††††††† June 2, 2001, was the date to again gather for a ride and share good times. All for a very worthy cause, to assist the Boys and Girls club of Santa Ana. Unfortunately, the weather would not cooperate again this year. It started misting almost as soon as I pulled up to Timís house. Tim and Matt Burns were out prepping their machines. A Ď48 Chief and a 1913 twin, which seemed too only want to run on one cylinder that morning. This would be Mattís first ride on the mighty chief, Tim talked him through the steps and then it was up to him. I think we were all a bit nervous, as Matt started out. A few stalls and tense moments later, Matt was running up and down their block fairly well, a natural Ė way to go Matt.†
††††††† Next Dave Niederhaus pulled up on a very impressive and fine running 1917 Powerplus. Donít ask me how, but Dave had gashed his head on some part of his Powerplus and he had a fair amount of blood running down his head. I was a little apprehensive about riding my Henderson in the rain, but decided to go ahead. Since both the teensí bikes had even less brakes then my Henderson. Matt was new to the Chief, Timís Ď13 was missing, and Dave was bleeding. I began to wonder if this was going to be more of an adventure than I had bargained for. Just then though Tim got the Ď13 running just fine and we were off.
†††††††† As we arrived at the auto mall it began to rain steady; it was then that I found out that my magneto was not waterproof. The Deluxe started missing badly and only running on a couple cylinders, oh great I thought. I started looking to see what was up with the bike. Started checking the wires and got shocked right now, a little further looking and I noticed that there were sparks going off all over the magneto. I started laughing and thought to myself, that is not good. I also started to think, it very likely I would end up in the rescue truck on this day. I frantically started drying it the best I could and put a plastic bag over it and hoped for the best. Waiting there for us were Ralph Krogh and his trusty Ariel Red Hunter and Walt Frey on his old faithful Harley 45. In addition, a fellow named Ken on a fresh and sharp looking Ď48 Chief.
†††††††† The turn out was a real disappointment. As far as our club and the modern machines were concerned. However the rain had a lot to do with it I am sure. Also, I am confident we would have had better participation. With a little more effort from the club officers, - the V. P. for example. However I have been away for several months and Tom Hart was out of action after a very serious accident on his modern Harley. Missing were many of our clubs dependable members, so though we were few in numbers, it was a good group. Lets give it a good effort next year and have a turn out we can all be proud of.
††††††††† We started out right on time for the 75 mile run with a police escort no less! It felt kind of strange, I kept wanting to pull over for the cops to get by with their sirens on and all, but it was all for us Ė cool stuff! My Henderson was missing fairly regular in the rain and I expected it to die at any moment. Much to my delight though, it began to smooth out, good work Johnny! Our ride was very enjoyable and the machines were running well. After about 15 miles, we were getting pretty darn wet, but then the rain stopped. The sun never came out but that was the end of the rain. Even with my patented speed shift techniques, I fell behind at every stop and would have to reel the others in slowly. I am used to that, but still seeing those teenís bikes walk away was very impressive. At this time, we were running quite well, all our machines. The sight of those teenís bikes at speed was very pleasing to the eye. Daveís Powerplus is a fine running machine, but I was most impressed with Timís old 1913 single speed twin Ė or maybe just by the way he rides it. That 13 with Tim on it really roars and he cruises quite well at 45 or so, truly impressive to see! and what fun! Both the machine and rider looked very happy in merry flight. My Deluxe likes those speeds too, so it was a blast. I believe all in our group enjoyed it. About 12 miles from the end the spirited 13 twin started missing again and Tim finally had to give it up and put her in the truck. The problem, his rear spark plug had broken off near its end and after only something like 88 years of service! J
†††††††† We all arrived safely at the Galaxy Theater ending point; there we greeted by more friends. Marc and Patty Gallin with their í50 Chief, Frank Colver and his Ď36 Sunbeam, Jim Bradford and his cool truck and Ď50s Cushman and Janis Graber and her trusty 101 Scout.† Way to go folks! We guessed that about 300 modern machines took part, no doubt with a little luck in the weather department. Attendance would have been much better. We were treated very well and wish to thank all involved, especially the Santa Ana police and fire departments. Special thanks to Malinda for an expert job handling the trouble truck and our own Tim Graber, who goes above and beyond in this and many other effortís in the clubs behalf.
Until the next one have fun and hope to see you there,† Tom ††††††††††
P. S. Special note, though Tom Hart was very seriously hurt in his accident. He is making a fantastic recovery, which we are very grateful for and send him and the entire Hart family our love and best wishes to all and the hope for a full and complete recovery!† We miss ya Tom!†
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