Monday, September 15, 2014
Vintage Bike Night September 2014
Another Kick-It Vintage: Vintage Bike Night has come and gone at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood, Mo. This months meet-up at the brewpub was pushed back a week to avoid Labor Day. That worked out perfect for me because it gave me a chance to take the '79 BMW over to Tom's for some tuning.
Tom was a huge help to get some issues resolved on my new(ish) R80. He taught me how to adjust the valves, we set the points, and adjusted the timing. After that, Tom fiddled around with a screwdriver and the two adjustment screws on each carburetor. The airhead was running like a sewing machine by the time I cruised away from Tom's new play house in Randolph County.
Monday finally made it's way to the calendar and It was SO cool to make the 40 mile ride to bike night without having to worry about the Beamer revving like crazy at stop lights. I arrived at Schlafly to find another amazing turn out. I am sure the crowd was due, in part, to the clear skies and "jacket weather", which are both very conducive to getting the kick stand up.
As always, I enjoyed seeing my pals just as much as the machines. The ride home was great, especially when a fellow on a little scooter, and another on a spot-on Triumph, rode next to me for a little bit on I-44. I really wish I would have had my camera out as they buzzed along side me. Making for a stunning background behind them was a moon as full as it could be, and the Compton Hill Water, lit up like a candle. Oh well, as Joey reminded me, at least I got to see it with my own eyes!