2019 Bison Classic Motorcycle Rally
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Letter of introduction for door prizes:
This year’s featured Marque is BSA
Clarence Holigroski is the chair of the rally committee.
The group met at the Tim Hortons in Stonewall at 11am on the Tuesday morning as arranged. Very cold but no wind or rain. There were 11 bikes and 14 people. After a hot chocolate warm up we saddled up and rode to Gimli for fish and chips for lunch. Some of the group took advantage of the all you can eat fish (one of our group ate 8 pieces of fish and he is not the biggest person in our group). After a great lunch we went for a walk on the Pier where someone tried to catch their own fish to take home without success. We then went to get the customary picture with the VIKING. Gimli fish was our next stop where most of the group purchased fish one of our group bought 50 pounds lucky(that was why he was pulling a trailer). Our next stop was Tim Hortons on Fermor where we had supper and then went to the meeting. A great ride enjoyed by all despite the cold and we raised $1835.00 FO Spina Bifida so I would say a very successful day. Thank you to all our riders and passengers and a BIG THANK YOU to all our sponsors.
Charter member Bert Bentley (deceased) donated a trophy that is awarded annually to the club member with the best restored motorcycle.
Bert was quite the enthusiast / collector and an article was published about him in “The Antique Motorcycle” a newsletter from the AMCA.
2012 BISON RALLY PHOTOS
Professional Photographer Kathy Harder was again present at the 2012 Bison Rally taking many hundreds of pictures of all three days proceedings. Individual bikes, parade pics, show & shine, motorcycle games, awards ceremony, general scenes and a super group picture are all available directly from Kathy.
BISON CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE RALLY 2012
Friday June 29 dawned bright and sunny with a gentle breeze to cool things down. Absolute perfect rally weather. Early members of the organizing committee began arriving at the arena from 10am and the urgent business of getting ready began. Rally signs had been put up at road intersections on the way. Banners and bunting was erected, tables and chairs put out in the dining area, and paraphernalia for the motorcycle games was brought in. Those in charge of catering started preparing their multiple tasks to provide the four meals included in the $45 rally cost.
Soon the motorhomes, camper trailers and tenters on their motorcycles started to drift in, and the Registration table was hard-pressed to cope. The day got hotter but this didn’t stop the participants from enjoying a chili supper and a two-guitar hoot -n -nanny around the bonfire. A banjo joined later and festivities continued on till late.
Saturday 30th was the main day with a Parade through town beginning at 9.30am and culminating with a Show & Shine in the Credit Union parking lot. Over 130 classic and vintage motorcycles registered for the show and the many spectators were not disappointed. There were many more spectators than last year thanks to more local advertising of the event. Motorcycles lined both sides of the main street from bikers who had ridden in just to view the classics on display. The weather played it’s part again and although very hot there was no rain or wind. A local church group did a roaring trade selling bottled water & pop plus delicious farmer sausage buns. The games went off very well and about 130 hungry bikers ended up in the arena for a scrumptious steak or chicken dinner, live music and Trophy awards. The bonfire was again popular till late.
Sunday morning saw two groups ; a slow shorter run for the older classic machines, and a faster, longer ride for the more modern bikes, on a “River Run” and Poker Derby. No less than 42 motorcycles took part with all back at 11am to partake of a delicious sausage, egg and potato Brunch. Packing and cleaning up commenced, final farewells said, and the bikers roared off shouting that they would be back next year!
Another highly successful Bison Classic Rally under the belt with the Rally Committee geared for a “de-briefing” meeting soon and then plans begin right away for the 13th Annual Bison Rally in 2013.
The 12th Annual Metcalfe Movie Night held at the end of January went off without a hitch, with some 40 attendees enjoying scrumptious finger snacks and motorcycle-related movies. The 35th Birthday of the club was celebrated in fine style with a magnificent Birthday Cake. Another memorable celebration was the awarding to Siggi Klann of Honourable Life Membership
in recognition of his 35 years of unbroken service as Club Treasurer. Members and guests browsed around Ross M’s amazing memorabilia collections of mainly motorcycle-related stuff, but also rare books and badges and you-name-it!. Projects in progress lined the floor and walls, ranging from early Indians and Harley’s to a very rare Johnstone motorcycle V twin engine, said to have been manufactured by the same factory that makes the Johnstone outboard motors.
Ross M’s Movie Nights are now a popular yearly event and every year seem to attract some faces who have not been seen for many a year, and always some new ones not familiar to the regular club meetings. A good thing for the Club and the Classic Bike Movement in general. Well done once again La Presedante !!
No less than 55 members partners and guests attended the AMCM Dinner, and Inchabods Lounge at DJ’s Restaurant was hard pressed to seat everybody with extra chairs having to be brought in. John T was on form with an impromptu quiz which went down well with most questions being answered. (All British bike related of course!). David P sporting a budding beard and arm in a sling as a result of running out of road on their recent motorcycling trip to Peru, handed out the latest newsletter. (One wag was heard to say that he looked like Yasser Arafad!)
President Ross welcomed Rally Photographer Kathy Harder and her husband as our guests and handed her a Trophy to be given to the town of Niverville in appreciation for their co-operation at the Bison Rally. He went on to thank a surprised Greg O’Kane for graciously accepting the Treasurers job for 2012. Much camaraderie ensued with general consensus that we had all enjoyed a great evening.
The original AMCM constitution form 1977
Have a read … click on the picture
* Note The AMCM constitution was updated in 2014 to better reflect changes in technology and club needs. A copy of the new constitution may be requested by any current member.
This is our 40th year but 10 years ago Ross Metcalfe addressed the the club with a bit of interesting history.
Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba
Submitted by Ross Metcalfe
It is well known that Siggi and I organized the club back in January of 1977. The first meeting was held at the old Rothman’s board office on St. James Street.
There was free coffee and free small sample packages of cigarettes for all members who attended. It was an excellent meeting place.
In January of 1977, 16 members paid their $5.00 dues and thus began the AMCM. By the March meeting, the membership had swelled to 26.
Although some may say the first meeting constitutes a charter member,
I would like to let the record reflect that anyone who joined in 1977 would be referred to as a charter member.
And so, here they are:
January 1977 meeting As of Nov2011
Ross Metcalfe active member
Siggi Klann active member
Jim Bailey active member
Bert Bentley deceased
Tim Forrest deceased
Len Hardy deceased
Jim Harrison active member
Cam Lennerton deceased
Dave Oates deceased
Allan Proctor deceased
Tiny Robins deceased
Fletcher Reid deceased; his son still owns his Indian Chief
Graeme Smith active member
Barry Seib active member
Stan Townsend in the neighborhood
Ed Wiebe deceased; his ‘38 Chief went to Regina
John & Pat Choquette active members
Jake Dyck not known
Tom Ellison moved out of province
Laddie Nos deceased
Philip Paterson not known
Jim Simmons deceased (2012)
Jim Gold in the neighborhood
Ray Houde active member
Pat Larmigan not known
T. H. Metcalfe deceased
Here is the updated list of Past Presidents:
1977 Ross Metcalfe
1978 Ross Metcalfe
1979 Jim Harrison
1980 Jim Simmons
1981 Ed Pauch
1982 Mike Baraschuk
1983 Randy Maunder
1984 Craig Kraft
1985 Craig Kraft
1986 Barry Seib
1987 Siggi Klann
1988 Ed Maisey
1989 Ed Maisey
1990 Ed Maisey
1991-2001 Jim Harrison
2002 Jerry Stubbington
2003 Jerry Stubbington
2004 Greg O’Kane
2005 Greg O’Kane
2006 Jim Reimer
2007 Jim Reimer
2008 Jerry Stubbington
2009 Jerry Stubbington
2010 Ross Metcalfe
2011 Ross Metcalfe
2012 Ross Metcalfe
2013 Ross Metcalfe
2014 Ross Metcalfe
2015 Ross Metcalfe
2016 Rick Poirier
2017 Rick Poirier
Updated Nov 2017
Well folks our 35th anniversary corn roast is now history and once again Pat and John were superb hosts on a beautiful day.
Games were played… corn was ate.
I’m sure everyone has been annoyed over having to remove a screw with a damaged /striped head at least one time or another.
To help remove a damaged screw or prevent damaging a screw head be it phillips, slot, robertson or any other type and besides giving the screwdriver a sharp rap on the end with a hammer which sometimes helps. Try dipping the screwdriver tip in some valve lapping compound. The compound gives the driver grip and prevents the “cam out” action that causes the damage, It has worked for me thousands of times and I have even tried it on hex head bolts and allens as well with success.
Nine hardy bikers from the South braved the fall early morning chill, to ride to Gimli to “go fishing with our wallets!” After eating our fill at “Kris’ Fish Shop” and listening with ill-concealed envy to Tim’s tale of his recent “barn find” 1967 Norton Commando, which he “stole” from some unsuspecting old lady for a ridiculous amount, we went on to one of the many Scandinavian commercial fishing outlets to buy pickerel and smoked fish treats. Then on via the scenic “coastal drive” (lovely fall colours) to Tim’s/Wendy’s on Fermor to eat some more, before going on to the September meeting. Seven of us rode back southwards getting home round about midnight. What a day! What good company! Good grub! Life is good! Lets do the same next fall EH!?
A Tip for BMW Airhead Owners
Only the more expensive “split” oil filters are now available from BMW, and this as a kit only for about $24 each, excluding shipping.
The “split” filter is made for machines fitted with oil coolers which seem to be in the minority. (I’ve never seen one, but then I’m no expert!)
The “straight” filter is obtainable from K&N Filters, Their part # KN161, for $7.98 each. My local Napa Auto Parts ordered in for me and shipping for two filters was a further $10. Admittedly this doesn’t include the all-important white “O” Ring. This can be ordered separately from your usual BMW supplier @ $1.97 each. Part # 11 421 337 098 According to the airhead “boffs” this used to be referred to as “the $1000 “O” Ring”, because of the rather spectacular consequences if it didn’t seal properly. Now with the passing of time and inflation it is “the $3000 “O”Ring”!
Moral of the story. DO replace the “O” Ring with a new one every time you change the oil and the filter.
PS Owners of older British bikes please ignore this advice. Your bike doesn’t even HAVE a filter and anyway, with the way they all leak oil,they don’t need a filter because the oil is always fresh!
New motorcycle enthusiasts are given a chance to work hands-on developing skills and collecting experience.Tanner’s Crossing School of Minnedosa MB. have a shops program where students built a cafe racer style Yamaha XS650 and raffled it off as a fundraiser. It was awarded to the winner last Sept 2014. This year they are working on a ’79 Honda CX500, follow along with their progress here: TCS Kids’ Cafe
AMAL Concentric MK1 Carburetor Re- builds. By Tom Hesom
This is intended for those whose interest is in the restoration of British motorcycles fitted with Amal carbs, and directed more to machines built up from basket cases than to runners. Much has been written about these often maligned instruments by more knowledgeable “wrenchers” than I, so I don’t profess to be an expert, but I have “fiddled” with the confounded things for long enough to have learned a few things, and continue to learn more.
For instance my freshly restored Triumph Bonnie would only run on one side until John T found that one carb had no in-body pilot jet! More recently more trouble with my BSA Lightning only to find that one spray tube was missing from one carb. The spray tube is the brass tube visible through the bore and like the in-body pilot jet is not normally removed as it is a friction fit and has to be tapped into place.
Most troubles by far however are caused by wear between the carb body and the slide. Because Amals were built to a price dictated by the always-cash-strapped British motorcycle industry, they used the same soft alloy material for both body and slide which they knew as well as anybody was conducive to fast wear. This wear causes all sorts of problems but mainly the inability to get the machine to idle because of excess air being drawn past the slide.
Only solution is to buy new carburetors, but if it is a twin carb bike this can be expensive. New Amal MK1 carbs are available from Walridge Motors, Lucan, Ontario @ $200 each plus shipping and handling. If you have a Monobloc or an even earlier Amal, they are also available at about double this price. email; email@example.com Web www.walridge.com
In my view a better option is to have your old carbs re-sleeved. The bore is honed out to true and the slide is sleeved with brass. This then obviates the same- metal problem and you have a BETTER than new instrument! (With the proviso of course that you also re-new any worn jets or needles at the same time) I sent my carb bodies and slides to Bruce Chessell in Ontario by ordinary Canada Post. Bruce did a magnificent job in under a week and returned them promptly without asking for advance payment! Said he would email me the price and return postage and I could send my cheque! Rare trust these days!
Cost $75-00 per carb = $150-00 plus postage $14-50 each way = $29-00 Total $179-00
Plus two Carb Kits (gasket sets) # CGS900 @ $3-00 ea 6-00
Plus two Tickler Conversion Kits (no more gas on finger!) @ $6-65 ea 13-30
Postage and Insurance 7-70
Overall cost $206-00 Bruce Chessell’s address; 314 Knightsbridge Rd,
N4S 7C4 Email; firstname.lastname@example.org
PS This price was even further reduced. The Right-hand carb body had other problems besides wear in the bore and slide and could not be used for re-sleeving. I put an ad in our newsletter and before it even came out Dave Pritchard said “How many do you want!?!” and for no charge! Thanks Dave! One of the many advantages of belonging to a super motorcycle club!
Another Tip for Twin Amal Carbs
If you have difficulty getting the slides to rise simultaneously by a feeling finger in each carb intake and have no-one to operate the twist-grip,
– – Here is the answer;- – –
Put two 1/8″ drill bits shank first into the carb mouths just under the slide cut-aways. (with air filters off of course.) Two thirds of the bits should stick out and hang down slightly. Adjust the cable adjusters until both bits drop simultaneously when you crack the throttle.
This way you can get both slides to rise evenly on your own. Then proceed in the usual way with both air filters back on, to set one carb idle at a time by removing one plug on fast idle and adjusting on the opposite side until they run smoothly, then reduce the revs to a nice idle with both plugs in and both sides firing.
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On July 1st, 2nd and 3rd The Antique Motorcycle Club of Manitoba and the Keystone Section of the CVMG combined to showcase the finest display of rare vintage and classic motorcycles in Manitoba.
It was an Huge Success!…
Many Thanks to:
The Organizing committee – comprised of members of both clubs
The town of Niverville
All of our many sponsors
Over 83 people registered for the entire weekend, and a dozen more registered for Saturday!
Here’s some photos you might enjoy from the parade in Niverville 🙂 Please contact Kathy for a DVD of pictures – she did a swell job and took hundreds of pictures!
Over 75 people attended Heaman’s Antique Autorama featuring very cool cars from another era. This was followed by a great BBQ in Morden.
This little Indian Junior Scout was the fastest of its kind in the world. In 10 months, the Thunder Road Racing Team, under the direction of the head designer and rider, Ted Hector, had taken a basket case 1938 Indian and turned it into the world’s fastest, and arguably a piece of art, vintage 500 cc motorcycle.
For more reading on this historic achievement and participation of our members go to: