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Volume 2                        february 2005                        Issue 1

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RIDING SEASON ONLY WEEKS AWAY

RIDER TRAINING – LET’S STAY SAFE

In the last two breakfast meetings, several individuals expressed an interest in taking either the Basic Riding Course or the Experienced Rider Course with the Montana Motorcycle Safety Program. We can not only book an entire class for interested members and friends, but also receive a discount if we fill at least half of the class (class size is a maximum of 12 riders)

If you are interested in taking either class, please call Dave McCormack at 406.642.9840 or e-mail him at dhmcc@aol.com. You should let him know no later than March 1…classes are filling up. More information can be found on the Montana Motorcycle Safety Program site at:  http://motorcycle.msun.edu


JANUARY BREAKFAST A SELL OUT 

In the dead of winter, 26 people showed up at the Frontier Café in Stevensville for the January breakfast get together.

We had special guests. Michele Hand and her husband joined us and took some time to show off her video done for the Montana Safety Program. Michele is on the Governor’s Motorcycle Safety Committee and she shared with us some of the upcoming changes and legislation about to be argued in the legislature.

The video was a stunning tribute to her fine work and we appreciated her work on behalf of all Montana Motorcyclists.


Seems Monte Schoenrock thinks riding season is already here. He showed up at the February breakfast in his riding gear on his newly acquired Kawasaki sport tourer. The rest of us were in awe and pondered the season coming up as one where we still will have to figure out how to keep up with Monte. The picture below is probably what you will see of him…mostly the rear end. Congratulations on being the first. You set high standards for the rest of us.

The February breakfast was attended by a record breaking 27 folks, our best ever attendance record in the off season.  The January breakfast also was a record setter.  Both events occurred at our new winter venue, The Frontier Café in Stevensville.  It was chosen over our last year's restaurant because of its central location and great service.  We have one more meeting at Frontier on March 12th before we move into our official riding season format.


NEW MEMBERS

We’ve added some new members since the first of the year:

Jerry Mahavier
Carol Williams
Ed & Margaret Dinges

Membership for 2005 stands at 39


       
 

RULES OF THE ROAD

Just a reminder to all. There are no set rules of the road for Retreads except the following:

  • Helmets are required.
  • No one under 25 years on rides.
  • All rides will have a “ride captain”.
  • If you are going to deviate from the route you must notify another member or the ride captain.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Having lobster is just an excuse for eating butter”

Rush Limbaugh

NEXT BREAKFAST

The next breakfast get together is again at the Frontier Café in Stevensville. The date is March 12th at 10:00 a.m. Call Bill or e-mail him whether you’ll be there. Our numbers are big enough now that the Café needs to know in advance how many are coming so they can have enough wait staff and food for our folks. And, let’s not let Monte be the only one riding this time.

PICTURES-JANUARY BREAKFAST

 

EDITORIAL

Most of this newsletter is put together by Bill Varien and me with several weeks of e-mailing going back and forth as we settle on the articles, grammar, spelling and layout.

The newsletter was an idea that we thought would give the club a little more appeal and legitimize our organization when it came to events, sponsorships, and new members. It would also be a vehicle for sharing information on rides, products, and dealers, good and bad. It is a place where we could sell stuff, honor birthdays, make fun of ourselves and give each other a slap on the back for a good ride or meal.

So, why the editorial…?

We’re just not getting much stuff from the membership and are appealing to you all to contribute…thoughts, technical and/or safety tips, trip stories, pictures, other items of interest to motorcyclists, items for sale, and favored products.

We were fortunate last year to have Cybernet1 design and develop our website.  They do their best to keep up with new information and for that we are grateful to Rich and Joyce for their tireless work on our behalf. But you know what? Nobody is using the forum on the website. What a great place to place ads, talk about problems and fixes. Sometimes we get the feeling that members believe their only responsibility is to show up. Maybe we all need to take a second look and decide if we like what we see in the Website and the Newsletter and see what we can do to add to either of them.

There…it’s off my chest now…I feel better already.

Dave McCormack

   
 

RIDE SCHEDULE – APRIL & MAY & PICK UP RIDES

Beginning in April, here are the next two rides scheduled for the club:

Saturday -April 9 – Meet at the Hayloft in Lolo at 10:00 a.m. for breakfast and ride to either Lochsa Lodge or the Sula Store, depending on road conditions.

Saturday- May 14 – Meet at Bud & Shirley’s Café in Darby at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast. Ride to Wisdom or Shoup, Idaho.

When the riding season gets underway, there is always a scheduled ride each month, usually on the 2nd Saturday. Check the website for the 2005 schedule. But, there is always a chance that some folks will want to ride other days and those rides are called “pick-up rides”. Usually, if you’re anxious to get out and do a little riding, even a short ride to for instance, Darby or Lochsa Lodge, we encourage you to start e-mailing or calling the membership to see who else might want to go. Last year, we had on average a pick up ride every week and sometimes two per week. So, get on the computer or phone and let people know you’re ready to ride. This club is all about riding, first and foremost.

 

FOR SALE

2000 Kawasaki 1500 Vulcan Classic FI. Liquid cooled, shaft drive, fuel injected V twin. Over $2,000 in extras, including windshield, bags, Cobra exhaust, etc.. I am the original owner, and this bike has never been dropped or had anything but the best of care. It's in excellent condition with only 28,000 miles on the clock, mostly highway. Call 721-4486, or 240-4190 with any questions, and ask for Brad.

Editor’s Box

This little newsletter is put out whenever we have a chance and put together for the benefit of  members.  For 2005, we will be publishing every other month beginning in February.  All contributions are welcomed, especially digital pictures of rides and member activities.  See us on the web at www.montana-retreads.org or write me at dhmcc@aol.com

 

 
   

 

 

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