Welcome to all our new
May you find what you’re looking for in this club with almost no rules,
except to show up and have a good time.
Paul & Jeanine Bailey
November 13th – Frontier Café
December 4th – No Breakfast – Christmas party instead
annual Christmas Party is being held on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Dave & Sue McCormack’s
place in Victor. Saturday should be a good time to drop in, bring a dish and enjoy sharing the
ins and outs of the past riding season. Dress is casual and you will be notified by e-mail
about further details. Call Dave or Bill Varien for more info.
The Annual Picnic
Joe Rice and Iva
Gilmore made the arrangements for the annual summer picnic at Fort Fizzle and about 20 folks
showed up (only one of us rode…atta boy, Larry). Good weather and great food and some limited
horse shoe playing made the picnic a success.
Altogether, nine members of the Montana Retreads attended the July “Ride for Hope” event. Most
riders began in Missoula, checking in at somewhere before 8:00 a.m. and then following a 450
mile route to the finish in West Yellowstone. We were supposed to be there at the finish by
4:00 p.m. so there was no reason to dawdle along the route. After scraping grasshopper and bug
bodies off of the bikes, approximately 250 riders from all over the state who were
participating in the event, lined up and began a 1st gear parade through downtown
W. Yellowstone. One wonders what the visiting tourists thought about that many bikers circling
the town. Certainly, the parade was a way of celebrating the long rides everyone made and also
the great feeling of having contributed to some child’s dream. The parade was followed by a
large banquet hosted by the Montana Highway Patrol and the Project Hope Volunteers. Many
awards were handed out and we’re proud to announce that at least one of our members received
one. Because it was called the “BS” award, his name shall remain anonymous. We wouldn’t want
to encourage him.
Our hope for next year is that a
greater number of our members will participate in this worthwhile event. It is the only riding
event on our club calendar associated with a charitable effort. For those of us who have been
involved in the program, it is gratifying to be part of an effort that is purposefully a
Montana only event. All the money raised for the “Make a Wish” part of Project Hope stays in
Montana and is for Montana kids.
For more information, go to the Website:www.montanahope.org
When selecting a fuel grade for your
bike, consult your owner’s manual and go by the manufacturer’s recommendation. But, contrary
to popular belief, increasing Octane rating does not increase power output, unless the Octane
you are using is causing pinging or knocking. The higher the octane, the slower the burn rate,
which reduces pre-ignition (pinging). Also, the higher the elevation, the lower the octane
needed. Save some money…use the proper Octane rating.
“You can ride fast on a motorcycle, but you should never ride in a
“Just because most motorcycle accidents occur within 6 miles of home,
doesn’t mean you need to trailer your bike to the grocery store.”
As winter approaches and we begin to
think about putting our steeds away until spring, it’s worth noting that the best way to
store a bike is to change the oil and filter just before storage. That way, the bike
doesn’t sit with old oil that is already disintegrating. Also, as I learned last year,
cleaning the bike and adding a little polish before putting the cover on, keeps those bug
guts from pitting chrome and brushed metal parts. Lastly, put fresh gas in the tank with a
little Stabil and make sure the tank is completely full. Any air space left in the tank
invites condensation and therefore rust. Lastly, according to Monte, putting your battery
on a trickle charger will keep it fresh and ready for action in the spring.
There are some of us, however, who
will ride all winter long, even when it’s snowing. It’s too darn much trouble to get the
bike ready for storage.
Many of us have no trouble
negotiating a bike up mountain roads but seem to have a little more difficulty with
going down those same roads. The issue is all about traction. When you are going up
a hill or incline, most of the weight of the bike is loaded towards the rear tire. That’s
the tire we want well planted any time we are in a lean or a turn. On a downhill run, the
weight has clearly focused more to the front because we are leaning over the bars and are
shifting our weight forward naturally. That difference in attitude unloads the rear tire
and gives us the feeling that the bike isn’t as well planted as it should be and may slide
out from under us due to centrifugal force. The trick is to understand the phenomenon and
move your weight back as much as possible in the downhill turns. Also, clamping your legs
to the gas tank helps keep the weight back as much as possible. Try it next time and see
whether your confidence improves on the downhill turns.
One of the fun reasons to belong to the Montana Retreads
is the opportunity to go riding at the drop of a hat with other like minded riders in this
great riding state. Although there is an official club ride schedule, it is always okay to
“ping” the membership by either e-mail or phone to see if anyone wants to ride at times
other than the published schedule. Over the last 6 months we’ve had many rides that were
spur of the moment. Many of them resulted in a ride up Lolo Pass to the Lochsa Lodge for
breakfast or early lunch. Some rides ventured further to places like Coolidge Ghost town,
Lowell and Salmon, Idaho.
As always, every rider
has a different view of what constitutes a good ride. Some like to go fast and others like
to go at a slower pace and enjoy the scenery. All purposes are acceptable and should be
talked about with the group before proceeding. As was discussed just recently at a club
breakfast, even on pick up rides, a ride captain should be appointed so that personal
changes in schedule, gas stops, or mishaps can all be handled by one person and no one
gets left behind or disappears from view without an explanation. This is not a
requirement, but a suggestion for future rides. The last thing we want to have happen
is someone getting lost or having a “fall down” and no one going back to look for them.
little newsletter is put out whenever we have a chance and is put together for the benefit
of members. Issues with the content or the desire to contribute should be addressed
to Dave McCormack at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at
Or go to
www.montana-retreads.org for more information.
Ralph Harris Memorial Ride
18 bikes and two cars showed
up at the Lone Pine station in Hamilton for the annual ride for tacos in Gibbonsville. 33
of us made it to the Broken Arrow for an early Mexican feed. This year, Joe & Iva decided
to add some complexity to riding over the mountains by organizing a poker run in
conjunction with the event. Between figuring out if you had a good hand or not and
stopping every 10 miles for another card, most of us managed to negotiate the stops and
the losses…except for Ed Irwin who had the winning hand. In an act of pure charity, Ed
gave some of his winnings back to Joe and Iva in the form of a “tip” for their outstanding
efforts. Way to go, Ed. Our thanks to Joe and Iva for the additional fun and to Carol and
Sue for schlepping the card table from one spot to the next. Let’s do it again next year,
but with a fresh deck of cards. And, maybe by then, Dick Conroy will have his new tire so
he can actually ride the route on his bike.
Joe’s still trying to get the players correctly at the next to last stop
JT and the gang scarfing up good Mexican eats.
Just sitting around trying to pretend we’re not hungry.