So, the BSA Club of Northern California organized a Memorial ride in conjunction with the AHRMA races at Somona Raceway. Fri., and bunch of people took a ride to the track to watch the races.
|A throughly modernized Goldstar. This bike was originally built by Mike Bungay. Below is how it looked, in three evolutions, before Mike sold it. Mike Bungay photos|
|Some of the bike that showed up at Sears Point for the Goldstar Ron Memorial|
Sat., we met in Novato and took a 100 or so mile ride through Marin County through Tomales to Bodega Bay and back to Tomales for lunch. I had arranged to borrow a bike from my old friend Parra O'Siochain. Parra is an Irishman who has lived in the Bay Area most of his life, worked for Dudley Perkins H-D, was Sandy Kosman's first employee, worked closely with Dick Mann and Mert Lawill, did a lot of work for Team Obsolete, and has been heavily involved with motorcycle flat track, drag racing, road racing and trials.
Parra took me from the track to his home in Forest Knolls and Sat. morning we rode to Novato. I rode Parra's TR5T Triumph, arguably a Triumph 500 twin in a BSA chassis, and he rode his Honda FT500 Ascot. Parra had replaced the 21" front rim with a 19" alloy rim on the TR5T and was running it with out a battery.
|Parra's TR5T Triumph|
When we got to Novato, we met up with Don Lange, among others. Don is an old friend of Kenny Cummings, having both been musicians in Seattle years ago. They reconnected a couple of years ago and Don became intrigued with Kenny's hobby of motorcycle racing and started coming to the races and filming. He got sucked in and last fall bought a CBR300F Honda.
|Me trying out Don's CBR300F. Don Lange photo|
|Me talking with Parra before the ride started. Don Lange photo|
|The line up in Novato before we left. Don Lange photo|
|At the Tomales Bakery. Don Lange photo|
From there, we took a roundabout way back to Tomales for lunch in the William Tell House. Among the 40ish bikes on the ride, there were 7 or 8 Goldstars, BSA A-10s and A-65s, a B-50 single, at least three Norton Commandos, and an Atlas, Triumph Bonnevilles and Daytonas.
|An A-10 BSA, 400 Can-Am, and Royal Enfield Continental GT 535 among others at the William Tell House|
|Goldstars and a Commando at the William Tell House|
|A KH Harley with a Gimeca front brake.|
|A BSA Rocket 3 and A-65, and Kennie Buchanan's 370 Suzuki|
|Gary Roper rode with his wife Debbie on his beautiful Commando|
|A BSA B-50 in front of it's predecessor, the Goldstar|
|A Norton Atlas, a H-D bagger, Brian Filo's FZR Yam, and a A-65|