Started in June 2004 by Thomas Harper and Greg McBride as a way to get the large number of vintage machines in Orange County to be seen a little more, get a little exercise for them and a little fun for the owners. They plugged it pretty hard and got a very good turn out. The biggest turn out was a few months later with 41 vintage machines in attendance.
Originally called Vintage Bike Night, because we met on a weekday evening. This caused a problem during the winter months. Although the weather was nice enough to bring the bikes out, the daylight didn't cooperate with many of the vintage lighting systems. For this reason, the meet was moved to Sunday afternoon.
|In August 2006, Joe Kagerer started attending the meets on Sunday afternoons. Anxious to help grow the group and help spread the word, he Joined just in time to find out that we had lost our domain. It had been squatted by an internet domain registry company. Not willing (or able) to pay their extortion fee to renew the Bike Night domain, he registered VintageBikeOC to host our site.
Generally, "Vintage" refers to motorcycles 30 years old or older, while "Antique" refers to bikes at least 35 years old. Our group is very diverse. Anyone with an interest in vintage bikes is welcome to attend. Bring your favorite bike and show it off or your latest project and get some advice. We'll be there between 2 & 4. Hope to see you there.
Vintage Bike OC is your site. Please let me know what features you would like to see on our site. All suggestions will be evaluated and are appreciated. Omissions, corrections? Please send me those too.
Thanks for visiting!
Joe Kagerer, Webmaster VintageBikeOC.com