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The true story of when Spring arrives in Vermont

Posted By Muriel Farrington #89517, Friday, February 9, 2018

We’ve all heard of Punxsutawney Phil and his ability to predict the onset of spring, but what about the Airhead Spring Predictor? The late MOV and MOA member Paul Bachorz (#115456) was tired of some ratty old groundhog in Pennsylvania getting all the publicity, so he suggested members of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of Vermont get together, wheel out an airhead, and start ‘er up. If she starts, there will only be six more weeks of winter in Vermont.

Chuck Otto (#57121) offered his Slash 5 airhead for many years, and more recently Larry Gold (#132581) has done the honors. Larry wheeled out his GS and put her on her side stand (the side stand did not cast a shadow). She was pointed more or less north. He flipped the petcock and pressed the starter... again and again. He has a really good battery. She almost started.

But never say die – she finally caught!

We will only have six more weeks of winter! That works with Larry’s schedule, as he and others ski right up to riding season.

We all celebrated with a sip of Slivovitz – Larry goes first class. A toast to an early spring and the Airhead Spring Predictor. Larry then rolled his bike back in the garage and covered her with a blanket to resume her long winter’s nap.

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