Once in a while I get up early in the morning to catch a local TV show that airs in Indiana. It covers motorcycle events, news and tips, which is pretty neat since there are a lot of events and rides that occur around the state. However as I keep watching the program I can't help but notice that there's a lack of variety in the show. There's some highlights to break up the monotony but they are very far and few between, almost like an afterthought. For a show that claims to be aimed for motorcycle riders and enthusiasts all over Indiana, there's very little, if any coverage on the vintage motorcycle scene.
I've combed through the entire season of 2013 and only ran into one episode that spent some time on a small vintage motorcycle event somewhere up north. I have nothing against the program itself, or the rides and other events that are covered- I support raising awareness for various illnesses and do enjoy a great time. It's just that I feel other aspects of the motorcycle culture in Indiana are extremely underrepresented. I don't know if it's because the producers think that the show should only appeal to one demographic or what, but what I do know is that Indiana has a growing vintage motorcycle scene and it's odd that the program doesn't give it more exposure.
Rockers Reunion Indianapolis, Indiana
There's a vintage motorcycle event called Rockers Reunion that has been happening for about 8 years and keeps growing with each year. In the past decade or so there's been a growing movement of vintage revival in general and it's also been sweeping through the motorcycle world. The growth in Indiana's interest in vintage bikes doesn't just stop at Rockers Reunion. There's also Kokomoto which is around the Sharpsville area in an authentic 1950's town. A few places in northern Indianapolis hosts vintage bike nights. Neighboring states of Illinois and Ohio respectively have Motoblot and Queen City Mods vs Rockers. Born Free out in California is only six years old, but has swiftly grown into one of the largest vintage chopper/classic motorcycle shows in the nation.
Kokomoto held at 'A Summer Place' in Sharpsville, Indiana
Sure cafe racers, bobbers, and choppers may not be every person's cup of tea, but they're still a part of the overall motorcycle culture and deserve recognition.
Posted From: AsianBikerGirl