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by Shaggy of TheCarolinaRider.com | All Photos Copyright: Shaggy
Well, well, well, look what I pulled out of my ass: a bike show. And once you get past the smell it really wasn’t all that bad. I’ll be honest with everyone here I really didn’t see this happening, but what a shock we got when the sun rose on Palmetto Cycle Center on June 8th. I was even more shocked to see that the first man through the gate was none other than Golden “Bub” Carper (of THEcarolinarider.com fame) on his shiny new Honda cb1100. I gotta say, I was awestruck by this machine. I believe Bub sensed this as he very casually handed me the keys and said “take it up the road and back”. If ever you get the chance to take one of these bikes for a spin, do it!!!!!! This thing looks like it came straight out of ’69 and runs like a scalded dog. Honestly, I hope this is where the market is going and all the other manufacturers (Harley included) take a cue from this. Bub, I want to thank you for that opportunity.
Bub was the first but he surely wasn’t the last. One by one turned to two by two and eventually we had a sizeable crowd on our hands. The Japanese big three (Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha) were well represented, even threw in a Triumph for shits and giggles. Attendees rolled in, hung out, and lived it up. Among the average Joe’s and curios by passers; the show even attracted some upstate “rally royalty” such as Dennis Harris of Chesnee Classic Cycles and “Otis” of Steel Khaos. But what set it off for me was the fifteen or twenty loyal readers of thecarolinarider.com approaching me and telling me how much fun they were having.
Once the crowd gathered the fun and games began. The bike wash girls kept the suds going while Mike of Upstate Party Zone kept the tunes a flowing. Mike is a hell of a guy and a talented dj and I highly recommend him. Not only did he dj Kamikaze I’ve rode with him a few times since and he never let the room get stale. So what do you do with a crowd, music, girls, bikes, and a parking lot that was basically given to us as a f%cking play ground? Did someone say Bike Games??????? If and when this show runs again I am strongly considering nixing the actual show part and just throwing a game bash. The hot dog bike didn’t get the reaction I thought it would but damned if the rest didn’t take off like a bat out of hell. I think at one point we were running the slow races five or six wide and people were pulling in off of the highway to give the board run a go....
I want to go on the record right now and say this; I have every misguided intention of doing this again. I can’t promise anything at the moment but I am currently in talks with the powers that be to make Kamikaze a “side stage” event at the 2014 Antique Bikes On Main rally in Chesnee SC. If it goes it goes if it doesn’t it doesn’t, but I think we had too much fun for this to be a “one hitter quitter”. I met some interesting folk doing this and I wanna meet a few more. I’m just going to put it out there like this: Ill organize again if you guys agree to show again
It was a bit small, I believe as far as attendance goes I believe we maxed out on the upswing of fifty people. We didn’t have barn burner but we had an actual bike show instead of an a$$ packing yuppie gig full of good people and hard riders. And it was a pleasure to make this half-baked idea a reality for you guys. I know the article is late but damnit to hell man, after pulling this sh%t off I needed a second to catch my Guinness and Camel layered breath.
Until next time folks, keep it vertical....