Another good year for the IOV. A bunch of ootmiks and ZK folks gathered for breakfast before heading over to the island. Our first mistake was following Flatline's lead once off the boat. He decided to get a jump on the poker run route before we even had a chance to register. That was sorted quickly and we headed downtown where bikes were packed in on both sides of the road for a half mile or so. All sorts of vintage and oddball varieties everywhere you looked.
Here's a little Mustang and a BSA. Seems there are always a bunch of BSA's every year. Dunno if that's due to their popularity when they were being sold, or they're just well built bikes.
A Kawasaki triple. Smoky's looks nicer.
I've always got an eye out for Guzzi's, like this T3.
I was admiring this well farkled dirtbike, and when it rolled by I noticed it had a Harley badge on the tank. My google-fu has failed me so far. Anyone know anything about them?
Another pretty BSA.
Plenty of two stroke goodness.
This one'll do 50 mph with only 50 cc's.
We headed out on the poker run and flatline gave over his leadership role to a short and furry kanukistani. He only tried to get us lost once.
Lot's of smiles at the mid run nicotine stop.
The poker run ended at the local gun club range, where burgers were consumed, lies were swapped, and bikes were admired. The ootmik/ZK crowd showed up in force. Every bike in this shot was somehow affiliated.
A nice Kawi 250.
This guy was on his Dad-in-law's MZ. An East German make I hadn't run across one before, but apparently they have quite the pedigree.
Yup, another BSA.
MV F4 750 Magni replica. An '04 Brutale 750 engine in a custom built frame.
This'll give you a taste of the sound the beast makes.
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The ferry back was pretty well packed full of bikes. Despite the signs instructing drivers to wait for the crew signal to start their vehicles, one rider decided to fire up his bike while we were still a ways off from the dock. Others followed suit which brought down the ire of one of the crew members. "If all the bikes aren't shut down, none of you are going anywhere!!!" His anger was a bit over the top, but eventually everyone shut down. Predictably, when the signal came to start 'em back up there was some enthusiastic revving from all corners. The racket bouncing off the steel bulkheads was truly impressive.
A great day with great folks. Again, I can't wait for next year.