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Friday, 26 June 2009

The rally (at Sturgis, MS) gets better each year! And Vech and Elaine end up more pooped each year. What a collection of fascinating old BMWs. Many even older than I. And a collection of parts to bring other BMWs back to life.

Mix in plenty of good food, great riding, the Natchez Trace, and great people, you should not miss next year’s event. You should have been there this year. What a hoot watching a video of sidecar units bashing through streams, rocks, mud, swamp, etc. in the Alps and Australia. These fantastic old machines doing what they were intended for almost 70 years ago.

See ya there next year. By the way, the oldest bike to do a Saddle Sore 1000 ( is a 31 Indian. If anyone wants to let me borrow their older BMW for 24 hours next year, we can set a new mark for the mark using the Natchez Trace. Then you could be called as crazy as me. And you can get a discount on the parts you may need.

Finally home and somewhat recovered (then un-recovered from a day with grand daughter and 4 yr old great grandson)

Bungee Bob Durrstein

Hi Richard,

Here is my renewal check for two more years in the club. I look forward to the next edition of the VMCA News.

My rebuild project is moving along, sometimes in reverse, but moving none the less.

The front swing arm bearings were in need of replacement.

I decided to powder coat the frame, based on a lot of conversations with friends and associates who have used this technique before and recommend it for toughness and durability. Since I use my motorcycle for riding and it is already far from original, I thought it best to protect the frame and parts from deterioration. Maybe in another 45 years someone else will take on an ‘original’ restoration project and use factory style paint.

I plan on riding to the MOA National this summer and hope to show the bike off then.

Chris Skindzier

Hi Richard,

I sent in my renewal. Thanks for the reminder.

Glen Cannard and I are still hosting the vintage campout. It will be August 21-32 at the Champoeg State Heritage Park, Oregon.

We have 5 RV sites reserved.

It was 104 degrees  last year, so turnout was limited. Our State club, BMW Riders of  Oregon is paying for the sites. We will advertise in the Oregon Vintage Motorcycle owners and the newspapers for M/C dealers and riders.

Hopefully, we will get more participation this year.

Dave Kaechele
Sandy, Oregon
503 668 5188

Editor’s note: The Champoeg State Heritage Park is located  on the South bank of the Willamette River north of Salem, Oregon, off US 99 West, 7 miles East of Newburg. From I-5, take exit 278 and head West. Follow the signs.

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