for next year: Very Boring Rally 3 is set for Aug. 23-25, 2013 at Spirit Mountain in Duluth. Sponsored by Aereostich/RidersWearhouse, the VBR marks the 30th anniversary of Aerostich, the makers of the fine Aerostich motorsickle riding suit, a garment that is the very staple of any true sport touring rider. Sure to be a dazzling event, the rally will feature discussions with reknowned motorcycle adventurers, rides, a trials competition and all around motorcycle sheenanigans. For more information, go here: http://www.boringrally.com/
Also, there will be a rolling concourse event this July 28 in Duluth. Fun starts at 10 a.m., at Sir Benedict's Tavern, Superior Street.
But we decided it would be way more fun to stay in Red Wing. I mean, really, why go all that way to hang with leather clad Euro-biker trash? Seriously. But in case you're interested, here is the IOM TT schedule for 2012. The craziness starts today.
Our good friends at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa are hosting a vintage motorcycle rally, swap meet and bike show June 1,2,3. The museum alone is worth the trip as it is packed with an awesome cross section of historic bikes from both the road and track. For more information, go here:
Thursday, June 14 - Depart RW. Rally point for departure Caribou Coffee - Hwy. 61 @ 0630.For those of you who are traveling from out-of-town locations, you'll need to be here on June 13. I can provide a bed, and secure motorcycle parking with 24-hour security (my dogs will sleep in the garage.)
Destination: Gettysburg, SD.
Friday, June 15 - Gettysburg, SD to Custer, SD (Blackhills) via Hwy. 212 to see the Ben Ash Monument. (I did my homework and know who he is and why there's a memorial to him in the middle of fooking nowhere.)
Saturday, June 16 - Custer, SD. Ride roads around the Black Hills area.
Sunday, June 17 - Custer, SD - Ride big loop out to Devils Tower. Watch for UFOs and Richard Dreyfuss lookalikes.
Monday, June 18 - Head back east; stay somewhere in Souix Falls (High school lawn will do)
I’ve always been a fan of two wheels. I all started when I got my new yellow Schwinn Stingray for my birthday. I rode that thing everywhere. I remember getting the speedometer installed, with help from my Dad, and breaking the “20” mph limit for the first time. I started to venture out with my new bike and eventually rode it to school, the YMCA, and the local swimming pool. I was free! Well some thug ended up stealing my prized Schwinn from the YMCA. I immediately went to the police and reported it stolen. I had memorized the serial number – crazy!
Soon after, I started riding mini bikes (throttle rigged full open), dirt bikes (mostly my brother’s 100 Indian), and racing BMX. When I was 16, I bought an 82 Honda CB750F Super Sport for $1200. That was the end of my BMX days!
Between 1989 and 2002 was the “Dark Era” when I didn’t have a motorcycle. I don’t like to talk about it.
Spring of 2002 I decided to get another bike. I called my insurance agent and ask him to give me a quote for…