"BRIT IRON" takes you behind the scenes at

July 2011 - Issue #1

* The Quail Motorcycle Gathering-
Concourse Show & Auction in Carmel Valley.
* The Quail Ride- Ride vintage bikes thru Carmel Valley & Laguna Seca Raceway!
* Riding in Yosemite- Spend a week in the saddle in this awesome 3-minute Helmet Cam video of Yosemite!
* Big BSA Rally in Pismo Beach CA 9/8-11-We're riding there on Classic British Motorcycles & you can ride with us! Hang on...

NOTE: This is a re-issue of our First Edition, sent because some folks signed up late & I wanted them to have it. Sorry if you've received more than one. We're still getting this thing worked out. Thanks for your patience...

Hello everyone and welcome to the First Issue of Classic-British-Motorcycles.com's "Brit Iron". In it, and future issues, I will attempt to share with you the best of what I see and do in my travels for this website. It seems that I've been spending an inordinate amount of time at Classic Motorcycle Auctions, Shows, at Owners' Club Meetings, or on incredible Rides. All of this is done, mind you, in the call of duty. My website is hungry for content. Tough job, but someone's gotta' do it, right?

CBM's Project Bike, our 1979 Triumph T140D Bonneville Special on display at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering is a Classic Motorcycle Concourse d'Elegance, Show, Auction & Ride. It took place at the beautiful Quail Lodge Country Club in Carmel Valley, California under absolutely perfect weather conditions, on Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14. Friday was the Quail Ride with some 100 vintage bikes riding a 120-mile loop through the Carmel Valley that ended with a 'touring lap' on Laguna Seca-Mazda Raceway. I filmed it all with my new Helmet Cam & will have an edited video on YouTube very soon. The Show & Auction were on Saturday & the number, variety & quality of the bikes was nothing short of stunning, especially on the golf course. The legendary "Bathing Suit Bike" (1948 Vincent Black Lightning, the first bike to break 150mph on the Salt) was there, along with one of Steve McQueen's old dirt bikes & tons more cool stuff, way too much to mention. Click the links above to get the whole story.


That's me (Andy) squatted down in front, with Helmet Cam still on. I couldn't very well leave it on my bike, now could I?

Okay, I'll admit it. As much as I love my old Brit bikes, I also own a 2008 Harley Dyna & I do a fair bit of riding on it. Went all the way from California to Florida on it in 2009. Well, every summer, this motley group of guys do a week long camping trip in Yosemite & I've made the last two (which means I got invited back after the first one). Eight bikes left San Jose Sunday morning, June 12th, followed by our Chase Truck, full of beer, food & supplies, and towing a trailer with a Jesse James rigid framed chopper that is just too impractical to ride that far. We went up the back way, the long way, through Hornitos. What a ride.

I have another confession to make. While some of our group did actually sleep in tents, I opted for a cabin. Smart move. We rode every day, through Yosemite Valley, up to Glacier Point, out to Jamestown, and all around. Check out the Video on our new YouTube channel. It was a great week, good company & some epic riding. On Friday, my bike started with electronic problems, forcing me to trailer my bike (thank God for chase trucks) to Jamestown Harley, where I left it. From then on, I was a passenger in the Chase Truck. Turned out to be my own fault. When I carry things on my bike, I bungee them down & hook the bungees along the edge of my back fender. Apparently, I snagged a turn signal wire down there, it shorted & that wierded out the entire onboard computer. Otherwise, it was a wonderful trip. Yosemite has got to be one of the grandest natural wonders on the planet. Even better on a bike!

The California BSA Rally is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, September 8-11, 2011 in lovely Pismo Beach CA. It's sponsored by the BSAOC. You can call Jim Tomich at (408) 377-9457 for more details.

I plan to ride the '79 T140D Bonnie down there with a large group from San Jose. Long rides on old British bikes always promise adventure. Bikes break down and we all stop, scratch our heads and work it out somehow. No one gets left behind. We will have several chase trucks & trailers, tools, parts & some great company. We usually take Highway 25 through Hollister all the way to Paso Robles. This is 125 miles of fantastic country backroads, no freeways, no traffic, very few cars. The ride alone is worth the trip.

Contact me if you're interested in riding along with this group.

Well, that's about it for now. Your next Brit Iron will reach you in about a month. In the meantime...ride safe.

Andy Tallone

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