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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2016 Oregon Vintage Motorcycle Show

Once again Troubadour and I couldn't resist the pull of the vintage motorcycles on display here at the fairgrounds in Corvallis.  We try to attend every year provided we don't have alternate plans scheduled, such as the family camping trip in Kalaloch last year.

The weather couldn't make up its mind on Sunday so we donned on our rain jackets and hats and walked on over.  While it rained on us during the walk, the skies cleared for a bit while there and the sun came out.  

This years marque was Honda, so of course they had the largest display.  I managed to take a few pictures.


(1963 Honda C200, "Baby Dream", 90cc)

(A row of misc Hondas)

(1964 Honda CY877 Police Bike, 305 cc)
(1 of 7 imported to Victoria, BC)

(Yamaha XT, predecessor to Troubadour's XT250 perhaps)

(A trio of Oregon made Hodakas)

(1970 Kawasaki 250cc)

(1975 Yamaha  RD350B - custom street tracker)

(Another view of the show - clouds moving in again)

(1971 Laverda 750SF owned by our friend Donn)

(Notice how many people were around the bikes before the rain started)

(1961 DKW Hummel Express - 49 cc moped)
(DKW=Dampf-Kraft-Wagen, translated to Steam Driven Car)

(1971 Rickman MK III Metisse, 650 cc Triumph Engine and transmission,
Ceriani C-1000 motocross forks)

(1956 Triumph T110, 650 cc)

(And the rains came - where did everybody go?)

(Found them - hiding under the swap meet tents - not a very hearty lot)
(Oh well, easier to look at bikes!)

(1968 Honda CB350 w/sidecar)

(The writing on the sidecar -  "ride. drink. laugh")

(A duo of vintage Hondas)

(From the other side.....)
Because of the rain, people were starting to ride their bikes out of the display.  Wet tires on slick grass, oh what fun.  We decided to wander home as well.

Just outside our front door we have a Tahitian Sunset rose bush that is in full bloom.  The recent rain lingering on the petals caught my attention and I snapped a few pics on my way inside. 

(Tahitian Sunset rose - my favorite)

(This one was hiding under some leaves)
The OVM show was a good excuse to get out in the rain.  Every year it seems a little smaller though with not as many bikes on display.  Maybe the rain kept people away, not everyone wants to display their vintage or classic bike in the pouring rain. The fairgrounds have a huge arena so I am unclear as to why they don't hold this indoors.  More often than not it is raining on the day of the show.

- Au Revoir

" Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week." - Joseph Addison
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34 comments:

  1. Nice old bikes but the roses stole the show. Too bad about the rain.

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    1. Thank you. Right now there are over a dozen blooms on the rose bush and it is about 6 feet tall.

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  2. Wonderful photos thanks Brandy. The 1964 Honda 305 was particularly poignant as that was the year I got my first motorcycle, albeit a Suzuki 50! Also loved the '56 T110 - very similar to my restored '55 T100.

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    1. You're welcome Geoff. I am glad you enjoyed.

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  3. Some nice bikes there. Love your friend's Laverda. And imagine a 305cc police bike today. LOL.

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    1. Donn has a couple of really cool older bikes. I've posted pictures of his sunbeam before.

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  4. "steam powered 49 cc moped"

    I must admit that this line caught my eye pretty quickly. If that's what their sign claimed, they were pulling your leg. It looks like a conventional, gasoline powered moped. I like the CB350 w/ sidecar. Pretty small engine to be hauling that around. Up here, George has a 500 cc Royal Enfield w/sidecar and he says that 50 mph is max with a good tail wind.

    Nice post!

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    1. I wondered about the steam powered. I took a picture of the placard, I'll email it to you.

      I don't think you'd want to haul much more than a dog in the sidecar.

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    2. Brad did some googling for me and I think I have it fixed now. Hopefully Sonja or Roland can let me know if it is a correct translation.

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  5. I like the look of vintage motorcycles, that sidecar rig looked nice.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the sidecar, I thought you might.

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  6. Trobairitz, were I to try to pick favorites from all the fab bikes you photographed, I'd go with the vintage duo and that spectacular '70 Kawasaki with the Orange Creamsicle color tank. Mmm-hmm...

    Did you end up with a favorite--you know, other than the Tahitian Sunset?

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    1. Well if I had to pick a favorite I'd go with the 56 Triumph since I am a sucker for Triumph, but otherwise I'd have to agree that the 1970 Kawasaki was pretty sweet.

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  7. Very cool. Love the blue Laverda and the sweet little Kwaka. Always cool to see the old gear that the owners take such great care of.

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    1. It is nice to see the old bikes restored or going to good homes. We enjoy going to the show every year rain or shine. A lot of these bikes get ridden to the show too, not just trailered.

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  8. Encapsulating my childhood. XT500 Rd350 Laverda 750. Oh happy days.

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    1. Glad I could give you a look back.....

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    2. Conch, your childhood was AWESOME!

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  9. Ah yes, Rickman Metisse - I visited their factory recently!

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    1. The Matisse had a sweet restoration job done on it. A factory visit would be fun.

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  10. I always wanted to own one of these old XT500 models... actually I want to adopt most of them. The Metisse, the Triumph, and the C200.

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    1. I could handle owning a few of these little machines, if only we had the money and garage space.

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  11. Well, you know me...take it or leave it on the motorcycles, but roses?? Beautiful!

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    1. I thought you might like the rose. You'd like our yard right now, so many things blooming from the Dogwood trees, to the Deutzia, sambucus black lace, peonies, Portuguese laurels, ninebarks, etc.

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  12. Some nice "modern classics". The RD350 was one of my old flames - crazy days!

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    1. 'Modern Classics', what a great way to put it.

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  13. Sorry to hear about the size of the show getting smaller. I know owning old bikes isn't in the cards for everyone, sometime you only have room one modern and reliable bike, but it's a fun thing to get into and it doesn't have to cost that much. I was telling Mrs. North the other day that if child care wasn't so expensive, I would probably start collecting bikes... as I was standing in front of the three that are already in my garage. She's tremendously tolerant of me.

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    1. I've often thought of getting an older 70's or 80's bike to putt around on but worry about maintenance and upkeep. Also, we only have a one-car garage and already have 4 bikes in there so it is hard to make room.

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  14. So many great bikes - thanks for the pics! As is often the case our weekend is spent on bicycles instead of at events. I think we may have seen one vintage bike on the road home, being trailered.

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    1. You see some beautiful sights when you are out on your bicycle rides though.

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  15. I love going to vintage bike shows. When I first started looking for a bike I wanted a vintage 60's bike, there are tons of them hiding in garages on the island. I found a little Honda Benly 150, but it needed a lot of work and sourcing parts was going to be hard. I also found a Honda dream 305, it too needed too much work, so a younger 1980's bike solved the need for vintage.

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    1. And here you are riding a modern bike. As much as I love the older bikes I do appreciate fuel injection and the magic button (starter) rather than kick starting.

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  16. Brandy, I got so excited about sharing this with friends the other day that I forgot to comment.

    Great show, lovely roses.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed. What surprises me is how many cool old bikes like these are currently for sale on Craigslist in the Portland area. There is even an old Bridgestone Motorcycle.

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