Common Tread

This is going to be a good moto-weekend

Sep 09, 2016

There’s a hell of a lot going on this weekend in the general area of the ZLA mothership.

First up, the very last Gypsy Run kicks off this weekend. Dirty bike people will bid a final farewell to one of the seminal events that anchored the grassroots backyard bike-building wave that focused on home-fabricated machinery. At the time of this writing, I am still leaning on Spurg to join me, because we had a hell of a lot of fun last time we went together.

If you've been before, you have followed Fritz, and you have been yelled at by the guy in the picture below (Walter) to "Please pay your campground fees!"

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It's a little hard to believe this is the last one.

For those who are interested in faster machinery, the last round of the MotoAmerica series for 2016 is happening this weekend, too. If roadracing is your thing, this is an event you probably want to catch. Like Gypsy, because this one is fairly close to the ZLA world headquarters, you’re likely to meet a Zillan or two if you plan on heading to this event. Fearless Editor Lance will be covering the races. Buy him a beer if you see him.

Pano M/C cannonball
Here's the 2014 Cannonball Runners starting in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Michael Lichter.

There’s also one other event occurring. I’m jealous and sad I am missing it. (I am hoping that somehow the Common Tread coffers fill up and I will be assigned to compete in it next year.) That event is the Motorcycle Cannonball. The Cannonball honors Erwin Baker, a motorcycle racer who set a 1914 record, riding coast-to-coast on an Indian in just 11 days. This year, as in some years past, entrants will ride 3,304 miles from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Carlsbad, California, aboard motorcycles that are at least a hundred years old. The amount of effort, time, and money this race requires is kind of staggering. Plus, sometimes there is added drama. The riders will be leaving Atlantic City Saturday morning.

Deer season opens soon in the Keystone State. I can’t speak for any other Zillans, but my Saturdays will be spent in a treestand as of next weekend. I’m glad to have one last hurrah now, though!