The British Invasion of Leakey, Texas.
By Daniel Peirce
Three British bike clubs combine to tame the Three Twisted Sisters.
An annual Hill Country ride has been a popular tradition for members of the North Texas Norton Owners Association (NTNOA). Every year a dozen or so members met in Leakey, Texas for three days of testing their
bikes and their riding skills on the Sisters. Leakey has become the de facto hub of the three highways even though a ride through the entire town only takes thirty seconds.
The Three Presidents
Left to right; Chris Parry, NTNOA President, Jack Updyke, BMOA President, Bev Bowen, Lone Star VOC President
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The rideís dates were April 13 through 15. The NTNOA set up headquarters at the DíRose Inn and Cabins in Leakey. The DíRose Inn is unique because it only caters to folks with two wheeled vehicles. Donít go there with a car unless you have a bike on a trailer hitched to it. The DíRose has been cited by several Texas travel magazines as being the number one place for bikers in the state. However, youíll find the entire Frio Canyon area to be motorcycle friendly.
The Lone Star Vincent folks also stayed in Leakey at the Rio Frio Pecan Farm on the Frio River. Their membership brought a dozen running Vincents to exercise for the weekend. The BMOA stationed their troops to the south in the town of Concan at Nealís Lodges. An Ariel Red Hunter, a New Imperial, some BSA and a Matchless were among the jewels that the BMOA showed off.
View from Neal's Lodges in Concan.
Friday was the first official ride day and the riders woke up to a foggy and drizzly morning. Being British, most of the bikes where used to such weather. But the idea of tackling technically challenging wet
roads on old British iron was less than appealing to many of the riders. Luckily, by noon the sky started to clear and the bikes were off.
On any given weekend modern V-twins and sport bikes dominate the Leakey area. To visitors and residents alike the spectacle of so many vintage Brit-bikes roaring around among them was a head scratcher. Locals told the group that they were literally the talk of the town.
The T-shirt designed by Alton Gillespie for the event.
In the end, all were in agreement that although each club held their own rallies during the year, this combined private gathering was something special. Plenty of great British bikes, plenty to do, and plenty of like-minded folks to do it with. It looks like Richardís idea has become an instant tradition.
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