As Baby Boomers grow up, they don’t show any signs of slowing down.
Over four hundred thousand motorcycle enthusiasts – the majority of which were Baby Boomers – descended on Galveston Island to attend the annual Lone Star Rally.
In just a few short years, the Galveston Lone Star Rally has become one of the largest rallies in the country. Bike enthusiasts rode their vintage and custom cycles up and down Galveston’s quaint historic downtown and its surrounding Victorian neighborhoods.
And hundreds of motorcycle clubs and vendors set up shop along the Strand and Seawall Boulevard to sell every conceivable line of customized motorcycles, parts and accessories.
Shake, Rattle and Roll!
Despite the everyone’s best attempt to convey a bad boy / bad girl biker attitude, this event was a relaxing way to enjoy the Galveston’s coastal scenery under perfect sunny November skies (at least after Thursday’s deluge of rain).
While the bikers may try to look like Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront”, the reality is these Baby Boomer are investing big bucks on toys for big boys (and girls). Countless bikes seen at the rally were priceless, one-of-a-kind labors of love.
With prices for a new Harley-Davidson bike starting at $8,000 (and rapidly climbing to upwards of $40,000 for a 2014 CVO Limited), many bikers avoided the risk of riding their heavy investments on the Gulf Freeway. As the event wound down, lots of bikes were carefully loaded into custom trailers then hauled away across the Galveston Causeway until next year’s rally.