Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bull City Rumble Poster Bundle

Get all three Bull City Rumble Posters in one shot for $9.98.
All posters are 11" x 17" full color machine printed.
Included in this bundle:
Bull City Rumble 7 event poster ©2011
Bull City Rumble 8 event poster ©2012
Bull City Rumble 9 event poster ©2013
All posters designed by Martin Cimek (Triumph, Mods vs. Rockers Comics, Ton Up Chicago).

Friday, November 29, 2013

New! BULL CITY RUMBLE 9 BUNDLE: (Shirt/Patch/Stickers for $20)

The Bull City Rumble 9 Bundle includes:
One Bull City Rumble 9 two-sided shirt: Small-XXXL
(note that XXXL's are one-sided print T's)
One Bull City Rumble 9 Rally Patch
Three Ton Up NC Stickers
A $30 value for Just $20 plus s/h

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ton Up NC Nortons...

Marcus' Commando (top) w/ Brian's Commando.
The unapproachable, the roadholder, no matter what you call them, Nortons have long been a part of Ton Up NC, in fact you might say that 10 years ago it was a 1974 Norton Commando that started the club. Case in point, in 2003 club co-founder, Patman, heard familiar sound of a Norton roar by the local Pizza shop in Raleigh and had to know who was riding it. He chased down what turned out to be Marcus on his 1974 Commando and the two immediately bonded over their affinity for British motorcycles and made a pact to form a local chapter of the International Ton Up Club. And so it was done.  Since that meeting, other Nortons have joined the Ton Up NC family, here's a list:

Marcus: 1974 Norton Commando 850 Roadster
Eric G: 1974 Norton Commando 850 Roadster
Eric P: 1971 Norton Commando 750 Roadster
Brian: 1974 Norton Commando 850 Roadster
Chad: 1966 Norton Atlas

Eric G on his 74 Commando
Eric P's Commando
Brian's Commando
Chad's Atlas


Thursday, November 21, 2013

2014 Ton Up NC Vintage Motorcycle Event Schedule

Here's a few events you might catch us dripping oil at in 2014



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2013 International Motorcycle Shows: Atlanta Recap.

Ahhh… the final event of the motorcycle calendar year, The International Motorcycle Shows Atlanta edition, is now just a bittersweet memory. We'd like to thank those of you stopped by to check out our exhibit, chatted with us about our bikes and/or the Bull City Rumble, financially supported us by buying some Ton Up NC/Bull City Rumble merchandise, to Ton Up Highlands for bringing some bikes for the display, to Combustion Cycles for lending us a trailer and motorcycle and an extra big thanks to the staff at Progressive International Motorcycle Shows for inviting us to participate again this year. I hope you all had as much fun as we did.

For those of you who missed it or just had questions about the bikes in the display, below is a L-R list of the bikes that we brought (feel free to email us with specific questions at

1951 Vincent Black Shadow Series C
1961 Triumph 5TA Speed Twin "Bathtub Bike"
1964 Triton
1966 Norton Atlas
1962 Triton (not pictured)
1966 Triumph T120 "Big D" TT Special
1973 Bultaco Pursang 350

If you missed this stop in the IMS tour, there are still a several left to check out and likely one that is close to your neck of the woods if you are in the North, Midwest, or Left Coast. Click for a complete International Motorcycle Shows tour listing.

We hope to see you all next year at the races, shows and on the streets of NC and beyond… for a complete schedule of upcoming races and events you might see us at click here. To help support our mission and help us fund upcoming events please purchase something from our online store by clicking here.

Duc girls Ton Up in Atlanta.
Jenna Pye on the Atlas. 
L-R: Marcus, Brian, Chad, Fletch (Ton Up Chicago)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ton Up NC at International Motorcycle Show: Atlanta, GA Nov. 15-17, 2013

Please make plans to come visit us at Progressive's International Motorcycle Show at the Cobb Galleria Center (Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA)  in Atlanta, GA. The event kicks off on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 3:00pm and continues until Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 5:00pm. We will have a booth packed with a ton of our favorite vintage motorcycles, racing memorabilia and information and swag from upcoming Ton Up NC events including the Meltdown, the Rochelle Reliability Run and the Bull City Rumble.

In addition to checking out Ton Up NC's display of pedigreed vintage road/dirt racing machines and a selection of our favorite vintage road bikes, plan on spending the entire weekend exploring isles and isles of motorcycle bliss including: School of Rockcelebrity appearances by some of your favorite riders, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, the XDL Street Jam stunt show/competition, Vintage Clubs, the Marketplace etc. etc. etc. too much to name here. Trust me, its at least two or three days worth of two-wheeled fun (for more show features click here). Come with a credit card or some cash, because I'm sure they'll be a deal on something that you just won't be able to pass up.

We will be bringing the following bikes for our display:

1951 Vincent Black Shadow
1966 Triumph Bonneville T120 TT Special Road Racer
1960 Triumph 5TA Speed Twin
1966 BSA 441 Victor MX Racer
1973 Bultaco Pursang 350 MX Racer
1967 Triton
1966 Norton Atlas

Looking forward to seeing and meeting as many of you as possible there.

For directions to the show, click here.

For info. on tickets to the show, click here. Enter promotional code: TonUpNC for $2 off your ticket.

To confirm your attendance to the show, update or add your status to our Facebook event page here.

Maxim Model, Mayra Tinajeroleaves Ducati and becomes the new Norton girl.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bull City Rumble 9 Retrospective...

Aerial view of the Rumble in the late afternoon byJohn Huber.
The Bull City Rumble #9: NC's Largest Vintage Motorcycle, Scooter and Cafe Racer show is now a piece of history. Thank You for attending or supporting our event in its 9th year. Many of you know the story of what started as a small get together of close friends in a parking lot in Raleigh, NC to what it is a now: thousands of motorcyclists from all over the country/world coming together in historic downtown Durham, NC for a weekend of rare motorcycles/scooters, great rock and roll/burlesque and camaraderie. This year's event broke all attendance records with nearly 400 motorcycles in the bike show and nearly 5,000 people in and out of the event over the weekend making it one of the largest mods vs. rockers themed events in the world. Now, onto planning for the 10th Anniversary of the Bull City Rumble scheduled for Labor Day Weekend 2014 and we hope you make plans to be there again to party with us. Its gonna be the best one yet. August 29-31, 2014.

Bike Show Results:
Photo by Audible Gasp

Best in Show: Ronald Ridfed- 1963 BSA Rocket Goldstar
Photo by Speedfoos

Best British: Rick Scott- 1973 Norton Commando
Photo by Bill Braile

Best European: Steve Schwartz- 1974 Ducati 750GT
Photo by Stephen Sellars
Best Japanese: Jacob Warner- 1979 Honda CB350

Best Competition: Johann Keyser- Honda CR750
Photo by Bill Braile
Best Scooter: Eileen Hood- 1957 Zundapp Bella

Best Modern Classic: Adam Musson- 2006 Triumph Bonneville
Best Vintage Custom: Chris Blare- 1967 Triumph T100R Bobber

Thanks again to everyone who showed up, the photographers whose photos I've used in this blog post, our sponsors: Ray Price Triumph, Combustion Cycles, James Joyce Irish Pub, Monk Mechanic Wipes, Sunex Tools, Continental Tires, Sunbelt Rentals, Velocity Cycles, Triangle Cycles, and Runaway Clothes and YOU. See you all next year!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ton Up NC AHRMA Racing: Mckee Sky Ranch, WV 2012

The first annual AHRMA Cross Country/Vintage Motocross race at McKee Sky Ranch took place in July 2012 and Ton Up NC had all hands on deck at the event. Jim, Chad, Eric, Alex and myself loaded up the pickups and headed northwest on a Friday afternoon for a weekend of dirt bike racin' in God's country, Terra Alta, WV.
Its a 441 sandwich.

No this is not Rio, it is me taking in the glory that is WV on a Saturday pre-race morning.
...had a double burger at Biggie's
Durham, NC bikes.
Eric kicking ass on the Hondapotomus.
Chad taking the 441 through the paces in the wild and wonderful woods of WV.
Jim, getting blurry like bigfoot on his 71 Triumph.
Post-race rehydration.
Chad takes the checkered flag.
Bikes grow like weeds along the fence row at the VMX course.
This picture does no justice to how awesome this Dick Mann designed natural track VMX course was...
 And Dick Mann (white hat) saw every thing that he had made, and, behold it was very good.

Chad and the Mann.

Starting line for Post Vintage Cross Country.
Me (Brian) PVXC.
Ton Up NC and Ton Up Indy.
Chad and ALex on the line for Vintage Cross Country day 2.
Eric is on the hunt (right).
Jim getting some.
Alex takes the checkered flag.
Ton Up NC.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

New Product! 2013 Bull City Rumble Rock & Roll Burlesque Poster!

We have a new poster for sale! Just $9.98 plus s/h. This 11" x 17" work of art was designed by our friend, Steve Olivia, at Kitchen Island Show Print to advertise the Rock/Burlesque portion of the Bull City Rumble rally on August 31, 2013. Only 50 will ever be made and only 30 of these are up for sale...

Get yours HERE.