Steamboat Springs If you see a 70-year-old man zooming down Lincoln Avenue this week on an ancient motorcycle with a biker chick in his sidecar and a brutal gleam in his eye, it's not just another Easy Rider flashback.
A group of about 120 vintage motorcycle owners are in town all week for a series of road runs with the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.
These riders are not Hell's Angels, decked out with Harleys and leather jackets. The club caters primarily to an over-60 crowd, mostly retirees and vintage bike collectors. Although the event is being sponsored by the Rocky Mountain chapter, members of the club from other chapters are encouraged to attend.
The oldest member on this particular road run is 85 while the youngest is 17. Most riders are about 65, said Todd Vinzant, the president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the motorcycle club. All the bikes, however, must be at least 35 years old. Vinzant himself owns a 1947 Harley Davidson Knucklehead.
The four-day event includes rides to Granby and Coleman and a run over Buffalo Pass. On Monday the group rode to Hayden and then to Steamboat Lake, totalling about 90 miles. After the ride, the bikers showed off their machines in the Gondola Square parking lot on the mountain.
Vinzant organized the event in conjunction with the national organization. Each year the national club, which has about 9,500 members, gets proposals for road runs from chapters all over the country.
The national organization funds only 3 or 4 events per year, meaning that a chapter will only get to organize a road run about every fifth year. This is the first such road run in Steamboat Springs.
Vinzant chose Steamboat Springs as his base of operations because of the area's natural beauty, he said. He also needed a base of operations that could serve as a central hub from which the riders could make 75- to 100-mile runs every day without having to go through rush hour traffic.
"Traffic's not bad this time of year," joked Lavera Davies, an Indiana native who rides with her daughter, Mary Beth Ream.
The oldest motorcycle the event is a 1916 Indian Powerplus, a red beauty owned by Colorado native Stu Adams. The bike has a sidecar for his wife, Peggy. There are a lot of Indian bikes represented at the road run, Vinzant said. There are also Harleys, Hendersons, Vincents, BMWs, BSAs, Aerial 4s and Nimbuses.
And though the motorcycles are old, the club's members don't seem to think of themselves as old people. Vinzant was hard-pressed to find a couple of "old guys" to be in a picture for the Steamboat Today.
"Old guys?" asked 70-year-old Ken Mulholland of Arizona. "I'll see if I can find some."