Kountry Kitchen Ride Report
Eleven riders rode south to the Kountry Kitchen this past Sunday. Three more from the Orlando area caught up with us shortly after we arrived.
Motorcycles: two waterheads, three hexheads, two oilheads, two airheads, one parallel-twin (belt), one pre Hinckley vertical twin, one Fabio Taglioni V-Twin, a flat six and a 650 thumper.
The eatery was packed to the rafters and seating for 14 was a challenge. As we waited outside the staff kept us apprised of the situation and eventually sat us at four adjacent tables. The food as usual was excellent. Also, a big welcome to Bob, Marty, Pete and John who joined our group for the first time.
After breakfast, remaining riders headed across the 17th Street bridge to A1A and then north to Wabasso Beach road where we crossed the Indian River again. The bridge over Wabasso Island is one of the most scenic in the area. Once back in the Melbourne area we had to lend aid to one of our vintage operators who had a failing alternator on his ‘74 Ducati 750 GT. Thirty minutes on the charger and he was on his way.
LINK to ride photos.
Photos courtesy of “Selfie Stick” Marty, Debbie and Ed. Write up by Ed.
Our mid month ride departed in a balmy 61 degrees from the W. Melbourne rally point. The riders departed town, going west on Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway towards Deer Park. The group, all BMWs, consisted of four Waterheads, two Hexheads, a Camhead, an Oilhead, an 800 parallel twin, a 650 thumper and a 55 year old Slash 2. Sadly technical gremlins slowed the /2 to a crawl and its owner had to nurse it back to base. The rest of the group arrived on time and in good spirits. Goodrich’s Seafood Restaurant did not disappoint. We were tended to by an excellent and knowledgeable server and the food was tasty. After lunch it was short hop to Seminole Rest.
The ‘flight’ lined up outside the park.
The Restaurant and Seminole Rest both received a significant pummeling from hurricane Irma. Goodrich’s lost their deck and much of the dock. All has since been rebuilt. The structures on Seminole Rest survived but many of the old live oaks and ancient cedar trees did not
Lastly, we’d like to point out . . . even though several rides of late have been in the 50’s and low 60’s, we’re busy riding for sure. We’ve seen some nice mid-Florida, east coastal sites. No beemer or Euro rider in this area need wonder if there is a local group and whether we ride. There is and we do! Bring your cool weather gear and meet us for the next one (couple weekends from now)!
Links to other pictures, courtesy of Ed J.:
Terry and his recently purchased F800GT.
My name is Terry C. and I have recently rejoined the biking world after a three decade break. Step 1 was buying a bike from Dave, Dan and the team at the Palm Bay dealership.
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Terry, welcome to the Space Coast BMW Riders Group.
Thanks to all who participated in the ride this past Sunday morning. Ed & Debbie J. were the group’s leaders. There were 8 or 9 who made it. It was a sunny but chilly 53 degrees when the group departed Melbourne. The “scenic route” was indeed scenic. After breakfast at Osteen’s the group headed towards the coast on Maytown Road with a side trip to Lake Harney. As it warmed up, it turned into a nice ride. From the photos, you can see its location is literally in the middle of nowhere. Note the dark hurricane waterline on the trees approximately 400-500 yards across the marsh.
Links to more photos below, provided by Debbie J. and Marty S. with his infamous selfie stick.