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    I know I can't be the only Civil War buff who likes riding their bikes to visit civil war sites. I know most of the sites in East Ar. North Miss., and West Tenn., All along the Miss. River From Columbus, Ky. to Vicksburg, Ms.. If you need or are looking for sites to visit, feel free to contact me and maybe I can help you find them.

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    I'm whipped. Just removed the exhaust off my '84 R100, then took the heads off. Tomorrow I'm taking them over to a buddy of mine. We're going to see about getting him set up to do airhead heads. He's been studying a set of R90 heads I did about 10 years ago. I wanted him to see a set of big valve heads. He's been specializing in American small and big block engine building. I went over a year ago to help him with some Porsche heads. He'll do a good job on the BMW's.

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    Rode to Beale St. last night and had a grand time. The usual crew was on hand. Marshall on his R27 was a big hit as usual. Peter was there on his Vincent Black Shadow, also a big hit. Bike was photographed all night. Pat was there on his '71 Norton. It was mine till a couple of weeks ago, when I turned it over to him. He was havin a great time and is so proud of that bike, I couldn't be happier for him. I really think it takes a special person to own, maintain, and ride those type of bikes. Both Pat and Peter have that type of ability. I'm not in that league. Jeff Hudson, of Cape Giradeau, Mo.. came by with his cousins. Jeff was the owner of Grass Roots BMW for many years and is a avid rider and motorcycle enthusiast. We went down to Alfreds and listened to Leo play with the Erik Hughes Band. Had a grand time, and if any one is lookin for a for a good time on the cheap. Bikes on Beale every Wendesday night is probably the ticket. I'm still smilin.

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    Since this is Ride Meet and Eat, needed to mention the eat part. Dined at The Pig on Beale. 167 Beale. Had the BBQ pork plate. $10.50 and a large designer brew, $6.50. All good, really liked their sweet BBQ sause, Yum Yum. Had the dinner out front on the patio so I got to watch all the action. The couple next to me remembered me from Shack Rag, last year. I had brought the the Jack Purtle Chickin for my personal picnic on that paticular ride. Yep it's allways ride, eat, meet, and a cold one to wash it down. A good dose of local Memphis Blues or Rockibilly sets the mood and really put's it over the top.

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    All the local news around the Mid-South including East Arkansas has been the freeing/releaseing from prison of the West Memphis Three. They were convicted of killing 3 elementary boys from W. Memphis Ar., back in '93. During the trial quite a bit was made of Damian Echols binging a Satanic/Witchcraft leader and believer. At that time there was quite a bit of satanic/witchcraft graffetti on structures in the W. Memphis/Marion area. One particular spot was an old cotton compress, just a couple miles out of Marion, that had deteriorated into looking like Stonhenge. The press was out there filming it for news in '93. I took my mother out there to see it when all the graffetti was still on it. After the trial. Some local people went out and cleaned it all off, which was also in in the news. A short time after that I led a motorcycle ride for the Old Bike Club called the Motorclassics back then on the Satanic Tour of Ar.. We stopped at a couple of the sites, including the murder scene and the cotton compress. Satanic graffetti was back on the walls at that time. The new graffeti also made the news, so at that time it was bull dosed down to put a stop to it . Nothing more was heard about it, the murders, till the HBO special came out several years ago, which has lead to the release of the 3 convicted killers. During all the recent news coverage, I saw on CNN news that they were showing the old footage of the compress from '93. I also used to ride by that compress bake in the late '70's and early 80's bicycle riding. and walked around and thru it on foot. Never realizing how locally famous it was to become. Any way I just wanted to relay some history and back ground on whats in the news and how I had road my BMW on some what of a ride that had a gruesome back drop. My real feelings go out to the 3 murdered boys and their families. Hopefully, those responsible will be dealt with if not here on earth ,then in the here after.

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    I've received e-mails all evening on the passing of a dear friend of mine, Danny Crittenden. Danny had gone to Florida and purchased a Triumph Scramler and was riding it home. Was killed riding the bike in Georgia. Danny was a long time member of The Old Bike Club . Our hearts and thoughts go out to his wife and children. Danny had rode BMW's in the past. Sad news all the way around.

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    Danny Crittendon's obituary was finally in the local paper. Danny was killed riding his new bike home in Fairhope, Al., Aug. 20. Danny leaves his beloved wife Kathy and one son Jonathon and a daughter Jennifer Young. Visitation will be 12:30 pm and service at 2:30 pm. Tues., August 30 at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Park Av. Memphis Tn. 901 767 8930.

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    Had to mention that Danny had a good funeral. Every one there could tell Danny was loved by his family, respected and liked by his fellow company employees and well liked by his fellow motorcyclists. Sorry about the little rant about the wrung out On's in another thread. Just one look at Little Jack sittin in that sidecar on the front cover put's a smile on your face. Got me some bling comin. I got some BMW spotlamps for my K100 coming off Ebay. Like an early Christmas present. Gonna look good on that K bike. Can't wait to get the tranformation done on this bike. I feel better, now; wish I could go for a little ride and really put a smile on my face.

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    Well there are all kinds of rides, runs, meets happenin today. The BMW RAMS are on a run to Iuka, Ms. for the monthly club meeting. I couldn't quite pull that off. The Memphis Mummies, a local vintage cafe racer club is puttin on a ride, tour, and bike show. I'm going to make the bike show this afternoon. Sat. the 10th. I'm going about 4:00pm. Wish I could have done the whole tour. Out to the Shelby Forrest Store, HiTone Cafe, Sun Records etc. Their meeting at Kudzu's Bar and Grill around 4ish for the bike show and music fest. Kudzu's is located at 603 Monroe, downtown Memphis. The mummies will be joined by the The Memphis Kings scooter, the Old Bike Club and all other derelick bike and scooter riders. Mods and Rockers. Yea Baby. I'll get my R50/5 out and ride over for the festivities.

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    Had a good time at the Mummies shindig.there were about 50 bikes and scooters in the patking lot. All types, but cafe style bikes were pretty common, along with the scooters. They said they had a good ride to Shelby Forrest. Kudzu's had several bands lined up and Rockabilly was the theme. It really matched the bike style of the rally. Several BMW's were in attendence and every one was having a good time. The members of the Mummies said they meet here every Wendesday after work, then go down to Bikes on Beale. I'll have to put that on my schedule for Bike Nite. After a couple of cold ones I left early and I glad I went.

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    Took my '84 R100 heads over to a buddy of mine and bead blasted them . They look better than they were, but not as good as I like. Will have to come up a Plan B. I don't think the heads have ever been worked before. Just went out and checked the mileage on the odometer, 52,000. Exhaust valves shot, due to valve recession. The air injection system along with the wrong combination of valve seats and valves caused this problem. Air cooled engines were not designed to have combustion happening in the exhaust port. That along with this being a factory built escort bike. These bikes get used in funerals, parades etc.; lots of idleing. Bad for the heads. Most of the individuals and companies who bought these bikes were not aware of this problem. But I am and will correct the problem. The problem on this bike was the 'soft' exhaust valves. Exhaust valves shot at 50,000 miles. Will buy 4 new valve guides and 2 new exhaust valves. when I'm done, it'll be better than new. While I'm at it, I'll remove all that emissions garbage from the airbox. The bike will breathe properly for the first time in it's life. Think I'll dual plug it while I'm at it. Nothin like a good combustion flame front to burn that fuel. This bike is coming back from grave and will have a new life. It's on it's way from poor derelick has been to leading man on the red carpet.

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    I got a call from Spencer Bennet along time member of the BMW RAMS. He was over at the West Memphis, Ar. airport. They have a hanger over there where they work on their bikes as well as planes. They have a pretty good set up there. Spencer was working on his K100/EML sidecar outfit, mainly putting barbacks on at his wife, Rose Ann's request. They were a universal set and they were going to take some engineerin to work . I'm glad those guys are over there, pretty handy to have some other shade tree techs to bounce ideas off of. Rick Coffman is the other tech. Not many resident BMW motorcycles in east Ar. I basically live at the intersection of I 40/I 55 and I see a fair amount of BMW's, but most are just passin thru.

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    Just got back from haulin some freight up to Chicago and Columbus, In.. I was wanting to visit the new BMW dealership in Countryside, but got the load offer over to Columbus. Needed the money so visiting the Countryside dealer would have to wait. Did a little Civil War sightseein. Stopped in Corydon, In. to visit the little battlefield park and town sqare. All of this was part of John Hunt Morgans raid into Indiana and Ohio. I'd been here several years ago. I think on this trip I saw BMW motorcycles than I have seen all the rest of the year. I have yet to see a airhead on the road this year, during my freight hauling runs.

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    I havn't been home lately on Wendesday, so I've missed Bikes on Beale. So last nite I was my first chance to go. The Mummies a cafe racer style vintage bike club meet at Kudzu's Bar and Grill on Monroe Av.. Went early and when Ipulled up there were about 10 scooters lined up out front. Mods and Rockers. Cafe bikes and riders started trickling in. The Mummies went out on the patio for their meeting. Mainly talked about the Run to the Sun Rally they had just put on. They deemed it a success; which it was. They then voted in 2 new members. Very casual affair, with both new members roundly applauded. Apparently if you attend 3 meetings and ride a bike they deem worthy enough, you can be up for a vote. Nice laidback casual affair. We then rode the 3 blocks over to Beale St.. Place was packed and our spot in front of Superior BBQ was packed with vintage bikes. Beale st. was hoppin. Cool bikes every where you looked. The high lite in our group was Peter Guldans '41 Indian 4. The bike was covered up with lookers and picture takers all nite. That bike is over the top, as are all of Peter's bikes. I've been seein a Moto Guzzi El Dorado all summer on Beale, and last nite we finally hooked up. Denis DiAngelo and his really a nice '73 Eldo. I related to him that I was building my version of a BMW eldo using a '74 r90/6. After exchangeing pertinent info, the street was clearin out, we took off for home.

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    I mentioned Peter Guldan and his Indian 4 in the previous post. I have known Peter for 25 years or all of my motorcycle life. Peter has restored or refurbished a variety bikes and scooters over his carrer. All to a rather exquisite level that I have not seen in an individual who doesn't make his living restoring bikes. His list includes Harley's, Indians, Vincents, Nortons, BMW's, Vellocettes, Vespas, etc. A couple of his bikes were featured in Classic bike magazine back in the 90's, a Norton Commando and BMW R50/2. One of the headlines was 'Is this the World's Fusiest Restorer'. The level of his work was astounding. Anyway, Peter has mellowed over the years and he has his little web site which he details and discusses some of those restorations. I think you will find it under a search for A Red Rapide or www.patwilliamsracing.com/vincent/ This really covers a lot of what all of us go through finding a bike, the restoration problems and hurdles, and getting to the finished project. Peter tells his story in own rather unique way.

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