Our Valentines Day meeting had 20 members attending. Presumably, they had done Valentines duty previously to be able to attend. A previous member (Peter H.) has resumed his membership, and was again in attendance. Peter has a V50 Moto Guzzi. Final decisions for the March 4th Dinner/Dance were made.
The highlight of the evening was Leia Armitage’s presentation of her ’69 BSA Firebird. Leia purchased the bike from Rob Hunt, another of our members. Rob had originally bought the bike as a restoration project with his 3 sons, but as is the case so often, ended up being the primary “oomph” behind the project. It had been a friend’s bike; the engine had disintegrated, throwing a rod, and the left down-tube of the frame was bent. Rob made the necessary repairs over about a 3 year period. Leia first saw it at the 2016 Paris Rally, and grew a fondness for it which eventually resulted in her “having to have it”. Leia purchased it, and in her own words, tried to take it to the next level. She repaired and rechromed the fenders and grab rail, changed the bars and cables, rewired the electrical system and made as many improvements as possible. It is evident from listening to Leia’s restoration details and her talk about the BSA’s sensuous curves, that she has the disease, and their ain’t no cure. As we have seen from some of her other projects, she has a fine eye for detail, and spares little when it comes to her projects. See attached picture.
Bill Gudgeon showed the group the new shock for his BMW K100 that he had received from Stadium Suspension in Quebec. The stock replacement was to cost about $745, so Bill decided to go with a fully adjustable, rebuildable, North American made, custom built to your weight requirements unit from Stadium, for less money than the stock unit. Bill reported excellent service from the company, and the shock was shipped in 7 days.
In other bits, Gary Cassidy is looking for a Ducati Diana 160. Mike advised members to be wary of old cans of Tremclad paint, which seem to have dried paint debris in them. Check the date code on the cans. Vintage Track Days are scheduled for May 13 and 14 at Cayuga. Leia is looking for a 1969 licence plate. Malcolm presented a summary of the financial information for the previous year. The meeting ended with Bob Thomas winning the 50/50 draw, Gary Cassidy winning a gift card (donated by Bob Thomas), and Gary Cassidy winning a valve spring compressor (donated by Jack Cutler).
Due to a late start in planning our annual “Christmas in January” Dinner/Dance, the event did not materialize until March 4th. A total of about 28 members and friends were out for the evening at the Legion to enjoy the popular buffet dinner prepared by Sue, a little dancing, and a whole lot of visiting. It was a laid back and relaxing evening. Fred, the DJ kept the evening quite mellow, which seemed to be well received. The dinner was a bit overwhelming as usual, with ribs, cabbage rolls, pork, chicken, mashed potatos, perogies, salads and all kinds of sides on the table, followed by a fine selection of pies. None left hungry. Bob Thomas had brought his 1956 TRW war bike for display (as pictured), with “Manny Quinn” on board dressed in a full army uniform. Bob had a brief presentation on the history of the war bikes in the Canadian Forces, which was entertaining and informative. Thanks to Bob for his efforts in putting up the display, and also coordinating much of the set-up, along with Russ and Nick, not forgetting Bino’s input as well in the planning. Hoping to continue the tradition next year, possibly on time? Actually, any time is the right time. Until then, Frank Nickel.
A day filled with snow and rain over a frozen landscape made for nasty weather, and as a result, there were only 17 in attendance. No motorcycles, needless to say. Some discussions took place regarding plans for the annual dinner/dance. The sub-committee is working towards finalizing decisions, so please stay tuned for announcements. Final plans will likely be announced at the meeting in February. An early March date is a possibility. Gary gave some tips for good restaurants, including the Sunset Grill for breakfast, and the Arlington Hotel in Paris for an excellent breakfast/brunch. The Harvest Moon in St. Jacobs was also recommended.
Many are into their winter projects; Dalton was going through the carbs on his Triumph Triple again, and Mike has managed to fix the Ducati sputter, which seemed to afflict his bike after about 30 miles of riding. Keith welded on a new footpeg mount for Frank’s MX175 that had broken off in an altercation with a rock on an off-roading venture (the ankle was able to heal itself, although it did take some time). Keith is also re-mounting the sidecar on his Honda, hoping to sell it this spring. A fuss-free, toe-in setting procedure would make Keith’s life easier, but now that it’s winter and he is retired, I tell him time is aplenty. Sources revealed that Partsource has a great selection of O-rings, and that CTC’s degreaser is great at softening rubber.
Thoughts turned toward this coming summer’s Paris Rally, and discussions centered on how to enable our section to achieve a more coordinated and visible presence there. Larger tents/canopies were discussed, and some ideas to use existing equipment or buy new were forwarded. The group will be developing a plan over the next few months. Members are encouraged to send suggestions to Nick Lawson, and also to send links or items of information for inclusion on our website. The 50/50 draw was won by Ray Renaud, and Ron Covello won the Tim Horton’s gift card donated by Bob Thomas. Mrs. Cutler had knitted 2 wool toques, and these were drawn by Peter Williams and yours truly. Until next time, keep warm. Frank Nickel
CVMG Golden Horseshoe Section Meeting, Dec. 13, 2016
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and……it was our first post-election meeting. Two guests were out amongst the 26 that were present. Brian Weeks from the Kitchener Section was visiting, along with Alistair Wilson from the Grand River Section. Brian has a couple of Commandos and a few hybrids, and for Alistair, it was the first trip back to our section since the accident he had leaving our section meeting on Oct. 11th, 2011. We hope that no further mishaps occur, and that he doesn’t wait as long before his next visit. A Swap Meet Report was presented, and comparisons were made to the other meets we have had over the past 11 years. Planning for our annual “Christmas in January” was late getting started this year, so some advice was solicited for this season’s event. It seemed that there was low support for continuing the same format as previous years, and that there was higher interest in a new venue with a dinner/social type of event. Our new leaders, Nick Lawson and Albino Piasentin (Chairman and Vice Chair) had done some up-front work, and presented 4 options as venues for our consideration. In the end, a motion was passed to appoint a small team to do the leg work and come back with a single recommendation for an event, date, location, prices, meals and subsidy value, which the club would vote on at the January meeting. The group appointed was Nick Lawson, Albino Piasentin and Russell Spicer.
Malcolm MacDonald presented an encouraging Financial Report. Our new Chairman, Nick Lawson, encouraged suggestions for speakers at our meetings dealing with various aspects of motorcycle repair and restoration, and was looking for ideas to attract new members. He challenged the group, stating that they would get out of the club only what they put into it. Bob Thomas thanked the club for the donation given to the Legion, and mentioned that there would be no issue bringing display motorcycles into the Legion meeting room as part of a presentation. Alistair Wilson volunteered to do a presentation on his experience as a result of his collision, and dealing with lawyers, etc. Dalton suggested more use of the website, so part of that will be posting summaries of these meetings on the website. Leia was impressed so far with the buffing, chroming and prices at Superior Metal Finishing in London, and will probably be showing the results at a future meeting. Rob Hunt has a wood lathe with cutting tools for sale for $50. Gary Cassidy has been recycling old tooth paste tubes for application of white grease on snowblowers that he has been working on. Anyone interested in a 2004 883 Harley for $4500, contact Gary. Recommendation for a good penetrant and rust remover is a 50/50 mixture of automatic transmission oil and acetone. The meeting ended with the 50/50 draw, which was won by Bob Thomas. Dave Armitt drew the prize for a Lee Valley Aromatic “2B” pencil, made in England. Happy New Year to all! Frank Nickel