The annual gathering of vintage motorcycles at Mid Ohio for the AMA’s Vintage Motorcycle Days has come and gone with its usual fine collection of great vintage bikes of all stripes. The weather was extremely hot and humid which may have played a part in what appeared to be somewhat lower attendance numbers, though I saw fewer vendors set up in the infield, too, however the swap meet didn’t seem to be any smaller, it was loaded with everything imaginable.
I finally got to meet Aniket Vardhan, designer and builder of the Royal Enfield Musket V-Twin, and see the bike up close and personal. The bike’s a beauty, it sounds great and Aniket says he’s working on getting things ready so he can go into production. It’s amazing to see the work and detail on this home engineered project, it looks professional in every detail. Tom Lyons, of the Fireball 535 team, was also there though I missed Chumma who hadn’t yet shown up with the Badger, there were a few problems slowing his arrival and he didn’t get there until after I had gone.
Craig Vetter designed and built the Mystery Ship back in 1980 and built a limited series, something like ten of them I believe, this one, obviously, is number seven.
Manufacturers used to build some nice smaller displacement bikes, these Honda CB400s are one prime example.
This was Kawasaki’s year at Mid Ohio. I saw more pristine examples of the classic Z1 this year than I have ever seen before. They were everywhere you looked, something made easier now by the excellent availability of parts.
When I spotted this, I had no idea what it was which stands to reason since I’ve never seen one. It’s a Matchless Silver Hawk. The point of interest here is the engine, it’s an 18 degree V4 with a bevel drive overhead cam, from the early 1930s. Who says the early bikes were low tech?
Here’s a closeup of the Matchless V4. Looks pretty sweet.
Then there was this Kawasaki 4 cylinder powered, wooden bodied 3 wheeler. There was no info by it anywhere and the owner wasn’t around so I can’t say much about it. The wooden body seemed to be the work of a fairly accomplished boat builder. Maybe he decided it was time for a non aquatic project. Looked nicely done and I later spotted it driving around. Interesting piece.
There’s no way to really give you the flavor of Vintage Days, there’s simply too much there to sum up in a few photos, but if you’re looking for something to do next July, you might want to head over and check it out. It’s time well spent.