Summer Events List! Is it complete? Certainly Not! Did we leave out something important? You Bet! Why? Hey, if you don‘t like it, make your own list, print 200 copies, and hand it out yourself! Dates Description Contacts 06/01-06/12 Isle of Man TT 06/04 First Thursday - Blues Night 06/06-06/14 Big Harley Thing - Wakesha, WI 06/06-06/7 Norton Black Fly Rally Ontario Guy Fortier 06/12 DuQuion Ill. Dirt track 06/13 Nick J‘s Party! See article in this issue! 06/14-06/21 Laconia races, rally 06/19-06/21 Back to the 50's at fair grounds 06/19-06/21 Norton -Vincent-Velo rally Iowa 319-351-7130 06/20-06/21 MN 1000 - See the riders off from Bob's Java Hut on 27th and Lyndale at 10:00 AM Saturday, Call Eddie at 824-6965 - That's see them drag their sorry asses back at 10:00 AM Sunday. The event is full but volunteers are TAG-MY-OJ still needed. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! 06/20-06/21 AMA Road riding conventions Joe 800-600-8969 06/22-06/26 06/26-06/28 CRA Race date - Brainerd www.cra-mn.org (612) 332-4070 06/26-06/28 NYNOA Bath New York Jim Noll 716-288-4546 06/26-06/28 Viking Chapter Antique Club Rally Dakota County Fairgrounds, Farmington, MN 06/27-06/28 MN Grande Prix, Mpls 07/02 First Thursday - Thumper Night 07/10-07/12 Mid Ohio Vintage Weekend Lexington Ohio 07/13-07/18 Wolf's Head Motorcycle Rally 98 Cloquet, MN. This new family-oriented rally ties into the www.lakebasin.com AMA flat track race in Superior as well as Cloquet's annual Lumber Jack days. A super-cross is (218) 384-9936 proposed. 07/17-07/19 4-corners Norton rally Utah BBC 07/17-07/19 British Biker Cooperative (BBC) MC Rally and Show. Velocette is the featured Marque. (414) 263-0158 Concord center campground Concourd, WI 07/17-07/19 Riondel Norton rally Canada 07/18-07/19 CRA Race date - Brainerd www.cra-mn.org (612) 332-4070 07/19-07/20 Canadian Vintage MC Paris Ontario 07/22-07/26 INOA Pacific Rim Rally Olympia WA 253-941-2431 Steve Neal (99' D.C., 2000 Utah) 07/23-07/26 United Sidecar Assoc. 20th Annual Rally -- St. Joeseph Mo. 816-232-2726 07/27-8/01 Velo Sierra Rally 07/31-08/2 FIM super-bike races in Brainerd 08/01-08/02 AMA Trials in Duluth (218) 729-6549 08/01-08/02 Curtiss Classic MC weekend in Hammondsport NY 607-569-2160 08/03-08/09 Sturgis 08/06 First Thursday - Vertical Twin Night 08/09-08/15 Velo Lake Superior ride starts in southern MN Barry Owen 507-454-4939 08/14-08/16 Thumpers & Twins rally Johnstown PA/OH border 414-487-4562 610-431-1404 08/15-08/21 Bonneville Speed Week 08/16 TCNOC Concours - Historic Jeff's House, St. Paul, MN 222-6132 08/22 Manx Grand Prix fortnight 09/03 First Thursday - Euro Night 09/05 Springfield AMA Hot Shoe 09/12 Minnesota Mile AMA Flat tracking, Canterbury Downs 659-0870 09/12 Shakopee AMA Grand National if noise abatement situation solved... CANCELLED – Boycott those stupid bastards. This was the best chance those clowns had of making money and they pissed on us. 09/13 El Mirage Dry Lakes time trials (also 10/4 and 11/14-15) 09/19-09/20 CRA Race date - Brainerd www.cra-mn.org (612) 332-4070 All Summer: Mackenzies Bar Tues nights 8-11 Bike Night Oaks Restaurant Becker Hot Rod Cruise-ins 1st wed. A+W Big Lake Cruise-ins Nick J. To Host Monster Party We took quite a beating for not mentioning this sooner. Nick is having his annual birthday bash on Saturday, June 13th. He promises chicken, music, beer, sun, fun, and a great whopping dollop of BS. Camping is available. He requests a donation or dish to pass (pot luck, and all). This party has been the talk of River Falls in years past. You will get the opportunity to rub & bend elbows with people from all walks of life, in all states of mind, and all stages of inebriation. Do the math--it works out to a lot of people. If the crudely drawn map doesn‘t do it for you, take 94 east to Wisconsin 35. Go south through River Falls to 29 East. Follow 29 East for 2.2 miles to Saddle Club Road. Go ¼ mile. Turn Left (also on Saddle Club Road). You should see cars at this point. Nick‘s house is to the left. Motorcycle parking is right by the house so ride on in. Dave Manahan promises to do big time burnouts. The Motorcycle In Cinema Steve Gray‘s muse was fettered this month by the Goddess of Winds, who saw fit to drive the Gods of Lightning and Water from Steve‘s Burnsville home. Abandoned by family (and so-called friends) Steve had to move back in with Mom. Man, guess who won‘t survive when civilization collapses? Steve figures that his situation will return to normal in a few days & promises a killer movie review next month. Bugs No More The worst part about working out in the garage on a summer morning or evening is the bugs. I hate ‗em, but leaving the doors closed turns my garage turns it into a sweat lodge. Well, I just finished working all evening in my garage and enjoyed a pleasant breeze that brought with it NO bugs. I built screen doors for both of the doors for about $40.00. The fit is great and it took me less than 2 hours. Here‘s how you can do it. I measured the garage door – 7 feet high x 10 feet wide. The side door was 80 by 36. I went to Knox and picked up 2 rolls of black fibre-glass screening material. One roll was 4 feet by 25 feet. The other was 4 x 7. The long roll cost about $18. The short roll cost about $7. I took the long roll to a local alterations shop and, while I waited, they cut it in half and sewed it back together as a piece just over 10 feet wide and about 90 inches tall. It took them almost an hour because the piece so big and slippery. The charge: $15. Dashing home I took a 118-inch-1x2 piece of trim I had laying around, drilled holes in each end and glued in dowels making it about 130 inches long. I then stapled the screen to it. With the garage door open, I can place the dowels in the extra mounting holes for the bracket that supports the doors tracks and drape the screen over the opening. I use a couple of magnets to hold the screen to the tracks and keep it from billowing out in the breeze. The side door was easier. I used a couple of bungees on the trim and they hold the screen over the door. Eventually I might replace them with some expandable window curtain holders—if I find them for free. My total investment was just about $40 and now I‘m looking forward to evenings in the garage! Norton Back in Business (or not!) Norton Motors, International, a company based in Plymouth, MN, of all places, claims to be reviving the defunct British motorcycle manufacturer‘s name and constructing and marketing an entirely new line of vehicles. Many of you saw the slick binder stuffed with photocopies of press releases and foreign motorcycle magazine articles at the May meeting. They claim engine design work by a noted formula 1 engine designer and plan to field a V-8 based monster called ―Nemesis.‖ The Commando is to be revived as some giant cruiser thing – ugh. The Manx will return as a 600 cc DOHC bike that has something to do with a racing series in England. Big talk backed up by a bunch of drawings, fuzzy photos of clay mockups, a slick web-site, and, of course, a couple of mysterious foreigners with deep pockets. Are they truly the saviors of the most famous name in racing or lying sacks of shit? You tell us. They plan on coming to the meetings. Ask them the hard questions. While we don‘t exactly condone beating it out of them, if they turn out to be like those guys with the Indian trademark… Most of you with a thirst for things British will find that a modern Triumph a couple of kegs of stout will set you back far less than any of the projected prices of the Nortons which will, because of the limited production runs, exceed the $20,000 mark. The most affordable offering, apparently, will be the Manx which will run about the price of a Buell with half the CC‘s and half the cylinders. Oddly enough it will probably be twice as fast. This bike will have NOTHING to do with the Rotax-powered Norton C652SuperMono. That is being built by a German who owns the rights to the name ―Norton‖ in Germany and in parts of Europe but not in England or the US. Confused? But wait, there‘s more. Rotary fans should begin the wailing and the gnashing of teeth right away. These Norton guys don‘t seem to have much to do with the twin-rotor Wankel that was kicking ass over the mountain a few years ago. They have no plans to offer a bike featuring the motor many of us would stand in line to buy. The claim is that we‘ll see a proto-type maybe around the end of the summer. Although none of us will probably get to ride it or anything, we hope apply Dr. Rob‘s eyeballs to it an get a report either here or in that notoriously Anti- Women motorcycle publication ―Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly.‖ Norton Motors International can be reached at (612) 694- 9880 or www.nortonmotorcycles.com The OTHER Norton guys (with the Rotax) are at www.nortonmotors.com Zoa And Jeff Have Wonderchild Member Zoa Buske, helped along by a small donation from fellow member Jeff Hahn, delivered a beautiful baby boy on 5/22/98. This young Norton/Triumph/Guzzi heir and Moto- Mutt member, named Keanon Patrick Hahn, weighed in at 7-1/2 pounds and 21 inches. A loud child, he goes by the nicknames ―Old Squinchers‖ and ―Ghengis.‖ All involved are healthy, happy, and practicing sleep deprivation.