Motorcycle Classics Sunday Morning Ride at the Barber Vintage Festival


Motorcycles on the Barber Ride

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.

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A word of caution on your Sunday Morning Ride at Barber; part of your route is on Baily Road and it has a single lane wood deck bridge with planks that are not continuous level side to side; it has a lowered grade in the middle. It is on a gentle curve and can catch the unwary out. If you enter it in the middle between the planks you have to stay between the planks with an abrupt edge transition to/from the pavement. We unfortunately discovered this during 2017's Vintage festival, though we were riding in the opposite direction you will be traveling and there is less visual warning. It caused a subsequent low side crash of my wife's bike and eventually led to it being totaled. Thankfully she received only minor scrapes and bruises. Otherwise it is a nice narrow and tight cornered road.

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