Sunday, July 29, 2012

OMC 2012 Summer Run Report

Big Easy, G-Man, RIP and Bomber in Hagerman

G-Man, Bomber and Big Easy at Redfish Lake Lodge

The summer ride began at the Beacon & 55 Chevron.       Rip then Bomber then Gman then The Big easy shows up for the ride with only a polo shirt.  but where is our leader …..crap the shoulder injury still has him recuperating.  The void was real. Thx to Rip for packing now the group still felt safe.  Where was everyone else?  The Duke’s father passed and we knew he would not make it.  The other founding members of the first 10 were MIA.  The four musketeers all agreed Gman would take the lead.  He was limping abit also cause his rear wheel of his bike was waiting for parts therefore he had to sell his soul to rent a bike for a cool $400.00 for two days…….but the show must go on….thanks Gman.  Hey Bomber no sun screen again?  The easy ride began with the group rotating the lead.  Horsehoebend, Banks, Garden Valley for devil eggs and advise from a cage driver that a speeding sting was lying ahead. Hey what is the story behind the 36 inch pepperoni on the Yamaha?   Rip took the lead cause he had the biggest speedometer….kept it right on 40 MPH.  Sure enough the motorcycle twins were waiting for us in the darkness of the trees.  Ogres blew by unharmed at 40 MPH.  Maybe next time boys.  On to Lowman for shedding layers, all but The Big Easy cause he always travels light.  On to Stanley for fuel, then to Red Fish for Lunch and needed rest again The Big Easy found people to talk to. Of course! Bomber took us over Galena Pass and down to SunValley where the boys needed more rest and ice cream.  The Big Easy then points out to Rip to lose the man purse and buy a vest for nerds.  Rip agreed and bought the vest of his dreams.  Pockets galore!  Onward the foursome rode to Gooding on the back roads, there we fueled and got a call from the motel.  Message see you in a hour.  Soon we pulled into Hagarman and checked in.  Easy was looking for grass to set up camp but the management said no campers so Rip begged for some companionship in room number 9.  Since the cost was zero Easy gave in.  We were on our way to eat but the City of Hagarman was shut down, blocked off from the public,,,, a gunman was shut up in a house and holding the police hostage outside his home.  We had to take the long way to dinner but made it in great style.  By the way Bomber by now looked like Rudolf.  Hey where is that sun block?  Dinner was great and then on to Miracle hot springs.  Question from the pool was “you guys want the private pool don’t you.  All looking at each other we grinned and said sure!  The Thueson boys just weren’t prepared for this.  Towels and swimming suit are a good idea guys.  Oh another thing Gman parked his bike pointing down hill……………………..Help!!! Easy muscled it in reverse.  Sleep was easy to do that night. 
Then the next morning we gathered for breakfast.  8:00am with a waitress that was mad at us.  I think it was Gman’s new hair do called the steel wool biker look.  To the river we drove till we came saw two head of deer in the river, then to a fork in the road.  Left to Grandview or right to Mountain Home and a milkshake.        MILKSHAKE!!!         Then after more rest Easy says” Hey guys would you like to go see a old car  ghost town?”  The 3 amigos began panting with anticipation.  Rip looked puzzled but once a musketter you are one of the guys.  Easy led the way.  By now the temp was 3 digits.  After a few miles we showed up at rust heaven.    After chewing the fat with the head junk dude the guys started begging to stroll around.  By now RIP was growing ill.  You see this is the closest RIP has ever been to rust .  Suddenly in a shrill voice Rip says he wants to go home.  So all alone RIP leaves for home and the ride is then officially over.  What a great trip!  Life Time memories just keep stacking up!
Can’t wait for Joseph!

Submitted by: Ripped City (Guest Blogger)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

OMC Joseph Oregon Fall Run Registration Reminder

Joseph, Oregon

The OMC Joseph Oregon Fall Run should be a huge one.  What makes me think so?  Well, there are three members of the OMC that have not attended a Run so far in order to keep their OMC membership in good standing.  Secondly, the Joseph Oregon run is also, in my opinion, the crown jewel of all the runs.  Thirdly, if you aren't riding that Harley, you might as well trade it in for a minivan.  Lastly, maximum fun will be attained on this run.

So if you have not made your reservation, call the Indian Lodge Motel as soon as possible and make your reservation.  The information is on the OMC website:

GUESTS AND PROSPECTS ARE INVITED if invited my an OMC member in good standing.

Only four members were present for the Summer Run.  Report to follow.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

2012 OMC Summer Run Friday July 20th

Billingsley Creek Lodge

The 2012 OMC Summer Run is this coming Friday July 20th.  The run will begin promptly at 8 a.m. at the Chevron Station at Beacon Light Road and Highway 55.

A safety briefing will be held at 7:50 a.m.  This should be a great time for all.

Details are at the OMC website under Events:

Prospects and guests are welcome.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Street Glide or Road Glide

Harley Davidson Road Glide

Harley Davidson Street Glide

I decided I would weigh in on the Street Glide vs. Road Glide comparisons.  It basically boils down to a couple of things.

I like the Road Glide for two main reasons over the Street Glide.  The fixed fairing performs really well at speed having been designed to make the Road Glide more stable the faster you go.  The steering is also a little lighter as the fairing is not attached to the handlebar and triple tree.  You also have a greater choice of handlebars as there is no fairing to work around.

The down side is that the Road Glide fairing is pretty ugly unless you are willing to spend money on the cool headlight covers and upgrades you can buy.  An after market windshield is also a must along with an after market handlebar.

The Street Glide does have the fairing mounted fairing that makes the steering a little more heavy.  But the steering is very neutral and the fork rake adjusts for the fairing.  I really can't feel a whole lot of difference from my Fatboy.  I prefer the Street Glide gauge and instrument placements and the fairing blocks more air than the Road Glide.  Besides the fixed fairing high speed performance and choice of handlebars, I prefer the Street Glide.

I think the Street Glide is the cooler looking bike.

It's a good thing since that is what I bought.  Or I may be justifying my purchase in my own mind.  What's left of it.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

OMC July 5th Meeting Report

The Garage Cafe

Duke, Bomber, Krome and Alex met at the clubhouse and rode to the Garage Cafe for the meeting.  Smooth, Rip and myself traveled solo and met up with them.  Present: Duke, Bomber, Krome, Smooth, Rip, Alex (prospect)  and Grim.  Absent:  Big Easy, Zeus and G-Man.

We had a great meal and discussed the matters on the table.  We discussed the firearms training and I will talk to the trainer about have the training in September.  We will probably shoot (pun intended) to have the training on a Saturday afternoon unless it doesn't work for most.

We made fun of G-man, even though he wasn't there, because it just didn't feel right unless we did.

The members present also had a demonstration of Rip City's cat-like reflexes when the cafe owner came and asked for his keys to move his "silver Harley".  Little did Rip know the guy was pranking him when he asked and knew he would get a violent reaction by asking another MC riding for this keys.  That was just terribly funny...I don't know care who you are.

There was also a discussion about using the OMC Summer Run as a revolving three day ride.  Starting next year members would take turns planning a three day ride for that third weekend in July and would submit a three day ride plan to the primary officers for approval.  A different member would submit a ride plan each year.  We will talk about it over the winter as it is to late to make the change for 2012.

Smooth and Krome advised us they would only be able to take advantage of half the Summer Run riding only Friday with us.  Just a reminder that half a ride does not meet the standards set in the By-Laws.  Just the same, I am very glad they are able to make it for part of the Summer Run.

A great time was had by all even though the maximum fun meter is only pegged when all members are present.

We talked behind G-Man's back some more and then adjourned.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Mandatory OMC Meeting July 5th in Notus at Garage Cafe

The July 5th, 2012 OMC Meeting will be held at the Garage Cafe in Notus, Idaho at 7 p.m.

We will meet at the Clubhouse and leave at 6 p.m. sharp and ride over together.  If this arrangement does not work for you logistically, meeting the rest of the members in Notus by 7 p.m. is cool.

Prospects are invited to attend but guests are not welcome.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

How Far Can You Go...

Our intrepid Vice President (G-Man) is always pushing the limits in testing hypotheses and finding the limits of endurance.

We all know that motorcycles run better with air in the rear tire but how many of us have really had the courage to see how far one could go without air in the rear tire.  Well, wonder no more...!

We will all wait, with baited breath, to hear the story of  G-Man's experiment and a possible airless rear tire group ride.