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EK-CVMG Report for October 2016

A throng of some 30 men and their spouses invaded Brews & Cues this Thursday evening and the ever punctilious Dale brought down the gavel at 7:00 pm sharp. He immediately introduced us to several newcomers which included Steve G., Mike D., Mike S., Steve P. and Tom H. Then he proceeded to ask which members had news for the section and Kevin R. announced that his Norton will be featured on the October 2017 cover of the Norton Owners Calendar. If you want a copy (and yes, I do), get in touch with Dale who will forward your request to Kevin. A warm round of applause was extended to Bruce D. who won both the light and heavy weight Vintage classes at the Flat Track Canada National Series at Osweghen, Ontario on his ’77 Yamaha XT 750. A double champ, in other words!! Next Dale produced one of the cylinder heads of his trusty BMW. The valve seat had become dislodged, bent a valve and scored the piston… and maybe even a rod??? Charles F. then piped up that he had the valve seat on his BMW replaced by Mountain Machine giving Dale a place to go to. Mike S. is rebuilding a ’75 H-D Aermacchi SS175 (a two stroke) and showed us pics of the freshly repainted frame. Brain S. told us an unusual tale about his ’07 Harley which suddenly stopped running. The mechanic’s diagnosis showed that an application of dielectric grease had gradually caused bad connections causing a short!! Next Dale announced that Rob and Carrie D. will once again host the Chili Run on October 23, ’16. Attendees can bring refreshments and dessert. A bike ride to the premises will be organized beforehand. The X-mas party will be held on Dec.1 at Brews & Cues and, once again, the EK section will provide finger foods. A discussion ensued as to whether the members should be asked for a financial contribution of $5 or $10 in order not to deplete the section’s coffers but no decision was taken about that.

Next our V-P George J. spoke about the 2017 Ganaraska 250 to be held May 27, 2017 and his spouse Jen showed a video of this year’s event. There appeared to be considerable interest in our section for creating a team of 4 to 6 members. But please note that your bike has to be a 1975 model or older! More information can be found at and members can also contact George via Dale’s email. In turn, our event coordinator Carl K. spoke about the 2017 shows our members will be able to participate in and he indicated that he had already secured agreement for five future shows. After that, Rob D. showed us a template prepared by Peter F. that can be used to inform the public about all the pertinent details related to our bikes. Rob would like us to use this template as a model for all of our bikes and, if you wish to have your bike “advertised” in that fashion, all you need to do is contact Rob (via Dale) and he will take care of the rest. René J., who is much involved with Crime Stoppers, announced that he has this year’s and next year’s Windsor Entertainment Book for sale for $40. A real bargain for a worthy cause!! Mike G. handed out three issues of Canadian Biker to the members and yours truly brought a copy of A Long Way Round by Ewen McGregor and Charlie Boorman for auction. It brought $20 to the section’s coffers.

And last but not least, our members have bikes for sale. Mike G. is disposing of a ’88 Yamaha DT 50, a non-running water cooled two stroke. He also knows of a ’72 Honda 350 with low miles for sale. Contact Mike at Dennis H. and Bob M. both have Suzuki 450 Automatics for sale and Dennis is also selling a ’82 Yamaha QT 50. (Contact both via Dale). The 50/50 draw was won by Jen J. who generously returned the sum of $40 to the EK coffers. Since your fthfl servant will be in North Carolina in early November to ponder matters philosophical, Syd G. has kindly accepted to pen next month’s report about our meeting at Brews & Cues which will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

Your assiduous scribe,

Adrian van den Hoven




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