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Sure Sign(s) of Spring ~


Yesterday was the warmest, sunniest day I’ve seen around here so far this year.  Even though the robins are back, as are the red wing blackbird and even the gold finches, I heard the most convincing sound that Spring is here in our neck of the woods that one could ever hear!  The vrroooom start of a British motorcycle!

Al spent the mid morning with the garage door open, and I could hear the tinking and misc sounds of tools at work ~ metal on metal, for the most part.  Then, sure enough, within a couple of hours, the first roar came to life as he cranked up the 1967 Royal Enfield Interceptor.  Those who don’t ride British don’t understand that it’s not like you can just go out and jump on a motorcycle after winter is officially over, and take off down the road.  Well, at least not MY husband!  It is a ritual of checking levels of this, cleaning that, testing the other and then comes the cleaning.  He wipes down every visible (and invisible) piece of chrome on the machine before  being satisfied enough to even just start it!  It’ll be another couple of weeks before he’s ready to proclaim it “road worthy”.

1967 Royal Enfield Interceptor ("pig bike")

1967 Royal Enfield Interceptor (“pig bike”)

A friend of Al’s had this bike, in pieces in a box mind you, sitting in his barn for 30+ years.  He wanted to sell it, so he offered it to Al, who ended up paying $300 for it.  Yes, it had been kept in their pig barn all this time, like I said, in a box!   My husband, the avid enthusiast, had great hopes for fixing it up and getting it running.  I knew if anyone COULD do it, he would be the one to make it happen.

Jammer investigates the new addition to our motorcycle "collection"

Jammer investigates the new addition to our motorcycle “collection”

Above you can see the bike initially as he kinda put it together to see what he had to deal with.  Our Golden Retriever was insulted.  But, that was 3? 4? years ago now.  Al was successful in the rebuilding of this classis machine.  He has since learned that it is quite probably worth several thousand dollars as it is rare, indeed.

1969 Triumph Bonneville

1969 Triumph Bonneville


Triumph Cub

Triumph Cub

Two other members of our motocycle family include Al’s 650 Triumph Bonneville and his Triumph Cub ~ both rebuilt and with custom paint jobs by my husband.  I have my motorcycle license, and have had bikes previously ~ a Kawasaki KZ 440 was my first, then a Triump Legend 900 and lastly a Yamaha Virago 535.  I’m not sure if I’ve given up riding, or am “between bikes” right now.  Time will tell.

Even though it takes time and especially attention away from me when Spring hits and he’s out in the garage with the bikes for hours and hours at a time, at least I know the seasons have truly changed when the garage roars out with British enthusiasm somewhere between March and April each year.  THAT’S my sure sign that Spring is in the air!

Until next time… TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Favorite Photos ~

I’ve just been going through all of my “older” pics and added some to my digital picture frame that hangs in our Family Room.  I just wanted to share a few of my very favorites, and explain why they are my favorites.

Karrie graduates from Wright State.

Karrie graduates from Wright State.

As unassuming as this photo may seem to others, I think it’s my all-time favorite of all the hundreds that I have.  You see, that smiling face right dead center, looking straight at the camera, is my daughter, Karalyn Pillsbury.  She was graduating that day from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and my husband and I ventured out there to see her graduate.  Well, as you may imagine, we were high in the bleechers in the audience, and it was a complete chaos of green down in the center of the auditorium where all the gradutes were milling around.  In fact, I couldn’t even see Karalyn without the aid of my camera zoom, that’s how far away we were.  I was SURE she’d never connect with us!  However, as you can see, at one point she looked right at me just as I snapped this photo!  What an extra special gift it was to get her face, beaming at the camera, and no one elses!  This photo is very sentimental.

"They that go down to the sea in ships"

“They that go down to the sea in ships”

Rockport motif #1

Rockport motif #1

A couple more of my favorites come from my honeymoon with Al in 1998.  We drove to Rockport, Massachusetts, and stayed at a nice little bed and breakfast, spending each day sightseeing and photographing.  “They that go down to the sea in ships” was taken in Gloucester, MA.  Of course, it’s a very high profile statue and very popular in Gloucester as well as everywhere else.  Al and I spent a day in Gloucester and went on a whale watch, then took photos upon our return before we headed back to Rockport.  The second photo “Rockport Motif #1” is also a very popular and widely-known photo… however, this one is MINE.  I did not scarf it from somewhere else, but took it myself.  If you Google Motif #1, you will see a variety of such photos come up.

Al on his 1969 Triumph Bonneville

Al on his 1969 Triumph Bonneville

The above photo of my husband is one of my “newest” favorites.  Al owns several British motorcycles, but this Triumph Bonnie is my fave.  He makes it look good, and vice versa!  The bike is special to me because I know of all the work that Al has put into it … this is a custom motorcycle.  I particularly love the gas tank paint job with meta-flake gold and reddish-orange.  It also has precision pin-striping on the top of the tank, done by hand by Al.  His current “project bike” is a 1967 Royal Enfield Interceptor that he got from a friend a couple of years ago in a box in parts!  For $300 he got a bike that’s worth several thousand.  Anyway, this photo is not mine, but courtesy of Roger William Photography in Cortland, NY.

There are many, many special photos in my archives that I would love to share, but these are my current favorites.  Hope you’ve enjoyed perusing them.  Until next time…  Happy Blogging!


Motorcycle Mayhem ~

On Saturday, May 19,2012, our motorcycle club hosted the second annual Eurobike Ride-In at Rudy’s Lakeside Restaurant on the shores of Lake Ontario in Oswego, New York.  Our club, the British Motorcycle Club of Central New York, has been in existence since 2001, and in 2007 my husband, Al Eckstadt, took over as President when Ron Salgado stepped down.  The club has participated in some rides, some shows and even promoted/organized some fundraiser rides to benefit local charities.

As you could guess, the club consists of British motorcycles, their owners, people who appreciate the British bike and wannabe’s.  Not wanting to appear “snobbish”, we also have many friends who ride European bikes of all types, and even a couple of Harley friends (but we don’t hold that against them!).  There is, however, something special about getting a bunch of  British and/or European motorcycles together and going out for a ride that really turns heads and gets fingers pointing.  Perhaps it’s the fact that they’re relatively uncommon in our Central New York area.

This was the first year that I’ve really gotten into photography, so I decided to really ratchet it up at our event.  I know, and keep in mind, that I’m barely a novice at this and I don’t have a camera with all the “bells and whistles”, but I have fun and I like to share my perspective in hopes that my photos will be enjoyed by other enthusiasts.

Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In Restaurant
On the Shores of Great Lake Ontario
Oswego, NY

A few of the more than 80+ British motorcycles that attended Eurobike 2012.

Chrome and yellow! Mmmmm, yes, I like this one!

Full shot of yellow w/chrome pipes.

A lot of our friends ride/drive older bikes, as suggested by this attendee’s tee shirt.

It’s really all about COLOR for me!

For some, it’s all about being en Vogue.

Nice BMW decked out with all the trimmings.

This leaves little doubt as to who owns THIS bike! (Brett Simpson’s Thruxton)

Purple Haze! Not every bike was British, or even European! But everyone was welcome!

Another view of this purple beauty (I told you “it’s all about the color!”)

Club President’s (and my husband) 1969 Triumph Bonneville.

How about this BSA Rocket 3?

Once you “go Commando” you never go back!

Sweet Ducati!

Norton anyone?

Brett’s Triumph Thruxton 900

At the end of the event, it was estimated that over 100 motorcycles “made the scene” and enjoyed door prizes and discounts on Rudy’s food, among other things.  BMC CNY holds this event yearly at Rudy’s in Oswego, so look for us in 2013.  BMC CNY also attends several other events in Central New York, as well as Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  Check out their website at www.bmccny.org, and they’re also on Facebook.