The Vintage 1,000 combines vintage motorcycles, great people, and beautiful scenery spanning 1,000 miles in five days. Each rider carries their own gear including tools, a tent, and other necessities while using no navigation other than a primitive roll chart.
We rode The Vintage 1,000 last year - Jake Hindes on a 1970 Ironhead Sportster and Matt Best on a 1997 Sportster. Both bikes were outfitted for the trails by our very own Mitch Johnson including custom racks, tires and a few other things to make carrying items easier. But, critically, the suspension and other components that would give us an off-road advantage were left alone per the rulebook.
Granted, Matt and his Sportster weren’t technically a part of the ride - he tagged along to shoot the entire trip for us and a ‘97 Sportster doesn’t quite qualify as vintage. But Jake and his Ironhead will be remembered as the first to officially complete The Vintage 1,000 on a Harley-Davidson! To read all about our trip, check out our recap blog from last year.
We didn’t go back for a repeat this year, but we did follow along socially as they tackled the Blue Ridge Mountains once again. The posts and stories coming out from the group who participated this year left us absolutely itching for the trails. So much so, that we compiled a few of our favorite moments from our ride last year into a photo gallery below.
If these photos leave you with the same off-road craving it did us, you should scoot over to their website and see about joining one of their upcoming adventure rides! You may even bump into some familiar faces.