2014 Eustis Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet and Bike Show Report

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.

Society Table at the Eustis Show

Society Table at the Eustis Show

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.

Good crowd showed up at the show.

Good crowd showed up at the show.

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…:-)

Legacy Cycles fantastic duo

Legacy Cycles fantastic duo

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.

Lunch stop at Yalaha Bakery

Lunch stop at Yalaha Bakery

8 thoughts on “2014 Eustis Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet and Bike Show Report

  1. Pete Thompson

    Great show, great ride, and of course great time. I can’t wait to cafe my XS650 after John gets done with rejuvenating the engine (complete rebuild and bored to 700cc’s ) . John also has the engine looking pretty with special epoxy paint on the cases and cylinder.

  2. chas. price

    I want to thank John and all of the members of the 650 Society that showed up to “Destination Eustis”.
    With the support you and others have shown, the feedback we are receiving indicates another landmark attendance figure for next year. Sorry John, but it might be a little hard to get to your booth next year after we surround your booth with bikes……. (and don’t forget to post your favorite photos to our Facebook for the Vintage Motorcycle Alliance)
    Safe riding to all, Chas.

  3. Harry Mesner

    John,
    Thank you so much for coming out and supporting the event and for the kind words. It’s always a pleasure seeing you.
    I look forward riding my couch with you guys again. Maybe if you’re here for riding into history we can grab a ride, some sunshine and a bite by the ocean.
    Thanks Again
    Harry

  4. jeff emery

    Hi everyone. I’m not a Yamaha guy but I did have some bikes at Eustis, [ Triumph cafĂ© bike, Honda cb750, aermacchi/Harley sprint] and I must say that it was a great show and great people all around. The Yamaha 650s were absolutely stunning. Just got a 1971 sx 650 s/n s650-008706 matching nos. motor and frame, carbs, and rear wheel on a trade that I have no use for and wanted to offer it to you guys first before doing the ebay/cr thing. motors locked but tranny seems to shift. Its rough but no broken fins. will sell cheap or trade for something ? I just want to recoup what I had to pay to make my deal. Anyway give me a call if this would be of any interest. I’m in Englewood Fl. and plan to be at riding into history in may. cheers. jeff 941-416-6844.

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