Realities Ride & Rally

After going for a run in the morning, my bud Manuel and I biked over to Old Town on the Cannondale F700 mountain bike and Huffy Cranbrook cruiser, respectively, to check out the motorcycles and cars at the annual Realities Ride & Rally. There were hundreds of Harley-Davidsons as expected, but I was surprised to see there were a couple dozen classic cars there as well!

While I like Harleys (I ride a Buell that was made by H-D, after all), their sheer dominance at events like these is almost overwhelming. And in truth, the main hogs I am interested in are the relatively svelte ones like the Sportsters.

A couple of black Harley-Davidson Sportsters.

The H-D Street 750 is kind of my style, too. I test drove one on a treadmill at the event’s Stationary Ride Experience, which is good for people who had never ridden a motorcycle before like the woman who went before It afforded the auditory sensations of the exhaust (which did not sound like the stereotypical loud-pipe ear-splitter at all, neither in pitch nor volume) and the tactile feel of the clutch and shift levers. The latter felt very familiar due to having ridden a Sportster Iron 883 on the Tail of the Dragon two years ago. As far as I could tell, those parts were from the same parts bin.

By far my favorite bike of the Realities Ride & Rally, however, was a 100-hp 2019 Indian Scout Bobber that I had never laid eyes on before. Talk about love at first sight.

My favorite bike of the show: a 2019 Indian Scout Bobber in the White Smoke color.

With its muscular curves, blacked-out metals and elegant chrome details, it was like an American fitness model wearing an understated black dress and white jacket along with glittering jewelry and a tanned leather Chanel handbag to dinner. This would definitely be a leading candidate for my next moto were I to ever replace the Buell.

Manuel and I rode bikes from my place to the Realities Ride & Rally. Here he is with my yellow 1996 Cannondale F700.There were only a few sport bikes on hand but here is a red and white Honda CBRF4.I did the Stationary Ride Experience on this Harley-Davidson Street 750. It felt familiar to me with similar clutch and shift lever feel to the H-D Sportster Iron 883 on the Tail of the Dragon a couple years ago.A silver Shelby Mustang 347.A grey 1950 Dodge pickup truck.A blue first-generation Chevrolet Camaro with white racing stripes.I liked the green custom Harley-Davidson cruiser in the center. The bike to the right of it with a turquoise trapezoidal fuel tank was interesting too.Another view of the 2019 Indian Scout Bobber in White Smoke.

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