Hey all; Looks like it will be a great weekend!! Joe, let's see if we can convince "therealbatman" to join in our little adventure, shall we? Perhaps we can bribe him with the offer af a couple of cold ones at the end of the trail to cut the dust? Anyone else in this part of the state interested? I'll buy the first round!! (With my luck,it will be the ONLY round!!) Looking forward to May. Vaya con Dios, Dutch
I just sent of the ignition unit to Oak, Not sure of his turn around. I hoping that he repairs in time to reinstall and make the Mini. Bike would idle at 4000 rpm, Oak says it the the thing sticks some time on Air Heads.
So how about it Mr exBeemer Batman dude?
(oh and btw, I think my wife is joining us)
Dutch, Mike - How about the Holland Blessing? It's this weekend- on Sunday... I am pretty sure I will be going...
Joe and Mike; I quess it would depend on the route we wanted to take. If we want to do freeways, 31 to 96 to 131 would be the way to go. I am not against meeting you guys somewhere along the way, and if you guys want to take 37 it would be about the same distance for everyone. It's about the same from Manistee to 37 as from Cadillac I think. I could meet you some where (Broman or Baldwin perhaps?) along the way. Let me know. I am attempting to convince my sweet wife to get Friday off so she can go too. As far as Holland goes, I haven't heard anything about it. Do you have time and location? Let me know and I will try to make it. Vaya con Dios, Dutch
It's one of the "nicer, cleaner" blessings I have been to- meaning, it seems to draw less of the "darker side" riders- lol
For me and the wife, it's has been our annual first ride. Just a reason to ride "somewhere"...
The following was copied from:
Holland, MI, March 10, 2009: The 8th Annual Lakeshore Blessing of the Bikes will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds in Holland, Michigan. Gates open at 10:00a.m. Blessing is at 2:00p.m. Reverend Phil Nguyen will officiate.
Donation: $5.00 per bike or vehicle. All gate proceeds from this charitable event will benefit Pathways, Inc. and Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity. The event kicks off the 2009 riding season.
The purpose: A gathering to start the riding season with a Blessing for a safe year, to promote a sense of community and fellowship among riders and to support local charities.
Hundreds of motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists participate in the blessing. Live music, food and motorcycles of every color, size, shape, and brand make this event interesting for all attendees. Vendors sell leather goods, t-shirts, jewelry, sunglasses and other "biker stuff". The event includes awards for "Bikers Choice" and best vintage bike (25 years or older). For a $10 donation, participants can enter their motorcycle. Winners will receive a trophy and cash prize.
particularly for those of you coming from the North and West side of the state, HWY 66. This road runs from Charlevoix into Sturgis.
Last year, I left Sturgis and headed north on this route, through Battle Creek and into the Charlotte area (where I split and headed into Lansing). I was really pleased with this streatch of road: light traffic, somewhat twisty and yet not terribly slow. I wondered why I had never ridden it in the past, but I intend to ride it again this year.
Hope to see some of you out there next week!
-"Are your giblets warm?" J.D., Scrubs.
Thanks for the tip on 66. It's a fun road in place's. There are a bunch of roads in this part of the state that have a lot of potential for fun riding. Most of the secondary highways (M-40,89,43, 37 and yes,66) will have some really good stretches. M.43 and 37 north of Kalamazoo have always been some of my favorites. By the way, the Battle Creek BMW club (our unsuspecting hosts for the week-end) also put on an antique motorcycle event in June at the
Gilmore Farms just north of Richland. If you like old cars,as well as bikes, they have one of the best collections in the country, as well as (IMHO) one of the best venues around. As far as making the Holland blessing, I can try to get there after church on Sunday, but no Promises.( As a Sunday school teacher, it's sometimes difficult to get away right after services. ) Vaya con Dios, Dutch
This rally will be my first BMW anything and here is the kicker....I live across town from it! (I bought my RT last summer).
I should be easy to spot since my wife will be riding her H.D. Low Rider and we will have our daughter with us. (I'll be on a Graphite '06 RT).
I know alot of you have been here before but I would be glad to answer any questions about the area. Might even be able to suggest a short ride route.
Looking forward to meeting you all.
Glad you're coming, Steve. Hope you enjoy the Rally!
2011 R1200GS Adventure
Smoke Grey Metallic Matt
Me and my wife are going to be leaving for the mini ralley in Mich. this wked. Anyone from Ohio going. We are leaving on Friday and going to take state route 33 to IN. If poss anyone want to ride up together. If so please send me an email on here or at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 937-407-1494. Thanks
Steve (glidepilot) was wondering what the weather report is like for the wked up there. We are comming from Belle Center Ohio, about 1/2 hr from Lima. Now that I think i know how im going to get the sleeping bags on the R1200CL now i have to figure out how to put the tent on it. By chance you would have an extra tent up there would ya it would make it easer. lol Well hope to hear from you soon. thanks Scott