Golden Horseshoe Section Report, June, 2017
10 motorcycles and 20 members were present on a warm evening, June 14th. Adrian Pountney’s son David was our guest. After spending time kicking tires in the Legion parking lot, the gathering moved inside and Chairman Nick Lawson began the meeting at 8.30 pm. Nick opened a discussion about the Isle of Man TT races, followed by some musing about what the future holds for motorcycles, and which current motorbikes will eventually be considered “classics”. Will E-bikes ever take over? Malcolm Macdonald reported that we have sufficient money in the bank to cover our needs. Nick has updated our section website, www.cvmggoldenhorseshoesection.com and has added a list of motorcycle movies too. In the absence of Gary Cassidy, our restaurant critic, Malcolm recommended Le Papillon in Toronto for it’s French onion soup. Ernie Schoenholz has invited section members to join his October Harley chili run. Keith Carman is unable to host his July BBQ due to illness in his family so we need suggestions for something to take its place. Our July 12 meeting will include a show and shine at the Legion. Nick will put details on our website. A motion was carried to use section funds to pay for refreshments at our rally display. Ernie volunteered to administer the funds. After a short discussion about club regalia, the 50/50 draw was won by Frank Nice, and the meeting was adjourned.
Another successful Paris National Rally was enjoyed by many on the Father’s Day Weekend. Our Section was well represented, and the new “Golden Arches” provided shelter during the course of the weekend. A notable event on the weekend was the Paris National Rally Invitational Concours d'Elegance and one of our members, Ray Renaud, was awarded a trophy for 2nd best in show for his 1979 Honda CBX Supersport with 8658 miles on it. It’s not a trailer queen, as he rode it to and from the Rally. See attached picture of Ray at the Rally with his prizes. Congratulations, Ray, on another great job done on one of your fine motorcycles. Have a great summer! Dalton Whitehouse & Frank Nickel
Here are a few movies that we should all keep in mind for those days when we want to ride but mother nature has stepped in a slammed that door.......
Lawrence of Arabia
World's Fastest Indian
The Wild Ones
On Any Sunday
Girl on a Motorcycle
Little Fauss and Big Halsy
The Ballad of Andy Crocker
I know some may be a stretch (Billy Jack) but on those dreary days, who doesn't want to see Billy roll into downtown on that beautiful red Bonneville.
Our April 11th meeting was well attended; 29 present and 8 and a half motorcycles (the half being Ron Covello’s pint-sized Jazz). The 1993 cut-off for vintage motorcycles was discussed and some important events of 1993 were remembered; the victories of Kevin McCowan and Kevin Schwantz, the 1st year of the Ducati Monster and HD’s 90th Anniversary Party with 20,000 people present at the Fairgrounds. Jim Umsworth was welcomed as a guest. Jim has had an ’81 Yamaha XS1100 since 1986. On the food front, the West End Diner on Main St. W. in Hamilton was touted, along the with the Purple Heather at Walkers and Dundas in Burlington, which has the James Anthony Band and other musicians jamming every Saturday afternoon from 2 – 6 (highly endorsed by Adrian). Our Section is looking for a website administrator, so if someone is qualified, please step up. Sue Binckley (caterer) and the Waterdown Legion are confirmed for our Christmas in January next year. The tents discussed in previous meetings have been purchased and one of them was set up for display outside. The July and August meetings will tentatively be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and we are planning for an August BBQ dinner on one of the Saturdays. There was more reporting on the guys’ planning for the Europe trip later this year. They are using the book “King of the Alps” and the Michelin Map Book, along with a Tom-Tom GPS for final route planning. An International Driver’s Licence is also required. Nick Lawson is considering selling his track bike, a ’76 RD400 in the $2-2,500 range. The meeting ended with Mike Godwin winning the 50/50 draw, Gary Cassidy winning the Urban Supertool, and Rick Pyl winning the Baseball Big League Chew.
There were 23 people present and 4 bikes that made it out to the May 9th meeting, after the previous weeks of rain. It was dry enough, but still quite cool. Chairman Nick Lawson recalled some of the history and odd facts of the Isle of Man races, and it was interesting to note that approximately a half dozen of our members had been there at least once, and that the races have been held there for over a hundred years. Nick had some books and info on the Isle of Man, and Bob Thomas ended up giving him a gold medallion from a 1988 parade lap at the TT. There was a reminder of the 50th Anniversary of the Mosport M/C GP race tied in with the VRRA vintage races this August 11, 12 and 13, an event worth attending this summer. Russ recommended 2 restaurants in the absence of Gary; the Paramount (middle Eastern food) at Dundas and Appleby in Burlington, and the Chop House in Rockton. Mike Godwin gave a tech talk on how he was able to bleed the failed front brakes on his Ducati by using a syringe and hose as a vacuum bleeder (saving himself $159 from a common auto supply store). Bob Thomas gave dates for upcoming rides that the Waterdown Legion Riders were planning; June 3 Highway of Heroes Ride, June 17 breakfast and ride to the Paris Rally and July 29 ride to Welland County Flat Track Races. More rides and dates will be mentioned in upcoming reports. Bob is also coordinating a community event & BBQ at the Waterdown Legion on June 16 (5-9PM), where 2 – 1917 Douglas Dispatch motorcycles with sidecars will be displayed. Bob had the Canadian Military Motorcycle Book on hand, which is now selling at the greatly reduced price of $29.95, so please contact Bob for more info on any of the above. Mark and Judy (Nick’s uncle and aunt) presented information on Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month from the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada, which they are promoting. See information on www.motorcycling.ca for more details and please “take the pledge”, and invite others to do the same. Tom Quibell is looking for a dirt bike, and Jim Umsworth is looking for saddle bags for his XS11 (preferably soft). The meeting ended with Malcolm MacDonald winning the 50/50 draw and Ernie Schoenholz winning the mystery gift. Enjoy the spring! Frank Nickel
The March 14th meeting began with members reminiscing about motorcycle movies of the past; some of the ones mentioned were The Great Escape, Wild One, Lawrence of Arabia, the World’s Fastest Indian, Ballad of Andy Crocker, On Any Sunday, One Week, Wild Hogs, Long Way Round (also Long Way Down), Quadrophenia, Mods and Rockers, Easy Rider, Motorcycle Diaries, Tron, Billy Jack, Ghost Rider, and Little Fauss and Big Halsey. How’s that for a starting list of movies to catch up on?
Next, the group endorsed a motion to purchase 2 tents for use in future events. Ray and Russ are to purchase 2 tents, and try to bring one of them to the meeting next month. There was a good response to the Dinner/Dance held on March 4th, and the suggestion was made to have it earlier in the year, as in the past. The group selected Jan. 20th, 2018 as a first pick, and we will try to have a guest speaker for the event as well. For the summer, it was decided to move the June and August meetings to Wednesday evenings if necessary, and to have our summer BBQ event in July, which Keith Carmen has volunteered to host.
The main presentation of the evening was by Alistair Wilson, who talked to the group about his experience in dealing with a motorcycle accident, and the aftermath of the insurance adventure. The whole process took 4 years to play out. Alistair recommended that the ideal place to have an accident was in front of a Tim Horton’s, since there are no shortage of witnesses. He also advised not to have a meeting with the insurance company of the other party if they offer it. Be prepared to have detectives and investigators observing your every move, and be prepared to have invasive psychiatric evaluations on yourself and your family as part of this intrusive process. This is something we all hope that we never need to go through.
The meeting ended with Mike Sherwood winning the 50/50 draw, and Alistair winning the hat, made by Mary Ann Cutler.
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