Portland is a great town. I start my post with this for a couple reasons. First, I’ve gotten about five emails in the last week asking if I live in Oregon/Portland. To clarify… I live in Portland. I was born and raised in the Portland metro area. I wanted to move up until I actually could, and then I realized this place was all too awesome to up and leave.
Boy am I glad I stuck it out. As I’ve taken up motorcycling and started frequenting events here, I couldn’t be more happy with the motorcycling community in which I live. I’m currently working on the planning stages of a cool [big] project and because of this I am visiting people and shops around town, talking ideas and getting feedback for what I’m doing. Some colleagues and friends pointed me in the direction of some shops I’d never actually been to. One of which being the aptly named Moto Galore. Long story short this spot further reinforced how many cool people and places there are in this small town.
While I’m finishing the Monster, I’ve had a lot of things rattling around in my brain for this Rust Bucket / BSA Project of mine. Firstly, I found out it’s a 1958 BSA A7 or A10. The difference being the exact model and either 500 or 650cc (thanks to everyone who corrected my typo). I’m stoked to know it’s about 7 years older than I thought and pre-1960s! So cool.
Hand stamped VIN number close up- this is one thing I love very much about this bike. It might have been bondo-ed to shit, but damn it has character. Paul D’Orleans of the Vintagent clued me in on the fact that all British bikes have hand stamped identification numbers. I had no idea!
Anywho, I figured I’d share some of the inspiration I’ve collected while figuring out exactly where to go with this.
Swap meet time! So much good stuff, and entertaining people. Like these fellas I met from Gassers Garage in Portland.
There’s still two days to go, and tons of cool stuff…
It’s every journalists (or wannabe journalist, if you rather) dream to get to travel and photograph their favorite things… in this case the lovely Sasha of CafeRacerXXX sent me on a mission to photograph Tesla, a Triumph build by my friend Jeff Yarrington of Saint Motor Company in Maryland. With a little help of Kevin Dunworth of Loaded Gun Customs, Sasha organized a great event.
CafeRacerXXX organized a MotoLady meetup, a video was planned, and days were set aside for a photoshoot of the bike.