Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Rare Bikes at the Time Warp this week

As everyone knows by now my favorite hangout is the Time Warp Tea Room on N Central Street in Knoxville. This past Tuesday, which is the "bike night" at the Time Warp had absolutely perfect weather, plus was the monthly meeting of the Time Warp Vintage Club. I can't remember a night that had a larger diversity of bikes. Starting with the Cagiva Grand Canyon above. You could say its the great grandfather of the Ducati Mulitstrada
 
 These didn't handle that great in the twisty stuff, but where hell on the dragstrip.
 Most people think Benelli only makes shotguns!

 Note the 2 Nitrous bottles mounted to the downtubes. The owner rode it down from the Kentucky state line
 The man who built this was a jeweler by profession. It shows.
 I didn't get to talk to the owner. It looks pretty funky,, but lots of work went into it.

 Yes. It's a Harley!
Yamaha built an Adventure Touring bike before anyone knew they wanted one. A bike that was built before its time. It would sell like hotcakes today.
I had one of these, and I want it back!
 
You can see stuff like this every Tuesday night at the Time Warp Tea Room. Come down, grab some grub, and take in the free show.
 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

5th Annual Tennessee Knockout (TKO) Extreme Enduro this Weekend

This weekend the worlds best Extreme Off-Road racers come back to the mountains and creek beds of Sequatchie Tennessee for the 5th annual Tennessee Knockout Enduro. Saturday amateur racers get to run two races on a different course, with the top 25 qualifying to race on Sunday against the best in the world. 


This year there is a whole group of riders from Knoxville going down to compete. Drew Kirby, Will Presson, Ty Starr, David Scraggs, Richard Hutchinson, Jeff Mynatt, Ros Kingerly, David Rowland, Danny Pressley, and Devin Ferguson are all going down to give it their best shot! 

Admission is only $10 per day, and primitive camping is $25. This is a great spectator event, as you can get right up next to the action. In fact, there are walking trails adjacent to some of the best (toughest) parts of the course. For all the details go to www.tennesseeknockoutenduro.com

Here is a link to footage from last years event.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JZQAsUa1rk

Friday, July 24, 2015

East Tenn Ride for Kids - Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation



One of the best charity rides you can help support, the East Tennessee "Ride for Kids" supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Association is this Sunday, July 26th, 2015, at the Oak Ridge Civic Center, 1403 Oak Ridge Highway. Note this is a different location from previous years when it started out of the Pellissippi State campus.
This is the 32year for the Ride for Kids, and it has grown to 37 different rides across the country.The ride registration opens at 8:00am, and closes at 9:30am. A $40 donation is requested. Kickstands up at 10:00 for the guided, police escorted ride, Rain or Shine! All participants get a free lunch, and are eligible for the drawing for a Honda motorcycle. Come out to support a great cause!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Haulin for Holly - Post Ride Update

 The Haulin for Holly fundraiser ride wasn't hurt at all by the reschedule due to weather. 65 riders and a total of over 100 people showed up for the event. The set of Tires that was donated by Cycleblend and raffled off raised $385 (we added $ 15 to make it an even $400).
All total $3,200 was raised by the generosity of East Tennessee Dirt bike riders.. Here are few pictures from the event.
 The start of the tag team Hare Scrambles
 Riders going through the grass track section of the course.
The pit area, and guys waiting for their partner to come around.
Rider in the tight woods section
Teammates swapping the wrist band between laps, while others wait on their guy to come through.
 
 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Haulin' for Holly Hare Scrambles / Cancer Fundraiser MOVED TO JULY 11th

UPDATE: DUE TO WEATHER CONCERNS THE HAULIN' FOR HOLLY RIDE HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE RAIN DATE - SATURDAY JULY 11th

Saturday, June 27th JULY 11th is the Annual "Haulin' for Holly" 2 hour tag team hare scramble and fun ride at the Lewis family farm in Loudon TN. This event gets bigger every year and is the third leading fund raiser for the  Penny F Garrett Sarcoma Foundation. 100% of all money raised will be presented at the Annual Creeper Ride to End Cancer, which in turn donates it to the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center for Rare Cancers.


The format is this. All riders names go into a hat, so you don't know who your partner will be. There will also be classes for Parent / Child teams, and an Iron Butt class for anyone who wants to ride the 2 hour race on their own. After the tag team race lunch will be served, and anyone who wishes can ride the trails at a more leisurely pace. So if you don't want to race, just ride, that's cool too. 

The cost is a $25 donation, and there is a $5 donation for each person to cover lunch (Everyone eats!).Trails are open til 6:00pm for fun riding.

Location: 1839 Dogwood Valley Road, Loudon TN 37774. Signup starts a 7:00, Race Starts at 9:00. For more info email: Steve Lewis at  llewis3066@aol.com

Cycleblend.com will be donating a new set of Bridgestone  Off-Road Tires (M-59 front / M204 Rear)to be raffled off, with all of the proceeds donated to the ride. $5 per chance, and buy as many as you want!


This is really a fun event for everyone, and a fundraiser where you can be assured all the money raised is going to the cause. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Indian Motorcycle Test Rides this weekend @ Knoxville Indian



This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (19/30/31) there is one of the rarest of all occurances, free test rides on brand new Motorcycles! Knoxville Indian / Victory /Triumph (I think that is the official name) which is now located in the former Knoxville Honda / Yamaha building, has demo rides going all three days. The fleet includes every Indian model. Can't beat that!


I snuck out at lunch Friday and rode the new Scout. There is a very good chance I could end up with one of these someday. The 100 hp V-Twin is more Ducati like than Harley, and finally someone built a sport cruiser that doesn't weigh 600 lbs. Handling of the large front tire was something I wondered about, but it turns out to be very stable and balanced. It's just a nice riding bike.
Anyway, get by and check them out. Its a great opportunity. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AMA Pro Hillclimb Saturday May 30th Rain or Shine!

I've always wanted to see the top level motorcycle racers of every form. I've been able to catch Moto GP, Mile Flat Track, AMA Superbike, and World Trials, but until now I've never had the opportunity to see an AMA Pro Hill Climb. They just don't have them in this area.  However, This Saturday there will be an AMA Pro Hillclimb at Buffalo Valley, just North of Cookeville TN.  Admission is $20, and kids under 12 are free. Its being held at Middle Tennessee Dragway (how ironic a Hillclimb is being held at a Dragway!) There are also dirt drag races for 10 different classes. 
Gates open at 8:00am CST. Dirt Drag Racing goes from 9:00am till 12:00, and the Hillclimb goes from 12:00 till 3:00
Location: Middle Tn Dragway - 680 Rock Springs Road, Buffalo Valley TN 38548
Directions: I-40 to exit 268, go north 1 mile, Turn Right on Rock Springs Road. Info-Gary at 931-260-9509