found it.  I ended up riding down a short goat trail and parking my scooter in the woods. 

Some interesting bikes.



Some serious cooling fins.



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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2019, 03:18:18 PM »

The start of these races was interesting.  They all line up but start on row at a time.  The motors are off and when the starter waves the flag they have to try to kick start their bikes and go.  Notice I said "try". 



Ready to go.



The guy on the Penton in the middle knew his bike wouldn't start so he got the ole shot by immediately pushing his bike down the hill and attempted to bump start it.



His bike still didn't start and he clogged up the narrow trail.  Someone ended up pushing him to get it started.



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I've seen umbrella girls at races before but this gal had her own umbrella guy!

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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2019, 03:43:50 PM »

We walked down the hill to watch the racing form another place.

Some people know how to get comfortable.



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There was a sharp curve followed by a long steep hill.  It was cool hearing the bikes going up the hill at full throttle.



Eventually I headed back over to the MA booth.  I hung out some and planned on leaving early enough to be able to do most of the ride home before it got dark.

Sometimes things don't go as planned.  I ended up riding home in the dark dodging thunderstorms.  It was well worth it because the best part of my weekend was still to come.  Stay tuned.  I'll finish this when I am back home in a few days......
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2019, 03:47:06 PM »

Thanks for the "ride-along" to the meet. Looks like a good time.

I saw a Honda Monkey like the one in one of your pictures pull off my Honda/Kymco dealer's showroom floor just last month. I don't think I'd be able to fold up enough to fit on one.
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2019, 04:58:14 PM »

Thanks for the "ride-along" to the meet. Looks like a good time.

I saw a Honda Monkey like the one in one of your pictures pull off my Honda/Kymco dealer's showroom floor just last month. I don't think I'd be able to fold up enough to fit on one.

You would be surprised.  I'm 6-2 and fit just fine on a monkey bike.  It also has one of the most comfortable seats out there.

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« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2019, 07:41:28 PM »

Well, I've got a service coming up pretty soon. I'll have to walk over to the Honda shop & see what's what.
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« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2019, 03:41:25 AM »

The Monkey is a lot roomier than a Grom.
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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2019, 12:41:15 AM »

Great report and pics Winn,  thanks for sharing.  You amaze me.
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« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2019, 09:15:01 PM »

OK, time to finish this up.

I was hanging out at the Motorcycle Alabama tent and planning on leaving pretty soon.  There was some discussion going on about what to do with the ashes of one of our long time members who had passed away a few months earlier.  There was talk about scattering some of Harvie's ashes out on the race track.  We even had a couple of tickets for the parade laps at the end of the day after the racing was finished.  We had one volunteer.  There was a gal there who was also a good friend of Harvie's but she wasn't comfortable with scattering the ashes or riding on the track.  So I volunteered.  So Don would ride and scatter the ashes.  I would ride behind him with Kris on the back filming the event.

So we rode over when it was time and got ready to go.  I was still over 90 degrees and I didn't feel like putting on my mesh pants.  If you had told me I would end up riding around the Barber Race Track on a scooter while wearing shorts I would have thought you were crazy but here I was.



Lined up and ready to go.



I expected that we would only end up going 30 or maybe 40 MPH.

On the track.



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30 or 40 MPH?  We soon transitioned to ludicrous speed



So We followed as Don occasionally scattered some of Harvie's Ashes on the track.  Here's the video:

https://youtu.be/nepAKrt4kcg

I also snapped some pics while riding.



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« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2019, 09:20:06 PM »

We didn't get to go real fast but I did see over 60 on the speedo a few times.  We did 3 or 4 laps, I lost count.

More pics on the track:



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I thought that riding into the sunset was appropriate for the occasion.



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« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2019, 12:26:57 AM »

Absolutely Awesome!!!
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« Reply #19 on: October 15, 2019, 03:12:12 AM »

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« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2019, 05:27:58 AM »

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« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2019, 05:52:34 PM »

Very cool!
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« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2019, 02:44:31 AM »

Incredible write up Winn! As always your narrative and photography is the benchmark for others to follow.

Thank you,

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« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2019, 03:16:29 PM »

Well, I found a Monkey and, well, I fit but I wasn't happy.


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« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2019, 03:19:03 PM »

The monkey doesn't look too happy either!
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