We always try to get some riding in when we go up for the Nor Cal Cycle Swap. This time around we figured it would be fun to invite more people and do a big loop around Lake Tahoe. It was a simple deal, no raffles or prizes, no bike show, no entry fees. Just a group of weirdos riding around the lake more or less together. We met up in Auburn on Saturday morning and had a great turnoutâ€“around 30+ riders on all kinds of bikes; cafes, choppers, Triumphs, H-D's and modern bikes too. Some people just did a leg or two of the ride, some met us half way and others did the whole shebang. Tahoe was crowded as expected but we made the best of it and really enjoyed the sections on the 20 and 49. We ended up in the California bar in Auburn for a couple hours at the end, meeting up with more friends and calling it a day. Thanks to everyone who came out and especially to local tour guides, John and Roy who helped us find good roads and good eats. We'll probably do it again next year, so stay tuned if you wanna roll out.
Sweet Tooth Leather (the air cleaner is particularly awesome):
Another Sporty with no mufflers:
Brett's "The Gypsy":
...and the honorary Sportster of the night was Dan's Royal Enfield. He's been modifying it a lot lately and just put a Sportster tank on it. I like it.
Speaking of Dan, he recently pointed out that most photos on my blog don't have people in them. It's true. I typically go out of my way to put the focus completely on the motorcycles featured in each photograph. I try to limit distractions in each photo and will occasionally go so far as to edit out people and things that happen get caught in the frame such as a random handlebar from a neighboring bike or a stray arm or leg of someone who was standing or walking nearby. Besides, would you really keep coming back to my blog if it was only filled with photos like this?
It's at this point that I can imagine Dan pointing out that featuring more photos such as the one above might drastically improve my female readership. He might be right, but I remain skeptical.