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IT'S THUMPER THURSDAY HERE AT THE THUMPER GARAGE:
WOW ... Does that yellow gas tank wake you up or what? Beautiful!!
See the History Page for another view and see the Event Page for the "Before" picture... Amazing job, Phil Schreck, FSSNOC #0162 (OK.)
We're finally getting a break in the weather around here---we got March's weather in February & February's weather in March (so far, anyway).
I'm simplifying my life a bit and selling a few of my bikes. Only 1 of the 8 for sale is a Thumper, though---the MuZ Silver Star Classic 500 that you featured on the cover of Thumper News #124.
If anyone is interested, they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll email them an MSWord document with a full description and some pictures.
Don't worry---even if it sells (and I have mixed emotions about that), Carol and I will still have 6 other Thumpers in the garage. 7 if I get a wild hair and, encouraged by recent discussions & reports, buy the new KTM 690 Duke. I'm glad to hear that its motor has been smoothed out. I used to own a 620 Duke and made the mistake of riding it 400 miles in one day. Every bone from my fingertips to my shoulder sockets was turned to calcium-flavored jello by the end of that day!
Hopefully, 3/23's posts will include a pic of Phil Schreck's finished Aermacchi Sprint project!
Keep on enjoying life! ...Joe Gilmore, FSSNOC #661 (MD.)
P.S. Hey Phil---can you add a couple of "Before" pics and re-send? Thanks! Joe
Kudo's to Henry, #5052 for telling us all about his beautiful FSSNOC calendar bike (January-February), easily the best looking page of the year. When I first saw it, I sure was looking forward to reading the details. Great job, Henry.
I'm still working on something to put down about the Hatchet, Sept/Oct. ...Vic Force, #3701, NC
Hi Ya, Jack...
Here's $40.00 plus $10.00 for the "Let's - not - run - out - of - gas" money for the club.
I will send more soon ... not money, but stuff for print in THUMPER NEWS, it'll happen soon. Take care, say "hey" to Carrie, and I hope you both stay well and healthy. ...Brian Moon, FSSNOC #3792 (CO.)
FSSNOC #000 here. Light load today, but that yellow Sprint Aermacchi made up for it! I could gaze at it all day! Perhaps a bit of history would be in order here. Seems the original company, spelled Aer Macchi, was an aircraft factory in Italy. I'm not that great at the Italian language, but one might surmise that Aer could be pronounced "Air", hence the aircraft background. In my Murdock. Ks. grade school French class, we learned that "Macchi" means "angel of" ... so we have "Air ... angel of", or as we would say it here in the colonies, "Angel of the Air". Take another look at that yellow tank, pay particular attention to the logo ... look like an airplane? Pretty cool, huh?
From my own viewpoint, the Sprint model started life as a medium-weight motorcycle with a horizontally mounted 250cc four-stroke single cylinder motor ... a Thumper. Big bikes were 650cc or 74 cu.in. twins. It, the Sprint 250, was marketed by none other than Harley-Davidson. Harley could have been reacting to the rising popularity of the new smaller and cheaper motorcycles from aboard. When the Aer Macchi company in Italy fell on lean times, as history has it, they were purchased by America's own Harley-Davidson company. This vein of action ultimately produced the Sprint model to be sold alongside Harley's own big Twins on USA dealership showrooms. Later models were enlarged to 350cc as you see above in the photo.
In 1967, I stopped by our local H-D shop, at that time called "Swede's Harley Davidson". My first purchase there was two M50 two-stroke "Harley Davidson" machines, one for me and one for my wife. 90 days and one seized piston later, I swapped both his and hers in for a "real" motorcycle, a 250cc H-model Sprint, the one with the now-sought-after big and backward gas tank. Purely Italian, it was coal black, shook like crazy, was difficult to start, and had bags of torque ... I loved it!
I had lots of "firsts" on that bike! Some of them we can talk about, like when I entered and ran my first motorcycle race on it. It, the race, was called a "Hare Scramble". Everyone ran together at the same time, usually for two hours (yah, that was when men were men...) with a mass start and a mad "scramble" as everyone wanted to lead the first lap by being the first rider to get between those two trees in a distant cedar tree shelter belt.
The above use of the word "scramble" here didn't have anything to do with the title of the race, however. The title for the race came from an imaginary rabbit (Hare) that we were all chasing.
Now in some cases, there was an actual guy on a bike that we all chased but we did it at night! This version was referred to as a "Hare and Hound" or a "Roman-candle Run". A lone rider would head out about 10 minutes before we were to go ... after a short while, he'd stop, jam a roman candle in the ground, light it, and then he'd take off again. He was supposed to stop and light a roman candle every 10-15 minutes or so. He'd go like crazy, so would we! First one to catch him was the winner ... of nothing! Of course, those were the days before deer ... and maybe we were "young and dumb" as Big Al would say.
Excuse this rabbit trail (pun intended) , but I remember my first Hare and Hound run. We had just adjourned the club meeting of our Prairie Pups Motorcycle Club. In those days, we were meeting in an unheated garage at Frank Dade's place out by the old race track on the western outskirts of ThumperVille.
In those days, motorcyclists were a varied lot, some rode Harleys and Triumphs, some BSAs or Nortons, some were on Yamaha's newest model, the two-stroke DT-1. Even had a Big Bear Scrambler plus a handful of Honda's 250-305 Scramblers and Super Hawks, and lastly a Kawasaki or two and a few Suzukis. Yeah, a mixed bag of people and machines, at best.
Across the road from Frank's was a pasture. In that pasture, a natural bluff had been carved out of a tall hill by a creek that ran through the property. The creek had a history of flooding during a hard rainstorm. The bluff afforded an excellent view to the east-north-south of our meeting site.
It was a dark, dark night. Look up and you could see a million stars, look straight and you could see nothing. We were gathered on the bluff to await the first roman candle. It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop in the grass! I remember the ticking of exhaust pipes cooling in the cold winter night air. We waited...
Whhoooopp! Whhoooopp! Whhoooopp! In the distance, the blackness was interrupted by a colorful ball of blue flame, then yellow flame, then another blue... My heart was racing. I began to frantically kick the Sprint's ungainly kick-starter. True to its nature, nothing happened. Silence.
All around me, bikes were roaring to life! Immediately to my right, a fellow club member named Dick Rankin, who was mounted on a brand new metallic green 250cc Savage Suzuki Enduro, punched his kick-starter down one time and it fired. Bang! Bang! Bang! His eye on the distant prize, he dropped the clutch and rode straight off the bluff and down into the creek! True story. Well ... Okay, Okay! So I didn't really have a French class in grade school...
I'll get back to my Sprint story another day ... as Paul Harvey was fond of saying, "you'll hear the rest of the story when we came back from this word from our sponsor." Great job on the 350 Aermacchi, Phil! ...Jack, FSSNOC #000 - Director
(Dont' forget to check the History Page and the Event Page - new stuff!)
_________________________ posts below are from 03-16-17 ________________________
I expect to have my SR500 at the "Dark Side of the Moon" Triangle Thumper Tour in August. Sign me up for participation sticker, please! ...Joel, #5190, Nebr.
Done deal, Joel! It'll be great to see you. I love your title for our Event series, we may adopt that if you don't care ... Should all this not make sense to you, dear reader, it is in reference to our 2017 series of club events on August 22-23-24, 2017. Three events in three days in three states, Missouri - Arkansas - Oklahoma. Send notice of your expected attendance at one or more of these ThumperCafe events and I'll put your "John Henry" on a list for a FREE attendance decal (yes, you do have to show).
So why the above title? The day before out event is a Nation-Wide eclipse, first one since 1918, and the path of the shadow is within a couple hundred miles of our event sites. That shadow travels at something like 1477 miles per hour, faster than a speeding bullet, as Superman might say. How exciting! Three Thumper Events AND an eclipse, too!
Don't miss it, eh? Hope to see YOU at the Dark Side of the Moon Triangle Thumper Tour... - Jack, #000
Mar 9 at 12:46 PM
I have no idea if you have seen this or not, but it looks like a new 4 stroke single has "arrived" that could be of interest....
Exclusive First Ride: Genuine G400C Motorcycle | ScooterFile
We had the opportunity to ride the pre-production prototype of Genuine's new small motorcycle, the G400C. What does a scooter company know about motorcycles?
Sent to us here at the Thumper Garage by Chuck Potter (#5312) Belen, New Mexico
Wow, Chuck ... What a sweetheart! Looks like an SR400-500 Yamaha. Cool! I liked it so well I put the photo on our Event Page found elsewhere on this website, check it out there as well... Best Wishes, Chuck! I'm still enjoying the memories of our Arizona tour! Hope you can come to the Heartland in August... - Jack, #000.
I received in the past TN124 and just got TN126, Spring 2017 but I did not get TN125 with the Thumper calendar. Is it possible to send me TN125, Thumper calendar 2017? Do you need money for shopping?
Tom Suter #0810 NY 14472
Hi Ya, Tom ... awesome to hear from you! Of course! I always need money for SHOPPING!!! (Ha! Ha!) I do have a couple leftover issues, will put one in today's mail. Without a Thumper calendar, one could be messed-up for a whole year! The P.O. does a great job but every once in a while, something goes amiss. Our records show that your issue of TN125 was mailed but who knows where it went, for sure. Take good care, Tom! - Jack, #000
Of note to members: When this happens, it does cost the club for an additional magazine and the postage to mail both issues but, as in Tom's case, it is something that usually can't be helped.
However, in the case of a changed or new address, please do take a moment and notify FSSNOC of your new address because our (your) newsletter/magazine, Thumper News, is not generally forwarded by the P.O. - it goes to the dump! This does include the temporary address changes for those of us who go south for the winter months or to the high country for the summer ... please alert FSSNOC when you plan to be gone. The P.O. doesn't forward bulk mail like ours... - #000.
They are using CCMs!
Subject: Might want to follow these guys on Facebook..they start tomorrow
Thank you, Clement! (This is a response by FSSNOC #1866 (CA.) to our cover photo and excellent article by Jerry Rewerts, #1421 (IA.) in the latest Thumper News #126.) I had no idea that CCM was still in business! What a cool deal, thanks for the timely heads-up, Clem! Keep On Thumpin! - Jack, #000.
Just received "Thumper News - Spring 2017" - good fun and thank you. Its receipt reminded me that I need to make an address change. In less than two weeks I'll be moving to Texas... Thank You, Mike! Got it recorded, you're good to go. #000.
Almost twenty years ago, I first learned about FSSNOC at the "Legendary BMW Motorcycles of Fort Worth" shop of Perry and Merry Bushong, through one of your newsletters that they had displayed. On Saturday, 4 March 2017, Perry passed away. A Celebration of Life is scheduled at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, 1 April 2017, at the Botanical Gardens Theater in Fort Worth. RSVP to RSVPforPerryBushong@gmail.com
A motorcycle procession will assemble at 1:00 p.m. and depart at 1:30 p.m. from Perry's Motorcycles and Sidecars at 816 South Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76111.
Perry's obituary can be seen at www.star-telegram.com You might have to go to the second page of available obituaries. Merry and Perry are and will remain good friends of all. Lots of stories, lots of bikes through them over the years. Wow.
Just thought to let you know. Thank you for all that you do - and the best to you and yours from this end of the road!
Mike Budd, #3509
Wow! That is a surprise ... Perry and Merry have been members of our club for decades. Their member number is #485! Perry attended our events, hosted us at his Ft. Worth shop, and always, always told others to join. My heart is saddened to hear this news, Mike. We will miss him as will anyone who knew him... Thanks for the heads-up, Mike! - Jack, #000.
I see there has been some conversation about the new '16 - '17 KTM 690 Duke. My '16 690 Duke continues to be a delight. Very low vibration with the new engine, light, quick and unbelievably economical (60 MPG). The basic elements make up a bike that is a marvelous catalog of attributes for a committed rider whether amateur or highly experienced. It carries the "Ready to Race" characteristics you would expect: taut handling, superior thump power & the ability to seem like an extension of your body.
I'm a committed dirt bike rider so this street bike had my sense of making it better performing and handling, just what you would do with a serious off-road race bike. So what did this entail?
I wanted the R suspension for one. These units are rebuildable & adjustable with parts available for them unlike the stock units. These were not available in the US thanks to a noodle-headed decision on the part of KTM-NA, so I got the racing forks and shock from Jim Aim Motorcycles in London, England (great guys, BTW). I also got the billet racing triple clamps which pulled the forks back 1.5mm making it much quicker handling and much lighter feeling. Cycle Zone in Topeka got the Galfer racing front rotor which really grabs. The racing map and the Akrapovic slip-on exhaust really livened up the already peppy motor.
Always wanting to reduce weight, I tossed the lead acid battery for an Earth-X li-ion battery. Personal touches included the gel seat. I think I will add the handlebars identical to the ones on my 300 XC since the bend is one that I really like. KTM has a rear rack that is a very high quality unit. I got the KTM hard bags to go with that for extended trips. Getting the lock kit was a piece of work. Ian at Jim Aim Motorcycles found a new set in his junk pile (they have been long discontinued) and they work great.
I've ended up with a bike that is far better than my riding capabilities (for track days) and that suits me just fine. Do you need to do any of these modifications? No. Clay Bastian's (FSSNOC #2440) identical 690 is stock and it runs great. I just really like improving and messing with my motorcycles.
I would add that running between 90 and 100 MPH from Emporia's turnpike entrance (the highway patrol had just passed heading south so I felt safe running this) to Topeka still gave me 60 MPG and was nearly vibration free. I exercise with weights including a neck harness with a 45 lb. weight so my neck never got sore. A great run. And really fast.
I guess I can add some pix for you. I probably should be less of an anarchist on the road at 77, but with the Duke, I just cannot help myself. It stirs a bewildering complex of hooligan desires. I will have to re-shoot pix of the triple tree, brake & forks / shock. Can't find the pix,
Stu, #5360 (KS)
Wow ... I am breathless! "It stirs a bewildering complex of hooligan desires" ... that statement is flat awesome! That ride with you on the Turnpike was a thriller, Stu! There is an old saying that goes something like this, "You are what you ride..." Could it be true, Stu? I believe it could...
Carl, #5106 (OH.) - are you listenin'? If Stu's report doesn't get you excited about a KTM 690 Duke, nothing will ... as if you needed any more anticipation, right? MaN! Nice piece, Stu... Jack, #000.
I finished my last day in Mexico 3 days ago. Unfortunately, the day was marred by continuous light rain and decreasing temperatures. After I arrived at the Mexican border and finished the paper work, entering the US, I encountered a quarter mile back up of 2 lanes of rush hour traffic on a narrow roadway. Expeditious lane splitting got me near the front of the line without driver complaint. The drivers perhaps were sympathetic to a motorcyclist stuck in a backup in the rain. I arrived at my car/trailer just before dark, loaded and went to a motel for a hot bath! Now am driving home to Michigan.
John 2829. MI
WELCOME HOME, DR. DIRT ... the banner would read. High school bands would be playing, pretty girls would be marching with batons, old cars and floats would be in parade, President Trump would shake your hand ... all this to welcome you home. That is, if I had my way!
Your book, 80.4 Finish Check, has been mailed, hope you will enjoy it. Put your feet up, take a brake! It is always fun to leave on a trip and it is always fun to return home ... Jack, #000.
Speaking of books, we have about, no, we have exactly six volumes left ... so send those club donations! Should we run out, we will substitute back issues of Thumper News! Send a donation to the club, note in your mailing that you'd like the book by our friend, Ed Hertfelder ... and we'll mail you back absolutely FREE, the entertaining book, 80.4 Finish Check! Of course, you are welcome to call and reserve a copy if you wish or you can take a chance, your call.
If you have joined our club in the last 10 years or more or less, we have a supply of back issues that you'd enjoy, sort of a trip down memory lane ... send that donation and if there are no more books or if you'd prefer the Thumper News issues, we will send you a packet by return mail.
Thanks very much for stopping by the THUMPER GARAGE! See you here next week. Send us your comments, photos, etc by e-mailing to: FSSNOCthumpers@yahoo.com
Be sure to stop by the History Page, the Event Page, the Club Store, and the Membership Application Page (if you are not a member, please consider joining our club. Simply fill out the printed-out application, send it with your membership dues to the club at: FSSNOC P.O. Box 1809, Hutchinson, Ks. 67504-1809 To save money, you may choose to join for two years at a time for just $75, a savings of five bucks! Be sure to complete the application so we can send you a brand new club shirt to wear down to the motorcycle shop or the local drive-in. The shirt is FREE to first-time joiners! What a deal, eh?
KEEP ON THUMPIN' ... JACK, FSSNOC #000/DIRECTOR I'll end this with a quote credited to Evel Knievel,
"Anybody can jump a motorcycle. The trouble begins when you try to land it!"
See you next week...
Posts from 03-09-17 are below:
Hello JR... Looks like ThumperVille is in the National news and not for a very good reason. Hope everything is still standing in your part of Reno County. Wishing you a good outcome from this. Vic, 3710, NC
Thank You, Vic ... Yeah, I didn't know if I'd be doing this report on the Thumper Garage today or not! This is our view from across the block on the night that we evacuated. We came back the following day about noon and our neighborhood was still standing, thank the LORD above! So far, so good.
The fire is still burning, I can see the smoke as I write. With the constantly switching Spring winds, the firefighters gain on it and then it gains on them, over and over. Firetrucks and crews from across the state are here to assist. Blackhawk helicopters have been dropping water on the area for days. Homes and property have been lost to the fire. Roads to our immediate North remain blocked with barricades and State Troopers ... and those guys mean business. Again, thanks to all for your thoughts and prayers, don't stop... Jack, #000
Hi Jack, just wanted to pass along a few pics of my latest thumper acquisition. A somewhat rare 1990 Kawasaki KLR650 Tengai. I have been looking for a deal on a used KLR650 for a few months and this popped up on Craigslist here in Oregon and I could not resist and purchased it on the spot. With only 23k miles and minor fairing cracks, it is in pretty good shape. I should have it cleaned up in a few days and if it ever stops raining here in the NW, I will be a happy camper.
I do own another Thumper, a 2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT, which is fun, but hard to ride for any length of time due to the vibration from that push rod motor, but boy, is it beautiful to look at!
I have other bikes in the garage but it is nice to be back on a KLR650. Tell everyone to take care for me and I hope to see the group again someday when there is an event that doesn't clash with my other outings.
Sincerely, Terry Clair #5142 (OR.)
(See this historic beauty on the History Page ... "somewhat rare" could possibly be an understatement.)
Terry, Awesome example! Well done! And, as for the Royal Enfield Continental GT, I really enjoy riding mine in the winter months because I am wearing my thickly padded winter gloves and the slow speeds that the machine dictates make it easier to stay somewhat warm as well! But, as you say, it is worth the issue! What a delight!!
Thanks for sharing, Terry! Hope your social calendar allows a visit to a ThumperCafe event in the near future. How about thumpin' to the heartland this August? We are having three events in three days in three states ... is that grand or what? August 22-23-24, 2017 You, being from the Northwest, might have a shot at "Long Distance Thumped" on the KLR Tengai ... or the Enfield ... Best Wishes, Terry! - Jack, #000
I want to thank Kerry, CO #4543, and Vic, NC #3701, and also Jack for comments on the 690 Duke/CB300F question. My savings program is underway; I want the 690, crazy as it might be. Target date is May this spring.
Carl #5106 (OH.)
Sounds like a great plan, Carl. Keep us posted on your progress and, of course, now we all look forward to your essay on "How I Like My New KTM 690 Duke", okay?
This IS exciting stuff! Thanks for the update, Carl! - Jack, #000.
As a sidenote, you might want to make your move. The AMA magazine says the government has a plan to use European motorcycles as a bargaining chip to get them (Europe) to take our beef (and I speak about this out of a level of ignorance so do your own homework) Prices and/or availability may be affected..?
Please reserve a copy of Ed's book. The check's in the mail! Just kidding - l'll send it when I return.
John #2829 (MI.) Will do, my friend. These puppies continue to go out. The people at the Post Office wonder what I am selling here. Every time they ask me if there is anything explosive in there! I always answer "Nope!", but I know inside that some of Ed's adventures can make one "explode" with laughter! ... Happy Travels! - Jack, #000
Darrel FSSNOC 002 KS...
FOR SALE: 2001 MZ 660 Scorpion Sport Cup. Silver in color, garage stored, 7241 miles, owners manual and 2 keys. $1400. Can text or email pics. 620-899-9933 Darrel FSSNOC #002 (KS)
Hi Ya, Darrel! Haven't seen you forever ... That bike would make someone a great Thumper! You sure you want to sell it for that price. I haven't seen that Sport Cup for a long time but that sounds like a deal to me... Jack, #000. P.S. Carrie and I do lunch almost every Friday, I invite you and your bride to come dine with some fellow FSSNOCers if you like. See FAST FRIDAY details on the Event Page of this website.
Hi Jack. Intense switch backs for 2 daes. Ocasionally needed first gear. Good hearted little bike, that XT250 Yamaha. Missed 6 speed. With 1.5 inch added seat pad perfect heigt to securely foot it in the huge number of awkward paeking spots. Not always level here.
Ciber cafe keybcard has populae letters 2/3s worn off. Use you imaginaton.
OK- Lsaundry time. I only taek one xtra change of underware. alll poliproplene and 1 pair poli (lite wate ) offmbike pants. Hears my trick for laundry. Like to use warm water to warsh underware and shave. No hot watre at zink. So haff waterprot foldup wash basin to catch water from showr. Decision time. If I haff 2 towels in rum, I shower furst an then catch vater in basin for kaundry and shave. Dri me one towel an the udder for to roll up undies and squeze out watee,so dey dei overnite. Same with pants. But nut on same nite. Hear the catch: If only one towl in room,laundry mor impoetant. Squeezs watr out of laundri then tak showr. I dry more eslee than laundree. Evaperaton. This trik wirks in campgruods in USA when onlwy cold vater at zink.
Lots of down time on thiss trip.The keyboard isnt this bad but it iss diffrent. Pleni time to gof off. Did git to Mixiko today. Onle 3000 miles to ride/driv.
Tung in cheek, ...Dr Dirt 2829
Dear Doctor, (Last heard of in Belize, formally know until 1973 as British Honduras in northern Central America)
From your message, if one didn't know better, one might assume that someone just served you a Peyote sandwich and a Tequila lemonade?
Again, Happy Travels! ... Jack, #000.
P.S. Does your Mom know where you are?
<--------------------- Postings from 03-02-17 are below ------------>
SHIFTING GEARS ... a column by Jack Robinson, your club Director:
You, like me ... likely anticipate seeing a really nice photo with awesome scenery or an exciting Thumper motorbike or whatever in our masthead above, eh? Well, never fear, go to the History Page and the Event Page when you are done here and you'll see some Thumper eye candy, okay?
HAVE YOU HUGGED YOUR MOTORCYCLE TODAY? Pretty cool bumper sticker, for sure! I was impressed with it and thought I would share it with you all. At first thought, it appears mildly humorous ... but if you are coming out of winter and are as happy as I am to see some blue sky, some warm temps, and the soon to happen, daylight savings time ... yeah, I'll hug my motorcycle! Thanks to Bill Kennedy, FSSNOC #4446 of Maryland for sending it to us. If you are in the area, slide by the shop at the address on the sticker and say Hi to Bill, okay? Bill and I have been visiting about Ed the last few days. Here is one such comment from Bill:
"Living in the East, I had lots of fun riding with Paul and Ed over the years. Last time I talked to Ed, he was moving to Arizona and Paul had sold the magazine ... and life gets in the way."
Earlier, I had attempted to call Ed to no avail, got the voicemail, left a message ... but no response. I joked with Bill that Ed apparently had Caller I.D. I then sent Ed a card, also without a response. Now, as you read this, should someone out there in FSSNOC land not know who "Paul" or "Ed" is or which "Ed" we are talking about, it is the famous author of Duct Tapes, Ed Hertfelder, FSSNOC #3756 (AZ.). Paul was the editor of Trail Rider, a prominent dirt bike magazine in the East-USA for many years and he also wrote the, what do they call it? A Forward, maybe ... the introduction for Ed's book, 80.4 Finish Check.
And, while on the subject, we still have some volumes of Ed's book to give away. The stack has reduced itself to about 40% so we are making terrific progress. In case you've just tuned-in, the last few weeks, our club has been giving away a $29.00 value hard-bound book to members who send a donation to the club treasury. 2017 is a new year and here we are in March and we are still trying to overcome our wayward ways in 2016, at least financially.
The rule of thumb on the donation amount is that you may send any amount that your little heart says is okay as long as it exceeds the postage needed to return a fresh, unread book back to you via the U.S. Mail. Keep in mind when you do your calculations and are writing that check (payable to FSSNOC) that these books weigh 1.5 pounds and require not only postage but a bubble-wrap envelope to withstand the journey to your library shelf or your nightstand, and then there is the gas that the ole Thumper takes to get it to the P.O, the boot leather to get it inside, etc, etc... (grin) Please request the book when you make your contribution, and, of course, this offer is limited to stock on hand. You may call the club at 620-663-1869 to reserve a copy if you wish, or you may write as well. Leave a message should I be out riding (yeehaw!) Offer open to current members of FSSNOC only...
A few days ago I learned from a FSSNOC member that she had talked with Ed on the phone. She said he sounded great and it was fun to visit with him. She had enjoyed the book that we are giving away, 80.4 Finish Check, which is Ed's latest literary effort, so much that she purchased some of Ed's earlier titles as well...
Knowing that Ed, despite his 88 years, is quite a hiker, I replaced my call, thinking that I may have called when he was gone and he may not pay much attention to voicemails ... he picked up. As always, it was a fun conversation, says he feels 20 years younger than his birth certificate reads and that all is well, it was certainly good to hear that! We laughed and joked about the old days of his riding in all those Enduros, he said he actually finished one, the Alligator Enduro down in Florida, that was the highpoint of his riding and writing career! We recalled the time he was our Master of Ceremonies at a FSSNOC event in Stockton, MO several years ago. It was great to ketchup!
Another conversation that has been going on, "What in the cat hair does 80.4 Finish Check mean?", as one member put it. I took this opportunity to find out from Ed ... it represents the total distance in miles to the final checkpoint of an Enduro as written on a roll chart. Don't know what a roll chart is, get Ed's book. All of Ed's books had similar titles. So now we know...
Clay Suckey, #5379 (IN.) wrote when he ordered his book ... "Could it mean 50mph? An average to maintain on a trip?"
Pretty close, Clay! 80.4 in metric x .62 = 49.848 Not bad, Clay, not bad. Clay also challenged us to guess what he is talking about with the following description:
What has two wheels, eight speeds and weighs 300 pounds? The engine is called a "T" head and it looks like an upside-down hemi. The magneto is shaft driven from the camshaft. It has two 25 pound flywheels and wide-open throttle is 2800rpm. The motor and tranny share the same filtered oil. There is a kill switch on the right handlebar, it has battery start but no charging system. The motor is air-cooled by a belt & blade setup. Top speed is about 4mph. Do you know what it is? Okay, there you have it, dear reader ... any ideas???
Motorcyclist Magazine, in its most recent issue, has introduced a new format. It is now to be mailed every two months, six issues per year. My issue was a fat 106 pages and was formatted to include lots of white space, a more open layout, than most magazines of the day who tend to go the opposite way with all sorts of things going on at the same time on the same page.
They very kindly mentioned our club on page 100 in an article called Smart Money: Street Singles .. by Jerry Smith Thank You, Jerry! motorcyclistonline.com
Thumper News #126 ... is completed and about ready to mail. Thanks to all who contributed. The cover and back cover are spectacular, if I may be so bold! Be watching for it at your mail delivery box. Should you have information, a road trip report, a product analysis, whatever ... you are invited to submit your article to our club via our club address: FSSNOC P.O. Box 1809, Hutchinson, Ks. 67504-1809 or you may email it to: email@example.com
A Report from Dr. Dirt ... Hi Jack, Have been remiss about keeping you posted about my travels. I spent 8 days crossing Mexico and just finished 9 days in Belize. I've enjoyed the riding and have also done interesting tourist things.
The XT 250 Yamaha has done well. Nice to have a speedo I can change to kilometers. I usually cruise between 80 and 90. Fuel mileage only 55 when I had a strong head wind but more usually 73 to 75 mpg. My saddle bags stick out more than my other bikes due go the Happy Trail side racks. Gas here in Belize is almost $5 per gallon. In Mexico $3.12, helped by the devalued peso. On to Guatemala. ...John, #2829 (MI.)
Thanks for the update, John! You are making excellent progress and you sound cheerful, both of which are good. Keep On Thumpin! - Jack, #000
Have a great week! Don't miss the History Page, the Event Page, and the Club Store. You are likely going to need a fresh supply of club t-shirts for the riding season, yes? Order up today? See you all next time here at the THUMPER GARAGE...
......Jack, FSSNOC #000 (ThumperVille, USA)
....That's it for today, my friends! Have a great week! Thump when ya' can ... Jack, #000/Director
Don't forget to check out the History Page, the Event Page, and the Club Store. If you are not currently a member of FSSNOC, we invite you to join us by going to the Club Application page. If you are a current FSSNOC member, please invite others to join us. Like any organization, growth is essential to our continued survival...
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Hello Thumper Enthusiasts...
I'm Jack Robinson (FSSNOC #000), your club Director. It is an honor to introduce you to THE THUMPER GARAGE. This mini-venue is in addition to our legendary hard copy THUMPER NEWS quarterly magazine. After enjoying this page, please visit our other pages on this site. Go to the masthead above to make it happen...
You are encouraged to thump by the THUMPER GARAGE weekly. This is a FREE site for you and your friends.
Members may contact us anytime 24/7 with comments, conversation, stories, or questions via a mailed letter, a phone call or an e-mail. When you E-mail, please give us your first name, your FSSNOC member number, and your state. You'll receive a courtesy confirmation E-mail back. Our actual response to your E-mail will generally be posted on the following Thursday's THUMPER GARAGE posting so be sure to tune back in then... (Address-phone number-email address is below... **)
We encourage you to join our club: Complete the application found elsewhere on this site (click on "more" above) and mail it to us with $40 dues for a 12 month membership or save a few bucks by sending $75 for a 24 month membership. Include your shirt size so we can gift you a FREE club t-shirt if this is your initial membership.
A subscription to THUMPER NEWS magazine, mailed to your mailbox, is included in your membership as well.
Our U.S. POSTAL address is: FSSNOC P.O. Box 1809, Hutchinson, Ks 67504-1809.
To call our club, phone 620-663-1869 or you may send an E-mail: FSSNOCTHUMPERS@yahoo.com
NOTICE: Please understand that your E-mail will likely be reproduced on this site. Any/all subject matter and information may be used in-part or edited and will become the property of the Four-Stroke Singles National Owners Club and FSSNOC,INC. All included content in Thumper News or The Thumper Garage is solely for entertainment, not advise....
*Thumper Garage WANT ADs are below:
FOR SALE: 1983 Honda XL600 with only 3150 actual miles (yes, that is the correct mileage).
I am the original owner and the bike is as clean and pristine as you can imagine with so few miles. It has been obsessively maintained, pampered and garaged. Runs perfectly. Comes with the owners manual and the official Honda shop manual. Also have new in package NOS clutch and speedometer cables. And I have Honda sales brochures and every magazine from 1983-1984 with a road test of the XL600. Also comes with the original tires that I kept when new tires were installed (why I kept them I don't know). Lots of pictures available that I can email. It must be a good bike since you (Jack) once owned one! Price is $3400. Located in central Ohio
Thanks much Gary Girard (member #1627 614-753-8771 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE: 2011 Suzuki Burgman 400—ABS—only 1935 miles—great condition—just broken in--wife can’t ride anymore due to arthritis—fun scooter. Bike is in Georgia. Photos available--$4000. 828-448-2845 or email@example.com.
Paul, #5342, (GA).
1986 Yamaha SRX600 Super Single. Nice condition- stored last 3 years. 10,732 miles. SuperTrapp exhaust. $2900. Contact Bob (#5149) for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bike is in Vienna, VA. Robert Weber, FSSNOC #5149 (VA)
For Sale: 2007 Suzuki LS650 S-40 with 700 miles, looks new. Just did $900.00 worth of refresh to get it ready to sell. I'm 80 years old and can't enjoy the bike due to health... Call Ron at 214-212-0327 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Ron was FSSNOC #2754, and later was FSSNOC #4995.
For Sale: 2012 Suzuki TU250X - a 250cc street bike with 6600 miles, one owner, bike is garage kept and in excellent condition. Has a 16 tooth countersprocket and a new rear tire. $2800 or $2400 to a fellow FSSNOC member. Call Wayne at 352-799-7081 or email@example.com Bike is in Florida. Wayne, #3242 (FL)
THE CLUB STORE ... CLICK ON IT WHEN YOU ARE DONE HERE? Autumn means awesome riding for many areas ... time to get some new club gear, eh? Order yourself a bright new yellow and black club cap, a couple cotton t-shirts, and at least one sweatshirt to wear under your riding gear. Remember, every day is FSSNOC gear day. Tell the world about our club ... Thanks!
YOU'VE JUST VISITED THE THUMPER GARAGE. PLEASE CLICK ON THE "MORE" ON THE MASTHEAD ABOVE ... AND CHECK OUT ALL THE OTHER PAGES OF THIS SITE. PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE FOUR-STROKE SINGLES NATIONAL OWNERS CLUB (FSSNOC) TODAY ... Thank You! - Jack, FSSNOC #000/Director