Relic Moto Vintage Show

Since we moved to Chattanooga in late 2013, we’d been tossing around the idea of holding a vintage motorcycle show, in the spirt and feel of Oil Stained Brain in Melbourne, Australia, where Adam first showed his 1968 Triumph TR6, The One Motorcycle Show in Portland, and The Handbuilt Show in Austin.

In 2015, we decided to go ahead with the show, knowing there had been nothing similar in the Southeast. We set the date (September 19, 2015) and searched for a suitable venue in Chattanooga and finally settled on The Camp House because of its beautiful interior, stage at the front, great food, availability of drinks, and awesome outside patio. Given the space, we limited the number of bikes to 30 and sought submissions for a curated show. Not knowing what to expect, we placed an ad on craigslist and posted on instagram, seeking submissions for vintage motorcycles that were not required to be show worthy, but rather unique, interesting, and conversation pieces. We were super excited to receive emails from as far as South Carolina in addition to local owners and others from Nashville and Atlanta, for 16 different makes, ranging from 1929 to 1980. We had one of very few LaRay motorcycles and a Motorcycle Cannonball 2014 survivor as well as a dedicated Honda CB show on the patio, ranging from a CB305 to a CB750. The bikes were amazing, and the owners were fantastic!

The art from Conrad Tengler of Black Sheep Forge, photography by Luke Padgett (@severalpictures), and original series of paintings created specifically for this show by Paul Friedrich (@paulfriedrichdotnet) complemented the range of motorcycles.

We would like to thank everyone again for their participation, and we look forward to the 2016 show! The date and location are still TBD, but we will keep everyone updated.

To keep up to date on the 2016 show, follow us on instagram, facebook, or on the blog, and make sure to check out some of the photos from the 2015 event:

2015 Vintage 1000

Vintage 1000

There was some talk between friends regarding a 5-5-5 ride that had been planned a few years ago (? as to whether it is still occurring), during which $500 motorcycles traveled 500 miles over 5 days. It inspired the Vintage 1000 that we organized for the first time in 2015. Adam had this great idea of a 5-day 1000-mile trip on vintage motorcycles that cost <$1000 (excluding tires). When deciding the route, the Trans-America Trail (AKA: the “TAT”) seemed the perfect choice. It is a west bound dual-sport motorcycle ride across America. The Trail starts in “Southeastern Tennessee and ends at the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Oregon – nearly 5,000 miles of mostly off-pavement riding. It is not a single-track tight woods ride. It is a route using dirt roads, gravel roads, jeep roads, forest roads, and farm roads. Dropping down into dried-up creek beds. Riding atop abandoned railroad grades. There are sections of mud, sand, snow and rocks.”

Feedback from various people resulted in 3 classes: <$1000, >$1000, and teams. Although the original plan was pre-1980, requests were received to include 1980 models, so it became pre-1981.

We planned the route, starting in Soddy Daisy, TN and including 2 loops through Tennessee and Mississippi so that we could return to the origin, and identified potential campgrounds. We found a support vehicle (thanks Chastin and Lauren!) and a trailer.

The original feedback led us to believe that we were going to have participants in the double digits; however, as registrations closed, we had 7 riders, including Adam. In hindsight, this was awesome for the first year. Most of the bikes were not even running the week before the event, and the first bike broke down on the way to the shop. Adam and Mark were still finishing their bikes the morning of, and only Adam, Mark, and Chastin had their roll charts ready. A promising start…

Spencer’s transmission went 7 miles into the ride, and the support vehicle was required already.

At one point during the ride, we were down to 2 running bikes (Adam and Mark), but by the end, we were back up to 4 bikes, and everyone rode (some on the back) back into Chattanooga.

It was an epic 5 days. We did not make it the full route, and one bike burnt to the ground. We’re looking forward to next year and using this year as an awesome learning experience to make it that much better.

To keep up to date on the 2016 ride, follow us on instagram, and make sure to check out some of the photos from the 2015 event:

Hillside Mx

We spent Saturday in Dayton, Tennessee, just north of the shop at a private motocross track. What started out as a freezing cold morning turned in to a beautiful winter day in a fantastic setting. The original plan was for more classes, but with the turn out, 3 classes were formed: vintage, modern, and kids. Following multiple practice laps, 2 races were run in each class, 5 laps each (I think the track was ~1.25 miles). Adam borrowed a bike from a friend because his recently-acquired 72(?) Husqvarna isn’t quite functioning yet, so he ended up in the modern class. I took over the photographer responsibilities and managed to snap about 800 photos before the batteries in both cameras died. I’ll only upload some here, but if you are one of the participants and want more of you, shoot me an email (, and I can send them your way. I’ve just set up a flickr account to share all of the photos from various events:

Warming up, hanging out:

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Even dogs get cold
Even dogs get cold



Bandit  Yamaha  Suzuki Young rider

Riders meeting



Vintage class:

Airtime1 Airtime2 Husky IMG_2546 IMG_2535 IMG_2528 IMG_2508Kawasaki

More of the vintage class race can be viewed at our flickr page:


Modern class:

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More of the modern class race can be viewed on our flickr page:


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More of the kids’ class can be viewed on our flickr page:



Next race is December 13 – hope to see you there!!


Hondas, Hondas, and more Hondas

You tend to find that, once word gets out that you are interested in old bikes (and tend to amass them), they start coming out of the woodwork. As Adam was loading up his spoils (6 bikes – a different blog post) from an auction in Illinois, he was approached by someone who had 4 70’s Hondas sitting in his barn he was wanting to get rid of. While we weren’t looking to collect more, it was a price that couldn’t be passed up. He sent through some pictures, and we were sold. Adam and I took a trip and picked these up from central, rural Illinois (where I’m from originally).

4 Hondas       picking up more Hondas


We ended up with two CB350s, one CB450, and one CB125. The CB125 was the only bike that had been ridden regularly by the owner’s nephews. The other 3 had been purchased at various estate sales, and, as is usually the case, he had planned on getting them running again but never got around to it.

After we got it running well, I had some fun on the CB125 around town for a while (and it was fun), all in the interest of testing it out before we sold it. If I have to… (btw, we carry Biltwell helmets and bubble shields in the shop – I love mine!)

CB125 posing CB125


It was sad to see it go, but we sold it to a young man near Birmingham as his first bike. It’s funny – we saw it a couple of weeks ago at the Barber Vintage Festival, sitting on the side of the road. As we walked up to it to see if it was indeed “our” CB125, the owner walked up, and we had a chance to chat with him for a while. He was loving his bike, but, considering he was over 6 foot tall, I’d imagine he’ll be looking for an upgrade for next season.

The CB450 was featured in the motorcycle gallery and is being admired around Chattanooga.


The blue and white CB350 on the trailer in the photo above will be restored. It’s been torn down and is just waiting for its chance to receive some attention. The plan for the red CB350 has not been finalized, although it too has been torn down and is waiting for some attention. It is up for grabs if anyone’s looking for a CB350 that they want to ride…now’s the time to get it because you’ll have a chance to decide how it turns out!

The owner also threw in 4 single-cylinder Honda engines (XL125, SL125, CB100, CL100) just to get rid of them. All of those have been sold now, except the heads from the CB100. Seems a shame really, but we only have so much room.

If you’re wondering what’s been happening with my Ironhead, not much since I posted last….it’s waiting for its turn and a little cash infusion.

Will keep you updated on the CB350’s as they evolve.