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Capital City Rockers vs Mods 2013

12 Apr

This year’s Capital City Rockers vs Mods rally was a blast!  No hooligan fights broke out and there was no property damage.  In fact,  Austin Pets Alive received the profits.  Jeremiah did a good job putting this together, and I’m already looking forward to 2014.


Jeremiah, our leader.


Ginger Spice, a mod, came along for the ride.


I love the clean, simple look of the café-style rocker bikes.  Basically, anything old or vintage captures my definition of cool.  Still partial to a blue Yamaha.  Notice the taped-on headlight.


For more information about the Rockers vs Mods so-called rivalry or mystique, check out my Rockers vs Mods 2012 post.  You’ll find an interesting interview with my friend, Martin, who was a real-life Mod back in England in the sixties.  He sets the record straight about the “riot” in Brighton.

Martin’s scooter at Down Under Deli.


Here we are getting ready to leave on the ride on Sunday.  I found this picture on Facebook and don’t have any idea who to credit.  Sorry!

RvM copy

Here is my video showing some of the fun we had.  (Can anyone tell me why there is so much noise and “stuttering” after downloading to Vimeo?)

“It isn’t the bikes, is it? It’s the people. . . . I don’t want to be the same as everybody else. . . . I mean, you gotta be somebody, ain’t you? Or you may as well jump in the sea and drown.”
–Jimmy, Quadrophenia

I have to say I agree with Jimmy, and I’ll bet everyone shown in the video agrees.  Yes, in the end it’s the people.

Peace on the road!

Capital City Rockers vs. Mods

31 Mar

My personal experience is that most of the motorcycle community tends to look down on scooters.  

So when I heard that a group of motorcyclists were encouraging all types of scooters to join them for the First Annual Capital City Rockers vs. Mods rally here in Austin, I didn’t know what to expect.   I decided to give it a try and am so glad I did!

All types of motorcycles and scooters were warmly welcomed.  There was something for everyone — classic, modern, cafe racer type motorcycles and both vintage and modern scooters.   I’ve always thought the coolest bike ever is the Triumph Bonneville, so you know I appreciated the look of the cafe bikes and the riders’ laid-back attitudes.  It was a perfect venue for the easy-going scooter crowd.

This next picture is an example of the wide variety of bikes at the rally.

If the seat on this old Yammie looks uncomfortable, that’s because it’s a skateboard!

The Mods were all about style, and Charles totally dressed the part. 

It took a few tries to get the video cameras set up properly on my new Sym scooter, but worked it out by Sunday’s ride.  Here is a short video/slide show of a few highlights from the rally.  As always, cutting the weekend down to a few minutes was difficult.  

This beautiful 1964 Vespa GS160 belongs to Martin, a friend of mine from the Austin Scooter Club.  If that scooter looks authentic, it’s because Martin actually was a Mod from 1959 until 1965, when he married and settled down.  As a Mod, he rode a 1958 Douglas Vespa 150 Clubman. 

Most of you have probably heard about the Rockers and the Mods subcultures and how they supposedly engaged in fights and started riots and created moral panic, blah, blah, during the sixties in England.  Turns out none of that’s true, but was hype manufactured and perpetuated by the news media.  Martin graciously agreed to let me record a short video about the background and real story about what went on — rather, did not go on during that time.

All the Mod hooligans and Rocker louts had a great time meeting each other, and I’m already looking forward to next year’s rally!

Peace on the Road!


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