Maggie Valley 2012
Maggie Valley 2012
Due to career and other demands, we had not done an AMCA Road Run since 2004 and then had to miss the N. American Vincent Owner's Club rally in Colorado in Sept. Though the Southern Coalition road run had very strong appeal, it overlapped the King Biscuit Blues Festival (600 long miles away) in Helena, Ark. But then......the siren song of the long contemplated Knuckle bit hard, I'd located the desired 41 and an FL no less, the owner willing to bring it to Maggie Valley for a final look and my offer. How much easier could it get. With the final hours ticking away on eBay, I helped unload it on Sunday afternoon out of his trailer in front of the Wheels Through Time museum in Maggie Valley. It looked far more real in the flesh than the grainy photos on eBay, and obviously others now seeing it musta thought the same as, within an hour on display there, it was now up nearly $4k (the downside of smart phones). I pressed to complete this purchase and a deal was, whew, thus you will see a preoccupation with this machine in the following pages..
What follows here is general photo montage in no particular order and no intended theme though it would appear the photographer has HD/Knucklehead on the brain. Though focus admittedly on that subject this was a road run more dominated by vintage HD's than I every recalled going to. No downside, just observing. Will say, the routes were just superb and the folks as always fantastic to hang out with. By far in the three arenas making up the AMCA, swap meets, judging/shows and road runs, the latter is hands down the favorite. We want to thank the organizers for their effort, this event was conducted over a very wide expense of varied and challenging terrain, some/much of it wihout cell service.
You can also view some professionally done roadside pictures taken on the Tale of The Dragon at the following:
Killboy Pictures Cruisers Full Dressers 2-4pm, pg 7
Extreme Cruisers with Passengers, pg 31
photoreflect Cruz, Touring 2 (up) 10-03-12, pg 24 is our crew.
Last but not least I want to thank Dale and Matt for their incomparable hospitality, though I've known Dale a long time, it would not have mattered when he discovered this was my first Knuckle after 30 years of old machinery. He not only stored my machine but opened his shop for the use of anything required to start it for the first time in over a decade.
In closing, it doesn't get any better than procuring a long sought machine at an AMCA event filled with like minded rabid enthusiasts with all of this conducted in what amounts to Mecca for old motorcyclists, the Wheels Through Time museum. I'll likely not top this occassion again for starting down that long road with a new machine again.