It's a distance we've traveled numerous times this year, riding up the East Coast on Indians with my old man, from San Diego to Seattle on a Victory Octane and XC, around England on Royal Enfields, and now from Little Rock to Phoenix through some of the worst weather we've ever encountered. This time, however, we were riding a pair of Scouts we purchased (!) from our friend, Rob Gregory.
The decision to own Indians was made during our cross-country adventure last April. We wanted something we could travel aimlessly on, loaded only with what we need and nothing more. We wanted something American but reliable. Classic but contemporary. And so we settled on Scouts. One red, one black, with zero miles on the odometers.
On our way back to Arizona we hit 40 MPH sustained winds with gusts up to 60 MPH, temperatures that topped out at 42 degrees (which feels like 32 with a wind chill), rain and an army of tumbleweeds that busted a headlight and stopped us dead in our tracks. I suppose this is just the start...
An assortment of 35mm photographs taken with a Yashica T4 are attached.
Fuerteventura in the Canary Island for the official launch of a particular Italian motorbike - maybe the new Multistrada 950? While on the island, however, I shot a roll of 35mm film on my Yashica T4, the results of which can be found by following that 'read more' thing (looks down).
- Hunter S. Thompson
Victory Motorcycles (the mid-sized Octane and a full-dress Cross Country), then proceeded to pack wetsuits, swim fins and an inflatable surf mat onto the bikes before making our way from Southern California to Seattle, riding waves and windy roads along the way. The story about our adventure was recently published by Outside Magazine (read it here). The number of photos Outside was able to publish was limited to just six shots, so I thought I'd share an assortment of images that both Kyra and myself took while riding up the West Coast.
BagginWaves tag for a few photos, and stay tuned for the full story on Outside!