Vintage 1000

Now in its sixth year, the Vintage 1000 started out as an idea between Adam Sheard (Speed Deluxe) and his friend Chastin Brand - riding vintage bikes (pre-1981) 1000 miles off-road over 5 days. Harking back to the days of enduro events where you have to fix your bike as you go and make it to pre-scheduled stop points each evening.

Some people think - 1000 miles in 5 days, no problem. Of the 7 bikes participating in the first year, only one bike made it the full 1000 miles, and only 4 bikes made it back under their own power. The remaining three were on the trailer. We are now at 20 riders for each trip, with many opting to return year after year.

Coastal Route
May 4-9, 2020
This route will head down through Alabama towards Apalachicola, FL before looping back through Georgia. It is a mix of terrains ranging from mountain trails in the north to sandy trails in the south. This route is approximately 1400 miles.

Mountain Route
August 4-8, 2020
This time, this route will start in North Carolina and travel into Virginia and back. This ride is truly fantastic, ranging from deep in the forest to riding through beautiful valleys surrounded by mountains. This is the more technical of the routes.

To register, send us an email at - for information about how to pay the deposit, see the Cost section below.
Approximately 1000 miles (Mountain) or 1400 miles (Coastal), fully mapped by us. We navigate by roll chart only (roll charts are provided - you have to provide your own roll chart holder). No GPS. Camping at pre-selected and pre-reserved campgrounds (different campground each night). Your registration fee covers the support vehicles, camping, food and beverages, and maps. You will be responsible for paying for your own gas, parts, and any additional food/beverages.

There is a maximum of 20 paid riders, which are divided into smaller groups for riding (approximately 5 people per group). This helps keep the group moving while providing group support when needed. However, expect to be in the saddle for 8 to 12 hours a day on either ride.

The riders' meeting occurs the night before we leave. Expect to be in Chattanooga the day before the event starts.

Mountain Route
$650 total
$150 deposit due on registration
Balance of $500 due 10 weeks prior to start of ride.

Coastal Route
$700 total
$150 deposit due on registration
Balance of $550 due 10 weeks prior to start of ride

Deposit is transferable to another person but not refundable.
6-10 weeks from the event - $300 refund
Less than 6 weeks to the event - $0 refund
At any time, you can transfer your registration to another person.

  1. All bikes must be manufactured before 1981. There is no limit on how much the bike costs.

  2. Your bike must be street legal, registered, and insured. You must have a valid motorcycle license.

  3. Suspension can only be upgraded with components available before 1981 or new replacement parts with the same travel specs. So, upgraded rear shocks are ok, front end swaps manufactured before 1980 are ok. No monoshock conversions at all.

  4. Everything you need for the week (excluding cooking equipment and food) must be carried on your bike: clothes, camping gear, tools, spare parts etc….

There are 2 support vehicles - one that follows close to the trail if you or your bike cannot make it any further. The other goes from camp to camp, prepares all the food and can be used to pick up parts or supplies for bike repairs.

Each riding group will be supplied with a Garmin InReach Satellite tracker and text communicator to communicate with the support vehicle and for medical help, if needed.

Jason, co-owner of the Bitter Alibi and Daily Ration restaurants in Chattanooga, caters the meals.

Included is a hot breakfast, packed lunch and snacks, evening meal, and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Breakfast and evening meals are served at camp.