Pranburi Bike Week
The OTOP in Pranburi is normally accustomed to the moves of pinneapples, employees and goods vehicles.
On the night of the full moon on the 19th February 2011 the fetching pinneapple monument shook and rattled the sounds of V-Twin's and high-revving Japanese engine power!
The medium-sized paddock area soon filled up over the course of the and the OTOP location was transformed from a barren piece of concrete parking with buildings to a colourful event of music, bikes and high-chrome machines.
I took a wander around before things got crazy and crowded. Inside the OTOP building was a massage room and various shops selling pineapple products. I bought some nice dehydrated pineapple, it was nice, but a bit sugary. Some more bikes arrived early doors but the majority came later on...
The bikes were varied. At this event there were plenty of old-school cafe-racer’s and those inspired by them, plus the usual custom machines and sportsbikes. Of the latter there were not so many, but the ones that showed up were to the usual high-standard for the most part.
This bike was real piece of work. It was a custom job alright but had something I’d never seen done before on a bike; A manual stick-shift! It worked too as I demonstrate on the video! Top marks to the designer and welder on this artifact!
Unlike the Hua Hin event the police presence was restricted to the OTOP entranceway only. Easy-going soldiers took care of the internal arrangements and the mingled with us quite amiably; A semi-auto on the hip and their family and kids around was quite a contrast. They kept sober though and didn't cause any bother.
Things to buy here were not that many, but variable.
Badges, badges and more badges. Flags, Harley Davidson motifs etc .
Other less inflammatory stuff on offer was motorcycle parts, biker gear and helmets. Interestingly a few stalls had some fairly well crafted weapons on display, even a fullyfunctional cattle prod I got an accidental jolt off!
Do any farangs own these? (see below)
There were no dancing girls for admiring here, contests or any stunt biking. But the band played pretty good Carabao and some Michael Jackson impersonator did a few brief moves, the crowd went wild but he didn’t stick around for long, guess it’s a busy business being the gloved-one these days...
Varied biker gangs as always at biker weeks in Thailand. Dragon, Stonehead and more. It was 100 Eyes Biker Gang that put a lot of work into making this event happen and their efforts were not in vain.
Nice identical number plates here!
The rowdy and wild Vampire Biker crew from Cha-am and Hua Hin were here too. Strutting and mooching around like latter-day norsemen in their cups, adding to the flavour. I thought I was about to get filled in at one point, but they only wanted to have their picture taken, I dutifully obliged and now they are on display in all their glory.
By about midnight It was winding down a bit and the rest of the crew were slowly making moves back on the road. For me it was not going to be a night-ride back.
Although my videos may suggest otherwise I wasn’t going to risk a night ride all the way back to base, I’d be crashing in the highway hotel (hopefully not literally!) and riding back in the morning. Fate had a strange mood that night as I rode back out of the Biker Week as a little Thai dude on a 2 stroke fancied his chances :D So I decided to rev-up and stretch the machine for WR to get in on the action a bit ;)