The Spring Thaw! That’s what they call the motorcycle and car show that my friends over at Both Barrels Promotions do every March to kick off the “official” ridding and cruise-in season here in Nashville. It’s the show we look forward to all winter long… knowing that it signifies that the “Dark Months” are officially behind us and we can move on to more cooperative weather for our motorcycle and hot rod habits. It’s an awesome feeling… and today was the day. I never miss this show and this year brought out some real gems. These are a few of my favorites. Look for more in depth features on some of them in the near future… but for now, enjoy the re-cap.
I went to a local bike show today. It was at a local Harley-Davidson shop but the bike that caught my attention was not a Harley-Davidson… it was a Honda Shadow that had been customized to look like an old-school bobber. Take a look… what do you think? Does an old-school bobber have to be a Harley-Davidson? This is a pretty good argument that the answer is no… this bike looks great to me.
This weekend was yet another one filled with temperatures that should be against the law… I’m talking 30’s… and to help with my weather induced biker-depression I made my way down to the local Honda dealership just to wander for a while. I’m glad I did because I got to see the new 2010 Honda NT700V for the first time. You may not have heard of this bike yet but I have a feeling it is going to be making a pretty good splash real soon. What’s the big deal you ask? Well, Honda has done something with the NT I have been expecting for some time… they have brought a true sport-touring bike to the market in the 700cc range that can be had for less that $10K. This bike can be used as a commuter and a long-distance touring bike and keeps the cool lines of the ST1300, it’s big brother. What do you think? Here are a few specs:
680cc Liquid-Cooled V-Twin, Fuel-Injected, 5-Speed Transmission, Shaft Drive, Adjustable Rear Suspension, 562lb Curb Weight, Estimated 50MPG
Photo’s courtesy of powersports.honda.com. Click on either photo for more information about the 2010 Honda NT700V.
I had a great time at the 2009 Spring Thaw Bike Show and Swap Meet in Shelbyville, Tennessee today. I took the Canon SD1000 point-and-shoot with me and got a few shots and as usual I was drawn to the “old-school” and “low-buck-chopper” bikes. As a matter of fact, I was one of the judges in the “Low-Buck-Chopper” class.
Follow the link at the bottom of this RANT to see a ton more pics. Congrats to Both Barrels Promotions for another great event this year.
I had been waiting for this weekend all Winter long! After enduring week after week of less-than-desirable riding conditions… the torture ended this Saturday and Sunday as beautiful riding weather prevailed and sunshine and temperatures in the low 70’s were the fashion in Middle Tennessee.
I took full advantage! On Saturday I hopped on the Electra Glide and lead my first group ride of the year. It was a beautiful backroads route and I completely enjoyed riding with 13 of my friends… some that I hadn’t seen in several weeks.
That afternoon I test rode the 2009 Buell SB12XSs (see RANT from 03/21/09) and on Sunday afternoon I escaped for a ride on the SV, enjoying some of my favorite curveys. Below is a short video from Sunday’s excursion. It was a great weekend of riding!
Last night I completed my third workout of the week. Honestly, I wasn’t thrilled about the thought of torturing myself for another hour of my life but I was a good little boy and resisted the urge to blow off the gym and go for a ride. There was a bright side to it though… other than all that good health stuff. When I finished, I dragged my worn-out body to the parking lot where my truck was parked… but before I got to the Swag-mobile I noticed this beauty parked nearby.
A primo condition Honda CBR1000F. Not sure what year it was but based on the trim my best guess would be that it was a ’93 model. You don’t see many 16 year old sport bikes that are this nice. A real gem for sure!
An interesting side note is that this model is equipped with the factory Linked Breaking System that Honda introduced in 92. The official name for it was the Dual Combined Brake System. I’ve never ridden a bike equipped with DCBS but the idea was that front brake lever operates the front calipers but also proportionally applies the rear brake, while the rear brake engages one front calipers.
Is my motorcycle life pathetic or what? My saddle time has been limited lately so alternatively I have been finding pleasure in snapping pics of random bikes I happen to see while I roll around caged like an animal. That’s messed up man!
The problem is that at the moment I am unable to commute on the bike so my riding time is limited to the weekends… which have not been very cooperative as of late. So here you go again… a couple more shots from today.
The first one (above) was shot in the morning while it was still very overcast. The guy had a nice little Honda Shadow… and I had to get the “Gun Show” billboard in the background so everyone would immediately know this was shot in Tennessee… Haha! The second shot (below) was taken after the sun made his appearance… a nice GSXR in the parking lot of the local Road House.