Do you like going round and round on racetrack with your motorcycle? It’s fun for sure, but after a few laps some people get a little lonely out there. The solution? Bring a friend of course. Sidecar racing is one of the most fun events (for me) that happens here at the Barber Motorsports Park each year. I’m not sure if I can put my finger on exactly why, but it simply is.
The sidecar rigs used on the track are quite a bit different than picture of a motorcycle and sidecar setup for the street. The sidecar itself is typically not much more than a platform, a wheel, and lots of handholds. Some of the rigs cover the bike and platform with aerodynamic fairings while others just let it all hang out in the breeze. You can see our interview with a sidecar team from back in 2011 back when I was running Nashvilleriders.com by clicking here.
Hit the Continue Reading link below to see photos from this weekend’s sidecar races.
I like spending time inside the track at Barber when I’m here, but during the vintage festival there’s always excellent opportunities to get photos of cool, awesome, and sometimes just whack motorcycles. The vintage festival is a melting pot of motorcycle enthusiasts ranging from cruiser riders, sport bike enthusiasts, vintage experts, off road and trial riders, and just everything motorcycle. Take a few hours to walk the paddock, the swap meet, and the fan zone and you’re bound to see something you’ve never seen before (or maybe never wanted to see). Hit the continue reading link to see more photos from our first day here at the vintage festival.
Kevin and I had the very unique opportunity to see and hear a 1913 Sears Dreadnought Deluxe motorcycle this morning here at he Barber Motorsports Park this morning. This weekend Barber is hosting their 12th annual Vintage Festival and while there are plenty of “old” motorcycles around the facility and grounds right now, this particular bike is a living piece of history.
It is estimated that there are only ten of these bikes in existence at this time with one of them currently residing at the Guggenheim. For this weekend at least, we know where a second of those ten are. As we walked the paddock this we came around the corner facing the BMW Motorcycles of Atlanta tent. Out front we saw Bill Kurtz, a master technician and vintage specialist for the dealership with the Dreadnought already started and running.
Kevin was keen to find out more about the bike, which at the time we had no idea what a treasure it was, so he walked over to discover more about the Dreadnought and Bill. We had a great conversation with Bill and Kevin is busy writing up his thoughts to be published here later this weekend. We have some video footage of our time with Bill too but it was very loud in the paddock so we’ll see what we can make out. In the mean time here are a couple of photos of the machine and the man in question.
The Summer is winding down and Fall is coming up fast. This of course means something very important to the motorcycle enthusiast in the Mid-south area. The Annual Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park is coming soon! In three weeks from today, October 7th through the 9th, this annual festival of vintage motorcycle goodness will be happening just three short hours south of Nashville.
Now in its 12th year the Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama (just outside of Birmingham) has been growing and is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States. The three-day festival features the Ace Corner, a century parade, a swap meet with hundreds of vendors, wall of death, globe of death and more!
Racing of several kinds will be going on during the event with off-road and road racing happening including my personal favorite, sidecar racing! When you’re not watching the races there is the huge swap meet and the Barber Motorcycle Museum which can each take a day on their own to check out.
We’ve been covering this event for the past several years as Nashvilleriders.com and it is always a blast and the weekend is never long enough to see everything. Plan on coming down early and staying to the last minute!
Nashville is officially taking part in the world’s largest charitable motorcycle event for owners of classic and vintage styled bikes on Sunday September 25th.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride brings together over 50,000 well dressed gentlefolk on stunning motorcycles for Men’s Health across 90 countries. The goal for 2016 is to raise awareness and $5m for Prostate Cancer Research and Suicide Prevention Programs.
All participating riders must be registered upon The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride website to unlock local ‘ride details’, and to be in the running for amazing prizes.
Register now to create your fundraising profile. www.gentlemansride.com
Sounds like this might make for a fun weekend and not too far away for us in Middle Tennessee.
Kentucky Kick Down is a 3-day vintage motorcycle festival. There’s a gathering Friday evening at The Haymarket Whiskey Bar in downtown Louisville with live music and libations. Saturday starts with the Big Sid Memorial Ride, followed by the Kick Down from noon to 10pm, including live music, vendors, food trucks, Miss KKD contest, pool tourney, pit bike stunt show and of course the bike show at The Barret Bar in the historic Highlands neighborhood, with the block of Barret Avenue closed for the event. Sunday morning meet up at Retrowrench vintage motorcycle shop for coffee and doughnuts before heading home. Our goal is to welcome all walks of motorcyclists to Louisville, KY every third weekend in September to celebrate the culture of seeing things via two wheels.
Get more info here: http://www.kentuckykickdown.com/index.html
One day I’m getting a dirt bike again to go on one of these rides but until then I’ll help spread the word.
Southern Woods Rider invites you to attend the 18th Anniversary of the Fall Trail Ride at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. At last years event there were over 900 Dirt Bike and ATV riders from around the nation in attendance over the three-day event. This year could exceed 1100 riders! To cover all levels of riding skills SWR prepares a small beginners loop near the campground area, a 3 to 5-mile novice loop and a 15 to 20-mile main loop. In addition we have a Friday Night Poker Run and a Saturday night banquet. The banquet is a big hit so we have limit the attendance to 400 meal tickets. During the banquet we give out special awards and acknowledgments to the event volunteers, touch on any important off-road news and giveaway many great door prizes.
SWR continues the strong tradition of the fall ride in the education of participants on safety and trail etiquette while continuing to bring riders of all ages exhilarating riding opportunities. All ATV and Dirt Bike riding responsible individuals and families are welcome to attend.
Riders Fees – Pre-Registration or Pay At the Event
NOTE: Pre-Registration Ends Oct. 1, 2016
Thought I’d share this event happening at Sloan’s next month.
This ride is themed “American Heroes”, so all of the point-earning sites will be related in some way to the military, or first responders. You might need to visit a Civil War monument, or a military recruiting station, or some other historical site connected to our “American Heroes”.
Scavenger Rides (S/R’s) usually take several hours, a full day, or can be multi-day rides of thousands of miles, but with the help of one of our favorite local L/D riders, Lynne Carey, has charted an moderately challenging 6-hour ride to introduce you to the fun of a Scavenger Ride!
Check out the details and register by heading here: http://goo.gl/nJRp2C