Hollister Independence Day Rally, 2005

WOW! This year's Rally  was a blast. We saw a lot of AWESOME bikes and met a lot of friendly people. On Saturday I rode out at dawn w/ my friend and coworker Phil, he rides a metric but I don't hold that against him. Breakfast at Santa Nella and on to the rally. We got into town at about 8:00 am... only a few bikes on the street. Stayed until about 3:00 pm or so and rode back to Merced via Los Banos and El Nido... On Sunday I had intended to leave by 8:00 am but I was really tired from Sat so I decided not to go... However, a friend of mine named Tarue came by around 9:00 or so and asked if I was going, telling me that he would be back in a couple of hours and I agreed. Tarue rides a dual sparkplug Sporty 1200, custom tank and drag bars on 6" risers. He came back and said that our friend Steve wanted to go as well. (Steve can also be seen on the Coulterville ride page). We had a lesuerly ride out through Gustine and Santa Nella but split up pretty much just after arriving in Hollister. At the end of the day Tarue and I rode back together via Santa Nella and Gustine... 

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The Sun coming up over Merced.
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Phil and I getting ready to ride.
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The Sunrise found us riding out the 140 towards Gustine and Hollister.
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Looking towards the face of the Dam and the Pacheco Pass.
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Shadow of the dawn.
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The first of the scooters, we met these nice people in Santa Nella as we came out from breakfast.
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Phil checking out a nice Indian at Santa Nella.
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Starting up Pacheco Pass.

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And we got a chilly supprise at the top. It was freezing cold, at least for California in the summertime.
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Freezing and  foggy... Almost went into a speed wobble from shivering.
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We saw this one at Casa de Fruta.
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And this one as well.
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And this Pan

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And our first Sportster, (Not counting mine). Looks like he came a ways.
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San Benito street at 8:00 am, plenty of parking at this hour...
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Looking up San Benito to see some of the early birds arriving.
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Our next Sportster, I like the clean lines of this one.
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A group of early arrivals from Visalia.
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DSCF1377.JPG (428249 bytes) I thought that this tank was kind of interesting, that and my reflection is visible on the console.
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A cool flame job going down San Benito
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Detail from the rear fender of the flame job...
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DSCF1396.JPG (505006 bytes) DSCF1398.JPG (635229 bytes) And a detail shot of the tank, I thought this was great!
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Another Indian
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A nice sunburst flame job...
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Only 8:30 and the curbs are filling and folks are starting to park in the middle.
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DSCF1433.JPG (631377 bytes) DSCF1437.JPG (621695 bytes) An Evo trike
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Another angle
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A really clean trike
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Another angle...
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Old school chopper
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A fan of ol' Blue Eyes
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Detail of the tank
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A clean Road King w/ a T-Bag touring kit
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For Sale 408-234-4195
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The Honda stretch coming in...
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This Honda stretch dates back to '77 and was dad's bike, he is now riding the scoot in the next frame...
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A nice paint job on this Sporty, and check the mirror on the right...LOL
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Detail of the tank
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Another Sporty
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One of Arlen Ness' bikes
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Flip side...
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Hot off the presses
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DSCF1486.JPG (515120 bytes) DSCF1487.JPG (349077 bytes) Checking out a custom from Lowlife Kustoms www.lowlife-kustoms.com
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A vid clip w/ sample of the sound system...
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A nice looking Buell
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DSCF1520.JPG (619320 bytes) I liked the paint job on this Sporty
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Front view
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But the owner doesn't like it. (Left the keys in the ingnition).
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DSCF1536.JPG (579124 bytes) Check the detail on the rocker boxes
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Hot Granny and a familiar flame job in the background
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Notice anything special about this Scooter?
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The answer on the next page


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