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Harley-Davidson ................8, 9, 15 American Road Shop .........................5, 6 Battle Creek Harley-Davidson ......8, 9, 15 BMW of Grand Rapids.............. 8, 12, 19 BMW Motorcycles of Louisville ..........9 BMW, SE Michigan.....................2, 4, 7, 14 Brighton Harley-Davidson .............8, 9, 15 Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. ...........................11 C & S Harley-Davidson ................8, 9, 15 Capitol Harley-Davidson ..............8, 9, 15 Classic MotorSports......................8, 9, 15 Cycle Conservation Club ...........................15 Diamond Gusset Jeans ............................12 Gildner’s Harley-Davidson ...........8, 9, 15 Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson ...8, 9, 15 Great Lakes Dual Sporters ...................... 17 Great Lakes Harley-Davidson ......8, 9, 15 Hamilton’s Harley-Davidson ..........8, 9, 15 Harley-Davidson of Louisville.......9 Harley-Davidson dealers ..............8, 9, 15 Harrison Motorcycle Service ................10 Hoosier Harley-Davidson ...............8, 9, 15 Hot Rod Harley-Davidson ..............8, 9, 15 Jason Waechter, The Motorcycle Lawyer..20 Jerry B’s Cycle Works .......................10, 14 Kelley & Sons Trailers ..............................17 Motor City Harley-Davidson ..........8, 9, 15 Motor City Underwriters ......................10 Motorcycle Mike ..............................16 Motorcycle Solutions, LLC........................3 Motorcycle Sport Touring Association.......15 Paragons Promotion..........................11 Perry’s Harley-Davidson ................8, 9, 15 Ray C’s Harley-Davidson...............8, 9, 15 Retail Warehouse ...............................5, 10 Sandy’s Harley-Davidson .............8, 9, 15 Shiawassee Harley-Davidson ......8, 9, 15 Sport Bike Track Gear ............................11 Stinger Trailers .........................................17 Sweet Trikes ...........................................10 Tecumseh Harley-Davidson .........8, 9, 15 Town & Country H-D.....................8, 9, 15 Triumph Detroit..................................10 Vehicle City Harley-Davidson ........8, 9, 15 Wolverine Harley-Davidson ..........8, 9, 15 Zip’s 45th Parallel H-D.....................8, 9, 15 Don’t Drink & Ride. Test Drive a Schuberth Helmet That’s right. Now you can test drive the high-tech, aerodynamic Schuberth helmets before you buy. Stop by our store for details. Don’t wait. BMW Motorcycles of Southeast Michigan 39933 Ford Road, Canton, MI 734.981.1479 www.bmwmcsem.com Speed, Competitive Races, Brawl Highlight Indoor Ice Races Flint, Michigan – The Flint Motorcycle Club held their 53 rd Annual Big Brothers / Big Sisters Indoor Ice Races at the Perani Arena in Flint, Michigan on December 1, 2012. Like past races, the competitors offered up some fast, exciting, paint-rubbing action to thrill the fans. Multiple four-lap heat races kick off the evening of racing. In all but the pro class, everyone who races in the heat races makes into the Main Event for his/her class. Pro Class heat races determine who will make it to the Main Event and the order in which those racers will start. Racers who don’t make the Main Event through Eventual LCQ winner, Beaty (12), leads hidden racer and Jack Mayer (91) through turn four. the heat races have a final opportunity to reach the Main in a Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ); only the winner of the LCQ goes to the Main. The heat racing started slowly. One racer would jump into the lead with the other racers settling into a position and holding it until the checkered flag. The racing began to energize in the eighth heat race. Johnson (77) grabbed the holeshot and led through 2 ½ laps until Pat Buchanan (75) pushed his way past on the inside of turn four to take the lead and ultimately the victory. Two heat races later, Jared Mees (1) did the same thing to Johnson and went on to claim the victory in that heat. Johnson redeemed himself in Heat 21 when he passed McGrane (99) on the inside of the last corner before crossing the finish line and taking the checkered flag. Despite finishing first in a single heat race, Johnson finished second three times and third once in the heat race. Young racer, Mr. Schaidt, showing his form. Marcangelo (11) charged to the holeshot in the 85cc Main Event with Barclay (20) and Belaud (63) close behind, respectively. Belaud took the inside line through turns three and four on lap two to steal second place. www.midwestmotorcyclist.com Pre-Owned Motorcycles 2005 BMW K 1200LT, Blue, 66,000 miles, good condition, fully loaded, elect. windshield, cruise control, power center stand, ABS, AM/FM radio, 6 disc cd changer, GPS, satellite radio ready, heated seat & grips, service up to date. ONLY $8,995 Barclay returned the favor on lap four. Marcangelo finished first, Barclay was second and Belaud took the last spot on the podium. Norris (24) looked like he would have the holeshot in the 100cc Main but lost control. He didn’t crash but loss first position to Rabinette (25) and second to Nottingham (one of several female racers participating.) Both Norris and Nottingham were challenging Rabinette for the lead; Norris trying the inside and Nottingham taking a big chance by using an outside line. Rabinette was protecting the inside against a Norris pass when Nottingham slipped by on the outside. The risk paid off. Nottingham held on for the victory followed by Rabinette and then Norris. The 250cc Pro Class LCQ was more exciting for the fight that followed the race than for the race itself. Beaty (12) finished first to move onto the Main. After he crossed the finish line, two racers crashed out between turns three and four. The racers stood up and started to untangle when one, the antagonist, started yelling at the other. The antagonist pulled off his goggles and threw them at the other racer. Then the antagonist pushed the other guy. The other guy wasn’t arguing or fighting back. The antagonist then punched the other racer in the head. That was enough for the other guy. He grabbed the antagonist and the two fell to the ice. A crowd of Flint Motorcycle Club members surrounded the two racers, attempting to pull them apart. As soon as they were separated, one of the We take motorcycles of all brands and models as trade-ins. Bring us your bike when you’re ready to buy! 2008 Ducati 1098S, BLACK, $13,995 2012 BMW G650GS, White / White, $6,995 2009 BMW HP2 Sport, White/Blue, $20,900 2005 BMW K1200LT, Blue, $8,995 2007 BMW K1200R Sport, Silver, $7,995 2009 BMW K1300GT, Royal Blue Metallic, $13,495 2006 BMW R1200GS, Red. $11,995 2007 BMW R1200RT, SILVER / SILVER, $10,995 2006 BMW R1200RT, GRAPHITE, $10,995 2012 BMW S1000RR, Fire Blue, $16,895 2007 Triumph SPRINT ST, RED / RED, $6,795 BMW Motorcycles of Southeast Michigan 39933 Ford Road, Canton, MI 734.981.1479 www.bmwmcsem.com Continued on page 14 February 2013

y Pedro Gregorio The Little Things “It’s the little things in life that matter,” we’ve all heard it; the smell of freshly baked apple pie, the touch of a loved one, the sound of rain on the roof. But since this is Midwest Motorcyclist TM and not Oprah’s magazine, I’m going to talk about bikes. It’s my birthday and the middle of January and I’ve just ridden 100 warm and comfortable miles on the roads around Manchester, Napoleon, and the Waterloo Recreation Area. Yes, I said the middle of January. If anyone out there doubts how screwed up the world’s weather is because of global warming, my ride pretty much proved to me there’s something really weird going on. But, being somewhat shortsighted, I’m not going to worry too much about generations to come. Instead I’m going to enjoy the side effects on two wheels. From The Dumbass Files By Vince Cardinale Ego Trumps Better Judgment. (Never a good thing...) Sunday morning a few weeks back brought a dusting of snowfall and temps a few degrees below freezing. Bad combination. A few hours before dawn the pavement was still warm enough to melt the light snow, which Auburn Leather American-Made, Bolt-on & Throw-over SADDLE BAGS 25% OFF PAST EVENT T-SHIRTS $5 HUGE SELECTION of saddle , travel, sissy bar, barrel, windshield and fork bags SPECIAL DEAL! Brown Leather Jackets assorted styles starting at $10000 Sturgis, South Dakota Event Bandannas $3 Call (269) 651-2464 now or visit our on-line store at www.ridewild.com As I rode, I kept thinking about the little things that made my ride just that much better. A few years ago, I bought a pair of things called Wristies. A fleece tube with a hole for your thumb and bingo, you have a wristie. You can probably make one for next to nothing. If you buy them they run $10 to $15. I had no idea these things existed until I saw them in a bike catalog. Ever since, I take them everywhere. Slip them over my jacket cuffs and I have a windproof seal between my gloves and jacket that makes a huge difference when it’s chilly. It only reinforces my pet peeve about motorcycle gloves with cuffs that are too short. Memo to all motorcycle glove manufacturers reading this: Unless it’s a hot weather glove, make cuffs long enough to stay over my jacket in the riding position. This is not rocket science. I recently found Grip Puppies on the ‘net. They are sold by California Sport Touring (www.casporttouring.com) and are pretty clever. Made of a high-quality, UV-resistant foam they slip right over your grips and in a few minutes you have eliminated any bad grip vibes. My triple doesn’t buzz as badly as an inline four but my hands do get tingly over a long ride. My birthday ride was the first time I tried the Puppies and I love them. The increased diameter also increases the comfort of the grips and even seems to make it easier to control the throttle. The Grip Puppies run ten bucks plus shipping. The little things that had the biggest impact on my ride were the valves inside my front forks and rear shock. Over Christmas, a good friend helped me install Racetech Gold Valves and fork springs in my forks (www.racetech.com). I also sent the rear shock to Traxxion Dynamics then froze to a slick coating of ice atop the pavement as the mercury slid south of 32 degrees. Yea, black ice. Top it all off with a little more light snow and you’ve nailed the Recipe For Disaster cliché. Enter our Rider. His initial reaction to this sight was “...not riding today.” Gut instinct. Common sense. Better judgment. Call it what you like. And that’s where it should have ended. But no... Not that day... Here’s where ego entered the picture. It was subtle. Insidious. Hey, it’s not that bad out there. Person Who’s Name We Won’t Mention rode in these conditions, why can’t you? Everyone thought that individual was cool / brave / skilled, right? Actually, stupid / reckless / insane was more like it, but our Rider’s ego didn’t remember it that way. Something within him, a character flaw perhaps, felt the need to compete, to one-up. Gonads getting the better of gray matter. HUGE SELECTION of Men’s & Ladies’ TEXTILE JACKETS Ladies’ start at $60 00 Men’s start at $75 00 Ladies Inlaid Rose Leathers Black, Red or Purple with fringe & braid Jacket Reg. $170 to $180 NOW $15000 Chaps Reg. $120 NOW $9995 Vest Reg. $65 NOW $4900 Retail Warehouse (269) 651-2464 Fax: (269) 651-8767 1640 S. Centerville Rod (M-66 South) , Sturgis, MI We accept all major credit cards So off he went... The ride was a mess. Ice and snow everywhere. Several times he considered turning back, and most certainly should have; but no, by this time stupid stubborn had set in. Ego at it’s (www.traxxion.com) in Woodstock, Georgia, to be rebuilt. Ever since I got the Speed Triple in 2011, I’ve been complaining about the stock suspension to anyone who would listen. It was so harsh that it got to the point that I didn’t want to ride the bike. It didn’t matter what I did to the damping adjustments. I was dying to see how the makeover would feel and the birthday ride made me a believer. No more harshness and the bike handles better. The Racetech front springs are constant rate instead of the variable rate stock ones. What that means is that the stock springs are very soft to start with and then stiffen up. This causes tons of brake dive and doesn’t really make for a comfortable ride if the damping is screwed up. At the rear, Traxxion replaced the spring and revalved the shock for my weight and riding style (brisk sport-touring but not racing). The changes haven’t turned my bike into a Gold Wing but they weren’t supposed to. What they did was correct the only problem I had with my bike and made it so much more fun to ride. If you have any money set aside to spend on bike improvements, don’t bother with the engine, spend it all on the suspension first. It’s the best investment you’ll ever make. Modern stock bike engines don’t need any help. It will probably be weeks if not months until I ride again but I’m very grateful the weather gods (or global warming) gave me a birthday gift that allowed me to appreciate the little things in life. worst. After much handlebar death-gripping, he arrived at his destination. The experience was utterly nervewracking, not the least bit pleasant. And the ride home still lay ahead. This is written as a cautionary tale. Riding that day on those road conditions was a big mistake. Far too risky. Far too many unknowns. Any snow-covered ice patch could have put him on his head, or had him sliding through an intersection. Lesson learned: Acting reckless and stupid can get you hurt, or worse; and it indicates to others that you may actually be reckless and stupid. So don’t do it. Pay heed to that nagging apprehension whispering into your ear. It just might be your survival instinct doing its job. Epilogue: Despite hitting some very slippery patches that got the bike fishtailing, and nearly dropping the bike more than once when his boot slid sideways at a stop, our Rider made it back to home base unscathed. But it could have very easily gone a different direction. Riding that day was a terrible idea. Our Rider will not likely repeat that mistake. Nor should you. Ride safe. Always. Pre-Owned Motorcycles from www.arsmotorsales.com 1969 BMW R50 $6,495 ‘94 H-D Wide Glide, $8,000 1982 Kawasaki LTD 550 Great paint & chrome, Runs great, New tires, Ready to Ride! ONLY $1,895 7675B Highland Road, Waterford, MI 48327 Located On Highland Rd. (M-59) just east of Williams Lake Rd. 248-666-2490 www.americanroadshop.com Midwest Motorcyclist TM 5

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