The 2009 Blessing of the Bikes, Baldwin
We went up to Baldwin to see the 37th annual "Blessing of the Bikes" on May 16-17.
About 10,000 motos show up and drive thru a parade set-up at the airport to have the local bishop bless them with good luck during this riding season.
The family had never seen it in any detail.
They concluded that all motorcycles look alike. Oh well!
The bikers are on darn good behavior at this event. It's a blessing, after all.
I had a nice time studying the bikes. I wish there were more 80's bikes, but, darn, maybe they're starting to fade to the scrap heap. ? Say it ain't so! I only saw a few old faves.
The new ones don't do it for me, by and large. Too powerful, too hightech. Not enough human scale. Or economics. The design is "off" also, usually.
I like studying the panniers and trailers. I'm pondering how to adapt rucksacks for use as moto pans. I saw one set-up that gave me an idea...
My fave rides and riders to see are the tattered ones. Like an all-black rider with a 50-year-old outfit for both apparel and moto. Good tatters.