I should open with a confession; I arrived at the show on Saturday when the gates opened and was only able to stay until 9:30 due to a prior commitment. Any comments or critiques are based on what I saw during this time, not the whole day/weekend.
While there was quite a bit to see, the field seemed sparse compared to years past. Could this be a sign that there is a downturn in the hobby?
The dominant presence took form in older Japanese bikes a trend that seems to be carrying forward from past years. Bikes that were usually front and center in years past were curiously absent; The Broughs, the early Indian built in Toronto to name a few. Not a single Matchless in sight either.
Interestingly, there were at least 4 Triumph TRW army bikes for sale, all complete and running and all under $5,000. I have always wanted one, but I more than have my hands full! Here is a great article about them should you be curious; http://sump-publishing.co.uk/triumph-trw.htm
I have heard stories of crated examples being available through Army Surplus stores into the early 1990's!
I spent a total of $28.00. I bought some old handlebars, a brake rod (possibly Norton) and a very interesting battery box which looked Prewar.
|I was told that these were Czech made (Jawa/CZ) and sold through Eaton's department stores.|
Until Next time....