My kind of day… A sweet Ride. A great Bike show. A (bonus) car show! And more riding! Stay tuned for lots more!

Got up early and took the newly plated RZ for a beautiful ride down to Riding Into History…

which had a great turnout…

and this years theme was Japanese bikes.  THE Wayne Rainey GPZ 750 met us at the gate.

On my way back, I decided to the long, scenic way home through Old St Augustine and I stumbled on a classic car show!! Sweet!

Much more on all of this on its way shortly. Right now I need a nap.

And now for something completely different! The 1936 General Motors assembly line video!

With a big shout out to Travis Lawson of Iron Spade Cycles..  ( for posting this to his Facebook Page.  Really amazing.  The 1936 General Motors assembly plant promotional video.  I’d love to see something along these lines more motorcycle related (and I promise to do some looking around)  but this gets the idea across.  The assembly line sandcast engine work just blows my mind.  Honda tried this for a few months on their original 1969 CB750’s and soon abandoned it resulting in some VERY collectible first year “sandcast” unobtanium bikes.

What really gets me is that this was fully five years before the Pearl Harbor attack.  I wonder what the heck the Axis powers were ever thinking to challenge this sort of manufacturering might.


Some really excellent reader submittals (with a cool car thrown in)…

I know I don’t do cars but this one fits the post..

Reader Jim Jenne sent in some shots of a stretched Hyabusa that he saw at an Italian sh… well here his original e-mail and post…

A week or so ago I went to the Wheels Of Italy show in Minneapolis..There was lots of cool Italian stuff there, but at the back of the lot sat this thing, I do not know what it is or who did it but thought it was very cool and thought I would send it in…Jim, Thanks for the great site!

Now this is a cool bike in it’s ow right but I answered that “There is a big cult following for these bikes and I generally don’t cover them on my blog very much as there are already a lot of folks who do. No offense but I’d LOVE to see more photos of the Italian bikes.”

I suspected that if Jim wasn’t too familiar about the Busa that he must know his really old Italian iron.. And he was kind enough to oblige!

Hey Steve…I will have some photos for you in a year or so…I just picked up a 250 Ducati Scrambler…

… I also just sold my 28 year project a 1957 Stanguellini 1100 Sports Racer, which I miss… my plan, to build a Café Racer that looks like the Stanguellini…should be a fun project!…I have been collecting ideas and plan to start soon…Jim

Wow that’s a nice car… you must have really wanted that scrambler!

Anyway then we struck gold..
Here are a few shots of Italian stuff from a trip to Monterey 2010…Jim

Great Stuff Jim! Thanks much and keep us posted on you Scrambler project!