PANDEMIC PURSUITS continues ...
See attached photo (above) of my one car garage/workshop.
There I perform some of my maintenance on my bikes.
But, whenever I can, I usually work on my bikes at other friend's homes that have much more space.
In the attached photo is my streamlined Ninja 250 and on the bike lift is my Kawasaki KLR 650.
I'm getting my KLR ready for this summer's trips.
Sure, my garage is a tight fit ... but at least I can perform motorcycle maintenance when the weather is bad.
Alan Smith - California. (#5286)
*Thank You, Alan! And I thought my shed was full? Not so much... - #000
Note: Scroll down to see Pandemic Pursuits for the upcoming week!
THE EVENT PAGE ................
Details of our scheduled August 26th ThumperCafe will be included in the upcoming Thumper News, mailing in early August. As many of you are aware of, we are doing a BREAKFAST at this THUMPERCAFE #51, to "beat the heat" ... eating at 9AM at the Rentown Dutchmaid Eatery, 1535 3rd Road, Bremen, IN.
They open at 7AM for early-risers, hot coffee and cool conversation will most likely happen around the bikes in the parking lot behind the Eatery building prior to our breakfast, again, at nine o'clock. You know me, I enjoy getting up EARLY, so I'll be there around back at 7AM, yes Sirree!
FYI: Bremen is near Nappanee, IN, which in turn is near Goshen, IN, home of the JANUS Motorcycle. Area lodging is varied and plentiful so the choice is yours. Also of note, this area is populated with a high percentage of people, homes, and businesses of Amish heritage.
Indiana as a state has lots of scenic (seems like they call them "rustic routes"?) areas and roads, lots of interesting places to visit and to dine, and lots of history. As an example, one of my cherished memories is of an earlier visit to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana. - awesome! I think this is only about 50 miles from our ThumperCafe site.
Also, of course, remember that JANUS MOTORCYCLES are conducting a tour of their facility with a test-ride opportunity, a question and answer period, and snacks (!), all this just a few miles away from our ThumperCafe site ... scheduled for 1PM the same day as our morning event (August 26th - Wednesday).
Please let FSSNOC know by USPS mail, Email, call or text if you plan to attend THUMPERCAFE #51 ... this allows us to inform our dining host so that they can better serve us, a Win-Win, yes?
Stay tuned here at The ThumperGarage for late-braking updates on our event. Thank You! - #000.
PANDEMIC PURSUITS PHOTO PROGRAM PROCEEDS... Our "Item of the Week" for 07-09-20:
"on an early morning ride"
Don't forget, the photo must include a Thumper and must be in the horizontal format. Email your comments about the photo along with an attached photo to:
FSSNOCthumpers@yahoo.com ... or you may text it to our club phone at 620-663-1869. Please identify the photo and yourself.
As always, please be advised that FSSNOC reserves the right to:
-Not use every photo/email (contributed material) here on the ThumperGarage.
-FSSNOC may elect to use any or all contributed material in other FSSNOC club media such as Thumper News, etc.
-FSSNOC may elect to not use any or all contributed material.
-Contributed material becomes the property of FSSNOC, INC.
-Suggested time frame to send photo to the ThumperGarage is by noon on Wednesday.
from last week - (06-25-20)
Picture in your mind a Honda CBR250R Thumper Sportbike parked in front of an outside pop machine. But ... before the story, a bit of history as this is, indeed, the History Page ... oh, no ... it's the Event Page ... sorry.
A long time FSSNOCer, Jim Crank from here in ThumperVille, used to love to stop here, swing off his mount, and enjoy a frosty tin of tasty lemonade ... and the fact that it was still 50-cents didn't do any harm either. Jim, while still a young man, passed from cancer sometime back, so ever so often, I like to ride to Falun, Kansas, a tiny town with only one stop sign, because they do have that outside Pop Machine. I go to enjoy a lemonade and remember my/our friend.
In a seemingly unrelated matter, Carrie and I have officially made the big time. Yes Sir, we have not one, but two refrigerators ... the old white one chugging away in the garage, stuff rudely stacked on top and around it ... the new one, all silvery and huge with roll-out bottom and saloon doors on top, stands on-guard, perhaps even regally, in our cooking area, which one used to call the "kitchen". Anyhow, I like to keep a few cans of lemonade in the garage fridge for hot afternoons and thirsty evenings. Well, during this pandemic, Minute Maid lemonade in cans has been impossible for us to find, no idea just why, but yeah, no lemonade.
Last week, I head for Falun. A.) ... to photo the "Item of the Week" for Pandemic Pursuits ... and ... to finally, finally, after four months ... B.) to drink a can of frosty cold lemonade with my friend, Jim.
Awesome, I do have two quarters! I fish them out of the right side-pocket of my ventilated riding jacket, walk casually over to the Pop Machine, stick them one-at-a-time into the slot, rejoicing in the resounding metallic rattle as each coin make its very specific path down through the intestines and into the bowels of the Pop Machine. I listened and noted the heavy clunk as each coin came to its respective stop. Now for the magic moment ... ahhhhh!
I select the exact big plastic button that showcases a can of damp, frosty, cold, sweet, sour, awesome lemonade in all its glory ... I push it in and listen.
Nothing. Yeah, nothing. Silence. My heart rate climbs, my pulse quickens as I inspect the big plastic button ... is the red light "on" or "off"? I brush away a heavy scum of dust and dirt to discover the fateful truth ... it is "on" ... empty!
I step back, swallowing, my mouth dry, my taste buds screaming, "Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!" I reach up and pull the coin return. Nothing. I jiggle it, up and down, up and down, still nothing. Fighting to remain calm, I look about to make sure that I am unobserved ,cause what I am about to do may not be understood by everyone. I poke the Root Beer button...
Wham! Bang! Clang ... out comes a can of A & W's best. I hold the can in my hand, I study the printed logo ... and I place it back in the tray at the bottom of the machine ... perhaps a special treat for a passing school boy or a local rancher who may not have the correct change.
I turn on the ignition key of my patiently waiting Honda Four-stroke Single. As the shadow of my thumb crosses the starter button, the motor springs into life. The Delkevic carbon-fiber canister begins barking up the wrong tree , the valve train beats out a rhythmic staccato ... I drop the clutch, the churning rear tire blasting the pop machine with a thousand pounds of road gravel, breaking the glass, denting the aged metal sides, and destroying what the weather hasn't been able to destroy in 20 years, the paint.
Just kidding ... (grin - Ha! Gotcha!) ... I motor off, enjoying my thoughts of Jim and the scents and sights of the Kansas countryside. Despite the lack of lemonade, my ride was a delight, a renewal, a celebration of the day and of an old friend. - #000
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