The weather’s always a crap-shoot during spring in the famous Hill Country of the Lone Star State and the weekend of the 6th iteration of the Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show was no exception. Mother Nature threatened to pull out all the stops with dropping temps and brisk winds but, fortunately, she held off on all the bad stuff until after attendees had already spent a great afternoon traipsing around the sprawling property of the River Road Ice House.
Lines stretched across the front of the building for most of the day, but not because ticket sales were backed up. Instead, in true Texas fashion, the gathering of friends and looky-loos had turned into its own party on the porch. As sleek sleds and cool chops dropped kickstands in the parking lot, it became obvious that the bike show wasn’t confined to the tiered area where invitees had set up their choppers inside. Folks came out to the unique gig to swap ideas, check out the cool stuff and spend an afternoon with like-minded riders who appreciate the culture. As bikes continued to roll in all afternoon, it was a scene straight out of a David Mann painting.
Long bikes with apehangers, 18-over springer front ends and upswept pipes were the order of the day. From greybeards to hipsters, it was a day of warm vibes and cool rides.
One stretched out Denver’s Chopper even sported a Steel Horse Audio ST400 Motorcycle Speaker System. Think of that, a classic chopper with tunes! The sleek sled hid its Kenwood amplifier in a subtle leather tool bag mounted on the downtubes of the rigid frame. The Kicker speakers were clamped to its classic pullback bars. This system comes with a handlebar remote to control volume, tracks and source. It also has a USB charging port (to keep your phone charged). The ST400 has good output volume and clarity and offers AUX-IN and Bluetooth at the same time (sources are switched using the handlebar remote), which allows for your phone as well as satellite radio, that can be switched with the touch of a button. It was cool to see that gleaming chopper blasting Steppenwolf right in the middle of the show! And yes, you can hear the tunes, even with straight pipes.
The Giddy Up Rally is a grassroots chopper show held along the Guadalupe River out on the outskirts of New Braunfels, and all the cool kids mark their calendars as soon as the dates are announced, since nobody wants to miss the biggest little bike show in Texas. You have to be invited, your bike has to be vintage and it has to chopped if you want to be in the show. Beyond that, there really aren’t any rules. And there aren’t any awards either, since there is no judging. There is a custom giveaway bike each year, though, and that is also chopped and vintage. There are no online presales for the raffle. Every ticket is sold during the weekend pre-parties or the show and you have to be present to win.
Scotty Caster from Fort Worth rode away with the custom build from Joey Cano this year and the guy had a smile on his mug as big as, well, Texas. Next year’s Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show is already scheduled. It’s always held on the fourth Saturday of March so plan on scootin’ out to see the show on March 28, 2020. You really don’t wanna miss this one.
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