It was a Classic day... and probably the last day this year for a ride in the mountains on a bike with no heated grips and no electric jacket (6V, 35+ year-old charging systems don't like those...)
The Classic/Vintage group of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of Georgia rode to a few covered bridges up in the hills, and I thought you'd enjoy a few pics.
We got an early start, the rider's meeting was held in the parking lot of Ruby Lee's restaurant in Cumming. As you can see, I was easily distracted...
The ride to the meeting was a bit brisk... temps in the mid-40s. The idea was to ride to a few covered bridges in preparation for the Covered Bridge Grand Tour that our vintage group is planning for 2004.
We mounted up, and man, I wish my R69S had cruise control because I would have loved to have gotten a few shots of all that gorgeous iron rolling down the road.
The first stop was only 10-15 miles away, this is a shot of about 3/4 of the group. Yeah, that's a Suzuki Samurai in the lineup... while not quite vintage, we let Dave come along anyway!
After we found the first bridge, it became my turn to lead because I knew the good back roads to the next destination... lunch at Turner's Corner cafe, outside of Cleveland.
Rolling along Matt Highway to Old Federal, up to Ophir, east on Eagles Perch, north on Cowart Road, west on GA53, north on Steve Tate "Highway" and east on Afton... which is a peg-scraper for the K-bike, so I had to wick it up on the R69S.
We stopped at an airfield along the way... check out this vintage Eastern Airlines plane that was on the runway.
King Kong was also present... no wait... it was an R/C club's flying field!
GA 183 north to GA52 east past Amicalola, left on 9, left on Siloam Church, right on Oak Grove, left on Washrider Road, right on Camp Wahsega and we intersect with GA60, which we ride north to the Stonepile, and then take 19 over to Turner's Corner Store for lunch.
Can you tell that I really like John Landstrom's red 68 R69S US? We were attracting a lot of looks at the Turner's Corner Store.
After lunch, (and much ribbing about my speed... even on the R69S... I keep forgetting that *some* vintage bikes & riders like to go slow!) the group split up, with four of us continuing on to the second covered bridge of the day, Stovall Mill, just east of Helen.
Tim on his R75/5, me on my R69S, and Mark on his /7 do the poser thing in front of the Stovall Mill covered bridge.
Just had to slip in one pic of my R69S
Judging by the good participation in today's ride, our newly formed Vintage sub-chapter is going to be quite active in 2004. You can count on some interesting bikes at the show we hold during the Georgia Mountain Rally. It will be held April 29th, 30th and May 1st, 2004.