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
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!
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.