The motorcycle culture in
is odd to say
the least. You either ride an American
product, a go fast foreign product or you have your vintage motorcycle of any
blood hidden deep in a garage. Since I
became addicted to JAP engines I have tried to find some local support group of
other vintage cyclist. Montana
What I have found is generally insular, clubby and pretty standoffish. So when the Cannonball crew decided to ride near
on their 2012 sea to shinning sea trophy dash I had to go and soak up as much
moving vintage porn as I could. Despite my
training and practice as a military photographer I was so thrilled by the
machines and the kind and generous riders and mechanics and support crews I
took fewer photos than I had planned. Montana
Here are the photos I liked best for the reason that the people and the machines are some of my favorites for lots of reasons.
Paul d’Orleans and his 28/33 Velocette KSS/MkIV KTT hybrid. Yellowstone Lake, WY
Velocette race bike.
Shinya Kimura, Ayu and Niimie of Chabott Engineering, with their 1915 Indian.
The Cannonball winner for two in a row 1913 Excelsior of Brad Wilmarth.
Paul, Shinya Kimura, Ayu and Niimie and Brad all were kind and gracious and had great patience for an intruding old wanker like me. I was very much like a kid in a candy store not only meeting these very cool riders and crew but all the other riders that treated me with courtesy and evidently appreciated my overboard enthusiasm. Plus a thank you to Jeff Decker for his willingness to give a minute to an art and motorcycle fan.