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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