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1st Annual Rails & Roads Motorcycle Show

The 2017 Rails & Roads Motorcycle Show was held yesterday and here are the results.


Before I dive into the numbers and pictures let me say thanks to all that came out to support the show, and to Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group who provided the trophies for the show.

Rails Roads Motorcycle Show trophies
Thanks to Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group

I’d also like to acknowledge those who provided swag & door prizes, especially Carolina Honda in Columbia S.C. for the helmet & gloves that they provided. Thank you so much.

Rails & Roads Motorcycle Shoe door prizes
Rails & Roads Motorcycle Shoe door prizes

We gave out awards in 5 classes. We had trophies for 7 but no one with Kawasaki or a Suzuki showed up ( I guess they were afraid of all the Hondas ). Even so we still had at least 25 or 30 bikes in the show itself.  All voting was done strictly by people choice and here are the results;

1941 Indian Chief
1st place American

Class 1 American

2nd place went to a gentleman named Tony (last name escapes me) and his beautiful ’96 Harley Davidson Road King.

1st place went to Mark Fisher who brought out his wonderful 1941 Indian Chief pictured above.

1952 Vincent at the Rails & Roads Motorcycle Show
1st Place in the European/British Class

Class 2 European/British

3rd place went to Daniel Horn with his original unrestored ’72 BSA Victor 250

2nd place went to Doug Parker & the very nice 77 Moto Guzzi Convertible that he rode to the show.

1st place went to Mark Fisher and the absolutely stunning 1952 Vincent Black Shadow shown at the beginning of this section.

Honda CL350 At Rails & Roads Motorcycle Show
1st Place Winner Honda.

Class 3 Honda This was the largest class with machinery ranging from 1964 all the way up to 1989.

3rd place went to Bryan Bentley and his 1964 C102 Cub.

2nd place went to Todd Brown & his wicked looking ’80 CB750SS Cafe Racer.

1st place went to Donald Wiseman & the well restored ’73 CL350 shown above.

1973 TX500 @ rails roads motorcycle show
1st Place Winner Yamaha

Class 6 Yamaha

3rd place went to Tony Berry and his 1979 XS1100

2nd place went to Bryan Bentley and his little 2 stroke 1969 Y5

1st place went to Donald Wiseman who brought his unrestored original 1973 TX500 in the image above.

Hodaka Wombat Rails & Roads Motorcycle Show
1st Place winner in the Freak Show

Class 7 The Freak Show; while mainly intended as a custom class it was also used as a catch-all class for orphaned Japanese makes as well.

2nd place went home with Mark Krengel & his Kikker 5150 Bobber

1st place was claimed by Jerry Cole who brought the fantastic little bike in the above picture a 1972 Hodaka Wombat 125.


Best of the Rails & Roads Motorcycle Show

The voting for this trophy was a tight race between two black motorcycles. My gut instinct told me that just like in the ’50s the only thing that would beat a Vincent was another Vincent. But when all the votes were counted Best of Show went to the stunning 1980 Honda CB750SS of Todd Brown. Featuring an upside down fork & other serious upgrades, including custom wire wheels (Honda’s funky old Comstars are stock on these bikes) it was a truly tasty custom. The best part of all? He rode it to the show and it sounds as good as it looks.

1980 CB750SS
Best Of Show 2017!

We’re really happy to report that we were able to raise $175 dollars that was donated to the S.C. Railroad Museum to help with the upkeep of the museum and its rolling stock.

We made a few missteps, adapted on the fly, learned some lessons and we plan to return to Winnsboro S.C. next year with an even bigger better Rails & Roads Motorcycle Show presented by the VJMC of The Carolinas.


Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

Friday at the Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

There wasn’t really a lot going on yet when I rolled into the Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show early on Friday March 4th. So I went ahead and set up my base camp for the weekend. To stretch my budget this year, instead of staying in a hotel I decided to sleep on an air mattress in the back of the enclosed trailer. This actually made a decent camping arrangement as a simple tent heater kept it nice and cozy on the cool early spring nights.

Motopsyco's camp @ Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

Afterwards I went digging around the swap meet just to see what was there. I didn’t take as many pictures this year because I had an actual shopping list of parts that are needed for two very different bikes, one a 45 cubic inch Flathead Harley and the other a Honda CT70 Mini Trail. Didn’t find much for the mini but there were a couple of vendors that had some good deals on parts for the Flattie.

<harley flathead battery boxes>

<flathead & wla handlebars>

One of the absolute coolest things there was this little Model T replica for sale. The seller drove it around all over the place, and I hope some happy person took it home.

Mini Model T at Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

Other than a little shopping I just hung around the main exhibition hall and offered my meager assistance to the really hard working folks in the VJMC who were getting everything ready for the show on Saturday. Once darkness had fallen and supper was over it was time to retire to my little campsite and knock back a brew before turning in.

Saturday at the Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

<campfire coffee>

Fresh perked coffee early in the morning, sitting in a chair outside while cooking breakfast over a camp stove. The only way it could have gotten any better would be if my lovely partner had been there with me, but alas she had to work.

<cb450 police & qa50>

After making myself reasonably presentable it was time to head over to the main hall again and watch as the neat old bikes filed in to register for the show. Rather than trying to post them individually I put a few of them in a slideshow for you.

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There were of course a few extra special bikes that really stood out and demonstrated that even though this may be one of the smaller “Bike Week” events it attracts some really high caliber machinery.

First up is an ultra rare Flying Merkel, who doesn’t enjoy seeing an old timer like this in good running order?

Flying merkel>

There have been a lot of custom cafe racer or muscle-bike style custom Goldwings showing up on the internet and it was great to see this wild ‘Wing show up to take home 1st place in the custom class.

Custom Goldwing Destination Eustis 2016 Motorcycle Show

No vintage motorcycle show is complete without at least one classic American racer, and the stunning Indian flat tracker fits the bill perfectly.

<antique indian racer>

The Best Of Show award went to my friend Mike, who brought this absolutely immaculate 1975 Kawasaki Z1B. He restored this bike himself from a rusty derelict. Look for more pictures of this one in the next week or two.

<1975 Kawasaki Z1B>

One of the best things about going to a VJMC organized show is the fact that the judging is done by audience voting. This makes results almost completely unpredictable, and does away the bullshit & hurt feelings that result from selection by a panel of judges. I’d also like to acknowledge the hard work of the Vintage Motorcycle Alliance, they run the swap meet and set up the vendor areas and without them and the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club, this event would not be what it is.

Click here to learn more about the Vintage Motorcycle Alliance

Click here to learn more about the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club

Until next time, Peace Y’all



The 2015 Bull City Rumble

The 2015 Bull City Rumble

Every year for the last 11 years during the Labor Day weekend holiday the club Ton Up North Carolina has been hosting a great multiday event for vintage motorcycle enthusiasts in Durham North Carolina. The main focus is on vintage café racer styled customs, restorations, competition bikes, and vintage scooters. Ever since I discovered this event three years ago the Saturday bike show has been permanently added to my calendar.

<Durham NC September 5th 2015>

One of the great things I love about this event is the fact that every year at least one really oddball custom will show up. The top motor freak at this year’s show was a diamond plate covered Goldwing that had everyone scratching their heads.

<diamond plate Goldwing>

This being a café racer club there was plenty of fine British & European iron on display including an original unrestored 1983 Triumph TSS with electric start.


<1983 Triumph TSS>

Numerous Moto Guzzi motorcycles were on hand such as this T3 and this old Ambassador

<old Moto Guzzis>

I can’t tell you exactly which one of the two it was but one of these immaculate AJS machines that won best of show, both look so pristine I don’t think it matters

< antique AJS motorcycles>

Fellow VJMC member Mike McSween was showing his terrific pair of restored vintage Kawasaki road racers with his 1971 H1R 500, number 56 in the picture taking home first place. The other green jewel in the picture is his 1972 H2 750 triple.

<vintage Kawasaki Road Racers>

Anytime I get within a mile of a Vincent I have to take its picture. Even though I am normally a Japanese bike fanatic, Vincents like this 1952 model really are my ultimate dream machine. Perhaps one day…

<1952 Vincent>

The award for the best Japanese motorcycle went to this highly detailed & wonderfully conceived CX500 Honda.

< Honda CX500 Cafe Racer>

No matter what angle it is viewed from the artistry & talent of the builder is just amazing.

<custom CX500>

Until 2014 there was no class for American motorcycles and while this was still the smallest class it did attract some high quality equipment including a 1950’s vintage Indian and this fine looking Harley Davidson J model.

<Harley Davidson model J>

I must confess that when the American class was first introduced that I and a couple of others had mixed feelings about it. We feared that an influx of the so called American bikers would destroy the character of this event and make it into yet another chrome, mullet, & tattoo show for us (and our fat wallets) to stay away from. Fortunately this has not happened so far. I was there for nine hours this year and only heard one person make a disparaging remark about the motorcycles with superior engineering, handling & reliability. Since she was blonde I’ll forgive her for not having the intellectual acumen to understand that some of us view our motorcycles as something more than just a two wheeled “Members Only” jacket.

It was great having Rommel Harley Davidson there as a sponsor and I really enjoyed checking out the new Street 750 demo trailer that they had set up. Check it out on the video below at the bottom of the page.
Other motorcycles at the show that I really liked included this very tasteful black Suzuki café racer. These late 70’s & early ‘80s Suzuki cycles don’t get nearly the love from restorers or customizers that they should, even though they were probably the best all-around motorcycles of that time period.

<Suzuki GS cafe racer>

If you love vintage turbo bikes there were a Yamaha Seca & a Honda CX parked side by side on the street.

<Turbo Seca Turbo CX500>

Everywhere you looked there was a good selection of vintage & retro machines, fine people, good eats, and plenty of excitement, and I am already planning to return next year. Check out the Ton Up NC website at http://tonup-nc.blogspot.com/ for more information.

<at the 2015 Bull City Rumble>

I took so many pictures at the 2015 Bull City Rumble that I decided to put the best of the rest into a slide show.

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Here’s the youtube video that I made of the event. Watching this is probably the best way to get an idea of the scope of this event.

2015 Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show

<Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show>
Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show registration tent

The Triad Vintage Motorcycle club hosted their 9th annual Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show on May 2nd 2015. Mrs. Finch & I saddled up the old Suburban Assault Scrambler and rolled out of our driveway headed toward the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer N.C. Rather than running up on the super boring slab I plotted a course to Spencer that involved rolling up to Chesterfield, S.C. and picking up Highway 742 and rolling into N.C. and picking up U.S. 52 for the rest of the way into the Show.

Let me get started by praising the venue, the Transportation Museum is a very nicely laid out train museum with great parking for visitors and a really nice grassy area with paved pathways for the show grounds. Although you will see glimpses of it in the pictures the best way to see how nice of a facility they have is to watch this little video clip I made riding into the museum. Some of the show bikes are also featured in the video as well.

I have decided to make this mostly a pictorial post with random comments. There was something for everyone here.

<1929 Indian Scout>

Lets go ahead and start out with this 1929 Indian Scout!

<29 Indian Scout engine>

Of course while our baby boomer parents have driven the collectible motorcycle market so far, I predict that as those of us in Generation X take over you will see the motorcycles that we lusted over in our younger days such as this pristine Suzuki Katana experience a surge in value & collect-ability.

<1st Gen Suzuki Katana>

<81 82 83 Suzuki Katana>

No motorcycle show is complete without a couple of nice Harleys

<old shovelhead Harley>

The old FLH was nice but I really loved this Evel Knievel replica Sportster.

<Evel Kneivel replica sportster>

Is that cool or what?

Some really nice British iron was there also.

<triumph tr6>

<Norton Commando 750>

<77 Triumph Bonneville sidecar>


Some off road racers were being shown as well.

<CR Honda & YZ Yamaha>

<restored Suzuki TS185>

The cafe racer crowd was well represented.

<classic cafe racers>

<80 CB650 Cafe Racer>

A very tasty looking Yamaha RZ350 Kenny Roberts signature edition.

<RZ350 Kenny Roberts>

<2 stroke Yamaha>

For once mine was not the only rat bike in the show, check out this XS400 chopper.

<rat yamaha chopper>

Great looking patina on this old Norton

<Norton Rat>

<Norton Rat>

Another Gen X favorite we couldn’t afford when we were 19, the Honda Interceptor

<Honda VFR1000 Interceptor>

The trains rolling in and out during the day greatly added to the atmosphere of the event.

<historic transportation>

It’s time for me to stop writing now & let the pictures do the rest of the talking…

<Yamaha Seca Turbo>
Yamaha Seca Turbo
<Sears Puch 250 Twingle>
Sears Puch 250 Twingle
<1966 Honda Super 90>
1966 Honda Super 90

<the Gold Wings>

To see more visit the Triad Classic Motorcycle Club Facebook page

Peace Y’all



Ton Up NC Blog The July 2014 Website of the Month

I first heard of the Ton Up Club during a visit to the International Motorcycle Show in 2013, they had a cool display setup with a bunch of neat vintage motorcycles and flyers for their upcoming shows. Last September I visited the Bull City Rumble and saw just what a great show (and party) these fine people over in NC can throw & I’ve been keeping up with them ever since.

About a month ago they published a really cool post, “After the Flood, The BSA That Refused to Die.” After reading it I immediately hit them up for permission to link to it. No I’m not going to give you the details, click on the link and go read the post for yourself.

<bsa motorcycle survivor>

In the last few weeks that annoying as hell real life that pays the bills got in the way & I am just now getting around to sharing this post and decided just to make

Ton Up NC the website of the month, so go check them out and let them know that the old ‘Psyco sent you.

Of course if you are not in the great South-land but are really into vintage style Cafe Racer customs you might want to check out the site of Ton Up North America to see what is going on near you, the home page itself seems out of date but there are links to the local chapters, that can probably get you up to speed an what they are doing.

Peace Y’all

The 2013 Bull City Rumble in Pictures

<Norton Commando Tank Art>
Who wants to ride this Night Train?
<at the Bull City Rumble>
a look down the street
<a yellow CB400F>
The first of a pair of great looking CB400F Hondas.
<a red CB400F Honda>
a better view of the red one
<a far out Honda bobbber>
a spaced out Honda bobber
<wild chopped Honda>
the super low riding alien Honda
<kids love vintage scooters>
kids love vintage scooters
<Kawasaki 120TR Enduro>
Vintage Kawasaki Enduro
<street legal 50cc Suzuki>
Who else remembers street legal mini-enduros like this 50cc Suzuki
2 stroke Yamaha flat tracker
Check out the radial cylinder head!
<Yamaha XS650 street tracker>
a very well done Yamaha XS650 street tracker
other side of xs650
other side of xs650
organic transit pedal electric three wheeler
organic transit pedal electric three wheeler
rare Bimota Kawasaki
rare Bimota Kawasaki
Bimota Kawasaki
a better view of this exotic motorcycle
Moto Guzzi 850T
Moto Guzzi 850T
1935 Royal Enfield
1935 Royal Enfield original but not mint
35 Royal Enfield 500
35 Royal Enfield 500
1982 National Champion Honda Superbike
1982 National Champion Honda Superbike
number 1 plate
it aint bragging if you really did it
sweet looking CR750 Honda
sweet looking CR750 Honda
Honda CR750
Got velocity stacks?
CCW Tha Heist
not in the show but too kool to ignore
 A row of British iron.
A row of British iron.
a tasty looking bathtub Triumph
a tasty looking bathtub Triumph
serious looking Norton Comando Interstate
serious looking Norton Commando Interstate
Triumph bobber
Triumph bobber
GS Suzuki
GS Suzuki

<a pic of down the street>

Henderson SuperX
Henderson Super X
super X engine
super X engine
nice red BSA
nice red BSA
Laverda Jota
Laverda Jota

<Laverda tank close up>

a bevy of Italian beauties
a bevy of Italian beauties
<bevel drive Ducati 750 Super Sport>
What a good looking engine.
What a good looking engine.

<registration tent Bull City Rumble

<randum bikes parked on the street>

1983 Honda CB1100F
1983 Honda CB1100F
ratty old Triumph
ratty old Triumph
neat old Chevy
neat old Chevy
my CB650C and a nice CB750 Super Sport
my CB650C and a nice CB750 Super Sport

<Bull City Rumble 2013>

<Bull City Rumble 2013>

<Bull City Rumble 2013>

<Bull City Rumble 2013>

The 2013 AMCA Southern National Meet!

Indian Chief
A fantastic motorcycle but just a little out of my price range.

This was the first time I have attended this event, the AMCA Southern National Meet. I went on Saturday & had to duck a few showers in the morning but other than that it was a great day! There were some truly outstanding motorcycles on the grounds along with a few neat old bicycles too. Here are a few of the pictures I took around the show grounds, enjoy!

Schwinn Cycle Truck
Kinda Rough & Crusty
Ross badge on Schwinn Cycle Truck
I have no idea why it had a Ross head badge on it.

<neat little bobber>

Triumph in a Bubble!
Triumph in a Bubble!
antique Harley with a saddle
Giddy Up!
Triumph Cubs
Triumph Cubs Hard to resist!
Vintage Vespa & old moped.
Vintage Vespa & old moped.
Carbide Bike Headlight
Who doesn’t love an old bicycle?
rusty Monark Super Twin
rusty Monark Super Twin
BSA Motorcycle
A nice ride able BSA!
antique Benelli 2 stroke
antique Benelli 2 stroke
another great vintage Triumph
I really enjoy seeing bikes like this Triumph Scrambler getting ridden. instead of merely displayed.
another nice old hog
old Harley with bare sheet metal
crusty project for sale
crusty project for sale

<old motorcycle>

The theme for this year was British Iron and the were some first class examples placed inside of one of the exhibition halls.

Ariel Square Four
Ariel Square Four
A Magnificent Triumph
A Magnificent Triumph
beautiful restored Vincent
beautiful restored Vincent
 cool custom Bonneville
cool custom Bonneville
AJS all decked out for touring
AJS all decked out for touring
Harley Davidson Sprint
I would like to have one of these
1960 Triumph Thunderbird
my dream machine
1960 Triumph Thunderbird
fantastic looking engine
Thunderball BSA
Thunderball BSA

<BSA Thunderball>

Cushman Eagle V2
Cushman Eagle with v twin engine
 coolest dog at the show
coolest dog at the show
Harley K model
Harley K model this would be a great restoration project

<Harley K>

kool tow trucks
kool tow trucks #1
kool tow trucks #2
kool tow trucks #2
field events pictures
field events pictures
Cushman in plank  race
Cushman in plank race
winner of the plank race
winner of the plank race
slow race
slow race
slow race
slow race
immaculate Moto Guzzi Eldorado
immaculate Moto Guzzi Eldorado
immaculate Moto Guzzi Eldorado
Moto Guzzi Eldorado another of my dream bikes
Briggs and Stratton motor wheel
Briggs and Stratton motor wheel

This was the first time I had ever seen a Briggs & Stratton  motor wheel. Neat old piece. The same gentleman also had the Smith motor wheel pictured below.

Smith motor wheel
Smith motor wheel

This event is held each year at Denton Farm Park in Denton, N.C. This is a fantastic venue for events of this type check their website for a schedule of different interesting events throughout the year.