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The 2012 Lansdale Bike Night was earlier this month, and I have been sitting on a number of cool bike pics that I wanted to post. (And some not so cool.) Here’s a few:

 

Love this Piaggio scooter. I like creative machines like this, not just the most chromed-out Harley (of which there are too many at Lansdale Bike Night.)

 

Another shot of the Piaggio with the sidecar. Clever custom paint job!

 

One more angle of the Piaggio

 

Sweet 1973 Honda Trail 90

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every single component of this 1968 Triumph TR6C is bone stock. The bike has been in the owner’s family since it left the showroom floor.

 

The original showroom tag from the Triumph TR6C

 

Another classic and all-original Triumph, this 1958 Triumph Cub 200cc was originally purchased by the owner’s father who’s name (Myles Lewis) is on the front fender.

 

 

Had me one of these back in the day 🙂

 

 

I love analog motorcycles. My friend Scott just bought one of these babies. Calls it a wheelie machine.

 

 

Beautiful 1980 Suzuki GS1100.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honda Valkyrie Rune

 

 

This thing is there every year. “A” for effort, but not my cuppa tea.

 

Just two years removed from the company’s demise, seeing fewer and fewer of these Buellies on the road.

 

 

 

There was something very charming about this AMF-era ratbike Harley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choppers do absolutely nothing for me. If I can’t strap my camping gear to the bike and take it to California – or at least Central Pennsylvania – I’m not interested.

 

Nice example of the venerable Kawasaki ZRX1200R

 

Of all the Harleys entered into the show, this one really caught my eye.

 

Best of this bunch, saved for last. A 1965 Honda CB77 Superhawk.

 

 

Another nice shot of the Superhawk.

 

 

 

Last Sunday was the rain date for Lansdale Bike Night, an annual event in one of the local burghs here in Southeastern PA. The motorcycle show is “ok”, heavily weighted toward Harleys and custom choppers, which do nothing for me. There’s usually a small collection of classic bikes – Triumphs Nortons and the like – and some really weird ones too (like the year there was a chopper with body molding to make it look like a fighter jet.)

This year the date was changed at the last minute due to weather, so there was a lighter than usual crowd and fewer bikes than normal. I walked around for 45 minutes and left. Not much to do.

As I was heading out of town, though, something caught my eye. A black classic bike parked along one of the side streets. I pulled over. Here are some pics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a beautiful machine and a piece of motorcycle history, but the owner was sitting on the curb near the bike visibly distressed. To hear him tell his story, he had just ridden the bike back from Colorado where he attended a Vincent owners’ rally. He had arrived at Lansdale Bike Night too late for the judging, and the organizers wouldn’t even let him park his bike in the area where all the show bikes were. Apparently one of the people directing bikes through the Main Street area cursed at him and told him to get his bike off the &$^# street.

Whether this was truth, exaggeration, or not, it’s a real shame that The Vincent never made it into the show.