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2010 49 Mile Ride photos

November 1, 2010

Yesterday we had the 49 Mile Ride through the streets of San Francisco.  215 old bikes came along to enjoy the sunshine, bbq and parking lot lies.  SF has been buzzing with World Series fever all week, and the crowds on the bikes mixed with the tourists and locals to create a stir at the stops around town. 


We started and finished at the Bay View Boat Club again this year, with a nice catered lunch before the raffle prizes giveaway.  Photographers were everywhere, the internets and magazines will be flooded with pics soon.  Send me links and I’ll post them here.


Kim and I want to thank all the folks that made the run possible.  The Yerba Buena Chapter of the AMCA, the club volunteers, the locals that marked the route corners, shops that donated prizes:  Motion Pro, Scuderia, SF Vintage Cycle, the boat club and all the people that rode their bikes.


My pics are below, but you should also check the links above to see the photos from the other guys and gals.


Dennis built this bike up from parts, and just returned from a ride to Alaska!  He said that the moose and bears stand in the roads up there, in no particular hurry to move out of the path of an old Indian Chief.



We stopped at Coit Tower this year, filling the parking lot and giving squares something else to look at.



The ride was on Halloween this year, and lots of folks came in costume.  Here’s the famous Red Fred and Regina on their Mexican police bike.  (fyi he’s not a cop).  He scared the hell out of a few riders by turning on the siren when we were blasting down Sunset Blvd.


The Motion Pro sidehack.  Lots of orange in the photos.  HD orange, Indian orange, Halloween orange, SF giants orange, Golden Gate bridge orange, etc.




My 5 year old snapped this one from his seat in the sidecar.  He liked the reflections in the paint.   Funny, my kids are already better photographers than I am…


At Fort Point.  More orange.  This year there were no suicide jumpers from the bridge to spoil our rest stop.  There was a group of dolphins swimming just off shore, which was a rare delight.  They were joined by a flock of pelicans and two seal lions who were all feasting on some little fishes.  I’ve been going to this spot for 15+ years and never seen dolphins before yesterday.



John Goldman and (another) one of his Italian beauties.  He’s got a few, and they all look this good.



At Twin Peaks.  Spot the HD racebike?  Plates, he don’t need no stinkin license plates.



Gus and Bob.  Grey haired guys rock.



Indian 4 and Zundapp twin.


Ricky’s Ford pickup hot rod.  It has a blower on the old flathead, 1940 headlights and lots of nice touches throughout.  In the back is the motorcycle lift, one of the raffle prizes.



Tony and Vince.  They look like this everyday.






8 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Abbott permalink
    November 1, 2010 12:52 pm

    Pete: As to your kids already being better at photography than you…. it gets worse!

    Your photos are great. That one photo has real potential.

    Cheers, Jim A. Tucson, AZ

  2. Tyler Hammond permalink
    November 1, 2010 1:51 pm

    this ride is my christmas, thanks again for a fantastic day. The weather was perfect and the ride was organized yet still fun! Cant wait til next year.

  3. Red Fred permalink
    November 1, 2010 8:06 pm

    Great Stuff man! It keeps getting better & better.
    Muchas Gracias, RF & Dumplin’

  4. Paul Venne permalink
    November 1, 2010 8:09 pm

    Very wow indeed. I miss the ’16 X. Did you ride it? Oldest bike? I just won a period home made exhaust for mine. Straight pipe option!!!! Yahooooo! Thanks, Paul

    • Pete Young permalink*
      November 1, 2010 8:41 pm

      No X this time. I brought the 1938 Velocette and sidecar, with my 8 year old riding pillion and the 5 year old riding in the chair. Oldest bike was probably Mike Vil’s JD harley (mid 1920s)

  5. November 5, 2010 6:40 am

    Wow, wish I’d been there – some fantastic machinery to gawp at, plus dolphins in the Bay – I’m envious.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    October 11, 2011 8:07 pm

    Pete YOUS’ a PIMP !
    Should change the name to the ~FRISCO 49 MILE CLUTCH COOKING RIDE~
    Sincerely, Fred Average


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