Excellent event, our home base the perfect setting for accommodating likely 180 riders many with multiple machines. Though distances vast, it was heartening to see how many made the trek from out west, I haven't seen this many Californians in attendance in a long time. Though the usual large contingent of HD and Indian riders, for the distances involved I was impressed with the eccletic machinery chosen by the participants(6-7 nimbus's, 2 Scott Flying Squirrels, 2 Vincents), let alone the age of some (87 and 92 years old). This is a beautiful part of Texas away from the frenetic scene of Dallas and Houston areas and with large vistas and vast distances to remind those of us east of the Miss. river how big America really is. A prominent part of pre-ride presentations were fuel stops (few and far between) for which anyone not heeding or focusing on that part of the discussion had a head many miles of sparse to no population before the next gas stop to pucker up as they contemplated their fool hearty disregard of the last one. I'd speculate the average rural Texan in this area would not have looked favorably on someone strolling up his driveway with hat (gas can) in hand.
This event got off to a rather unauspicous start with driving rain and hail stones drumming very loudly on any metallic based surface to include OP vintage machinery in the parking lot....ouch. But, with an hour it was gorgeous and off we went: those of us sporting a combination of front wheel discs on completely crappy Coker Classics on a springer framed HD a little more timid than the rest what with wind gusts exceeding 45mph from any number of directions. If you've not ridden the 3 sisters out of Kerrville, it's a must do. One word of caution though, if on a vintage machine choose your tires wisely, the aggregate found on nearly every road on this run can only be compared to Daytona before the repave here recently. It is an extraordinarily abrasive combination of aggregate and binder designed - I can only presume - to survive withering heat during the day and cold at this elevation/humidity at night. I went through 60% of remaining tread on the rear in only two days of aggressive riding and finished the 3rd day having breached the outer layer of cord resulting in the tire going out of round.
Apologies for poor resolution and quality of images. Went into this event knowing inoperative lense door on this camera had taken its toll thus made a token attempt to capture some of the essence of this run.
This event can also be viewed at the following links:
Cherokee Chapter AMCA Event Pics
Corey Levenson evidently professional and excellent.