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April 2014

President Gene Walker 5531 Lardon Rd NE Salem, OR 97305-3248 (503) 428-6641 (503) 371-4363 Treasurer Tom Ruttan 3761 SW Olson Ct Lake Oswego, OR 97034 (503) 638-1746 tgruttan@gmail.com Secretary Shannon Kelley 20000 NE Jaquith Rd Newberg, OR 97132-6694 (503) 537-0802 (503) 784-0760 shannonk@wildriders.org

Vice President Bruce Reichelt 46895 SW LaChance Rd Grand Ronde Or 97347 (503) 879-9085 bruce_reichelt@hotmail.com

Welcome a New Member


Please welcome John Greiner to the club. John lives in La Pine OR and has provided a brief summary of what hes up to. I am new to vintage motorcycles but quickly getting the bug. Ive been riding most of my life on newer machines. My son and I found a garage bike in Portland last June, a 1935 VLD, and have started the restoration process, it was pretty beat up, we have been gathering parts, and knowledge from around the world. Its been a lot of fun. We are hoping to have it ready for the Fort Sutter meet in Dixon, CA for its first judging. Enjoy your project John. We wish you the best of luck getting the VLD together. Well look for you and your bike at the Ft. Sutter meet in June if we dont see you sooner.

2014 National Road Run: Two more road run registration were received. TomR mentioned the pace of incoming registrations is ahead of last year. TomR called to verify accommodations at the River Life Resort. Rooms are going fast. 10 or so remain. Be sure to mention youre with the Antique Riders when requesting a reservation to avoid being told all are booked. See the web page for additional facilities. More discussion on new requirement that we see written proof of liability insurance for road run participants. We believe we need to check ID at registration. Gary has changed the web page to highlight the requirement and Shannon will add an insurance disclaimer to the national waiver form. Jackie suggested every registrant receive a reminder to bring their papers. TomR and Bruce will adjust our registration process accordingly. Tom and Gene will refine maps. TomK would like to adjust the routes to include more planned stops. Directions will be added on the back.

March Meeting Minutes


Gene called the meeting to order at 2:27. The meeting was held in the museum in Brooks, OR Attendees: Gene, TomR, Bruce, Terry, Norlene, Don, Jackie, Chuck, TomK and Gary. Treasurer Report: TomR presented his report. Tom went on to discuss his preparation of our 2013 taxes. Tom has been in contact with the CPA provided by the AMCA to work through the issues of being an independent non-profit corporation registered in the state of Oregon. Gene suggested Tom talk with Paul as Paul set up our clubs tax status several years ago.

Oregon Trail National Road Run


July 17, 18, 19, 2014 Harrisburg, Oregon

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Oregon Trail Chapter April 2014 Norlene is doing dinner Thursday and Friday. TomK suggested his friend for Saturday catering. TomR and TomK will discuss the requirements. TomR brought in several different T-shirt designs as examples. TomR has solicited estimates from a Graphic Designer. The budget was discussed. Gene felt we should go with a professional design. Jackie was asked if a womans t-shirt style would be welcome. TomR to continue the T-shirt project with an eye towards implementing the ideas presented so far. Jackie has volunteered to drive the chase car. Chuck has a trailer. Some additional roles: TomR Run Coordinator TomK and Gene - Routes / Road Captains Norlene - Thurs, Friday dinner, Doughnuts Jackie - Chase Truck TBD - Registration TBD - Hospitality TBD Beverages/Prizes We need volunteers to fill staff vacancies. Let TomR know if youd like to help out. Gene confirmed that we would have an indoor display of 101-year old bikes in the Resort dining area. Gene has located several members willing to bring their bikes for display. TomR mentioned he contacted the national 101 Club to invite its members to our run. The club President promised to pass on the invitation to members. Old Business: Bruce brought up an issue related to our bylaws and reporting to AMCA. Bruce mentioned AMCA Chapter requirements are for us to hold elections in September instead of June as is the current policy. Following the election, were to provide the Director of Chapters a list of elected club officials. We discussed the disparity between our bylaw and those of the AMCA. It was felt that June elections were traditional for us and prompt notification is given in the newsletter. Bruce also advised us we needed to submit our recent bylaw change to national for approval. The change involved removal of a fixed dues amount ($10) to a variable to allow future changes in annual dues without requiring a bylaw change. It was felt that this was an insignificant change and didnt warrant national approval. All this has been communicated to the national organization through the newsletter. New Business: TomK has set a date of June 14, 2014 for his annual summer run/BBQ. Gene reminded everyone about the Ft. Sutter Chapter meet coming in June. Meeting adjourned at 3:45.

April Business Meeting Agenda


The April Business Meeting is being held at the Texaco Station in Brooks on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00PM. Topics well discuss: March meeting minutes review Treasurers report 2014 Road Run Committee Old/New Business Business Meetings are where we discuss issues important to Chapter operation. Your thoughts are needed to make decisions for the future. As always, we hope to see you there.

Historic Motorcycles 1885-1985


By Richard Renstrom From 1961 to 1985, Richard Renstrom was one of the most published writers in the world on motorcycle history. Over 500 of Richard's features were published in magazines in America, Australia, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland. Fifty-four of these history articles were published in "Cycle World" magazine under Richard's name and a pen-name of Geoffrey Wood. Richard also had five books published during these years - two of which received international distribution. An accomplished photographer, Richard illustrated much of his work himself. By placing vintage bikes in attractive settings, the author produced renditions of historic motorcycles that graced the covers of 42 magazines all over the world.

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Oregon Trail Chapter April 2014 During the 1970 to 1985 era Richard also ran his Classics Unlimited shop dealing in vintage bikes. Nearly 300 bikes were imported from England, which gave the author the opportunity to photograph and ride a wide variety of classic bikes. Richard also co-founded the North American Velocette Club in 1976 and the Idaho Vintage Motorcycle Club in 1977. With a career that began in the greasy little motorcycle shops of the 1940s and 1950s and continuing through the classic British bikes of the 1950s and 1960s, and then into the Japanese bikes of the early 1960s, Richard has experienced everything from early belt-drivers to the classics of the 1980s. The heart of the book is 102 chapters - each chapter featuring a descriptive text and a fullpage color photograph of an historic bike. Laid out in chronological order and printed on 80 pound glossy paper, these chapters begin with an 1898 DeDion-Bouton and end with a 1985 Harley. In between are early American board track racers and historic Class C dirt track bikes, trials, endure and motocross models, grand prix racers, and road models from the early belt-drivers to the classics of the 1970s and 1980s. ''Historic Motorcycles" features bikes from twelve countries - America, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Spain and Sweden. Intended to be a work of artistic merit, "Historic Motorcycles" is not available in book stores. For information and to order a copy of this beautiful book, click here. To obtain a signed copy from the author, mail Richard Renstrom at 2821 Dorman Ave. Caldwell, ID 83605.

1939 Norton

A quarter-century of long hours led to burn-out, however, which prompted Richard to retire in 1985 at 50 years of age, after which he continued to photograph old motorcycles - making a great effort to create photographs that present the historic motorcycle as an art form. In recent years the thought has haunted the author that his 50 year collection of beautiful photographs would go to his grave with him. This motivated Richard to create his greatest work: "Historic Motorcycles 1885 - 1985". A stitched, hardcover book with an embossed, pebble-grained vinyl cover, "Historic Motorcycles" begins with a chapter covering the first 100 years of the motorcycle - complete with a picture of Gottlieb Daimler's 1885 invention.

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Vintage BMW Motorcycle Racing


When: Saturday, April 19th, 10AM to 12 Noon Where: Texaco Station @ Antique Powerland Presenter: Dave Kaechele Summary: Come join us for a presentation by BMW enthusiast and vintage racer Dave Kaechele, who will talk about vintage BMW sidecar racing. BMW road racing sidecars were dominant in the 50s and 60s. Those outfits were very specialized and cost as much as a house today. Dave and his partner Jason Vaden have a built a$5-6 k outfit and will explain its development. We raced it twice last summer and had some success, but we still have much to learn. We have performed some modifications over the winter and I will share that information as well. Riding a sidecar is enjoyable and you do not need to be crazy to do it. Dave will explain the process and perhaps encourage another team to develop an outfit to vintage road race. This is intended to be a highly interactive class with questions and discussion encouraged. Dave will encourage any expertise within the audience to be shared with the class. If you have an interest in BMW motorcycles, vintage motorcycle racing, or just motorcycles in general, please join us. Dave Kaechele Dave is a long time BMW enthusiast, rider and vintage racer. Dave and his brother rode their BMW's from Munich down to Australia in 1973-74. Previously he had owned an H-D and a Norton before acquiring his first BMW, but he likes BMW because, in his own words: they just are so reliable and work so well that I have stayed with the brand. He has clocked over 300k miles on his BMW's and has vintage raced for 14 seasons, winning a club championship in 1999. He prefers the air cooled BMW twins, but owns a newer oil cooled twin as well. Dave worked in England for 3 years and did a fair amount of vintage bike activity while there.

Potluck Luncheon The Museum is holding a member appreciation potluck luncheon after this event and you are invited to join us. We will have a social hour at 12:30PM in the main Display Building with a potluck lunch at 1:30PM and a short program at 2:00PM. We will furnish beverages, tables and chairs, plates and utensils. Potluck assignments as follows: Last name A_G: Main Dish Last name H_M: Dessert Last name N_Z: Salad We encourage you to bring your family, drive a vintage vehicle or wear period clothing, though it is certainly not a requirement. More Information? Contact: Tom Ruttan (503) 638-1746 or tgruttan@gmail.com

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Upcoming Events
Check out these upcoming motorcycle events. See our Events page for additional information.
Date April 12 April 26 Event OTC Business Meeting Brooks, OR WVM Vintage MC Swap Meet 1410 Virginia St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 Sweet-Ola Ride/Silent Auction BBQ 8770 Idaho 52 Sweet, Idaho 29th Tsawwassen Swap Meet. Delta, BC. 604-299-0020 OTC Business Meeting Brooks, OR Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gather Carmel, CA All British Field Meet VanDusen Gardens. Vancouver BC Hanford Motorcycle Show & Swap Kings Fairground, Hanford, CA OVM Motorcycle Swap & Show Corvallis, OR Ishi Chapter Show & Swap Meet Chico, CA Fort Sutter Show and Swap Dixon Fairgrounds.CA.

The bike has also been recently serviced with engine, gearbox and fork oil changed as well as timing and valve lash checked. This TR6C comes with a clear Oregon title and current license so is ready to ride on the street. Call Tom at 503.621.8943

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Member Classifieds
1970 Triumph TR6C - $5995 This is a very nice original 1970 Triumph TR6C (650cc twin w/ single carburetor and high pipes) with about 18,000 miles. The gas tank appears to have the original paint along with the factory seat, stainless steel fenders and all the correct factory parts. The bike has the patina of a 43 year old machine that has seen some use and is collectable as an original survivor. It is in very good condition, runs well and has recently had a new rear tire installed, new battery, refurbished Amal concentric carburetor with new Stay-up float, new throttle needle & jet, new throttle cable and new foot and passenger peg rubbers.

Editors Note:
Deadline for articles, advertisements or other submissions to the Trail Gazette is the 20th of the month. Send submissions to garyk@amcaotc.org

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