We returned from the Eustis Vintage Bike show with a smile on our faces. After a gloomy start, the weather opened up greeting us with 75 degrees of pure Florida sunshine. We were busy at the Society table, with people from all over the country coming over to talk tech and share stories about their 650s. I just love when someone approach me and start the conversation with “I had a ’77 model when I was in college and…”. I never get tired of hearing each story as it’s a slice of one’s life history.
As always, the VJMC took good care of us, reserving a spot inside the Hall right next to the show bikes and their own table. Many thanks to Peter Slatcoff and VMA’S Charles Price for supporting us throughout the weekend.
We had a few 650s in the show, including my ’75 and Legacy Cycle’s fantastic pair, a pristine XS1 and a equally awesome XS1-B. Norton Muzzone knows how to build them and it shows as the X1 took top honors (First Place Japanese Classic – 1969 – 1980). Every time he shows up, I know I am not going to win anything…:-)
Fellow Society member Pete Thompson won the Japanese Special category with his Honda CB650 Cafe racer, a.k.a. Magneto which, despite being a Honda, it is a very cool looking (and loud!) bike. I am looking forward seeing the upcoming XS650 cafe racer that we are currently working on.
We capped the weekend in style, riding just a little over 100 miles around Central Florida, dodging Lake County’s Best (they are out there during Daytona Bike Week…) and riding through beautiful farm roads with a mandatory stop at the Yalaha Bakery for lunch. If you take a closer look, the Yamahas outnumbered the Hondas and that’s just fine to me.