Some of the neglected bikes we come across are just too far gone to be worth the bother. At first glance, you probably would have put this bike in that category. But the mechanical romantics in our Heritage Service department possess the uncanny ability to find the soul hiding in a rotted old BMW. They declared this one worth saving. We named it Scarecrow, for the role it played as a halloween decoration in our New Hampshire store. Scroll through the gallery to see the photos of the restoration.
When the F800 R was released, the first thing we wondered is whether there were knobbies that we could fit on it. Turns out that it was as simple as spooning on a pair with no modifications. The added muscle certainly adds to the R's already brutal look, but it was more fun to ride than to look at!
Moto Giro is a multi-day vintage bike riding skills challenge. Riders follow a beautiful scenic route that is designed to be enjoyable on vintage bikes, typically on quiet back roads. Along the way, riders stop and participate in timed ability tests (think low speed turns, cone slaloms, etc.). Food and fellowship are valued characteristics of Moto Giro, so you can count on an enjoyable weekend!
Bikes: All bikes must be pre-1968 and less than 300 cc. They can be any brand.
Passengers: Passengers in sidecars are welcome.
When/Where it Happens: There are typically 3-4 Moto Giro events held per year throughout the US. (See more info section for link to schedule.)
Governing Body: United States Classic Racing Association (USCRA) and most events are AMA sanctioned. A USCRA Race License is not required for Moto-Giro, but AMA membership is encouraged. You can usually sign up for AMA membership at the time of event registration.
Cost and Entry Fees: Entry fees vary by event and location. Figure on about $100 per day for registration and fuel. AMA membership is approximately $50.
Preparation: The first order of business is to make sure you have a qualifying motorcycle that is in good running order. Some mechanical familiarity with your vintage motorcycle is a plus, since it is not uncommon for vintage motorcycles being ridden for two straight days to have some minor mechanical issues. The good news is that there are so many experienced vintage riders that you’re likely to find someone to help you with a repair. Most people trailer their bikes or bring them in the back of their pick-up trucks or vans. Although some people dress to match the era of their machine, vintage riding apparel is not necessary - your regular riding gear will do just fine.
More Info: http://www.race-uscra.com/motogiro-usa.html
Online Registration is Open
for our 2016 Hillclimb!
Sept 10 - 11, 2016
Better than Deals Gap. More thrilling than the Isle of Man. Your very own Pike's Peak.
Enjoy an full mountain road that is entirely closed for you for two whole days!
Can you imagine what you would you with a 4 mile mountain road with 40 turns that is completely closed for you? Stop imagining and sign up for Climb Ascutney!
This is an event that is uniquely friendly to first-time hillclimbers like you. Join a fun bunch of riders on everything from vintage bikes and sidecars to sport bikes and supermotards, GSes and other daily drivers for a weekend of unrestricted riding up and down the paved Mount Ascutney auto road.
The way it works is like this: you prepare your bike according to some straightforward guidelines and make sure you have the proper riding gear. Show up for the novice orientation on Friday night or Saturday morning to learn the ins and outs of the event and hillclimbing in general. First thing in the morning, take a low speed "Fam" run (Familiarization Run) with all of the other riders to get to know the hill. Gather at the top and when everyone is up, come back down in a single file. Turn around and get in line according to your number and take your turn riding up the mountain at your own pace, with no other traffic, no speed limits, and no pressure. Of course, there will be some fast riders there who are paying attention to their times. We send the racers first so there is proper spacing and no pressure on any rider on the hill at any time. At the top of the mountain, you relax and chat with other riders until the last rider/drive has arrived. Then you take a slow ride back down and do this again. And again. And again. Until the end of the day Sunday!
Did we mention that there is camping right at the base of the hill? Riders, drivers, volunteers and spectators can all come and camp on Friday and Saturday nights (Sunday, too, if you wish) and kick back in front of the campfire sharing your experiences of the day!
(Are you a sports car driver? We also have classes for cars and car entries are welcome. Please see regulations on the website.)
This two-day event happens at Mount Ascutney State Park in Vermont. The hillclimb is an open event for all types of motorcycles, cars and sidecars. Newcomers are welcome. If you are a first-time competitor, we can help you prepare your bike and help you get oriented to the sport of hillclimb.
Take a look at the competition section of the ClimbAscutney.com web site to review the rules and to see the schedule for the weekend. Also, be sure to check out photos from last year's event!
Online registration is currently open for our 2016 Hillclimb!
Sept 10 - 11, 2016