RIDING SEASON ONLY WEEKS AWAY
RIDER TRAINING – LET’S STAY
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
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.
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.
RULES OF THE ROAD
Just a reminder to all.
There are no set rules of the road for Retreads except the following:
- Helmets are
- 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”
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.
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
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
RIDE SCHEDULE – APRIL &
MAY & PICK UP RIDES
Beginning in April, here are the next two rides scheduled for the
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.
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.
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