Event Recap – 2019 Nesco Vintage Bike Show & Swap Meet

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Everybody thank David N for the continuation of his event recaps of excellent vintage motorcycle events. This time we’re looking at the Nesco Vintage Dirt/Street Bike Show & Swap Meet:

The NESCO Vintage Dirt/Street Bike Show and Swap Meet is one of my favorites for good reason. It got a down home feeling that’s not replicated at other events. Part of that is the track. Its host to an old-school, outdoor scrambles track and they run it, rain or shine.

It’s a two-day event, Saturday & Sunday with the track open for vintage riding on Saturday for a $30 fee. Must have appropriate gear and riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The swap meet has the feel of a pit area. Folks are working on bikes. Some are camping, maybe selling some wares. You hear the bikes fly by on the adjacent track. Look up, and it’s a Can Am doing battle with a Rickman Montesa. These bikes are kept to be ridden and this is the day for it!

The sign reads, “1986 Honda CR125 chassis with 1980 250 Maico motor, Runs Good, $1,200 OBO”

NESCO always in early Spring. The downside is – well it’s a long trip from the sub-Pocono area down the Atlantic City Expressway to almost the Jersey shore, especially when it’s too cold for the beach, but it’s still worth the trip.

This is a Hercules (Sachs) K80S, said to run & drive. The seller was trolling for offers near $800.

I’m guessing you don’t need fully vintage bikes to run on the track. There were some small Honda CRFs there. I might bring my 250 Pursang with a DRZ-125 and give it a go.

This year, I arrived Saturday morning because I was on the hunt. An acquaintance of mine once scored a Bultaco Tiron here. I wasn’t gonna let that opportunity pass me by, should it come.

Not every offering was outside. The seller kept this Penton in his van. I think it’s a 250 but redone in blue.

I got there just before 11:00. For some deals that was too late, but not for all.

I scored this Husky 125WR. I had to pay full price but it was from the original owner! His father bought two new, one each for his two sons.

I didn’t make it here last year but I’ll try harder next year. Maybe I’ll bring a track bike and a friend.