The Society has a new address (at the side bar on the right) so make sure to use it in all communications with us. The USPS is forwarding any current mail but let’s avoid unnecessary delays. Thanks David Mangeim for the welcome card!
I am excited to be living up here for many reasons. The excellent never-ending network of great riding roads and the mild weather are a no-brainer however, being closer to a few fellow Society members ranks up there.
Marty Hallberg is one of the most influential persons in the classic bike scene around the Smokies, successfully promoting and producing two major gatherings around this neck of the woods, the Smoky Mountain Dogwood and the XS Southeast (re-baptized as Vintage Yamaha) rallies.
I attended the XS SE in 2015 (European trip kept me from participating in this year’s event) and I was impressed with the number of participants (near 100) and the overall quality of the event host at the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge near Robbinsville, NC. If you have never been there, I strongly advise you to make plans to go in 2017. You will notice that I have included it (as well as the Dogwood Rally) as an official Society event (used to be listed under “Other Events”) and we have big plans for 650 riders.
Bruce Leinaar, Doug Whiteaker, Steve Fillweber, and Camden “Shorty” Price are also a full tank away (maybe 2 but who’s counting) so I am hoping to get to see them more often than one or two rallies every year.
Since the new year is upon us, I will take the opportunity to reveal my two Society-related resolutions for 2017: Get our loaner bike up and running and complete the website.
I have enough parts to put a 1980 650 together, mostly with original parts donated to me, requiring a few bucks in gaskets and other small services to get it running reliably. The objective here is to haul and have the bike available for far away members that could fly/travel to an event and will need a bike to ride. I have had every newsletter since issue #1 digitized and they are ready to be uploaded to the website. It will be a bit of work for cataloguing, archiving etc. but I promise to get it done in 2017.