Monday, September 1, 2014
Next Friday over 100 pre-1937 motorcycles will depart Daytona Beach for Tacoma, WA. This will commence the 3rd Motorcycle Cannonball event. The route will take the bikes over 4000 miles and over the Colorado Rockies. The first was in 2010 from Kitty Hawk to San Diego. The second in 2012 went from NY to San Francisco. Bikes will go separate and more scenic routes than the support team vehicles.
There will be 17 daily "stages" consisting of about 250 miles per day. In 2012 only 19 out of 70 bikes completed the 3956 mile event with perfect scores. To get a perfect score, you must complete every mile and not have any penalties. 1 mile = 1 point. Our team worked hard and was fortunate enough to earn a perfect score and ultimately come in 3rd.
Generally bikes will depart about 8am and must be in by 5pm. There is a rest / day off on day 7 in Junction City, KS. See schedule below. More info can be found at www.motorcyclecannonball.com . Many stages will have a sponsored lunch at a museum or bike shop where the public is invited to see the bikes and mingle around. Most every evening's stop will also have an area where the public can see the bikes and riders, rally term for this is "parc ferme". After there viewing sessions bikes are squirreled away for daily maintenance and repairs back at each team's makeshift home on the road. Many of the support vehicles will look more like rolling machine shops. The public is welcome to walk around the pits and see the trials and tribulations first hand. Pictures are welcome as well as your questions.
The field is again very diverse, both as to types of bikes and riders. Lot's of v-twin power from H-D and Indian. Many returning teams as well.
The BMW teams have more than doubled from the 3 in 2012.
#8 Joe Gimpel from Daytona Beach riding a 1928 BMW R52 again this year.
#20 Denis Sharon on a 1936 R12.
#23 Team HMS (Historic Motorcycle Society) based in Jax, FL, again ridden by Norm Nelson. Bike owned by collector Jack Wells.
#52 Darryl Richman from Santa Cruz returns on his 1928 R52.
#53 John Landstrom from Atlanta and owner of Blue Moon BMW will be riding a 1928 R62 .
#62 Scott Blaylock will be riding another 1928 R62.
#63 Alabama's Eric Bahl will be riding a 1929 R63.
If you have any spare parts for these bikes, get out and visit a checkpoint. If you have experience working on any of these bikes, get out to a checkpoint. We certainly have Vech's number on speed dial.
Everyone on our team owns or has owned an airhead of some description. Many own more than one. Here is the route and some of the highlights...................
Sept 5 Start from Daytona Beach Resort B, 2700 N. Atlantic, Daytona Beach. Bikes leave resort at 8am for group photos on beach and depart officially at 10am...
This stage is 140 miles and overnight is in Lake City, FL.
Sept 6 Lake City, FL to Cabot Lodge in Columbus, GA. 250 miles.
Sept 7 Columbus, GA to Dairy Queen lunch in LaGrange, GA. Stage is 224 miles in total and ends at Coker Tire, Chattanooga, TN.
Sept 8 Chattanooga to lunch at Cyclemos Museum, Red Boiling Springs, TN. Stage is 237 total miles and ends at Appleton H-D, Clarksville, TN.
Sept 9 Clarksville to Grass Roots BMW, Cape Girardeau, Missouri for 199 miles.
Sept 10 Cape Girardeau to Yeager Cycle Sales, Sedalia, Missouri for 291 miles. The 3rd longest day.
Sept 11 Sedalia to City Cycle Sales, Junction City, KS for 244 miles.
Sept 12 .........Rest Day in Junction City.
Sept 13 Junction City to the Old Town Museum in Burlington, CO for a total 311 miles. This is the longest stage.
Sept 14 Burlington to the Rocky Mtn Motorcycle Museum, Colorado Springs, COfor lunch with the overnight at David Uhl Studios, Golden, CO. for a total of 249 miles.
Sept15 Golden to Leadville, CO for lunch with overnight at Grand Junction H-D, Grand Junction, CO for a total miles of 278.
Sept 16 Grand Junction to pit stop at Jeff Decker Studio, Springville, UT and finish at Legends Vintage Motorycles in Springville, UT for 289 total miles.
Sept 17 Springville to group photo at Bonneville Salt Flats and an overnight at 5th Gear Powersports, Elko, NV for a total of 298 miles. This is 2nd longest day.
Sept 18 Elko to High Desert H-D, Meridian, ID for a total 257 miles.
Sept 19 Meridian to Hells Canyon H-D, Lewiston, ID for a total of 284 miles.
Sept 20 Lewiston to Owens Cycle, Yakima, WA for a total of 243 miles.
Sept 21 Yakima to a lunch at Destination H-D, Fife, WA and then on to the finish at the LeMay Museum, Tacoma, WA for final day of 142 miles.
Our traveling team this year consists of ........
Jack Wells , Cannonball bike owner and owner of dozens and dozens and dozens and dozens of airhead BMW's. Retired commercial pilot.
Norm Nelson , rider and owner of a very high mileage 1977 R100rs. A former nationally ranked AHMRA road racer. Retired commercial pilot.
Chris Alley , tech team. Owner of a very nice '74 R90s and a growing collection of vintage European m/x bikes. Retired Mercedes-Benz technician.
Ed Miller , tech team. Owner of numerous /2's and other airhead sidecar rigs. Retired tool and die machinist.
Our non-traveling team.......
Bill Botkin . Owner of a nice R80RT a '40 something H-D. Retired commercial pilot.
William Robinson . Team Manager and head of promotion. Bill is a retired advertising and marketing executive who has ridden all over the world. Has several bikes and recently sold his 2 airheads to another friend / supporter of our team.
Rob Goetz . Rob is Jack's Son in Law and is based in NJ. Rob works for Federal Government and will be handling all the communication to our friends and supporters.
John Duss, Esq . John is helping with legal and financial duties. Avid old bike and car collector. NO BMW's, but some Guzzi's.
Larry Meeker , Former Team HMS Road Mgr in 2012. Owns a few airheads and other more modern BMW's. Fan of all things on 2 wheels. Retired Goodyear Tire guy.
Come out and see us if you can. Try to wear your Airhead colors so we can pick you out in the crowds as you proudly support other Airheads.
This is a very expensive proposition. Donations to HMS Team 23 accepted and should be directed to Jack Wells. In a crowd, you will probably hear him before you will see him.
Larry in Jax, FL
HMS Team 23
1928 BMW R52
ABC # 7058
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Ride and Silent Auction to benefit Natallie Baker
Saturday September 6th
Motorcycle run starts at
9am @ 4th St & Main Ave Northwest Parking Lot
Silent Auction to start at
Shenanigans Pub @ 11:30am
4001 W 41st St, Empire Mall
The poker run will have an entrance fee that enters the rider in a raffle for a Gun. More entries can be bought with level of swag desired.
The silent auction includes: Black Hills 3 Day/2 Night Vacation Rental Package, Local Artwork, Gun, Motorcycle Swag, and other items.
Two years ago, Jess and Ryan Baker’s family of four was blessed with a third daughter, little Natallie. After a regular pregnancy and delivery, the Baker’s expected to settle into the typical newborn routine; however, by the time Natallie was seven months old, she had spent four months in the hospital as doctors searched for answers. Natallie was diagnosed with malignant migrating partial seizure disorder with a SCN2A mutation, a rare disorder of which Natallie is the first documented case. For part of her hospital stay, Natallie was in an induced coma to rest her little body from the hundreds of seizures she was experiencing daily.
A year and a half later, little Natallie continues to fight hard. At one point, the family was unsure they would have the chance to celebrate her first birthday, and just recently, they were able to celebrate Natallie’s second year. These milestones have taken much effort on all fronts; Jess and Ryan work tirelessly with the doctors in Rochester, trying to find the delicate medicinal balance between seizure control and alertness, while Natallie continues to fight through each struggle she faces. As a result of these efforts, Natallie receives at least one seizure medication every two hours, even throughout the night. Three to four times a week, Natallie also works with physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Every night, a nurse joins their family to help with evening medications and to allow for some respite.
Because Natallie is the first documented case of malignant migrating partial seizure disorder with a SCN2A mutation, there have been no studies done on this particular seizure disorder. The doctors are learning alongside the family. Through every step of the journey, though, the Baker family continues to keep their spirits up. They cherish every day that their three little girls get to spend together, and their family of five tries to live every day to the fullest.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
No doubt you have seen, since you were a wee little babe, all the hubbub and kerfuffle about the “Sturgis motorcycle rally.”
Be it documentaries, rumor, or cameo showcases in the media “Sturgis” is embedded in the minds of all young men as a magical place of motorcycles, leather-clad women, booze, drugs, Aerosmith, and anything goes.
Sorry to let you down boys. It just ain’t so.
Maybe back in the 60′s it was a riot. Perhaps in the 70′s it was great. And I’m sure there’s some wild crazy parties going on during the rally today. But the truth is the Sturgis Rally has seen its days and it’s pretty much over. The reason is two fold.
One, whatever hot girls attended the convention have long gotten old and saggy. There is no new blood coming into the rally and (as an economist I’m serious when I say this) Harley Davidson has some serious legacy issues to consider. The average age of a Sturgis goer is about 52 and the only young people (hot chicks included) are usually brought in as staff. All those video you see on TV? Yeah, take your eyes off of the bartender from Raleigh trying to earn tuition for the year with the pronounced cleavage and look at all the people behind her. It’s usually an AARP sausage-fest in the background.
Two, posers. Fucking posers. Not to lay down too much motorcycle culture on you, there are two types of people. Those who ride and those who haul. Those who ride drive their bikes to the rally no matter where they’re from. I’ve seen serious, hardcore bikers from Mexico come up, driving their hogs from south of the border. Then I’ve seen pansy-assed pussy bankers from Fort Collins, buy a brand new Harley, haul it in their brand new Ford Expedition trailer with Ma and “cutsie puke-inducing” matching helmets, ride their bike a whopping 200 miles over the weekend, only to haul it back to Denver in the same day. Not only are they old, fake, weak, and pathetic, they’re dangerous on the road as they’re poorly-skilled, aging baby boomer, motorcyclists trying to complete a bucket list indifferent as to whether they endanger veteran riders at the rally.
In short, Sturgis has become nothing more than the state fair. Fat, conventional, cliche, and common. You just need a bike and you’re there.
However, this does not mean the town of Sturgis and the Black Hills area itself isn’t worth it.
To this day I am shocked and surprised how few people know about the Black Hills, Badlands National Park, and Deadwood. But while most people write off South Dakota as another white bred, boring, hicksville state, the far west side of the state is by far the most beautiful country in the country. The peaks are not too tall that you have to worry about snow in July. The Badlands are one of the genuinely unique national parks that everybody must visit. The landscape is dotted with abandoned mining towns with a bar that nobody will ever find you at. And if you have any inkling of patriotism and love for the US, I don’t know how you can leave this planet without visiting Mount Rushmore. But the key to avail yourself of this mandatory country is, above all else, to AVOID THE STURGIS RALLY.
The sad truth is that the Sturgis rally, which made the Black Hills what it is, denies it its best features. You don’t want to go to Sturgis for the rally, you want to go there for the wide open west. You don’t want to go there to be part of the crowd, you want to go there to be alone with your thoughts at some no name bar. You want to pilot your bike through the Spearfish Canyon and the Needles Highway unencumbered. You want to ride peacefully through the Badlands. And you can’t do that when 750,000 motorcyclists are occupying a highway system that is normally designed to support a population of only 100,000.
So my advice to you, motorcycle enthusiast or not, is to visit Sturgis, but a solid two weeks before or after the rally. You really aren’t missing anything, unless you have a serious hankering for flabby, wrinkly, baby boomer ass.
Friday, August 1, 2014
2004 BMW R1150GS w/ABS for sale. Bike is blue and white in color with approximately 43,000 miles. Includes BMW city cases with locks keyed to the ignition key, AeroFlow 2-piece Touring windscreen, OEM toolkit, OEM maintenance/rider manuals, and a Clymer service manual. New Metzeler Tourance tires installed last fall. Recent service was done this summer at BAK BMW which included new air filter, fuel filter, brake fluid, spark plugs, gear and final drive oil. New rear bearing also installed in final drive at that time. I purchased it from Power Brokers in 2010 with 26,469 miles on it. I believe I’m the second owner. No scratches or dents on the bike but there are a few scuffs on the side cases. Asking $5,250. For information please contact Scott Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at six o five-321-560nine. Local sale, CASH ONLY. No scammers, and no unsolicited offers or services!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
You were warned about it almost from the day you started riding motorcycles. You've talked to riders it has happened to. But you never expected to find yourself where you are now, speeding toward a car that is inexplicably turning left in front of you, its driver staring wide-eyed at you through the window but not stopping. In a flash you think, Holy hell. This is really happening.