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Motorcycle Classics/RetroTours/River Road Sweepstakes Winner!

by Richard Backus


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Retro Tours Moto Morini, Moto Guzzi and Laverda 
Just some of the RetroTours stable: Moto Morini 500 Strada, Moto Guzzi Ambassador and Laverda 750SF 

Congratulations to Clint Hoops, the winner of the Motorcycle Classics/RetroTours Redneck Giro Sweepstakes! We received thousands of entries for a chance at winning a spot in RetroTours' exclusive Redneck Giro and a complete set of leather riding gear from River Road Motorcycle Gear, and Clint was our lucky winner!

In a few short weeks Clint be winging his way to RetroTours headquarters in Pennsylvania to join Motorcycle Classics editor-in-chief Richard Backus and Retro Tours founder Joel Samick – plus five other tour participants – for three days of crusing the back roads of West Virginia on classic Italian twins.

Bikes on the tour will include a Benelli Tornado 650S, a Ducati 860GT, a Moto Morini 500 Strada, a Laverda 750 and a Moto Guzzi Ambassador. We’ll switch off at every gas stop, giving everyone on the tour multiple opportunities to ride each of the bikes Samick lines up for the tour. It’s an amazing opportunity to ride vintage machines you never thought you’d get to experience, out on the road where they belong. These aren't trailer queens, but well-sorted, perfectly maintained classics that we'll ride through whatever nature sends our way.

I’ve done this tour once before, back in 2010, so I can tell you from experience it’s fantastic, as Clint is likewise going to find out. And Clint is the perfect guy to win this trip. A subscriber to Motorcycle Classics since issue #1 in 2005, he’s also the president of theIdaho Vintage Motorcycle Club. Clint’s first bike was a 1962 BSA Gold Star (his brother still owns it today), and his garage currently holds a pair of Yamaha XS650s, a Triumph TR5MX, a BSA 441, and a late model Triumph 955 Tiger and 610 Husky. A seasoned rider, Clint’s our kind of guy.

RetroTours Sweepstakes Winner 
Sweepstakes winner Clint Hoops with his trusty Husky 610.

The tour runs September 7-9, and we’ll report back when it’s all over. So again, congratulations Clint, and thanks to the rest of you for signing up! And stayed tuned, we’ll have more cool sweepstakes to come! – Richard Backus