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Barber Ride Aboard a 1973 Yamaha TX750

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The lovely 1973 Yamaha TX750, owned by Al Baljeu, was just one of the many vintage bikes on our Sunday Morning Ride at the Barber Vintage Festival in 2016. Photo courtesy Jerry Baljeu.

I just finished reading the March/April 2017 issue from cover to cover and your advertisers will be happy to note that this also includes all their ads. I take everything pretty well as Gospel in this issue except for one line on Page 10, and I’ll quote: “ ... and join us for our Sunday Morning Ride, a leisurely run through the beautiful Alabama countryside.” Leisurely? Bah humbug.

I was on the 2016 ride. While I was trying to keep up, I was also concentrating really hard on not dropping my brother’s restored 1973 Yamaha TX750 while he was thoroughly enjoying the tour on his 1979 Yamaha XS750 café racer.  The ride was anything but “leisurely” and more like “exhilarating” for a 78-year-old whose usual daily ride in Canada is a 1980 Gold Wing! I do not remember that “beautiful Alabama countryside” but will always remember the Motorcycle Classics 2016 Sunday Morning Ride. Thanks for the Ride. — Jerry Baljeu/Organizer of the Sept. 24, 2017, Sarnia, Ontario, Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

Jerry,

Thanks for joining us on the 2016 Barber Sunday Morning Ride. We look forward to hosting the ride again on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. — Ed.