BMWs, Ducs, Surrounded, holding their own.

Sunday March 7, 2004

Luckenbach, TEXAS (Reuters)

Two Ducatis and a handful of gorgeous BMWs with extremely good-looking and intelligent riders were spotted today in Luckenbach, Texas. Tremendously outnumbered but never outclassed, their riders kept their cool and did the best they could to blend in.

Not really a town, but more of a legend, Luckenbach is a popular place for Texas motorcyclists. It represents an idealized world where people travel on two wheels and the post office sells beer. Perhaps that's why it's so popular, and why it's post office was voted "Coolest P.O" in People Magazine's annual ranking of postal facilities.

Seen in these satellite photos and other images below, the BMW riders do their best to blend in and look normal. They forgot to wear bandanas, earrings, half-finger gloves, and sturgis shirts, but somehow were not accosted by the pack. Their motorcycles, curiously lacking in chrome, caused many befuddled stares, as they also seemed to have malfunctioning odometers showing tens of thousands of miles.

"Gal-dang!" said one gentleman. "Boy if I spent that much for a bike, I'd sure be pissed if it had a screwed up odometer on that. It's like he had it hooked up to his trailer wheels or something! Dang!"

When the BMW rider attempted to explain that those were real miles, and his bike was almost broken in, the other had to restrain him for fear of causing what the locals refer to as a "ruckus." This same BMW rider has been openly mocked at BMW-only events for not riding enough and babying his bike.

A good time was had by all, the weather was perfect and new friends were made. And Waylon and Willie could be heard plucking over by the creek...