Mid November already??? They say when you get older the time goes by faster…. and guess what? They are right! It's already the 21st of November and as a family we're making plans to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday together. I know I speak for my Touring and Travel Director Roy Dyckman in wishing all of our listeners a very Happy Thanksgiving full of friends, family, maybe football and hopefully if there's no snow on the ground a fun hour or so on the bikes!
Coming soon to a theater near us will be the John Penton story. I can't wait. The Penton family , iconic legends in the motorcycling community and the story about John Penton and his ability to work magic with what is now KTM to build and bring to America the Penton motorcycle. This will be a unique look into motorcycling in the 60's. We are very fortunate to have the Penton family still active in motorcycling and as nearby as Amherst, Ohio. I will update everyone as soon as I learn more about the release date. We will try and host a gala party for the premiere at a theater like Tinsel town in Boardman, Ohio.
Last Tuesday on the 2 Wheel Power Hour I had the opportunity to have as my guest Bob and Quinn Wentzel who hail from the Berlin Center area. Quinn is a rising star in off road disciplines and most notably the Trials events. Quinn is a Sherco sponsored rider putting things in place to next the next step to Pro Level. If you own a business and could benefit from sponsoring a young man who is professional in every respect please email him at email@example.com
Clear Channels Mix 98.9 FM is playing continuous Christmas music and will do so through January 1, 2014. There's nothing like sitting down with the family over these coming holidays with Christmas Carols playing softly in the background. I dare say it brings back many memories from years gone by with my Mom and Dad and what family meant to them.
For gift giving ideas I would encourage you to visit one or more of our show sponsors. All have neat offerings including great out of season deals on the current inventory in stock. Our show sponsors are;
Fairway Ford..hey that's the way they do business! Our title sponsor!
Ray Gollans Honda Suzuki in Warren..iconic dealership, family owned Honda and Suzuki MC's plus ATV's
Triumph/Yamaha of Warren..Jim Iacozili and crew Triumph and Yamaha motorcycles and Yamaha ATV's
New Castle Harley Davidson..Bar and Shield lifestyle, all locally owned!
Mathias BMW Cycles in New Philadelphia…if you like BMW's you'll like this locally owned shop
Armstrong Cable Internet Services, great shows on demand for those cold winter TV watching indoor months!
Your local Pizza Huts, what could be better than piping hot, mouth watering Pizza from Pizza Hut and they deliver!
Starting the first week in January I will be doing weekly giveaways for the Progressive Motorcycle Show at the Cleveland IX Center. Should be a blast this year with several manufacturers introducing exciting changes in their models! So tune in and win some tickets! Also returning in January are the popular 2 Wheel Tuesdays at the movies. Pizza and beverage weekly for those that attend and a first rate (well maybe not first rate) movie. Past films have been On Any Sunday, Then came Bronson, Easy Rider and a host of others. If you have a movie you'd like us to consider or have one you'd like the group to watch please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
January marks the return of the Packard Museums Motorcycle exhibit. I eagerly await the media day opening of the exhibit and invite all my listeners to go get a ticket for our areas best motorcycling exhibit and the Packard Cars..well they are just awesome. this year's exhibit will be 3 for 10. Three motorcycles from each decade will be on display. Bruce Williams whose done an outstanding job each year with a very dedicated group of helpers will grace the airwaves in December wetting our appetites about the upcoming exhibit!
I have put knobbies on my Suzuki DR 125 and will do some fun type of woods riding this fall/winter when weather and time permits. Maybe a ride and follow up story on the Hatfield McCoy Trials? I will also be riding in the Trials Inc. events this coming season. I purchased a Honda TL 125 for the vintage class and am actively looking for a 1998 or newer Honda XR 100 to campaign on the Ohio Mini Road Racing League! If you know of a reasonable priced bike let me know. I might also be interested in a trade for my Suzuki .
Roy and I look forward to the coming months reporting on the events we attend, the rallies we ride to and of course motorcycle racing. My granddaughter turns 5 in July and I'm already eyeing a PW 50 to see how she might like racing at the Western Reserve Flat Track. If that doesn't hold any appeal to her my grandson "Biggie" Greyson looks to have a little Dare devil in him :)
Don't forget our title sponsor fairway Ford..they really do things the fairway. I've had two friends purchase F 150's from fairway and both said they got the truck they wanted at the price they could afford. Just about says it all…now go see the Blue Oval boys and girls at Fairway Ford :)
I am so lucky. I have a motorcycle show, lots of friendships that have grown out of the show and many terrific sponsors, I am so lucky!
Motorcycling, we'll all living in the best of times…now throw you leg over the saddle and go out and make some memories.
Hang in There and see you down the road!
Hi Everybody! it is so hard to believe we are at the end of what I consider the practical riding season. Sure they may be a day here and there where we'll get out but if you believe in the Farmer's Almanac this winter could be a struggle! Anyways Roy and I made our usual late October journey to Leeds, Alabama home of the Barber Museum and Barber Motorsports Park. This event has grown over the past 9 years to become one of the premiere events for Historic racing, auction and quality swap meet parts. As media motor journalists Roy and I are privileged to cover all aspects of this event. We meet several privateer racers including Stacie London who hails from California making the trip to compete in the GP 200 class onboard her vintage CB 160 racer. Two solid days of racing combined with a wonderful swap meet made for a terrific experience! Roy and I wondered up to the auction site where many antique, historic or just plain one of a kind bikes were going on the block many with no reserve! We didn't stick around fearing we would buy one or more and not be able to transport them :) A big thank you to Bruce Williams the Creator of Packard Museums motorcycle exhibit for transporting our camping gear to/from barber freeing up the space for us to haul more gear for cold weather riding which we eventually needed coming home. After enjoying the sights and sounds of Barber we made our two day journey to Daytona Beach and the Papaya Resorts and Suites our home away from home. As usual Monica Quarto had everything ready for our weeks stay. Monday we road enjoying the Fall weather in Daytona. Tuesday we did our broadcast from the foyer, Wednesday we were the guests of Larry Little at the AIM Expo, a significant 6 day motorcycle event which saw the crowning of the Star motorcycle build. I had an opportunity to shake hands with some legends including the man I consider our greatest racer bar none… Kenny Roberts. Ken is traveling to China next week and has graciously said he will be our guest in the next few weeks. Thursday we decided to actually done our bathing suits and chase the bikini clad girls up and down the beach. Well we actually just watched them, they were too fast to chase :) We met Debbie Daly a nurse from Johnstown, Pa who was vacationing with hubby Tim. Nice to meet folks from our neck of the woods. Mary Jo Hogue the Biketoberfest winner had an awesome week. We had breakfast together Thursday morning compliments of Monica and the LaPLaya. Friday saw me hanging in the pits capturing some photos and getting some information on AHRMA racing. My goal is to someday (soon) race at Daytona during bike week. Roy made his way through the enormous vendor area outside the Daytona Speedway. Later I managed to buy a Trek 820 MTB at Play it Again Sports for $40 bucks. I changed tubes but ran out of time. I will be going back down in March and riding it on the beach for some exercise. We left Saturday morning wanting to get out of the madness and start working our way home. I miss my grandkids so the sooner I get home the sooner I see them. One of the many benefits meeting with the AIM Expo vendors was an AMA Corporate discount to Motel 6. Roy and I decided to try it out and managed to get a $50 room for $42 way cool and it was in Wytheville, Virginia which is half way home. Waking up to 40 degree temps, we decided to walk to Bob Evans for breakfast. Finally with the sun rising so did the temps a little. Still, cold enough to necessitating donning electric jackets and lined cold weather riding pants. The trip home was uneventful and really that's what you want…no problems!
Total mileage was 2524.0. My historic bike averaged between 38 and 42 miles per gallon and Roy said we had 16 total gas stops. Crazy I never remembered it taking so much gas..probably $200 bucks worth!
Well that's what I did on my vacation and hoping you'll listen to the show tonight to catch up on all the fun we had. Hang in there. Larry
Hi everybody and welcome to the best riding month of all..October! Roy and I are celebrating with our annual trip to Barber Motorsports Park home of the Vintage Festival. Plenty to see and do. Road Racing, café bikes, scooters, vintage bikes, swap meet , trials events and a cool motorcycle auction!
We'll join up with Al "The Gadget Guy" Navecky Thursday morning and make our way to Nashville and layover for the night. After a good night's rest we'll make the rest of the trip to Barber arriving mid afternoon Friday. Looking forward to seeing all my friends and check out the Triumph exhibit. I know our buddy Jim Iacozili from Triumph of Warren will be there for a dealer meeting! Barber Motorsports is situated just outside of Birmingham in a little town called Leeds. Bruce Williams vintage BMW owner and restorer was kind enough to transport our camping gear to Barber so we'll swing through the swap meet and pick up our tents and get set up in Lot C… after a weekend of racing Sunday night we'll begin the second half our of trip to Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, Florida. We always stay at our away from home hotel, the LaPlaya Resorts & Suites where we will broadcast live on the 15th at 6pm. If you're in Daytona you're cordially welcomed to stop by. Special congratulations to Mary Jo Hogue who hails from Ellwood city, Pa Mary Jo and her husband are the winners of the New Castle Harley Davidson Biketoberfest trip getaway and she is looking to 7 wonderful days of sun, surf and sand while hubby rides his Harley around :)
Just wanted to give you an update on my racing season. I had a great time racing in the Ohio Mini Roadracing League. The guys were great, the racing action hotly contested and several new champions crowned. My show on October 8th will recap the season with Kent Klawon mentioning the various champions. I finished 6th in my novice division in F4. The combination of being twice as old and twice as heavy led me to my downfall. I probably could do better but it's hard not to eat!
Kudos to all the good people at OMRL for a fine season of fun, friendship and lasting memories.
Well I have to pack and get the Beemer ready to go so here's hoping you MAKE TIME to swing your leg over your bikes saddle and go out an experience the Fall Foliage only October can bring to Ohio!
Hang in There!