Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
I think everyone vintage motorcycle guy has a mental list of the motorcycles he wishes he could own but but probably never will. This one is #1 for me. Given their scarcity the pre-war T100's don't bring crazy money. Comparable bikes, like Velocettes of the same vintage are double the price. Many of the bikes in my top 10 (Crocker, HD JD, Vincent, Crocker Indian Scout) WAY WAY more expensive. Maybe one day I'll trade everything I own for one. I honest think they might be the most beautiful production motorcycles every built.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Flathead Rob pointed out this nice video biography of Bobby J's Yamaha in Albuquerque, NM. The piece claims Bobby J's is the oldest Yamaha dealer in the US. The Johnson's opened Bobby J's carrying Indian in 1954 and swapped to Yamaha in 1958. Bobby J's is the first place I purchased parts from, at 8 years old.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
It is with a heavy heart I learned of the passing of one of my most pivotal childhood mentors, Cedric Tingley. Ced left this earth just 6 days shy of his 100th birthday. Mr Tingley graciously fostered my love of motorcycles, taught me to ride safely and generously showed me almost everything else I could latch on to about being a great friend, father, well rounded man and role model. We'll all miss his smile, charming chuckle, wisdom and Maine-ism punctuated sentences with "Ayuh." I've written more than I feel up to saying about him here before. I can't thank you enough old friend. You touched my life, made me a better man and I will never forget you.