Our membership consists of people of all ages and from all walks of life. Many of our members are old timers of some note here in the Northwest and even nationwide. The club was founded in 1979 by several owners of old bikes who wanted to get together with others of like mind in Oregon to go for rides, put on shows and swap meets and other things that would allow us to use our old motorcycles for what they were intended. The motorcycles owned by members of our organization include early American and British bikes from the very beginnings of the motorcycle industry, up to relatively modern machines from manufacturers in Asia, Europe, Great Britain, and The United States.
Our premier annual event which is open to the public is our May Show and Swap Meet (check our events page for date) which takes place in Corvallis, Oregon, at the Benton County Fairgrounds. The show is always on Sunday of the weekend before Memorial Day and opens to the public at 10:00 AM. Admission is a low $5.00 per person with children under 12 free. You can expect to see over 100 well-restored or original examples. There are also always lots of really nice British bikes on display, quite a few BMW’s and some Italian bikes. Japanese machines have been gaining in popularity too. There is also food available at the display site, which is outdoors whenever weather permits (we’ve only had to go indoors due to rain 3 times in 19 years) in a large field at the front of the fairgrounds.
Visitors to our show are encouraged to fill out a ‘People’s Choice’ ballot where you can vote for your favorite bike from each of seven categories: British, American, European, Asian, Competition, Cafe and Featured Marque (Triumph in 2019). The club president also names his favorite and awards are given for President’s Choice and each of the four People’s Choice categories. Beginning with the 2000 show, we have pictures of each of the bikes so honored on display in our photo gallery.
On the Saturday before our May Meet, we always have a vintage ride. See the photo gallery for an idea of the kinds of bike that take part in this. Anyone who wishes to participate in the ride is invited to meet us at the Benton County Fairgrounds west of Corvallis no later than 11:00am. The ride consists of about 60 – 70 miles of some of the Willamette Valley’s best backroads at a safe riding pace. There is free pizza after the ride at the Fairgrounds. Everyone is welcome. OVM encourages members to ride vintage bikes to sponsored events and rides, but vintage bikes are not a requirement in order to participate in regular rides. There are two vintage only events: the show at Corvallis and the show at Oaks Amusement Park near the Sellwood Bridge in SE Portland. Vintage motorcycles are on display at both shows. The Oaks Park ride is always on the first Saturday in August, the show on the following day.
In addition, we have two or three club-sponsored rides each summer and we participate in a number of annual events put on by other groups. Look at our Events Calendar for the details of forthcoming vintage bike events.
If you are in the Portland area, be sure to come to our monthly meeting on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 12:00 noon at the Horse Brass Pub, 4534 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215 Tel: 503 232-2202. All interested parties are welcome to attend.
If you are in or near Eugene, you can come to our 3rd Sunday, 11:00AM Eugene area non-official BS session at Friendly St Cafe, 2757 Friendly St Eugene, OR 97405. Everyone is welcome. Ride in if you can.
Anyone who owns an old motorcycle, or is interested in old motorcycles, is invited to join the OVM. You do not have to own or ride a vintage motorcycle to join the Club. Advantages to membership include access to a large body of information and expertise on restoration and maintenance of old motorcycles, parts sources, and other forms of contact and networking of value to someone who is trying to restore or obtain parts for an old motorcycle. You’d also have opportunities to participate in rides and other events with other owners of old bikes. Included with membership is our bi-monthly newsletter which lists coming events, runs members’ advertisements (an excellent source for restored old bikes, and parts), and has pictures and articles that are of interest to anyone who is into old bikes.
For membership, send $20.00 to Oregon Vintage Motorcylists, P.O. Box 14645, Portland, OR, 97293-0645. Include a letter with your name, address, phone number, and a brief description of what old bikes you own, or are interested in. All information given to the OVM about bikes you own is confidential, unless you specifically say that it is OK to list them in the club roster