No matter what kind of metal steed you prefer, the Idaho Vintage Motorcycle Club wants you to show off your ride. On Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, the IVMC will invite motorcycle owners for a group ride and more to celebrate all things hog. In years past, the group has featured 150 bikes on the floor. This year the goal is 175.
The event kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at Caldwell City Park, followed by a 32-mile group ride to the Snake River, opening up the throttle on the roads near Lake Lowell, looping back into the city, followed by a group dinner at Jade Garden Restaurant.
Whether you're a leather-jacket-wearing Harley fan or a straight-laced, buttoned-up office manager quietly polishing the chrome fenders of a classic Indian, Caldwell is your stop to bring out the bikes you had to keep cooped up in the garage all winter.
"You meet the nicest people on a Honda" was the sickeningly sweet 1963 ad slogan adopted by the American Honda Motor Company to push more of its motorcycles. While Honda managed to attract record numbers of Americans to its cute little motorbikes--more than all other manufacturers by the end of the year--two-wheeled motor diehards of the Triumph and nigh sacrosanct Harley-Davidson were decidedly miffed.
You can learn more about motorcycle history Sunday, March 18, at the O'Connor Fieldhouse. A show and swap will feature those more-delicate vintage rides better for show than cruising the open road. Get a look at some classic leather or long-neck handlebars or buy that much-needed part. But remember, keep it clean—this family friendly event isn't Sturgis.