Motorcycling, something of a Darwinian variation in the evolution of bicycling, originates with the widespread diffusion of motorized transportation in the United States. The late 1800s and early 1900s saw an international bicycle diffusion bonanza. These relatively cheap vehicles were marketed for a wide variety of uses, such as business delivery vehicles and leisurely activities, as well as being a prime answer to inner city mass transportation problems. While bicycle companies had been experimenting with motorized versions of their cycles since at least as early as 1894, the first large scale introduction of what was to become the motorcycle was introduced to the American public via bicycle racing after the turn of the twentieth century (Sucher). In fact, well into the 1920s bicycle racing was Americas most popular and well attended sport, with races drawing more spectators than any other professional sport including baseball (Nye).
The Bikers Club is a community in Mumbai and Pune. Incepted in 2010, with a vision of uniting motorcycling enthusiasts, today the BC have positively impacted more than a thousand riders many - of these try not missing even a single ride! The BC do not promote any single brand of motorcycles, no matter what machine you ride, you are welcomed! Though a chirpy bunch of riders, we do share information useful for bikers - it could be about any new safety gear, a new motorcycle being launched, how to carry luggage, how to select the right helmet, etc. Most of the information sharing happens one-on-one on the rides or over social media. I'm blessed to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Within 2 hours of my home, we have the California Coast, the Redwoods, the Napa Valley, the Mother Lode, the Sierras...the Golden Gate Bridge, for crying out loud!! More great motorcycle rides than you can shake a stick at. And riding is what we do...on Classic British Motorcycles.
Motorcycle Rides are really what it's all about. Yeah, the bikes are cool, and the people are great. But in the end... IT'S ALL ABOUT THE RIDE! I'm blessed to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Within 2 hours of my home, we have the California Coast, the Redwoods, the Napa Valley, the Mother Lode, the Sierras...the Golden Gate Bridge, for crying out loud!! More great motorcycle rides than you can shake a stick at. And riding is what we do...on Classic British Motorcycles. So, join us now on some cool rides we've done. And maybe we can ride together sometime. Enjoy the ride... And don't forget that wearing appropriate riding gear is not only for your safety, but also for your riding comfort. A proper-fitting helmet and a good riding jacket, gloves and eye-protection are essential, and will make your ride much more enjoyable.
I got up early Sunday morning, pooped from a big day at the Clubmans Show the day before, and rode the 45 miles from Pleasanton to Los Gatos. We met up, as we do every year, behind Hobee's Restaurant in Downtown Los Gatos with a scheduled departure time of 10:00 am. The Thruxton got plenty of attention as I pulled in. There were some other modern Triumphs there as well, but I think I had the only Thruxton. After maps & a quick meeting we were off, first to Saratoga, then out Highway 9 & into the hills. This is some of the most beautiful riding country on Planet Earth, I feel blessed to live so close to it. There are hills & trees, & dense forests of pine, then groves of tall redwoods, punctuated by lovely valleys with little farms and apple orchards, and cool little houses.
After an appropriate amount of leg-stretching, our lumbering group took off again, for the second half of our ride, this time towards the coast. We rode past tumbling creeks and towering redwoods, through hill and dale and through it all, the Thruxton was a pure pleasure to ride. As smooth as silk at all speeds, it always had good pulling power no matter which gear you were in, even if you came out of a corner in too-high a gear. The handling was impeccable and the suspension just soaked up the bumps. Mind you, I'm accustomed to classic British bikes, so all of these things seem like high-tech luxuries to me. My only complaints were the riding position, which probably appeals to many people, but not to me so much (a little too bent over for my weary old bones), but I got used to it. And of course the ride itself was nothing short of breathtaking. The scenery in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the California Coast are among the best anywhere, and the roads are fantastic for motorcycling (except for all the bicyclists clogging up the roads on this first nice day of the season).
After all the preparation going into the Clubmans Show, then working the show itself with my photo booth, and doing some judging along the way, I also had to rent a truck to pick up the bike on the other end of the Bay Area from me, then do it again on Tuesday to return it. But, riding with good people on this incredible bike seemed to make it all melt away. I had a wonderful day, capped by a lunch at Hobee's Restaurant upon our return to Los Gatos around 1:30. Good company and lively conversation accompanied the food. I rode home and called it a day, only to get up on Monday morning and re-erect my photo backdrop & lights to do a photo shoot in my garage of the Thruxton. When I returned the bike on Tuesday, I brought Mike Meissner 2 gorgeous 13" X 19" color prints of his bike as my way of saying thanks