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The Rally With No Name 2012

25 Oct

This year’s The Rally With No Name has come and gone, and I’m pleased to say it was bigger and better than ever!

Over 200 people attended, making it “the biggest and baddest scooter rally in Texas.”  The rides on Saturday were cancelled due to heavy rain, but I didn’t hear one complaint from anyone.  That’s the scooter crowd for you!   Sorry to say I didn’t pull my camera out Friday or Saturday because of the weather.

With clearing skies on Sunday, we were able to make up for lost time.  As we rode from Mellizoz Tacos (best tacos in Austin!) through Zilker Park, the sight of over 80 scooters created a spectacle that stopped action on the soccer fields.  From there we went through downtown and over to AF1 Racing for the ghymkana and prizes.                

Here is a short video I put together showing a few highlights from Sunday.    

I can assure everyone that less than an hour after the rally ended, the organizers were already brainstorming about ideas for next year’s rally.  Be there!

Peace on the Road!
BT

il Buono, il Brutto, il Rally (The Good, the Bad and the Rally)

6 Oct

The saga continues. . . .

In September the Riff Raff S.C. and Austin Scooter Club presented their third annual scooter rally, The Good, the Bad and the Rally, which many of us think is the “best rally in Texas.”  Not that I’m prejudiced, but from what I could see, it was a major success!

The Clint Eastwood series of spaghetti-western movies have been the inspiration for past rally themes, with A Fistful of Scooters in 2009 and For a Few Scooters More in 2010.  This year’s rally completes the trilogy.

Basically, the format was similar to last year, but this year’s schedule of events was bigger and better, including blocked-off scooter parking on Downtown Sixth Street; out-of-town barbecue run;  live music, a movie, and sharing space with vintage cars at famous Top Notch Hamburgers; a run to Pinballz Arcade; gymkhana; prizes and giveaways.  There were 148 participants, with two guys from England and a couple from Minnesota that used the rally “as an excuse to see Austin.”

If you’ve been reading Biketrash Holiday for very long, you know how much fun Desha and I have running around on our “little” scooters (both Vino 125′s), so this year we felt like it was time for us to join the rally organizing committee.   Because of that involvement, we spent a lot of time helping with registration, directing parking, being hosts, etc., so there wasn’t much of a chance to take pictures or play with the GoPro camera during the rally.  I’m afraid my video doesn’t even begin to cover everything.

In honor of the good, bad and rally motif, I decorated Jane (my scooter) with good and bad Barbies.    Don’t know what Sergio Leone would have thought about that interpretation, but it was distinct and unique!

Here is Good Barbie.

And Bad Barbie.  Tsk, tsk. . . .

On Saturday one of my jobs was to help with traffic control during the ride to Lockhart, where I blocked traffic at the turns.  Then when everyone passed through the turn, I’d race wide-open throttle to the front again and block traffic at the next turn.  Kinda fun being a law-breaker!

So I’m flying along, feeling good and thinking to myself about how nimble and sweet the Vino rides.  In fact, before leaving Austin I was bragging to someone about Vino performance and reliability, blah, blah.  Suddenly there is a pop, no power, a few backfires, and I limp to the side of the road.  Aargh!

You know, it seems like every time I get a little uppity or overconfident about something, circumstances knock me back into my rightful place!   Jane and I humbly rode into Lockhart on the sweeper truck.  And, let me tell you, there is no disguising a scooter with waving Barbies.  Everyone knew Jane had broken down and I had to answer many concerned questions.  Doh!

Turns out when we got back to Austin, the guys at AF1 Racing discovered the spark plug cap had come off.  Took them about 60 seconds to figure it out.  Guess I won’t be so quick to brag the next time!  Lesson learned. . . for now.

As always, on Sunday the gymkhana, generous door prizes and vintage raffle bike (pictured below) were a big hit.

Here is my latest video showing a few of the sights and sounds from Sunday.

Everyone I talked to is already looking forward to next year’s rally.  I have it on good authority that — Well, you’re just going to have to wait and see!

Peace on the Road!
BT


For a Few Scooters More Lockhart Ride Video

23 Oct

Howdy, pardners!  Join the scooter posse as it saddles up to make its way to the Barbecue Capital of Texas!  For the unique and rare opportunity to witness this fun-filled event, check out the Lockhart Ride video!

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For a Few Scooters More Lockhart Ride Video

(If your computer does not handle High Definition, click on the HD in the bottom right-hand corner of the movie screen to turn off the High Definition.  It also might be helpful to let the movie load for a few minutes before you begin playback.)

Peace on the Road!

BT

P.S.  Gymkhana video coming soon!

For a Few Scooters More

3 Oct

This weekend Desha and I attended the second annual Riff Raff Austin scooter rally, For a Few Scooters More, which draws its inspiration from the Clint Eastwood spaghetti-westerns.  This rally had a completely different feel from Scootin’ the Ozarks  in that most of the scooters were what I call “little” as opposed to “maxi” long-distance scooters.

The fun kicked off Friday afternoon at Urban Moto with registration, grilled hamburgers, socializing, and an evening excursion through downtown Austin.  You can imagine what it was like to have 75 scooters drive by hundreds of people who had lined the Congress Bridge to watch the largest urban bat colony in North America emerge for their nightly feeding.  There were lots of smiles and waving as we passed, because everyone loves the little scooters!

After a continental breakfast at Vespa Austin on Saturday, we set off on a well planned route with postcard-perfect weather to historic Lockhart, proclaimed by the Texas Legislature to be the barbecue capital of Texas.  We parked on the main square in front of the beautiful Caldwell County Courthouse, and everyone had their choice of three excellent bbq restaurants within walking distance.  Along with several others, I chose Black’s.  Mmmmm good!

By the way, back in the late seventies, I covered court in this courthouse.  With the courtroom acoustics, or lack thereof, it was hard to hear someone sitting only ten feet away because of the echo.  That experience was a real-life court-reporter nightmare and still makes my insides flinch! 

Before we returned to Austin, there was plenty of time to socialize, visit some historic buildings, and relax under a cloudless fall sky.  I even saw some curious Harley guys walking along the row of parked scooters while checking them out!

Sunday morning we met up at Izzoz Tacos for breakfast and more socializing.  It always seems on Day Three of any rally, workshop, whatever, people start to feel comfortable and open up with each other, and this group was no exception.  Like the sign says, you could look around and see many Facebook friends being made and e-mail addresses being exchanged.   

From Izzoz we headed over to TJ’s Cycle in North Austin for a gymkhana, raffle, and awards.  (Here “gymkhana” basically means performing tight maneuvers, driving over obstacles, and completing a task while moving, all without putting down a foot.)  Desha was one of only three women brave enough to tackle the gymkhana, and she did extremely well!   As always, the gymkhana was loads of fun and there will be some entertaining clips in the video that will be put together in a few weeks.  

The rally concluded with awards and a generous raffle, with the grand prize being a running vintage Vespa 90.   Here is the lucky winner, with matching red hair and accessories!

But the best part of the weekend was when Jane, my spray-can-painted Vino 125, won the Best Modern Scooter award.  It’s even more special because my friends, Eric and Jean, made the trophy themselves.  The recognition makes it worthwhile to have spent all those hours turning her into a beautiful, special, and unique scooter.  How great is that?

The next photo shows Jane and her ecstatic caretaker.  Exactly what was done to make her unlike any other Vino will be the subject of another blog posting.  (Did all the work myself, except for recovering the seat and back rest.)

Everyone agreed that this was a fantastic, fun-filled weekend in every way.  So I wonder what else I can do to Jane before next October. . . .  Hmmmmmm. . . .

Peace on the Road!

BT

P.S.  Motorcycle trip to East Texas next weekend!  This is ridin’ weather!

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