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More Motorcycle Conversations on the Ferry

More Motorcycle Conversations on the Ferry

On board the Port Jefferson ferryOn Saturday, I rode in to Port Jefferson to hop the ferry. I was heading to Connecticut to meet up with another motorcycle blogger: Chris from EverydayRiding.org who is currently on road trip exploring the Northeast.

When I rode my Speed Triple into ferry parking lot there was a couple on a Harley-Davidson cruiser already waiting to board the boat. We exchanged smiles and a “hi”. I pulled in behind them in the line, hopped off my bike and watched the seemingly never-ending line of cars unloading from the boat that’d just come in.

The gregarious gentleman from the couple turned toward me, smiled and made some small talk.

“Howdaya like that Duc?”

“It’s a Triumph.”


“It’s a Triumph.”


“Yea. I love it. “

He walked over to get a closer look at the marque on the gas tank. I can only imagine that he was double-checking my work.

“Oh, okay. Well,… I grew up on GSXAwwws, Ninjizzz,… sooo…”

In that moment I figured there must be something more that would follow the dangling “so,” but there wasn’t. It just trailed off to open-ended oblivion.

It pains me to come to the realization that I’ll never know what growing up riding Japanese sportbikes has to do with not being able to tell the difference between a Ducati and a Triumph.

Happy motorcycle man then walked around my bike and looked at the tires. He smiled at me and said,

“Looks like you aren’t using that whole front tire. You paid for it, you should probably use it.”

I chuckled in spite of myself and replied,

“I’ll see what I can do today!”

People are endlessly amusing 🙂

Biker Control – More Give and Take in Port Jefferson

Biker Control – More Give and Take in Port Jefferson

Motorcycle Parking Only in Port JeffersonI love spending time in the Town of Port Jefferson. I also love being a motorcyclist. It seems that these two interests are at odds with one another at times.

The town, in an effort to accommodate all of it’s visitors, has made some terrific improvements that cater directly to the motorcycle community. I am thankful for the new additions.

This season, the Brookhaven parking lot – where I have always preferred to park and congregate – was resurfaced and striped with motorcycle only parking (Yay!) In addition, the Business Improvement District (BID) donated a few great picnic tables in this area. There are new recycling cans and benches, as well. These are all great improvements and are most welcomed!

Now, there is even talk of allowing non-Brookhaven resident motorcyclists to park for free in the lot. This is a big move and in my opinion falls under special treatment. It’s a move I think that the riding community should appreciate. This is a big score for out-of-towners.

And yet, there is still a divide.

What is it about motorcyclists that strike some people as a “nuisance”? There is a new article posted on northshorelongisland.com entitled “Biker Control” that details some of this sentiment.

Bye bye benches

Following a brief discussion at Monday’s business meeting of the Village Board, Mayor Margot Garant ordered the removal of four benches from the sidewalk along Main Street in front of The Gap. Outgoing Village Trustee Leslea Snyder, at her final board meeting, suggested removing the benches “for the ease of pedestrians” and “to see if [the benches] need refurbishing.” However, the measure was weighed by village officials as a way to prevent bikers from congregating along that section of Main Street.

Biker Control
By Dave Willinger
Port Times Record

As a motorcyclist, I don’t require special treatment. I am absolutely fine with universally enforcing parking and town codes. I am fine being treated as equal to all other patrons or visitors. And a such, I hate the characterization that being a motorcyclist makes me unequal and puts me squarely into the problematic category, should I choose to sit on a bench in town and drink my coffee.

I completely agree that sidewalks need to be clear to allow pedestrians to get around easily. That is a valid argument in any town. But let’s call a spade a spade here. Again, we’re talking about one group of undesirable congregants.

There is clearly a perception about motorcyclists here that is working against us. How do we work towards altering this idea that we’re a bunch of barnacles clogging up the streets in the little port town?

Antique Cars Participate in 100th Anniversary of the Port Jefferson Hill Climb

Antique Cars Participate in 100th Anniversary of the Port Jefferson Hill Climb

Port Jefferson Village CenterOn July 18, 2010 the town of Port Jefferson celebrated the centennial anniversary of one of Long Island’s most famous automobile competitions – the Port Jefferson Hill Climb. Dozens of beautiful antique and vintage cars from 1975 and earlier lined the parking lot of the Village Center. It was a sea of beautiful paint, finely polished brass and beautiful wood grain.

The course for this event began at the corner of East Broadway & East Main Street and climbed 2000 feet to the top of the hill terminating at the gateway of Belle Terre at Cliff Road. Historically the hill climb race was a measure of a car’s strength and torque.

Cars on display before the climb:

White - Antique Cars at Port Jefferson Hill Climb Event Fire Chief Antique Ford Car Port Jefferson Hill Climb Antique Ford Pickup Port Jefferson Hill Climb
Antique Ford Truck Port Jefferson Hill Climb Renault Antique Car Port jefferson Hill climb Bugatti Antique Cars at Port Jefferson Hill Climb
Hudson Antique truck Port Jefferson Hill Climb MG Dashboard Port Jefferson Hillclimb Antique cars - Port Jefferson Hill Climb
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The car owners were friendly and happy to tell you about their beautiful vehicles. We spent some time talking with the owners of this beautiful Ford. He even let my daughter give his ahooga horn a go. I think I might have enjoyed that more than she did.

He mentioned an interesting fact that I was complete unaware of. The original headlamps were powered by acetylene. He does not run a tank so he only drives the car during daylight hours.

Antique Ford Car Port Jefferson Hill Climb

When I first moseyed into the parking area of the Village Center, the first car that I laid eyes on was a long, tough looking racer that bore the number 8 on it’s radiator. For some reason it rung a bell with me but I couldn’t place why I would’ve ever seen it before.

When I came home and started looking for information on the car, I was lead back to Vanderbiltcup.com. As it turns out that was one of the sites I’d used as a source of information when researching the De Dion Bouton tricycle. Ah ha!

1909 Alco-6 Racer The Black Beast Port Jefferson Hill Climb Event

This 1909 Alco-6’s pedigree boasts 2 Vanderbilt Cup wins in 1909 and 1910 as well as participation in the very first Indy 500 in 1911. Not too shabby, huh? The car returned to Long Island in 2008, when it was purchased by local motorsport historian and enthusiast Howard Kroplick.

Bete Noir - the Black Beast 1909 Alco-6 Black Beast 1909 Alco-6 Under the Bonnet Alco-6 Racer - Black Beast Bete Noir

Link and Information on the 1909 Alco-6 “Black Beast”

Up, Up, Up We Go!

Port Jefferson Mayor Margo Garant dropped the green flag sending the first cars on their way. It was so exciting to watch them chug up the hill cheered on by onlookers. Admittedly a few cars looked as though they might not make it but most of them powered on steadily up, up, up.

When the beautiful blue Bugatti made it’s way to the starting line I knew we were in for a treat. The driver easily sped his way up the hill past us. The sound of his car zipping by was like a song.

Bugatti Racer Port Jefferson Hill Climb

In the line behind the Bugatti was the car that held my fascination for the day; the Black Beast. I was so excited to see him roll away from the line. He began his ascent and then… the big black racer chugged and chugged and slowed… and sputtered to a stop partway up the hill.

Oh no! I could see steam coming out from under the front of car.  Unfortunately I wouldn’t have the opportunity to hear it rumble past me on the hill on this day. I was fortunate enough to see and hear it driving earlier in the day so that would have to do.

Alco-6 and Fiat Stop at Port Jefferson Hill Climb

Rumble Seat Port Jefferson Hill Climb Antique Truck Port Jefferson Hill Climb
Antique Ford Port Jefferson Hill Climb Antique White Car Port Jefferson Hill Climb Port Jefferson Hill Climb

Some of the more “modern” vehicles on hand:

Vintage Land Rover Port Jefferson Hill Climb Vintage Jaguar Port Jefferson Hill climb Port Jefferson Hill Climb
Porsche Port Jefferson Hill Climb Vintage Jaguar Potr Jefferson hill Climb Nifty Studebaker Pickup Truck
Dodge Dart with 1 primered fender! Port Jefferson Hill Climb Volkswagen Bus Port Jefferson Hill Climb
Your Help Appreciated
I’m afraid most of the cars did not have signage with their details, so I am short on information on makes, models & years. If anyone knows anything about these beautiful vehicles, please comment below!

We had such a great time at this event. I only hope we don’t have to wait another 100 years to attend it again!

Historical Port Jeff Hill Climb Information:

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