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WELCOME TO THE THUMPER GARAGE! It's Thumper Thursday, April 27th.
Jack and FSSNOC clubmembers,
In my article about the Griffith Park Sidecar Rally, (TN#122- page 14) I wrote that Doug Bingham was in the hospital.
Doug passed away January 27 from cancer. I'm sure our members with Sidecars know all about Doug, but for those that don't, he is known worldwide for his accomplishments in Sidecaring. He was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame for his life's work. Doug was an accomplished Sidecar racer, he founded SideStrider and manufactured his own Sidecar, the Bingham Mark 1. He won Emmy award's for special Sidecars he built to film the L.A. Marathon. He taught Evel Knievel to pilot a Sidecar. He connected my Sidecar to my motorcycle (BSA 441 Thumper!) and helped me learn how to drive it.
God speed Mr. Sidecar.
Joe Piotrowski, #4591 (CA)
Hi Joe... I'm an old time (and life-time) AMA member (#155424) and when I read about Doug in the AMA magazine, I put the information on this website to let everyone know about his passing... He also was a FSSNOC member for many years, #3043 ... and he often sent magazine clippings about Sidecars that were powered by Thumpers! When one got a package from Doug, it was packed with lots of good reading! He was really an enthusiast...
Thank You, Joe! Doug impacted a lot of lives and your comments above help give the reader just a small part of what all Doug did for not only just Sidecars but for motorcycling in general. Hope you are doing well. It's not easy to lose a friend! - #000.
** Greetings! Am visiting Wichita, Kansas while my twin daughters are moving there. Always interested in what local cyclists are doing, so I have been searching the interweb for clubs of interest. In a week of touring the countryside, I've only seen one or two bends in any road, so I was beginning to presume it was really Taylor made for "Hardly Ablesons" and not real motorcycles. I am happy to see there at least some true enthusiasts alive and well out here on the prairie.
I live in Seattle, Washington and am active with the "Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts", a club with at times as many as 500 members. Many of us are active collectors and restorers of classic British, Italian, even some Japanese bikes! We ride and show all our bikes. "Trailer Queens" are welcomed at shows, but not treated as well as bikes that actually get ridden.
While I have a nice collection of vintage bikes, including five "Four Stroke Singles", I'd like to share a photo of just one, my largest Single, I'm sure hope you fellows will enjoy seeing it. It is a 1970 Ducati 450 Jupiter that I have owned since 1976. It's a splendid old bike with no bad habits at all. Was all original until two years ago when we were hit by a car. The extensive repairs evolved into a full restoration as you see it here.
If I am ever up Hutchinson way, I'll try to pop in on a club event! Ride safe! Lorin Smith
Hi Loren Smith... Thanks for your note! And ... thanks for sharing that photo of your Ducati Thumper as well. I would invite you to join our national club (for an application, click on "more" in the masthead above) and if you would do so, we will bring a club event to YOU! We'll plan to be there on August, the 27th, to be exact, and it'll be in rural Washington on or near highway 20.
Hope you will take part and bring some of those 500 other enthusiasts with you but remember, ya' gotta join FSSNOC to come as it's FSSNOC members only, okay? With five Four-Stroke Singles in your garage, we'd be a good fit, don't you think?
I'd like to defend my local riding venues a bit while we're chatting here. Matter of fact, when and if you do ever get by Hutchinson, Ks, be sure to bring one of those five Four-Stroke Singles and your riding gear and we'll go for a ride, Kansas style. I will say this, that I can enjoy open road (meaning zero traffic) and fresh country air within two minutes of my door, can you say the same thing while living in Seattle, WA? I think not... (grin)
Thanks again for your pic and your comments, Lorin. Best wishes from the flatlands... - #000.
#000 and FSSNOC:
After 8 years of membership, I'm not renewing my FSSNOC membership (due in May). I've enjoyed the magazine and the few ThumperCafe meet ups I was able to attend. It's a good club and a good group of folks.
No, the reason has nothing to do with being dissatisfied with anything regarding FSSNOC. Some medical and aging issues have forced me to part with anything having two wheels and a motor. Reading about other folks only makes me start having thoughts which would not be conducive to my overall health. I'm better off not looking at and being tempted by those stories and photos. I suppose it's a bit like choosing not to go to certain places one might have gone in the past when trying to get a handle on an addiction.
My next purchase will likely be a three wheeled bicycle which I will still enjoy. Maybe down the road I'll allow myself to get hold of an old beat-up '50s or '60s pickup truck - second only to a thumper in my book.
I probably won't be able to help checking in on the Thumper Garage on occasion. If you ever decide to do a ThumperCafe at Yoder's in Arthur, Illinois, I'd 4-wheel it down to meet folks. I sent some stuff in about the place several years ago. There is a large Amish community so the roads are very good and it's a great place to tool around and look at what's going on at the many farms in the area.
Thanks so much for all you do and for a wonderful group of folks. Keep up the good work.
Regards and best of luck, Jim Watkins #4940
Greetings to you, Jim... I've been told "NO" lots of times in my life, but never any nicer than by you! And, let me say that I totally understand! I have really enjoyed knowing you a bit and should our paths cross again at some future point, it'd be a pleasure to see you again! Please do touch base here at the Thumper Garage as you like, you are always welcome, Jim!
As for Yoder's in Arthur, IL ... I have stayed overnight there. In fact, as I rode into town that day, it was a few minutes after 6PM, as I recall. I parked in the little downtown area near a Visitor's Center (which was locked at 5PM so said the sign on the door glass) and was immediately accosted by a local young man who was curious about my motorcycle. After a bit of conversation about the bike, I shared with him that my riding boot had came apart a few miles back and could he direct me to a harness repair shop or a shoe shop? He did so and suggested I hurry as they closed at 5:30PM. I thanked him and immediately rode the two miles or so to the house with the sign at the driveway just as my friend had described.
The door was ajar so I slowly walked in. The interior smelled that delicious scent of leather and polish. The room was dimly lit and I soon discovered why ... they apparently did not use electricity for lights. There were ceiling fans but no electric lighting, just big sky-light panels that really did a remarkable job especially at that hour of the day when the sun was in the far west.
A small Amish family was buying shoes for the youngsters. The Mom stood quietly by as Dad told the bearded proprietor what type of footwear they were in the market for ... the two boys and one girl were all eyes when I came in dressed in my black leather riding gear. Within a few minutes, the kids had quietly selected their desired shoes to which Dad had to voice final approval on, and shortly, Dad was paying the bill. The littlest boy was shyly looking at me around his Mother's long skirt, his eyes big as quarters and his cheeks shining a soft red like a tree ripened peach. It was fun to see their family dynamics at work, quite different than one usually sees at Walmart...
"And what may we do for you?", the proprietor softly queried without even a glance at his wristwatch, which he did not wear. I showed him my boot and he thought that it would be repairable. I asked if I could come back in the morning as I knew it was past closing time for the store. He insisted I set down on the wooden bench while he repaired my boot, "in fact, give me the other one as it is probably in about the same condition..."
He disappeared into the back, I presume to a repair area, which was probably, by now, lit by lantern or coal oil lamp. It was maybe 20 minutes, he returned with both boots re-sewn and polished a shiny black, they looked new! How much? $10, I offered $20 ... he politely refused, so $10 it was...
He went into the back for supper and I rode down to Yoder's and got a room for the night. You're right, Jim ... Arthur, IL. is a cool place! As for you, dear reader, you might remember Jim's round barn photo in our current Four-Stroke Singles 2016 calendar (August). Wishing you well, my friend! Enjoy that old Pick-em Up Truck ... and stay in touch, we miss you already! - #000.
John #2829 MI
I, too, am looking forward to the PA FSSNOC meet and would like a sticker.
Barbara and I just returned from a 3 week plus road trip to Florida in our stealth GMC Safari camping van. Rest easy -there is a "single" connection here!
After several days of driving and sightseeing, we were 50 miles from a Florida family destination and I got an itch to ride my 1999 DR350SE that had been strapped on the back. I had just rebuilt the top end and planned to accomplish enough miles to justify an oil and filter change and valve adjustment when I arrived home. So I unloaded and suited up. My wife left and I stopped at a nearby Subway for lunch. The counter person was an enthusiastic motorcyclist and he excitedly asked me my destination and how long I'd been on the road. Lie or tell the truth? I humbly admitted that my journey so far had only been two blocks.
While on the way home, we stealth camped in a dark lonely parking lot behind a hotel. About 4:30 in the morning, I heard quiet voices discussing how the bike was held on the van. ( This is not unusual in the day time.) We were sleeping two feet from the bike with open windows. Then we felt the van move a bit and Barbara said she heard running liquid and smelled gas. I immediately shouted "What's going on out there?" Immediately 2 heads popped up and then raced to their car and then disappeared around the hotel. I went out dressed only in my underpants and turned off the fuel tap. With a flashlight, I noted a 75 foot trail of gasoline heading to where the car had been parked. Seemed like a lot of work for a little bit of gas. At first I was angry, but my sense of humor returned and I kept chuckling over the would be thieves precipitous departure. I would never have parked my van there had I not been in it.
The next morning we had breakfast in a nearby Wendy's. Frequently there will be a small group of men meeting for breakfast (as I do at home), so I often butt in for local information. They suggested viewing Cumberland Falls Resort State Park 26 miles away. So we did and were enthralled with the Falls and CCC construction so stayed the night instead of driving all day. Thus, I got in the best riding of the trip that day in the southern KY mountains. ...John
P.S. I have a lengthy yarn about last year's trip to the Copper Canyon that I should send to you.
Hi John and Barbara... For those of you who didn't recall the FSSNOC number of #2829, this guy is really DR. DIRT!
Now, knowing that, you may understand more about his hobby of "stealth camping". This guy "camps" and goes to sleep in some of the most unlikely places!!
But, yes, John ... of course we'd like to read of your Copper Canyon adventures! Please do send... see you in PA! and you are on the decal list!! (Hint --- everyone! If you are coming and want a free sticker that shows you attended the ThumperCafe-East 2016 event, yu have to let me know here at FSSNOC no later than May 25!!! so I can bring your sticker to the event... )
P.S. Where you campin' tonite, John? - #000.
Heads-up, America! ADVENTURE MOTORCYCLE SUPPLY, formerly of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is now located at the end of a fantastic road, one of many, in Jasper, Arkansas! His new digs are just one half block from the Ozark Cafe at 207/209 East Court - Hwy 7 in Jasper, AR. (Note: the whole town is within 1/2 block of the cafe!) The road I am referring to is Hwy74, though Hwy7 also goes through the little town and nearby is one of my favorite roads, Hwy123! Our friend and fellow FSSNOCer is Larry Britton, #5222 - the main man at Adventure Motorcycle Supply ... and don't let the name fool you, he has stuff for all kinds of motorcycles. I've known Larry for many, many years and he is definitely a life-time fan of motorcycles and the people who ride them...
870-446-2291 firstname.lastname@example.org www.arkansasadventurerider.com is the website...
Check it out and say "Howdy" to Larry! - #000.
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016 10AM - 4PM. CLASSIC AND VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET AND SHOW & SHINE:
American, British, European, and Japanese parts and bikes! Celebrating their 30th year!! (sound familiar?)
Agriplex Building, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, 17798 62 Ave. Surrey, BC Canada 100+ Vendors. Loads of door prizes! www.classicbikesswapmeet.com or 604-299-0020 Have fun and wear your FSSNOC gear!
"To forgive is to set a prisoner free
and to find out that the prisoner was you." -Lewis B. Smedes (1921-2002)
******* Last Weeks Posts are below - microwave before reading! ***********
Great to see you all ... turn off that Thumper and come on in:
Wow ... what a weekend! The weather forecast was "R-A-I-N"... like 80% and up!
I am part of a three-man team that is hosting a series of dirt backroad rides for members of our local motorcycle club. We call these monthly rides Dirt Road Rambles. This past weekend was our fourth event for the season and it differed from the previous events because it was a two-day overnight "big-deal".
Ron, Mark, and I met on Friday night to make the call... "to go or not to go". Without much hesitation, we all agreed ... It's ON! However, not everyone shared our enthusiasm. Out of our original eleven riders, we wound up with six brave souls (of which five are FSSNOC members - I know, I've got some work to do...).
Saturday morning, we gathered at a local gas/convenience store on the outskirts of our fair city here in ThumperVille. It was a cloudy, dimly lit day and about 50 degrees when we kicked-up the kickstands. Excitement was in the air as we rode east toward the first dirt backroad...
Two DR650 Suzukis, three DR-Z400 Suzukis, and one XT225 Yamaha made up our group. Long story, short ... we made 186 miles of dirt roads, little used two-track roads, and even some no-road sections that day and nary a drop of rain! That evening about 5PM, we arrived at our pre-determined destination deep in the hilly southeastern part of Kansas ... the Silver Bell Motel near Longton, Ks on highway 160. Our merry little band occupied four of the eight rooms that make up this quaint little facility. For supper, we all went to a tiny little bar in "downtown" Longton that serves up really good steaks. As this is cattle country, the steaks have to be good 'cause the local ranchers know good beef! Needless to say, we dined well.
Sunday morning, up at 7AM to enjoy a huge breakfast in the little cafe right next door to the bar and I do mean "right next door". The makeup of the buildings in Longton is like an old west movie set, only in this case, it's the real thing ... probably built a hundred years ago, one building's left hand wall is the next building's right hand wall, and this repeats for the length of their one block "business" section. As we entered the cafe off the raised concrete sidewalk, walking through an actual wooden screen-door I might add, the waitress exclaimed, "Welcome to the Half-A** Cafe where you order what you want and you eat what you get!" That gal was spunk on wheels complete with black and red dyed hair, an array of tattoos, and with a handful of silver bobbles dangling from various body parts. To her credit, she did a great job...
Back on the trail, this time riding generally north, it was again cloudy but this time, with very little wind. We'd had significant wind from the south on Saturday. Today, the sky had a darker heavy laden look ... and sure enough, about noon it began to rain. By now we were out in the middle of a huge open-range area (cattle are branded and run free - no fences) of the Flint Hills with miles and miles of grassy hills and valleys that stretch as far as the eye can see ... very beautiful, even in the rain. The serenity of this area is only mildly disturbed by a seemingly random network of seldom used reddish-brown two-track trails and an occasional lonesome pump jack as it silently nods its head in solemn agreement to whatever...
As in life, not everything always goes well. It's late afternoon and our trail comes to a dead-end and we are lost!!! By checking one rider's GPS, another riders compass, and a third rider's phone ... we determined that we had ridden about 300 degrees of a giant circle! The two-track trails were now beginning to get slick! Thinking earlier that we could always ride in the grass if the trails got too muddy, I casually rode an arc out through the six inch high grass and just about crashed! Apparently, the grassy areas were absorbing the rain water and were already way too muddy ... so much for my plan "B"!
We did find our way out, finally ... our day would total 246 miles plus the186 miles on Saturday = 432 miles for the weekend. In the spirit of the event, we were able to stay on dirt until about an hour from home. By then the soil content was such that with the continuing rain, we could barely stay upright!
On Monday, I spent $12 at the carwash scrubbing the DR-Z! Tuesday, I re-oiled my boots and leathers and dried-out all my rain-gear and tank bags, etc. In hindsight, should I have voted to delay our event?
No way! It was a wonderful weekend riding with good friends and, as always, our Four-Stroke Singles were definitely up to the task. Our next Dirt Road Ramble is in May. I can't wait to see what adventures await...
So - do you folks have a the names of a couple of motorcycle shipping companies that you could suggest? Perhaps even one that you would recommend. I need to ship a sidecar rig from Ruidoso, NM to Fort Worth, TX. Thanks!
Hope all is well at your end of the road - the best to you and yours from this end of the road!
Mike B. #3509 (NM)
Hi Mike... I read and hear good things about Federal Motorcycle Transport:
800-747-4100 ext.#2217 or www.funtransport.com (got out of Buzz Walneck's BUZZZ-Rag magazine)
No personal experience, myself. Anyone else have some feedback for Mike? Let us know here at the Thumper Garage, okay? This end of the road is good, Mike. Are you sending that rig down to Perry? - #000.
Hello Thumper Garage- Whenever I feel the need to be enlightened, I know I can always turn to our esteemed club director for help. That was a really nice picture last week of your GT in the canola field. We don't have that here in western NC, but years ago I rode past seemingly endless fields of it in central Canada. I had no clue what was growing there but always remember how pretty it was. So thanks' Jack for clearing up that mystery. (See the masthead above for the photo of reference)
On another note, I was able to gather up three other FSSNOC'er and one prospect last Friday for some dual sport riding in the northeast Georgia woods. Age doing what it does to one's stamina, I don't get to ride much dirt anymore and also have decided it would be prudent to have fellow riders along whenever I do. Friday was a perfect day to be out, temps in the mid '60's and no clouds. We had a great little ride with lunch in the woods next to one of those clear mountain streams we have lots of around here. Does the old heart good to get out into the woods and unwind.
Here's a picture of us members (see the photo on our event page). Two are very long time members, one is one of your newest, and I'm somewhere near the middle. We made the "prospect" take the picture.
Oh, and I made sure he had a membership app with him before we separated for home. That's me wearing the Got Torque FSSNOC tee shirt. Vic #3701, NC
Hi Ya, Vic and "gang"! You guys look awesome ... but how do you stay so clean? Tell everyone "howdy" for me, I do see some familiar faces and they do look happy! Thumpers do that, you know? Yeah, you know! Keep up the good work, Vic... Best Wishes and I hope to see all those faces at the ThumperCafe-East event in PA on June 25th! - #000.
Our club lost a couple of our best... Bruce Waters, #1301 (CO) passed a short time back. Memorial services will be April 30th - call 719-371-5593 if you would like to attend. Bruce was a big fan of FSSNOC and Singles in general. Long time members may remember his articles in the older issues of Thumper News. Also, going back to the earliest days of our club, local member number FSSNOC #75, Lee Harrah, passed this week. Lee was always a delight to talk with about anything mechanical. He was a wizard at that stuff! When we used to do the winter-time FSSNOC Beanfeeds here in Kansas, Lee was always there with his kinda sideways smile and a story. Lee's pride and joy was his Yamaha SRX-6. When I went to say my good-byes at the funeral home, a framed photo of the bright red SRX-6 with a ghost print of an Excelsior in the background stood right next to his guest book... It was a personal pleasure to have known both Bruce and Lee and it saddens me to know that they have ridden their race here on earth. Godspeed, Bruce and Lee. -#000
Jack, you might consider staying in Somerset the night before, then it would be about 30 miles to the Inn. Nice ride also. I can't tell you what is there as all my rides are day trips and I never stayed there.
Ben, #4784 (PA)
Yo Ben... I'll take it from there. Thanks for the heads-up! I'm sure getting excited to see everyone and to get some road miles under my belt. Ahhh ... the song of the open road! The above information has to do with my plea for a motel site to use the night before our June 25th ThumperCafe near Bedford, PA as mentioned above. As I commented in an earlier post, I always like to stay out a few miles so that I can get my face in the wind before I get to the event. If you, dear reader, can supply additional suggestions for lodging or anything else in the area, please so so...
Thanks, Ben! P.S. Do you know where I can get a shop manual for the Continental GT? - #000.
8th ANNUAL VINTAGE AND CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE SHOW JUNE 4, 2016 IN DOWNTOWN PALISADE, CO.
Show hours are 10AM to 3PM. Is FREE to the public with live music.
Judging categories include: Asian, British, American, European, Rat, Competition, and Custom.
For info, go to: www.westerncovintage.com or call 970-216-8633 VINTAGEMCR@ACSOL.NET
This information is courtesy of Lynn and Johnnie Pittman, #0139 (CO)
For any FSSNOC members near or traveling through the ThumperVille area ... Friday looks good for lunch. Call me if you know some great spot, okay? Maybe we can hook-up for some ciao? Also, Saturday is open on my dance card as well... a guy has to eat, right? I'm hoping to get to Lyons on the CBR250R for another run at Scrambled Sam's on Thursday for a mid-day breakfast ... the pancakes are amazing! Try them with a Dr. Pepper for syrup...
Oh yeah, I was going to mention an SRX-6 for sale at: 740-349-7193 or 740-334-8288, ask for Don in Ohio. He wants $3000.00, bike has Progressive springs, Works shocks, and a Super-Trapp. Bike looks good as pictured in Buzzz Walneck's magazine www.walneckswap.com
FSSNOC #162 (OK) sent us a note with some motorcycling gear that is for sale.
Kilimanjaro heavy jacket in XXL for $50. First Gear summer jacket for $50 in XXXL.
Joe Rocket jacket liner in XXXL for $25. Tourmaster boots in size 10 for $50.
All of the above is represented to be in very good condition.
You may contact Phil at: email@example.com for more info.
And that, my friends, is how the dog caught the rabbit ... so to speak. Have a great week. Be sure to spread the word about our club. Invite those fellow riders to join, give them a card, talk it up ... remember, you are a role model for them ... share the love, tell them about FSSNOC. If you don't, who will?
May the wind be at your back... Jack, #000/FSSNOC Director
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Picked up one of these today at Costco, on the recommendation of someone who had a dead battery, operator error, and got a jump start from a good Samaritan who had one. Nope, wasn't me.... But figured for the price was worth it. Good recommendations from friends who have them, and it's really small, should be easy to pack on the motorcycle.
Larry, aka: Ken #4800 Montaaaanna
Hello Larry... Errr, did you "charge it" or pay cash???
Tell Sam #1042 KS. that I have many years and miles traveling with "Tour Master Cortech" soft bags on my SRX-6
It has expandable saddlebags, and an expandable rear seat bag.
I made short straps to mount it .The front I mounted to the rear peg frame, and the rear to the turn signal mounts.
I can get about a weeks worth of clothes in it !! I use any magnetic tank bag. Bigger the better.
Thump Thump! threefenders, #162 (OK)
Thanks,"Three Fenders"... (When you going to share that story with us?) And thanks for the update on the Twisted OZ Motorcycle Museum as well. Guess I'm going to have to take a ride over to Augusta, Ks and check it out. Looks like they have done a lot of work with the exhibits and backdrops! - #000/Jack
Received my FSSNOC license plate Saturday. This is the first day since then that the monsoon has let up. It looks REALLY GOOD on the truck. I am enclosing a picture that you are welcome to use as a promotional tool to sell more license plates (I think EVERYONE) should own one. I have managed to put about 150 miles on the Savage since I got it running, that is in between rain and crazy wind.
I need to get a new rain suit as I left my other one in the Saber when I let it go.
Take care and be safe ... Dennis #5354 (IN.)
Hi Dennis ... (this is in reference to the club FSSNOC "license Plate"). You can view it on our Club Store page. Dennis put it on the front of his Chevy Trailblazer and he is right, it does look great! The biggest advantage in this day of look-alike vehicles (not talking about your Chevy here, Dennis!), your friends and fellow FSSNOC members can spot you in traffic! Also they look great on the wall in your man-cave or garage! The colors are vibrant white letters on a diamond black background - very sharp and they look good on any color of vehicle. I probably should add that they are not legal as a legitimate license plate, but you already knew that, eh? Thanks for getting back to us, Dennis! - #000/jack
P.S. On that rainsuit subject ... I purchased a FroggToggs suit several years ago, still have it though it is showing its age. I've been happy with it, more so than most suits I've had, as it is warmer in a cold rain. It is made out of re-constituted paper, I'm told. Also, I've been warned to be aware (or was it beware!) that the one sold by Walmart is much lighter material but still says FroggTogg on it. My FroggTogg doesn't fold up really small but that's okay with me as I put it in its own bag with my other rain stuff (ie. plastic bag for phone, waterproof gloves, etc.) on top of my load so that I can get to it without disturbing my main load. My suit has suffered damage from hot exhaust, etc. so be forewarned about that... Let us know what you select as everybody wants a good rainsuit at some point! I buy them a bit big to save stress on zippers, etc.
...Thanks again, Dennis ... #000.
I'd like to follow up on my correspondence of a couple weeks ago. At that time I inquired about Dale "Frosty" Frosch whom I thought had been a FSSNOC member and had recently passed away. While I did not know Frosty well, I did have the opportunity to ride with him a number of times and spoke with him on many Saturday mornings at a local Steak 'N Shake. This is a weekly gathering where old motorcycle riders meet to drink mediocre coffee and swap lies - although in Frosty's case, they were not lies. You see, when Frosty passed away a few weeks ago (due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident), he was , I believe, 83 years old. He had ridden "straight through", as they say, from the time he was a kid to the time of his passing. He knew everyone in the St.Louis motorcycle scene for the past 70 years.
Out of curiosity, I did a google search of Dale Frosch and found his name among the participants in the 1956 Jack Pine event as well as other off-road competitions closer to home.
I first met Frosty about ten years ago. We were both spectators at a vintage trials event and were walking by a particularly difficult section. He commented that there was no way any rider would clean that section. I thought there were a couple of 1 line riders competing that day who just might surprise him. We got tired of waiting for any riders to come to that section, so we never found out who was right.
Later on, I was admiring a KLR in the parking area (it takes an unusual sort to link admiration and KLR) when the owner walked up. It was Frosty. I asked him about the comfort level of his aftermarket seat, to which he replied, "Take it for a spin." A guy whom I'd never met before a few minutes ago just gave me the keys to his motorcycle. That was Frosty.
At the time of his passing, Frosty had 3 bikes in his riding rotation - a TransAlp, an F800 BMW and a Burgman 650. He assured me a couple years ago that the Burgman would do 100mph. I had no reason to doubt him. He was Frosty Frosch, local motorcycle legend.
Regards, Mike #5244 Crestwood, MO.
Hi Mike ... great to hear from you! "Frosty" did indeed join FSSNOC in the fall of 2001. So how did he hear about FSSNOC? Well, in typical "Frosty" fashion, he wrote on his FSSNOC application that he had "bumped into" a friend of mine who had gone to Daytona and also to the Sebring (auto?) races as apparently had Frosty. That friend was "Duck" Waddle.
Frosty's note said that "Duck" had asked him to say hello to me when he sent in his membership, which he did, and hence this small chapter of the "Frosty" story.
Frosty listed his current age at that time as 69, which would put your number pretty much on target, Mike. His Four-Stroke Single at that time was a 1990 Kawasaki KLR650. He also stated on his application that he had been riding for 54 years.
In the ensuing years, Frosty attended a couple of FSSNOC events as his schedule allowed. One time, as he and a few friends were riding through Kansas on the way back to Missouri, they stopped in ThumperVille and Carrie and I had lunch with the group. Frosty appeared to stay busy all the time, he always had somewhere to go! As I recall, he rode over to the Cassoday, Kansas motorcycle breakfast meets various times as well.
Though few that go to Cassoday these days know it, the Cassoday event was started as a meeting ground for FSSNOC members on the first sunday morning of every month, that was in 1993. The lady who ran the Cassoday Cafe said that if we wanted her to keep opening her cafe on Sundays, we would need more people. So we drew up a poster (which I still have the original) and Duane Buck, FSSNOC #1230 (KS) rode over to Topeka and mailed them from Topeka to every motorcycle shop in Kansas and neighboring areas so that by having the Topeka (state capital) zip code, it might look like it came from Kansas Tourism or something. After a couple of years, the Cassoday event took on its own life and has continued through the years. Thousands of motorcyclists ride there for breakfast the first sunday of the month, March through November.
Frosty failed to renew for his 2008 membership, and again as I recall, no reason was given, which was sort of unlike Frosty ... perhaps, after learning of his current stable above, he simply no longer had a Four-Stroke Single.
In closing, I would say that it is really amazing when someone stays active in his or her chosen field for literally a lifetime ... it was my pleasure to have known your (our) friend, "Frosty", if but for a few of those many years! - #000/Jack
Apr 12 at 10:59 AM
Hi Jack (0000),
Every time I think Spring has arrived in our country, winter seems to come back.
Seems like most discussions of thumpers are about the classic or larger models. There is a lot of what I would call plain thumpers out there like my 2008 Honda CRF230L.
This winter I’ve logged approximately 1,000-miles on my 2008 Honda CRF230L. This bike is not the most powerful thumper I own but it is so light and easy to maintain. It is great for around town and short freeway errands.
One thing my CRF230L needed was a carrying rack. I made a custom one and now I can carry a lot more stuff while running errands. I think I’ll add some kind of windshield by next winter.
In a couple more weeks I plan to ride my KTM 525 in the Southern Nevada desert. It should be warm, if not hot, there. ...Alan Smith (#5286) (CA)
Hi Ya, Alan! Wow, that is a man-sized rack on that Honda! You must be thinking of pizza delivery??? If so, I'll take a large Supreme, okay? Beautifully crafted, by the way! (the rack, not a pizza)
I am somewhat confused by your statement regarding "winter"? Do you have four seasons in California? While I got you on the line, where are your econo-contests slated for this year? Are you planning to ride your streamliner coast-2-coast to the FSSNOC ThumperCafe-East event in PA in June? That'd be pretty cool! Come through Kansas and pick me up if you don't ride the Interstates, eh?
To your point about the lack of comment on the smaller and more common Four-Stroke Singles out there in everyday America, you are correct. The smaller machines, the slower machines, and the less-advertised "yes ... we do have some smaller machines in the back if you are sure you don't want a 1500cc..." approach by the motorcycle marketing in general, or maybe it is the approach of the buyers involved, hummm... "bigger is better" and "size matters", etc does help convince us to always move up the motorcycle food chain, just look how many and how big the new super ADV bikes are these days! How does one get them over a fallen tree that is across the trail? How does one get them to the trail?
A few years ago, Carrie and I had a pair of bright red Piaggio 150cc Scooters. There were nine in our little scooter "gang" and for a time, we had a real hoot, even took an overnight roadtrip of 160 miles with our group, the theme was "Italian". Red, red lipstick, sweaters, and fishnet stockings for the girls, we even arranged for some french pastry at one of our stops.
I traded my Piaggio 150cc scooter "up" for a flat-black Honda CRF230M, which was the Motard model. As you say, no hot rod, for sure! But, I did really enjoy riding it in the conditions that it worked well in, such as about town and short road trips. The longest road trip was to neighboring Nebraska for lunch. The wind, typical for Kansas, was hard from the south and I was going north ... 124 mpg! Coming back in the rain against the wind, dropped to 60 something, still pretty impressive! The total trip was about 300+ miles, as I recall.
I sold the Motard to my kid who rode it a few weeks and sold it on the internet for more than he paid me (!), Welcome to the real world, huh? Oh well, he's still walking and I'm sure the money is long gone... (grin).
A friend and fellow FSSNOC member has a well-worn Yamaha TW200 that he has ridden for several years. He has mounted a small windshield on which it says in big letters, "Doing More With Less". When gasoline was $4-$5 per gallon, a little bike got a lot of attention due to the obvious money savings at the gas pump. Nowdays, no one says much as I fuel my own 250cc Honda, except once in awhile someone actually reads the decals and says "Have you REALLY ridden that little bike to all those places?" "Uhhhhhh ... yeah.", as my pump clicks off at 1.2 gallons.
Our local motorcycle club meets once a month for a "business" meeting. The bikes are parked against the curb and usually number (in good weather) between 16-25. It isn't uncommon for my bike to be the smallest one there ... in fact, most are two, three, or four times my bike's displacement. And, on club rides, I've learned to ride solo as opposed to riding with the group ... and to be absolutely candid, I'm not too unhappy about that as I'm probably in less danger and I'm not part of a giant rolling road-block going down the highway. I do know your pain, Alan, I know your pain... #000/jack
Well, Thumper Fans... That's it for today! Thanks for slidin' by the ole THUMPER GARAGE! See you next week ... don't forget to invite someone to join our club... Thump On! - Jack, #000/FSSNOC director
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For Sale - 2008 Moto Guzzi 750 Breva, 80 miles total since new ( yes, eight zero). Factory options are, lower seat,center stand, flyscreen. Hangar all its life. Includes some new maintenance parts, service docs-both paper and digital, parts catalogs, and comprehensive tech files. Located SW FL. Contact me at <firstname.lastname@example.org> and I will send pics.
May consider trade for unmolested big Single. Don Black, #00118 (FL) - 30 yr member
I am forced to put my beloved 2002 KLR 650 up for sale. It has 17K+ miles on it and runs perfectly. It has never been down, and, has never seen rain! I have modified it for better street use, although all modifications could be easily reversed.
This bike includes an additional set of front forks, stock and lowering links (1-3 inches), lowered front fender, EM Fork brace, taller front windscreen, factory manuals (both), Wolfman "Explorer" tank bag, Meyer "Day Long" saddle, EM balancer lever ("dohickey",installed), (all tools for installation included), Progressive fork springs, Thermo-Bob, De-Tweeted stock muffler, center stand, and detailed maintenance log, engine guard and highway pegs, soft saddlebag braces. Additional parts and accessories also included with sale.
This bike has been run on full synthetic oil since 8,000 miles, uses and leaks no oil between changes. Bad knee is forcing me to sell this fine motorcycle. It's located in Newnan, GA, about 35 miles S-E of Atlanta, GA
$3,000 , call for additional details. (770) 683-7982 Robert L. Brewer, FSSNOC #5273 (GA)
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