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Old 04-04-2021, 01:14 PM   #1
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2021 Mt Tam Easter Sunrise ride ...

got up for one of my favorite annual traditional Bay Area vintage/late-model/scooter rides, the high-tolerance-for-ambiguity-required Mt Tam Easter Sunrise ride. some years we see neither the top of Mt Tam nor the sunrise due to weather or locked locks, but it is always a gathering of the clans, at Tam Junction, anyway ...

big turn out this year, with a bunch of vintage bikes. idk, maybe over 100 bikes, all together ...



Oak Street, Lower Haight, 4:30 am ...



my friend Kate was at Tam Junction this year, sporting my favorite electronic neon motorcycle vest ...



we got to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge with Dennis and his sweet F1A.



Kalle’s usual-suspect ‘48 Chief ...



‘75 water buffalo ...



‘72 single-carb BSA with high pipes from another model. this bike found its way here from Louisiana.



SFMC member Jason’s nice Norton Atlas ... he has it set up with a sensible single carb Mikuni kit.



another BSA. this bike had a particularly compelling exhaust song ...

our friend, Steven, who used to do the Easter Sunrise Ride every year, back in the day, and who has an emotional investment in keeping the ride going by securing the early-hours permit in recent years made an appearance to let us know that the park didn’t grant a permit this year due to Covid restrictions.

he let us know that therefore the gate wouldn’t be open ‘til 7am, so we hung out at Tam Junction a bit, and started our relaxed way up Mt Tam at almost 6am.
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Old 04-04-2021, 01:19 PM   #2
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Great pics John! Wish I had made it to the top!
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Great pics John! Wish I had made it to the top!


next year, for sure, maybe ...

the top of Mt Tam on Easter morning always seems to be an ambiguous proposition, for me ...
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Old 04-04-2021, 03:59 PM   #4
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Old 04-04-2021, 04:05 PM   #5
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should sue on grounds of religious persecution! Preventing you from worshipping the sun rise and making sacrifices like your ancestors have always done.
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Old 04-04-2021, 07:49 PM   #6
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seems like an awesome ride for electric bikes. my round-trip mileage from SF was 46 miles.

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should sue on grounds of religious persecution! Preventing you from worshipping the sun rise and making sacrifices like your ancestors have always done.
we should probably start petitioning for a religious-exception burning-man style overnight group camping permit for the East Peak parking lot. get Pol to organize a dirtbag bike show and old school Revere-style Street Party with our fav home-grown punk bands. huge evening bonfire and worshipfulness sacraments to the redeemer of one’s choice at sunrise.

that may put simply opening the silly gate before sunrise into perspective for the powers that be.

anyway, onward and upward:



we rode up to the gate at Pantoll Road, and as foretold, found it locked.
locked and guarded by someone with a key.
a new twist ime.

we looked at the park ranger, and the park ranger looked at us.

after the passage of some time, a deal was offered:

if we rode away from the gate, the ranger said they’d unlock the gate at 6:45am.

we looked at the ranger, the ranger looked at us, and then we all looked at the locked gate. it was 6:30am.

we took the deal.

by 6:45am we’d been joined by multiple patrol cars from the Marin SO. maybe the CHP, too, idk.



but, good to the ranger’s word, the gate was unlocked at 6:48am. off to the East Peak parking lot the clans roared.



vintage scooters in the East Peak parking lot ...



Harley XR-750 badged Sportster, I guess, and a very nice Honda. the H-D owner said he purchased the bike new in 1979 ...



Kawasaki chopper, in the correct color ...



GSX-R chopper with the correct pipe ...



dual-shock CZ/Husky ... wheelies for days!



Triumph Trident ...

missed a pic of the clean RD.
there was a ton of vintage BMWs, too ...

as I say, was super-impressed with our turn-out in 2021. here’s hoping for a permit and 500 bikes next Easter Sunday.

I’ll be there anyway, unless it’s raining.
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Old 04-05-2021, 08:31 PM   #7
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Great post, as always, John. Good to see you in-person as always. I was pretty excited to do this ride for the first time on a vintage british bike. I still remember walking into Mean Marshall's as a 20 year old kid who had just bought a beat up 60's Triumph. Something special about doing this ride this many years later on old britiron.

I also just wanted to say, AugustIron, here is where all those boxes of Norton bits ended up:

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SFMC member Jasonís nice Norton Atlas ... he has it set up with a sensible single carb Mikuni kit.
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Bummer on the gate.

Spoiled some vibe.

You guys wake up way to early for me
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Glad to see this tradition carries on. And Mean Marshall is probably smiling in his grave.
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Thanks for the photos, looks like a good time despite the gate debacle.
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Those case covers on the Norton's are just plain sexy. Thanks for the pics John, one day I may make this on my H1 500..
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John... very cool pics.
As Budman says: "way to early for me", maybe if I lived closer.

Now for that Sportster (with a 750 tank, seat/tail section, and oil bag) I'm sorry but that rear pipe is just plain "F-ing" ugly. It should have pipes like the first pic below. The 883ci motor on that Sporty is a pre '75 as it's got the shifter on the right side and probably newer than a '69 based on the crankcase cover design. The XR bikes ran magnetos.

The XR750 (dirt track) and XRTT (road racer's) were the 1970-1972 era race bikes. I think it was mid-late '71 they changed the head design and the pipes to the scrambler type on the left side and they ran two Mikuni's that were were swept back to get them out of the air stream and dirt/mud. The XRTT's had fairings.
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John... very cool pics.
As Budman says: "way to early for me", maybe if I lived closer.

Now for that Sportster (with a 750 tank, seat/tail section, and oil bag) I'm sorry but that rear pipe is just plain "F-ing" ugly. It should have pipes like the first pic below. The 883ci motor on that Sporty is a pre '75 as it's got the shifter on the right side and probably newer than a '69 based on the crankcase cover design. The XR bikes ran magnetos.

The XR750 (dirt track) and XRTT (road racer's) were the 1970-1972 era race bikes. I think it was mid-late '71 they changed the head design and the pipes to the scrambler type on the left side and they ran two Mikuni's that were were swept back to get them out of the air stream and dirt/mud. The XRTT's had fairings.


awesome ... love old Harley race bikes. thanks for posting that the Sportster probably isn’t a ‘79, and why, that’s the fun part about keeping model years straight.



a big fan of the old flat-head KRTTs, myself. think our HD rider was going for that look with his rear pipe?

hope to cross paths irl, soon!
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Great post, as always, John. Good to see you in-person as always. I was pretty excited to do this ride for the first time on a vintage british bike. I still remember walking into Mean Marshall's as a 20 year old kid who had just bought a beat up 60's Triumph. Something special about doing this ride this many years later on old britiron.

I also just wanted to say, AugustIron, here is where all those boxes of Norton bits ended up:
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awesome to see you and the Atlas, Jason ... talk soon!

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Glad to see this tradition carries on. And Mean Marshall is probably smiling in his grave.
just love getting up early to maybe see the sunrise, but hate riding in the dark.

the cop thing wasn’t too bad, kind of added an element of drama. nice to think of Mr Mean Marshall smiling ...

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Thanks for the photos, looks like a good time despite the gate debacle.
thanks for reading and posting N4teTheGreat. your Ducati would love this ride.

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Those case covers on the Norton's are just plain sexy. Thanks for the pics John, one day I may make this on my H1 500..
+1 on the case covers ... would be so bad-ass to see your H1 up on Mt Tam!
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Old 04-07-2021, 11:09 AM   #15
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Great stuff, John. Thanks for the pic thread....and bike show.
I fully expect to there next year. I will do a better job managing my calendar. I got pulled in too many directions at once this year.
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