The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group

L'Association Canadienne de Motos Anciennes

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Another frigid meeting night in this seemingly perpetual winter didn’t hold back twenty five stalwarts from appearing at the Brews and Cues on Thursday evening, March 5th. Two guests, Donald Clapper and Mike Tanner, sat in on the proceedings and were made welcome by Dale and members. In the round table discussions, Karl shared a product called Blue Job (!) which he recommended to take the bluing off your chrome exhaust headers; Kevin recounted his episode of problem solving in getting his pristinely restored ‘73 Commando to fire up and run; Rene spoke about the long running frustrations of trying to deal with insurance companies after a motorcycle accident; insurance coverage on Rob’s 750 Honda Interceptor was only $116 a year from the Amherstburg Co-operators (appraisal required); Mike’s balancing act saw him present a homemade wheel balancer of his own invention; JB Weld came to Jerry’s rescue in fixing the rusted seam of his gas tank while section kudos go out to Bruce who got a season’s second in his class in the District 14 ice racing season on a Yamaha XT500. In terms of notification of upcoming events, Graham was good enough to provide us a monthly calendar of motorcycle events for the balance of 2015: thanks Graham. Section Breakfast Runs this month will be at 8:45 a.m. on two Sundays: the 8th at the Main Street Diner in Essex and the Dominion Golf Course on the 22nd. Other non-section events this month include the auction of vintage bikes in Ann Arbour on Saturday, March 7; Inglis Cycle’s Open House in London on the 6th and 7th; the 42nd annual swap meet in Kalamazoo on the 15th; a Toronto Motorcycle Show on the 21st and 22nd; while at Ford Field, the Monster Energy Supercross gets jumping on the 21st. Under new business, we discussed a pot pourri of topics like high visibility vests; possible ways of saving the CVMG money; dwindling section insurance coverage of events from the national body’s provider and how it could affect our events; and moving the time and location of the section’s Wednesday Coffee Clutches when the riding weather arrives (Dale will notify by email). The highly successful and well attended Wednesday sessions currently meet at the Tim Horton’s at Walker and North Talbot Roads at 1 p.m. (From the looks of this week’s forecast we actually may be able to ride there.) Larry won the 50/50 and exchanged his winnings for a Timmy’s gift certificate. Cyril picked up the other gift certificate. The next monthly gathering will take place April 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Brews and Cues. Hopefully we’ll be able to see a few bikes out by then. 

Cheers and have happy hopes of an early Spring,

 Syd Girling     


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