08-August 2018 Minutes (Click Here)
Lynn and I went to the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial for the brick laying. I think there was 28 cruisers there.
It was quite impressive. There were a lot of other bikes, clubs, and family members. Gary’s daughter (Karen) rode Gary’s GW up to the memorial and back and had Gary’s vest and favorite hat with her. She is quite a gal.
We came home the same day.
Sometimes the phrase “It’s a small world!” can come to mind when one least expects it.
One hot sticky August day, when we were ready for lunch, we found ourselves in Kirkland, Il. We decided to check out Kirkland Family Restaurant, a tiny place we had never been to before.
In front of the restaurant we saw a Harley and a side car rig that caught our attention. The owners were just leaving and stopped to talk with us as we admired the side car rig. It was unusual to say the least. The side car owner was Kurt from Oregon (IL) and his buddy, the Harley owner, was Paul from Huntley. Kurt explained to us that the side car was an old Harley frame, and the engine was a VW (crate motor) with transaxle sitting behind the tub. It had car wheels and tires with the front tire and wheel a little smaller than the rears. There was power to both rear wheels. It was beautiful.
Kurt made the whole side hack himself. We asked how he came to have all the knowledge to make and put all these parts together. His answer was that back in the day when they were young they always wondered what they would wind up doing for a living. They used to take on what they called “50” day jobs. You know, work a job here, work a job there, couple months here, couple months there, as a carpenter, and then a mechanic, an auto painter, auto body repair, machinist, and then a welder. Kurt then went back to machinist and retired as a machinist.
Kurt and Paul are long time friends and meet for breakfast routinely at the Kirkland Family Restaurant.
We mentioned that we had bikes and we and that we belong to a MC club.
Immediately Kurt asked us the name of the club and we said JPC. He asked “Do you know Gary Cooper?” We said yes but he just recently passed away. Paul and Kurt knew that Gary died recently. In fact, they were childhood friends having grown up in Wood Dale. They even went to high school together!
Kurt said he actually made the first “rubber band trailer” frame for Gary before Gary started selling them. He told us he also built Al and Janet Gutenschwager’s trike.
It turns out that Kurt, Paul, Gary, Al and Janet (Gary’s sister), all grew up in Wood Dale. Kurt and Paul have fond memories of their friendship with Gary. In fact, they took many motorcycle camping trips to Door County and Apple River even before the founding of the Jerseypine Cruisers. They told us the story of how it was that Gary decided to start a motorcycle club for riders of all brands of bikes. Here we are 40 years later and the Jerseypine Cruisers owe it’s existence to that dream of Cooper’s.
It’s a small world!
Respectfully submitted by Lynn and Ken Vicker
The phrase “Houston, we have a problem” may not be a normal part of your motorcycling verbal repertoire. A space-age fix to bail you out of a potential disaster, though, may soon be a very real part of the safety gear that keeps you upright and on the road.
One prominent original equipment manufacturer is testing a jet thruster – yep, a thruster – you know, those things that fire in microbursts to keep a space vehicle on its proper trajectory and out of trouble. This thruster will fire when your bike is about to go into a skid. Its purpose is to help you avoid a very serious case of road rash – or worse.
When you’re heading into a skid, your motorcycle is leaned far enough over that you lose lateral tire friction and the bike begins to slide. Maybe you hit a patch of gravel or sand in a curve and the loss of traction tips your bike much further than you intended.
The answer, according to the physics geniuses, is to apply what they call repulsion force intervention which counteracts the slide path and stabilizes the motorcycle enough that the skid actually stops.
So is the bike going to have a couple of mini-jet engines bolted to the frame? Not likely. This thruster is more like an air bag. Instead of inflating to cushion you from impact, this kind of air bag expels the air it contains in a concentrated burst that provides sufficient force to counter the skid. There’s enough air to save your bacon just one time. Then, it has to be replaced.
If this is starting to sound like an expensive extra, just think of it this way – if you can afford one of these bikes, a replacement air thruster isn’t going to ruffle your bank account. Not to mention the issue of how much it’ll save you in co-pays for medical care following a bad skid with the wrong side down.
True, it may not be a lunar lander and it won’t exactly put you into orbit. On the other hand, it’s enough space technology to keep you from experiencing a very hard landing.
Reprinted from the Summer 2018 issue of the Foremost Insurance Group magazine.
07-July 2018 Minutes (Please click here)
I can’t say anything about the Parade because I did not attend but I can tell you about the picnic.
For 2018 the 4th of July Picnic was held at George and Bev’s house in Des Plaines. As past year the party was held here Bev did all the preliminary work, which means the greater majority of it, and George handled the Bar-B-Q grill. Again the food was outstanding, beer flowed like water, water flowed like water and deserts were magnificent.
The conversation, as at any Cruiser event was all over the board, from solving the world’s woes to why Honda’s are superior to Harley’s. (They just are, that’s why!)
If you want more say-so volunteer to be editor next year.
A hardy and well deserved “Thank-You” to Bev and George for once again opening their house and hearts to us Cruisers’ so that we may partake of our good friends and give us an opportunity to get to better know some of our newer members.
Most of you don’t know this but George handed me a can of Spam as Lu and I were leaving the party. I had been bugging him for a couple of weeks about serving Spamburgers instead of boring old Hamburgers. So to show him I appreciated the gesture I took a photo of me preparing my Spam & eggs on the morning of the 5th. Thanks George.
Photos and story by: The Editor (SLP)
I thought you just might want to see how highly regarded one of our members feel about a particular door-prize (a can of Spam) that was awarded at the July 24th meeting. Hugh Brandt supplied the following photos and comments.
· Fry em up
· Add eggs
· Toast bread (your choice) (not shown)
· Add cheese (your choice) to toast
· Add fried spam
· Add fried eggs
The JPC 40th Anniversary Party will not be held on August 18, 2018 as previously scheduled. New party date will be announced when has been decided upon by the Board.