Heading out from the Motorcycle Classics tent for a Sunday Morning Ride.
Join Motorcycle Classics for our Sunday Morning Ride at the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival on — when else — Sunday morning, Oct. 7, 2018. Sponsored by our good friends at Hagerty Motorcycle Insurance, the Motorcycle Classics Sunday Morning Ride is a casual 35-mile romp through the Alabama countryside, taking in Alabama’s “Mini-Dragon,” a spectacular section of curves and climbs just minutes from the Barber Motorsports Complex.
Hagerty’s Kyle Bowen will join us for the ride, which leaves the Motorcycle Classics tent in the Fan Zone at 10 a.m. sharp. Check out this year’s ride route by clicking here. There’s lots going on leading up to Sunday, including the Motorcycle Classics Vintage Bike Show on Saturday, Oct. 6, this year featuring Triumph and BSA triples in celebration of 50 years since Triumph first introduced the legendary 750cc 3-cylinder Trident and Rocket 3. All triples are welcome, whether from Triumph or Suzuki, BSA or Kawasaki, as are all Triumphs and BSAs.
And there’s more, because after announcing British frame builder Colin Seeley as Grand Marshal for the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, the Barber Museum asked Motorcycle Classics to host a special gathering of Seeley motorcycles at our booth in the Fan Zone. If you own a Seeley and you’re planning on taking it to Barber, we’d like to hear from you and hopefully show your bike along with the other Seeleys that will be there.
Registration starts at 9 a.m., judging at 1:30 p.m., and we’ll hold our awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Guest judges will include Barber Museum’s Brian Slark, motorcycle journalist Alan Cathcart, and Mark Mederski from the National Motorcycle Museum, with a special appearance by festival Grand Marshal Colin Seeley! We’ll award trophies in five categories, with special awards for Best Triple and Editors’ Choice.
We’re also hosting special tech seminars Friday and Saturday. Starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, vintage Japanese motorcycle specialist Rick Shaw of Rick’s Motorsport Electrics will share his extensive knowledge working with charging systems, explaining what you need to know about vintage Japanese charging systems and how to improve them. Starting at noon on Saturday, Race Tech Suspension’s vintage suspension specialist Matt Wiley will discuss the ins and outs of vintage motorcycle suspensions, and how to improve them.
A special thanks to our sponsors at Spectro Oils, Hagerty Motorcycle Insurance, Pecard Leather Care and S100 Cycle Care for helping to make it all happen! These are great companies run by passionate motorcyclists, and we encourage you to learn more about them and their excellent products.