2012 San Francisco 49 Mile Ride
Thank you to Bob Slote for the Batman/49 graphic!
Kim and I would like to thank the Yerba Buena AMCA club for help, especially Vince Spadaro, who took care of everything at the boat club. And of course, thanks to the Bayview Boat Club for allowing us to use their facilities for the day. Thank you to the riders who went ahead of the crowd and marked the corners so we didn’t have to check our maps. And we want to thank everybody who donated to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. And thanks to everybody who attended the ride!
Yesterday was our annual 49 Mile Ride, and it was loads of fun. Sunshine, 300 old bikes, old friends and new friends, BBQ tri tip and Anchor Steam, and more than a little chaos.
To facilitate some chaos, we changed the route again this year. It is a new route each year, with plenty to see in SF. This year we departed from the Bayview Boat Club and promptly rode through SOMA, across Market St and then through the Chinatown gate. This was in honor of Jason Friend’s selection of that landmark for the artwork on the ride T shirt. Each year the artist chooses an SF landmark for the shirt, and it seemed appropriate to infiltrate Chinatown and North Beach for some midmorning smoke, noise and clutch burning.
One of my favorite aspects of the 49 Mile Ride is the variety of machines. We allow anybody and any motorbike, as long as it was made before 1975. That has resulted in an assortment of machines that I think must be unique in old bike rides. I cannot count the marques of bikes, but just listing the countries of origin will illustrate my point. We had bikes from America, England, Japan, Germany, Spain, Russia, Denmark, and Italy.
A few good costumes this year! He rode his bike with this on too.
Lori, Jason, and Max came in their costumes as Popeye, Olive Oil and Sweetpea. They won the award for best costume, a box of Rice A Roni, the San Francisco Treat.
Custom seat cover on the Velocette
Red bikes: Moto Guzzi
more red bikes: Aermacchi and Motobi
now a green bike. This one is Ricky Najera’s panhead, and he won the Girl’s Choice award; a big block of Ghirardelli’s chocolate.
A super sweet HD topper, with some really nice pinstriping all over it. They won the Ladie’s Choice award, a package of organic honey donated by Bee Gurl.
two of the three Nimbus bikes
love the red fork gaiters.
the roads were a bit bumpy/fuzzy
Crissy Field and GG bridge.
Lucky Bastards MC rode 400 miles up to SF for the day, and rode back home before dinner.
variety: Italjet and Matchless
Don from Scuderia had some fun playing with his spark plugs on his new Indian flat track race bike.
Fort Point parking lot filled with 300 bikes and riders, plus a gaggle of tourists and one happy park ranger. There was just a touch of fog in the Golden Gate, but none of it came onto land and we rode in sunshine all day. There were no dolphins this year, and nobody did a suicide jump off the bridge this year either.
View from Twin Peaks.
variety: Sutro Tower and BSA, misc scooter, Honda, Nimbus, Velocette, Matchless, etc.
Jim Abbot collects his prize for the Long-Distance Award, a set of postcards from San Francisco. Jim came all the way from Arizona to ride for the day.
Simon won a copy of Modern Motorcycle Mechanics and also a copy of Prairie Dust, Motorcycles and a Typewriter, both donated by author/publisher Greg Williams. Simon’s award was the newcomer award, for restoring a bike that was first ridden yesterday on the 49 Mile Ride.
Simon’s Triumph. A very nice restoration, especially for his first one.
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