CVMG News May 2010 1
Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group
The CV M G N ew s
L'Association Canadienne de Motos Anciennes
MAY 2010, Vol 43, No 5.
The dispatch riders’
simple in plan –
To deliver a
the reply and
return in one
piece - asap!
NOW: We ride to enjoy, to share, to explore... season after season
Spring Tune-up issue: For us, the riders
Tips on how to keep ourselves out of trouble while enjoying the ride
and having a safe season of fun on two wheels!
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Membership Management Report Membership Secretary’s Report:
Welcome to these new CVMG members! Welcome to all the new members. It was another
Name Section “bumper crop” again this month and has certainly kept
me busy processing the many new members. As well I
Sean and Misty Foley Barrie-Huronia
have processed a number of past members who had
Guy Hudson British Columbia allowed their membership to lapse - Nice to see you folks
Wade Ashton Central Alberta back.
Ken Newcombe Credit Valley
While working on these files, I have seen an
Julia Robertson Credit Valley
increase in the number of members with e-mail addresses.
Paul and Jason Massingberd Credit Valley Remember you can logon to the CVMG site using your e-
Geoff Knowles Estrie (Townships) mail address. Don’t remember or have a password? Use
Scott Daignault Estrie (Townships) the “forgot password” feature or e-mail me and I will set
one for you. The “HELP” and “HOW TO” pages are
Andre Berube Estrie (Townships)
designed to help you negotiate around the site and keep
Michael Glover Ganaraska your personal information up to date. Any associate
Robert Crawford Golden Horseshoe members who want their own access to the site and build
Terry Snazel GPR their own personal profiles can e-mail me at
email@example.com and I can start a profile
Michael Warren Kitchener
page for you. Please remember, you will need a different
Rany Scott Kitchener e-mail address from the full member you are associated
Frank Highley London with, as the e-mail address is the login name. Please let
Alan Tanner London me know if you have any suggestions for improving the
“HELP and How To” pages by sending an e-mail with
Neil Young London
your ideas and suggestions.
Bill Flavin London
Troy Kirkby National I have been reminded to ask everyone to please
Steve Cross National keep personal data up to date and be sure to include a
street name if you have an RR # address. We are seeing
Matt Mervyn National
more CVMG News being returned because Canada Post
Justin Nocera National wants a street name with the RR#. For those who can
Derrek Bill Niagara Peninsula access the web, you can update your information by
Geoffrey Mayne Niagara Peninsula logging into the site and going to “View Profile”; “Edit”
and then be sure to scroll to the bottom to “Save”.
Gwendoline Mayne Niagara Peninsula
Serge Pizzolato Nickel Belt Don’t forget that the Paris National Rally, and Yes you
Ken Johnston Nickel Belt can register online at the “Events” page on our
Scott Fairgrieve Nickel Belt CVMG.ca site.
David Dyke Noral
Enjoy and ride safe. .... Betty Anne
Keith Grant Noral
Jay Mauer Noral
Robert Jerome Noral Membership renewals are due within 30 days of
Dan Lambright Noral the renewal date (found on your mailing label and
Cole Craib - associate Ottawa in your on-line profile). Current membership is
$35 for Full Member-Canada, $40 Full Member-
John Goodwin Ottawa
USA and overseas. Associate membership at $5
John Vaillant Ottawa
per associate, is available for: spouses and/or
Lorenzo Imbesi Ottawa children of Full Members provided they reside at
Wade Youngman Rocky Mountain the same address and, in the case of children, are
Dwight and Brandon Marks Rocky Mountain either under the age of 21 or full time students.
Don and Mary Lee Sapsford Saskatchewan
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HAPPENINGS! Rides, Rallies, Swap Meets & Other Events
16th London Section Meet in the Middle Ride, 3rd Ottawa Section Rally, St. Albert Cheese Factory, St Albert
On. 10:00am until late, camping available
29th Barrie-Huronia Swap Meet and Show 8 – 3pm LA
Range, 1400 County Rd 6N. Simcoe County 705-533-3044, 10-11th VRRA Quebec GP - Sainte-Croix, QC www.vrra.ca
Robbie Evans firstname.lastname@example.org
9-11th Parry Sound Sportbike Rally, Parry Sound, On
29 Golden Horseshoe Track Days and Swap Meet,, Toronto
Motorsports Park, On. email@example.com 9-11th AMA Vintage Motorcycle days, @ Mid Ohio
29-30th 2nd Annual CVMG Vintage Motorcycle Weekend at 10-11th CVMG 11th Annual Classic Ride. Handhills, AB.
Motorsports Park, Cayuga, David Howarth, west of Drumheller on Hwy 575. Cont. Don 403 65 2338
30th Hudson British Car (and Motorcycle) Show, Hudson, QC 16-18th Nickel Belt Section Isle of Man(itoulin) ride, Tiddler
David Cronin firstname.lastname@example.org Ride Special, , at Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island
JUNE 23-25th , Central Alberta Section, 14th Annual Ponoka Rally,
4-6th VRRA Quinte TT Vintage Races, Shannonville Ponoka Stampede Grounds, email@example.com
4-6th Ontario Norton Owners –Niagra Falls, Ont.
All bikes wecome: info info www.ontarionortonowners.ca 23-25th Quinte Section Rally, Ameliasburg, On. July 23-25,
6th Sarina Section First Annual Bayfield Old Bike Day!!
Sun. June 6th 10am-4pm. Bayfield Main Street. 23-25th British Motoring Festival, Windsor, Nova Scotia,
10-12th VOC Vincent Owners Rally
12-13th Motopark Motorcycle Festival, Displays, Challenges, July 30th –Aug 1st CVMG Montreal Annual Ormstown Rally.
Trials, Scrambles, Motopark, Chatswort Info: David Cronin firstname.lastname@example.org
13th Wings and Wheels Display, Owen Sound Airport
31st & Aug 1st Sask. Section:Biggar Rally, Biggar SK.
18-20th CVMG National Paris Rally, Paris Ont.
25-27th Moto Gyro BC @ Calgary, contact John 403-861-8517 7th Bruce Peninsula Festival of Flight bike display, Wiarton
Airport 9am -4pm Free Admission Grey Bruce Section
26th Cross Canada by Cub Send-off Party, @ Classic Honda
Powerhouse in Brampton – 20 Van Kirk Dr. 11:00am 13th Port Dover, Friday, Aug. 13th
13-15th VRRA, Vintage Racing Festival, Mosport
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REGULAR SECTION MEETINGS
Barrie-Huronia, Saturdays !0:00am Huronia Airport (near Midland), May 8th
Central Alberta Last Tues of the month, 7pm Wolf Creek Inn
Credit Valley Section, , Georgetown Legion, 7:30pm
Estrie (Townships) First Sunday of the month, , 7:00pm at Pep’s Restaurant. 262 Rue Queen in Lennoxville, QC
Ganaraska:, Second Monday of the month @ 7.30pm The Beamish House, 27 John St., Pt. Hope. ON
Golden Horseshoe 2nd Tuesday every month at 8.00 p.m. at the Canadian Legion on Hamilton St in Waterdown
Grand River Section First Wednesday of every month at the Cayuga Legion at 7:30 p.m.
Great Pine Ridge: Mon. May 31st , 7:30pm, Doug and Lidy Black’s. 116 Kingston Rd. Newmarket, ON.
Grey-Bruce Section: May 30th Corry and Peter Prinsen, 48 Petrel Pt. Rd. Reb Bay. 11:00am
Montreal Section. Saturday May 1st starting at Noon.
Nickel Belt Meeting,- last Friday of the month, April 30th – Plaza Hotel, May 30th @ Spanish River Bridge (Mugs Run)
Old Fort York Old Fort York meeting, first Thursday of the month at the Lakeshore Legion in Etobicoke
Quinte Section Rolf and Teresa’s in Brighton, Ont.
Rideau Lake Section 9:30 am on the third Sunday each month at Bob's Diner on the main street in the village of Delta
Sarnia Section 1st Tuesday of every month, 7pm. Royal Canadian Naval Assoc. Hall, 1420 Lougan Ave. Sarnia
Saint John Section Next meeting: : May 6, 7:30, at Old English Motorcycles,239 King St. East, Saint John
Saskatchewan Section: Meeting Aprl 25th at 2pm, 69 Albany Cr. Saskatoon, SK
Credit Valley, Sundays at 10:30am, Brampton Airport Restaurant.
Kick-off Summer Ride & BBQ, May 15th Time and place TBA
Essex-Kent Last Sun. of month, Main St. Diner, Essex @ 10:30am
Ganaraska, Sunday 8:45am Wimpey’s, 68 Wellington St. Pt. Hope
Golden Horseshoe, Sundays 9am, Trail Eatery, Campbellville, On.
Grand River, 3rd Sun 9:30am Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Great Pine Ridge, Sunday 9am Famous Sam’s, Stouffville/Woodbine
Montreal, varies Costa 613-525-0749 <email@example.com>
Niagara Pen, 2nd Sun, 9:30am. Boathouse Restaurant, Chippawa
Nickel Belt: Sundays 8:30am Gonga’s Grill, Paris & Brady, Sudbury. On.
Nipissing, Saturdays 10-12 North Bay Cycle
Old Fort York: Breakfast – every Sunday at 8 at Mars Diner or Leonards, your choice.
Ottawa: Sundays 8am Local Heroes, Bleeker Plaza, Clyde Ave, Ottawa
RMS: 1st Sun 10am,Top Brass Rest. #102, 1725-32nd Ave N.E. Calgary
Thursday bike nights begin Apr 16, weather permitting
Saint John: Breakfast Sundays at 9 a.m. at K's Cafe, Park Plaza Motel, Rothesay Ave. Saint John, N.B
Saskatchewan: Garage/Workshop tour, April 28th @ 2pm, 69 Albany Cr. Saskatoon, SK.
Osler Rally & Barbeque, July 1, 2010, Osler SK.
To All Motorcyclists: Welcome to the Invisible Minority
Assume you are invisible and ride accordingly
To a lot of drivers, you are – invisible that is! Never make a move based on the
assumption that another driver sees you, even if you think that you have made eye contact.
Bikes don't always register to the four-wheel mind!
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Editor’s Comments President’s Comments
Heads Up – Vintage Matters -
This is the season for “There are only three sports:
which we have all been wishing bullfighting, motor racing and
and waiting. Riding time is NOW! mountaineering; all the rest are
But are you and your bike truly merely games” – Ernest Hemingway
ready for a season of riding? Scott Beairsto sent me this
If I sound like a broken quote the other day and I had to share
record about safety topics, then so it with you. If any of you know
be it - but simply keeping my Scott, his idea of a fun time is to find a way to combine all
fingers crossed that nobody gets three of these sports into one event done simultaneously! But
hurt in a crash simply isn’t enough! I am getting ahead of myself as his story will have to wait for
So I will continue to remind everyone of the safety another column. This month is about motorcycle swap meets.
issues that must be taken to heart if we are all going to enjoy Central Alberta Section has just completed its 23rd
the ride and remain safe on two wheels. I make no apology swap meet. Before you think “Holy Crap 23 years of swap
for this. meets”, you have to keep in mind that for many years we have
There are a number of columns and letters devoted to been doing a spring and a fall swap meet so the time
the topics of good riding skills in this issue. Please, read and compresses down to a mere 12 years. Or thirteen. Geez I
remember! And I will attempt to restrain my nagging on the don’t know; they are starting to become a blur to all of us now.
topic for the duration of the season (except for my regular I could do a column each month on the “characters” I have
column!) met at these meets on its own.
To quote motorcycle safety guru David Hough, “we Our first swap meet was outside on the lawn in front
don’t ride to be safe, we ride to have fun.” This is quite true, of John Ferguson’s Precision Cycle shop in Cronquest
but with a degree of attention to the laws of physics and some Business Park Red Deer. Our first swap meet had one table.
common sense, we can do both quite successfully. Being safe And it was a picnic table at that. It was a nice warm day and
doesn’t mean not having fun; it means having fun for a very being unadvertised most of our clientele came from the stream
long time and many miles of riding. So enjoy what the of customers exiting or entering John’s shop on that Saturday.
summer season has to offer and be safe. Our last swap meet was held indoors of a 35,000 sq
.....Alison ft. building with 173 tables, dozens of bikes for sale and a
vintage display. Cenal now owns its own tables (and trailer to
This photo from John Pepper brings a new meaning to move them) and rents these tables to car swap meets which
“Freedom” and “ Motorcycle” in the same breath! generate further revenues.
Unfortunately the who, where, why and when are I now tend to rate swap meets more in terms of the
not known. Any Ideas?? electricity in the air, rather than number of tables sold, or
number of patrons through the door. For me I ask myself,
“Did the swap meet make the hair on the back of my neck
stand up?” People always come up to me ask the “numbers”
questions but for me it’s the energy that the vendors and the
public generate that I find as the proof in the pudding. Yes the
numbers are important when it comes to paying the bills but
we have proven that we can do that. For me it’s the energy
produced that forms the true acid test. It’s organic and one
doesn’t always accomplish that at each meet.
And numbers can be deceiving anyway. We have
seen record crowds through the turn styles some years but
when you ask the vendors how they did you may get a
different story. True this is in part a function of what a vendor
may have for sale on that day but sometimes “Joe public”
appears to have left his/her wallet at home and the money is
not flowing. To me the buzz needs to be in the crowd; they
are hungry for deals and consequently you see multiple bids
on bikes and vendors holding firm with their pricing on in
demand items. The fuel for any successful swap meet in my
mind. And now it’s off to test my theories (and my wallet).
Todd Copan and family are hosting their 25th annual classic
and vintage swap meet and show ‘n shine at the South Delta
Rec. Centre in Tsawwassen BC on April 18th. I also attend
the Washington Vintage Motorcyclists swap meet at the Skagit
County Fairgrounds in Mt. Vernon, Washington the day
before. Ever in search of the perfect swap meet. Someone has
to do this; and I’ll keep you posted. Davenport anyone?
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Dear CVMG members
Bad things can happen to very good people. Nickel
Dear CVMG Editor,
Belt Section regrets to inform you that we have lost one of our
Motorcycle safety, just as with industrial safety - as
own. We all extend our deepest sympathy to Foster Rathbone
you mentioned in the March issue so well - is a "tough sell"
on the loss of his dear wife Verna.
and often resented by the experienced rider - or worker. These
Between them, Verna and Foster provided energy,
people have "heard it all before" and in some jobs
optimism and boundless enthusiasm to our section. Foster
(steeplejack, commercial diver, etc.,etc.,) and in some
started into the motorcycle world later than most of us – in
motorcyclists (those with racing experience, for example) risk
fact, he didn’t ride until after he turned 60. Since then he has
acceptance is higher than with others who have to be healthy
made a credible attempt to put the rest of us to shame by
and fit in order to pursue their careers, earn their daily bread
logging 10K plus km. seasonally. Their big gold-coloured rig,
and cheese, look after their families, enjoy a recreational life
often with the camping trailer in tow, was a fixture at section
and so on.
rides and the Isle of Manitoulin camping weekend. Seldom
Still, it is a good idea to have something in the
have a couple enjoyed their life on the road more than they –
CVMG News on a regular basis which will perhaps entertain
and a willingness to tackle whatever the weather tossed up.
as well as inform on the safety side.
Verna will be sorely missed by her husband, family, friends
It was just a few weeks ago that I got the sad news of
and fellow riders of both the Nickel Belt Section of the
a Brough Superior Club member, an American whom I had
CVMG and the Goldwing Riders Association.
met at the 2008 Brough rally in England. He was a great
May you have sunshine and good roads forever.
enthusiast, for the make, keeping his 1938 SS100 Brough, the
actual 1938 London Motorcycle Show display model, in tip-
top shape and in England so he could spend a month in Europe
each year riding on the annual Brough long distance rally and
other classic bike events. He could afford this as he was a
director of a couple of US Banks, owned a retirement home
company and a property development and investment firm. He
was 65, and while at his Florida home was out for a Sunday
morning ride on a late model BMW bike. He always wore a
helmet and the proper riding gear. He was hit by a left-turning
pick-up truck and killed instantly. No note in the newspaper
that any charges had been laid, but the decade-old Ford
Ranger and the 41 year-old driver of it were considered to be
Lyle Hall, a rider and a person who - I guess we
would say - "had it all", a fine family, loving wife, two
homes, money, many friends, a classic motorcycle worth
$300,000, now has nothing but a grave in Valley Forge, PA
and many who mourn his - and their - inconsolable and Foster and Verna Rathbone at Providence Bay,
unnecessary loss. Manitoulin Island. July 2009
….Al Johnson ______________________________________________
I am writing to thank you for devoting space in the
February and March editions, as well as featuring a rally photo
on the cover of the January Newsletter, to Harry Moses' tales
from Australia. These were sent to me by my good friend,
Brad Babcock, (Lamont, PA.) who is also a member of the
Harry is a larger-than-life character and world
renowned, dyed-in-the-wool, Yamaha TX750 devotee. We
were all so surprised when he accepted our invitation to ride
with us on last year's rally. The trip was made all the sweeter
for him as he was able to meet his 80 yo uncle Tony who
joined us for part of the ride on one of his Harleys.
We sure enjoyed hosting Harry on the run and very
much appreciate you sharing his experience with your
Blue skies and twisty roads,
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Headspace Thinking Safety!
Why do I feel vaguely uncomfortable when I
encourage fellow riders to think and act in a pro-active,
safety conscious manner? Like the too-chatty co-worker at
lunch, it feels like I am somehow intruding, even unwelcome,
in this macho world of motorcycles.
As for safety attitudes, I don’t even have to see how
any given rider handles a motorcycle to know whether he/she
is safety conscious-or not. A casual glance at the rider’s
apparel tells me heaps. From the cruiser pilot’s statement with
the fake beanie and fingerless fashion gloves to the crotch-
rocket jockey in running shoes, shorts and a tee – they are only
deluding themselves about being good riders. Safety doesn’t
just mean wearing proper gear, but it is a very visible
expression of attitude and safety awareness. Unfortunately
far too many of the visible attitudes tell me all the wrong
things. Neither fashion statements nor the perceived
immortality of youth will save one from painful reality when
pushing the envelope goes awry. The laws of physics can’t be
In Pat Hahn’s book RIDE HARD - RIDE SMART, he
breaks common-sense, pro-active safe riding into what he has
labelled the Three Degrees of Separation. This is the
separation which exists between safe and enjoyable riding and
the dire consequences of being unprepared. From the top this
includes: 1st - Defensive Riding Strategy
2nd - Training/Skills
3rd - Riding Gear!
Believe it… Good protective gear is your backup in case the
first two lines of defence crumble. But wearing protective
gear is not just about saving one’s hide in a worst-case
scenario. Good gear is about attitude – about being safety
pro-active, and about being prepared before you get on the
Buy the best protective equipment that you can
afford: Helmet, jacket, pants, gloves, boots… they all
contribute to both safety and comfort. A cold, wet and tired
rider is not safe. A hot and dusty rider with dirt-covered
sunglasses is not safe. A sunburned and dehydrated rider is
not safe. And so it goes… Good gear improves the long-term
comfort of the rider which in turn also makes him/her a safer
rider. Hypothermia, exhaustion, dehydration, heat stress –
insidious, silent, and potentially deadly for a motorcycle pilot.
Not that one is likely to die from dehydration or any other
physical stress while actually riding – but the combination of
discomfort, stress-induced fatigue and physical impairment of
skills, might just be enough to dull the edge and cause an
otherwise avoidable crash. Good gear protects you long
before you are in trouble with the pavement – Isn’t your health
and enjoyment worth the investment in comfort and safety?
As motorcyclists, we accept a degree of risk that
others might not. But that doesn’t mean we get to thumb our
noses at common sense. Wearing the best protective gear
won’t automatically improve your riding skills – but it will put
you in the right frame of mind to be safety conscious and
aware. And that is a vital step in the right direction – a step
into the right attitudes and awareness of risk.
Ride hard and Play Safe .....Alison
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Paris National Rally There are a few minor tweaks and one big one: The
Trillium Reliability Run will be available both Friday
afternoon and Saturday. There will be more seminars
Now besides being the 38th CVMG National Rally, the
available over the entire weekend. The big one…
Paris Rally is also the 1st CMA Vintage National
Rally. The CMA is providing cloth bags for the first
600 registered participants. TRIALS FOR TYKES!
At the 2010 Paris Rally, on Father's day, Sunday June
Preregistration: 20, at 10 AM, there will be a special event for young
Mailed in pre-registration ends April 30th. Online pre- rallyists aged 12 and under, who have not yet been
registration, at $10 extra, continues throughout May. competing in any of our regularly scheduled Vintage
The advantage of pre-registering is that you will be able Trials.
to get into the fairgrounds before noon on Friday.
Register at: http://cvmg.ca/Events We intend to hold a beginner's Trials event suitable for
youngsters who bring their own machine that they have
When does the Rally start? been riding, and therefore are familiar with. We will
The gates will open for pre-registered participants on tailor the sections to the ability of the
Friday, June 18th at 9 AM. THERE WILL BE NO participants, and the capabilities of their motorcycle! It
ACCESS TO THE FAIRGROUNDS BEFORE 9 AM definitely would be an asset to attend the Trials
FRIDAY. Registration for those who are not pre- Seminar, Demonstrations and
registered opens at noon on Friday. School the previous day, on Saturday, June 19, from
2:30 to 4:00 PM, to learn the basics.
Camping will be available in the area to the east of the Remember, to be able to RIDE at Paris, you MUST
track Friday and Saturday nights. RVs may park in the be a REGISTERED RALLYIST! You must wear an
infield area inside the track, but not in the tenting area. appropriate helmet whenever you are
riding on the Rally grounds, and be under the
Dinner: supervision of a responsible adult at all times when
Dinner Saturday evening is a separate fee, in order to riding.
keep the cost of the rally down for those who wish to
provide their own dining arrangements. The cost is NOTE- as a walk-in day visitor, you can attend
$15.00 and there will be 300 tickets available. the seminars, watch the demos and the Trials, but you
cannot bring a motorcycle onto the grounds nor do any
motorcycle riding, for insurance reasons.
Sunday breakfast is included in your rally fee. Please
get your ticket at registration so we can give the caterer
the correct number of breakfasts to prepare.
Helping out is a great way to make new friends and
enjoy the rally. Contact Rosie Olver right now, while
you’re reading this, and make that commitment to
volunteer your services for two hours (or more, if you
like) firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-794-0264
All the events you have come to expect will still be
there: Concours, Show & Shine, Field Games, Flea
Market, Seminars, GPR Meet and Greet, TRR, Trials, .
Rudge, Our Feature Bike
for 2010 – come and see for yourself!
10 CVMG News May 2010
Paris Rally Seminar Schedule - 2010
Friday, June 18
Time Place Speaker Title / Subject
2:00 p.m. Mike Godwin 50 Years and I Finally Got It Right: A Restoration Primer
3:15 p.m. Boardroom David Sproule Rudge: A History of Innovation
3:30 p.m. New Building Paul Whittaker Vintage Sidecar Racing
Saturday, June 19
Time Place Speaker Title / Subject
9:30 a.m. Boardroom Ross Thompson Sheet Metal and Tank Repair
10:30 a.m. New Building Harry Horton Restoration of a 1915 Indian Scout
11:00 a.m. Boardroom David Cronin The Triumph Speed Twin : An Engineering Perspective
1:00 p.m. Boardroom Magnus (Jock) Graham Wheel Lacing and Truing
2:30 p.m. Boardroom & Trials Frank Gevaert Trials Riding
Sunday, June 20
Time Place Speaker Title / Subject
10:00 a.m. Boardroom OPEN OPEN
BEYOND PONOKA - MORE UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE WEST
July 31st – Aug 1st
Full details in the next
Newswletter and at
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Be mindful of your mind – If you are pre-occupied, angry, on
meds, emotional, or tired, -- you will not be able to devote 100%
of your attention to the ride -- and that can put you at risk.
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The Canadian Vintage that effort. Eventually successful events were run but by this
Motorcycle Museum time, the spectator attendance had become so sparse that it was
347 Greenwich St., no longer feasible to continue so events came to an early end.
Brantford, Ontario Two or three practice tracks were eventually set up and
May 1 - September 30th motorcycle speedway demonstrations took place at various dirt
Open 10am - 4pm stock-car tracks. At that time, most stock-car tracks were
Tuesday to Sunday converting from dirt to either concrete or asphalt and the
question usually asked was “could you do this on an asphalt
track?”, so speedway took a nose dive until Bob Fisher
Take Hwy #403 to the Wayne Gretzky Pky Exit at Brantford. Go south on the (Founding member and past-Preside of the C.S.R.A.) revived
Parkway to Colborne St. (Hwy #2) turn left (East) on Colborne to Locks St. speedway by arranging speedway demonstration races at
turn right (south) on Locks St. to Greenwich St. Drive west along the canal for Brighton, Ontario, where they were well-received. Next, Wes
1.4 km., Museum is on your left. http://www.cvmg.ca/museum
Pierce ran mixed flat-track and speedway class events at
Welland and several other tracks opened up in Western New-
Chairman & Treasurer - Rod Sheridan, 39-38 Wayside Ave., Scarborough, Ont. York, Philadelphia, Ohio, etc., etc. and speedway was on its
M1V 2Z4 416-291-9281. Email: RSheridan@telesat.com way. This J.A.P. was raced by me in several U.S. States plus
Ontario and Quebec and always in the top of the action. For an
Secretary - Vada Seeds, 111 Commissioner St., Box 61, Embro, Ont., N0J 1J0.
519-475-6094. Email: email@example.com old machine built before 1950, it was fairly reliable and had
full benefit of many hours of frame straitening, wheel
HISTORY OF THE NICKEL AND CHROME-PLATED J.A.P. rebuilding, engine over-hauling and tuning, that enabled me to
SPEEDWAY MACHINE OWNED, RIDDEN AND pass this service on to the many riders who were unable to do
PRESENTED BY STAN BRADBURY TO MOTORCYCLE HALL this work, and so, with my help, were able to ride in many
OF FAME IN 2008 BY: STAN BRADBURY speedway events.
This J.A.P. engine Huck Fynn-framed machine was one of
several speedway bikes brought over from Britain for the re- Asking the Favourite Question
introduction of speedway motorcycle racing at Dundas near Ask any parent of a young child what the most asked
Hamilton. This would be Canada’s first post-war effort to re- question is, and they will reply that it’s “why”.
start this exciting sport. The track at Dundas was an excellent Our quest to understand “why” is the first question
affair laid out in an ex-rodeo stadium at Ken Sobel’s farm in that drives our curiosity, followed shortly by “how”. These are
Dundas. Ken Sobel owned Channel 11 TV in Hamilton and his the basic questions of science, philosophy, technology and
partner at that time was Trevor Vallentine who worked for CBC people who want to understand why we have a motorcycle
(later as Trevor Vallentine Travel Agencies). A small but museum.
growing band of ex-riders, mechanics and others with The why part of the question is not as simple as it
knowledge or enthusiasm for speedway had the track and its may seem, one of the reasons is to fulfill part of the CVMG
facilities added to the existing facilities already provided for the mandate to preserve motorcycles and their history.
rodeo stadium, around 1959. Although the CVMM has no financial or fiduciary
ties to the CVMG, the museum was started by CVMG
members, continues to be run by CVMG members, and of
course the CVMM has a non voting position on the CVMG
executive to encourage co-operation and information sharing
between the two organizations. The CVMG provides a
wonderful umbrella organization for local sections and
members to meet, share information, participate in events, and
inform and entertain members through the publication that
contains this article.
The CVMG however has no real method of
preserving the history of motorcycling in Canada, or making
this material available to members on an on going basis.
This is why CVMG members came together to start
the museum, and the CVMG loaned $500 to the CVMM to
start the museum. The museum, once running, was able to
return the start up loan to the club, and began to collect objects
of historical significance for Canadian motorcycle history. The
museum, thanks to the generosity of many CVMG members,
JAP Engine Speedway Bike now has a significant quantity of historical material such as
motorcycles, clothing, literature, documentation and other
When running the first series of events, several mistakes were items. The documentation is archived, and CVMG members
made. One attempt was rained off and the second was with an interest in a particular machine, or wanting to obtain
attempted on a Saturday afternoon with the temperature in the technical information contained in the museum can contact
low 90’s Fahrenheit (340C) which led to the abandonment of volunteers by phone or e-mail. We may have what you want!
13 CVMG News May 2010
The Museum archives are an extremely important
aspect in the quest to preserve our shared motorcycling history.
Unfortunately, documentation that has been
preserved for decades in private hands, can be accidently
discarded when a private collection is broken up for sale by
people unfamiliar with the importance of those old yellowed
Well, the above answers the “why” portion of the
question, now onto the “how” portion.
The “How” of course involves displays, archive
storage shelves, insurance for all the contents and of course a
physical building to house all this “stuff”. The Museum is a
charitable organization, that can issue charitable donation
receipts for objects donated.
The Museum can also enter into loan agreements
with individuals, and display and insure the loaned items in the
museum. This is a great way to display a motorcycle for a few
years along with some documentation and information
regarding it, then exchange it for a different machine, keeping
the display refreshed.
Museum volunteers are working on display
modifications this winter, while the museum is closed. The
volunteers are also working on indexing and cataloguing the
archives, to make it easier to access information requests.
Unfortunately, all of the above consumes money,
and I would like to thank the CVMG sections, and members
who have donated in the past, to help fulfill the museum and
CVMG objectives, and encourage you to donate during the new
year that’s upon us.
The Museum has two signed copies of the DVD,
Twice Upon a Caravan by Robert E. Fulton Junior, available
for sale. This is the movie that was presented at the Paris But where do I put my feet?
Rally in 2008, and is the most spectacular motorcycle travel
adventure I’ve ever viewed. The DVD, signed by the producer,
and son of Robert E. Fulton Junior is available to the first two
people who contacts me. Price is $40, postage included, and all
the money goes to the Museum.
Hopefully I’ve answered some of your why and how
questions regarding the museum. I wished my children had
asked those two questions instead of some of the corkers they
came up with.
I would like to thank the Brampton Motorcycle
Association for their donation of the proceeds from their coffee
fund. The BMA donated $167.90, which indicates to me that
their coffee is very well received at their meetings. I may just
have to attend one to thank them and sample their coffee.
I would also like to thank the GPR section for their
generous donation of $1,500, which the section slowly
accumulated through local fundraising efforts such as craft and
bake sales, and the ever popular 50/50 draw at section
meetings. The $1,500 represents 6 months of rent for the
CVMM and is greatly appreciated.
I spoke of the preservation and display of motorcycles,
memorabilia, and documentation of historical significance.
When the museum opens in the spring, one new display will
feature this motorcycle, seen on display at the Canadian
Motorcycle Hall of Fame banquet in 2009, a JAP – engine
speedway machine, donated by Stan Bradbury.
Photo courtesy of Brian Given
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Riding Old Motorcycles Safely bit hazardous for the less experienced rider to really get to
The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group was grips with his newly restored treasure. A considerable amount
founded with the aim of helping its members to collect of practice with a non-standard and confusing control system
preserve, restore and use their old motorcycles. And when it on private ground and in areas with little traffic is advisable.
come to use - well that means riding them. This will also allow the new brake and clutch linings to bed in
However, a lot of enthusiasts who develop the skills and other adjustments to the controls, saddle and foot rests to
to rebuild an old motorcycle, often give little thought to the be made to ensure a good operating and easily controlled bike
actual riding of the bike when the restoration has been – an essential to safe and pleasurable riding.
completed. This is not a problem for experienced These controls would keep the rider very busy indeed!
motorcyclists who are also riding regularly in to-day’s traffic
conditions (often on a modern motorcycle). It can, however,
be intimidating for the enthusiast who has been away from
regular motorcycle riding for some time and is “getting into
the old bike hobby” with his first restoration.
Many knowledgeable riders advise the newer or
returning enthusiast to take a rider training course as a
refresher before venturing out on the road with their restored
treasure. While this is generally a good idea, it not
infrequently turns out that the rider’s old bike differs
considerably in control layout and function to the new bikes
used in training courses. These new bikes invariably have the
standardized control layout of left foot gearshift/left hand
clutch/right foot rear brake/right hand throttle twist grip and Perhaps the best advice on riding safely that I have ever seen
front brake lever which came into use in 1975. Control comes from a little book called Hints and Tips for Motor -
systems prior to that could be the 1975 - on standard (found on Cyclists, published in 1908. Hint number 183 of 262 advises -
most European and Japanese motorcycles after 1945), the “Control of the Machine
British style of right foot gear shift and left foot rear brake, or 1. Adjust pace so as to be able to stop dead before farthest
a great variety of American left foot clutch and right or left point of vision is reached.
hand shift systems, coupled with left or right hand throttles 2. Always be prepared for the unexpected, e.g. -
with the ignition advance on the other handgrip. Some older A child’s dart out of an alley: A cyclist’s wobble:
European motorcycles used hand shift gears either with an A block in traffic, round the corner: Passengers
American style tank side shift lever or a twist grip shift dismounting from trams: Traffic entering at speed from by-
mechanism associated with the clutch lever. roads: Vehicles in front stopping suddenly: Vehicles behind
After about 1915, most British motorcycles with not stopping when you stop. A tire burst at speed.
hand shift also used a hand clutch lever, plus hand controls for A failure of the brakes when most required. Swerves of
throttle, choke, ignition advance and valve lifter. This passing or oncoming cars, especially when handled by ladies,
arrangement, one comic said, “ kept the rider’s hands busier or when roads are greasy. Attempted suicide by dogs, cows,
than a pipe organist playing Handel’s Messiah”. Thorough sheep, pigs, and children Cap throwing by small boys.
familiarization and practice with the control systems on any The best precaution is to have one hand permanently on the
older bike is essential, particularly with hand shift and foot switch or valve lifter and the other near the brakes. Don’t
clutch equipped bikes or if the foot shift and rear brake pedal trouble about the scenery when you are riding really fast.
controls are the reverse of what the rider is used to. Another 3.Never drive with the silencer cut-out open, except on
note peculiar to British motorcycle controls: while most of lonely moors.
them will use a right foot shift lever, various makes shifted in 4. Use the horn as little as possible; when used give two or
a different direction from one another, some being up for a three firm, imperious toots. Behind farm carts in narrow lanes
higher gear, some down. where there is no room to pass shout “ay-y-y-y!” to awake the
While most vintage motorcycles, even those sixty or driver.
seventy years old, develop enough power to keep up with 5. When pavements are greasy give oncoming traffic all
secondary road traffic, and they often handle more benignly possible room. A sideslip on the open road is nothing. A
and safely than modern motorcycles, it is in the area of tumble near hoofs or wheels is dangerous.
braking power that their shortcomings in current traffic 6. Never overtake and pass a driver who is not obviously
conditions become apparent. After all, it was in the 1920's aware of your presence unless you have three times as much
before the first traffic lights were installed and it was after room as you need. This is especially applicable to motor cars
World War II before traffic density made it common for every which you overtake.
intersection to have a stop sign. So older motorcycles did not 7. Observe the rule of the road strictly, even when you
need the kind of brakes that all modern motorcycles have. appear to be alone on the earth, and in the event of an accident
Luckily, the lack of braking power can be compensated by give all the assistance possible.”
increased rider caution and adopting the practice of “hanging I suppose that the sleeping cart-drivers of a century
back” a bit when riding an old bike in crowded road ago have been replaced by the “distracted drivers” with their
conditions. This is an especially good practice when riding in Iphones, GPS, cellphones, Gameboys, Ipods, Ipads, DVD’s –
a group with others on old bikes. and who knows what else modern technology is developing to
So it can all be somewhat confusing and even a little distract us. ...Allan Johnson
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Dear Members: I hate to admit defeat, but in spite of
my fondness for cross-word puzzles, these British-style
cryptic puzzles leave me completely - puzzled. John has
humoured me by providing some explanations with the
solution to this month’s cryptic – hopefully this will help
those of us who just don’t get it! Answers can be found
on the back cover. ...ed.
This has to be the most
stylish and unique sock-
drying rack in captivity!
Photo courtesy of Brian
Given and his shiny
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Send to David Howarth
24 McMaster Dr. Caledonia, ON N3W 1G9
CVMG News May 2010 17
You (still) Meet the Nicest People on A Honda! offer their assistance as they do with my little Cub. There is just
something about a Honda Cub that brings out the “nicest
If you are a Baby Boomer like me, without a doubt people”.
you have seen Honda’s famous ad: “You meet the nicest people My recent attraction to Honda Cubs was when I
on a Honda”. I still experience this statement on a daily basis, heard about the 2007 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally. In the
but in a different perspective than Honda copywriters intended. summer of 2006 I acquired the 1967 C65 Cub from CVMG
My current ride is a vintage Honda Cub, (one of over 60 member Sandy Giallonardo. The bike was almost complete but
million produced). I do consider myself a reasonably “nice” was totally disassembled, stashed into several boxes and
person, but the people I meet every day while riding my Cub needed a complete restoration. After I restored “Rhonda” as
are truly the “nicest people”. Julia named it (short for Red Honda) we did over 3,000 miles,
Everyone who approaches me from any motorcycle trouble free, riding all over Central Ontario to break it in and
niche group always has a story to tell me or something “nice” make sure she was reliable.
to say about my Cub. Scooterists tell me “it’s a cool ride”. I entered Rhonda in the 2007 Mad Bastard Scooter
Vintage enthusiasts appreciate seeing an old bike on the road. Rally but only made it the first 80km out of the 800km event,
Some Harley riders even admit that a Cub was their first bike. when the magneto fried. This was when “I met the nicest
Cruising/Touring riders appreciate (but can’t believe) the person on my Honda” a Harley rider who “had one of these
distances I’ve covered on such a small bike. Even the Sportbike bikes way back when”, stopped and offered to get his van and
riders must like it, as my Cub got an award at the Parry Sound drive me back to the start/finish. I considered his offer just as
Sportbike Rally for “Best Single”. the chase vehicle showed up and we loaded Rhonda into the
Let’s take a ride down memory lane so I can explain back of the chase pickup truck instead.
my latest obsession with Honda Cubs. In 1969 when I was nine Since repairing Rhonda’s magneto we have traveled
years old I got my first bike. It was an industrial engine thousands of miles all over Ontario, several trips from
powered mini-bike that cost $145 from Eaton’s. My dad loaded Brampton to our cottage in Minden, visiting friends in
up his VW van with me and my mini-bike and took me trail Bracebridge, Haliburton, Orangeville and Parry Sound.
riding in Woodbridge, Ontario. We made a great team, I like to Rhonda’s longest tour so far is to Timmins, Ontario.
ride and he liked to tinker and fix things. My dad was a small G.P. as Julia has named my 1980 Honda CT110 ,
engine/generator mechanic, which was quite handy as I broke short for Great Pumpkin (it’s orange) has also seen quit a few
that little bike often. While riding at those trails I encountered a miles. I picked up G.P. in the summer of 2007 as a rolling
lot of riders on what I considered at that time to be a “real basket case and has gone through various stages of restoration
motorcycle”. They were riding 1960’s Honda Cubs with the and modifications. I am still sorting out some problems to make
fenders, leg shields and mufflers removed. I knew right then sure it will be reliable for the next tour.
that I needed to get one of these “real motorcycles” as soon as I
outgrew my mini-bike. June 2008 I entered G.P. in a 1,050km / 24 hour
Fast-forward though my licensed road riding years endurance event called the Lake Erie Loop
from 1976 to present. My first legal street bike was a 60cc www.lakeerieloop.com . One lap around Lake Erie starting and
Yamaha. I progressed to several bikes over the next sixteen ending just south of Cleveland, Ohio. We finished second place
years, 500cc, 550cc, 750cc, 1000cc, Then in 1992 I started to with a time of 17hr. 45 min.
become obsessed with smaller and smaller machines. Back to a In August 2008 G.P. and I where touring about 80km
750cc, then a 360cc to my current 110cc and 65cc Honda Cubs. north of Kingston, Ontario when the engine seized up. I met
I enjoy a challenge, which is probably why I’ve two "nice people" that day. One person gave G.P. and I a lift to
downsized my riding tastes. You’re probably thinking: “This the next town (Ompah) in his pick up truck, the other person
guy is nuts, how can riding a small motorcycle be gave me a lift to Kingston so I could catch a train back home
challenging???” Let me explain. Touring on a recent mid and get my van to retrieve G.P.
displacement motorcycle all over North America is great fun. I Another “ you meet the nicest people” experience I
know, I’ve done it. But to me It’s not very challenging. You had while riding G.P. I was parked at a hardware store in
know you’re going to make it back home on a recent and Minden, Ontario a gentleman came up to me and asked a lot of
reliable machine. But on a small capacity motorcycle that is questions about my CT110. “How much? Where can I get one?
over thirty years old and riding large distances, to me this is a Is it fun to ride? Is it new?…… We talked in that parking lot
challenge, it’s also a good way to “meet the nicest people” for about two hours, his daughter started to worry that
My current bikes are a 1980 Honda CT110 and a something had happened to him. Since then Wayne Gallier and
1967 Honda C65 Cub (actually I gave this bike to my daughter I have become good friends and I helped him purchase his first
Julia for her birthday but I still get to ride it). Between the two ride… a 1980 Honda C70 that he has toured around Lake
bikes I have toured thousands of miles all over Ontario and Ontario on.
parts of the U.S. I have broken down a few times but I always Do you think my obsession with small bikes and big
“meet the nicest people” who offer me a lift home or to the miles may be contagious? Let’s see what happens and what
nearest town and throw my little Honda in the back of their “nice people we meet” when Julia and I ride Rhonda and G.P.
vehicle. (Try that with a big touring bike) to Newfoundland and back to Brampton this summer. Stay
People always stop when they see this cute little tuned….
bike and offer to help. They always have a story to tell. “I
remember when I had one of these…..” My past experience .... Allan & Julia Robertson
with my larger bikes is people where not quite as willing to
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Here is some info on our Honda Cub Ride Cross Canada.
We attempted the ride in July 2009, but my CT110 had mechanical problems when we got to Montreal.
Julia and I are re-attempting our quest Cross Canada on Cubs in July 2010. We are now doing this for a charity:
Because I Am A Girl (a division of Plan Canada) www.plancanada.ca/rideforgirls
Our departure date (weather permitting) is June 27, 2010 for about 3 weeks.
Cross Canada by Cub Check out the website: www.plancanada.ca/rideforgirls
I (Julia) will be riding my vintage Honda Cub scooter from Toronto, Ontario to St. Anthony, Newfoundland in July 2010.
It will have taken 43 years, but this Cub will cross Canada from coast to coast. When we return home, the Cub will have
travelled 10,000 kilometres across Canada. Help us fundraise $10,000 - $1 per kilometre - for Plan Canada and Because I
am a Girl! For more information, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Julia Robertson
Fundraising goal: $10,000.00
This 1967 Honda C65 Cub was ridden from
Vancouver B.C. to Timmins Ontario in 1971 by
the original owner. After restoration in 2006,
Allan Robertson (my dad) rode it from Timmins
to Brampton. In July 2010, I will continue the
quest across Canada to NFLD and back to
Me and the 1967 Honda Cub that I will be riding
Sat. June 26 – Departure Day!
Sun. June 27- Ottawa Chapter for Breakfast
July 3-4- Saint John NB. Area
You will be able to check Julie and Allan’s progress
on her websitewww.plancanada.ca/rideforgirls
Any chapters between Brampton and NFLD can
contact the team to arrange to meet and ride.
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Tech Chat Checking your tires also gives you an opportunity to
With Ken Mortimer look over your wheels for loose or damaged spokes. At the
Where the Rubber Meets the Road same time you can inspect for signs of bad wheel seals,
bearings or brake issues.
There are two topics that are generally taboo on most Each rider will have their own ideas on exactly when
internet motorcycle forums. Because the mere mention of either to replace their rubber. As with many things in life, everyone
of these items elicits such passionate responses and most often has their own risk tolerance level. Don’t forget to consider what
leads to heated debate, forum moderators will quickly shut the type of riding you are doing and obviously if you are pushing
discussions down, even going so far as to ban the initiators. the limits you should take this into account.
And just what could cause people to become so If you have decided that tire replacement is the way to
argumentative, running for their nasty-face emoticons and go you now have many more decisions to make. .Brand, design
referring to other forum members in less than “Sunday” and size are all to be considered and I recommend taking your
language terms? time when shopping. When buying tires for your vintage bike
TIRES & OIL are the culprits you will find that sizing may need some tweaking. Often you
will need to convert from the “old” inch designation to the
I suppose the reason for riders being so polarized in metric equivalent. The manufacturers (and often the large
their preferred choices for their tires and oil is easy to figure. retailers) all have conversion charts on their websites and in
Tires can be difference between life and death for the rider. And their catalogues.
oil can mean the difference between life and death for the heart Don’t forget to buy new tubes and rim tapes along
of our motorcycle, the engine. Tech Chat will bravely dip a toe with your new tires. Reusing these is false economy in my
into the wading pool of tires and we'll leave oil for a future view. And make certain that all are installed by a competent
There is a wealth of information out there regarding
bike tires and safety. Contact patch, rubber compounds, tread CHECK THE PRESSURE! CHECK THE PRESSURE!
patterns, tube-less vs tube type… The list is practically endless CHECK THE PRESSURE...
for those wanting to take the time and do the research.
For our purposes I thought a short review of checks a Did I hear someone say “check the pressure”?
rider can make to determine if new tires should be on the There is a story that circulates around the web and in
shopping list would be in order. Especially as the bikes come many publications that goes like this: some time back Dunlop
out of winter storage. had a major problem with their Touring Elite tire and Honda
First off to check is tread condition. Most makers Gold Wings. Many had reported outright failures. They sent
build “wear bars” into the tread design. When the wear bar is rep’s to several rallies to check tire condition as they had found
flush with the surrounding tread, the tire is considered worn nothing wrong during factory testing.
out. The Ministry of Transportation in Ontario sets the standard What the rep’s found was a huge percentage of
for safety certifications at 1.5 millimeters of depth. Remember underinflated, (a great many being very underinflated) tires.
to look all around the tire. And when you are about to make the Now, editor Alison may suggest that Gold Wing
decision to squeeze a few more miles out of your old skins riders are too busy adjusting the volume on their stereos,
think about the fact that the only thing that prevents your tire keying waypoints into their GPS or otherwise playing with
from hydro planing are those tiny grooves to channel away the dreaded “gadgets” her airheads don’t have, to be bothered to
water. Also keep an eye open for unusual cupping or other check their tires. But the truth is that many riders regardless of
damage. brand do not perform this simple task as regularly as need be.
Next have a look at the side walls. Cracking or How often should they be checked?
“weather checking” is bad news. All tires will eventually Every day before you ride is not too often. Tube type
succumb to age related cracking but long periods of inactivity, tires will gradually loose pressure over time. Temperature
storage in direct sunlight and harsh cleaning chemicals will changes will affect pressure. And loading will also change
accelerate the process. Some folks have ways of determining things.
the severity of cracking and thusly making their replacement Determining how much air pressure is another kettle
decisions. What I can tell you is this: our MTO guidelines for of fish. If you have the owners’ manual you can start with the
safety certificate issue say “sidewall cuts or cracks that are factory recommendation and experiment from there. Modern
deep enough to expose cords” will not pass. And every tire tires may require more air than the originals supplied back
company website I visited agreed that no amount of cracking is when your machine was new, so a check with the tire maker
acceptable. Replace the tire. may help as well. All tires will have the maximum allowable
pressure along with the load capacity marked on the sidewall.
Also check if your tires are past their "best before" Remember that under inflation causes excessive heat and leads
date. Most manufacturers emboss a four digit code into the to increased wear.
sidewall of the tire. It denotes the week number and last digits Writer and shop owner Dave Richardson,
of the production year. For instance the number 3308 would (Guzziology), suggests street bikes can borrow an idea from
show that the tire was made in the 33rd week of 2008. (Prior to racing and look for a 10 percent rise in pressure after a tire is
2000 the code was only three digits and there was no way of fully warmed up. Check your tires cold, (after at least an hour
telling in which decade the tire was made.) How old is too old of rest out of direct sunlight) and then take a ride. Re-check and
is up for discussion but 6 or 7 years seems to be the average if the increase in pressure is greater than 10%, more initial
recommendation. pressure is needed. If less than the ten points, than the cold
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pressure is too high. And make sure you cap the stems. This
will prevent dirt from entering the valve core area.
So you now have tires you are comfortable with and
they are inflated to the correct pressure?
What are you waiting for…lets go riding!
Ah, wait a sec…maybe you should check your oil first?
Many hands make light work – or just get in the way!
Tips and Favourite Products
From our editor Alison comes this tidbit: Next time
you have to remove a tank and need to pull the fuel lines off
the petcock(s), put a washer (preferably ss) on the fuel tap
before replacing the fuel line. It gives you something to push
against when trying to remove the line the next time... it really
And we are hearing from Dick Cowling again with a
great addition to the “Tools & Spares” topic: The only time I
was stuck for tools and nobody was able to help me was when I
did not include a vital Allen key in my toolkit. Many years ago
I upgraded the screws on the clutch cover on my Vincent-HRD
Rapide from the original slotted head 3/16" Whitworth to the Yes, bike mirrors leave blind spots too…
Allen type. One night the clutch jammed and I needed to get Never change direction without turning your head
the cover off. I had to leave the bike at a garage and thumb a
to make really certain that the coast is clear.
lift home. So all members who do an upgrade, make sure you
also upgrade your toolkit, as necessary.
Dick goes on to say: I liked the write-up from Dave
Dobson on removing Bondo, horrible stuff, I prefer to use JB
Weld. I'd like to hear about the methods members have
successfully used to remove rust from inside gas tanks and how
they've sealed minor leaks. I've been told that there is a
compound that is used on aircraft fuel tanks, does anyone know
the product name and where to purchase a small quantity?
And this brings me to present the following request to all
members: Taking Dick’s lead I’d like to do a full column on Motorcycle Appraisal Services
tank cleaning, sealing and repair. This is a part of most Comprehensive appraisals completed by
restorations and any information we can share will benefit
many members. There are lots of products out there for these
a nationally accredited appraisal professional.
purposes but its real life experiences that are needed to help Please call (519) 656-9930, or visit
folks make the right choices. www.nithburgcycle.com
If you’ve got a technique or found a product that
works, please e-mail me with the details. If you’ve had bad
luck, we need to know that as well. I look forward to hearing
from you. email@example.com
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Old Norfolk at CNE National
The National Motorcycle show was held at the
Better living Center at The CNE grounds,again this year.Old
Norfolk gathered together its collection of old motorcycles as
we have done in the past.The truck was driven by myself and it
was prepared by Lary Vaughan,also Lary accompanied me to
help off load at the CNE.Berry Mitton had his trailer and van
loaded as well and left Simcoe earlier in the morning.He was
met at the CNE by my brother Bill who also had a motorcycle
to display which he brought in his pull behind trailer.All
together we displayed eleven motorcycles and one Rotax
Powered, Propeller driven CCM bicycle.Signage was by Lary
The booth was manned on Saturday,by Myself,Berry
Mitton and my brother Bill.On Sunday Mike Whitehead joined
my brother Bill and my self and Vic,Lary and Berry joined us
for take down.
The show was well attended,with about 15000 attending the
show.All of our motorcycles received considerable attention
and many people inquired about membership as well as our
Paris Rally.A good time was had by all.
Honda Special 750 First place winner Larry Vaughan
Rudge Second Place winner Mike Whitehead 1937
Vincent Rapide Berry Mitton 1952
BSA 650 Twin 1970
90cc c200 Honda Second place winner 1965
Triumph Noel Elliot 1968
HD WL Vic Vanloy 1952
Indian Model O Third place winner Cliff Zimmerman 1917
1984 Honda V30 Magna Bill Zimmerman 1984
Honda V30 Magna
Go Devil Bob Andrews . 1960
.... Cliff Zimmerman .
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Why ask the Doctor?
I suppose that most of you have had the experience A quick look at the reported injuries to Ontario
when at the doctor’s office of getting the glowering look of motorcyclists and motorcycle passengers in 1996 and 2006
disapproval when he found out that you were a motorcyclist. showed that over that time period the overall numbers of
For doctors, particularly surgeons, to give them their due, have injured motorcyclists per 100,000 registered motorcycles had
had a lot of motorcyclists to try and patch up over the years. declined by 24% from 1319.5 injury cases to 1001.2 cases per
And they often jovially refer to “bikers” as “organ donors”. 100,000 motorcycles. In 1996, the 16 to 34 year-old age group
I have never taken this cavalier attitude lying down, had 800.6 injury cases but by 2006 this had declined to 363.7
being likely to retort that as a statistician I can prove that far injury cases per 100,000 motorcycles. The 35 to 54 year-old
more Canadians die in hospital than ever die in motorcycle age group had an injury rate of 436.2 in 1996; this had declined
accidents each year. to 337.1 injury cases per 100,000 motorcycles by 2006. The 55
Anyway, the latest assault on us older motorcyclists to 75+ rider passenger age group had a injury rate of just 53
came just after Easter with our local newspaper, the Toronto cases per 100,000 motorcycles in 1996, but by 2006 this had
Star, picking up on a scientific study published in the journal risen to 129 injury cases per 100,000 motorcycles. While an
“American Surgeon” and entitled, “The Aging Road Warrior: increase, the injury rate for 55 year olds and older in 2006 is
National Trend Toward Older Riders Impacts Outcome after just 13% of the injury rate for all ages of Ontario motorcyclists
Motorcycle Injury.” Believe it or not it took 6 learned medicos and motorcycle passengers.
from the Rochester New York School of Medicine to come up
with such a curiously worded title. It would appear that there are dramatic differences between the
risk of injury to older motorcyclists in Ontario and those in the
They report that US motorcyclists are getting older. United States. It would seem that older motorcyclists in Ontario
My news to them is that we are all getting older, one second at are somehow less accident/injury-prone than those across the
a time. What they meant to say was that in 1996 the average border. It would be very helpful to see some serious research on
age of injured motorcyclists was 33.9 years while in 2005 the what factors may be responsible for these differences.
average age of those injured was 39.1 years. From this they
made the stunning conclusion that the average age of the .....Allan Johnson
injured motorcyclist is increasing. While in 1996, age 40 or
older motorcyclists were 27.9% of those injured while by 2005,
the 40 and older were 48.3 % of the injured.
They found, in looking at data from 61, 689 cases ,
separated again into those under 40 years of age and those 40
years and over that injury severity, length of hospital stay,
length of stay in intensive care, and mortality (death?) were
significantly higher in the older group. Admission to intensive
care was higher (32.2% vs. 27.3%) preexisting comorbidities (2
or more illnesses or diseases) were higher (20% vs. 9.7%) and
complications were also higher (7.6% vs. 5.5%) in the over 40
group. I have news for these sawbones, I learned years ago that
I don’t bounce as well after landing from a motorcycle
nowadays as I used to 30 years ago. And I understand that the
same thing happens to us older citizens in a car crash, or falling
down stairs. We ain’t as tough as we used to be.
In an interview, the head researcher on this study, Dr.
Mark Gestring, director of the trauma program, pointed out that
their study showed that only 73% of the riders, irrespective of
age, were wearing helmets at the time of the accident and that
injured riders who tested positive for alcohol were two and a
half times more likely to not be wearing a helmet at the time of
the accident. He also emphasized that there is abundant
evidence that helmets reduce mortality, brain injury, length of
hospital stay and economic burden . However only 20 states of
the USA have universal helmet laws.
After this American study hit the press, I had several
inquiries about it and questions were asked as to whether or
not the conclusions it made were valid in Canada.
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That Which Must not be Mentioned...
In the interest of purely scientific research, I have – at which point you and the bike gracefully assume the
recently re-studied my collection of motorcycle books. Not horizontal. There are the unseen but deadly depressions in the
just any books mind you, but those of a distinctly safety-related travelled surface – just deep enough to unbalance the inseam-
and how-to-ride-and-stay-alive sort. Thus far I cannot find a challenged rider when planting that all-important first foot at a
single mention of a certain common and potentially very stop. There will always be an appreciative audience.
serious mishap. This is a shameful oversight, especially Another favourite (I’ve practiced this one) is the toe-hook on
considering that topics from ice-riding to sand dunes to the top-box or bedroll when mounting a fully loaded touring
freeways are examined with gusto. Such gems as how to deal bike. This involves even greater gymnastics as rider and bike
with a flat in the middle of a river crossing, to safeguarding topple to the right in a most undignified manner.
one’s possessions from marauding parrots in New Zealand And for those of you on British bikes with the right-
(I kid you not) are examined in exhausting and exhaustive side kick-start - Have you ever tried a casual stop, right foot
detail. But stilll no mention of the one calamity that most down, only to discover the kicker firmly tucked inside the
certainly has befallen everyone who has ever swung a leg over pantleg. This makes for a messy, and momentarily inexplicable
a motorcycle. Many ride for their entire motorcycling careers toppling to the right.
without ever crashing; others have experienced unplanned get- What about those minor scrapes on the engine covers?
offs more than once; but I will bet my handgrips that there the missing chome on the outside edge of the mirror, the
isn’t a soul out there who hasn’t suffered this particular bike scratches on the saddlebags?? Kids did it moving stuff about in
calamity. the garage…parked too close to a car door…bumped it with the
What is this you say? – What is this serious problem snowblower in the winter… Yeah, right! We know. The
that even revered authors won’t touch? - this hidden threat to paving stones are uneven in your driveway and this has caused
our very safety - and our paint jobs: an affront to our pride and the bike to tip over - more than once! Springtime garage re-
oftentimes a royal pain in the back? Behold, the stationary arranging in a valiant attempt to create more room in a
but horizontal motorcycle. terminally cluttered shop is another likely candidate for trouble.
This miscreant behaviour can be subdivided into two Then there is the bike-not-secured-while-undergoing-
sub-groups; on the one hand, we have the un-assisted maintenance situation. This is NOT funny: A bike that topples
recumbent motorcycle – frequently accompanied by anguished from a work bench or lift can be both expensive and potentially
cries of “but I didn’t touch it”… And then we have the very dangerous for both the mechanic and the motorcycle.
operator induced stationary-but-prone motorcycle But the worst of the lot – the domino bike! That
Be honest – is there a rider out there who can stand up ever-so-pretty row of shiny metal parked handlebar to
and claim that their motorcycle has never touched paint or handlebar at the rally. Truly an impressive sight until one
chrome to the ground? Ill chosen terrain for the deployment of miscreant bike decides to prostrate itself. This can create an
the side-stand or centre-stand is often a factor. A common unholy tangle of bikes and frayed tempers and much invective.
variation to this is the side-stand that has been deployed Not a pretty sight. (even the pros are not exempt)
incompletely and then proceeds to fold back as soon as the
operator’s gaze is averted. Random gusts of gale-force wind
may be invoked as the culprit. Non existent, ill-mannered
vandals are also frequently targeted. The BMW variation of this
operation involves the self-retracting side-stand that has been
deployed but then snaps back to horizontal before any weight
has been loaded onto it.
The supine motorcycle is an object of derision and
mirth and little sympathy for the hapless owner. Picture this –
suburban mall parking lot with a clean coat of blacktop. The
day is overcast and comfortable so the bike stand is deployed
without angst – accompanied by the inevitable over-the-
shoulder check as the rider departs. Haircut and a cup of coffee The upside of all of this, if there is one, is that you are
later, our hero returns to discover his precious motorcycle not alone! Depending on location, audience, gender of the
reclining on its left side. . What does he do first? Not assess rider, age and many other unquantifiable factors; the owner of
the damage; not call for assistance; but furtively look about to the recumbent motorcycle can respond in a variety of ways.
see if anyone has noticed! Closer to home, observant The furtive glance to see if you are being watched is universal.
individuals may also note the occasional semi-circular patch of Minor cursing and swearing almost inevitable. Asking for
very dead grass beside the driveway at the home of a assistance can be a wise but potentially demeaning option as it
motorcycle owner. Proof positive that said motorcycle has defeats any chance of denying culpability. Turning your back
assumed a reclining position and leaked gas on at least one on the bike and pretending it isn’t yours is possible, but
occasion. difficult to pull off in a gathering of other motorcyclists as
The operator-assisted recumbent position for a bike is everyone will already know. The last option: to right the bike
fraught with even greater embarrassment as it is virtually in a manner that doesn’t do you any physical harm ( hernia,
impossible to perform without an audience. There are pulled shoulder, or strained back) is both possible and not as
innumerable ways to accomplish this procedure – all irritating. . difficult as you might think. – But I will leave that for another
One can casually swing a leg over only to discover a day!
patch of fine sand under the sole of your descending right foot ....Alison
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Riding Decorum, Faux Pas and the Psychology of
the Ride checklist of Heeves’s duties.
“Did Heeves take the Wooster? And, if so, can I offer
The first of this series of yarns was printed in the April you a lift, then, to the bowls?” I offered.“No, I’ll be suffering
2009 issue of the CVMG newsletter. (Maintaining forward the Forgan with the Matchbox engine. They don’t call them
Momentum and Avoiding the Hedgerows). Syd Girling has ‘boneshakers’ for nothing. With three-wheelers, you hit every
now entrusted me with many more chapters of the bump in the road. I have to attend the dentist’s after taking it
Colonel’s ramblings on a variety of topics, - mostly out to get the fillings in my molars checked.”
motorcycle. In the interest of general levity and as a “I like your brilliant all-white ensemble,” I fibbed.
reminder to not take ourselves too seriously – they are a “Reminds me of the stark white colour of your mate’s hair at
marvelous read. There are also tidbits of valuable advice as the officers’ club – you know, Casper.”
delivered by the Colonel. “Well there’s a story behind that.” (There always was with the
Be prepared to stumble through a bit of British military Colonel.) “I want you to know first-off that Casper’s not his
jargon as the esteemed Sir St.Jean Grudgeley-Poonspotter real name. His real name is Captain Harry “Husky’ Foker, great
is determinedly a son of the British Colonial Empire – and grandson of the moneyed Dutch Foker family of fighter aircraft
damned if he is going to change! fame. He was a Lieutenant in India’s Hindu Sind with the
...ed. Hussars – a cavalry or mounted regiment, you know. Their
informal regimental motto is “Ride ‘em hard and put ‘em away
Syd Girling continues the Carriage House Chronicles with the wet.” And they have a different motto for the horses. But, I
man called Intrepid, Colonel Sir St. Jean Grudgeley- digress. You’re a bad influence on me boy, always interrupting.
Poospotter CRBG CD I feel a right desultor, jumping from topic to topic when you’re
providing advice on the here,” he grumbled while gathering a renewed head of steam.
psychology and “You notice Casper didn’t speak when he met you:
dynamics of the group just fluttered his eyelashes?” I nodded to the affirmative. “He
ride. was kidnapped by a band of Indian thugees for ransom. By-
Note: the following may the-by, the Hindi word thugee is the etiological root for the
contain scenes of sex, English word thug. Unfortunately, the ransom, due to his
violence, insinuation of mother’s dithering and lack of organization, arrived a day past
coarse language, rather the deadline, but the brutish lot had already cut out his tongue
dark humour and really and sent it to the family to pressure for payment. His mother,
bad puns. Reader Martha Foker was devastated – he was a bit of a Mama’s boy
discretion is advised. and a chatterbox to boot before the incident. Harry probably
annoyed the hell out of his captors with his incessant chatter is
Through the open doors of the carriage house, I could no doubt part of the reason his tongue went missing. The day
see the Colonel in his bowling whites flicking a feather duster following payment of the ransom, he was released and his hair
at his vintage machines in rhythm to a tune he was humming went pure white – small wonder. His mother keeps Casper’s
quietly to himself – a kind of musical soliloquy. As I got closer, tongue in a jar of formaldehyde on her mantle to this day as a
I recognized Poor Wandering One from Gilbert and Sullivan’s reminder of her ineptitude. I think she assumes much of the
Pirates of Penzance. As he emerged from the shadows of the guilt for what happened to him. Newspapers of the time had a
garage into the sun, I almost had to shield my eyes such was field day with headlines as the story progressed ‘Foker Lost,’
the glare from his all-white ensemble, which included belt, ’Foker Found,’ ‘Foker Ransomed’ and ‘Foker Speechless’.”
stockings and shoes. It rather put me in mind of Floridian “That’s sad,” I interjected. “But the first two headlines
seniors, or Q-tips, as they’re called there. His cardigan, with remind me of the third line to Amazing Grace, I once was lost
powder blue and pink squares, was at the ready and draped but now I’m found.”
over the leather wingback just inside the carriage house. “Amazing Grace. First class pipe band album by the
“How’s the Colonel to-day?” I inquired. Royal Scots Dragon Guards – early 70s. Know the pipe major
“Capital, lad. Great day for a round of bowls. It’s well. Married a girl from Canada or Detroit back in the late
always a great day when it isn’t raining. But the forecast today sixties. Was at the wedding. Back to Casper - his mates still
calls for Middle Eastern weather: partly Sunni but mostly taunt him with jibes like ‘speak up; does the cat or some other
Shi’ite. Heeves is already down at the pitch grooming it with a Foker got your tongue’? ”
pair of scissors for our match to-day against the Waverley crew. “Yes, people can be cruel,” says I.
They name themselves the Waverley Wayfarers but I call them The Colonel returned to the present: “So, what’s on
the Waverley Cankers. Couldn’t bowl their way out of a paper your mind to-day?” “Well, we’re doing road runs with the
bag – not even a wet one at that.” section members and wanted to get your take on how to avoid
“Does Heeves bowl as well, Colonel?” any calamities.”
“Oh no, he’s much too busy maintaining the pitch, signing in “Good thing you came to me first. I can tell you what I
the players and refereeing the match. Then he’s got to do won’t abide is these so-called “charity” runs. First-class recipe
groceries, come back here and prepare a chicken vindaloo with for disaster they are. Too many unknown variables. Too large a
papadoms, pakoras, chutney, nan bread, chapatas and jasmine group with many being inexperienced and unpredictable. You
rice for the team. The Missus won’t do it as she’s off to her just don’t know if people are properly licensed and insured,
bridge club. Besides, she doesn’t like Indian.” Master chef and what the state is of their physical, medical and mental health,
bowling pitch maintainer were now added to my mental and what their style of riding is – they’re all strangers to you in
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that regard. Of what not to do, I unfortunately attended a road During the ride, the leader must act as the Mother
run a few years back by prats that could foul up a two-car Pheasant guarding her chicks, constantly looking back to see if
funeral. A large group assembled at a predetermined time and the line is still intact. Signaling one’s intentions well
place on machines of unequal size and power. The blokes beforehand to those following is paramount. Despite the fear
didn’t communicate to the assemblage where we were going, of looking like a right knob, the leader might consider wearing
the length of the ride, if any stops would be made along the a safety vest to enhance visibility.
way, or the pace and style of the ride. The key man brought a “A second-in-command might also be chosen to guard
truck and didn’t even ride! The other “organizers” or the back of the group. The leader must be able to judge the
subdelegates took off at a high rate of speed, like my club mate flow of the ride knowing where and when to pause safely for
Framboise being howitzered from the latrine, with nary a care falterers. The working hypothesis is that everyone in the group
or consideration for those following. They didn’t even look travels as a group. If an action can’t be taken safely by the
back once to ensure the group was still intact: so busy were entire group, it shouldn’t be done at all –especially important
they trying to impress each other with their high speed antics. when passing slower vehicles, at stop signs or at signal lights
The ride became like a Slinky toy with those in the back on amber. Splitting up the group should be considered if it is
always being forced to speed to play catch-up. Because the too large and unwieldy so as not to hold up other road users. A
group was large, cars dissected the line of riders like a praying contingency policy should be discussed before the ride leaves
mantis on an insect – with the head eaten first. It was a first- as to what to do when a rider has a mechanical breakdown.”
class cluster-crap. Not the least bit pleasurable or constructive. “The individual’s responsibility is to show up
“The lynchpin of a successful ride is everyone comes punctually at the appointed time and place, have one’s vehicle
home safe.. Key to it all is communication. The leader chosen in a proper state of tune, maintain group discipline during the
for the ride should have good communication skills and safe run such as riding in staggered and not ‘parade’ formation and
riding ability plus have the personality attributes of being not impatiently pulling out to pass other slower riders in the
mature, sensible, considerate, patient and predictable. “Nutters” queue, leave plenty of space between motorcycles for safe
need not apply here. It would be useful that this person also be manoevering and tell other riders if one is leaving the group. It
trained in first aid. He or she must communicate beforehand is also the individual’s choice to ‘ride one’s own ride’: to know
and get agreement on where and when to meet, how long the if and when to leave if the ride becomes too demanding or
ride will last, the route, the destination and the riding style. The dangerous. There are too many toe-rags out there who think
ride must be geared to the lowest common denominator, that is, they have exceptional riding skills and take great delight in
the person with the least experience or slowest machine. sucking others into riding over their heads.” “So, in
conclusion, don’t be a Martha Foker. Be organized or you
won’t stand a ghost of a chance. ...Syd
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Lafontaine, west of Midland and south of Thunder Beach on
the shores of Georgian Bay. Please come and experience it. The
best five dollars you will ever spend. Bring a bike for the
Concours People's Choice Awards. Bring something to sell in
the swap meet section. Once again there will be great food and
drink on site. Friendly? You bet. How could it be anything but,
at the gracious home of Robbie and Annie Evans? Please see
the ad somewhere in this issue.
VP Peter Haughton will lead a section ride on June 12.
Prez Will would like to take us on a ride to the CVMG Museum
in Brantford some time soon. We have two Garage Tours
ramping up for the hot, dry summer ahead, but no fixed dates
Barrie-Huronia Section as yet. As well, two "Meet In The Middle" rides with other
Riding, riding, riding here we go again! Yahooooooot! sections close by are in the works. Some fine tuning is still
It's here! It's April 1 tomorrow and the forecast for this Easter required regarding these events.
weekend is something out of your dreams. Tony Boothman has compiled a CD slideshow of
We noticed some great changes and items of interest fabulous photos from his most recent trip to the Isle of Man TT
in the March Newsletter. The map on page 4 of that issue races and tour of The National Motorcycle Museum in
shows we're up to 29 sections Canada-wide. That's a bunch, but Birmingham UK. Truly remarkable machinery to see. Well
you know there's always room for one more. Many of our done, Tony. It's a treasure, and thank you for the free copies to
section members like to volunteer at the Paris Rally and I'm B-H members! Also we will say "welldone" to George Van
sure they'll get in touch with Rosie and Ted regarding that Dyke, this month's winner of the 50/50 draw. A reminder to all
gesture. And way to go Alison on at least two counts. The that our Sunday morning coffee rendez-vous has started
newsletter is evolving and you're also into a big restoration already! See you at the Country Style in Waverly every Sunday
project. A 1958 R26 Beemer. Kudos to you! at 11:00 a.m. for coffee and perhaps a ride afterward.
Those small displacement machines that many of us A fellow B-H member who knows I still lust after the
grew up with are even funkier now. Some very cool pics, Ducati marque, brought to my attention a recent article in a
stories and information to wander through. And of course the Toronto Star Wheels section. It features the Multistrada 1200
memories long hidden away are unleashed to rise to the surface with 150 hp. No valve adjustments for 24,000 kms. This top of
of the grey matter. Reminds me... I had a 100cc. twin jet as my the line version features electronically adjusted suspension,
first bike, and we rode that thing everywhere two-up until we traction control, hands free ignition, heated grips and a slipper
had so many flat rear tires (spokeheads pinching through to the clutch. A handlebar switch selects "touring mode or "sport
tube from our excessive weight load, no doubt) that we bought mode" which may be altered "on the fly". As well, settings can
a Honda 350. Bigger wheels and tires. Heavier suspension. be individually tailored by the rider from the factory settings
Quite a bit more hp and a little more seat room. And then on to and stored in the on board computer's memory. The technology
a multi cylinder Honda with overhead cam and so on and so on. involved in traction control alone is beyond belief. Check it
Ah the memories. out. Quite a long way from most of our vintage cycles. Where
Fast forward: It's Saturday April 10 now and just back are we headed with all of this?
from a great ride to a well attended section meeting at the Take good care out there as it's a new season with new
Huronia Airport near Midland. Many topics of interest were drivers on the roads. Can't take anything for granted.
touched upon by Prez Will Janes. Top Daytona Bike Week .....nesster
story was his 170 mph. ride in a genuine Nascar at the famed ___________________________________________________
speedway. When a 38 year veteran of the police force tells you
it was "scary" you gotta believe him. And next year he plans to British Columbia Section
"take the wheel" of one of those 660hp monsters? To be President Ron called the meeting to order on the
continued... scheduled time of 8:00, whether everyone had finished
At least two of our members plan to ride the Giro in chowing down or not. Always nice to be punctual. Todd
Massachussetts in a couple of weeks. Phil Hall aboard a YDS 5 reported that our bank account is in good shape and on the
Yammie from the mid 60's that he's been burning the midnight black side of the ledger. He also noted that the National Hall of
oil on and Jim Cooper on a Honda CL 160. Stories of ordering Fame banquet will be in Vancouver on November 6th. Our
mis-advertised parts ensued but we are confident that they will annual Swap Meet and Show & Shine, featuring 100 years of
have those bikes finely fettled to meet the deadline. We hope BSA will be at the South Delta Recreation Centre on April
they have a grand time and bring home some hardware along 18th. Todd is looking for a few more helpers for the door. As
with a ton of photos and video if possible. Those twisty New usual, the Baptist Church next door will have their pancake
England roads are among the best as far as we're concerned. A breakfast in the parking lot at 8:30 to feed the hungry. Todd
truly fabulous region to be on two wheels. That same duo mentioned that the local H.A. swap meet at the exhibition
reminded us all of the tiddler ride fast approaching somewhat grounds did not have a lot of success with mostly newer parts
closer to home on Manitoulin Island. Sounds quite interesting. for sale and not attracting a lot of buyers.
Check this newsletter for more info on that one. Ron reported that Davenport on Sept.2-3 and Dixon
Our section priority right now is our third Annual Ca on June 18-19th will be allowing café racers and choppers
Swap Meet to be held on Saturday May 29th in beautiful to be judge as a first. Bevin from Deeleys Exhibition is looking
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for the loan of a few Harleys of varied age for the museum for everyone pays with bills and it's a little tough on the door
May, one year duration. Ron McDonald brought up the subject people to try to keep enough loonies and toonies in the till.
of leaded fuel for racing. We voted to lend support to a petition Suggested that we donate the additional revenue to a charity so
to ensure the availability of the fuel to be competitive with the we don't look like we're gouging. Gloria mentioned the
USA. Ron was the main caretaker of the Auto Show display Alliance of Injured Motorcyclists as a worthy cause. John D, in
last week. A total of 4 bikes from the Club and 4 from the his capacity of Swap Meet organizer suggested raising the table
Deeley collection made up a nice display. Club handouts rentals $10 for late registrations.
though have not brought any new members which is
Don Hughes, our resident Honda expert, is recovering
nicely from a heart valve replacement and is looking forward to
Gord Salisbury brought up the subject of rider
safety. The Provincial Government has a report from a
panel that 286 riders died between 2000 and 2007. The
panel’s report to the superintendant of motor vehicles
include recommendations to:
Require mandatory industry certification for helmets.
Graduated licence program for new riders.
Different coloured plates for learners.
Re-evaluate existing standards for training schools &
Expand the scope of the coroner’s m/c riders death
Dan Smith announced that the Sears engine that Gord
brought to the Feb. meeting is being refurbished with new Central Alberta Spring Swap Meet
crank, pistons etc, all from the inner sanctum of his machine
shop. He has also been working on Mona Parsons 1914 Harley
and will be having a start up party on the July 1st weekend
along with a club ride. Breakfast stop to be announced. Dan
also attended the San Jose Ca meet along with fellow riders
Dale Bastion, Tony Cording and Robert Watson. Dan came
home with a trophy for the best 1939 heavyweight, nicest
Vincent and longest distance participant. Jack Helps noted that
Michael Enright’s Sunday morning program on CBC gave a
glowing history of motorcycle icon Bernie Nicholson. Who
doesn’t have one of those valuable books!! Going around the
room for a final say, Vic announced that he is now a
grandfather, he wanted to name the wee one Aerial, but was John F. addressed the forthcoming Ponoka Rally,
July 25-27. This years theme being Italian bikes, the usual
outvoted by you know who. He also noted that the All British
Friday chili pot luck is being replaced with spaghetti, pasta
Field Meet to be held on May 22 in the Vandusen Gardens
supplied - bring your favorite sauce. June 30 is the deadline for
may be headed for the sunset as the promoter is giving up. Any
prepaid t-shirts, don't count on extras. The Second Gear Club
one want to step up to the plate? Eric will be organizing a tour
of Jim Ratsoy’s car, bike and paraphernalia hopefully has been invited to come up with their Trials Demonstration
sometime in May or June. Team (they've since accepted) to put on a show like the one
they did for the Red Deer Motorcycle Show. Grounds ar
. ......Lorne Reesor
booked, caterer is hired, and the most excellent Queenie
Weinee is running the concession. Another organizational
meeting will be held in late April/early May, but most of the
Central Alberta Section schedule tweaking has been done.
New Member: Norm Clair. In other business, Ken F. outlined the new season's
Attendance at the March 30 was 34, with 6 bikes, ride schedule - available at www.cavmg.ca. Kevin described
Russ's '71 Norton being the oldest. Russ opened the meeting the good time had at the Lac La Biche Winter Festival of
with the obligatory joke, followed by a discussion of the March Speed, where the last event of the ice racing circuit took place.
26/27 Mall Show and March 28 Swap Meet. The Mall Show He and Hans placed 3rd on the sidecar unit, and Hans placed
generated a good deal of interest and a lot of positive response; 2nd in the 250 novice class. Gloria provided an update on the
we just need a better DVD Player to match up with the new benefit for Duane Burr, the injured rider from Medicine Hat,
projector. Most people were more interested in the bikes which was held on February 27. The silent auction raised
anyway. John F. reported a total of 1160 paid admissions enough money to pay for a good part of a wheelchair accessible
through the door at the swap meet, with 172 tables rented. van.
Everyone seemed to have a good time, and with the weather There was lots more discussion about all manner of
cooperating, dozens of people rode in. Discussion about things, but by that time the writer's pen had overheated, so
raising the admission fee from $3 to $5 simply because that's it for the month. ....Tom
28 CVMG News May 2010
Credit Valley Section
This month’s meeting was held on April 1 and with 28 This picture is not the exact bike – but close!
members in attendance. I was surprised that no one played an
April fool’s joke. Days previous to the meeting the weather
was unseasonably warm reaching the 24-26 degree mark. This
made for a great motorcycle turnout with 17 riders.
Just before Christmas, Don Archer asked if anyone in
the group could complete a miniature model of a 1950 #7 AJS
that has been in his possession for 30 years. Scott Prue took on
the project; with his attention to detail the model became a
It was mentioned during the meeting that some perfect mini replica.
individuals would be going for breakfast the next morning -
Good Friday at Judy’s. 25 people showed up and needless to Can you tell which one is the real AJS?
say they took over the restaurant. Afterwards, some ventured
for rides and the remainder went home to prepare for Easter
on his Francis
make tracks in
then back in
before the wife
More “Dirt Track” Charlie stories: About 10 years
ago it took Charlie 6 months to restore a 350 Royal Enfield
Bullet but could not manage to find an exhaust system. Finally,
while reading a Motorcycle magazine he say an article
advertizing the exhaust for a cost of 12 lbs. Charlie wrestled up
the money and sent it to England for the purchase. If anyone Reminder to all members that the “Summer Kickoff
remembers, there was a train robbery in England. It seems that “ride and BBQ will be held on Saturday May 15. Rick Allison
Charlie’s money was on that train because he never received will be organizing the ride. The location for both the start of the
the exhaust or his money back. Charlie sold the bike for $ ride and Barry Carr’s home address for the end of the day BBQ
650.00 after receiving a call from a fellow that read his story in will be indicated at the May meeting. We will also call or email
the news. Subsequently, the bike got resold again and the new all the details for the day.
owner called Charlie to offer a ride. Knowing the bike still did Safe Riding ..... Monica Ferguson
not have exhaust pipes Charlie politely declined the offer. It is
worth coming out to the meeting just to hear veteran Charlie
“Dirt Track” Valentine’s passionate recital of one of his many
29 CVMG News May 2010
Charlie Mahoney’s Shop
In the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Cycle Canada there was
a wonderful story of Charlie Mahoney shop… I responded to
C C’s Feb 2010 “Readers Write” regarding that story, and
thinking how wonderful it would be for everyone to be able to
see that shop transported to
someplace where everyone
could enjoy. Much to my
surprise, I received a
wonderful letter from his
daughter MJ Mahoney. I
received permission from her
to pass on this letter.
“Dear Mr. Laidlaw:
I have always been extremely flattered by the
admiration the motorcycle world has shown my Dad, but
moving on for me is not packing up my shop, it’s riding
an Indian four down the road, an opportunity I am very New kids on the block and they already have their logo
grateful to have. The shop is home and home to every established – I’m impressed... ed
motorcyclist that has come through that door and will.
I consider myself to be the luckiest person to have been a
part of this and to of ridden a motorcycle with a man I
consider to be the best, men like my Dad opened up the
road for all of us, now it’s up to us to go down it.
For myself, I plan on taking some of the trips my Dad and
I weren’t able to, hopefully he will see it through my eyes
and when we catch up one day, I’ll tell him”..
I would like to thank MJ for this letter and hope one
day she finds the time to come down to our Credit Valley sector
so we can show her our gratitude..
Doug Laidlaw, Credit Valley Section
Estrie (Townships) Section
We held our sugaring-off Party on Saturday, March
27th at Misty Maples sugar camp in Compton. We had about
forty members, family, and friends in attendance. One brave London Section Swap Meet to be held in
member (Luc Descormiers) and his son even showed up on conjunction with the Southwestern Ontario
bike, despite the near freezing temperatures! The doughnuts, Vintage Trials on May 16, 2010. Contact
snacks, and of course sugar on snow were a hit, and the hot Mike Partridge for information and details.
coffee was in demand. A good time was had by all, and I am
sure this will turn into an annual event. A special thanks to
Misty Maples for hosting our party. #33988 Denfield Rd. 3 km. west of Lucan
We had 23 people in attendance at our meeting. Joe
presented our new logo and said that our t-shirts would be
available on Friday April 16th. We discussed hosting several
shows and swap meets. We will likely be in Valcourt the first
Saturday of June, and at Alexander Galt High School in
Lennoxville on Sunday of the same weekend. We will also be
at the Richmond Antique Car Show on the 14th and 15th of
August. Everyone seems very enthusiastic and willing to help.
We will also be holding a summer BBQ and corn roast at a date
to be determined.
Hopefully a few of us will be riding our bikes to the
next meeting on May 2nd.
Until next month... ...Billy
30 CVMG News May 2010
Seventeen people were in attendance at our March 1st Steve Miller with the “anything but a Brit Bike”
meeting, and after the usual club business we were planning to attitude, broke down last year and purchased a BSA Super
watch a DVD presentation on the Amal carburetor, in all it’s Rocket project. He plans to finish it as a RGS look-a-like,
various incarnations. Bill Edgar had even brought along some which so far has demanded a replica chrome fuel tank from
Amal relics to flesh out the occasion, but alas it was not to be – India and a certain amount of wallet opening – Tim
we discovered that the disc had gone AWOL. So we moved Bardsley is in charge of the makeover. Needless to say Steve
seamlessly to plan B, which was a stunt riding DVD that Peter will be receiving an honorary drip tray from the club as soon as
Grubert just happened to have in his back pocket. I won’t go in he takes delivery.
to all the details, but the star of the presentation could “wheely Bill Edgar is rebuilding his last Triumph (we’ve all
pull a stoppy” under any situation and anywhere in the world. It heard that before). The twist is, this is going to be a bike for
certainly was a change from the Amal Concentric throttle-slide him. It’s a ‘69 Bonneville which he feels are the best of the
wear debate that everyone was geared up for. bunch. The biggest problem seems to be getting throttle cables
With the onset of the warmish weather, talk is turning that %#X@* fit. “The Brits are keeping all the good stuff over
to who’s going to be riding what and where this summer. Last there” says Bill.
year our President Phil Goldsmith had his newly refurbished There are lots of other Ganaraska members with
Ducati GT out for a few runs. The centre-piece of this projects in the works and we look forward to showing our stuff
restoration is a motor-rebuild by Rick Cavello to Mach 1 specs. on the road and in upcoming section reports.
Grand River Section
Thirteen members showed up for the meeting on a wet
night. Elgin is going to look at setting up a piece of material
with graphics and using a couple of pictures that I have sent to
him. These will be made into plaques with a list of our section
members and will be given to the families of Colin and Ralph.
A sample of the Rally poster and a representation of
the rally shirt was shown with the idea of having one plaqued.
The shirt logo was picked, and this will be setup and presented
as a donation from our section to the Paris Rally as a door
Ralph's trip to Cheapside Church was talked about.
Not sure how many will attend, eight or ten showed an interest.
We discussed the list of section members as checked
against the rooster as posted on line. Two of our members are
shown to be in the wrong section. I will check with
membership sec to see how to fix this. Peter is still shown as
Group President. and not in any section. He will fix this. One
or two of our semi regular section attendees are not listed at all.
Most members listed were recognized by somebody at the
The enormous 32mm A discussion on insurance rates and the effect on rides
Del Orto which Rick or gatherings versus liability. Peter is a good source of info for
supplied with the highly our members on this subject
tweaked motor made The monthly Cheapside Breakfast seems to be a go
short work of it’s and may be added to the list of events in the news letter.
custom manifold, Attendance was in the range of 15-16.
turning the one-piece That's about it other than the usual reminiscences,
design into two! Phil is which is really what this is all about. A good bit of chat around
quite proud of his the table, about various bikes, Ariels and Vincents to mention a
GT/Mach 1 mongrel’s couple.
accomplishment and Best Regards .....Jean-Roch Lehouillier
with a manifold fix in the works is looking forward to setting
more records this year.
Gary Dennis will be showing off his Moto Guzzi
V500 Monza, now with pristine new paintwork that was done Look where you want to go...
over the winter at a Port Hope shop. Right now the bike is at
Use the miracle of target fixation to your advantage.
Bench Mark Works in Oshawa where some fine tuning is
The motorcycle goes where you look, so focus on the
underway and the wheels are being powder coated. Red of
solution instead of the problem.
course, to match his helmet.
31 CVMG News May 2010
CAN YOU IDENTIFY THESE MOTORS??
Great Pine Ridge Section
The following is a quick update on the Calendar of
Events as presented at the last section meeting March 30, 2009.
May 22-24 will see the fourth annual Wings & Wheels
Heritage Festival at the Canadian Air and Space Museum
(formerly Toronto Aerospace Museum) at Downsview Park.
Brian Barrett (firstname.lastname@example.org) is coordinating a great
lineup of bikes to go along with the planes and cars on display.
The show runs from noon Friday May 22 and anyone interested
in displaying a bike on any of the show dates is asked to
In addition, we have the Highland Creek Legion
Display July 1
Rides to Chrome on the Canal July 4, Port Carling and
the RMS Segwun June 28, Brits in the Park July 19
, Great War Flying Museum Sept 13 and British Car
Day on Sept 20.
Our very own Pres, Doug Black has invited section
members to his farm on August 22-23 weekend. Our last 2
events of the year are the Green Lane Run (organized by
Andrew Harris) Sept 13 and the annual Fall Colours Tour Oct 4
(led by John Funnell). Detail on each of these events is
available at http://cvmg.ca/GPRevents
Wings and Wheels 2010
Invitation to ALL CVMG members GPR C
Sat May 29 & Sun May 30th 2010
10:00AM to 5:00PM
5th annual Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival
The Canadian Air & Space Museum
Downsview Park (formerly CFB Downsview)
GPR section is mounting a Classic-Motorcycle display D
and all CVMG members are invited.
There will be a fly-in of dozens of vintage and modern
aircraft and a rally of hundreds of classic cars and military
Cost: $5.00 per rider
including bike and passenger, for one or both days.
For more information contact GPR’s Brian Barrett at
416-724-6623 or email@example.com
Directions: From the 401, take Keele St. North. Turn right (east) on to
Sheppard Ave, for 500 meters. Turn right into the entrance to G
Downsview Park on to John Drury Road, for 300 metres. Turn left
(east) onto Carl Hall Road and continue to the Museum on the right,
Tell the gate volunteer that you are from CVMG
(see pg. 35)
32 CVMG News May 2010
Grey-Bruce Section Keystone Section
Although the calendar says early April, and the What’s going on?! At last, it’s the first week in April,
weather channel gives us the averages for this time of year, and there’s dry pavement out there! And in the middle of the
there's no rational explanation for an Easter weekend of shorts day, if you get down close enough . . . it’s WARM too!
and t-shirts and then four days later snow on the roof-tops -- Unbelievable!
oops -- I forgot -- why should the weather gods and rationality People driving by the Charleswood Legion, home to
have anything in common? Sufficeth to say, most GBs have the monthly CVMG meetings during the winter months, are
had their machines out and about and we all have in common rubber-necking as they see a small group of vintage motorcycle
that euphoric feeling of the first ride of spring -- and the types square-dancing in the parking lot, with silly grins on their
adrenalin rush that cornering on loose sand gives one -- not to faces, as if it were some kind of Spring Ritual or something.
mention the deceiving coolth in the body when it's bright and Not to worry . . . it’s just a small group of vintage motorcycle
sunny and one forgets to dress for the wind-chill factor rather types square-dancing in the parking lot because it IS some kind
than the ambient temperature. Why do we (OK, just I) have to of Spring Ritual . . . or something!? We know that the spring
relearn that every spring?? Don't e-mail me the answer!! season is actually on its way here, and we don’t want to miss
March's bowling/Chinese food gathering was attended that glorious day!
by 12 stalwarts who enjoyed the goings on, joined by two more A group of regulars gathered for our April meeting last
for dinner only, a wise couple who were clever enough to skip Thursday evening, and there was a definite buzz in the air
the bowling and the concomitant back pain and liniment. about the weather, and it gave all of us an itchy throttle hand as
GBs were we envisioned our first ride of the year.
asked to provide a Getting down to business, our President, Michael
display for the Daoust, updated and challenged us on the possibility of our
official opening of group restoration project. One of our members, Don
the new Yamaha Rosenkrantz, has graciously donated a vintage bike for us to
dealer in our area, practice our skills on, just to get the juices flowing to work on
and the resulting our own machines before riding season sneaks up on us. We
display of 18 have agreed to strip the bike down and divide up the parts for
machines was well the project to whoever has the skills required to compete each
received by those portion of the job. Before we jump too far into it though, our
who showed up to potential recipients will have to agree to a new home for this
see the array of prairie jewel. Mike will be sending out a letter of intent,
outboards, tempting its future owners with words of its proud heritage and
generators, 4 x 4s, photos of its svelte lines and glossy finishes. We shall see what
boats, the verdict is, for next month.
The group also discussed our approach to the Vintage
EVEN MOTORCYCLES that a contemporary dealer Plate situation for this year. Our course of action will be to
must now show, sell and service. Our Grey-Bruce bikes from write to the Registrar at the Manitoba Motor Vehicle branch,
the 1940s to the present, elicited many of the "I once had a . . . outlining our basic list of meeting dates for this riding season,
. . " comments, and several application forms for CVMG and requesting permission to use the Vintage Plate for this type
membership were handed out -- we'll see . . . . . . . of run. This letter will establish who we are as a club and
hopefully, register us as legitimate users of this kind of plate.
Once we have permission to use a Vintage Plate for these
outings, we can then approach them with additional specific
requests for events throughout the riding season. We are
excited to see how this will work out for the club and many of
its members who take their bikes on a limited number of rides
per season. The Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba will
also pursue this approach.
Ross Metcalfe presented us with another book review
this month. “Prairie Dust, Motorcycles and a Typewriter, The
Story of Bernie Nicholson and Modern Motorcycle Mechanics”
is a fascinating history involving the early days of Harley-
Davidson, its test riders and the development of modern
motorcycle repair manual.
There was a real excitement around the table as we
pulled out our calendars to “book” actual rides into the coming
(and last week we were wearing shorts!) months’ meeting dates. Already, there are a number of rides
GBs are reminded of the May meeting at Corry and planned that will take us throughout southern Manitoba,
Peter Prinsen's prestigious, prime peninsula property at 48 visiting other out-of-town members and various motorcycle-
Petrel Point Road, in Red Bay on May 30th -- details in the related events in the province.
usual e-mail reminder the preceding week. Meanwhile, let's
RIDE! (photos by Kelly Lang and Rosie Olver)
Cheers, ... Rosie's friend
33 CVMG News May 2010
So far, the schedule for regular meetings looks like this: Montreal Section
-May 6th - John Tankard’s place (home of the official CVMG The April meeting took place at my home in
“Shwag” store) Westmount on the warmest Easter Weekend anyone can
-June 3rd - ride out to South Beach Casino, north of remember. Turnout was about 22 souls, the holiday weekend
Winnipeg may have dampened some spirits, however many devoted
-July 8th - ride out to Terry Neustater’s in Portage La Prairi members drove long distances from the Townships and West
-August 5th - “Wally’s Weekend” campout at Wally Island to attend. Bikes, beer and “bouffe” were the order of the
Fletcher’s farm in Westbourne. day.
My two BSA twins were present and made a
With the majority of business out of the way, the reasonable account of themselves. The older bike with the
conversations broke up into smaller groups, all of which were headlamp nacelle is a 1960 A10 and was joined by my 1970
buzzing with topics related to restoration, riding and all things A65F. These two bikes bear witness to a decade of progress
promising for the club. As things wound up and we headed for separating their manufacture. The A10 “Super Rocket” was
the parking lot, we gathered around three brave soles who rode already a well developed engine in 1960, having recently
to the meeting that night. Rides included Lawerance’s classic acquired an alloy cylinder head permitting an ever increasing
BMW, Ross’s touring Harley Davidson and Bob’s brand new progression of valve sizes and compression ratios. However
Suzuki V-Strom. All the rest of us could do was watch with this “stroker” engine (70 x 84 mm) is known primarily for its
envy as eager engines fired up and carried their riders off into low end torque whereas a decade later the A65 twin was
the night. Soon our turns would come. It’s going to be a great designed around an “over-square” configuration (75 x 74 mm)
summer. See you next month. to optimize high end power and speed. Riding the two bikes
......Chris Ford today still reveals this tendency even though both engines have
__________________________________________________ had their compression ratios lowered from stock. The A10
sounds throatier, partly due to less restrictive mufflers and can
London Section generate clutch slipping torque in second and third gears. The
Great night for a section meeting. There were 17 riders un-restored magneto still does the job on hot idle, but can give
and 7 bikes. Guess the early springlike weather arrived before difficulty on a hot start, perhaps because it has an automatic
everyone was ready. No guests tonight. advance mechanism. The A65 sounds “very stock” owing to
We decided that in light of the busy May schedule, the original mufflers still in use, however the exhaust headers
and the fact that many members would be on bikes, we would are without the balance or crossover pipe which can be a
postpone the silent auction until the November meeting. Those difficulty when servicing. Handling of the A65 was
on our e-mail list will have already been advised. And by the significantly improved last year when rebuilding the front forks
way, our first club event will have been run by the time you get by fitting variable rate springs and switching the rubber from
the next newsletter – a breakfast ride to New Sarum and a Dunlop K70s to Avon Super Venom.
On May 3rd we are having our ride and dine event.
Meet at the King Edward Pub in Ilderton around 5:30 pm for
supper and ride to the meeting in Dorchester afterwards.
Last month a group of “retired” members and some on
shift work went to Hooks (a local restaurant) for a noon hour
luncheon proving that not all events need to happen on the
weekend. Any time you get a few motorcyclists together good
times can be had and lots of stories told.
Buchanan Twin BSA twins
(hidden Over the years, other modifications from stock
behind include a halogen H4 headlamp, Lucas turn signals, dual
Doug), Vic Fiamm horns, Rita electronic ignition, Sparx hi-output
Klepeckas, alternator and SRM oil pump and pressure valve. I have owned
these bikes a long time and done quite a bit of wrenching on
Kevin Rafus, Mario Abela, and Fred Corner. The photographer, them over the years. I purchased both bikes over 30 years ago,
obviously not shown, was Brian Dalton. the A10 was a field runner before being restored over about 20
Till next month (on a bike hopefully) Doug years, coming to life in 2000 with many new frame parts from
....firstname.lastname@example.org “Joe” at Montreal Motorcycle and Ski Shop on St-Zotique,
including the tank, both fenders, enclosed chain guard and
mufflers. The A65 was my first BSA, purchased in 1975, blown
34 CVMG News May 2010
up in 1980, restored in 1990 with a replacement crankcase and Vintage Trials Events 25 April - Trial Stanbridge, contact:
an NOS barrel. Jean-Paul Laroque (450) 248-3600 email@example.com
The disappointment was my Ariel Red Hunter 500
single which failed to start within four foot prods. Our little 09 May - Trial Lanark, contact: David Makin (613) 592-7247
would have 14/15 August - Ormstown Vintage Off Road Festival –
netted up to Trial and Enduro
person if I
had Nickel Belt Section
succeeded. Meeting minutes -Plaza hotel on Friday, March 26th.
Nonetheless Sadly, I will first announce with shock and disbelief the passing
we raised of one of our esteemed members, Verna Rathbone died on April
$75 for the 2nd as a result of an unfortunate mishap on their Honda
Montreal Goldwing. Together with her beloved husband, Foster, they
Children’s spent much of the riding season touring the North American
Hospital countryside and attending all sorts of events. They easily rode
after I bump started the beast going down the hill. This bike the most miles of anyone in our section. Verna was a sparkling
only recently began to breathe fire again after a decades long jewel to all those who met or knew her and we are in shock and
restoration and was still on the bench last year at this time. This disbelief of her passing. On behalf of our section I am
1955 Ariel model VH500 acquired the alloy barrels of a VHA expressing our grief and condolences to Foster and their family.
or HS model at some point, but is otherwise a fairly original Verna was 73 years.
Red Hunter, except for the “bobbed” rear fender. The correct The meeting on Friday night brought out a big crowd
1955 tank with non-detachable chrome flutes and the front from hiding and numbered in the mid 20's with some members
mudguard are the last items still to be painted. showing up after the meeting. Nimkii and his sidekick, James
Little club business was discussed at the meeting as showed up from Manitoulin Island after 9:30pm. Having heard
some of the “usual suspects” were MIA. However, with regards we had recently departed the Plaza Hotel they made their way
to the Ormstown Rally, a hearty endorsement was obtained for to my place. Nevertheless we did have some business attended
the “Ace 21” and “Cafe Racer” theme and members were to. Nickel Belt section has two new members and so welcome
encouraged to send notes of encouragement to members of the to Ken Johnston who rides 90's Harley and 70's XS650
committee. Gerry brought up the “Randonée pour Papa” which Yamaha.
is on Saturday May 29th , just before the Hudson Show on Our newest member is Scott Hargrieve who rides a
Sunday May 30th. We have also been contacted by the Acton Beemer and is about to have a new Triumph.
Vale Foire Alimentaire for participation July 3-4. Ormstown Ken Mortimer, our pres, informs me Bob and Liz
fair and Festival de Beloeil are still unknown. Hopefully at our Campbell will arrive back from California shortly and Ken
next meeting, we will have a good turnout for “Vintage Bike muses they travelled 1000's of miles to escape the warmest,
Day” at Moto Montreal May 1st and we can lobby further for driest winter in decades.
participation later in the month. Farther afield for June, let’s The topic of library is continuing to invoke interest at
plan the Montreal contingent for the Paris National Rally and the last couple of meetings with suggestions as to how it might
the Jampot Rallye which will be held on the concurrent be run. The latest suggestion from Graham Hubley is simply
weekends of June 19th & 26th . have everyone do an inventory of the books and manuals they
Friends of Tommy Rowe will be interested to know are will to lend out to individuals and we will do a master roster
that Tommy seems now to be a resident at the Salvation Army of material available. It will be then up to the person who wants
Montclair Residence, 4413 Montclair, Montreal , situated in to borrow an item to make arrangements with the person who
NDG/West Montreal, just east of the Loyola campus. The ph. owns the item... It sounds like this idea could work but it will
no. is 514-481-5638 and Tommy is in Room 301. surely take time to pull all of the information together. So I
think this will be a winter project for this coming year.
Upcoming Montreal Section Events: Members who have bikes or items for sale should
send a note to Ken Mortimer.
Randonnée pour Papa / Ride for Dad Samedi le 29 mai 10h/ Ken is also looking for stuff for the tech section from
Saturday May 29th 10 AM Cage au Sport Restaurant, St-Constant QC anyone in the CVMG. So please inundate his email with
appropriate material. Event pics should be sent to Alison
Hudson British Car & Bike Show Sunday May 30 / Dimanche le 30 Green to spruce up our Nickel Belt meeting blurbs.
mai St. Thomas Park, Hudson QC (contact: Dave Croydon 450-458-7113) Peter Dopson has said he will be doing a mailing to
those guests who have queried us regarding the Isle of
Jampot Rallye June 25-27 / 25-27 juin 2010 Florida, Mass. USA Manitoulin event.
http://www.jampotrallye.com/ Rick Houle has donated a pair of motorcycle back
wheel stands to the section for auction to help the club's
Ormstown Rally - 31 July / 1 August 2010 Annual CVMG coffers.
Montreal Section Rally Arianne and Eric Pritchard, 2268 Gore Rd. So with the business done the meeting continued on in
RR#3, Ormstown QC, J0S 1K0
fine order with members relating many interesting stories their
experiences and other member's experiences, much to their
35 CVMG News May 2010
chagrin. I’m sure it was enjoyed by all-especially the mirth. The second ride of the year was much better. Bengt
On the day of the meeting I was able to acquire organized a Good Friday ride and it turned out to be a sunny
another Matchless, this time a '50 twin 500 in great running warm day. Breakfast at the Country Kitchen in Tottenham
condition. By Tuesday I also acquired a Velorex 562 sidecar to followed by a ride through Hockley Valley with the
put on the Matchless. So I've been running around town on the temperature going up. The only disappointment was our stop
bike sans rig as yet in order to get a few miles on the rebuild.. in Schomberg. Sheena's was closed. No scones today.
As always, any questions call me at 675-1363 0r 566-0559,
.... Mike Pottier The April meeting was fairly short. The spring ride
_________________________________________________ was discussed. This is being organized by Ursula and so far we
only have 8 signed up. Anyone that is interested, please contact
Old Fort York Section Ursula. The Paris rally was next on the agenda. Can someone
March turned out to be better than can usually be volunteer to organize a group ride to Paris? Contact Simon if
expected, with lots of 18 degree days and plenty of sunshine. you can.
The bikes were out early this year for what is starting to look We have another movie afternoon on April 18th,
like a good riding year. We've had 2 organized rides so far and which will probably be long gone by the time you read this and
it's only the first week of April. we need someone to host the August BBQ and meeting. That
No special events for the club this past month, just the was it.
usual meeting and beer and wings night. We may have to Until next month, ......Greg
change the two around though. We seem to get around 18 to __________________________________________________
20 for beer and wings, but only about 12 for the meetings.
They're both in the west end, they both have beer available, but Olde Norfolk Section
only one has chicken wings and no chance of getting something For our March meeting, we travelled to Ancaster to
assigned to you. It must be the chicken wings. Holly Ralph's house, with the promise of food. We had a good
Our beer and wings night was on one of the warmer turn out with 13 members and 2 guests, Bryce Lee and Art Peel
days in March, so we of course assumed the weather would be (good to see both of you again!). Although the weather was
the same on the weekend and planned a ride. Meet for excellent only one member, Chris Simons, managed to ride his
breakfast at the Canadiana and then head off to the Forks of the BMW all the way to Ancaster. Holly put out a spread to rival
Credit for a ride. Sounds like a plan. Saturday morning comes our Christmas party with hors-d'oeuvres, prime rib with all the
and it's a little cooler than we were hoping for, about 3 degrees trimmings and a fabulous desert.
with a 30 percent chance of rain. We linger over breakfast With the hungry hoard fed, Mike called the meeting to
hoping it will warm up a bit, but no such luck. Away we go, order at 8:00pm. First off, our treasurer gave a report of $541
but as we head further north, we didn't get any rain, but it did and change, and had sent a report to the executive. Holly gave a
start snowing quite heavily. We stopped in Belfountain for a rally report with things coming together i.e. trillium ride,
coffee and a warm up. This is first time we have been to seminars etc, although more volunteers and door prizes are
Belfountain when there were no other bikes there. I wonder needed. Cliff Zimmerman gave a brief report on our
why? Lots of hand warming on cylinder heads at stop lights on participation in the T.O bike show with which members won
the way home. trophies and monetary prizes. Lary Vaughan has won four years
running 1st place with a different Honda CB 750 each time
(that tells you the quality of his machines!!). There was quite a
show of old iron this year at the show, as Olde Norfolk Quinte
had a display and this year Louis/Adam Bari were there along
with D Hart from Napanee, with both cleaning up on trophies
and prize money in their categories!
We had another "meet in the middle" with the Grand
River section in Cheapside with a good turnout. A breakfast run
to the pancake house in the works e-mails will go out later. The
Ancaster British car swap meet on April 18 was discussed, as
well as, the museum swap meet on the 24th.
To finish, our buy, sell and swap; Eric Mcnair still has
the 95 Royal Enfield for $2000, Richard Essegern has a 46
Indian basket case and Chris Simons has a bike ramp for sale.
April's meeting is at my place near Vienna e-mail directions
later. I do not know how I will top Holly for food, some how
pizza or hot dogs just would not cut it! Spring is here, start
riding!! Victor overheated, so that's it for the month.
.... Vic Vanloy
Motors A – Norton 750, B – BMW R-27, C - Rudge
(pg 31) D –Honda Scrambler, E –Puch, 1960,
F – Honda CL350, 1970, G- Honda Cub
Chilly Ride to the Forks...
36 CVMG News May 2010
Ottawa Section lot of time there in the 60s and 70s I am looking forward to
This months report will be short and sweet. We celebrating a part of our racing heritage. Our members who are
cancelled our April meeting as we somehow lost the record of going in 4 wheels were asked to help in taking equipment to the
who volunteered to host the meeting, and there was a general track to support our display.
consensus that we didn't have a great deal to discuss.
The next major effort will be getting the volunteers to work all Judith Best announced that she has added 2 more rides
the July 3rd St. Albert rally details. This year it is being held on to our calender. The first is a mystery ride on Apr. 24 [rain date-
the grass behind the Cheese Factory, like it was 5 years ago, 25] and the second is on June 22 to the Perth area. The second
and we are planning to have activities that will keep everyone ride of the season will be on Thurs, May 26. She also
there until the late evening. Camping will be available for mentioned that the Isle of Man[itoulin] ride is a fun event for
Friday July 2nd and on Saturday July 3rd. The poster has been our section to support.
made and is included in this issue, and the T-shirts will be The section also has a room reserved for the Runway
ordered shortly. Romp VRRA event at North Bay in September. We understand
Before that we are looking forward to the Lanark that Peter Sheppard is now living in Madoc. Maybe we will see
Spring Trial on may 9th, and our first "official" ride which will him at one of our meetings.
be to the Oxford Mills Show and Shine. June will be busy with Dave Eisner showed the new tee-shirts which are now in stock
Rhinebeck and Paris, and July will kick off with our annual at $20.00 as well as showing us a model of a possible new hat.
Dominion Day Ride. The next meeting will be at our place (Bob and Marg's) in
Hoping to have more news and interesting photos for Picton.
next months report. We still have to figure out were we will be Cheers, Bob
holding the May meeting. Members will get details by email ___________________________________________________
and announcements at Local Heroes, and hopefully
www.cvmg.ca/OttawaEvents Rideau Lakes Section
Cheers. .... Patrick Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist and all-around
icon, invented a machine for autographing books remotely.
May 9th - Lanark Spring Vintage Trial. Makin Farm, This might be a bit confusing for the consumer who, having put
Lanark 613-826-3748 (see poster ad) their new (and expensive) hard cover edition into the machine
and mumbling something like "to Janet, please..." gets back an
May 30th - Oxford Mills - 18th Annual Special inscription reading "To Janet Please. M. Atwood."
Interest Auto and Motorcycle Show at the Anglican Parish, All of which is a roundabout way of saying that, as
09:00 - ?, Vehicle entry closes at noon to allow for spectators. The World's Best Pillion Passenger and I were enjoying a
Admissions: Exhibitors-Free for the 1st 75 cars and 25 delayed winter vacation deep in the heart of Texas, or more
motorcycles, Spectators $3. Info: Chris 613-989-3046 (after accurately, deep on the edge of Texas, I wasn't actually present
6:30p) at the March Rideau Lakes section get-together and this report
July 1st Ottawa Section Dominion Day Ride is at second hand. My apologies for any errors and omissions.
July 3rd Ottawa Section St. Albert Rally (see poster) The sun did rise, as it always does on the third Sunday
_________________________________________________ of the month, and eleven members turned out for the breakfast
meeting at Bob's Diner in Delta, ON, continuing our more
robust attendance pattern. Included was a new member, David
Lake. Welcome, David!
Along with the usual vibrant discussion of all things
Quinte Section motorcycling, there continued the planning of events for the
Hello to everyone and welcome to spring. The coming year. Section members are encouraged to attend the
exceptionally warm weather has started many of us on the 2010 Paris rally this year, as well as the group ride to Oxford Mills
riding season already. on the last Sunday in May and the ride to St. Albert in July.
We held our April meeting in Brighton at the home of It remains our intention to hold meetings at the homes
Rolf and Theresa Petry. Theresa fed us a grand supper of of members during the riding season. This means we don't
sausages with all the trimmings,including dessert. Afterwards, have to ride the same old boring route to Delta every month
we convened the meeting with 27 in attendance. We had 2 and there is a certain pleasure in looking at other folks' toys.
guests included in that total.Eugene Barkhouse, who drove over Not to mention the schadenfreude of bent con-rods, holey
from Cobourg includes a '72 Bonnevilleand a '59 Velocette LE pistons and the ongoing shortage of unobtanium in Canada.
in his stable. Carl Braun has a more modern BMW and I'm in, who else wants to step forward?
attended to see what the CVMG is all about. We hope that they When the official meeting had dispersed, several
may join us in the future. members went over to Ernie Olivo's shop to apply communal
The first item to be discussed was the Quinte rally. The car club Zen and bring the Norton cafe racer to life. Perhaps the sound
has offered to cater a Friday night chili supper for us in the of a British big twin coming to life should be declared an
range of $5.00. We will finalize the details by the next meeting. official Sound of Spring?
John Funnell, of the Pine Ridge section has contacted Until next time... ....Tony
Quinte section in regard to supporting a concours event at
Mosport this year. It is the 50th anniversary of racing at
Canada's most challenging track and as a track rat who spent a
37 CVMG News May 2010
Rocky Mountain Section (February )
34 members in attendance, with 3 new members. Welcome Treasures report by Randy was, we have money. Financial
Glen Coffee, Andy and Geoff Guccione report not completed for this month.
The post Christmas Party was well attended with 60 Darcy Pittman knows someone at the Tsuu Tina
plus members including their spouses. There was plenty to eat, Reserve High School Automotives. They are looking for
so nobody went home hungry. A 74 lb pig and 2 chickens and affordable repairable motorcycles or related that can be fixed
there wasn’t much left. Thanks to Jim and Brenda McAthur for and resold. Please keep in mind that parts for these projects
their efforts in preparing the hall and all the arrangements with would need to be available at a reasonable fee as these projects
the caterer. The evening turned out great and everyone seemed would be worked on by high school students to be resold to
to enjoy the Walt Healy Memorial guess this mystery generate funds to further their education. Small repairable
motorcycle part. motors, etc will be considered please contact Darcy at
The Bernie Nicholson/Walt Healy Memorial Trophy was firstname.lastname@example.org .
presented to a very surprised Bob Wardle, a well deserving John from Classic Bike is opening at a new location,
recipient. Some were heard that this may have been the first with a new pub night. New location for pub night is
time they have even seen Bob speechless. Congratulations Bob Governors’ Pub on Acadia Drive starting Saturday, February
and Thank you for your efforts 20, 2010.
37 members in attendance, 8 motorcycles in the parking lot,
and 1 guest Scott Beairsto from Red Deer (Innisfail to be exact)
World of Wheels, February 21 – 23rd turned out great once
again. A generous amount of floor space with 19 bikes, and this
year we were not right in front of the stage. A wide spectrum of
bikes, once again were on display. Thanks to all of those people
who brought out their machines. A lot of interest was again
generated by our display. Let’s keep up the great work. Thanks
again, goes out to Mick Cawthorne of Kane’s Harley Davidson
for his support. Each year we have a few more bike come out,
hope to see more again next year.
The Annual General Meeting was discussed as to
whether we should be attempting to put together a proposal.
Things that need to be considered are suitable location and
billeting for the attendees. Laurie Mills and Bob Wardle are
getting together to check out a couple of possible sites. If we
are going to consider placing a bid for the AGM, which
happens near the end of October we will also require the
involvement of the membership. We will need to get a list of
those individuals who would be willing to house/accommodate
those people coming in from out of town. This would also
include transportation to and from the meeting site. We as a
group will need to get our information together fairly quickly if
we are going to entertain the idea. Approximately 50 people
including locals could be expected to attend, one person from
each section plus executive. Feed back from last year’s
meeting was that there was interest in coming west for the
meeting. Laurie will check with Bill Hoare to see if the Red
Deer Section is entertaining the idea of hosting this event as
well. Site ideas are welcome.
Red Deer post Christmas party, about 7 RMS
members in attendance. As in the past they had quite the big
crowd, with a good number of members from the Edmonton
chapter. A well attended event and everyone that showed was
Members are being asked to go online and check their
members’ profile. There seems to be a few members that have
incorrect information listed as well as being registered either in
the wrong section or without a section at all.
38 CVMG News May 2010
NAAACCC (National Association of Antique Automobile significant amount of money when we do not get any feedback.
Clubs of Canada Corporation) is a group whose Mission We are also concerned that it was less than a year ago that we
Statement is “THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF sent in our registration, Randy will check into when we last
AUTOMOBILE CLUBS OF CANADA WILL STRIVE TO sent them our renewal. . Members would like to see a
ACT AS THE UNIFIED VOICE OF THE AUTOMOTIVE quarterly report and even a link to their website on our website.
HOBBYIST IN CANADA BY PROMOTING AND You can check their web http://naaaccc.ca/2008/home.html
ENCOURAGING THE PRESERVATION OF THE Our annual visit to the Museum of Making in
AUTOMOBILE, ITS HISTORIC LORE, AND ITS Cochrane will be September 11/10 the Saturday before our
ASSOCIATED ITEMS. THE NAACC WILL ENCOURAGE A Swap meet in Millerville, tour time will be 11 am. When we
COOPERATIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN get closer to the date we will send out more information such as
GOVERNMENTS, AT BOTH THE FEDERAL AND a meeting place and departure time.
PROVINCIAL LEVEL TO PREVENT RESTRICTIVE Shop tour of the Alberta Plating has extended us a tour
LEGISLATION.” They lobby on the behalf of vintage vehicle April 10, 2010 at 9:30 to our group. Tour should take about 2
groups and special interest groups like ourselves to the hours. Location Information is: Alberta Plating Ltd
government. This year they have put up their prices per person 3633-15A Street SE Calgary. 0930, Sat. April 10th
to $5.00 per member of an associated club. This seems to be a
Please let Ian know who is planning to attend so that anything by supporting/sponsoring the event? John assured that
he can make the arrangements. Contactl Ian at 403 605 9989 or there would be No financial obligations for any monetary short
email@example.com - If we have a lot of people falls of the event as he was already prepared to front the event
coming, then there may be a need to have a second start time financially. 2nd concern was that should the events entry fee
(for 1030) and split the group up so we don't over-load them. cover all expenditures what was to come of the surplus money?
Fairview College has their annual raffle to raise John assured that any excess money from the entry fee would
money to support their Motorcycle Technician program. be either passed on to the club or donated to another worthy
This year the main prize is a Harley Davidson night rod special cause. CVMG event insurance would only be PL/PD.
worth $24,029. Second prize is $700 Harley Davidson gift National was contacted with the information on this event and
credit and 3rd prize is a $300 Harley Davidson gift credit, With that is was a road event, they were, at the time, under the
3 early bird draws of $200 cash. Please go to impression that this was a club related event. CVMG
http://www.gprc.ab.ca/fairview/HarleyDavidsonMotorcycleRaf insurance coverage would only cover CVMG RMS members,
fle.htm For more information, or you can contact Laurie Mills. not non members. Fred or Myself will get in contact with
Randy gave us our financial report. Our rent on our Anthony Petty to find out what our obligations as a club are if
meeting location here at the legion has increased, rent on the we sponsor or back this event. We will let the membership
room has gone from 35.00 to 75.00 per month. Feedback on know of the Nationals decision so that the membership can
this issue is to look at other locations, being conscious that vote by email as to whether to support/sponsor the event or not.
there may not be many locations that we would find for this Several members have already registered and have every
kind of money. Members are being asked to keep their ears to intention of participating in the event.
the ground on a possible new location. Stu Mccoll mentioned Interest in another powder coating event was brought
the location at the Blackfoot Inn (The Laugh Shop) as other up. There should be no problem if we can get enough people
bike groups that he is associated with are able meet there free together to do another group powder coating session in the near
of charge. Stu will look into the possibility of this location a future. Get your projects together and we will see what we can
little further. Randy will also check with the powers that be to arrange.
see if we can get the rent reduced. Location at the legion is Mild bunch mid-week rides are going to be starting
good, as it is secure, and has ample parking. again soon, anyone interested in participating please contact
At our last meeting we found that we are out of the John Barge. firstname.lastname@example.org There is also a request out for a
Club patches, 3-1/2 inch with our logo. Prices are as follows Tiger cub engine being needed please contact John Barge if you
25 – $4.95, 50 – $3.25, and 100 – $1.95. Laurie Mills made a have one or know of one that may be available.
motion to order 100 patches, seconded by Vic. Motioned ....Janice
carried to order 100 of the small RMS embroidered patch.
Randy will get a quote on the large patch as it is believed that
they too are getting low.
John Flynn spoke about the Moto Giro event. June 25
– 27, 2010 this event started back in BC – Kamloops. Moto
Giro has been running in BC for the past 3 years, run by one
person. Entry fee is $75.00 which includes a luncheon, gasoline
for those in need, t-shirt, Bbq and awards. The RMS would
need to take the event on as a sponsorship, to be able to have it
covered under the national group insurance. This event would
have to be promoted by RMS and not by an individual.
Currently there is NO club association on any of the event
documentation to associate it with the CVMG-RMS group. The
question that is being asked is, would there be any negative
feedback if RMS were to take on and the support the Moto
Giro event? The concerns are: Would we (RMS) be liable for
39 CVMG News May 2010
Saint John Section
March 12th Jeff stopped in on the "new" '70 Bonnie
on his way back fromm Coop's shop, 5 days from trailer to road
trip, not too shabby! I say new because it's 10 years newer than
the BSA; he looked the part of the quintessential English
motorcyclist, with scarf and goggles (well, Welshman). It was 7
degrees and for this time of year a heat wave; lots of other
bikes were seen the last few days and it's a really early start to
The next weekend was even better, so a bunch of us
decided to meet at Coop's while he addressed the elecrical
problem with Larry's headlight on his "new" early '80's 750
Shadow, and then go for a ride. The problem, however, was not
found right away; then Jeff called, stranded in his hometown
with an electrical problem on the Triumph, fortunately near a
Napa store so he hoped to be on the road soon. An hour later
we decided to set off on our own and had a nice tour, seeing
that the ice was virtually gone from the rivers, and the water so
far was still low. That is important around here because roads
can be flooded out in the countryside, creating detours and
The week of March 28th Mother Nature played a cruel joke and
it was -11 during the days and with a wind chill in the -20's. On
Sunday, however, Mark showed up for breakfast on the 350
Honda, after the Bonnie wouldn't start. He was heard grousing
"Why do they remove the kick start on modern bikes?!!!" His is
an '04, the retro Bonneville. And it's true; you can be in a world
of trouble out on some back raod with the electric start dead,
and no kick start as backup. So he is anxious to get the BSA
running again and have that option available. As for us, the
Honda's elecric start has been defunct but a couple of kicks and
that's all it needs!
Meeting night, April Fool's Day, was still well above 6 degrees,
and 4 bikes turned out here at our place. Thane came on the
Norton/sidecar, Coop on the Triumph, Jeff also on his Triumph,
and Mark on the Honda. Jeff had a fender stuffed into his
backpack to trade for one Coop had scared up, with flames
painted on it, which his son thought was ultra cool and wanted
it to stay that way! So the BSA's sidecar is coming together
nicely with Thane's help and should soon be on the road. Also
in Jeff's pack was some smoked salmon spread which went
well with the coffee and date squares. Then there was some
entertainment with the police stopping cars from going the
wrong way (the road is under construction) and the gang
decided not to be included and took the highway. Being a calm
night, we could hear the Triumph of Coop's throttle up the ramp
and cruise off towards the West, and did it ever sound pure!
True to form, the beautiful weather continues all week and then
it rains on the weekend. The heat wave in the upper 20's didn't
quite make it on the coast and it was foggy and cold. I vote we
all go inland as far as possible and enjoy the warm wind at our
backs........and in our faces.
Coop's Show'n'Shine all day, May 15, at Old English
Motorcycles, 239 King St. East, Saint John
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The Sarnia Section's April meeting was held Tuesday
the 6th at the Louger St Navy Club with 10 members and 1
guest in attendance. There were no bikes in the parking lot due
to the less than favorable weather however we can't complain
as most of us have already been out for a ride or two. Good
Friday was a great day to go for a run evident by the number of
bikes in Grand Bend and Park Hill's Tim Horton's.
Terry Gower delivered the treasurers report then on to
old business. The recent BRO Alvinston Swap Meet was
discussed, apparently there was a good turn out with lots of
Harley items for sale. In new business Jim Knowles brought to
our attention the additional June Bayfield Old Bike Day date in
the HAPPENINGS! page of the CVMG news. There is only 1
Bayfield Old Bike Day and that's on Sunday June 6th from 10
AM until 2 PM in beautiful downtown Bayfield. Jim also
mentioned if you are in the market for a stainless steel bolt kit
check out ebay vendor stainlesscycle as he carries a wide range The action shot is from 1973-74 at Twin Lakes Sarnia and the
and his prices are reasonable. Gary Heather reminded us of the other photo was taken trail riding the Niagara Escarpment at
up coming Kitchener Section Swap Meet at the Canadian Collingwood spring 1981.
Vintage Motorcycle Museum in Brantford, the Toronto Show .....Barry Gooding
and to pre register for the Paris Rally. _________________________________________________
Wayne Forrest and Don [Spike] Archer provided
albums with photos of CVMG members and events going back Saskatchewan Section
to the early 1960's. Wayne brought a copy of his last report as
Men in general dread going shopping except on rare
out going secretary December 1996. In the minutes he
occasions, like when we attend motorcycle swap meets.
mentions the impending raffle benefiting the Canadian Vintage Nothing is more entertaining, more challenging than digging
Motorcycle Museum of a 1968 650SS Norton that was donated
through boxes, of what our better halves would call “junk” but
by Herb Becker and was being restored in Terry Gower's
what we consider treasure, looking for that elusive klingle
basement. The Norton is now owned by a vintage motorcycle
washer or muffler bearing for the old BSA. That’s exactly what
enthusiast in Vancouver. Wayne also compiled some statics
happened when Rick Epp, Dennis Dyck, Fred hill, Kevin Falk,
covering his 3 years as secretary. Attendance, our sections
Jerome Bell, Bruce Batchelor, Andrea Baars and Orville Olm
membership numbers and the most talked about subjects at traveled to Red Deer for the CVMG Central Alberta Section’s
meetings the Paris Rally and Insurance.....14 years later and not
Annual Spring Motorcycle Swap Meet. The Saskatchewan
much has changed.
Section’s monthly Garage/Workshop Tour and Section meeting
Don Archers album has numerous newspaper
at the Epp’s on the last weekend in March was rescheduled to
clippings and photos of the Sarnia Section dating back to the
April 25 so that our members could attend the Swap Meet and
1980's. Spike has generously donated the album to our section have their photo taken in front of John Oland’s Edmonton-
with the hope that we will continue to add to it and in the event based Motoparts Inc. table.
our section winds down it is to be donated to the CVMM.
Kudos to Ken Mortimer for his excellent Tech Chat on
Battery Basics, your article prompted some serious discussion.
The winner of the 50/50 draw was Terry Gower.
Section John specializes in British bike parts, service and sales
President (www.motopartsinc.com) and had his table laden with Brit.
Gary bike goodies.
Heather All took home booty, from foot-peg rubbers to DVDs
with his and T-shirts commemorating the work and lives of the
1972 TS Nicholson Brothers; your writer even bought some airplane
250 books… “Airplane books” you say, “Wasn’t this a motorcycle
Suzuki. venue”? Well, it just shows you that there was something for
everyone! Fred hill was particularly pleased with a couple of
41 CVMG News May 2010
sets of mufflers he found for one or other of his projects and it This month’s “Handy Hint comes from that same anonymous
shows member mentioned earlier.
A member who wishes to “If you are sand/bead/ or soda blasting and want to keep grit
remain anonymous out of passageways, bolt holes etc. you can effectively seal
agonized over a truly these up with those cheap foam earplugs. As a bonus they are
handsome pair of Italian available in stunning colours!”
motorcycle racing boots The Osler Rally & Barbeque is tentatively scheduled
and wondered if there was for July 1, 2010. Details will be sent to members by email.
any way to stretch the one- The Biggar Rally will be held on July 31 and Aug 1,
size-too-small footwear. 2010. Full details will be available in next month’s CVMG
Offers by the other News and on www.ironbrit.com.
members to chop off his __________________________________________________
toes was rejected… help
from biker buddies shows
no bounds! This is the book
It was also a from which Allan
pleasure to meet and talk Johnson quotes
to our National President in his column
Bill Hoar. The Central “Riding Old
Alberta Section should be Motorcycle
congratulated for hosting such a fine meet. Safely” on pg 14.
Last week, your writer received a most welcome And yes, it is
phone call from master vintage bike restorer Bob Lamb of truly outdated in
Moose Jaw who reported that a client had just delivered a very many ways – but
interesting project, a 1921 Levis Model S (‘Popular’). In a lot of the
keeping with the Sask. Section’s small bike theme for the year, advice is still
this bike is of particular interest. The model S has a 211 cc two- very sound!
stroke (3 hp) engine driving the rear wheel with a V-belt; there
is no kick-starter so push starting was the norm.
William Butterfield founded the Levis (rhymes with
clevis and no they didn’t make blue jeans) Motorcycle
Company, located in Stechford, Birmingham UK, in 1911. The
Butterfield brother’s made their own simple and reliable two-
stroke engines and this led to the company becoming one of
Britain’s leading manufacturers of two-stroke motorcycles. Bob
Newey designed and constructed the first Levis at the Bradford ___________________________________________________
Street Norton Works but Norton wasn’t interested in
commercializing the model. Levis later made 4-stroke models
of larger displacement.
Es geht nicht darum
Wie schnell du fahrst
They ceased production in 1940. Production however has now
moved to the Lamb Works where Bob will again no doubt do
his magic on this unique subject.
The motorcycle has such a shallow steering head angle that it Sondern wie
kind of looks like an old-time “chopper”. Better photos can be Du schnell fahrst!
seen at http://www.khulsey.com/motorcycles/_levis-master-
please excuse the spelling –
I couldn’t find the German script ...ed.
42 CVMG News May 2010
FOR SALE: Original Norton Commando 750 and 850 parts
Members’ bikes and bits books, Production Racer Service Release, workshop manuals,
supersession and amended parts list and service tools, 10 in
FOR RENT: CVMG member offers; Cape Breton home for total. Some are shop soiled, others are nearly new. Sell as a lot
summer rental, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, Beautiful only, $250. Triumph Service Tools Catalogue, Triumph
mountain view, overlooking the scenic Margaree River Valley, Modification Introductions from 1966 to 1969, 1976 T140 parts
on the Cabot Trail. Three bedroom home fully equipped @ book, 1970 parts book, original publications $75 for 4 books. 5
$600.00 per week..$1000.00 for two weeks, and $l800 for the Vintage and Classic motorcycle books, hardcover and
month. Beautiful sandy ocean beaches nearby. Canoeing softcover, 21 on British bikes from 30's to 70's, 5
available on the river, lots of wildlife and nature at hand. American/Harley, 4 Ducati singles, 15 various titles, $650 for
Contact Terri: email@example.com or 613-928-2841. all. Can bring to Paris if necessary.
Frank Rodgers, 519 283-6364, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE; Kawasaki 440 LTD. Missing seat. Not running –
with bill of sale $200. FOR SALE: Totally restored 1964 Honda C105 Cub. On
1972 Honda CB350 twin with ownership. Not running $400. Consignment at Classic Honda Powerhouse to help pay for the
1978 Kawasaki 400cc Triple, 2-stroke, kicks over. With “Cross Canada by Cub” trip. Asking $1999. Eduardo Alverez
ownership $800. I am open to any reasonable offer – @ 905 459 0411 http://www.classicpowerhouse.ca/
Ben Webster 519 762 2997 (London area)
FOR SALE: 1982 BMW R65. Runs well, approx 150K km,
FOR SALE: '72 NORTON 750 COMBAT, over $3000 spent good tires, windshield, hard bags, stainless mufflers. Mine for
in recent upgrades, $7000 11 years, used regularly. Location Calgary. $3000 firm.
'55 ARIEL 500cc single, Model VL, less than 400 miles on John Barge: Ph. 403 286 0525.
total restoration, small dent in tank, $6900
'78 BOMBARDIER 250 Military model, only 3600 original FOR SALE: 1984 Suzuki GS550EF , 25,000 km, complete,
kms, Excellent original condition, $3700 original paint, all paper work, in the same family since new. not
47 & 48 CORGI SCOOTERS, originally made for British Air used since 2008. Asking $1,500.
Force $3500 Brent McLeod 705-752-1820 or email Marcus Knoespel, Limehouse, Ont., Tel. 905-877-8158.
FOR SALE 1968 Yamaha YDS5E. 250cc, 2 cyl. Excellent
FOR SALE: 1983 Goldwing GL1100. Also two full-size Condion. Elec.& Kick start, Have owner’s manual and shop
Pianos for sale. Call Don Wood, 905 476 4479, Keswick. ON. Manuals. $1,300. Dorien Berteletti, 705 434 9775
FOR SALE: 1977 Honda 125 Trail. $1400. Good running
Condition. Victor 519 268 1567 or 519 639 7486 FOR SALE: 1969 BSA Thunderbolt $3.800.00. New battery,
seat cover, cylinder head, piston rings, front fork galters, new
rear rim, front fork rebuild, new steering head bearings, etc.
Contact Lyle Watters Cornwall, ON. (613) 933-5855
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