11/28/12– Jerry Landreneau, age 56, was last seen on Saturday, November 24, 2012, but has not been seen since he left. Jerry left his home to take a ride on his motorcycle, which is black and has a whip on the right handlebar. Jerry was last seen wearing jeans, black canvas and leather navy issued combat boots, a black solid leather jacket and black helmet. There may have been someone with him because extra helmet is missing. If you have any information, please call the South Houston Police Department at (713) 944-1920 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.
When I was growing up, my sister was a Mod. She collected Vespas and must have owned eight or ten of them at one time… she even had one with a sidecar.
I, well I was the Rocker. I rode my bike, listened to rock and roll, and got down and dirty with the best of them.
One night when my bike was broken down, which was not at all unusual, I took my sister’s Vespa Rally 150 out for a spin. It had 4 gears, was really fast, and scared the bejeezus out of me!! Those tiny little wheels on there, it was like riding a skateboard down a San Francisco street with no nuts on the truck bolts… Squirrelly!
Well, after that little jaunt, I had a new found respect for the scooter kids.
Enough of a trip down memory lane; both cultures are still alive and well. In fact, the Mods and Rockers have their own little rallies around the country and around the world. This weekend Houston will be the host city to the Rockers VS Mods Hustletown Rumble II. Below you will find some of the info you need and if you are into it, follow the link here to check out the entire event!
I was really hoping to attend this event, but time may have slipped by me a bit. The ’75 Yamaha XS 650 sidecar rig is up on a lift (it is a LONG story that involves a one legged prospect and a pregnant wife… seriously), and I had really wanted to take the girls with me and show off the “family van.” If I do go, you can count on a new series of photographs!
Hope to see you there and if you do get out and get some shots, please share your stories and images with all of us here at ArtBiker World.
Love, Respect, and Scooter Culture!
If you are old enough to drink in a bar and so is your bike (or it at least looks old), then you came to the right place!
If you like bikes, scooters, live music, group rides and everything that goes along with two-wheeled classics, then, once again, you came to the right place!
Only traditionally styled bikes and scooters in the “Rockers-vs-Mods” spirit will be judged and eligible for awards!
I have previously written about the Lone Star Rally.We were all set to go when Hurricane Ike hit us and put the kybosh on that idea… Well, Galveston is getting itself back together just as quickly as it can and the rally has been given new dates.Things will kick off next Thursday (December 11th) and I plan to be there for sure.The weekend will have lots of great events for you to see and there is always a cool brew and people watching.For those of you who are not from the Houston area, you may want to make the trip just to get out of town for a while… things here are very inexpensive compared to much of the US and the temps should be in the in the high 60’s!Hope to see you there.
“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful… lalalalala…” the tune kept rolling through my mind like a broken record.Then the lyrics changed to my wife’s “Texas” version… “Oh the weather outside is frightening, not to mention all the lightning… lalalala…” I couldn’t shake the melody as I searched for that new helmet I bought, but rarely wore.I figured I would start being better about that.It was a beautiful day for a ride… I know it may be hard to believe, but it is mid November and the weather is just about perfect.Today was 78 degrees, sunny, and not too humid.My heart goes out to my friends who live in other states:Steve, Forrest, Victor, and the rest of you who are snowed in or fighting sub-zero temps.I suppose that Houston is good for something at least.
Had enough work, been putting the hours in at home, had to get out and stretch the Ol’ legs (or spread the Ol’ legs as we like to joke).I pointed my 21-inch hoop North and headed to Conroe to stop in at the Harley dealership there.Never been, and I got a little lost on the way.I did discover some things: a) even with Map Quest directions, I can get lost and b) getting lost is not a bad thing.I tooled around the back roads for a few miles and took in the sights. It wasn’t long before I was back on track and found the dealership.Boy, was it ever dead.I was so sure they were closed; I almost didn’t shut the motor down before trying the door.As it turns out, not too many folks are bike shopping around noon on Thursday.Oh well, I enjoyed looking around.I enjoyed it so much; I hit another dealership 15 miles away… then another 20 miles from that, and then another 30 miles from that.
I sat on everything.Twice.I was trying to decide between a Street Glide and an Electra Glide (standard).Basically the same machine, the Street Glide is already slammed and has some nice accents and a stereo; the Electra would need to be slammed, needs a stereo, but has the spotlight bar and as my Bro Brendan would say, “It says Harley-Davidson MOTORCYCLES…. It is the ONLY one that says MOTORCYCLES.”He is a purist.
I also paid particular attention to some of the lighter machines, thinking of what I would like to surprise the Ol’ lady with.I am always thinking of what to surprise her with.Should it be a Street Rod, a Sporty (slammed and fully custom), a Deluxe with some touring accessories, a Crossbones?Whew, I really don’t know… I suppose we are broke so I don’t really need to make a decision today, but I get caught up in the moment.I need to get her something, someday, and when that day comes, I want to have a plan!
Anyway, I had set out about 11am and found my way home by 5pm… rode a few hundred miles or so, but just at a leisurely pace, enjoying the scenery.It had been a while since I had felt so relaxed.Even the idiots on the road seemed a touch less idiotic.Plus, I had loaded the clippie ipod with some good 70’s punk rock and the helmet helped to keep all the sound in… ahh, so that is why people wear helmets.
It may be a while before I get out like that again.We do have the International Motorcycle Show on Saturday, but I just got a text that the girls might be sick… so I may be on my own rather than having the family with me for a grand day of drooling.I do hope the weather stays warm.We are having a cold front move in that will keep us in the 50’s for a high… Not too shabby.I have a personal rule that I prefer to take the truck when the weather is below 50.However, rules were meant to be broken, and I am sure I could go down to 40.