Tech Tips from Monte
Batteries will last nearly forever now by using an automatic charger.
Battery Tender makes a great little number for about $35 and we’ve heard
there are some less expensive ones at Wal-Mart.
The first 100 miles on new tire should be done very carefully. The grease
the manufacturers use to ship the tires takes about that long to wear off.
Lean angles should be kept to a minimum for awhile.
(2) New face shields (one Clear, one Lt. Smoke) for Shoei
RF-700, RF-800 and RF-900 helmets. They also fit 9 other Shoei models.
Used Lt. Smoke face shield for same helmets. $25.00 takes all.
Used, two year old Shoei RF-900 helmet. Size: a tight
XXL. Silver. Never dropped! $25.00 takes it.
Contact Bill Varien at 642-3963
Hope Ride Update
The route for the Bitterroot Valley groups to West Yellowstone has been
published and it looks like a great ride. We’ll check in at Missoula on July
24th, get our instructions and push on to Ovando; then down to Anaconda via
some back roads; through Wisdom and around to swing through Twin Cities and
then on to West Yellowstone. Looks like a tough ride but the Retreads
members going are up for it. More information can be found on the
Montana Hope Web Site "http://www.montanahope.org".
For those of you not planning on going but wanting to make a contribution,
you can either make a direct pledge or make the pledge with a member who is
going. It’s a great cause and benefits a lot of Montana kids.
One of the best tips to come out of the Experienced Rider Course was
…start using your engine cut-off switch before dismounting the bike. If
you’ve been getting off and then turning the ignition switch, you’re not
training your thumb to find that "kill switch" which you may need in an
emergency. It will save you those embarrassing moments when you accidentally
kick the gear shift lever with the engine still running.
The other big safety tip was "your bike will go where your eyes go." The
key is to look "long" and where you want to end up, not what you’re trying
to avoid. Driving "short" is what troubles most beginning riders, so look
up, long and decide where you want to end up and you’ll have more fun than a
barrel of …whatever.
The summer Montana retreads picnic is on. By pleading, then threatening,
Bill has managed to find a willing team to put the picnic together. We will
be picnicking at Fort Fizzle (a mile or two west of Lolo on the south side
of Highway 12). More info later but if you want to help, check in with
Joe Rice and Iva Gilmore.
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Experienced Rider Course Report
7 Riders took the Experienced Rider Course on May 9th in
Missoula. Bill Varien, JT Meenach, Wayne Dreese, Ted Storck, Doug Heald,
Dave McCormack, and Steve Hensley spent the day mostly making our bikes
do things we never thought possible. The instructors were great and the
weather was perfect. We all passed and were pleased with the amount of
information we gathered from the day long event. Many of us learned new
skills and techniques and discovered some bad habits that we were unaware
of. We’re hoping that every other spring, the club will sell out the 12
spaces in the course and make this a semi annual event. With the club
discount, we got our money’s worth. And oh by the way, another tech tip that
came out of the course…always carry a spare main fuse. Thanks for that,
JUN 12th Big Fork Loop
Breakfast at The Joker’s Wild @ 8:00 AM. North Reserve St. Missoula
JUL 10th Breakfast at Bud & Shirleys @ 8:30 AM,
then a two stage ride to Wisdom, Anaconda, Deer Lodge, Missoula (short
riders can turn around at Wisdom, or ride the Crystal Park loop and return.
Long riders can continue on to Anaconda, and back through Missoula).
Jul 24/25 Hope Ride. Meeting time and place TBA
AUG 2nd Departure date for the national RETREADS RALLY at
Spearfish, SD (check details with Bill or Dave)
AUG 14th Breakfast at The Hayloft @ 8:00 AM, then
a two-stage ride to Lochsa Lodge and Lowell, ID (short riders can turn
around at the lodge. Long riders can go on to Lowell).
SEP 11th ("Ralph Harris Memorial Ride to Mexico") Meet at
the Lone Pine Conoco, south of Hamilton at 12:30 PM and ride to The Broken
Arrow, in Gibbonsville, ID for a great Mexican dinner
Dependent on the weather, in October we will return to our breakfast
schedule the 2nd Saturday of the month. For the moment, we’ll be
at the Stevi Café in Stevensville unless we can find a larger venue for the
Spring has come and we find ourselves getting bigger…no, not because we
ate all through the winter, but because we’re fortunate to have several new
members. The names and particulars are listed on the web site but we do want
Link Graham (BMW R1100RT & Triumph Bonneville T100), Darby; Jim
Fox (Honda Sabre 1100), Missoula; Bob Robertson (Honda Valkyrie
Tourer), Missoula; Terry and Felicia Sullivan (Honda Goldwings, a ’77
and an ‘87), Missoula; and Rick Adams and Crystal O’Toole
(Harley-Davidson Road King), Stevensville.