• 1910 Harley Single

    I have decided to sell my 1910 Harley single re creation restoration, not because I don’t like it but because of space issues.
    My 1911 HD twin, will soon be finished this fall and I have to move something out.

    It was painstakingly done by Mike Hanlon in Texas and Ted Hector and I have ridden it. Scary ride on a belt drive with a coaster brake.

    $22,000 Canadian firm
    Cheers Ross
    204 791 4927

  • Irv Loewen

    By John Loewen

    | went to Winnipeg in 1992 to visit my 81-year-old father, who’d ridden and raced Indian motorcycles on and off for 56 years. He rode his 1936 Sport Scout every day, everywhere — the man knew how to ride.

    Dad was the secretary for the Manitoba Antique Motorcycle Club. At a meeting not long before my visit, members of the club told him you were required to have a motorcycle specific licence to operate a bike. Dad disagreed. “No, all you need is a driver’s licence.” That law changed in 1963, they said. A grandfather clause had been established so those who were already riding could get their motorcycle licence by filling out a form — no road test required. But the expiry date to fill out the form was the end of 1964. Dad had missed the cutoff by 28 years. | arrived in Winnipeg on a Sunday night and asked what was on the agenda. “I’m going to get my motorcycle licence,” he said.

    We headed down to the motor vehicle department on Monday afternoon. Dad hopped onto his Indian and told me to follow him in the station wagon. Downtown traffic was heavy and | had a hard time keeping up. He had fought as a fighter pilot in World War II, flying Spitfires and Thunderbolts; he knew what speed was. | arrived — long after him — and parked beside the Indian. A youthful driver examiner came over. “That’s a beautiful motorcycle. Is it yours?” “No, it’s my dad’s. He’s inside getting his

    motorcycle licence.” We chatted for a while, and then | saw Dad emerging from the office. | looked at his face and laughed as | said, “You didn’t get it, did you?” “Those bastards don’t know anything,” he said. “Who do they think they are, giving a motorcycletest when they don’t know anything about motorcycles?”

    Dad disliked Harleys, probably going back to the ‘30s and ’40s when he raced against them. He once said to me, “The only parts of a Harley that are any good are the pistons — they make good shifter knobs for Indians.” (He actually melted down a Harley piston to make a gearshift knob for his 1919 Indian Powerplus.) One of the main differences between old Indians and Harleys is the location of the throttle; a Harley’s throttle is on the right and an Indian’s is on the left.

    | asked Dad what happened at the motor vehicle office. “He asked me to show him how you signal for a left turn, a right turn, and for stopping. | showed him, and then he said that | was almost right, but that | used the wrong hand to signal. That’s when | told him that | rode an Indian — and not a damn Harley — and you can’t take your hand off the throttle to signal. | also told him he shouldn’t be giving anyone a motorcycle exam.”

    The examiner who’d come over to admire the bike was still standing next to me. Overhearing all of this, he looked at me. “Do you have a motorcycle license?” | nodded. “You’ll have to ride the bike home,” he said. “Your dad doesn’t have a licence.” “Good luck telling him that,” | said. The examiner walked over to Dad while he was preparing to fire up the bike, put his hand on Dad’s shoulder, and broke the bad news. Dad turned his head and looked at him, but | didn’t hear what Dad said. The examiner straightened, then slowly backed away. Dad fired up the Indian with one kick and left in a cloud of dust.

    | went into the office and got the motorcycle handbook. | convinced Dad to read it so he could answer the questions on the test. A week later, after I’d gone home, | phoned and asked if he’d passed the written test. Yes, he said. | asked if he took the road test. Yes, he said. And then | asked how it went.

    “They drive behind you in a car, and when they want you to turn, they put their turn signal on,” he said. “But the guy had a hard time keeping up with me. | think he signaled left. But my mirrors shake a lot. | turned right and went home and had a cold beer.”

    Dad never got his license, but kept riding his 1936 Indian until he had a stroke in 1997. He died two years later. I’ll never forget that day in the parking lot. That examiner likely won’t, either.

                  Irv’s early Motorcycle and WW2 days

    Dad and Ken Butterfield rode their bikes from Winnipeg through the states to Mexico and across to Los Angeles (stayed there a while) and back to Winnipeg. They left Dec.7th 1934 returning March 3rd 1935.  

    He rode his bike solo to the World’s Fairs in Chicago and New York (will check and see if I can unravel the years).

    In January 1937 he traveled to Daytona Florida for the first Daytona 200 motorcycle race, Sunday January 24th 3250 Km. There were several other riders from Winnipeg there. He got back to Winnipeg a week before getting married Feb 13th 1937. The average January temp in Winnipeg for 1937 was -25c.

    He was also at the 1938 Daytona. Apparently by himself..



        During the Second World War, Irv enlisted in the Air force on the 21st of  Dec 1940 (J7449) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He took Initial Training School in Regina, SK and graduated the 26th of April 1941. Elementary Flying Training School was at Portage La Prairie, MB. His Service Flying Training School was in Yorkton, SK. There he received his wings and commission on the 11th of Sept. 1941. He left for England on the 4th of Oct 1941 and was assigned to the Royal Air force Training Command as a flying instructor. On the 13th of Sep 1943 he was promoted to Flying Officer and joined the Royal Air Force’s 134 Squadron near Cairo, Egypt, as a fighter pilot. The 134 provided defense for patrols along the North African coast.

    Hawker Hurricane

    With Hurricane fighter planes they helped push the German army and Field Marshall Rommel along the North Africa coast and out at Tunisia. During the summer of 1943 while on patrol over the Island of Crete, Irv was shot by a sniper on the ground. Luckily he was looking out the side window (he said to me) as the bullet went through this thigh and out through the top of the canopy of his airplane.

     He managed to control the bleeding and return to the airbase. After a few days in the hospital he was back with the Squadron. On November 14th 1943 the Squadron moved to India and flew its aircraft to the Burmese frontier area.

     Dad told me, “We flew our Hurricanes as a squadron to Burma. I read a Readers Digest cover to cover flying formation on that trip.”

     Ground attack missions against Japanese positions in Burma were carried out with P-47 Thunderbolts fighters.” We gave the Japs a rough time with our 20mm cannons.” Irv.

    P47 Thunderbolt

    “After the Monsoon we came back with P47’s. They then hung a 250 lb. bomb on each wing and instructions how to bomb – (written by a Spitfire pilot I think). However we developed our own system. Approached target at over 8 thousand feet, closed throttle, pulled up sharply. Did a stall turn, prop in fine pitch – dropped the eggs as soon as lined up in the vertical dive and then pulled out. With practice it was very accurate and only a short blackout.” Irv.


    Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 13 September 1943 Irvin Lawrence Lowen was awarded the Mentioned in Despatches [a military award for gallantry or otherwise commendable service] and published in the London Gazette 14th Jan. 1944. Repatriated 12 April 1945. To No.2 Air Command, 22 May 1945. To No.5 Release Centre, Winnipeg, 6th August 1945. Retired 5 September 1945.

    Aircraft                                                Period of Service

    Hurricane 11B & 11C                Jan 1943–Aug 1944

    Spitfire VB &VC                     Jun 1943-Aug 1943

    Thunderbolt P47                     Aug 1944- Jun 1945 

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    2018 Bison Classic Motorcycle Rally

    June 22nd-24th 2018  The year of the Yamaha



    Clarence Holigroski is the chair of the rally committee.

    Clarence Holigroski

    Chairman – Clarence Holigroski 204-668-5998

    Registration – Kim Robinson

    Show N Shine – John Thompson

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    WANTED To complete Manitoba Motorcycle license Plate run 1919 1922 1927
    and also a WW2 Leather dispatch rider’s Jerkin
    Old Nicholson Brothers and North West Cycle catalogues

    Contact Ross at moose102 at mymts.net or 831-8165 and I’ll make you rich.

    Please see www.manitobaplates.com

  • Norton Carb Synchronizing

    All the 750cc Norton Commando’s and the earlier 850cc models were fitted with a more-or-less rectangular air filter with two shaped rubber hose connectors from carbs to the filter front plate.
    Restorers will know what a difficult job it is to assemble the carbs, connecting hoses and filter between engine and frame, and then afterwards how difficult it is just to change a filter element. Only in 1974 with the MK2A 850’s, did Norton’s change to a much simpler and easy-to-get-at pad type air filter which could be changed in minutes.

    Setting up and tuning carburetors with BSA or Triumph twins with their dual easy-removable “pancake” air filters was easy, enabling one to get into both carb intakes to “finger feel,” or the other trick of inserting two same-sized drill bits shank first under the slide cut-away’s, and watch to see them dip evenly as you tweak the throttle.

    Final carb setting is not easy on a Commando because it is NOT a five minute job to get into the carb intakes to adjust the all-important simultaneous slide lift. Much easier way is to use two pieces of straight wire inserted through the top cap usually blanked off holes for choke slide, and watch the tips rise together. Easer to see if you glue a piece of white board on top of the wire. This all assuming of course that you have as most British bike owners of Amal carbed bikes have done, and discarded the choke mechanism, and again what many Commando owners have done and replaced the original air filter with K&N cone filters. If my carbs still had choke slides I would have drilled small holes in the carb tops to take the wire, then blocked them up again, rather than battle with taking that #@?!! air filter off and then on again!


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    The 17th Annual Bison Classic Motorcycle Rally was held in Kings Park, Carman Mb.  June 23rd -25th 2017


    Clarence Holigroski is the chair of the rally committee.

    Clarence Holigroski

    Chairman – Clarence Holigroski 204-668-5998

    Registration – Kim Robinson

    Show N Shine – John Thompson

    Games – The Brothers Charleton

    Catering – Dave Pritchard

    Cleanup – Everyone!

    Photography – Irv Peters, Joe Friesen, Lyle Ball, Greg Hygaard

    Prizes – Tim Klassen

    Parade – Tom Hesom, Greg O’Kane

    Regalia sales – Rick Peters, Mike Baraschuk, Rick Poirier  






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    The first AMCM Tech Night, was hosted by Dan C. on Jan 20th. 2016

    The notion of motorcycle discussion and some ‘hands on’ in the middle of winter brought out about two dozen plus people to the garage behind the garage. Inside the floor-heated, spacious shop there were numerous bikes and projects, as well as coffee and snacks.

    Dan brought up the idea as a Rusted Restorations presentation at one of our regular monthly meetings. He suggested a casual get together for members to discuss and demonstrate methods of servicing, repairing , restoring motorcycle projects.

    For the first get together, carburetors were the topic and Dan addressed the group, relating some of his findings and methods of dealing with problems and adjustments, handing around examples of carbs and components for all to inspect. Others chimed in with tips and techniques they have used as the discussion progressed. As I suspected, a wealth of information was and can be shared amongst the members.

    Having a Tech Night occur on a regular basis was welcomed by most all in attendance. Topics for future get-togethers I heard suggested were: ignition timing, valve lash adjustment, wheel lacing as well as people could bring a component from their own project that they are seeking advice on, as Ken C did, bringing his aluminum gas tank looking for an expert on getting the dents out. Dan says he is up for another night at his place sometime in March.

    Everyone can learn something – for example how to rejuvenate rubber components gone hard with age – and if you were at the Tech Night you would have learned this too.    See you at the next one.

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    Connie Hesom presents Ross Metcalfe representing the AMCM an appreciation award on behalf of the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus association of Mb. She also reports that the AMCM has raised in excess of $4,000.00 in donations this year alone. AMCM has been giving to the “medical fund” which provides support for “day-to-day” living with SB&H. Connie wondered if we would be interested in spreading some monies to a Recreation and camp fund. We all agreed that we will continue to give the money and know it will be moved into the area where it is need most.FYI – our monies go 100% to the kids….nothing is taken for administration or mailing.

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    rossmJust dawned on me that I have been riding Vintage Motorcycles for almost 50 years. My friend Ted Hector and Siggy Klann even longer. Especially Ted and my friend Gary MacDonald  with 6 Bonneville Land Speed Records. I have been privileged to call friend, Ray Houde, Joe Sawtus, Tiny Robins, Jake Houtop, Irv Loewen, Bert Bentley, Len Hardy, Laddie Nos, Barry Seib, Jim Simmons, Ed Pauch, Mike Baraschuk, Jim Harrison, John Choquette, Alex Grant and many more who I will write about as I retire as the head honcho.(can’t possibly name everyone in this great hobby)    The 3 amigos will always be my heroes from an era bygone. To Bert, Alex, and Irv “as the going down of the sun”, we will remember them. “We will remember them”. Please buy 3 poppies for 3 of my dearest friends. I will be counting poppies at the November meeting even though the 11th will have past. I will wear FOUR POPPIES to honour my own Father who was a charter member    (WW2 Vet) and the 3 Amigos who allow me and my family the freedom we enjoy and let me live in the land free to do what I choose. Yes, Siggy and I  started the CLUB almost 40 years ago but not a lot has changed as I really think about it. People who like and ride old motorcycles are still my friends and members. Siggy, Ted and I were all in our 20’s when the concept of this club rolled out, so what has changed. Collector value has come into play for some brands BUT.. the real enthusiasts will stay  with  a make and make it work regardless of trends and values as they will buy old and affordable and will still roll down the road with the wind in their hair. That’s what really means something.. So as my term ends, go out and restore an old beast and let the wind be your hair dresser. See you at at my last meeting as chair. I’ve enjoyed the ride. Could anyone ask for more. Cheers  Ross

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    An old BSA twin, from years ago

    No coil or points- – -just a magneto

    At the mercy of Joe Lucas,

                          when riding at night 

    Yes! You’re right- – No sign of light!

     Kick for a while, then kick even harder

    Hell no- – there’s no electric starter!

    Might kick you back,

                     there’s always that chance

    Have to set just right, the spark advance

    Oil on my boots, a real fun spoiler

    Especially when trying to impress her.

    Oil leaks seemed part of BSA’s plan

    Even in the showroom, always a drip pan.


    Over 50 years have now gone by

    We remember those days with a sigh

    BSA are no more- – a part of history

    Where it is now- –  is just a mystery


    I remember well our courting days

    And it never, ever ceased to amaze

    At the fun we had, just us two 

    On that old BSA- – – – 1952 !   


    ….Tom Hesom



    Another gem from Tom Open here for a read… DAY AT THE RACES-1



    One of the most important jobs on any restoration is to re-build the carburetors, and before a re-build they need a thorough cleaning.  There are numerous expensive acid-based carb cleaning liquids on the market, but a cheaper method that works is as follows ;–

    1)  Get hold of an old saucepan (pot) that is big enough to enable the carb components to lie on the bottom without being on top of each other.  I have commandeered a pot that was going to be thrown out because it had been allowed to cook dry at some stage..

    2)  Fill it enough to just cover the carb parts with a third each of water, white vinegar and lemon juice, ( the kind you can buy in a plastic bottle at the grocery store called ReaLemon)

    3)  Wait till she has gone shopping, and boil on her stove for about 20 minutes.  (It must be bubbling and it stinks!)

    4)  Tip out the hot liquid and rinse several times with cold water.

    5)  Blow out excess water with an airhose through all the airways and lay out on a clean cloth and allow to dry.

    6)  The parts and air passages are beautifully clean but everything will be covered in a very fine grey powder which is easily brushed off with an old tooth brush or similar. If you want a nice dull shine, a soft brass bristle brush works fine (I bought a whole set including the brass bristle one, from Dolarama)

    A dull grey fine powder like the “bloom” on a grape!
    The bloom removed and parts brushed
    Re-built carbs with new gaskets & jets etc.

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    Gerry-SpindlerGerry Spindler 1941-2016 Obituary  here 



    Patrick William Watt


    Billy was one of the first motorcycling friends I met on emigrating to Canada and contributed greatly to my easy transition into my life-long hobby of classic motorcycling. With his vast knowledge and experience of all things motorcycle he was invaluable to a new Canadian fresh from another country where the machines were basically the same but culture, topography and riding weather were very different. Billy was a firm friend to Chas and my grandson Evan, who is the official mascot of our “in-house” charity; The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Manitoba. For a very long time after the picture below taken at the 2012 Perimeteritis Run, both Evan and his younger brother Darren insisted that they had met the genuine Santa in person! Billy’s humour and knowledgeable contributions will be missed at future AMCM and CVMG meetings and activities, which he rarely missed. Go well my old friend- – – – Tom Hesom

    Read Billy’s obituary here

    Watch a video of Billy here

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    Dec 9th 2104 was our Xmas dinner “meeting” at the Pony Corral on Grant, many members showed up and enjoyed dinner & drinks as well a lot of visiting and story telling. Our newly elected VP took the opportunity address the group and wish all Happy Holidays.


     Sept 27-28 2014 the MMC was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Edmonton Alta.
    MMC President Ross Metcalfe receives Canadian M/C Hall of Fame 2014 inductee award

    Ross Metcalfe receives Hall of Fame award for the MMC

    MMC President receives Canadian M/C Hall of Fame 2014 inductee award
    MMC President receives Canadian M/C Hall of Fame 2014 inductee award


    For more information on the MMC click on the above PICTURE


    The September 6th 2014 AMCM Gimli Fishing Trip

       26 Bikes and 29 riders made it out to the 6th annual AMCM “Fishing trip” to Gimli. The day was cloudy for the most part but warmed up by the afternoon. No final tally of funds raised for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association yet, but I’m sure Greg O’Kane will have a report by the next meeting. Thanks to everyone who came out or supported the fundraising ride by sponsoring a rider.

    Update: a total of $2255 was raised by the “Fishing Trip” and further donations,sales and events added to the fund for a grand total of $2564.


    38th Annual AMCM Corn Roast


    A dream come true

    I got a request through the web site from a lady in Anola that her 85 year old mum always wanted a ride in a sidecar. So I contacted her and on Saturday. Marie and I went to Anola and I took her for a ride.What a super lady she was so excited and surprised that her daughter had arranged this for her. She smiled the whole time she was in the sidecar and asked if we could go to BC. It was an absolute pleasure to meet these two people and we have a date for August to do it again when hopefully it is not as windy.

    Greg O’Kane

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    The Rally…

    The 2014 Bison Classic Motorcycle Rally was a great success and some thank-yous need to go out.

    Chairman-Chas Peters

    Co-Chair-Clarence Holigroski

    Registration-Kim Robinson

    Show N Shine- John Thompson

    Security-Dave Bjornson

    Games-Rick Warkentin

    Catering-Trisha Warkentin

    Cleanup-Terry Neustater

    Photography-Irv Peters, Gord Peters

    Prizes – Tim Klassen

    Parade-Tom Hesom

    Regalia-Rick Peters, Mike Baraschuk

    And the many more that stepped up and helped a little or a lot and also to all that attended.

    If you are interested in a DVD slide show of the Rally weekend contact us via email or at a meeting to order a copy. Cost is $5.00 and all the money goes to the The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Manitoba.

    2014 Mud Run… Tidler Tour

    The second annual Tiddler Run took place Sunday June 22nd. Hosted by Keith Blais, the group left his place close to the Birdshill park entrance on 59Hwy finding our way north along the east side of the Red River at an average speed of 60-65 kph to the Selkirk bridge. A stop for pictures at the Marine museum and then south along the other side of the river and crossed the Lockport bridge on the way back to Keith’s place. Only a couple of minor running issues on the return trip, but a few bikes did not pass tech inspection due to being bored or stroked or both, thus exceeding the maximum cc. limit of 305 even though having the correct badging. Good weather and good eats added to the great event, Thanks Keith.


    THE BUFFING WHEEL Of all the refurbishing jobs I love to do and with my restoration hobby, there are quite a few The one I like least, and there are not a great deal is a marathon session on The Buffing Wheel Clad in gloves, hat and mask on my face I look like an alien from outer space! That alloy chaincase or front wheel backing plate come up with a shine that bikers appreciate Black stick for the rough stuff- then brown to finish end up with white, finally green for a polish  Now off to the shower to get rid of the feel of the disgusting black stuff off – –  THE BUFFING WHEEL!


    By Tom Hessom


    Who’s the man behind these sunglasses?

    Who is behind the sunglasses

    It’s a much younger Ray Houde.


    October Meeting saw our Octogenarian and Honourary Member Billy Watt step up to give a most interesting talk on motorcycling in Manitoba in the 1950’s. Ably assisted by his very old friend Joe Sawtus they had both been members of the long defunct Winnipeg RoughRiders Motorcycle Club, and then later of the Manitoba Motorcycle Club which has now been officially amalgamated with the Antique Motorcycle Club. The MMC was started in 1911 and is the oldest motorcycle club in Canada. Bill was wearing his very colourful RoughRiders jacket with the patches proudly displayed and passed around pictures of motorcycle events of the 40’s and 50’s, and at least one of our members picked out his father in the one old photo. Bill and Joe have been fast friends since they were 8 years old, lived through and survived WW2 and many hair-raising motorcycle escapades together. Joe was heavily involved in all manner of motorcycle racing whilst Bill remarked that the only racing he got involved in was when he was running away from the cops! Told us afterwards that ” the cop is still alive and the bugger lives in Winnipeg!!” This video clip could well become part of the Antique Motorcycle Club’s links with Motorcycling history in Manitoba and certainly remain part of our archives for posterity. Thank you Billy and Joe.


    Okay, run this by me again, to get it running, you tickle it, kick it and swear at it ????


    Photo: Greg Kendall


    The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Manitoba is The Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba’s official charity organization.


    Ross Metcalfe (pres AMCM) hands Connie Hesom treasurer of the The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Manitoba a cheque for $2361.00 representing donations made over the last year at certain AMCM functions. Connie then addressed the meeting with a presentation on Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and her and her husband Terence’s personal experience with the condition through their son Evan. On a side note during the meeting Evan was in charge if mystery part security making sure no one peeked in the bag.


    L to R Connie Hesom, Greg O'Kane Evan Hesom
    L to R Connie Hesom, Greg O’Kane Evan Hesom

    L to R   Connie Hesom, Greg O’Kane, Evan Hesom


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    We are starting to believe Barry Smith who claims for the third consecutive year that he “has influence,” and is responsible for organizing the perfect weather once again! Thanks Barry for a perfect Saturday afternoon which saw no less than 50 motorcycles and seven cars out this year.
    CVMG President Terry Newstater and about eight of his members were the first to arrive at the meeting place in Carman, soon to be joined by a whack of AMCM guys from inside the perimeter and further north. A couple of casualties (inevitable on old motorcycles) had some being picked up by car and one: said to be a 450cc Honda hooked up to a sidecar with passenger, overheated. Once it had been left to cool down and having shed the passenger we believe it made it the rest of the way. Rumour has it that there were many offers to pillion the female passenger!
    The Bob Diemert visit was interesting as were Bob’s stories of classic cars and aircraft. Then Greg and Marie led off for the trip to Morden with a guarantee of getting there after Tom’s offer of leading was turned down by popular vote! Chas’ lawned and shady backyard was again the perfect venue for homemade burgers, chilli and dessert. Over 80 hungry motorcyclists sat down to enjoy the barbecue and ther was plenty of food for even the most voracious apetite. Tom’s burgers fell apart AGAIN much to master barbequer Terence’s displeasure. Too spicy perhaps. The distinctive roar of V8 engine heralded the arrival of the “Black Widow”; a trike with a motorcycle front end built in Morden by students of a local welding school.The helmet was passed and an amount of $260 was donated to our Spina Bifida charity after expenses.
    President Ross gave thanks to the organizers, family members and helpers of this 7th Conquering Perimeteritis Run; perhaps the most successful yet.

  • The last Movie Night

     A hardy group of members and guests made there way out to the 13th annual Metcalfe’s Movie Night. Jan 28th 2014. The temps were not as cold as it had been earlier this winter but still definitely winter in MB. At least it wasn’t storming.  A number of two wheel themed films were viewed during the evening including one strange “motorcycle movie” that had most everyone in the room laughing. Thanks Ross for opening up your home once again an allowing us in to your personal museum of motorcycles and related memorabilia.


    Xmas meeting Dinner2013

    Fifty six members, spouses and guests gathered at the Pony Corral Pier 7 Restaurant for the 2013 Annual Christmas Dinner. President Ross; resplendent in a dark suit and tie with his excuse being that he had come directly from a school meeting, welcomed everyone especially our guests from the CVMG. He thanked Tom for his years as club secretary and welcomed Kim to the post. The new venue proved to be roomier than last years one and dinner was served quickly and efficiently. New member Irvin Peters took photos with his very efficient-looking camera; the proof of which you see accompanying this report. A very good spirit and camaraderie was evident from the hubbub of conversation and it was good to see more spouses in attendance and meet those of the newer members. A fitting wind-up to a very successful AMCM year. Pictures by Irvin Peters


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    For the un-iniated, Classic British motorcycles are prone to wet-sumping after an extended lay-over period, such as Canada’s long cold winters, and in some bad cases even after a couple of weeks. Because of their dry sump design where oil is stored in a separate tank, then fed through the engine under pressure from the oil pump and returned to the tank from the bottom of the crankcase by a “scavenger” pump or return pump, oil tends to leak through the oil pump and collect at the bottom of the crankcase.  The more worn the pump the worse the bypass leak is.  Gear type pumps (Norton and AJS/Matchless Twins) are worse than plunger type pumps (Triumph/ AJS & Matchless singles)  Whilst slightly worn pumps will deliver pressurized oil satisfactorily and not be in need of an expensive overhaul or replacement, the wet-sumping problem is a tiresome nuisance on start-up after lay-over, and in extreme cases can cause excess crankcase pressure with oil leaking all over and even blown gaskets, before the scavenger pump has time to pump the excess oil back into the tank.

    Not to mention clouds of blue smoke until the oil is cleared.  My neighbour came running one spring start up thinking my garage was on fire!

    There has been much written about solutions for curing wet-sumping.  Commercial parts suppliers offer various types of anti wet-sumping valves with prices varying from $35 to $300.  The simplest and cheapest consist of a steel ball closing on a seat under spring pressure and rely on the pumps suction to draw the ball off the seat and allow the life preserving oil to flow to the pump.  The internet is full of stories about what happens when these valves DON”T open and the spectacular melt-downs that take place between the riders legs shortly afterwards and not far down the road!

    The simplest of all is to install an on/off valve on the hose between the tank and the pump.  This of course relies on the rider/owner remembering to turn it off before lay-over and most importantly, to turn it ON BEFORE RE-STARTING!

    Therein lies the problem. Murphy always intervenes and there are as many internet stories about how he forgot and trashed a first out restored beauty that he had been restoring for the last five years!

    The most expensive valves incorporate some form of fail safe device that does not allow the bike to be started until the valve is opened.  The other option is to go the expensive route and rebuild or renew an oil pump which is still giving a more than adequate oil delivery. It is also not unknown for some rebuilt pumps to still leak oil past.


    Always on the look-out for a better and cheaper way I bought a ball type lever valve with hose barb on both ends from Rona for under $10 and a Honeywell model WWG24A302  3 terminal limit switch from Acklands Grainger for $4.63  I drilled two small holes in the brass valve body and tapped them to accept two machine screws. This has to be done like porcupines making love ie; CAREFULLY Not too deep so as not to interfere with the stainless steel ball or the teflon seals. A small bracket was made using 1″ aluminium angle cut to size and drilled accordingly, with slotted holes so that the switch could be positioned so that the heel of the valve lever would actuate the switch arm/roller. With one ground terminal and two other make and break terminals it was possible to wire the limit switch to cut out the ignition switch or ground out a magneto through the stop/grounding button.  Thus the bike will not start until the valve has been opened and that life-preserving golden liquid is flowing to that oil pump and giving a finger to our old friend Murphy!


    Valve open- switch arm off contact.


    Valve closed – Switch arm depressed contact made.

  • 2014 Bison Rally


    The 2014 Bison Classic Motorcycle Rally was a great success and some thank yous need to go out.

    Chairman-Chas Peters

    Co-Chair-Clarence Holigroski

    Registration-Kim Robinson

    Show N Shine- John Thompson

    Security-Dave Bjornson

    Games-Rick Warkentin

    Catering-Trisha Warkentin

    Cleanup-Terry Neustater

    Photography-Erv Peters, Gord Peters

    Prizes – Tim Klassen

    Parade-Tom Hesom

    Regalia-Rick Peters, Mike Baraschuk

    And the many more that stepped up and helped a little or a lot and also to all that attended.

    If you are interested in a DVD slide show of the Rally weekend contact us via email or at a meeting to order a copy. Cost is $5.00 and all the money goes to the The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Manitoba.



  • JIS vs Phillips

    JIS – or Japanese Industrial Standard – is a Pacific Rim standard used for “Philips” (cross, star,) type screwdrivers. Most people, professional mechanics included, don’t even know that such a thing exists. But every “Philips” screw on a Japanese vehicle is not a Philips screw at all, but a JIS screw. They can be identified with a small dot on the top of the screw:

    Philips screwdrivers don’t fit JIS screws, at least not properly. Because they don’t fit all the way into the screw, you tend to mangle the screw when attempting to tighten it, or loosen a tight one. If you have any “Philips” screws on your Japanese bike that are stripped or mangled, this is what has happened. The solution? A set of JIS screwdrivers.

    Some places to get JIS drivers are:

    Vessel tools 
    RJR Tools

  • ART Tour 2013

    A big thank-you to Ross and Kris Metcalfe for organizing and hosting the destination of the 1st annual Assiniboine River Tiddler Tour.

    Sunday Sept 15th2013 saw riders and their 305cc and smaller bikes (Tiddlers) gather at the Tuxedo Shopping Center for the beginning of the tour. The group proceeded along Roblin Blvd. with some stopping at times to Tinker with their “Tiddler” usually addressing fuel delivery problems. Eventually 14 riders and their bikes showed up at the Metcalfe residence although a couple of bikes required the Rescue Ranger to haul them the rest of the distance but after some more Tinkering all were running again. Rollie C. kept track of the riders and their bikes and computing their combined age and ranked them in order. Each rider received a specially labelled and serialed  bottle of ART Tour wine. Ross Metcalfe took bottle with serial # 1 for the oldest combined age score for him and his 1951 Francis Barnett 197cc Tiddler. Barbequed hot dogs and a birthday cake were washed down with some prize wine and soft drinks before people eventually Tiddled off in different directions home.  Talk of the 2nd annual ART Tour has already started so if you have, or come across a small bore motorcycle keep it in mind.

  • 2013 Fishing Trip to Gimli

    The weather was kinder to us this year and lovely sunshine and very little wind made for a very pleasant run to Gimli. Changing to a little earlier in September and also to a Saturday helped towards a better turn-out than last year. 21 bikes came out with 24 guys and one lady sitting down to the “eat as much as you can” fish dinner. Champion fish eater Greg Kendall equalled his record from last year, so remains unbeaten! An amount of $900-00 was collected for our Spina Bifida charity. This was disappointingly well down on last years collection despite more bikes out. Hopefully some late donations will come in yet.

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    Perimeteritis 2013 was a resounding success again largely due to the weather clearing rather miraculously at the last moment.  Chas and Tom would like to thank all the invaluable helpers who worked so hard (again), not forgetting the one who claimed he had influence and arranged the good weather!

    The following Limerick will make sense to those who rode from Carman to the Thresherman’s Museum.

    There was an old man from Winkler

    Didn’t know his butt from his blinker

    As leader of a tour, his direction was poor,

    (Beat Anorexia for sure,

    can’t lay that at his door.)

    But surprisingly he was never a drinker!

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    May 2013 Meeting @ Dave’s Garage

    The weather cleared and no less than 31 motorcycles turned out to Wellington Crescent to see Dave’s superb collection of classic motorcycles, Jaguar cars and memorabilia, all beautifully displayed and presented in an idyllic setting.  Rather difficult to estimate but general consensus was that well over 100 members and visitors came and went during the evening. (Someone said just count how many donuts were eaten!)  Three new members joined right away. Another very successful AMCM event and our thanks go to “Digger” Pritchard for hosting and supplying donuts and coffee. 

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    13th Annual Movie Night

    Tuesday 22nd January, 2013 saw a near record turn-out despite one of the coldest Manitoba evenings for a number of years. The indomitable Larry Wooley again amazed everybody by arriving on his Ural outfit to put us lesser mortals arriving on four wheels, to shame. Some of us who have attended for many years agreed that President Ross had been busy collecting even more cool and very collectable memorabilia to add to his truly impressive museum-like basement.  A huge collection of old Manitoba license plates, interesting and rare motorcycles, dealer advertisements, motorcycle-related trivia, ad infinitum, all beautifully displayed with dummies and props.  A good number of visitors and non-club members added to the camaraderie. Some faces not seen for a while braved the cold drive out.  Anyone who has not seen Ross’ amazing and valuable collection of bikes and memorabilia, is losing out.

    Another successful AMCM event to kick off what promises to be busy 2013 for our club, with some interesting new events in the pipeline.


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    Annual Dinner Meeting 2012

    The Pony Coral on Grant was the new venue for our dinner this year and was a good choice with more space for the 48 members present and good food ably served. Guests of honour for the evening were Niverville Town employees Donna and Robin, who have been so helpful in facilitating our rally over the past two years. President Ross handed over a commemorative trophy to Donna as a token of our clubs appreciation. A fun evening was enjoyed by all.



    Larry drove to the dinner meeting -23 C
    Larry drove to the dinner meeting -23 C

  • 2013 Bison Rally


    The 2013 Bison Rally is in the books for another year and by all accounts it was a great success.

    Here are a few pics from Saturday.

    Even more pictures here….

    Thanks to all that organized and helped in making this a successful event.





                         AND SO WAS NOT ABLE,


    sleep digger


  • Members and their Bikes

    This page is an ongoing project and will be updated as pictures come available.

    Members not yet included in the digital roster can email me a photo of them self and their bike(s) if they choose or wait till the next riding event where I can hopefully get a picture.

    Thanks for your patience and please advise of any inaccuracy.

    For those looking to join the club …Print the form and fill it in with the appropriate information then bring it with you to a meeting or send it to the address on the bottom of the form with the correct funds. Meetings are  held on the last Tuesday of the month at Harley Davidson of Winnipeg 1377 Niakwa Rd E. 7:30pm  with the exceptions of December and January

    Membership Application


  • Chrome Cleaning

    A tip to get those nasty burned-on rubber boot sole marks off of your exhaust chrome. Especially bad on airhead BMW’s.

    Rub with a cloth and “Ceramabrite”; the white paste your wife uses to clean her glass top stove. ( Make sure to take it when she is not looking!  My wife remains eternally suspicious after I washed my motorcycle engine halves in her dish washer!)

    For real stubborn marks grade 00 Superfine steel wool works wonders. ( Also to be found amongst her cleaning things!)

  • CORN ROAST 2013


    Corn Roast # 37,  got off to a good start,

    but after Lockport,  things fell apart!

    Our intrepid leader said he knew the way,

    “I’ve been there many times,” he was heard to say.

    On a gravel road we had to U turn.

    After 37 times he still didn’t learn

    that the way to the Choquettes is very easy.

    ‘specially when your riding slow, on a 45 Harley.

    Despite the poor leader we got there OK.

    Even intense heat didn’t spoil the day.

    Thirty one bikes out,  plus about ten cars.

    A great AMCM outing, the Choquettes are stars.



    Our thanks for the 37th time, go to John and Pat.

    What would our club do without members like that?!!