VRCC US Chapters

Ohio Dragon Riders

Ohio Chapter was started by Ragnar from Columbus. He handed over his duties after Inzane 3 and KansasCityKid then became Ohio Rep.
We had a nice group with get together rides and tech sessions.  Although it is less active now, the Chapter still has a very lively BBS

Ohio is a great place to be a biker. Valkyrie Motorcycles were built right here in Marysville, Ohio. Just about every biker here has been to and seen the Honda Motorcycle Plant, AMA Motorcycle Museum, and Mid-Ohio Race Track. Most every Ohio biker has also experienced what it’s like to take an extended ride in the late afternoon sun through rolling hills, to flat farmlands with billowing crop. Sometimes even getting caught in a fresh summer rain is pleasurable, as lush greenery from grass and trees greet and excite your senses. Every turn begs to be ridden as you seek new rural roads awaiting your discovery. Come on Brothers and Sisters join up and ride with us and experience the joy of sharing the road.
We are group that rides, whatever… we enjoy riding, so it doesn’t matter what brand name bike your riding, you’ll be comfortable riding with us, you’ll be accepted as one of us, and you’ll be family like one of us.
Ride Ohio in 2006 with the Best Motorcycle Chapter in the Nation, become an Ohio Dragon Rider. It’s fun, it’s entertaining, it’s family, and most of all It’s FREE to all!

Editor’s Note
When asked for some Chapter anecdotes and/or highlights, I received the following answers.

Doc Moose – Greatest Ohio VRCC contribution was the invention, modification thereof, and implementation of the world famous “Pool Party” at the Inzanes. If memory serves me right, I believe that it was our own “mojo” that originated the idea and it became a monster event at Inzanes.


I recall a great pork chop dinner…
Some stinky catsmish breakfast being eaten… a groped waitress… flying quarters… some great pool parties… some good times wrenching on bikes… a few good lies being flung about..

2005 rmwiles pics

Top of deals Gap                                                                                                  Eastern PA Rt n6 SE Ohio Ride

2006 All Ohio VRCC State Rides

2007 Visiting Americade by rmwiles

The first time was when I met Ragnar and some others for the first VRCC group ride on Nov 6th 1999 at McDonalds in Dublin OH. I had been riding a bike since August and didn’t have a clue on what I was doing. There were six of us that showed up and we went on a ride to Waldo. I remember asking them at what point I needed to shift into 5th gear.
Second time was the first Honda homecoming, I was riding with ragnar and dragbars from Bellefountaine to Marysville on 33 and decided to try and catch dragbars, I glanced down and the speedo and and the needle was bouncing around 117. Scared the hell out of me and I slowed down.

2010 rmwiles – SE Ohio Ride

2013- 11th Annual SE Ohio Motorcycle Ride

More pics from the past

2005                                                                                      2006                                                                               2007


2014 ptgb – Bikes, Brisket & Busted Knuckles II

YouTube videos of Sunday’s ride from JoJo’s new GoPro by valkyrieguyptgb
Part 1
Part 2

It was mostly due to absolutely PERFECT weather the entire weekend, but BB&BKII had an incredible showing and was a rousing success!!
On Saturday, we opened the garage doors at 10 am and by noon there were about 20-25 bikes in the driveway with about 40 people attending!
Some pics….

Fudgie came from Fort Wayne, Indiana and was able to quickly take care of a small turn signal problem. Fudgie and Yeah, Just Dale

Then….. the food was served!!!! JoAnn busted her butt for three days preparing the food. The brisket alone was a 22-hour smoke! We had smoked… brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken thighs (wrapped in bacon), mac and cheese (that was smoked too), and all the fix’ins to go with it. Everyone got a shirt to commemorate the occasion

Up on Sunday morning… met with 18 bikes and about 25 people for a 150-mile ride through western Pennsylvania.
Great lunch at Primanti Bros (Google it, really great sandwiches).

2018 rmwiles – 16th SE Ohio Ride

Editor’s Note
Rumour has it that one time in the past the entire VRCC Staff was falling in the Ohio River.
Maybe it’s time by now for someone to clear this up….

It was at InZane 5. However, it was only oZ that took a drunken tumble down the embankment to the river. Whether or not he actually landed in the river, is a matter of urban legend. Due to his inebriated state, oZ is not a reliable historian.

Virginia Chapter

Mission Statement

Our goal is to bring Valkyrie riders and others who love to ride together by listing Events geared toward local and major rides. We have Pictures posted of our Virginia members and a list of popular Links that you may enjoy surfing through. If your planning a trip you may want to check out our Weather page while you are here and if you like what you see and would like to become a member of the VRCC please Sign up today. Our Classified section is open to anyone who would like to use it along with our Forum which can be used to communicate or just list an event for others to see. Also feel free to enjoy a game of Poker while your here!

Editor’s Note
The VA Chapter was founded in 2001. On their website at that time, it states Ray Powers as State Contact, soon followed by Mike ‘Spanky’ Bermingham.
After 27 October 2004, the website does not reappear on the Wayback Machine.

Jess from VA
There has been no active VA VRCC chapter since 2005 that I ever heard of.
The current Chapter Rep is Don aka ‘Highbinder’. A very active and hospitable Rider.
VA has more notorious Riders, both in the saddle and on the BB, who exploit many activities in local groups or with adjacent Chapters. People asking for inquires are directed towards nearby Riders.

Shenandoah –  Valhalla’s Voyage handover from NC

My Greatest memory would have to be InZane II that was where I met the most of ya’ll. First I met Ragnar at the restaurant there on the corner of the intersection. I finally met Lamont and saw the Lamonster for the first time. Right then and there I had hoped to own a bike like that some day (I also remember saying if I had a bike like that I wouldn’t touch it, HAHA, guess it is just in my blood) There was Mosa, Dragbars, RayO, RJ, TJ, TNT, I think I met Sarge there also, and the list goes on, every person I met that weekend was like running into long lost friends, it sold me on this group!!!! I also remember getting talked into the Burnout Contest, WOW that was a mistake HAHA. Talk about an addiction, that was GREAT!!!!!
The second greatest memory which I will never forget was the summer I got to work for Directline on the rally circuit. I remember talking to Lamont on the phone telling him I was being “restructured” out of a job I had done for 18 yrs. He told me call Hal and shortly there after Hal offered me the summer job driving for Directline. Granted me and that Ford truck and 40′ trailer didn’t always get along as a matter of fact I never in all my life had so much trouble with a vehicle and trailer. Talk about a string of bad luck and misfortune But getting to meet more of the group and seeing old friends at all of the rallies was GREAT, I never had enough time to visit with ya’ll but it was still good to see everyone. I will also never forget the trip home from Wing Ding on the 4th of July. I will also never forget Ragnar bringing over the 1300 VTX for me to ride while we were at the Homecoming, talk about a real friend!!!!!!! I agree with Lamont if I never make another friend, I already have more GREAT friends than a man deserves!!!!!!

2009Highbinder – What I learned on the Shiloh Ride…

2011 – Hillbilly Run going partly through VA by waterboy79
Highlight video of the Valkyrie Hillbilly run on June 11th, 2011. Semi random clips set to music.
I left the engine sound in the video


A great Hillbilly Run Report by Lady Draco

2012 Smokinjoe
Look who’s going on the Hillbilly Highway Run. There are 80 Hillbilly’s’

2014 Mike – Mason Dixon Line Ride (very nice trip report)


Tracy and Don were here with the Hot Dog stand… this is Highway 16 in Virginia.
Lots of bikes, several groups two or three times bigger than our group .

2016 -3fan4life – Meet in the Middle MITM

MITM will be on Labor Day weekend and involves riding along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We will have a group riding from the northern end of the BRP and another group riding from the southern end of the BRP.
Smokin’ Joe is handling the arrangements for the southern end and will post those details here once he has them worked out. He is also working out the details for Saturday night. I am handling the northern end.

2016 – Ice

My friends, the end of an era has come, the legendary Smokin’ Joe has resigned as our leader of most group rides. Can I blame him? NO!! Joe has probably organized more rides than anyone else (hell, probably than everyone else combined), however this last one gave him the rest.
It seems that the last couple of years something has changed, the group rides have had major issues, I am not sure what it exactly is, however last year’s MITM was already an omen for Joe that he may not want to do this anymore, and this year’s 11-13 hour ride or nightmare (from the reports I heard) was the straw that finally broke his back.
That all said, it makes me sad to see the last great group organizer retired, (I won’t say quit, he retired) and it makes me wonder, now what? How many more group rides will there be? Or will there be any group rides? Yes, there are other rides and organizers and no, I am not trying to knock them, but Joe’s rides are rides of legend, just alone the “lighting fires and kicking tires” after the ride are something you do NOT write home about.

Joe my friend I understand your decision and I support it, the last few years have been different than before and I am not sure what that is, different people? Or different mentality? Not sure what, but there has been a change.
Thank you for all the rides you have organized and all the great times that were had. I feel it a privilege that I got to ride side by side with you on a few occasions.
Can’t wait to share the wind (not just the parking lot) with you soon, ride hard, ride safe.

Joe has been there for us (along with Highbinder) but so has Doc Moose with the early Indiana rides, and Rainman (Steve) who has taken over the mantle, Taz does his Praire du Chen ride and Chrome and Rick do the Powwow’s every memorial day or thereabouts RedValk did Cheaha and DOTS (my personal favorite of them all)
And don’t forget our own administrators who put on Inzane every year.
I hosted one powwow and I have been pretty darn frustrated just trying to get my own Columbus weekend series of rides what with the hotel prices and these liberals scaring away potential riders (just kidding baldo and meathead) I have 4 bikes possibly committed to coming if the weather holds from out of state.
We may not all agree politically (there is an understatement) but we all have this love for the Valkyrie and get along once we are together.
I am just really pretty damn proud to consider Joe a friend and if he wants to retire from doing the job of trying to herd cats on these long rides well I am ok with it.
The joke in my house is I can keep up with Joe just fine, until he leaves the parking lot, but seriously he does his best to keep the group together what with the different abilities of the riders.
My suggestion is that in future group rides, people be HONEST and state are they a rose sniffer rider or peg dragger and that the group hand out a piece of paper like at a poker run with turns and stops shown so all can enjoy the ride at their own pace and so the leader does not lose the joy of riding his or her ride.
Ice it was a pleasure seeing you again and hope to see you at future events. We have not seen the last of Joe be sure of that, once he retires he will be riding like DDT.

Folks who bother to put these rides on fascinate me! The amount of effort is much more than any of us can know, and the ‘rewards’ never approach the amount of grief they receive. Negative feedback always outweighs any positive comments, and most of us can’t appreciate the fretting, worrying, and apprehension these good people bear just to pull off a decent event.
It pleases me to know and witness these events do take place, and that there are selfless folks willing to make them happen. I applaud them as do others, but I can certainly understand how burnout occurs and ‘retirement’ follows…

As mentioned, Smokin’Joe is a legend in this regard. His unique personality alone is a huge draw, his riding skill is amazing, and his willingness to bite the bullet and allow the rest of us to tag along is nothing short of magnanimous… I hate that this day has come; but, frankly, I’ve been expecting it for a long time. If there is any surprise at all, it is that things have lasted as long as they have.
Thanks, Joe, your contributions have been enormous… While I treasure your friendship more than anything else, I do sincerely appreciate and respect all you have done for our organization and for us personally. You truly are ‘an impact player’…

2017 – No organized group ride to the MITM

It was an outstanding get together. And I agree folks that let a little rain stop them from coming missed the best one yet IMO.

Joe I agree it was our best MITM we’ve ever had.
This being Petra’s first solo ride to one of these, she had a blast. Not sure if I will ever get her on the back of the Valk again . Even the rain did not bother her, in her own words “I even had a blast riding through the rain” and that is saying something. And of course, the ride home could not have been better weather if you would have planned it.

DDT – Tour de Dixie
– Great thoughts and feelings of a man with 10W40 running through his veins.
Part 1 http://www.valkyrieforum.com/bbs/index.php/topic,87775.0.html
Part 2 http://www.valkyrieforum.com/bbs/index.php/topic,84524.0.html

Great Valkyrie pic in Pt. Pleasant, VA

Texas Chapter

As stated earlier, the Texas Valkyrie Riders were already pretty well organized within their ‘Valhalla Six Guns’.
In 2002, the VRCC TX Chapter was run by Keith “Ensign Pulver” Ray, who resided in Magnolia:
Just wanted to invite any and all to our first Bike Night on Thursday November 15th. at 7 PM. Location is Willie’s Bar & Grill at I-45 North & Hwy 242. Located between Conroe and The Woodlands/Spring. If you know someone that would like to be added to our email list let me know. We will be meeting every month, every third Thursday for a Bike Night at this same location. Come and enjoy some good bikes and some good food. For more detailed directions or more information on the formation of the local club email me.
Soon Texas encompassed the following Chapters – TX East, San Antonio, El Paso, Bryan, Jefferson, Houston, and DFW. Later, the following Texas VRCC Chapters evolved: Centex North (Austin area), Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Centex South.
The DFW Chapter of the TX Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club was founded in June 2003

DFW First Ride

Scott, Mustang, Jeff and Jimmy Curtin

Jimmy Curtin
I started the DFW VRCC chapter in June of 2003. I had bought my Valkyrie earlier in the year and had made a few rides with different motorcycle groups. I found the national VRCC on line and reached out to them to see if there was a group here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The President of the VRCC told me that there was not a local club and he challenged me to start one.
So, I developed a flyer talking about starting a Valkyrie club and posted it at Al Lambs Honda in Dallas. Our first meeting was a total of five riders. Over the next few weeks we posted flyers at all the Honda dealerships throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Within six months we had 30+ members and by the end of the first year we had more than 75 members.
My best memory of the club was the Thor’s Hammer handoff ride where we rode to Oklahoma to receive the Thor’s hammer banner. We had dozens of bikes and it was a really great celebration.
Members of the DFW VRCC have made every Inzane rally since 2003. Although smaller in membership now, the club is still meeting monthly and riding as much as possible.

Hotglue #43
Texas Valk riders have been going to the hill country for a long time…….
1998….. a ride up on the 3 Sisters and the Willow Loop… north of F’burg…..around 30 Valks… stopped at a BBQ place…. and the more ya chewed it.. the bigger it got. That was when we started having the BBQ’s here at the home place… and the start of the gatherin’ O the Fools BBQ……next year will be the 13th annual!!!

2004 – Kerrville

T-Roy and partner in Bandera

Ahhhh .. Bandera … I remember it well… the beer … the music… the women … the bathroom … How is ole whats-his-name anyway?

2008 – Paris ride report

Rainmakers rain chasers: Ron, David and Mark. The weather was overcast and cloudy for the first part. Then roads dried up and occasionally the sun came out. Mark planned a great route
The route between Leonard and Wolfe city match 455 curve for curve, plus the pavement was better and the traffic was less. Hwy. 34 going through the Caddo Grass Lands was pretty and taking 1550 /137 into Paris made for a nice easy ride. The food was great at Rio Verde and then we visited the Eiffel tower.
From there to Bonham where we toured the Sam Rayburn museum. Then on to home
The Valks hummed along, hugged the pavement, ate the asphalt and performed flawlessly.
We have the best bike ever made! Nice day 200 plus mile ride and we broke the Rainmaker’s spell (at least for a day!) Not a drop of rain!
Captain Speedo and Rainmaker

2008 – DFW VRCC Catfish Ride by elgato325

2009 – VRCC Hill Country Ride by Dag Verpeide

Thor’s Hammer

Valhalla Voyage
A complete Texas page can be found at http://www.texasredbird.com/Mark/Motorcycling/08-02Valhalla/

History was made once again as the DFW VRCC welcomed David Garb as our fourth prez at our July ’09 monthly meeting. Longtime member Gary “SideCar” Touchstone, David Baron, First Lady Janet, and first timer, Dave Barnett and his fat lady show their support as the decisive moment is captured by world renowned lens-man Jeff “Wanderer” Latimer.
Valk riders throughout North Texas are surely resting easy knowing that we are in such capable hands. Congratulations and much appreciation also goes to Jim “GodFire” Hoffmaster for his dedication to his new role as VP. Thanks to all that have had a hand in keeping alive the rolling momentum that pays homage to the Cruiser of the Decade in North Texas!

2010 – Everywhere Texas Project

Daniel Meyer – What are we doing?
Well check out this video. We’re gathering pictures for our own version.
Scroll down, pick a city that needs a picture, and go for a ride!

Get a picture of your Valkyrie in front of something with the city’s name. Be creative! Be fun! Include a short bio and or city information, Valkyrie info/year/name and other stuff…


Editor’s Note: Isn’t it a small world – gentleman in left pic is in Dag Verpeide from Norway

LemonDrop’s Interstate converted into a Super Valk Interstate (Solo Seat without top box).

Daniel Meyer Art

Lots of crashes among friends lately. I did this piece with that in mind and for an art show at The Bonny Studio, which is also where I’m taking life-drawing classes.
This is the largest and most complicated painting I’ve done. Came out nice I think.
Bikers have a saying, “Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly.”

2012 Fredericksburg

61 Valkyrie Riders signed up for this great event in Fredericksburg where everyone was invited..
This is a ride where we probably don’t know everyone, either. And getting together with fellow Valkaholics is a great thing! You’ll learn a lot and have fun since we tend to be a group of do-it-yourselfers. Many of the riders do bring their better half in the pillion seat as well. You will find a welcoming group and one who is always happy to have a new member. You will, of course, have to bring a goat for a midnight sacrifice and steal the wallet of a close friend to prove your worthiness………
Hope to meet you in October!
Man, it was hard. To check it out, had to stay at the peach tree for 3 days, drive around on great roads, drink too much wine, eat too much good food with my child bride. Inhumane!
Seriously, it was my pleasure and I’m happy it was a success. Besides, without me there, it didn’t rain out!
Kudos to Rocketman for taking the ball and running with it and to the ride leaders for making the trip fun

The Texas bulletin board now resorts under the VRCC Main website and is run by Daniel Meyer.

In Memoriam Mark ‘Tigger’ Liddell

Tigger moved on to the next life at about 7:30am CST Sunday morning in Ada, OK, due to the effects of diabetes, primarily kidney and heart issues.
We had talked numerous times about this time as it approached, and he as was ready to go as any of us can be.
Tigger and I were the closest of friends almost from the moment we met. He opened the first tattoo shop in Deep Ellum, Tigger’s Body Art, which still bears his name.
Back then, in the early 90s, folks on Main Street would line up three deep to watch through the giant plate glass window while he and his artists tattooed and pierced away.
As far as I know, the first tattoo shop in Dallas to take that “theatrical” approach. Many tattoo shops followed in Deep Ellum, many using that same tactic. Tigger can be credited in large part for the growth in popularity of tattooing in Dallas.
He was a biker, a free spirit, and quite the hedonist until diabetes made him modify his lifestyle drastically. He was always fun to be around, and a walking, talking education in living the outlaw lifestyle without hiding.
He was a skilled promoter, held degrees in several fields, including oil refinery design, and endlessly encouraged my musical endeavors.
He was my running partner in good times, my solid friend when times were not so good. He extended himself to me emotionally, spiritually, and financially when needed, and, hopefully, I was able to provide the same support for him when needed.
I hope I was as good a friend to him as he was to me.
A benefit party to celebrate his life (his request) will be held. Proceeds will be turned over to his son Matthew and daughter-in-law Erica for use as they see fit to handle necessary expenses.
They are just beginning to get established in life and have three small children who will grow up with only the faintest of memories of their Grandpa.

As Tigger would say, “TTFN!” Mark “Tigger”

Texas Autumn

Fiddle Mike
Running the risk of getting into too much detail, I inserted 3 trip reports from Fiddle Mike which appealed to me very much.

2012 – We Salute a Rider by Fiddle Mike

The luckiest woman in Flour Bluff had the big yella bike packed and ready to be on the road at 7:00 a.m. of a Saturday morning; we needed to be in Leander, Texas by noon. We were going to join fellow VRCC members in a ride celebrating the life of Laser Pat, who has left this world to ride into the land of souls.
Gravity, as we all know, is an invisible force that drags you down. “Escape velocity” is the speed required get free, in this case, 70mph. In short order we’d freed ourselves from the city and were bound north-west on US-181
The day began overcast and the air became misty as we rode, the predicted high temperature of 83° F. (28 °C) looking more like wishful thinking, all the time. Despite the gloom, the spring wildflowers lined the roadside, showing off their finery. The day began overcast and the air became misty as we rode, the predicted high temperature of 83° F. (28 °C) looking more like wishful thinking, all the time. Despite the gloom, the spring wildflowers lined the roadside, showing off their finery.

The road is familiar and, despite an increase in truck traffic, we were able to relax and enjoy brilliant flowers that, in some cases, stretched for as far as the eye could see, maybe further. The sun finally made her appearance and, in good time, we were making our way through Austin. While making passably good time in traffic, I spotted the familiar back-patch of our cruiser club and made a friendly overture (grinned like a madman). Introductions were made at a traffic light and member “Bull Goose” fell in with us. With next to no trouble we found our way to the Lucky Star Ranch, home of the Big Red Bunkhouse.

We rolled into the circular drive and parked our bikes. Eventually, thirty motorcycles lined the drive waiting to be ridden on some of Laser Pat’s favorite roads.
There were Honda Valkyrie motorcycles of every description as well as a few Gold Wings, Harley-Davidsons and dual-sports.

At, or near, the appointed time, we rolled out in three groups of ten to honor our departed friend and brother by doing what he loved to do in the place he loved to do it. Some of us think it no coincidence that the weather was perfect.

The Texas Hill Country is recognized as having some of the finest motorcycling roads in the country. While I’d ridden over lots of it, the area just west of Leander and Austin was new territory for me. The land begins to roll, here, north of Lake Travis.

There are long sweepers where we let the old girls stretch their legs. The route was about 50 miles, all told, and entirely enjoyable.

We returned to the ranch where we saluted Laser Pat in words and song. The Lucky Star Ranch is thoroughly charming place, replete with folk art and pleasant surprises at every turn. Never one to miss a chance to fondle jugs, I posed, here, alongside one of the many fountains. There was a camper trailer on site…… as well as a tree house with a spiral stairway.

Not everyone knows this, but I’ve always wanted to own a wooden white man. In short, the location for the celebration was well chosen. The observance was something memorable. We did what we believe Pat would have wanted: we had a good time doing the things he loved to do, riding the Hill Country and enjoying our friends. The road goes on forever.

Thanksgiving Jaunt
There are certain advantages to bucking Thanksgiving Day traditions. For one, my missus prepares a great seafood gumbo instead of the usual “turkey with all the fixin’s”. And, while the rest of the world feasts or watches The Game, it’s possible to ride through the city on streets that are nearly empty. The luckiest woman in Flour Bluff and I decided to take advantage of the situation by riding around Corpus Christi Bay to the town of Ingleside for a picnic. She stashed picnic stuff in the saddlebag, hopped on the snatch pad and off we went. The day was beautiful, breezy, the temperature topping out near 75°F (23.8° C). We weren’t the only motorcyclists out enjoying the day, either.

Northbound over the Harbor Bridge and a picture postcard view of the USS Lexington Museum. The couple we’d seen on the Bayfront found their throttles, she giving us the accepted “low wave” from her Shadow VLX as they went by. You meet the nicest people on a Honda.

Riding through Ingleside, we made our way to the city park named, “Live Oak”. Live Oak Park is plenty spacious even on days when there are more than the ten-or-so visitors we saw in addition to ourselves. Who can resist being able to make a photograph of their motorcycle with an uncluttered background? Note the very groovy way the saddlebag lids open to the outside.

While I sat and absorbed the peacefulness of the day, Jill serenaded the trees with her Native American flute. We were surely enjoying the day, but the clock was walking (as it’s known to do, in these parts) and it was time to head back to the big Bluff and make ready the feast.

Gathering of Fools
We packed our tent and an extra pair of socks and headed for the fifteenth annual, “Gathering of the Fools”, at the home of Hotglue and Flamingo Babe, south of Houston, TX. These folks define hospitality. Our bedroom was one of the best, no motels, for us.
Hotglue is a Renaissance man whose talents range from fabrication to preparing top-notch barbecue. If you’re from Texas you know that’s not a claim made lightly.

The Gathering of the Fools is a much-anticipated event for members of the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club, some of whom rolled in from as far away as California and Virginia.
The Honda GL1500 C, CT and Interstate is affectionately known to some as, “The Fat Lady” (advertisement: The Fat Lady Has Sung), and to others as, “The Dragon”.

As you can see, while we love our Valkyries, the gathering is hardly exclusive. Some of Flamingo Babe’s cronies from the CanAm owners turned up, as well riders on Wings, Harleys, rockets and dual sports.
Saturday, the yard and the street began filling up with every description of Valkyrie.

The annual ride was dedicated to Laser Pat (GBNF); the route included a stop at this spacious bar and grill for lunch, drinks and socializing. Back at the ranch, we wandered the bikes and found these beauties:

Some of the paint was fantastic.

The Super Bee bike is really slick and I had to capture it for a friend who is a fan of classic American cars.

This rider stood out in a sea of black Valkyrie Interstates. Motor trikes were under represented. This trike is owned by a woman who can take most riders to school, when it comes to riding the twisties.

The meal was fantastic, as per usual, and the fellowship was cold beer for the soul. Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but it’s been my experience that motorcycling folk are about as big-hearted as they come. Hotglue informed us that he and his associates in the Lions Club support a camp for disabled children and asked that we also support the cause by participating in some fund-raising activities at the Gathering. We did.

What a weekend. We had a wonderful time with Hotglue, Flamingo Babe and the good folks and their fine machines, we ate the way God intended and had the opportunity to support a great cause, as well.

2010 Highbinder – I learned that at the Gathering of Fools

TP has tiny little white balls that he carries around and likes to show them to everybody…
Gear Jammer doesn’t like to play in sand…
Jim and BJ does like to play in sand….
Gear Jammer has every known piece of equipment on and in his bike…. except gasoline
Willow can make a stock paint job look like a custom paint job very simply…looks great Carl…
A stock 1500 Goldwing center stand will bolt right up to a Valk and will not drag in the curves.
If Bandit ever stops farming he can get a job as a prison guard anywhere in the country…
Crazyhorse has a surprise for Smokin’jo
If you want free beer in Texas all you have to do is enter the store naked and FREE BEER!
My angle sensor works great….
Jim’s angle sensor works great too!!!!
Wizard can’t get up fast from the dining room table……
Lyn-Del doesn’t have a hearing aid….
If you tell Hotglue a funny joke he has to go to the bathroom immediately after laugh his A$$ off…
If you give Wizard 30 days to think he can come up with a good idea…
If you haven’t ever been to the Gathering of Fools you’re missing out on one of the best ride in’s around…

Hoser’s pics from Hotglues

2014 MC Rider– My ride from Ft Worth, TX to Colorado on my Valkyrie (very nice)
My Colorado motorcycle road trip on my Honda Valkyrie. Visit The Million Dollar Mile on my Colorado motorcycle road trip. 2,142 miles on a 1999 Honda Valkyrie from Fort Worth, TX to The Million Dollar Highway on a motorcycle.

DDT is a gifted writer and far more on the road than the average Rider.

Some of DDT’s pics from Texas

Riding north on TX HWY 54 north of Van Horn Guadalupe NP, southwest Texas

ain’t all hilly in west Texas!

Rest in Peace

Patrick (Pat) Joseph Jamail (Laser Pat)

December 17, 1951-March 11, 2012

I don’t believe any of us ever saw this man without a smile. Our beloved brother and friend, Pat Jamail, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012. A native of Houston, Pat was a well-respected home builder and remodeler, and an active member of the Austin Homebuilders Association.
Pat was an adventurous soul and amongst his hobbies were playing and listening to live music and traveling cross country on his Honda Valkyrie motorcycle with his favorite gal TX Deb.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, George E. and Constance Fay Jamail and his beloved Great Dane Riley. He is survived by his loving family; Ronald and Sydney Jamail, Mark Jamail, Kimberley Jamail-Ewing, Donald Ewing, Stacey Jamail-Robinson, Carl Robinson, Emile and Lori Jamail, Michael Jamail and Christopher Van Winkle, great niece Genevieve Jamail, great nephew George E. Jamail and partner, friend and love Debbie Adams. He had many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be missed by all.

VERMIN / Washington Chapter

VERMIN was founded by Bob “Croozermon” Bidwell and John “jmac” McFarlane and is dedicated to Valkyrie motorcycle riders in the Pacific Northwest since 1998.
The VERMIN are the WA Chapter of the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club and its Riders live in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska.

Bob “CrooZermon” Bidwell
The VERMIN (or Valkyrie Riders and Members in the Northwest) started from humble beginnings. “Jmac” (John MacFarlane) and I met on the GWRRA Special Interest Group Message Board in the spring of this year. At the time, there had been some discord concerning the status of the Valkyrie owners in the GWRRA as only being allowed “booster” status, rather than inducted as a full member to the GWRRA. Instead of becoming involved in the melee, John and I found each other sharing the same thought: “I just want to go ride with someone who owns a Valk too!!” We found that we lived less than 15 miles from each other and decided to put out the word for a visit to an ABATE Swap Meet in Enumclaw the following weekend. Only he and I showed up…it was a pretty uneventful meet but John and I struck up an immediate friendship and decided to ride together again. This next time, we put out the word on the board again as well as posting flyers in the local Honda dealers. This time SEVEN VALKYRIES SHOWED UP on our first Vermin ride to LaConner, WA!!
As time went on, we continued to post messages, post flyers at the dealers and stopped to talk to every Valkyrie we could find on the road!! And the group continued to grow…and grow…and GROW!! We have had as many as 26 BIKES AT ONE TIME!!
When the Valkyrie Owners Association (VOA) was formed, it seemed natural to form our
little group as a regional chapter of the organization. To date, we have ridden with EVERY VOA MEMBER IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, AS WELL AS MOST OF THE MEMBERS IN OREGON!! We have organized rides to LaConner, Anacortes, Leavenworth, Winthrop, Marysville, Mt. St. Helens as well as ride-ins to the local “Oyster Run” and even a ride at the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota…and HAVING A BALL EACH AND EVERY TIME!!
Through it all, we have maintained one steadfast idea: JUST RIDE!! To ride is our main goal and many lasting friendships have been formed because of it.
If there are ANY Valkyrie owners out there who would like to be included in one of our many runs, all they have to do is contact me or one of the other Members listed on the “Members” list and we will give you the info for our next ride. Believe me, there is NOTHING like riding with a bunch of Valkyries!!
Come experience for yourself! Ride safe, fast, far and often!!

Website Statement
The Valkyrie Riders and Members In the Northwest is a Non-profit Motorcycle Riding Club based in Western Washington State. The VERMIN aka DRBs have Members primarily from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Alaska. We have had Members from the East Coast, but they seemed more interested in collecting our really cool Logo Patches & Pins than riding in the PNW.
Club Membership has ranged from 7-125 Members. Annual dues are $25.00. The Club is first and foremost a riding club with the comradery of good friends getting together a close second. Members often join up on weekends for informal, usually unplanned and always unstructured rides.
If a Valkyrie/Goldwing Rider or a Rider of any other Bike who just enjoys the company of fellow motorcyclists…check us out.

1998, Sunday, September 27th 1998
The Oyster Run and first recorded ride of VERMIN on their website.
About a dozen of us started out in Renton (in a little fog), Crooze, Rusty. Loki, Jessie with his latest in VOA fashion, customized in his own style and Shelly. Rusty has a unique “guitar case” saddlebag on his Valk.
He said something about being “on his way to Woodstock”!
You’d need a helicopter picture to do justice to all the bikes in Anacortes. Went on for about 6 blocks, parked 4 deep up and down the street.


Registered years ago.. member # 3477 but never really posted much.
I’m from the Seattle area & one of the original founding members of The VERMIN Club.
I have had 3 valks.. best bike ever built.

1st was a 97 tourer.. green & cream..it had custom paint & every bit of chrome goddies available. I hit a 6 point deer (killed that sombitch) riding solo in 1999 & lived to tell the story.
I rode my bent up & broken bike 250 miles home.
All my VERMIN riding buddies gave me the monicker “The Deerslayer “. Got The bike fixed up & continued to ride it until… I was leading a VERMIN ride in Oregon when a woman who was parked on the shoulder decided to make a u-turn in front of our group.
Killed the bike.. but somehow my wife ‘Dragonlady’ & I survived… just barely.. were messed up bad.. DragonLady had multiple broken bones. I woke up to a couple buddies ‘The Bro’ & ‘’Ratdog’ yelling at me. Blacked out again. Woke up in The ambulance with a 35 VERMIN escort to the hospital. Physically we have never fully recovered from that accident…. but damn lucky to survive.

2nd is a 2000 tourer…. .still have & Ride it.

3rd is a 97 Green & Cream. A fellow VERMIN who hasn’t been able to ride it much… recently offered it to me.
The bike is in great condition & just broke in at only 34,000 miles. Couldn’t pass it up .. feels like brand new out of the show room… Loving it!

Ratdog & I hit it off on his 1st VERMIN Ride & became best buds…
We rode together every damn weekend rain or shine.
We even did 2 official Iron Butt rides together .. 1000 miles with-in 24 hours.
we came in, in just over 18 hours & got the belt buckle to prove it.

2001 –Resolution Ride
Over 40 bikes of all shapes and sizes showed up for the Cycle Barn’s ‘Resolution Ride 2001’. 16 Vermin on 15 Valks were there dominating the turnout…as usual.

2003 – The Spiral Highway
This is Hwy 95’s “old grade” into Lewiston from the north. It drops 2,000 ft. in ten miles. This was the Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend (2003), a warm up to Lolo Pass

VERMIN holds monthly meetings at Gators.
The food is excellent, the portions are large, the menu is varied and the service is very good…and the girls are (picture not available any longer)

Right the Award that PW Fabricated & Presented at a major Rodent Run in Hope, B.C. Canada

Reaching 100 Members

2009 – Redline
I was voted in as Vermin Club President in the fall of 2009, just a few months after purchasing my Valk and joining the Vermin Club. Nobody else wanted the job and the membership thought why not initiate the new guy! Well… OK… you guys voted me in!
I proposed several changes to the Club, one of the first was to break ties with the VOA and join the VRCC. The proposal was voted in and the Vermin Club became the Washington State Chapter of the VRCC.
With my newbie enthusiasm, we were fairly active during that period of time. Vermin membership has dwindled in recent years, but at one time was well over 100. The Club still meets once a month, second Saturday, for breakfast and a ride if weather permits.
Since joining the VRCC the Vermin Club joins the British Colombia Chapter annually for their Valhalla Rally. Some of us also ride with the Idaho Chapter on occasion. We enjoy meeting and riding with other VRCC members whenever possible!

2010 – Scott in Ok
I would like to welcome the latest chapter of the VRCC, the Vermin Club, from Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. Many of the Vermin have been VRCC members over the years, and many still are. Recently they decided to officially join the VRCC as a Chapter. Join me in welcoming the Vermin to the VRCC.
I would also like to thank Chapter leader, Redline for his patience with me getting things setup for them.

Vermin BB was temporarily suspended and reinstalled by Icelander.

Decisions Vermin Club meeting
1. The club will only be buying dinner for members at the Christmas party.
We will not be buying dinner at Valhalla
2. We will be transitioning the Vermin website to point to the VRCC NW forum rather than try to
keep our existing site running.

On behalf of the Vermin Club, I would like to thank Scott for his efforts. The Vermin are proud to now carry the VRCC banner. As the Washington State Chapter, we would like to round up all the lonely VRCC members roaming aimlessly along the back roads of the Pacific Northwest and give them a good home. We have some good rides on the calendar…check us out. Washington State has some of the best riding in the country and the Vermin Club would love to share the wind with you. Need a reason to ride to the NW? Join us on one of our rides.

VERMIN. The Best Damn Valkyrie Riders club inna werld! If ya don’t think your club is the best, go elsewhere. Besides, who else would be so proud to be a DRB! With the inclusion of the Vermin into the VRCC, finally the bar has been raised.

“VERMIN” have always been around… the difference is the association being “official”. Before, there used to be a WA Chapter of the VRCC, which “resided” on another area of WA State from where the VERMIN world HQ was. The WA chapter fell by the wayside (for a few years). Now… ya have rodents comin’ in the front door. As for the logo… the VERMIN’s original director (“Crooz”) and the one and only oZ combined their efforts to come up with the logo/patch.

Lilian Blanchard and her son Tom hosted the Vermin site and decided it was time to take it down. The BB is now incorporated in the Northwest Valkyrie Riders of the VRCC website

Indiana Chapter

Larry ‘sarge’ Taylor
The early Indiana website http://www.geocities.ws/cinvrmc/history.html starts with this statement:
In the fall of 2001 I thought it would be great to find a Valkyrie Motorcycle Club in the Central Indiana Area, representing all Valkyrie Owners and MC Riders.
I had searched the web for other Valkyrie Clubs in this Central Indiana Area and none were to be found. My motive was selfish, to dramatically increase the number of Valkyrie Enthusiasts rides that I could actively participate in.
Fortunately for me, I found the Hoosier Valkyries Indiana Chapter of the VRCC, Paul Weber and Jim Morse. Not knowing how difficult or easy it would be to find other riders, I put the question forth to Paul “Hoosier Daddy” Weber and Jim “Moosfa” Morse, who welcomed the idea of a Central Indiana (INDY) Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club to enlist members for additional group rides. Next step, to contact all interested parties for input, ideas and support.
I received some excellent feedback and the best of wishes from many people that I met on the 2001 Hoosier VRCC Fall Ride.
Enter LaMonster, who welcomed a local INDY Chapter of the VRCC, and the rest is History…
We have now joined the ranks of a local Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club. We welcome all potential members; whether you are already a member of the VRCC, VOAi or other group, join us for great times and fun rides. We span from North Central Indiana to the South-Central reaches of the State with all surrounding counties of Indianapolis represented.

Inaugural Indiana Chapter Ride-in
We thought we’d share some pictures of our first ever Indiana gathering.
The purpose of this ride was to meet and introduce ourselves and begin planning for what is eventually a bigger movement state-wide to get established like the other Midwest Chapters have.
In the thumbnails below, you can see some of the shots we took on a typical overcast day. The date was Sunday April 30, 2000 and we had four Valkyries meet at Tony Roma’s for ribs. These are the photographs we took outside the restaurant. Joe Smith has the white and blue Valkyrie I/S, Don Smith second from the left has a black standard, Scott Townsend has the black standard bike in the foreground and to the right, leaning over his red and white is Paul Weber.


Paul Weber
Paul has been the Indiana State contact person for the VOA and VRCC since their inception.  As the lead organizer, Paul has been working to make give the Indiana group a national identity. We have a great group of riders, not posers and that is what it’s all about!
Welcome Fellow Hoosier Valkers, and other enthusiasts of fine chrome and shiny motorcycle equipment! My name is Paul Weber and I welcome you and any other riders of fine motorcycles who wish to join with us for roadworthy fun. We want to bring you our philosophy on motorcycles and leisure time activities including our favorite steed, the Honda F6 1520cc Valkyrie in all its glory!
It is our hope that we can organize the willing to join together for several group events which will bring us out en-mass. The gatherings of years past have been wonderful sight to behold, as well as a chance to meet and greet and share our passion for life via motorcycling.
Maybe this sounds a like little much, but unless you have ridden the Valkyrie, you just can’t know what we’re talking about. Those of you who have Valkyries know what we mean!  One of our long-term goals is to plan at least three seasonal (spring, summer and fall) day- rides in various portions of the state, with someone from the area planning out a route that is scenic, interesting and worthy of a group cruise from other riders coming in from other parts of the state.
That is, maybe we could have a fall ride in or around the Brown County/Nashville area; we could roll the hills of southern Indiana as the green pops out on the trees and fields; we could blast through (at 55 mph?) the flats of northern Indiana. With these rides being planned by the local riders, we shouldn’t have to worry about whether the roadways are good, scenery is tops and a cozy rest stop is along the way for lunch/refreshments along the way or at the end of the line. Each of us surely has a favorite area to ride and would like to share it with other riders.
These rides would be attended by any and all who could make it, and hopefully over a Saturday or Sunday to allow those who work for a living to make it! We would also like to have a presence in any regional or local motorcycle gatherings just to spread the word about our group and expand to others who might benefit from our group, or we may benefit from them!
Most of us are members of the VRCC or the VOAI, BBR or many other club memberships, and we want to support and promote any and all groups that support us.
The bottom line is that we enjoy our motorcycles and the fellowship of others who appreciate riding a fine motorcycle in our beautiful state. We are not asking that you be responsible for committees, projects, etc… like most other clubs. We’d like to be able to allow our members who want to ride in an area and have other members ride with them be able to post a message and have someone respond with suggestions.  This would allow a local to let you know what to avoid or which roads to ride, and maybe join in on the fun if company is desired!
Our main goal is to promote the fun and fellowship of riding one of the finest motorcycles in the world, and join with others for support on many levels (technical, mechanical, physical {rides, get togethers!} and cyber).
We need any and all input from riders throughout our fine state to determine how we can best serve the needs of our affiliate members. If you have any suggestions, or would like to be a part of our group, please drop us a line and we’ll get you on our e-mailing list so that we could keep you posted on events and rides that may interest you.
We may have a local message board to allow for the exchange of local and regional information as well as links to the national sites. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, and please leave us a note to tell us what you think. Many thanks to former VRCC member Scott Townsend for his efforts in getting us together and for getting us on the Web to begin with, and best of luck to Scott who has since sold his beloved Valk and left the area for the left coast… Good luck in all of your future endeavors Scott!!!
Remember, when you see another biker, wave, even if they aren’t on our favorite steed, after all, we’re all bikers no matter what we ride!
Ride safe and I’ll see you on the road… Keep the shiny (painted) side up!

Bob Golden Weber & Lamont at Honda Hoot – Jim Morse

1st Inaugural Hoosier State Ride a Huge Success! by Paul Weber, state coordinator
That’s the feeling I got on Saturday during the Inaugural Midwest/Hoosier Ride-IN! We (Scott Townsend, Don Smith and Joe Smith) had discussed the potential for a State Valkyrie Ride-IN on April 30th of this last spring.
We decided it would be a good idea and tried to compromise on a good location for the gathering and the ride itself. Since Indiana is a rather large state, north to south (I know, there’s Texas, California, and others that are bigger, but we’re here in the Midwest, where the law keeps us from going much past the double nickel in most roadways) we had to look for a central location to get the closest opportunity for the most people.

We decided Indianapolis would be a starting place, and later it was refined to Greenwood (south side of Indy). Then a ride destination was needed. Time was critical, so we wanted an hour out to the venue. Nashville, IN is an artist colony settled in the hills of Southern Indiana, with many interesting roads in and out, also near Brown County State Park, a fine place for short rides and scenery.
Scott sent announcements out to the Hoosier members via the listing from the VRCC and VOAi national sites, and we did get some responses back from a number of people requesting more information. We worked on the plans for the gathering and ride and refined them as best we could. Scott kept saying “build it, and they will come!”
I was leery, as I had heard from others about how hard it was to organize such an event and get any real turnout.
Our first State organizational meeting was only able to garner the four VRCC members mentioned at the start of this article. We continued to post on the regional board, the VRCC calendar, Competition Accessories pages and smaller posts on the general message board. After talking with oZ about some details and suggestions, I was more enthused and encouraged about the event
Every day we had more responses to our posts and personal e-mails. I can’t tell you how many late nights I spent sending messages to our membership to encourage attendance. We had set the date after checking to be sure there were no local college football games or other events to conflict with our group ride, and we also had to deal with weather.
As it turned out, the weather was our nemesis! Weather reports were calling for clear skies (NO RAIN, but we had a rain date!), but we had cool weather. VERY COOL weather, as in RECORD LOWS (40 degrees in the morning). This kept several away, but not the dedicated!!!
We had over 50 bikes in attendance, and the last count I heard was 47 VALKS in one place at one time. In INDIANA!!! Our goals were met, no, EXCEEDED by the great VRCC membership in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Florida and even an Oregon plate!!!
I did not personally get to greet everyone, but I hope they all had a part of the sheer joy I got from this gathering. I get goose-bumps (even now as I write this!) when I think about this group outing! The group meeting spot in Greenwood started small, then grew, and grew and grew as more and more bikes arrived!

We have photos and they will be available on our website soon, and we’ll send them to oZ/Lamont for posting also if they want. After leaving for Nashville, it was an easy hour’s ride south. After we were there, we were met by Don Barnes from Ohio with his lovely S.O. Becky (on her own ride!) with two or three other couples in Nashville (our lunch gathering place)!
The looks on the people’s faces as we cruised into town (small village with a single main street and 20 mph limit!) was really amazing. They were totally awestruck!
Special thanks for arranging this event go to Scott Townsend for his tireless efforts and web mastering, Jim Morse for his encouragement and leadership (?) abilities!, Don Barnes for his help and guidance (also a drawing give-away), Hal & Chris for their generosity, oZ for his encouragement/generosity/wisdom and help, and especially for all you Midwest/Hoosier Valk riders for making our gathering something I’ll always remember and cherish!
You are all GREAT! Looking forward to the next one! See you then…
Keep the shiny (painted) side up!!!
Paul (Hoosier Daddy) Weber VRCC #370, Indiana State Contact

2000 Covered Bridge Ride Report
We had 19 brave souls come out for the Sunday, October 29th, 2000 ride through Parke County, the Covered Bridge Capital of the US. Sixteen bikes (three were riding two up) and fifteen of them were Valkyries!
The early morning temperatures (we met in Bellmore, IN at 10-11am) were in the upper 30’s and low 40’s. When Mark Huntzinger and I arrived at the meeting place around 10AM, at the corner of US 36 & US 59 in Bellmore, there were already 6 or 7 bikes on site. From that point, we watched as the others showed up, mostly one by one.
Most arrived in full leathers, including their chaps, some with electric vests and all! I was even guilty of putting on my recently acquired chaps (from the State Ride IN to Nashville in September!).

Wasn’t long till we were able to shed some of the extra warmth to allow for the warmer afternoon sun to keep us comfortable. The riders bikes included many two-toned Standards, several Interstates and a few Tourers. We even had Dave Sproul and his wife Cheryl from central Illinois with his 97 red & white custom that looks like an early design study for Honda’s own Valk Interstate!
All told, the group included (at least the ones we could remember): Larry Beemer, Jim Tsareff, Phil Emerich (gr I/S), Rick M. (Y/B STD), Dave & Cheryl Sproul, Mark Huntzinger, Jim White (Sabre), Garvey? (from Greenfield), Steve Shea, Paul Weber, Jim Morse (ride organizer and leader), Don Gastineau, and Jeff Cole.
There were three others that we could not remember the names. Sorry, but it’s hard to keep track! We need to do sign in’s so that we can track who was who!
The sunshine during the afternoon was fabulous. You couldn’t dial up a better late fall day. It was pointed out to those with CB’s that it was likely that most of the trees were “PAST PEAK” color by our own ‘agronomist’, Jim “Shooter” Tsareff. He also pointed out (as he did in the fall Ride-IN) that “the sky was so beautiful; it looked like someone had painted it just for him”. Responses ranged from groans to laughter. I posed a question to him about the brown field to our left (a cornfield that had already been harvested) as to whether the corn had peaked or not!!! He responded that it in fact had.
We all had plenty of time to kick the tires and look at new goodies, getting ideas for our next acquisitions. A short visit to Billie Creek Village was the first order of the day, then on to the downtown Square of Rockville, Indiana. The diner we stopped in was named “Weber’s Family Restaurant”; no nepotism was involved, as they didn’t even offer me a discount for my own lunch! I’m sure the food would have met with VFT-BOH (Valkoholic Food Tester-Band of Hooligans) member Tiny’s approval, but in his absence, I, MGM-BOH (Minister of Good Meat) gave the food and ambiance two thumbs up, way up!!!
If you went away hungry, it was your own fault. After the lunch, we had our 50-50 drawing and luck was with member Mark Huntzinger of Bloomington.
Mark is usually riding with his daughter Meg, but she opted to sleep in on this brisk fall morning! Good thing Mark didn’t! Several other potential riders had her sentiments and slept in also, as this was a frosty cold morn and it did keep some away!
Those who came along for the ride had a great day, even if the bulk of the riding was done getting to and from the meeting place. We all enjoyed the talk and fellowship as well as just examining all the things we could do with our bikes that somebody else has already tried. Exhaust systems were of great interest as there must’ve been 10 different systems present in our group! Even though there were several of the same basic bike (two tone 98’s), not one of them was identical to the others due to customization.
Individuality, that’s one thing that brings us all together, and makes us have this common lust for the fat lady! Looking forward to the next group ride, which may come along at any time, or maybe some time after the real Millennium kicks in?
Ride safe until then… Keep the shiny (painted!) side up…
Paul Weber (Hoosier Daddy) VRCC #370; Indiana State Contact MGM-BOH

2001 – Scouting road conditions for the 1st Inaugural Central Indiana (INDY) Parke County Covered Bridge Ride.

Highlander – Second Indiana Ride-In
It was a dark and stormy night, and the painters were frantically trying to complete a 12 hour job in 3 hours. The hands on the clock whirled past at a horrifying pace.
“We are going to miss the Indiana ride-in,” I screamed. It was 3:30 am on Friday 5 October 2001.
Quickly, I grabbed the clear coat and asked Valeria to stand back. “But, I’m not done,” she exclaimed… “The police will come by if that compressor wakes the neighbors.”
“I do not care; I will not miss this event for any reason. We can fix the paint when we get home.” At 4:30 am, Valeria having succumbed to the paint fumes, we decided it was time to rest. At 6:00 am, I started to reassemble the parts laying about the garage floor, and by 5:30 pm, it was time to don the leathers and head out into the cold, rainy, Southern Illinois weather. Valeria and I were on our way to Bedford, Indiana.
The air was a brisk 45 degrees, and the rain was pelting down as we pulled out onto the narrow streets of DuQuoin. The Valkyrie was warmed up and performing admirably as we hit IL 51 north, then IL 154, across the bridge over Rend Lake and I-57 North. The miles ticked away as we neared Effingham, and time to refuel, and get some hot coffee.
We headed down I-70 East until we reached Indiana. We pulled into the rest area at Exit 1 and drank some more coffee. I studied the Indiana map on the wall, and discovered a more exciting way to reach Bedford, Indiana, our goal for the evening.
I decided to take IN 46 to Bloomington, then take SR 37 to Bedford. The air grew colder as we neared our goal, but the landscape was lighted by the near full moon peeking through the clearing sky. The rains were over and it would be a great day to ride tomorrow. Five hours after we first roared into the rain and cold, after several rest area stops for hot coffee to warm our frozen fingers, we pulled into the Bedford “Super 8.”
“Are there a lot of early arrivals for the VRCC ride-in,” I asked the clerk.
“What is the VRCC ride-in?” she asked quizzically.
“We are not amused,” I exclaimed, with a slight hint of panic. “Where are the others who were to be here? This is the right motel, this is the right day, isn’t it?”
“Is there more than one “Super 8″ in Bedford,” Valeria asked.
This is the only “Super 8″ in Bedford. Here are your reservations,” the clerk answered with a yawn.
We unpacked the Valkyrie and raced upstairs to the room. A mad search through the phone book, a quick call to Domino’s pizza, and by 1:00 am, the delivery was complete. All that remained was to set the alarm for 7:00 am, and off to sleep.
The incessant buzzing of the alarm finally did its job, and I grabbed the phone to call “Hoosier Daddy.” “It’s Highlander,” I said as he answered… “What time do things begin today,” I asked.
“I will be right there and we will ride to Indy together,” he said. Within a short while, we were discussing the events of the day. The two Valkyries roared to life, and it was off to Indy, and the Indiana ride-in.
The nasty weather and long ride had taken its toll on the “Quickening’s” paint and chrome. Paul directed me to a car wash, and as I passed the wand over the surface of the bike, the highly polished front forks turned a dull gray. We raced to the gathering point, and I ran to the Sears Auto store for aluminum polish. Many present offered suggestions, but the store had some “Never-Dull” wadding that helped.
The weather was incredible. The sun shimmered in the clear blue sky, and the temperatures soared to sweltering 45 degrees – very pleasant riding weather, and excellent for ice cream. By noon, we rode en-masse to Nashville, Indiana, and received our instructions for the day. The many Valkyries gathered at Indianapolis, were complemented by a like number when we arrived in Nashville. It was like a large family gathering. Many faces we had met a year ago greeted us, and there were many new faces.
There were no strangers present, just some friends we had not yet met, and that great Hoosier hospitality was in ample supply. The plan was for smaller groups to follow the various routes skillfully planned and mapped by Larry Beemer, who rides a silver and black standard Valkyrie with totally awesome six-to-six pipes that sounded so sweet.
I know the pipes sounded so awesome, because Valeria decided that we came to ride, not shop, and we took the longest ride, led by this gentleman. I have to get those pipes.
We arrived at Ryan’s in Bloomington, Indiana right on schedule. The participants were in a room by themselves, and we had a great time. The many items gathered as prizes for the drawing were spectacular, including some really killer leather caps with purported magical qualities.
Parts for the Valks, chrome yo-yo’s, chrome underwear, 9-11 T-shirts, and an extra-large spandex tank top. Many different vendors participated by donating many wonderful prizes. Following the festivities, a group headed back to the Bedford motel.
Sunday morning started with a blessing of the bikes by “Hollywood” and two gentlemen from the Indiana Chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Then it was time for the group photo. Unfortunately, some had departed Saturday night, so the group looked smaller than it was. Then more prizes were drawn, and the pre-ride festivities ended by “Hoosier Daddy” presenting those who had not won anything, a prize. However, everybody was already a winner, because, in my humble opinion, everybody who attended the ride were winners. The various rides were the best prizes of all. I only regret that Valeria and I had to head home that morning, because I have to go to work at 3 am on Monday, and she has classes to attend.
We decided to travel a different path homeward, and we were rewarded with more spectacular fall colors along route 50 and 231 on our way to I-64. The “twisties” on 50 were a treat, and the scenery was breathtaking.
Valeria and I wish to thank “Hoosier Daddy” and the many Hoosier riders who helped in the planning and execution of this wonderful event. Paul remarked many times that he too was overwhelmed by the assistance provided by his members. It was obviously a group effort, and it was also evident that those present were very happy participants.
A heartfelt “Thank you” goes out to the planners and participants for making this annual event so memorable. It is easy to distinguish between an event and a labor of

2004 – Indiana State Ride In

Dave Ritsema
I have lots of memories, some better than others.
But certainly my FIRST VRCC memory was pulling up to the Hotel at InZane 1 all by myself after a 9 hour ride. I had never even been on more than a 4 hour trip before and didn’t know a soul there except for some names from the message boards.
Sure wish I could remember the name of the first guy I met, really friendly older gentleman with a tie dye shirt and a maroon and cream standard like mine.
Shortly thereafter I met Don B, who was the event coordinator and kinda followed him around trying to make myself useful.
As the Valks kept pouring in I kept meeting more and more folks, and I left that place feeling like I made 800 new friends. Met Lamont, Hal, Dragbars, Mosa, Vicki, RJ, the list goes on and on. Everyone I met was really nice and made me feel like part of the family.
Promised myself I would come back each year, and have been lucky enough to do it so far.

2004 Covered Bridge

I lurked on the boards for 9 months before finding Blue Ice in Jacksonville FL in Feb,2002 I flew down from Indy and bought the bike and made it to Daytona Sunshine Mall the next day for the first day of bike week.
Met Lamont, Hal, Chris and many others and then had the ride of my life back home to Indiana on the first day of March. 6 hours of thunderstorms in Florida followed by temps down to 30 degrees by the time I got to Birmingham and 8 degrees when I pulled in the garage. Rode to IZ2 with Sarge, RJ, Blackdog and others and then met Mosa, DB, Vicki and the wild Canadians.
Then the past 2 years at the Hoot and Lamont’s BBQ I had the chance to introduce my wife to many more new friends, Highlander, Yogi, Rocket and their special Dad Big Ern, V-man, Holmes, Big Jon and Leann, and Lamont’s special lady Chris. Lamont is a special person to all of us and we all owe him many thanks for his love of all motorcycles and putting up with all of us.

2010 – Steve Eads – Southern Indiana Fall River Ride ( Slide Show )

2012 Southern Indiana Bedford Fall Ride

2014 Dragon Roundup (with over 80 Riders)

At the age of 50, Wizzard became Valkoholic after 4 earlier bikes, LOL

Dragon Round Up (DRU) / Fall Ride – Corydon

Editor’s Note
By looking at the countless enthusiastic responses on the board, the DRU has recently become one of the great events to be. As Rams put it in 2017:
The DRU is a wonderful event, IMHO the focus is on the right things with a ride added in for fun.
I always try to make the DRU, the camaraderie is the event focus. We all love our bikes and I enjoy the hell out of riding mine and seeing others but, I go for the wonderful people that attend.
That my friends, is what gets me to an event. While I enjoy a spirited ride now and then as much as anyone, almost every time one occurs, someone ends up dumping a bike and getting hurt. My “spirited rides” are always when I’m solo or, when I’m riding with someone that I’ve shared a lot of wind with and know how they ride. Large group rides should be done at the speed limit or, at the capability of average riders. I consider myself an average rider. This is how Steve leads his rides and I fully support his method.

2013 Cashman – A few DRU pics

DRU 2015 – Over 70 Riders from 10 States Rams
Just got home from The Dragon Round Up. One of the best organized motorcycle events I’ve been to. The roads were great, the friends/family were wonderful. Rainman and Gavin did an excellent job of working out the details. Thanks Steve and Gavin. I sincerely appreciate the effort you went to.
We also just got home. This was biggest ride yet, on Saturday we had 64 bikes on the ride. A little drizzle a few times and a little rain during our lunch stop, but over all a great day. These things could not happen without you guys. Thanks for putting in the miles. Hope it’s even better next year
This was a great event, wish I would have had more time to spend and the ride was the best 1 yet . Steve goes to a lot of work putting this on and it shows by the distance people travel to be there. Was cool to see the bike “ALI” and talk to DDT about it 1st hand. What a great story there. I’ve noticed that a lot of other brand bike forums come and go but the VRCC is still a thriving group. Hope everyone got home safe!
What a GREAT weekend!!! Thanks to Rainman for setting this up. This was Monica and my first Round-up and it won’t be our last. It was a great time, the weather was (mostly) excellent!! And it was good meeting the folks…seeing old friends…and making new ones.
For us, it was a 798.5 mile weekend…and we only hit a total of 8 miles of interstate. The back roads through Illinois and Indiana were fabulous!!! Here are a few pictures I took from the ride on Saturday.

Some things I proved while at the DRU…
You can do tight circles and figure 8’s on a Valk with a Car Tire in the parking lot.
300 lb. men CAN do cartwheels while intoxicated.
Jabba can drink enough to get intoxicated.
Just because you drink tequila, it does NOT guarantee waking up in the morning with one or more of the following:
In Jail.
With your nose splattered all over your face.
In bed with a fat girl.
I also confirmed that the VRCC is an awesome bunch, and we can party and have a great time without fighting or causing any serious trouble.

Danny’s pics

DRU 2016 by Steve , Gavin and spouses & Crew
Great set of pics by Rainman

There was a few hairy moments with wet leaves on the road but we all managed. We had right at 100 people show up. It was raining the morning of the ride so only 46 bikes went with us. The others met us at Lunch. I’d say there was a total of around 75 bikes. It was and is always a great time. Lots of lies were told and even fixed a couple bikes in the parking lot. Can’t wait ‘til next year. Gig
I want to thank everyone that went the extra mile to bail me out Friday.
Needed to go 320 miles to reach Ground Zero that day, but battery & alternator decided to take a crap at the 300 mile mark around 5pm. Called Gavin and told him the situation, he let me know that Bill Bakin had a spare alternator I could use. Cool.
I had two (2) embedded mechanics with me, so Ryan ran to auto parts store and scored a new battery while Ben & I pulled all non-essential fuses so we could shoot for a quick sprint to GZ before the new battery died. Just made it. Cool.
Ben & Ryan are both good mechanics, but neither had done a Valkyrie alternator job before, so I allowed them to gain knowledge of that job on my bike in the parking lot.
Gordon, Bill Bakin, and others assisted with Mitcho adding technical supervision. Roger da Bull added tools and even a battery charger (we ran the power cord through his hotel room window all night for the charger!). A true group effort, LuLu & Wimp even provided the liquid refreshment.
Thanks to one and all for getting my sorry ass back on the road! You guys rock!
Now I need to get alternators repaired and get Bill’s loaner back to him
Thanks again.

DRU 2017 by Kep
This had to be the best DRU yet. Excellent weather, great ride , great people , great food. My daughter and her fiancée now know why we attend , they thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. A great big thanks to Steve and Diana and everyone that has a hand in putting this together, we are truly blessed to call you family ! I really hope my daughter’s wedding doesn’t interfere with next year’s DRU. Would sure hate to miss it. I am seriously considering having another Northern Indiana ride-in near the end of October at my place like I did last year…I will give a good heads up. Thanks again for such a great time in Corydon

henry 008

I love Butt Drugs!

New England Chapter

Dalai Lama
I joined the VRCC in 2000 and met Randy Govertsen who was the CT VRCC chapter leader. The CT VRCC chapter leader previous was non-responsive and nothing was happening, so Randy petitioned to oZ and Lamont to take over the chapter and did so. Randy joined the other VRCC representatives who pretty much decided that we were really a New England group about that time.
Because each state here in New England is pretty small and within a (sometimes long) day’s ride, each state pretty much sponsored a couple of rides per season.
So people from all over would go to Maine on one weekend for a “Pie Lady” (pies were on the kitchen counter and you went in an helped yourself and left money in a box) ride up in the north woods of Maine, another weekend CT would put on a poker run, another weekend a ride to Newport VT, later in the fall an October Fest ride up in VT, and NH a pumpkin festival ride, etc. You get the idea.
During the winter months, the CT VRCC chapter representative, Ron Bouchard (who no longer has a Valkyrie but is still quite active), setup a series of breakfast gatherings once a month here in CT and we regularly get folks coming from NH and MA, etc. Pretty much once during February we have a gathering of the New England folks, the early years were in Plymouth MA, and lately have been in Portland ME. We end up with probably 25 to 50 members showing up for these events.
We became a close-knit family over the years. We have watched each other’s kids grow up, celebrated triumphs over adversities, and mourned our tragedies.
The New England forum was/is the means of us staying together. A core group of folks have been friends for nearly 18 years through the VRCC. Many have moved on from the Valkyrie to other rides, but are still members, friends, and riders.
At ring of a phone, most all here will drop anything to go help a fellow rider. For example, my pickup and trailer were used by a friend (I was on vacation) to go help a fellow rider that went down in Baie-Comeau Canada, a 750-mile one-way trip.
The New England forum is how we stay in touch. We pretty much police ourselves on the board and try to stay positive and not let things like politics come into play

2000 Don of Stamford – Connecticut Yankee in Yosemite Valley the Trek

Orca – My first New England VRCC ride
My fascination with the Honda Valkyrie started long before the bike hit the showroom floor. I had V90 Honda Magna that I bought new at Green River Power Sports in Gill, MA.
I was reading magazines about the new Valkyrie and couldn’t wait to see one in person. I went to the Honda dealer in Auburn, MA and asked when they would be getting one.
I went there the same week it was delivered. WOW, I had to have one. I signed up to the VRCC just to hear about other riders and their bikes. I was a member for well over a year before I got my Valkyrie.
I looked on the NE board and read about this ride going to Marcus Dairy in CT. A bunch of riders were all meeting in Marlboro, MA, then head to CT.
Well I got on my bike and headed out. Just before the meeting spot I figured to top off the tank so I’m ready for the trip. I’m on Rt. 20 filling my tank at a gas station by myself.
I hear someone yell from the other side of Rt. 20, at another gas station, “Hey, buddy, are you going on the ride to Marcus Dairy?” I said “Yes”, and they said for me to come over after you fill up and we’ll ride to the meeting spot. Cool. I pull into the gas station were these four bikes were and noticed they all have Maine plates on the back of the bikes.
I thought to myself, either Marcus Dairy has the best cheeseburgers in the nation, or these guys are just nuts. They all introduced themselves. Olaf, Laddyboy, JeffL & V-Man.
So off we went. We get to the meeting spot and I park the bike. Not knowing anyone I start to wipe the bike down and clean my glasses. Within minutes there was fifteen or so Valkyries in the parking lot. I thought that was the coolest thing. You always see Harley’s together or Goldwings… but this bike had something special about them, I didn’t realize until later what that was. Just then, I guy all dressed up in his biker gear, he looks like Alice Cooper, comes over to me with a box of fresh pastries from a bakery and say’s “Dig in”…… I’m thinking, I’m going to like this club!!!! We haven’t ridden one mile yet and we’re already eating!!!! Valkrocket was his name.
Then I meet Tangeman. I see him eat like six of these pastries; I think I’m going to like this group. These guys are crazy. They ride hundreds of miles for food.
After some ball busting, we all gear up and headed out. The ride was a full day and everyone made me feel like I’ve been part of the group for years.
I’ve never looked back……….
Since that first ride I’ve been to Zanesville, OH for InZane 1, Key West, Canada, & 21 states in 15 days. Road trips that will be remembered for a life time.
It didn’t take long before I realized what was so special about these bikes. It wasn’t the bikes; it was the people who ride them. A member from the club once told me, that we don’t have to see or talk to each other for months and he can call me just to tell me I’m a “Fat Bastid”, that’s it…..and we all laugh….. but it’s true.
I hope to be back on two wheels very soon and continue this journey.

After a few winter meetings at various places, the archives mention Marcus Dairy’s ‘Super Sunday’ on Sunday, April 15th 2001.

Well the title just about covers it all. Sunday, certainly was SUPER………….
VRCC members from all over New England were there to catch the “deals” and the “rays”. Yes, it was hot! Connecticut set records for not only its temperatures (92’ an all-time high for the day), but also its humanity. The Humanitarian Award of the year (NE-VRCC Style, of course), goes out to the Connecticut Yankee, who after finding out about ValkRocket’s electrical problems, loaded Ron’s bike onto a trailer and drove Ron and TwoMaidens back to Plymouth, Mass.
After a well-deserved dinner the Connecticut Yankee headed home, not returning till 2:30 AM the next morning. Of course, had ValkRocket not been held back by that “RustBucket” he probably would not have developed the alternator problem to begin with. Way to go Don Hibbard!!!!! You sir, are the essence of what makes this New England Valkyrie Riders Cruisers group, the best there is.
I read in the Danbury news that they estimated between 10 and 12 thousand bikers made the trek to Marcus Dairy’s Super Sunday, another record.
I sure hope all of you get to experience the Super Sunday some time when you’re looking for something to do on a lazy Sunday morning.

Connecticut Chapter

2001 Trip Reports

The Adventures of the New England VRCC
Take a look at this great website with trip reports and some very nice pictures from wayback

Mystic/Abbots Ride – Randy “Rabbai” G and the Mrs.
We had a delightful trip out to Mystic via all sorts of back roads (and one bad move on my part which led us into a “dead end – with a view”) touring a lot of Connecticut’s coast line and ocean views. Abbott’s turn out (once again) to be a big hit and the ride home was fantastic. Thanks to Buffalo Bill for sharing his knowledge of the local area and leading us down that terrific Route 217. It’s five miles of pure … I want to do that again, but faster!!!
Thanks too, to Clue Collector for leading us to a great spot (one of his afternoon favorites), Harry’s in Colchester, for “more” ice cream and refreshments on the trip home. To those of you here in Connecticut who didn’t make the trip, if you had the day off and chose not to come, you blew it. I believe everyone had a great time.

Depot Honda-Rye, New Hampshire – VMan
Don “V-Man” Chembars posted on the NE Bulletin Board that there was going to be a few motorcycles at the open house at Depot Honda in Rye, New Hampshire.
Little did that tidbit declare the storm of motorcycles that over took the place that day. You could tell by the hoard of bikes that motorcyclists were tired of the long cold winter and were not about to let an opportunity for a gathering pass them by. VRCC Members “guestamated” at about 40 – 50 showed up and just “covered” half of the parking lot. For the Dalai-Lama, the BoZ, the Clue-Collector and I, it was a fantastic 2 ½ hour, 80 MPH ride up, to near the Portsmouth Circle and the same coming back.
What a terrific way to “bring in the New Year”. CJ (Dragon 1) showed off his latest chrome goodies, and new VRCC members were met and greeted, some for the first time.
If V-Man posts this for next year, I suggest you find the time…. it’s a fun ride.
Of course, the annual Inzanes were not the only place where Valkyrie Riders would meet. Dozens of rides were organized by the Chapters as well as by individuals, within or thru special Biker events every year like the “Covered Bridge Ride” in Indiana and other States, “Cheaha Mountain Rally” in Alabama “Dragons On The Beach” and “Valhalla”, multiple State events successively in Florida and the NW.

My first group VRCC ride I did was “Covered Bridge” hosted by JJ and Snowdog (Jack and Andrea). This ride was a New Hampshire ride but living in a border State we joined in.
I met some very good people that remain friends today.
New England was full of riders at that time … I’ve ridden 250+ miles just to get to the departure point many times! Many of us agreed that we needed to have a BIG get together that was somewhat of a “central location” and easy to get to. After talking to all the State Reps at the time (DC, Smitty, JJ, Olaf) it was decided Southern Maine would be a good spot. I live about as Southern Maine as possible so I offered my house/yard. Thanks to “O”, Kim and my girls we put out a good spread of food, music and plenty of laughs. This became known as the “Annual BBQ” but I think it only went a total of three years (times change not always for the better).
After the BBQ I lead a seacoast NH/ME ride and we stopped for some photo ops. I wish I had a better camera at the time and I also wish I had more experience editing pics … they could have been better!
I’ve met a lot of really great people that I consider “family” through the VRCC for that I am thankful. Many of us don’t own a Valk anymore and some did not own a Valkyrie when I met them (but do now)!

Here are some pics I dug up!

Between the BBR, the VRCC, the Southern Cruisers, the Rune group…..and yes, even to a certain extent, even my early days with the VOA….I have so many fond memories I wouldn’t know where to start. I’ve been to every InZane…worked on the Staff lately (and enjoyed the heck out of that) …been to many Hoots and Daytona’s over the years where I have met up with so many of you I can’t mention all of ya’. Now I can be hanging out at just about any major rally…just hanging out on Main St….and folks I know will come by and say hi. That’s GREAT!
But I actually think I have even more fun at the smaller rallies (by both the VRCC and the other groups). The Helens, the Panama City Beach rally, the Cheaha rally I put on, the first BBR rally in Ashville. I really like going to those smaller regional rallies…. cause it seems like you get to do much more face time with more people.
I like that. At bigger rallies, it seems like folks kind of pair off into groups of folks they know and hang out. When the rally is say more like 100 folks or so…. seems like everybody just kind of acts like one big happy family!
I just know over the years…. thru ALL these organizations…I’ve met some mighty fine folks…and have been fortunate enough to gain a lot of lifelong friends.

2002 Mt Washington trip by Dalai – Elev 6288’

2003 Trip Reports

The Sturgis Trip 2003 pictures are really great. Thank you, V-Man!

2004 – Plymouth lunch

New Hampshire Chapter

2000 – Bridge Tour

NH, MA and ME VRCC ride to North Conway

2001 BBQ

Hoy´s Fundraiser

Massachusetts Chapter

The Massachusetts Chapter is also one of the members of the VRCC New England Chapter. In New England, we like to refer ourselves as a one big family and therefore, most of our functions and rides are planned on a regional level with members attending from all over New England. One of the goals of this website is to try to bring together more members from Massachusetts in order to have a better representation of the Bay State in our various activities. Remember, the more we are the more fun we have!

Ride to the Trebuchet

The ‘Yankee Siege’ catapult is actually called a “Trebuchet”. It is a counterweight, gravity driven machine with a sling at the end of a long throwing arm. Trebuchets are thought to have been developed first in China, refined in the Middle East and refined again in Europe.
Trebuchets would be built on the site of an actual battle campaign. The materials would be gathered locally and the machine would be constructed about 250 yards away from the castle wall. This distance was just out of reach of the bow and arrows that the defenders would use. When the trebuchet was completed, it would hurl huge rocks at the castle walls. Castle walls would range from 6 feet to 15 feet thick. The rock projectiles would weigh about 250lbs each. Repeated firings of the machine would hurl the rocks at the same spot on the castle walls until the walls themselves were pulverized. A gap in the castle wall would then allow the attackers to enter the castle and lay siege to the occupants.
For two hundred years, 1300-1500, the trebuchet was the ultimate military siege weapon. The invention of the cannon, around 1500 A. D., spelled doom for the trebuchet.

2003 – Teddy Bear Run

David’s Teddy Bear Run was a large success! David was an awesome guy and was lost way too soon!

Teddy Bear Ride Pics by Terry

Rest in Peace

Our prayers are with David, Botman and Dave and their families – We will never forget

                  David D’Angelo                                                        Dave “DC “Charron                                        Botman Nick

David d’Angelo Memorial Page                                                                                                                      Botman Nick Memorial Page

The VT, RI and ME Chapter links are no longer public or active and now resort under the VRCC website

New Jersey Chapter

There was a small NJ contingent that got together frequently when the VRCC was a young club and the Valkyrie was still in production.
Dan Stocker was the first State Leader…then Pack Rat

Oss in 2013
Dan Stocker passed away about 4-5 yrs ago (andym: spring 2008) of a sudden heart attack. He was always willing to share his knowledge of these bikes and is missed for that and his friendship


Presently listed Chapter Rep is Floyd aka “FarmerValk”

NJ 2003 event pics website with great hot links

2003 – Hooters Bike Night in New Castel DE

Freehold Kruise Night

Roar to the Shore


Bike show and Meet/Greet with GWRRA

2009 BigMac NJ – Cranberry Harvest Time

2010 mhalloc – New Jersey to Nashville…..Natchez Trace….Back to New Jersey
What a GREAT ride!!! Total Miles – 2,452 States Visited – New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi
Cool Roads – Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, Natchez Trace
Parks (sites) Visited – Shenandoah Valley National Park, McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Shiloh Battlefield
Memorable Events – Watching my Dad fly his R/C model airplanes, visiting my sister’s horse farm, Music by Lee (??) in Luray, Hearing my brother-in-law’s band in Nashville
Valk Sighting – I/S on 109 bypass in Gallatin, TN on Saturday, May 29th, 9:30 A.M.

2014 – andym
There are lots of NJ Riders and yes we are all busy and its hard to find the time to gather BUT ……….I can say with certainty that some of the nicest folks I have ever met are Valkyrie owners. I have been a member of other groups and found there was always a good percentage of macho a**holes in the group but never with the VRCC and VOA . I would like to propose that we locate a diner or place to meet on Sundays about once a month during the nice weather somewhere central to the folks in North and South . I realize there are some folks way north and way south so maybe it would make more sense to do a north and south gathering?
I have tried to get a list of active Valk riders in NJ but got a limited number of responses . If you guys are open to this idea I can post the list I have and see who is interested. Im thinking the best idea is to get 2-3 guys who will meet and then post the Sunday breakfast meetings on this website and hope more people join us as time goes on. We can do a ride after breakfast ..Thoughts?
Some places I can’t think of for breakfast (We can shortlist 5-6 places and rotate)
The Clarksburg Inn – Millstone
The Cabin -Howell
The Pavillion in Avon (NJ Shore)
Dan and I went to a beautiful old cabin in the Pinelands past the Vincetown Diner for pancakes
I need a show of hands and some input . I don’t mind doing the work and organizing but I need to know there is an interest

New York State Chapter

Our mission is simple. It is to ride the “dragon”! It is to establish friendships with others, promote freedom of expression, and preserve our right to ride. Don’t be mislead! There are those that would have your bike look like a metal box on two wheels!
Our chapter encourages brother/sisterhood among all motorcyclists. For no matter what kind of bike one rides, there remains a common ground. But for those of us that have chosen the Valkyrie, there has been an awe-inspiring experience that cannot be denied. For it is a motorcycle that blends beauty and performance, power and strength, speed and agility! And because of the hard work of others, and the loyal owners of the “dragon”, we have the VRCC. A club that has made it possible for Valk enthusiasts to meet and ride with others, to communicate and participate from coast to coast and even around the world! Our NY chapter wishes all other chapters the very best and safe riding year after year. Ride on!

Years ago I was President of the NY State Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club (VRCC) For several years we hosted a “Meet and Eat” event for members attending Americade in Lake George NY., one of the largest MC gatherings in the country every year. Here’s a pic of a customized Honda Valkyrie. The bike is iconic, powerful, and can be customized in unique ways. Incredible bike!

1st Annual VRCC “Meet and Eat” at Americade

Burnt Rubba
The day’s events will begin at Roaring Brook Ranch with the Valkyrie Judging… A ride of 75 +/- miles is planned following the judging, motoring through the Adirondacks rolling twisties!!! This should be Awesome!!!!
Following the ride we head towards Warrensburg to the BBQ location.
If you cannot make the ride, the BBQ is scheduled from 1pm till 4pm…
At the closing of the BBQ we can all ride down to Canada St. Friday evening for some site seeing and adventure…Canada St. in the evening can be much like Daytona or Laconia…
Fireworks are scheduled at 9:30 pm @
Prospect MT. But again, only registered Americade participants can climb the MT. Watching them from below is just as spectacular!!!!
This promises to be a great event, but only if you join in the fun!!! Meet VRCC members from all over for this one!!!

2nd Annual VRCC Americade

2003 – Who could resist such a great invitation

The past two years we have met at the Mobil Station on 9n South, just a 1/2mile from the Valkyrie Judging at Roaring Brook Ranch. Last year, with over 140 riders, the Mobil Station was a problem as we jammed traffic and had a difficult time getting started safely. We proceded up the Northway (87)to mile post marker 63 where there is a good sized rest stop and we reorganized and then continued with our ride. I believe this is the best spot to START the ride. The rest stop is at mile post marker 63 about three miles north of exit 23. I am looking to have a “roach coach” there to serve everyone coffee, water, juice, whatever, to hold folks off until the bbq. The bbq will again be at Schroon Valley Resort off of exit 24. Check out our NY website for the info or e mail me. This year we will have a DOUBLE food line to get everyone through much faster and we should have individual road captains for each group of 30 or so bikes with each captain knowing the route. Ride will start at 11:30am instead of 11am. I will change the flyer and get that out to everyone. Ride safe and hope to see you there! Ed Mulligan will be one Road Captain and we are looking for others…I can only ride part way due to preparations for the bbq, which will be the best ever and the best deal in town for $10.00…Hope to see you there!

Oss – (Ossining) NY Chapter Rep
AKA known as ossiningvalkyrie in the old chatroom. Shftr and others asked me to shorten it to ossvalk and for a few years ..around the time of d.o.t..s. Oss became my handle.
Oss is a very active Rider and has maintained a great weblog with nice trip reports, videos and pictures

It is indeed unusual, actually a miracle if I stop long enough to ponder it but it is true nevertheless
Due to the fact that someone on a Valkyrie parked next to my 750 Vulcan at Americade I avoided a big mistake.
Instead of getting the brand new 1500 Nomad that I had all but put a deposit down on, I got to hear the dragon song and lust after my own machine
I showed a picture of an Interstate (altho the one I saw was a black standard) to my wife who immediately noted that the back seat looked “wonderful” and would I mind getting one
Who has a wife like that to say get yourself one of those Valkyrie’s so we can ride off into the beyond together
So I did, and now on my 2nd and 3rd ones having had all 3 years of Interstates the 99 has 170000 and my 01 has only 108000 (got it with 3000)
And this club, to be able to be welcomed into a family of wonderful open hearted people, some of whom do speak kinda different, but who all are just the best folks you could meet

2009 Pow Wow #5 by Oss, pics from Chrome, ONT CA

Can’t remember the last time I had this much fun with a group of people.
Friday was just an awesome day with a best of the Hudson valley that folks have been talking about all weekend, Croton Dam from below and from the walkway, 301 to Cold Spring, the tunnel on 9D, the Goat Trail, Cliff Road from West Point to Bannerman Island overlook, Perkins Memorial Drive Seven Lakes Drive and great fellowship.
Guess who came for dinner Friday and moved in. Gig from Michigan who just started a job in Jersey, but he is gone now to ride a 10 speed thru NYC
Got to share great times with BigD and Little D from near Buffalo, see Dyno Dave from Wappingers Falls, Dan-Bury from Ct, Karen from Mass and Ron-Bou from (where is he from anyways lol), meet Matt and Lynn from Mass, my good friends, Rick and Deb from Shippensburg PA and Chrome and Sue from London Ontario, meet Stewart & Kristin (D’s brother and fiancé from Lagrangeville NY
Saturday we added my friend Bonzo from Chester NY (Mazel Tov on your daughters upcoming wedding)and my good riding buddy G-Man and his son Eric (Cheryl, Gman’s lovely wife and daughter Keiko came later in the evening)

Saturday ride we went straight up 9 to the Goat Trail and over the Bear Mtn bridge where Bonzo was waiting and he led us all into 7 Lakes to Arden Drive and 17A, across the ski area ridge roads the back way to the Delaware Water Gap Port Jervis and up to Hawks Nest and lunch 30 miles beyond. IT poured at lunch but only sprinkled on us for about half an hour on the way back.
A stop at Orange County Choppers where Chrome got Sue a T shirt that he will have to say what it says cause I am a gentleman but it sure is a nice shirt.
We took 84 to the Taconic back home and Bonnie and I prepared a nice spread for dinner. Was a fine evening and day.
Yesterday was supposed to be T storms all day so we took 3 cars to NYC and the sun was out all the way. We boarded the Circle Line at 11 and what a terrific view and experience if you have never had the opportunity it’s one of the great values in NYC, and a fine 2 hours on the water and feeling the breezes in the harbor.

Outdoor lunch at a diner on 10th Ave and then back to the docks where the line for Intrepid was too much so we went back home for ice cream and telling of tall tales till dinner. The rain started as we drove home and it was a good thing we had the cars. NYC is tough sometimes even for me and for folks from small town America or Canada it could have been a bad scene. Sometimes prudence is best and it was in this case.
Thanks everyone who came. Hope you had as much fun as I did and see some of you in 2 weeks at the Blue Grey

Marcia and I rolled in this evening about 7:15p CST from our first PowWow. We left London, ON this morning around 7:00 EST and arrived home 13 hrs. later with a mere 711 miles (10 hrs. 54 min moving time). For the weekend, we logged 2011 miles. Not bad for a 6-day vacation.
We want to thank our gracious host and hostess, Adrian and Suzanne, and their boys, Adrian Jr and Jacob, for all your very hard work in pulling off an excellent time. We also want to thank Dougger and Sandi for hosting us on our wet trip up to London.

Storms chased us out of St. Louis early Wednesday morning and didn’t catch us until we got to Ft. Wayne, IN. And when they caught us, they hit with a vengeance. We finally made it to Dougger’s house near Ann Arbor late that evening appearing a lot like drowned rats. Our drive from there to London went MUCH less eventful. Heck, even the border crossing was without incident.
Dinner Thursday night was EXCELLENT!!! Those steaks were HUGE!!! And expertly prepared. Thanks Rick for being the appointed grill master.
During the ride on Friday, my bike developed a nasty grinding noise/feel. Once we got back from the ride, we tore into it only to find the left rear wheel bearing was toast. Our attempts to pull the bearing was met with frustration and I ended up having to take the wheel to the local Honda dealer to have them pull the outer race out of the wheel. About an hr. later, and only $20 lighter (including a new dust seal…we had a bearing), the wheel was ready to go back on the bike. It was a great ride once the bike was back together…

Today was an uneventful day, other than the heat and the 711 miles (which is Marcia’s longest day ever on a bike). She did great but is paying the price with a sore hiney.
It was very good seeing our old friends, meeting new friends, and riding with both. Thanks so much for opportunity to see the London areas.

I’ve had a couple of trips that I think I will never forget (for the right reasons). A solo journey that was just me and machine for 1000 miles on day one. Lonely but precisely what I needed at the time. Then there was the trio of valkyries scorchin the asphalt on the way to Daytona. Mosa, George and me, Ethan.

Lamont, you just had to start this thread the day after I filled up the tanks on both bikes and treated them with Stabil! You cut me deep brother, you cut me deep.
Hey Mosa, I have five weeks vacation next year..

2016 – Columbus Weekend Ride by Oss
Yesterday was a lot of fun but I took just a few pics. From here at home we were 11 bikes if I remember,
The colors made a substantial improvement with the cool temps of Friday night and Saturday saw reds popping and burnt oranges on the goat trail, all thru the 7 Lakes Drive and 106
The reflections off of the lakes on either side were serene and as expected we saw no traffic.
Also as expected I made a right on 94 instead of a left and Dan caught me and made a left onto a side street and the rest of the group did not. I rode about 5 miles down the road and found them at a pull out and we regrouped only losing about 20 minutes or so,
Pine Island highway, really just a street stretches all the way to route 6 winding thru black soil farm country and then 6 is downhill like lolo pass only much shorter down to Port Jervis

We stopped down the road for the 1st scheduled break at Hawks Nest and then xman led to a gas station in PA as Harry and The Bull did not fill up before we left. It worked out as we all topped off and emptied bladders that may have been full at the Exxon
Looking at the time we went further west instead of north on 55 to that good restaurant overlooking the Delaware River and that stop was a long stop as only one waitress working,
By then its afternoon and we only had gone 90 something miles so considering some had driven already 3 hrs. to get to my house I decided Not to head up into the catskills and risk getting back at 8pm, NJf6Cowboy and MHallock rode home to Jersey from the lunch stop and Xman lived only 10 minutes away so he split as well

We took 97 back to Hawks Nest for another look from another pullout then 84 to 17 to 6 6 is a great climb and then a long descent over the Shawgunk chain which stretches to Mohonk and New Paltz before becoming the Catskills Colors were popping and since Meathead and Brenda missed it yesterday we rode up to Perkins where we enjoyed a nice stop
Bonnie said when I called her it had just started to rain in Ossining so we headed home and caught no rain at all.
Dinner at a Portuguese restaurant and I will let Meathead talk about the ride home. Baldo by the way arrived as we were leaving our house for dinner in the mommyvan so he climbed in as well.
Now it’s still raining windy but should stop in an hour or so. So the ride will go on but probably closer to 11am as when I was out at 8 in was slippery with wet leaves
Thanks to all who came


Oss-Hudson River Ride
Like HarryC said in the other thread I had a great time
The folks that put in the effort and the miles to come is what makes the ride so great

Today we headed up the goat trail in some pretty fair fog and upon crossing Bear Mountain Bridge and looking up I made the call to head to Fort Montgomery, (below the fog line) which was the site of a bloody battle 240 years ago today for control of the Hudson River.
Luck was with us as today was a re enactment and there were camps set up on site of the fort grounds including a Scottish – British group and of course our Colonials with tools and things they used at the time. Very cool stuff. After walking over to the cannon emplacements with the commanding view of the turn in the river I walked over to the re enactors in a few areas.
I got a lesson on the 75 caliber musket long gun (cant wait to see the pics) from what was supposed to be Scottish (but the reenactors were Irish lol) and I think we all had so much fun that the ride became well behind schedule asap. But who cares
(except for Stan and xman waiting on the route lol)

Climbing over route 6 the fog broke the sun became bright and the view of the valley beckoned us onward to route 208 where
we saw Stan waiting for us next to his magnificent Valkyrie Interstate (one of my favorite valks I have ever seen) and we headed north on 208 to 52 around Walden NY
Next stop was at the top of the Shawangunk mountain where the fog had also burned off and the view was stunning from the overlook
About half an hour later we found xman at the turn for Claryville Rd and headed for the covered bridge which eluded me for a spell, No fear after a change in direction we made it there and it was definitely a covered bridge
Claryville Road into Frost Valley Road from 55 to 28 is about 25 miles long and was epic as Harry said, just yellows burnt oranges and reds and riding mile after mile no traffic no other vehicles just us and the road in the woods This is now my favorite road for its solitude, incredibly long length free of any stop sign or road crossing, diversity and sheer quantity of twists and turns one can take at whatever speed feels best to the rider.

Same with heading up 42 from the 28 turn off climbing mile after mile with stunning reds and yellow on mountains and hills.
It rained during the lunch stop and Stan and Tom split off from there as they live well west of the Hudson. The road was slick descending into the canyon by Catskill NY east of Tannerville but the Taconic was dry the whole way No speed appreciation awards but the cops were out.

Ice cream after a stop at Croton Dam (upper and lower) where we got pics of a B24 flying overhead ! And then I got some help putting LED’s into my fog lites then dinner at the Portugese restaurant
Now the crew has gone and all are heading home at 1st light

Thank you Jim, Bob, Craig, Mark, Larry aka George, Harry, Stan, Tom and of course my wingman G-Man for helping make this ride weekend It truly was epic and it felt great finally getting to show off this 250 + mile route to southerners and new englanders
Next year I hope to do this again Can’t wait to see the pics which I hope Jim and the others will post once they get home.

Check out jim@98valkyrie.com photo’s. Password VRCC

Delaware Chapter


2003 Charlie Cavanaugh
The Delaware VRCC Chapter has been here since its inception back in early 2001. We have engaged our members into meeting for different rides and events. We met in the beginning, but since we are spread across the whole state, sometimes it was difficult to get together. Last year I sent out emails to all our members to invite them to a “Bike Night” they have every Wednesday night at the New Castle Hooters located on route 13 near the New Castle County Airport. Before the summer ended we had a couple of good get-together’s. One night we ended up with 10 or 12 Valks not only from Delaware, but also New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Met quite a few members at Hooters Bike Night and had a real good time. There are a lot of awesome Valks out there!!

Michigan Chapter


I am the local chapter leader for the VRCC. We are located in the Saginaw, Bay City, Midland area of Michigan but also cover areas from Flint and all places beyond.
We are primary a Valkyrie club with over 900 members in Michigan and 30,000 members worldwide, however we do not discriminate on what kind of motorcycle you ride, everyone is welcome to ride with

MI Chapter has a significant number of Valkyrie Riders with lots of activities, during its history divided into

Capitol City by Gary Swan
Macomb by Bill/Julie
Rogue Riders by Gary aka “Romeo”
Southern by Greg
Southeast by John aka “bounty hunter” followed by Momz
Genesee – Shiawassee by Norm
Grand Rapids by Gary “Stitch” House
Northern MI by David “Timberwolf” Spencer
Tri-Cities by Joe “Riding Dragon” Errante
St Claire by Joe van Poucker
Washtenaw/Wayne by Brian “GiG” Leggieri

Note from the editor
An apology is at order. Michigan is a very active Chapter with lots of great stories by RTAZ and other members of annual St. Ignace-, Bunkers Picnic, Fall- and various other rides. Unfortunately, the majority of pics are stored by Photo Bucket and not accessible for non-registered members. In order to keep the history readable, I decided to omit all stories w/o public pics. Additions are always welcome info@vrcc.nl Let’s make Michigan complete!

Marquette Madness Ride-In 2000 by TLValk

Southern Chapter

2002 – Suzi’s Party

2002 – Midnight Ride

2005 – Tri City Chapter

Our Tri-City Chapter has ridden over 5000 miles in group rides in 2005. We start the season out with a BBQ at my place in Bridgeport around the 1st Sunday in May. We have had an organized ride in June, to the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. We rode around Lake Superior in July, and to Paducah Kentucky. In August we rode to St. Ignace, Michigan for the weekend. September is our Lumbermans Monument BBQ and October is our Fall Color Tour to Traverse City.

Some album pics

Biker BBQ at RTaz’s place

2007 – Capital Chapter

We are located in the Lansing/Mason area, but our members are from Eaton, Ingham, Livingston, Jackson and Clinton Counties. We are a new Chapter, (one of seven Chapters in Michigan) just getting started. While we love our Valkyrie motorcycles, all bikes and brands are welcome – it’s the ‘good folks’ camaraderie we’re lookin’ for!! Come ride with us!!

Michigan Madness
Michigan Madness 2007 was held in Mason in May. This was the first event sponsored by the new Capital Chapter. We met at the “City Limits”, had a great lunch, 50/50 drawings, door prizes, blessing of the bikers then rode to Jackson for ice cream. A great time was had by all!

Check out this 2009 Activity Calendar – Michigan, Regional and National Events of Interest

Winter Blahs” setting in yet? Well, by Feb they’re going to be hard to deal with… so why not come to the ALL STATE WINTER GATHERING? Every member and friend of the VRCC is welcome. We’ll have door prizes, 50/50 drawings, presentations to make, calendars to coordinate, food to eat, me to make fun of, and great people to enjoy a great time with. PLEASE let me know if you’re planning on coming so I can make the best arraignments possible. Email me with any questions you may have at Rtazvalk@sbcglobal.net Where? Soaring Eagle Inn & Conference Center Mt Pleasant MI www.hiresort.com When? Feb.7th 2009 Here are some of the particulars, we’ll meet at 3:00-5:00 pm for social hour, we’ll eat about 5-5:30…Dinner Buffet will be available for under $20. Prime Rib and Shrimp are featured. During dinner we’ll begin the “meeting” portion.
We’ll be finished by 7:00ish. Then Boomer’s Lounge will be open with DJ featuring Classic Rock type music, nice dance floor, and a great bar.
You could spend the night if you want to; I’ve gotten a room rate of $109 if you mention the VRCC.

I want to SEE YOU THERE!!!
Robert RTaz Tasior
VRCC State Rep

Grand Rapids Chapter – 2011 Poker Ride

Just wanted to say THANKS to all who came out and enjoyed our Poker Ride today, there were about 35 all together, and I think all had a great time. Weather started out stupendous, warm & sun-shiny – then ‘Michigan’ happened … what can I say??
Congrats to Ray (happened to be a Wing rider) who won the poker hand for $165, and to Jim T. for the worst hand – still netted him $65. Then we gave out $95 in various prizes.
Had about 20 raffle prizes, and some THANKS to Adrian, who donated several patches from his store, and to Scottie who had a couple tool kits to offer. Dawn, Scott & Bernie had the privilege to split up the BUG SPLAT contest – BIG bucks here!!
Here’s where we started

A pic of Dawn’s winning SPLAT

About 25 different folks won ‘something’ – which is what I try to do

Look at the weather (to start with anyway) with a shot or 2 of all the great folks who ventured out

Charles Schell
Back To The Homeland, Back To The Birthplace — Marysville, Ohio
On my way home from my grandson’s birthday party, I stopped in Marysville to take a quick look at the Honda plant. This is where my bike was created back in 1999. They do not make motorcycles there anymore, once they were done with the Valkyrie the plant was transitioned into car manufacturing.


After I took a few pictures of my bike at its birthplace, I hit the Highway heading west again and stopped at the next little town to grab some lunch. After parking my bike in front of the Waffle House, a company that should be paying me for all these mentions in my blog, I cut the engine and got get off my bike. As I did, an elderly woman came out of the diner and then gave my bike a rather stern look and frowned. I braced myself waiting to hear something derogatory about motorcycles.
“Do you know why that bike runs so good?” She asked staring at me with piercing eyes.
“No M’am” I said not sure where this was going.
“Because it is a Honda.” She said forcefully “Do you know why that 1999 Valkyrie Interstate still looks so beautiful?”
I was impressed, I don’t think I ever met a woman in her 70s who knew anything about motorcycles – – let alone enough to recognize both year and model just by looking at it.
“No M’am” I said again.
“Because, we built it right here and we did a damn good job.” She said this and didn’t bother to wait on my response or reaction – – she just continued on to her car.
“Thank you” I said to her as she walked by, she gave me a small wave with her hand but did not stop.
Now, that is pride in where you were from and what they do there. Made me smile all the way home.

2011 – Tony Z

I feel compelled to say what’s on my mind. I have never been the type to participate on these forums boards as you can tell by my posting stats, though due to my recent medical condition I have had a lot more time on my hands and recently been on here more frequently. You guys kind of sucked me in.
In the past years I was an active member and held the position of Co-Leader of a local VRCC chapter, the once great “Southeast Michigan Chapter“. It became the largest and most active group in the state, thanks to my co-leader Big Bob, captains Momz & Ed, past leader Big Bill, Hypre Dave, and to all the members willingness to participate as a group. We held weekly group rides, dinners, BBQ’s, charity drives, and a whole lot more. And did we have fun doing it. Some of my best friendships resulted from the membership of this club.

Two years ago, I resigned from the leadership position and was blackballed from the state chapter due to inner-circle politics (but that’s another story). Though I was never a big participant national level, I also pulled away from entire club, until now.
When I recently got sick my good friend George “Momz” posted on this board for well wishes, and I was overwhelmed by not only the replies to the thread, but all the calls and e-mails I received from this club membership. Needless to say, it touched me. I never realized how many of you cared, enough so to respond the way you did, about something so trivial as a gallbladder removal.
In closing, I want to say THANK YOU to all my VRCC friends and declare “ I‘M BACK.”


2011 – Skinhead

Smokin’Joe and Highbinder have put together their ride this year to Franklin WV. The motel in Franklin is sold out. I reserved 4 cabins 1 mile north of the motel, they each have 2 double beds, and 2 have kitchens. So far it looks like I have 4 definite and 3 somewhat interested participants. The cabin’s owner said there is room for additional air mattresses or sleeping bags in the cabins, but I’d rather not make it too crowded, unless there are no other accommodations nearby. These are all of the cabins at this site, so we will have the place to ourselves. All you fence sitters need to give me a thumbs up or down sosen I can nail down the participant list.


2013 – Cracker
What a great trip, started off a bit wet with 2 days of riding through storm after storm, but after that the weather was Great!
Time was limited, so we had to ride the interstate much more then we’d like too, but we had 3 full days of awesome riding, sightseeing & meeting some good people & good times!

New Mexico Chapter
http://www.valkyrieriders.com/nm/ and new homepage http://nmvalkyries.freeservers.com/

Red River Run – 2000

Hot new info 2001
Kathy Camarenas has graciously agreed to take over the helm as our new fearless leader. Kathy loves organizing rides, so expect to see a lot more in that department! Thanks Kathy!!

Members List of 2004 – active links

2004 Albuquerque Blast
http://valkyrieriders.com/Blast/ and https://web.archive.org/web/20040820215123/http://www.valkyrieriders.com:80/nm/Blast_Page/Blast_page.htm and http://www.valkyrieriders.com/nm/Blast_Page/Blast_page.htm ..

According to Attendance List over 120 Riders attended.

Comment from participant.
A great time was had by all or it would appear so by the photos presented. We had some great weather, sights, food and brew – as only one can in New Mexico. I would like to thank Kathryn aka Dragonryder2 and the crew in Albuquerque for making the event a great one and all the riders that showed.

Rally held by the New Mexico Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club
Valkyries in New Mexico by ozprez

Los Alamos

Thor’s Hammer Pics

Arrival Arizona Chapter                                                                                              F6Gal signing “Thor’s Hammer” banner

Dropping out of gas                                                                                                      Hand off to Aaron “LIVESTN” in Soccoro

Aaron horsing around at Ruidoso Downs                                               Handoff to “D” from Texas who offered ‘Drool Beer’ in return.

Gettin’ gas, kickin’ tires                                                                                                                       On the way to Red River

Another great 2005 NM vid by oZ from F6RiderStore
F6Banger hosted one of the best rides and times I’ve had in beautiful I’ll-Be-Quirky (Albuquerque) New Mexico… Circa 2005

2009 Gary – A short Ride’s better’n no Ride

Albuquerque Annual Balloonfest

2010 Gary – Leaf Peaker Ride/ Jemez Mountains
I had originally wanted to head up to do the Cumbres Toltec Hwy 17 ride between Chama, NM & Antonito, CO but alas had to stick closer to home and went with my backyard mountains instead.
I always seem to either be too early or just too late to make the Jemez colors but decided to go for it since it was a beautiful day and I was up for a ride anyway.
The weather was clear, temp running about 50 degrees, yep that’s t-shirt weather for some. Got to take advantage of it now since the colder temps are on their way.
I did bring along a long-sleeved t-shirt and gloves in case it gets cold. Temps can easily drop 5-10 degrees where I was headed. Heading out Hwy 4 I make my way upward.

The temp was dropping, good thing my window thermometer is on the Standard and not the IS otherwise I probably would have listened to my hands when they were telling me “now would be a good time to put on them gloves and maybe them sleeves!!!” I left them in the saddlebag to keep them nice and warm. Still only teaser colors so far…

Here’s what I’m calling today’s Money Shot. This is what I was referring to as one of my favorite spots.
I continue on due west via hwy 4. I didn’t really find the reds and yellow/oranges I was hoping for so I took a stroll along the stream. At this point I was somewhat out of road for colors but the weather was still great, the tunes were flowing through all 4 speakers of my new-to-me-this-year IS so I headed on further west and looped around and down to Santa Fe to have lunch in the old town plaza area, finally rolling back in about 5:00. Another great day and ride.

Annual Tucumari Ride with 62 registrations

Bandit and Ladybug
Wow, what a weekend! It was great seeing so many familiar faces and some new faces as well. We enjoyed each one of you more than you know. You are so generous and with your donations we will be able to deposit $1,670.09 into the Food Pantry account. This is so exciting and will be a blessing to so many. Again thanks so much for traveling such a distance and we are truly blessed to call you “family”. Look forward to sharing the wind with you again. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Misfit in 2010 – about incorporating a Tech Session
I think that most folks coming to Tucumcari do a fair amount of wrenching on their bikes. I am not sure that we need a tech session here. I could be wrong but I think that if someone is having a problem or has a tech question that we will be able to help them. This is supposed to be a ride in like a backyard BBQ. Not a rally with vendors, tech sessions, formal rides and such. I just don’t want the folks that put this thing together to think that they have to do new and better things each year to keep us interested in coming back. One of the best things about this gathering is the informalities. I vote that we just hang out and enjoy the company and if someone has a problem or a question that we all do all that we can to help them out. There are other gatherings that are shutting down because it turned into too much hassle for the folks laying out the $$ and putting in all of the time and effort. Sometimes less is more. On the other hand, folks that know me know that I will do whatever it takes to make this year a success and if that means that the folks showing up want a tech session then I will do one. Does anyone have an idea on what they need a tech session on? I can’t wait to hang out with all of you again.
Bring it on!

I have to agree. Sometimes it feels like the original spirit of gatherings gets lost in the constant quest to get better, when best was what you started with – good friends, good food, good times.
Remember the start about the folks who took their first cruise? They didn’t want to “waste” the money they spent by just sitting around, so they participated in every game/function on the ship’s calendar. And didn’t enjoy the trip at all.
I think the Tucumcari gathering is exactly what it should be. And how could you top a wedding, anyway?

2013 MrArn – Ride to Silver City and the Catwalk Trail

It’s been sometime since I last posted a ride report in this forum. While I’ve never stopped riding, I did stop making the reports for a while. I must admit it was easier, no taking pictures and struggling to capture the ride using words. Then a few weeks ago I spent some time looking at my old reports and the memories it evoked made all that extra effort worth it.

Here is a ride report of a ride I did with my daughter to Silver City this last weekend.

Gary – Ride Report – Mammoth Lakes Run July 2013 (long)
and http://www.valkyrieforum.com/bbs/index.php/topic,59108.0.html

Some examples

Heading toward Arizona to meet up with Michael later today in Kingman…

….we took a cruise around several of The Mammoth Lakes followed by June Lake Loop

Chuck’s Motorcycle Rides and Road Reports

Chuck AKA MrArn has an excellent 2011-2013 blog with great pics

California Chapter

California, the cradle of the VRCC is divided into several area Chapters

Listed CA State Representative is Brice aka “Valk Man”

Fresno          by Bill aka “F-106”
Central Cal by Bob aka “Bob”
SoCal             by David aka “Big Mac”

San Diego    by Mario aka “damnatu”


In 2000, the Golden State Valkyries (VOA Chapter) and VRCC NorCal Chapter had a common website.
Chapter Rep was Mike Ver Velde ‘Harpo’

Here is one of his 2003 posts

I ain’t seen no stinkin rule that says all rides must be 100 miles before we stop! More opportunities for socializing and pictures! If these long rides are keeping good guys like you away from joining us, we can certainly plan a short stop trip or two so you (or spouses with bikes that prefer shorter trips) can join us. Its the people that make this group worth being part of!

In those early days, Aaron’s website was linked to NorCal

Aaron and Marguerite

Soon after in 2003, the VRCC NorCal Chapter reached 500 Riders and got it’s own website. They still used the GSV board for regional issues.

2009 – Big Rick Stuart
A ride north from Alice’s on Highway 35, Skyline Blvd, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a really popular riding and driving area.
It can be very crowded on weekends, but this was on a thursday so it was pretty empty.


2015 Meathead (AZ) went to Russell Day Long shop

SoCal Ride Archives

Notice the transition in 1999 from VOA to VRCC

SoCal has a very well documented and extensive Ride archive. Excellent collection with hot links as of 2002.

If you are interested in the very first VRCC Riders, this link from 2003 shows low numbers
Early VRCC Riders

2001 South West Message board – Vegas Ride

Dennis from Blythe
This weekend, today, this evening..
Az Riders And I are meeting at the Hacienda Casino, just north of the Hoover Dam, at 3:00 our time. The Vegas Riders are going to escort us.
Although they are booked for the weekend. But there has to be something around there.
Just in case any of you awsome Riders are interested.
See you at least in Laughlin..
Just a month away. Oh Ya !!

Sue & Vic
We are here from 4 states. F6Gal, Sue & Vic, Irene and Lenny, Dennis from Blythe, Psycho, Medussa, Rick and Debbie, Chuck. We are having a barbecue at Lenny’s and etc.
And Dennis from Blythe ( His name has been changed to Disco Dennis because of the way he was caught dancing while riding his bike and listening to his CD player in the desert)says he cannot wait to see the Vegas Riders show up tomorrow for Breakfast.

Rick Taylor
It was a great time indeed. The Saturday ride was a hoot. I’m sure glad the Ranger that pulled us over didn’t take you and Madussa to jail.

Las Vegas Ride 2002                                                                                                 Laughlin 2002

Laughlin 2002                                                                                                                     Blythe 2003

Calico 2003                                                                                                                         Death Valley 2004

2001 – oZ – to Devil’ Punch Bowl, California

It was a great November ride. Temp. about 70, blue skies, great friends. Great thing about California is we rode thru places that had the leaves turning color as they do back east, then through mountains, desert and pine. Devil’s Punch Bowl was remarkable and amazing to see the power of Mother Nature.
Devil’s Punch Bowl was created from the movement of the San Andreas Fault, that sucker moves a little too much and I’ll be treading water… But the fault is what shaped most of California making the beautiful works of nature including the Devil’s Punch Bowl and for that matter the mountains that we look up on every day from the LA area.

We all gathered at Hansen Damn, had a 50/50 “New Guy” won a hundred bucks. Some coffee and donuts thanks Rob & Daryl and we were gone.
First stop, Bear Divide in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mtns. Highest Peak, Mt San Antonio (Mt. Baldy) 10,080 feet

Marty Rood, many time contributor to F6Rider Webzine and author of “Group Riding” which get published for all our ride-ins was there, as well as Gary & Sally, our SoCal leader and his Navigator Pook!
Devil’s Punch Bowl was his idea for a ride, and a great one it was. And not to forget, Rob & Daryl, Rob’s our SoCal Webmaster and Daryl the spark plug that gets everything done.
To explain Devil’s Punch Bowl would take an article, maybe I can get Pook to do just that. These rocks were formed laying flat. It is the famous San Andreas Fault movement that tossed them about.

The group included Donna, Joe, Mark, Lyn, Workerbee, oZ, Pook and Don Mark & Lyn of CAT Specialties. Members first, vendors second.
I love vendors that actually ride Valkyries! I love these guys; they’ve done much 4 VRCC

2001 -Bakersfield Bash

This is going to be a big ride, so consider the following a MUST READ. Attended by 224 Riders.

It was GREAT – But Never Again
Psycho Crash

Yep folks, I have to say that the VRCC Bakersfield Bash was a Great Event, but there were things that we would hope should never happen again.
Unfortunately, the worst of it was that we had two riders go down. Timmer/Tim Powell never even made it to Bakersfield-had a get off in Big Bear, and the other was Psycho/Michael Bradford. As I understand it, Mike was the worst of the two with a broken shoulder. We all hope that they are on the mend, and that their recovery will be quick and complete. As an aside, I asked F6Gal, as both these individuals were from the Arizona contingent, was there something about the fabulous scenery/roads or amenities in California that made riding out here more distracting? All I got in reply was something to the effect that one of them was actually from TEXAS, hmm?
I would be remiss if I did not mention our Guardian Angel that once again was there when the need was greatest. Sonny from Lemore has a new moniker. We call him “St. Sonny” now. He provided transportation, trailer, and a lot of his personal time going back and forth to help out our fallen brethren. Thank You Saint Sonny……

There were some other issues that I will mention later but to the good part first.
Well actually, the bad luck struck even before the event got started.
Chris, from Direct Line, deserves a big round of applause for making all those “Chrome Addicts” not suffer withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, their truck never made it to Bakersfield due to some mechanical difficulties. Chris pulled some strings and waved a magic wand and got as much as he could on short notice shipped to Bakersfield. As I said, a lot of people went home with some good stuff, but others have to wait for another day. Chris just sold most everything.
CAT (alias Mark) was there with some neat T-Shirts and other assorted paraphernalia. (I’m still wondering why there was no access port in those briefs.) And not to be forgotten was the neat stuff that CAT & Direct Line donated for the raffle. Can you believe folks were starting to moan cause we were giving so much stuff away? Think it might have had to do with looking forward to the 50-50 drawing. We had stuff from Stemnut, Chaparral, CAT, Direct Line and F6Rider.

As the charity of choice this year, “Make a Wish Foundation” was the benefactor, we brow beat, and head locked several folks, & Daryl and Dottie twisted arms to the point that we had over $500 in the kitty for the eventual winner, Kevin/Torknot, and the Bakersfield Make a Wish Foundation.
On a personal note, I would like to thank the guy that gave me what I thought was the NEATEST taillight I have ever seen. I failed to get his name, but it was won by this other party, and then, for who knows whatever reason (by the grace of my lucky star), gave it to me. A Big personal Thank You. It’s installed and is so COOL!!!

Marty R. has to get the biggest Thank You (if his hide hasn’t been tanned and hung on the barn by now, but more on that in a minute), for making this all happen. He went out of his way, only he knows how far, to lay the groundwork for all the great riding, accommodations, and various other sundry items.
At this point I wish to mention something that was an unfortunate situation that caused Marty considerable distress and probably some embarrassment to the VRCC. Allow me to explain.

Due to the fact that there were a specific number of registered individuals that indicated that they would partake of the dinner ride and breakfast ride, Marty had to make arrangements with the local eateries and concessionaires to provide the necessary staff and “vittles” to feed a mass of hungry bikers. Well, as it was on an “honor system” as to participation, a considerable number of folks had a change of plans. No one is being blamed, as we all know SHxx happens. [Gary D. & Sally had an unfortunate death in the family but elected to honor both personal events and spent the whole day commuting.]
The problem is that when venders/merchants expect us, on our verbal promise, to provide them with a customer base that does not come to pass, they, in turn, incur losses. That does not bode well for them to provide further support to our activities.
I mention this now because when the question comes up as to why we might charge $25 for a catered meal (that one might think they could go get for $10 at the local beanery), it is not just that we are trying to be benefactors for a charity, but there are “guarantees” that we have to make to continue doing these events.
Breakfast that was to be $6 for 200+ riders turned out to be $9 because fewer than 100 showed up (as I remember there were less than 30 bikes).
So be forewarned, doing anything on the “honor system” has gone by the wayside.
We all hope that Marty has not had to sell his home and move out to town. Maybe just keeping a low profile will suffice. Thank You Marty and we know you have “Survivor Skills”.

One final note, LaMonster is alive and well as is his bike, just ask the motel mgr. With the new engine and sufficient rubber on his rear tire, he provided late night entertainment with a sole burn-out contest, obviously he was the winner. I was approached by some of his admirers to participate but I don’t get the deal on my tires that LaMonster does.
Everyone had a great time and the weather could not have been better.
To quote Lamont, “Do you realize it is 10:00PM and we are sitting here in our T-Shirts?”
Eat your heart out you easterners………………

At that time, there were rumours on the boards about how some folks might be making money at the Zanesville Ride-In

Below page explains the goal is to make fabulous memories, and all the money goes to Make-A-Wish.

2000/2004 Yosemite Ride
https://web.archive.org/web/20001007112542/http:/www.f6rider.com:80/Yosemite/home.htm and http://www.valkyrieriders.com/socal/0604yosemite/detailsyosemite.htm

Co sponsored Central and Southern California Chapters

Who is going

Our first All-State Valkyrie Ride-In was such a success we would like to have another large Valkyrie Ride-In. This time instead of riding the Southern Sierra as we did before, this time we’ll ride Yosemite!
This once in a life time ride is open to the whole nation, heck the world, and not just Valkyrie riders (all bikes are warmly welcomed!) but anyone who enjoys beauty and is willing to help two great causes. AND THIS MAY BE YOUR LAST CHANCE TO RIDE THROUGH THE VALLEY AS THE NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE IS WORKING TO CLOSE THE PARK TO VEHICLES (see article) which is actually not a bad idea, but I know I want to ride Yosemite once more in my lifetime!
The fact that we’ll be riding magnificent Yosemite with other Valkyrie owners and with knowledgeable guides from the area makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity. Riding your Angel* through Heaven by day and gathering the Valkyries for cavorting, fellowship and swapping stories in the evenings. It don’t get better than this.
I am sure there are 100’s of Valkyrie owners from all over who will be delighted to ride their Valkyries through truly one of the most spectacular wonders of the world, Yosemite! Participation is limited so register early. Entrance to Yosemite Park which is now $20.00 (USA) per private, non-commercial vehicle for a 7-day stay.

Gettin Ready for the 210 mile – ALL DAY – Sierra Ride? Marty & Dave Did a Great Job on the Ride & the Map!

We’re Expecting a Big Crowd     Remember These Bikes?          Haven’t Forgotten The Great Ride, Have You?   Chicks In Chaps!

Extract from Daniel Meyers Life is a Road

The California high desert is an astounding place. Passing just to the west of Death Valley (the lowest elevation in the U.S.) and then climbing thousands of feet above sea level, the road showed us weeping vistas, rugged small towns, and great salt lakes. Huge mountain peaks above us to the west, and desert valleys far below us to the east created views that seemed to go on forever. On several occasions we would round a turn or crest a hill and the view over hundreds of miles of desert would make me gasp. It was a recipe for absolutely intoxicating riding. It was dark when we pulled into the hotel parking lot many hours later. I was surprised to find my hands shaking from exhaustion. It had only seemed like minutes.
We spent the next three days exploring the park and surrounding country from the saddles of our motorcycles. Winding roads, high passes, steep grades in one case, a published 26%–all kept us moving. Hundreds of miles of curves, granite outcroppings, sheer cliffs, and huge trees kept us looking. Hearty cooking from small town cafés and restaurants kept us nourished.
There is a grove of Sequoia trees here. The largest living things on the planet, they are another sight that is impossible to appreciate in pictures. The scale of these behemoths simply must be experienced to be understood.
Standing there, awed by the towering trees, I burst out laughing as a busload of tourists began unloading in the parking lot. Here, in the shadows of the mammoth grove, they were getting out of the bus and photographing the motorcycles in the parking lot. They hadn’t even noticed the trees. Perception colors experience, and there is a difference in how a place is perceived that is created by how the observer travels there.

All too soon my time in California came to an end. It was time for Steve and I to part ways. He needed to head home to Los Angles, and it was time for me to start finding my way back to Dallas. As we shook hands outside the hotel, preparing for our departure, he looked at me and asked, The short way or the long way.
I thought about the land between here and home. Hmmm, I’ve not seen Death Valley yet, and the Mojave Desert is just around the corner. Once more through Yosemite would be a welcome distraction too. Maybe I could squeeze all that in a day or so. Of course, time was running out, I had to be back at work soon. The long way now might mean a long, fast, and hard run the rest of the way home.
Ah well. The journey is the reward. I grinned and grasped his hand. The long way of course!
I’ll see you on the road.

My Blog Entry:

All I can say is “Wow!”
1200 miles of twisties in 4 days, and that doesn’t count the Los Angles freeway system!

Left Los Angles Thursday morning for Yosemite National Park. My friend and host Steve took me up the “back way”…an extra couple hundred miles…but well worth it for the 350 mile romp through the high desert, and then the climb into the pass in Yosemite (I’ll post pass names later…my brain is a bit fried).
We spent all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday banging through and around Yosemite. Amazing roads there, and gorgeous mountains. Oh yeah, of course, there are the BIG trees too. Unbelievable! (I’m pretty sure that particular forest is actually part of Texas…things are only supposed to be bigger in Texas!).
A personal note: TKAT…I’m not gonna make it over! Thought I could, but I’ve broken some stuff (and fixed some stuff) and damaged some other stuff…and now I’ve got a front tire acting up. Ah well…the fun of motorcycle trips. I’m only 1200 miles away from home or so…(she’ll make it).
Today…that’s TODAY alone…I ran through Yosemite (and the pass), and then through Death Valley. I have some strong impressions of both, but those will have to be written up later. From 9950 feet to 282 feet BELOW sea level in just a few hours. Temperatures ranged from about 44 degrees at the summit in the morning, to 114 in Death Valley this afternoon.
So, basically, I’m fried….oh, and I turned down the girl the motel room came equipped with (gotta love cheap motels) so I’m intensly lonely too.

Mikes1800 – a 2016 Impression
On the Valkyrie Interstate in Yosemite National Park, September 21, 2015. Riding down Wawona Rd through Yosemite Tunnel towards Yosemite Village. Tunnels are cool.

Death Valley Raid

Big Bikes in Blythe

I wouldn’t have met all of you if it had not been for getting in the VRCC. When I bought the Valk, I didn’t know anyone who had one, much less anything about the bike. I searched the net for Valk and stumbled on to the VRCC. I sat back, lurked for a while, and then joined in. I was treated to many great stories and a lot of advice from the “stars” of the board at that time…Lamonster, Dragbars, Mosa, Smilin Jack, Tennessee Iceman, TNT and JDubya, Speedie, and many, many others. I went to Daytona and met up with the group. What a thrill it was to meet all these people…and, what a treat it was to be accepted by other riders who I had never met. There ain’t nothing like the brotherhood of the group.

Later I went to Hotglue’s 5B’s BBQ and met more of the group. La. chapter was started, I met Jack in New Orleans and Anita and others. I have been treated to the wit of Sarge, the craziness of Craze, the hospitality of Hotglue, Lamonster, DB, TnIceman, Big Jon and the Razorback wife, Mosa and his parents (at Inzane), Smilin Jack, Hurricane, RescueRoy and his wife, Gary Williams and Connie, and many others I can’t think of……that’s the problem with getting old….speaking of old, can’t forget RJ…HA!

I met lifelong – best friends – Michael P, Beverly, RPBrown and Cheryl, and Trap in Helen. I’ve ridden to New Mexico with Michael P, and then to Sturgis in 2004 with the entire group. I have been blessed to meet and keep such great friends that are friends for life. Like Lamont, DB, Mosa, TnIceman, BigJon, and others who formed lifelong friendship, I too have formed lifelong friendships with all of you. I have been treated to “open house” from TNT and JDubya, ridden with Speedie and others from Tn.

For me, it’s not just the memories of where we all came from, but it is where we landed today. Anytime, anyplace, anything you need, I know I can count on all of my friends and riders. My memories are of the rides, the gatherings, and the longing to get some planned for 2005. I miss all of you and look forward to the rides next year.
So, what are we waiting on????????Let’s get some trips planned for 2005. Just think, in a couple of years the question will be “What are your best memories of the BBR

2004 – Blythe storyThe San Diego Ride to Blythe…

2004 – Moon Ride
This mooning of Amtrak is a 25 year tradition that we’ll participate in so shine up those (butts) bikes.

2005 – London Bridge Ride

Inland Empire Run – Make your own shirts

2006 – Beach Ride

Dave – South Coast Ride

First of all I want to say how great it was to see Terry and Janice today. Terry has a stroke a few years back and I can’t believe how well he is doing. I know he appreciated having lunch with us and all the good wishes from us. He has such a great laugh and still knows how to have fun.
22 bikes started out with us this morning with Phil and 2 of his friends meeting us at Hell’s Kitchen. He got the time wrong and thought we had left from Tom’s Farms when in fact we hadn’t even arrived yet. 2 new riders meet up with us. Sergio Meiron and Mike McIntee. It was great to see them and hope to see them in the future. 4 riders broke off early for personal commitments but it was nice to have them with us even it was for just a short time.
Joe’s Crab Shack took good care of us and the food was pretty good also. They have a nice view of the boats and Newport harbor. Greg R and Wayne helped with the 50/50 and wouldn’t you know it I was the big winner. It was a nice $70.00 pot. Thank you Terry for picking my winning ticket. He really got a kick out of it. For those of you who didn’t make this ride you missed another nice day and I hope to see you next month for the Ride to Death Valley. It will be a long one with some roads that I know I have never been on. I’m looking forward to it very much.

2008 – SoCal VRCC Rides Up the Central Coast Details

…………………it’s a long one but hopefully it won’t wear you out like it did Joe

SoCal VRCC Ride to Borrego Springs, CA 11-15-2014

San Diego Chapter

Archives 2004 – Inland Empire Run

Organized by Lynn & Mark and Donna & Joe

2004 – Big Bikes in Blythe III

Mr. & Mrs. Blythe & Carolyn & Michelle have pulled out all the stops for our adventure to Blythe!
With a catered lunch, dinner and riding in the middle you’re sure to have an adventure to remember!

The San Diego Ride to Blythe (long)


2012 Michael K (Az.) – Video ride report of the Salton Sea Loop Ride

2014 Greg Cremer
Riding down the Pacific Coast Highway on a motorcycle has been on my bucket list since I first rode it in the rain on a Yamaha 650 twin back in 1978. Well, fast forward to February 2014. The bike is a 6 cylinder Honda Valkyrie. Smoothest sport cruiser on the road. My brother and his wife and I took a trip down to Santa Barbara, CA from southern Idaho in February. We trailered the bikes to Sacramento (mainly because there was so much ice on the road and it was -17 outside). Then rode from Sacramento down, and then back up again on Coast highway 1. What an awesome trip! Enjoy!

2017 Magellon – San Francisco, Oakland, Concord, Sacramento, San Jose Valk’ers

BV Chapter – Bouvet Island

Wayback shows the first appearance in 2004 and last in 2013. Bouvet is a virtual brother chapter of SoCal and located at the most remote island in the world in the Antarctic.
Occasionally, the BV Chapter published a Captain Webb Memorial Swim on the message board.

There is a nice Inzane VI, Frisco CO Trip report published on the BV website with many pictures still online. Open the links to read the ‘to the point’ accompanying comments.

Bouvetoya Riding & Drinking Club would like to thank the Southern California Valkyrie Riders for making their first trip to the United States a success. InZane is the first motorcycle rally we’ve ever been to, and we are having a great time!
We wish to say a very special thanks to Dave Ritsema for joining us for dinner & making our First InZane a memorable one. In return, we invite all our SoCal Brothers and Sisters to our 5th Annual BVI VRCC Event

On the Road to InZane

Still On the Road to InZane

At InZane


Still at InZane

1000 Valk March & Dinner at InZane

On the Road back to BV Island

No Pics, just comments

Still On the Road back to BV Island

Fake pics

Alabama Chapter

State Director is Red Valk https://web.archive.org/web/20010506030051/http://www.hamsnet.net:80/k4tk/

27 May 2001 website with active links to State areas:     https://web.archive.org/web/20010527033808/http://www.valkyrieriders.com:80/al/bama.htm

Birmingham    – Area Rep Rex                                                         https://web.archive.org/web/20040519150733/http://www.valkyrieriders.com:80/al/bham.htm
Dothan             – Area Rep Kurt
Huntsville       – Area Rep SIX-GUNS RIDER (John Froberg) https://web.archive.org/web/20020822132832/http://www.valkyrieriders.com:80/al/hunts.htm
Mobile             – Area Rep Sundownkid (Melvin)                         https://web.archive.org/web/20011007141414/http://www.valkyrieriders.com:80/al/mobile.htm
Montgomery – Area Rep REDVALK                                              https://web.archive.org/web/20011007142616/http://www.valkyrieriders.com:80/al/mont.htm

I fell into riding with the AL bunch on a spur of the moment whim… back in ’99. Yep, I just showed up unannounced at one of their local rides, then rode with a couple of them the next day up to Cheaha (my first time up there).
That’s where Tim RedValk shared his idea of starting an annual event ride to that place, and the rest is history… In a round about way, that weekend is largely responsible for subsequent events that lead to my living in Wetumpka for seven years!

…..greetings from Wetumpka (just north of Montgomery). I’m afraid if you’re looking for a ‘group’ to hang with, you’ll likely be disappointed… There hasn’t been anything ‘organized’ for a couple of years now, and nothing seems to be indicating there will be. Lots of reasons for that, the primary one being there simply aren’t a lot of Valks concentrated in one area.
We’re scattered all around, though, and for a reason (meal, over-night ride, long weekend excursion, etc.), I’m sure several of us would be inclined to meet up. The point has been made that there are lots of things to see and explore in our state (and in the adjoining states, as well), and that is certainly true. Our area is rich in history and natural wonders, and there is much to stimulate adventurers and the curious.
If you are free to ride most of the time, let me suggest you start up some conversations on the board, perhaps even toss out an idea of your own regarding where you might like to ride or what you might want to see.
You could even just pick a town and/or a restaurant and announce when you’ll be there… Then, see who shows up!
Meeting up with SmokinJoe on his ride would be an outstanding way to meet some of the more colorful and interesting characters in the Southeastern US (possibly even a Yankee or two), and I assure you that you would be glad you did… I’ll be there too, so we can talk more, if you’d like…

2001 pic of Gary Williams – links/pics go back to 1999

My first post since moving to AL. over the weekend took an 800 mile trip to Cherokee, Gatlinburg, Pigeaon Forge, Deals Gap and the Cherohola Parkway. Great Ride only got rained once.

To be honest….between the BBR, the VRCC, the Southern Cruisers, the Rune group…..and yes, even to a certain extent, even my early days with the VOA….I have so many fond memories I wouldn’t know where to start.
I’ve been to every InZane…worked on the Staff lately (and enjoyed the heck out of that)…been to many Hoots and Daytonas over the years where I have met up with so many of you I can’t mention all of ya’.
Now I can be hanging out at just about any major rally…just hanging out on Main St….and folks i know will come by and say hi. that’s GREAT!!!!
But Ii actually think I have even more fun at the smaller rallies (by both the VRCC and the other groups). The Helens, the Panama City Beach rally, the Cheaha rally i put on, the first BBR rally in Ashville. I really like going to those smaller regional rallies….cause it seems like you get to do much more face time with more people. I like that. At bigger rallies, it seems like folks kind of pair off into groups of folks they know and hang out. When the rally is say more like 100 folks or so….seems like everybody just kind of acts like one big happy family!

I just know over the years….thru ALL these organizations…I’ve met some mighty fine folks…and have been fortunate enough to gain a lot of life long friends.

2001 – Ride to Panama City Beach, FL

2008 Craig Adrien – Valkyries ride Talladega
Nice video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYNkye9n6W8

Daniel Meyer in Life is a Road
At the Cheaha Mountain Ride in… well, RedValk had a treat for us. He arranged for us to tour the Talladega Speedway…and by “tour” I mean, run laps. Yeah, okay, they didn’t let us really open ’em up…it was three laps and they kept us under 100mph (for the most part). They didn’t want us on the high banks on the corners seeing as how we’re “untrained”…but nevertheless…whipping that big Valkyrie around the superspeedway was a really cool experience.

There’s a couple thousand miles worth of running to get there and back again, as well as the outstanding Cheaha Mountain event itself…but those are other stories…

Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club (VRCC)
Alabama Chapt
April 22 – April 24, 2005
At Cheaha State Park

We will have dinner on top at the restaurant for those that want to watch the sunset Friday night. Immediately after we will have a dessert social and fire in the Pavilion (Pavilion #1) (bring your adult beverages!). Saturday we will have a breakfast buffet at 0830 up top, followed by a group ride starting at about 1000. The group ride will be about 175-185 miles and will include a stop for lunch at Sinclairs on beautiful Lake Martin. After the ride we will have a FREE cookout starting at about 500-530 PM, followed by FREE door prize drawings, followed by either a band playing or DJ from 7-11 PM. During the band/DJ…. there will be a 50/50 drawing. Make your reservations now by calling 1-800-846-2654, as space is limited. This year we will again have the VRCC CAT Store (Valkyrie clothing and related items) producing a rally shirt available for sale!

If you need directions to Cheaha State Park e-mail to Tim (REDVALK) at the email address below.
All bikers are welcome to attend this event (though it is mainly a Valkyrie event)

2007 – Cheaha Rally Videos by Strider1520
Day 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJNxuKXVx-k
Day 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KomxOn1pVcw
Day 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnoYrgEZ13M ……nice Outlaws tune
Day 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUO2RVe0yCY

Scott’s Pics

Stanley Beasley’s Talladega vids by Stanley Beasley

First, thanks to Blinker Buddy….we got the units…and they’ll make GREAT prizes!
Now….on with Cheaha updates. 120 registered….14 states and Canada.
the shirt cutoff for ordering is 15 April …that’s just a few days away! we’ll put all the order for shirts in THIS week….so…. Git-R-Done…….
Now for some updated info from our Scouting trip this last weekend.

1. it was a typical Cheaha APRIL experience (and why we moved Cheaha back into May last year…like the good old days!). You guys know the drill…. SEVERE storms moving thru the mountain and that part of Bama ALL Friday evening! Sirens going off…. hail…high wind…. when hail starting getting pretty big…we went in and looked at TV…and bingo, they were showing video of a TORNADO…up on CHEAHA. we recognized from the video…the tornado was going over the radio tower…about half a mile from our Chalet!!!! that’s a bit close………. Dropped down into the high 30s Saturday night…. we HAD to have fires both nights. But then……….we aren’t going in April. But I thought I’d bring back some memories for you Cheaha veterans!

2. Then, something funny happened. Some guys on BMWs and sport bikes…about 6 or 7 of them…were staying at the chalet right across from us. they heard us ride up on the Valks…and a couple of them came over to talk. They asked us if we were going to be up on Cheaha ….”for the big Valk thing”…. the first weekend of May? We said “yep”. They said…..man, we wish we knew who was putting that thing on. I said “you’re looking at him!”. then …the funny part. They said how the heck did you block off the WHOLE mountain? They belong to some group of riders…and they waited until the race dates were posted at Barbers…and as SOON as they got posted…THEY….TRIED…to get all the rooms up on the mountain top. but “some Valkyrie group” already had em all! they wanted to know how we got em’, how we put on the event, on and on. They basically picked my brain for quite some time…trying to figure out how their group could put something on up top. I of course invited them to join us!
Don’t know if any of them will, but I just thought it was kind of funny how they wanted to know if WE KNEW…who those Valk folks were that “hogged all the mountain top” during race weekend. And… they also commented, that “those Valks sure do have a distinct, cool sound” when they’re running up and down the mountain

3. As for Barbers….EACH REGISTRATION PACKET…will include a map of the Barbers grounds for race day info. It includes the Tram pick up points (from the sound of things, we’re going to want to park our bikes…and ride the Tram…the day of the event…. but you can ride your bike around the perimeter…. but you’ll be competing with the traffic of about 30,000 folks….and all those Trams stopping at about 10 pickup points along the way!). The map also shows other details and location of things.

4. THOSE GOING TO THE RACE…you need to have your RACE TICKET…available….cause the group ride will terminate with a left turn on Barber property…taking us right to the gate. to speed up the process of getting thru the gate…you NEED THAT TICKET! Once in the ‘park’, we’ll go to the Expo area…. where the Fan Zone and vendors and Honda exhibit are. We’ll be parking right near the Honda exhibit…in the Fan Zone/Expo…..and there will be a sign that says “VRCC”…. just for us! another thing,
I recommend bringing a kickstand “foot”…as it looks like some of us will be parking in the grass.

5. those going to the MUSEUM….you’ll have special parking too…with a sign that again says “VRCC”. You guys are parking in the parking lot….so no kick stand “foot” is needed. all you need is your CHEAHA DISCOUNT COUPON…which will be in your registration packet. It gets you 20% off your museum ticket. there will be ONE food vendor in the museum. (there will be NUMEROUS food vendors in the race area…as well as motorcycle vendors…. but you need a race ticket of course).
6. Make sure you get in the right group…race or museum. First two groups…. are me then Sherry…and ARE RACE groups. Third group is Santa/Tom…yet to be determined if it will be a race group or museum group…depends on how many tickets we sell. Fourth group IS a MUSEUM group, led by BamaJack.

7. Bass Pro is right next door and has an excellent sandwich shop inside it …if you prefer to eat OFF SITE.

8. If we sell out of discounted race tickets (they are $25…verses $40 at the gate) …we can PROBABLY get more if needed. Don’t worry about ticket availability. (but we MUST sell out the 100 tickets we already have…if you don’t get one Friday…and you show up at the gate…and WE DON’T SELL OUT THE 100…you won’t be allowed to get one for $25 at the gate…it will cost ya’ $40. GET YOURS UP TOP………..for $25)

9. They also have Paddock tickets you can get…if you want to be RIGHT THERE…in with the pit crew. that’s extra…. but I know of some who are doing that! (you can get those on site from the race folks).
Shirt cutoff is 15 April…..THIS WEDNESDAY. the order goes in THIS week. we won’t get any extras….so…GIT-R-DONE!!!!!!! And get those registration fees in too!!!!!!! you know the drill……..$15 per person….don’t delay….if you haven’t sent in the $15 and you are registered….better….Git-R-Done!!!!

2009 – Arrival video at Cheaha by hubcapsc

Cheaha is my favorite event of the year. The riding is great, the festivities are great, the food is exceptional and the company is without equal.

2010 – 01interstate – Cheaha 2010 ride through rural Alabama

Videos by 01interstate

Diesel Valk What a Valk sounds like running on diesel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUby79sGx_c
Diesel stop Draining the tank on a Valk filled with diesel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFh-75XzJJ0
Riding up the mountain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5WkZm1RQ-0
Road at top of the mountain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bbw9ukBg8Y
Riding at top of the mountain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0GyZ5R7SeM
Crossing bridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTXPgLdW_vc
Back of Pack This is after the group got temporarily split due to pulling out from a gas stop. 18 bikes total in the whole group.

ChrisJ CMA
Queen Dinky and I rolled in home at 12 noon. Not one drop of rain the whole trip…that’s the ride up, the whole Cheaha and the ride home. Never has happened before. I hope all the rest of youse guys and gals have a safe and easy ride home like we did. The trip was great, food was the BOM riding was good and I got to carve some twisties with Willow. It’s all about the people at Cheaha

2011 – 11th Annual Cheaha Mountain Rally With over 50 registered participants

2013 hubcapsp

I look at this again every so often, it always makes me smile… the King of the Hill part and
the way it ends with so many different colored Valkyries all lined up….
I went to the last two Cheaha’s where we had the lodge… I never win anything, but I bought a
bunch of tickets and won all the Big Mike chrome the first year, and a Rattlebars radiator cover
the second year, plus the Daniel Meyer compendium book, a neck cover, a Red and White Valkyrie
model, and I don’t remember what else…

Apart from all the great people I met at various Cheaha’s; doing 135 on the back straight at Talladega and being overtaken by Coot will make me grin every time I think of it.
That and pulling onto I20 being followed by Coot on his Connie 14 and Sam on his older Suzuki GS 1000. Giving the ST some gas, looking down at the speedo and seeing the needle flick by 115. OOPS! Still in the moment I guess.
Then of course there’s the weather. Ah the weather. Having to block the entrances to the cook out building with the picnic tables to try and stem the rainfall slicing thru the air.
Oh yeah, and the black-haired woman with cowboy hat who showed us how to really use a stripper pole. Lotsa tongues draggin on the floor and husbands checking it out with their peripheral vision.

The Cheaha Rally is now dead! After 11 years, the event is no longer being held. We had a good run, including a LIVE BAND up top in 2010, running the Talladega track for 3 laps, several visits to Barbers Museum, and many great rides, dinners, DJs, and parties up top of the mountain!

Kansas Chapter

State Rep is Whistler


A good reason to live in Kansas. You’ve got the chance to go any direction at about the same distance.
Got to keep an eye on those twisters, though.

2007 Willow – Kansas Dragons to the Sea (long)

2011 Whistler
The wrench party did get changed till after November 1st due to a conflicting event at the proposed location. Not sure of the exact date yet, but I am sure Joe will chime in and get it set soon. Joe Studebaker is our state go to guy about our Valks, pretty good wrench who loves these machines and working on them. You’ll find the VRCC is a family who are all willing to help with projects and problems, country wide and internationally too! You found us so I am assuming you have found the tech board as well, a great resource for anything Valkyrie related.

This Kansas board is new and in its first few weeks of operation so we are learning here too. We also have a face book page called the Kansas Valkyrie Riders if you’re so inclined. Guys and Gals are stilling learning about this board.

I am in North Newton we have several riders around the Wichita area. There are several in the El Dorado area, Augusta, etc. I will let them intro themselves. I work a 24/7 job that has me in and out and all kinds of weird hours and no schedule, but I try to keep up with the boards when I can and meet up with riders and rides when I can. The Kansas group is a growing fun bunch and I am sure you will find it the same as well. We try to get together when we can and that is the best way to meet a lot of us, just show up. We will try and post rides, eat and meets, whenever they happen. We love out of the way, hole in the wall type places, so if you have one set a date and give us directions. We are not real formal, although we are trying to get a bit more organized, we usually start out by talking about riding and then doing it.

Nov 2011 Ride
John it was good to see ya! I glad you were able to make it especially having to leave so early to get south here, but it was worth it. Dana pegged it when he said the best chicken fried steak around, it was awesome. A real “Daniel Meyer” kind of place!
We had a great group Wayne and Marlin, William, David, Gary and Ginger, John, Cyndi and I, all led on a nice ride by Dana. After we waddled out of the 160 Cafe we rolled down to Dexter and the Henry Candy Factory.
They weren’t making candy, but they had a bunch on the shelves. Wayne, Hoser, and Marlin left us after eating. Dana, Gary, and Ginger took off after the candy factory. David, William, Cyndi and I all rode the Grouse Creek road, up and back from Dexter. It was fun and pretty. We met some other bikers that were riding as well and they said we should come back in spring when everything is green. Told us this was voted the #1 ride in Kansas, I had not heard that but I could see why.
The last of us split up at Winfield and went our separate ways. All in all, a great day to ride, great roads, great friends, great food, and everyone went home safely what more could you ask for.

2012 Whistler
I have accepted the Kansas Representative’s job from Valkhound, Dana McCoy. Joe Studebaker had expressed interest as well, but with everything he has going right now, declined it at this time. We, Joe and I, have discussed maybe changing this to a term limit type position to let everyone have a shot at it and keep fresh blood and ideas flowing. For now, I will do it unless there is some opposition to it. I have a lot of ideas, but I want your ideas as well. This will not be a dictatorship, well at least to start.
My first order of business is I would like to get a contact list together of the Kansas Riders. I am looking for names, handles, addresses, phone numbers, email, etc. I will make a contact list and send it to those on the list only, in other words if I don’t have your info I’m not giving you anyone else’s. That sounds bad doesn’t, hopefully you understand what I am doing here. Please be respectful of everyone’s privacy and don’t give out anyone’s info unless you have their permission. Also if you have a cycle trailer, shop, etc. in case someone travelling needs help and you’re willing to assist if you can, make a note of that as well. Send this to jdwhistler@hotmail.com please.

Another thing I want to try and get established is a monthly meeting. You can ride to it, drive your minivan, or walk in. This is just an opportunity to get together socially and catch up, plan some rides, maybe work on some projects, or something. It will never be mandatory to attend, if you can great, if you can’t try next time. I am putting up a poll thread for this and will have it up for a week, so be sure to vote, majority rules!
I will stop there for now. I have been thinking about this for some time so I have lots of things to throw at ya, but I think this is enough to get started with. If you don’t have my cell number email me I will get it to you.

2013 – Hoser
The weather has broke, I’ve done two lunches with two different Romeo lunches. Gonna do the SE group tomorrow, did Central today, Eastern group yesterday. Anybody got some spare gas and lunch money? Should total 400-500 miles by tomorrow evening. Here are some random pics from today and in the past.

21st FFR (Friends, Food and Riding)
Whistler is in the house! What a great day for riding clear skies, mild temperatures, light wind, and great people to share it with! The day started for me meeting Dale and Alina just down the road from the house. A quick hi nice to meet you lets ride!
Over to El Dorado to meet up with Gene and Dawn who were patiently waiting for us, then came Larry and Marsha, with Kenny not far behind. Intro’s all around, a quick safety chat, and then we let Kenny lead us, on six Valkyries, on a very pleasant, easy going, stress relieving ride through the Kansas country side. Man, I so needed this!!

A short break at Strong City with a little tire kicking. We stopped outside the Casey’s who was baking fresh rolls. It was too much for Larry who had to indulge in a fresh pastry! I was good and did not partake, awesome will power at work here I might add, but I had to keep my eye on the ball, LUNCH! Kenny says you mind if we go by the historic courthouse? Nope, not as long as we are not late to lunch! I don’t care where we go! A guy has to have priorities don’t you know!

We pulled into Emporia and followed Dave to the Casa, who turned the corner right in front of us coming from the other direction. More intro’s while a table is being set up to hold us. Just as we sit down Lori, Carl and Kaden show up, followed by Ginger and Gary! What an awesome turn out. The staff did an excellent job getting us taken care of. The food was plentiful and good. I muttered to myself all the way home “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing”. It was a great meal and conversation all around. Carl was gonna table dance for us but Lori put the brakes on that!! LOL! It was good to see Carl and see him in the wind again! Folks started trickling out here and there, off for other important engagements. Goodbyes and come agains were heard all around.

Dawn, Gene, and I took an easy ride back east on 50 and made a quick stop to check out the prairie grass preserve just north of 50 on 177. Kinda of neat, you could spend a bit of time there wandering around the trails, etc. We then continued on to Cassody where we stopped for a cool drink, thanks again Gene! We took a county road west out of Cassody that leads straight to Newton. Just a nice ride through the green countryside.
At Newton I bid Dawn and Gene a goodbye as they went south to the big city and I went north a few miles to home.
It was a great day, with great friends, both old and new. We missed many who couldn’t make it and look forward to doing it again, hopefully sooner than later!

2014 Whistler – Weekend Ride

Well, we had a great weekend with friends, fun, and of course food! Cyndi and I arrived at Midland Railroad Hotel in Wilson about 15:30. Huh, we weren’t expecting to get there till about 16:00 to 16:30, but that darn throttle just kept creeping backward the closer we got. Well so much for the easy cruise up! We checked in and decided to explore the town. It has changed quite a bit since we were there last. We did find a great old fashion soda shop to quench our thirst.

Dave and Pam arrived a bit later, after we got them settled in and a short discussion, it was decided we were it, so………..Let’s eat! The Midland has a nice little bar/hospitality room in the basement. It just occurred to me that we spent a lot of time in basements this weekend! So, while we caught up and were enjoying our salads in pops Lori and Carl, surprise! It was a pretty good meal and the waitress was kept hopping!
After a small walk it was of course, Ice Cream time, back to the soda shop! We had a good time with the staff and enjoyed homemade waffle cones/bowls and ice cream. Once the cracks were filled it was back to the Hotel where Pam and Dave introduced us to the “Mexican Train”. About 11 it was determined we ought to get some sleep, someone has kickstands up scheduled for 8 a.m., WHAT!

Saturday we woke up to cool cloudy skies, jackets and chaps in July? Really! Dalen and Jeremy, on his super sharp 1100 Blue Shadow, arrived around 7:30ish. Introductions and tire kicking began and someone said a lie was told, but it has not been proven yet! Fuel up and we are off!
We had a very strenuous ride by Wilson Lake, across the Dam and into Lucas! Someone in the planning department neglected to see what time the city of Lucas opened, huh! So, our 9:00 arrival time found everything shuttered and quiet! Well, almost.
We were given a grand tour of the city’s Public toilet, and it was impressive! Lots of creativity. Not sure who gave us the tour, but he was sure knowledgeable and informative.

The manager of the Flying Pig Art Museum is walking around fresh out of bed looking for coffee. So I ask, what time do you open? Eleven, um that’s problematic. It must have been the “Oh” as he said, are you wanting to see it? Yep we were, well come on in! What a neat place. Small town America you have to love it.
Off to the Butcher Shop for free samples of some awesome sausages and cheeses. It was great fun watching Carl trying to City Slicker the Country Hick owner! The owner wins, it was great fun! This business is 92 years old, third generation, very cool and worth the trip.
Went to another Museum and seen some really interesting handcrafted art, made out of everything from recyclables to pop tabs, including a motorcycle. A wooden farm scene where everything moved was very cool.

We finished the Lucas tour with a stop at the Garden of Eden, another example of being slightly off center! It is truly a unique formation of concrete and recycled items, built before it was popular to do so!
We had decided to skip the Cathedral on the Plains at Victoria, so there would be no rushing through Lucas. I truly wanted this to be a relaxing social event. The only thing really on a schedule was a tour in Ellinwood at 3 pm.
So off to Russell and Meridy’s a very well know establishment in this part of the country. Most of us had the traditional Chicken Fried Steak. It was pretty good, we have had better, but we have had a lot worse for sure. Once everyone was full it was off to Ellinwood.
We rode to Ellinwood via a cruise through Hoisington, passed Barton County Community College, and into the back way of Ellinwood. Ellinwood has a yearly “After Harvest Festival” with a parade, etc. We arrived after most of the activity, but still had time to get “eyeballed” by the Kansas Sidewinders Chapter, who has a clubhouse downtown.
We were here to tour the underground city, which we did! It was very interesting and informative. Carl even came close to getting a haircut and shave with the cut one, pull three clippers. He passed at the last minute! I do think he was seriously considering the 5-cent bath though.

After the tour it was off to Ellsworth, past Claflin and into Holyrood for a fuel stop. It was determined we were way ahead of our 6:30 dinner reservation, so we changed directions and headed back to Wilson, via the county roads! When we got to Wilson, Dalen and Jeremy went to get Shay so she could at least have dinner with us.

After a short respite we headed for Ellsworth to the underground, back alley entrance that you would expect for a place called “Pretty Boy Floyd’s”! The decoration was neat and the food was great, from Alligator to Rib eyes, it was all good. Great conversation, great food, and great fun! No dessert again, man these meals were awesome.

We bid Shay and Dalen goodbye, Jeremy passed on the return trip so we did not get to say bye to him, but he is welcome anytime we ride. Enjoyed meeting you Jeremy! A quick ride back to Wilson got us there right at closing time for the Soda Shop. Despite mine and Dave’s best efforts at begging in the front window at the cleanup crew we could not convince them to let us in! Well maybe it wasn’t such a great place after all. No, it was pretty awesome.

Back to the Hotel for the finish of the Mexican Train and a midnight turn in. It was a great day.
Sunday brought the dreaded goodbye depression. Carl and Lori headed for the big city. Dave and Pam followed Cyndi and I to McPherson,
where I got called to work (really) and we lost Dave and Pam somewhere around a Braum’s!
Cyndi and I hit the interstate and flew home. I unloaded the bike and changed clothes, grabbed my bags and off to my 12-hour train job, ugh. It was a great weekend, very relaxing, and very enjoyable. Now back to the grind!

Illinois Chapter

The Illinois Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club is divided into the Southern Chapter, Fox Valley Chapter and The Greater Chicago Land VRCC.

Initial Chapter Reps

Greater Chicagoland Area  – Terry aka “TLVALK/TAZMAN” #978
Southern Illinois Area         – Bill aka “Highlander” #4638
Fox Valley Area                    – John aka “John” #7229

Southern Illinois Chapter


Higlander observation
A 30 year quest for the ultimate motorcycle. …The phrase instituted by Honda many years ago could be said to be the spirit of The Valkyrie Riders and Cruiser Club.
The nicest people in the world are Valkyrie Riders.

Baraboo Too……When The Rain Made You a MAN by TLValk


2000 Greater Illinois Valk Round-Up Pics – Great Time Was Had By All……Time Was Just To Short

Fox Valley Riders

We started out as a gaggle of Valkyrie riders in the Fox Valley area of North-Central Illinois. The group was formed, in November 2000, to allow us a simple and fun way to get together for rides, meetings, and other types of fun. We consider ourselves somewhat informal, although we did become a chapter of the VRCC (Valkyrie Riders Cruisers Club) in January of 2001.
During 2002 and early 2003 a number of members traded in the ‘ole reliable Valk for other bikes. At the same time we had an increasing number of non Valks showing up and discussed a name change. At that time we picked up Fox Valley Riders by simply dropping the Valk part. We are, and always have been, open to riders of all types, kinds, ages and sexes.

Read more about the FVR at their 2004 active website https://web.archive.org/web/20041203045721/http://foxvalk.org:80/

Steve Morgan formally known as Cond

Well let me see. When I bought my 1st Valk in 2000 the 1st thing I did was do a search on the INTERNET to see what info I could find out on the bike I just bought. I found the VRCC site and also the VOAi, joined up on both right away. Through the VRCC I found out a wealth of info right away,and still do. I also got my 1st let down as I learned the Valk was being discontinued.
During the spring of 2001 I was getting ready to attend a Fire Convention in Indy and sent an e-mail to Sarge and had a few phone calls with him in reference to info on the area, found out that we both shared the same ideals on life. When the BBR first started he was the 1 who sent me the invite to join up.
Now shoot ahead a little, I saw a message posted by RJ & Dave Ritesema about a Power Tour that RJ was doing and that he was supposed to be in the South Bend area. I had been wanting to meet some of the VRCC members and got involved in the tread, well Dave invited me to his house, not knowing anything about me, had a small BBQ in his back yard. Unfortunately RJ ran into problems and wasn’t able to make it so I didn’t get a chance to meet him until last year at INZANE IV.
Now we move to the 1st Asheville meet. My plans were to ride from Illinois to somewhere around Lamont’s, sent him an e-mail about somewhere to stay and he told me that I could just stay at his place, again he had no ideal about me but was going to open up his home. Unfortunately my plans got canceled and I wasn’t able to go.
I do get down in the dumps with the VRCC at times due to the various attacks that still go on, ( I wish the differences could be put to rest) but for the most part I have made a lot of cyber friends there and here.
Now we shoot to the recent past and INZANE IV this was my 1st motorcycle rally that I have attended, there I was finally able to meet face to face a lot of the people I have talked to, met RJ, Sarge, Rat Dog, Oz and his wife, TNT and husband, f6gal and a lot more so sorry if I didn’t mention your name. This also being the 1st for my wife also, she has never really been into motorcycles, and was Leary about going, she had a great time (so much so that we are going down earlier next year)
But above all the best thing about both the VRCC and BBR is when someone has a problem everyone jumps in to do what they can to help, (re: When Badnuff had his accident and the recent passing of Botman Nick)
Sorry if this was long, but I could go on, so I will leave it at this.

Valhalla Trail Ride


My greatest VRCC moment was going to the Honda Hoot in 2000. I had been lurking on the VRCC board for about a year and decided to try the Valkyrie. It was a Tuesday. I test rode the Valkyrie, for about two hours, and bought it the moment I got back to the dealers. I joined the VRCC that night. The next morning I took the Valkyrie in for the 600 mile check before leaving for the Honda Hoot. I had found a someone looking for a roomie at the hoot on the VRCC site, Ray Pilot. Did not know him, never met him, just said heck yes, he rides a Valkyrie. I was going because I had heard some guy named Lamonster would be there. I also met Dragbars, Mosa, Hoosier Daddy, Chris and Hal, and put many faces to the names on the board. I also got a Lamonster T-Shirt, still have it, always will. As the result of this meeting, I decided to become the Southern Illinois Rep. I had always ridden alone before Lamont came along, because Lamont was the VRCC to me. I learned so much from everyone, and as a result, formed a close group of riders in our area. We ride at least once every weekend, every month of the year. None of this would have happened if I had not gone to meet the humble man we all call our friend Lamonster.
By-the-way, recently, I received a package in the mail. Since Lamonster is now the proud owner and rider of a Boss Hoss and does not own a valkyrie anymore, he decided to send me something. I was more than surprised to find his vest, his VRCC vest, in the package. He knows that I love the Valkyrie, and do not plan to change bikes, so he sent it to me. Words cannot express the way I felt. I rode all over Southern Illinos to see my friends in the “new” vest. I must admit that even as I write this I get a lump in my throat, and a tear in my eye. Lamont is perhaps the most generous person I have ever met. He is always there for advice, technical details, a call to someone in the hospital to lift their spirits, and just the best friend anyone could ever have. Those who ride with him, and join this forum know this as well as anyone. We are all of the same spirit. If you do not believe it, let any one of us need a friend, and everyone is there for us. I owe him more than he will ever know. You will always be #1 in my book my friend.

2008 Valhalla Voyage – Iowa to Illinois to Indiana handoff

2016 Chris Bodnicky – Great gathering in southern Illinois

2017 Patrick Russell – Facebook discussion about riding in Illinois
Just got back from a 3-day Ozark Ride (Pig Trail, Arkansas Dragon). Completely spoiled me because I live in Illinois where roads are generally flat and straight.

Iowa Valkyrie Riders
Info Page https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/iowavalkyrieriders/info

Initial State Rep in 2003 was the late R J (Russ) aka “RJ # 173

Present State Rep is Robert. He is looking for a replacement in 2018.

Take a look at the very nice Iowa picture albums, starting in 2001

Rich’s June 2001 Trip

2003 Albertson


2004 Baraboo

2006 – Elk Horn Ride


2007 – Brad’s Ride

Let’s see here. I bought the Valk in late 1996, rode it 7,000 miles in 2 1/2 months and put it away for the Winter.
Got it out in March and went to Daytona. Met up with Dragbars, Smilin Jack, Lamont, Earthdog, Warren in Atlanta, and a whole bunch of others…….
Went back home, rode a bunch of miles that summer, like 48 to 50,000, which included Sturgis. Now this is where it is sticky. I don’t remember if it was this year or the next one I met up with LaMont again in South Dakota, he was a doing Trigger Wheels in Custer. I tried to assist him on one but I was more in the way than helpful. He had it down to a short procedure.

It had to of been the 2nd year as I had 113,000 miles on the Valk and he was amazed. Told him I was retired and on the road about 3 1/2 weeks out of every month. Only came home to get more $$$ and stay for a couple of days before leaving again.
That was the year I made 4 round trips from my house to the West Coast and 2 round trips to the East Coast on MGM. One of those trips was my 2nd time around on the 4 corners. Did the 1st 4 corners on a Wing when I retired in June 96.
Wore out 2 sets of Bushtec Trailer tires during this summer bunch of runs.

Somewhere in there, Vicki (TNT) met me in Mississippi at the Casino when we stopped there on Hot Rod Power Tour. I had the Trike. She rode down from Memphis to meet me and JDubya showed up later.
We all had a good feed, conversation and etc. Don’t remember if I made any $$$ on the slots or not, I think I did.
I attended one of Vicki and Jim’s BBQ’s, met TJ, Danny, Little Jon and LeAnn, TN Iceman, Mosa, mamasue, Inky and a bunch more I have forgotten. Old age and the forgetter isn’t retaining stuff in memory any more like it used to.

Went to Hotglue’s BBQ after I met him and Flamingo Babe up in Wisconsin at the VOAi Rally. I met JeffK, JoK and some others at Hotglue’s.
Went to Bakersfield Bash and met Master Blaster, Physco, and renewed my acquittance with f6gal. Met 2ftAGL and Katy when we hauled Physco’s bike to Phoenix after he wrecked it.
Met Sonny in Lemoore, Rudd, Mark & Lynn, Dennis, Tammy and their girls, also. Saw Sue & George again, Met Sue on Hot Rod Power tour in Bakersfield the year before.

At InZane I met a bunch of hoodlums, LOL, and struck up some good friendships. Sarge out of Indianapolis, I met him after he gave me assistance on locating some trailer tires and a wheel……
Met Doc Moofsa, Hoosier Daddy, Shooter and some others at InZane.
I sure hope I got all the first time meeting places right. Nape came up to me an introduced himself at InZane at Denny’s one morning.
Met Hal and Chris that same year….. Also met that other Canuck with the Black/Silver flamed Tourer, Steve & Jen. eh.
Well to you I have failed to list, again my forgetter has forgotten more than most people has remembered. So I’ll apoligize for it now. I know I have left out a bunch of people.

2008 – 1st Annual Iowa Ride In



Iowa Monthly Rides 2013

#1. May 18, 2013 – Randy and Debbie Heath the road Captain.

#2. June 22, 2013 – Kevin & Jody Smith.

#3. July is InZane @ LaCrosse, WI.

#4. August (date open) – Iowa State Rep and his better 1/2.

#5. September 7, 2013 – Mike and Robin Harvey.

2013 – Club Ride to Missouri by ksmith50229

Thanks to those who were able to join us today. (Rob & Terri, Fuzzy & Eve, Brad, and 2 extras from the Atlantic area whose names I can’t remember~sorry!) The weather cooperated, but we had a heck of a tail wind on the way home.
We wound our way down to Bethany and had lunch at Toot Toot’s yummy buffet. We then split off at different spots to head home. We ended up coming home by way of hwy 69 and having fond memories of Frank Flickinger (especially the arguing he engaged in with RJ!!) as we came through Osceola. Brad headed on to Ankeny and Kevin and I swung by Route 65 HD Shop in Indianola to see if our oldest son was done with work and wanted to stop at Dairy Queen with us.
He is their detail kid, aka: shop rat, grunt help, gopher, wash & wax boy. They don’t seem to care that he rides a Kawasaki KLR650 and we don’t seem to mind that he has a full time job!!

Hope to see some of you that couldn’t make it this time later this summer!
Mike & Robin…we missed you today. Sending you thoughts and prayers as you deal with this bump in the road. Take care.

Rest In Peace

Russ “R.J.” Bullard passed away at his home Thursday, November 26, 2015. Russ was born in Panora, Iowa to James and Alice Bullard.

He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for three years, during which time he earned two Purple Hearts. Russ retired in 1996 from the State of Iowa. He had a passion for motorcycles and riding his Honda Valkyrie. Russ enjoyed charity poker runs with his son, Rex and visiting 48 of the 50 states with his daughter, Valarie on his motorcycle. He also loved attending the sporting events of grandsons, Austin and Noah and dance recitals of granddaughters, Meghan and Addison.
Russ was a member of the American Legion, American Legion Riders, VFW, AMA, VRCC and various other motorcycle enthusiast clubs.

Russ is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Bev; children, Valarie Meyer, Rex (Amber) Bullard and Debbie Shepard; several grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project in loving memory of Russ.
A memorial service will be held, Noon, Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. Visitation will occur one hour prior to the service. A burial will occur at a later date at Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery.

2018 – RJC TJC
I was wondering if anyone was interested in being the state rep for Iowa? I will try to do things if there are no takers. The State Rep is not a hard job. Just try to plan some rides and some winter get togethers with help from others in the club.
Yes some will not be happy with the way you do things but most will. You just have to remember you cannot please everyone just do the best you can. We would like this to be our last year to be the State Rep.
We have had a great time meeting and making new friends.

Iowa Riders at Deals Gap Just got over the bridge into Nebraska before they closed it on the way home. Bit damp on the mighty Moe.

Pics from Hoser

Louisiana Chapter
http://www.valkyrieriders.com/la/index2.htm and https://web.archive.org/web/20040817073039/http://www.valkyrieriders.com:80/la/

Registered logo by Cat Specialties*

Our goal is to have the best and most active VRCC State Chapter in the U.S.A.!

In 2002, LA State Rep was Kerry aka “Rockin'” #5632

Area Reps
Jack Guenther                                                    – New Orleans soon changed to Southeast Louisiana
Dennis aka “Grunt of New Orleans” #7130 – Kenner, later Delta Area
Dusty Rhoads                                                    – Lafayette, later Southwest Louisiana

In 2004, two additional Area Reps joined the team
Bruce Pincock     – North Louisiana
Neal Boudreaux – Capitol Area

In 2003, the Louisiana Chapter consisted of 360 Riders



I wouldn’t have met all of you if it had not been for getting in the VRCC. When I bought the Valk, I didn’t know anyone who had one, much less anything about the bike. I searched the net for Valk and stumbled on to the VRCC.
I sat back, lurked for awhile, and then joined in. I was treated to many great stories and a lot of advice from the “stars” of the board at that time…Lamonster, Dragbars, Mosa, Smilin Jack, Tennessee Iceman, TNT and JDubya, Speedie, and many many others. I went to Daytona and met up with the group. What a thrill it was to meet all these people…and, what a treat it was to be accepted by other riders who I had never met. There ain’t nothing like the brotherhood of the group.

Later I went to Hotglue’s 5B’s BBQ and met more of the group. La. chapter was started, I met Jack in New Orleans and Anita and others. I have been treated to the wit of Sarge, the craziness of Craze, the hospitality of Hotglue, Lamonster, DB, TenIceman, Big Jon and the Razorback wife, Mosa and his parents (at Inzane), Smilin Jack, Hurricane, RescueRoy and his wife, Gary Williams and Connie, and many others
I can’t think of……that’s the problem with getting old….speaking of old, can’t forget RJ…HA!

I met lifelong – best friends – Michael P, Beverly, RPBrown and Cheryl, and Trap in Helen. I’ve riden to New Mexico with Michael P, and then to Sturgis in 2004 with the entire group.
I have been blessed to meet and keep such great friends that are friends for life. Like Lamont, DB, Mosa, TnIceman, BigJon, and others who formed lifelong friendship, I too have formed lifelong friendships with all of you.
I have been treated to “open house” from TNT and JDubya, riden with Speedie and others from Tn.

For me, its not just the memories of where we all came from, but it is where we landed today. Anytime, anyplace, any thing you need, I know I can count on all of my friends and riders.
My memories are of the rides, the gatherings, and the longing to get some planned for 2005. I miss all of you and look forward to the rides next year.

So, what are we waiting on????????Lets get some trips planned for 2005. Just think, in a couple of years the question will be “What are your best memories of the BB”

2009 Sugarbee

Warlock took us on some awesome roads in Mississippi yesterday
I have to say, I think this has been the best ride so far on my trike. Lots of curvy roads and decent weather, well, at least until we were on our way home. We hit a bad patch of rain.
My trike started to fish tail and that freaked me out, but within a few minutes it cleared up and all was fine.

First, we met up at Fernwood, I got a pic of Monte, Warlock, and Bird

I don’t know what Warlock and Beekeeper were doing here, looks like an exchange of money

After riding lots of twisties, we made it to the famous Old Country Store for some good grub. It might not look like much from the outside, but they serve the best fried chicken and home cooking…

All Valks, 6 total

Moonshine on her Valk, let me tell you, that girl can ride, she was right behind Warlock the whole time

Thanks Warlock, you never fail to put on a great ride! We put in a little over 400 miles, loved it!

Various pics from the Louisiana Chapter




I am Strider – the Grand Poobah of the VRCC Chapter of the great state of Louisiana!!!!

Thor’s Hammer
The banner was passed from Gregg Buchanan, representing Arkansas, to Ron Moore at Springhill on Thursday, February 12th, 2004. It was then passed to John Charles and TB at Natchitoches.
JP Sonnier, Dusty, Rick, and others brought it to Baton Rouge where members of the Florida VRCC and the Southeast La VRCC met them. From there it was taken to New Orleans and then Mississippi on the 18th (Wednesday).
Mississippi handoff was at Kentwood from Steve Walters to David Hamilton of Magnolia

Strider – Valhalla Voyage
I left out of Lafayette at 8:00 am and turned Traveler north towards Alexandria – the meeting place of the Louisiana gang.
It was mid 40’s and warmed up into the upper 70’s throughout the day. When I left out, it was perfect chaps and light jacket temps. The sun was shining and it was one of those days that you KNEW was perfect for riding, greeting, eating and meeting.
It felt so good to be back in the saddle again, I twisted the throttle a little harder than I normally do and made Alexandria in a little over an hour.
The Valhalla Voyage package was heading out of Arkansas with Curley Wolf and was Louisiana bound…….
When I arrived at the meeting place (Shoney’s in Alexandria), Green Eyed Dragon was already there and we drank a cup of coffee and waited for the others to arrive.
Green Eyed Dragon had worked shift work the night before and hadn’t gotten off until 5 am. He was operating on an hour or two of sleep.
Hard6 and Valkyrie John left out of Lake Charles around 8 am as well and arrived about 30 minutes after I did.
About 5 minutes later, Aurox arrived from Houston, Texas. Aurox is another of our adopted Cajuns, since he far rides to everything we put on. He had left around 5 am in 30+ deg temps and would put in almost 700 miles yesterday.
We went kickstands up and rode the hour or so to Winnfield. Curley Wolf was already there when we arrived…………

2010 – Strider
What a great country this is…..just throw your leg over a saddle and go out and dig on it….It’s all there for the taking (in)….Sure brought some great memories to this ol’ outlaw.

Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ttYU5Xjo9Y

2011 – Sugarbee
There are a bunch of good Valk riders in the Louisiana/Mississippi area. Magoo, Beekeeper, Bird, Moonshine, Monty, Dragonfly, X-Ring, Warlock. We are on the east side. On the west there’s Strider and Hard6

2011 – Wolfgang1952
This was taken a couple of weeks ago at my LOCAL (Louisiana Open Carry Awareness League) club meeting.
I had it posted on one of the gun forums. It was suggested that I post it here on the VRCC also and there are few more at home.

Minnesota Chapter

Welcome to the Minnesota Chapter of the VRCC.

The goal of our site is to serve Valkyrie Riders in Minnesota by listing Local, Regional and National events and rides. We also welcome all of your 2 & 3 wheel friends to our events.

State Rep in 2004 was Jerry aka “Ebony Rider” #161 soon accompanied by Tom aka ” T.P.” #21957

Locations of past VRCC Minnesota Annual Ride In’s
2002 Little Falls
2003 Spicer
2004 Cloquet
2005 New Ulm
2006 Red Wing
2007 Kasson
2008 Alexandria
2009 Nisswa
2010 Preston
2011 Two Harbors
2012 Bemidji
2013 Motley
2014 Grand Rapids
2015 Glenwood

2007 – Great Fun at the 5th Annual MN VRCC Chapter Ride!
Hosted by Jerry & Cathy McEathron

On August 18th & 19th the 5th Annual VRCC MN Chapter Ride took place in Red Wing, MN; the historic rivertown nestled along the banks of the mighty Mississippi.
On Friday early afternoon the group met in Wal-Mart parking lot and took a 2-hour scenic tour of the rural Red Wing and surrounding area. The tour ended almost on top of the world at Memorial Park where everyone took in the breathtaking view of Red Wing. We then ventured to Miesville, MN to indulge in the famous and delicious hamburgers at Kings Grill & Bar! Then the Valkyries took us back in time to the Little Log Village near Miesville where for a couple of hours we envisioned a simpler life. Friday ended with food, laughter and camaraderie at McEathron’s in Red Wing.

Saturday morning the group met again at the McEathron’s with new comers too. Together we enjoyed breakfast and conversation. Everyone got to meet our leaders of the day Brent & Emmy Bauer. Brent and Emmy lead the group throughout the scenic hills of rural Wisconsin. We fed trout and ducks in a trout pond in Plum City, Wisconsin, we enjoyed lunch at the top of the bluff in Arcadia, Wisconsin at Hanson’s Hideaway.
We devoured ice cream cones at Nelson Cheese Factory and road more scenic rural roads than one could imagine! We saw eagles, a raccoon, deer including a fawn with spots but thankfully not on the road, and so much more!
The Annual event ended with more conversation, “Valk Talk”, when we would get together again and even some group discussion about the 6th Annual event …and of course we had to bring out more munchies as we didn’t want anyone to go away hungry!

What a great group of fun folks and a fun weekend. We are so happy that everyone made it home safely and talk about coming back for the 6th Annual Chapter Ride, where ever it may be in beautiful Minnesota.
A sincere thank you to all who participated!

2009 – Strider
Thanks again to TP and Nancy for showing the Northern Hospitality that they did for all of us out of staters that came up and enjoyed the Minnesota Ride In, P in the Headwaters, Eat some Walleye Fishies, Groove on the Lake Superior, Stand on Straight Down Bluffs, Check out a Cascading River, Iron Mines, Wheel Wrenching, Check out the Bobby Dylan Homesteads, Ride a Lutsen Alpine Ride, Ride the Mississippi thing that you fine folks put on!
Even the day that we just spent enjoying fellowship and allowing me to wash (the softest) clothes was greatly enjoyed. You two ROCK!!!!
The reason that this video is going to be in PARTS is you filled every minute with awesome memories!!!!!!!!!!!! From the moment I left home until I pulled back into the garage, I passed a very large time!!!!!
Folks, I passed a VERY, VERY LARGE TIME UP YONDER!!!! AGAIN, I thank you!!!!! Just don’t get no better!!!!!!
I mean, this was one of my more favorite rides ever!!!! I can never reciprocate the hospitality that was shown to me up yonder – and I THANK YOU!!!!
This is one of those rides that lets you know why you ride – also let me remember, THAT IT IS ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE!!!!
You sure are a brother and sister to me – AND I GOT TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH some other brothers and sisters – IT IS ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE! Thanks again!

2010 – Minnesota Ride In by Strider1520

Note Part 1 and 2 may not show in some countries due to copyright issues. Part 3 is just fine.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

9th Annual MN VRCC Chapter Ride In announcement

2012- Fall Color Ride
Nancy Paradeau – Back at the motel after 180 miles of fabulous color and a great ride.

Motley MN Ride

Phelps Mill

2017 Dan Schultz – City of Forest Lake
It was a great day for a ride in MN, there’s about 12 of them each summer.

Missouri Chapter

Missouri Area Chapters

St. Louis Slayers            – St. Louis
SEMO Dragon Riders  – Cape Girardeau

State Representative Mike #5503

2010 stude31 – Fall Color Ride

St. Louis Slayers

Chip Bratcher pictures

2017 – near Olympian Village                                               2012 – Fall Color Ride

North & South Carolina Chapters

Early State Rep North Carolina  – Rich aka “Acuna” #13879
Currently listed NC Rep               – Matt aka “TruckRacer” #22351
Currently listed SC Rep                – Mike aka “hubcapsc” #26351

Look at this 2014 NC event calendar…impressive

I met many GREAT people along the route, and interestingly felt like each one of you guys was family from the moment we met ( either on internet or first time meeting in person)…

The VOA ride-in to Montrose in 98 was the first time I met a lot of you guys – LeMont, Gale, Paint it Black in Toronto ( yes…thats PIBIT to you newbies), Tim/Redvalk, Hotglue… a lot of great memories… rode from Virginia out there, flew in my ( then girlfriend, now wife) Sandy, we toured around, then she went back and I decided it was only another 900 miles to LA to see my folks so I scooted out to LA for a 2 day visit, then raced back to Virginia solo… That BTW was the beginning of the VRCC and by the time I got back to VA, the membership #s had grown so I only got #279….

The trip meeting up with LeMont was almost surrreal in how we clicked with all we met….remember how those guys liked MY bike better’n Lamont’s at that Kentucky Hotel? lol… ya ya, blower bike, wow LOOK at that BLACK one… hahahaahah… Hookin up with Dragbars and then TNT on that trip ( remember us picking up yer Valk for ya Vicki??? )…I gots pics of that trip somewhares…

The Yosemite cross country last minute trip… Rode from VA to Nashville to pick up Dragbars, that nite got a call from PIBIT, ,met him in StLouis next day… then the 3 of us ROCKETING cross country into Denver where I got that bald rear tire changed… left at 6pm next nite and rode… and rode and rode… 28 hours strait if I remember right.. from Denver to Yosemite NONSTOP ( well PIBIT got some sleep waiting for us to catch up, and woke up in the sprinklers at that gas stationi…lol)… riding thru the fires outside of yosemite in that escort, no sleep, was real real strange… fire burning at side of road as we went by… arrived in Yosemite at 10pm or sumething liike that and I got VALKCABBIE’s old room as he got MARRIED that day and got the honeymoon suite…lol… REMEMBER THE 4-WAY burnout contest there in the parking lot? 4 blower bikes all nose to nose….
Aaron did the wheelie in the parkinglot and almost went into the lobby… hahahaha…

I remember the Daytona trip with Ethan and George… MAN we TORE that stretch of I95 UP!… from DC to Daytona in about 11 or so hours!… I rember Ethan got the nickname BARBIE since at each stop he either put clothes on or took em off…lol.. and George.. always takin up the rear,,,, he got the nickname ” Whar’s George” … we seemed to find just the right openings between the pylons ( i mean cars) and could get 2 bikes thru but not the 3rd… always George left behind…lol…

VRCC in Rolling Thunder … Had several gatherings over the years at my townhouse south of DC … Saw Crazy Rick and WIA ontheir Hoss’s …. had a rained out picnic in MD, but didnt phase most of us, went anyway… the Northeast riders were there ( a little late but still there…lol)… the Mid Atlantic guys were there… with that newly done up TRAILER QUEEN bike that yellow Dragon ( what an AWESUM bike!)…

Rocket, Yogi and Big Earn visiting… again seein them at TNT and JDubya’s BBQ and helping pick up that downed Interstate…. racing back home on the tennessee and virginia interstates…. what a trip!…

2009 Big IV – Trip Report
We met up in a large parking lot on the edge of Lincolnton, NC about 11:00. Just a few friends getting together. 6 bikes. 9 people. The ride could have used more Valks. Otherwise, 78 degrees, beautiful.
We rode to Kings Mountain State Park. We looked around the museum for a little bit. Then we took off and rode down to Cowpens, SC. We ate at a little place in Chesney, SC that had a giant Rooster on the roof and motorcycles in the parking lot.
The food was good, a museum inside the restaurant of the 50s. Then we ran around through Gaffney, into Shelby, out through Cherryville, and back into Lincolnton NC. Not a bad 150+ miles.

First INZANE! what a trip! Second INZANE! just as fun!
EACH one of em a unique and full memory…
All I can say is that on my motorcycle, and because of my motorcycle, I have met and feel I have my BEST friends anyone could have… I know I have been scarce round these boards recently, but in my mind, and my soul, I am still here!…
We gotta do this more often! create some NEW memories!

Inside the State Park road                                                                                                                  Shadow pic

2011 – MITM (Meet in the Middle)

It was a great ride! Cherohala Skyway….Hellbender….Blue Ridge Parkway….on the greatest motorcycle ever built with some of the greatest people I know.

Joe & Wimp                                                                                                                   Valks on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Gang

2012 Stanley Beasley – Video Teasers
Franklin/Highlands NC area……GA, NC, SC all have a few 3,000-6,000 foot “hills” where they come together


2014 Skeep (courtesy bestbikingroads)

2017 Jerry Scott Sheffer – Having some fun in North Carolina.

Wayne Smith – Fall Color ride

As long as I am alive and Joe and Britman and Stanley and Lucky 13 and Willow, Motomama, and Strider and Frog and Strong Eagle who never rides with us, and 1000 others are around. the VRCC will thrive.
Come to the Fall Color Ride in the North Carolina Mountains and you will see it is going to be around for a long time. I will pay for your room and treat you too whatever you like beer, wine or whiskey or wild woman if you just show up.
Your opinion will change and you will start having a good time. That was an official Invitation by the way, not empty talk. Bring a few friends we will bend over backwards to make you feel at home. Safe winds Brother
Big Al here if you need me.

South Carolina (Palmetto State) Chapter

2013 Duffy – Last Sunday we had a group of 12 bikes led by Britman to Lake Hiawassee NC. A beautiful day.

Met up with Duffy and his friends from England at Winghot restaurant in Cullman, Al. Had a good time.
We rode right into the rain on Friday and it rained all night in Memphis. Next morning sunshine!

Good to see Santa and Winghot in Cullman. Of course the lunch was great! Thanks again Wayne!
Steve n Glynis can’t wait to go home and tell their two granddaughters they met Santa riding his Valkyrie in Alabama, USA!! They got a picture of him and his Valk with his S Klaus tag.
Thanks for coming out and meeting us Tom! See you at Smokinjoe’s Fall Color Ride.

Beale Street in Memphis                                                        Friday night At the Downtown Grill in Cullman: Steve, Glynis, Wayne and Tom

2014 hubcapsc – Trip Report & Mason Dixon Pics

2017 John Repik‎ – The dragon meets the chief…

2017 hubcapsc – hillbilly ride pictures
I got invited on a ride this weekend back before Reb announced the Hillbilly ride… I ended up riding all weekend with these hillbillies: Britman, Ian, Mark, Steve and Duffy…

headed out to meet them at Cashiers NC, and stopped along the way at Smokin’ Joe’s “lake that looks like a Christmas tree”…

We stayed at this house on this lake

Britman sent us explicit directions for the ride and told us all to commit them to memory, so we all knew every detail of the ride route… Crabtree Mountain Road out of Canton North Carolina is a good start to any ride…

Duffy got a little squirrely going over the top, but he kept it out of the ditch… the debris in the road was only partially responsible for the close call.
I have other pictures going down this hill, any ride that goes down this hill is a good ride. Crabtree Mountain Road dumps out right above The Rattler

There’s a Rattler Loop, where you peel off onto 63 at Trust…

We bounced off the side of Asheville but never got into any tourist traffic, even though it is Memorial Day weekend, Britman had all kinds of little roads planned out that took us under I-26 and past Asheville…

A cow leaped out into the road among us, crossed all the way to the right and back again, but it all happened so fast my “picture every five seconds” camera only caught the retreat to the left.. After “snaking” us past Asheville, Britman took us on 19w up through a little bit of Tennessee… 19w is one of several great roads I got introduced to on this ride… here’s a Wiki picture by some guy named Mark Clifton, not my picture

19w’s too curvy for trucks, but not curvy enough for Britman, so we took Piney Hill Road for a while. I was hoping for some good pictures there with maybe the other motorcycles coming back at me on some of the tight switchbacks, but the camera battery pooped out somewhere along the way… not before we came to this tree in the road, though…

You know you’re on the real back roads when you have to clear the trees out of the way yourself. We got back to the house on the lake after about 275 miles or so… very few stops, a nice big loop and numerous new-to-me roads, a great ride!
Duffy discovered that he’d worn his tire down to the threads when we got back It was raining this morning (Sunday). We all left out to find a phone and or some Internet service – I hoped I’d remembered correctly that Schroader’s Honda in Hendersonville (40 miles away) was open on Sunday. We found their number and HOORAY they were open and could fix his tire. I split off from the group at that point and headed back home down the hill to South Carolina. I hope Duffy made the 40 miles OK and that they’re all headed back to Georgia on good tires as I type this…

Editor’s note (not related to the above report)
Riding at sandy beaches can be fun. And who can resist a nice picture of his Valkyrie right at the shoreline……
(Editor) I couldn’t 😀 …..until it gets deep enough and loose enough so she can’t power through it.
This picture is Wizard’s Valk…in sand that got too deep. And BTW…Forget about deflating your tires with this baby…

Oklahoma Chapter

The Sooner State Valkyrie Riders is the Oklahoma Chapter of the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club or VRCC for short. If you are a VRCC member you are automatically a part of the SSVR, but not exclusively so. We are an online community of Valkyrie riders in Oklahoma, and our community is open to all riders regardless of affiliation. In other words, we don’t care what you ride, as long as you ride! We are a little biased about what constitutes a great motorcycle but don’t let that scare you away. We get together and ride as often as possible, and have several groups rides throughout the year. This website, like the VRCC is offered free to everyone. Our site consists of the main website, message boards, photo gallery, and event calendar. If you have questions about the awesome Honda Valkyrie, or the SSVR post a message on our message board or click the email link on the sidebar.


This was once a very active group and many of us OKC’rs did get together regularly. The BBQ’s we had on a yearly basis the first few years grew bigger and bigger each time.
It takes a lot of phone calls and emails and reminders, tho… lemme be the one to tell ya!!!!
Quite a few of these guys and gals aren’t really big into group riding, it just seems to take forever to get from point A to point B that way, but if you post a ride/event, make a few calls, really push it, they’ll come out of the woodwork eventually
It’s a really good group, with lots of great people!

w0qnx – Valkyrie on Oklahoma Skyline Drive video
Robber’s Cave Oklahoma Honda Valkyrie meet.

Scott – SixGuns Ablaze at Robbers Cave
and https://web.archive.org/web/20060624163947/http://www.okvalks.com:80/archives/2006/05/04/robbers-schedule-2006/

Wow, did we ever have a good time! We had riders from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, and even one guy from New Mexico! Don rode in from the Clovis, NM area so he could get a chance to check out what the VRCC was all about and see what others had done to their bikes. Oh, and did I mention Don only has one arm? That’s right, he rides with his left(only) arm only and he’s one hell of a good rider! He also tried to blame a few guys for stealing his right glove a few times…

I want to thank everyone for your participation here on the message boards, and the various emails and PM’s of support and interest in “Sooner Valks” in general. With that said, a little news of the “what’s going on” category…
We’ve grown quite a bit in the last 3-4 months, and with that I had to bump up our hosting plan this week because we’re already running out of disk space. A welcome upgrade as far as I’m concerned, as I was tired of juggling backups around to save space. Right now, we’re averaging about 50-60 unique visits to the forums, and website per day respectively! Not much compared to larger more popular websites, but quite a bit for our little corner of the web. Compared to the number of posts on the website per day, we’ve got lots of folks lurking in the shadows just seeing what’s going on.
I also finished installing an update to the main webpage today. Mostly back end stuff to make my life easier. It will however, add some nice new features once I get time to get them set up. One of those is a Link section, which I setup tonight. I added a few links off the top of my head and welcome any links you might have that are appropriate. So, be sure and let me know if you have some links you want added or think others might find useful.
Rides? I’d like some feedback on this. I’ve put a considerable amount of effort into the Ride-In in May and look forward to those that will be able to make it. However, my gut feeling is that most folks would rather attend a shorter day ride type of event or even less. If you are interested in meeting some other Valk riders in Oklahoma, and would like to participate in a ride, what would it be? A dinner ride? A lunch run? A day ride? Destinations? Would you like a ride that’s closer to where YOU live? Heck, I and several others just need an excuse and we’ll show up in your town for a ride.
Invite us, I dare ya.: shock: Drop me a line and let me know your thoughts. I’d really appreciate the feedback.
Speaking of rides. If you are looking for place a to ride on a mini vacation this summer, be sure to consider attending Inzane IV in July. I’ve been to the last two “Inzanes” and had a great time each year. This year however, is going to be the biggest and best ever. Pre-registration is double what it was this time last year. I’m on the event committee and let me tell you, we’ve got some great stuff in the works. The location is Paducah, Ky, which if you are on a tight schedule is only a day ride away. However, if you have plenty of time, there are some GREAT roads to explore between here and there.
Well, I better quit before I fall asleep at the keyboard.
Oh, and I’ll be in OKC on Saturday for the poker run (unless the weather craps on us). If you’d like to get together later in the afternoon, or for dinner drop me a line. I’m always up for a Valk meet.

2011 – Dragons to the Cave

Note from the editor
On the Sooner Valks BB http://forums.okvalks.com/index.php/board,1.0.html I came across Gary’s Trip Reports. He makes many cross-country trips with his Valkyrie, is a very gifted photographer and frequent uploader.
If you fancy nice scenic pictures, his reports are a must read. Some examples.

Bandelier National Monument                 http://forums.okvalks.com/index.php/topic,1392.0.html
Buckhorn Cafe & Ruidoso New Mexico  http://forums.okvalks.com/index.php/topic,1474.0.html
Back from short road trip – AZ, NV         http://forums.okvalks.com/index.php/topic,1385.0.html
Just got back in from: CO, UT, AZ, NV  http://forums.okvalks.com/index.php/topic,1466.0.html
Leaf Peaker Ride – Jemez Mountains     http://forums.okvalks.com/index.php/topic,1480.0.html
Meers Run Pictures                                    http://forums.okvalks.com/index.php/topic,1417.0.html

Beavers Bend State Park by Oss

Rumblebee – Yale/Keystone Run


Goose, Blackjack & I met at Mazzios in Stroud at 2pm today. We went north on hwy99 headed towards Yale
Yale OK on hwy51, was the home of Jim Thorpe. This was very interesting to visit; this elderly lady was the tour guide for the Okla Historical Society. She was very compassionate on accurate history of this athlete.

After learning Jim Thorpe history, we headed to Keystone Lake area.

We had a good time today and hopefully we can put together some type of ride about once a month from now on. I got back to Yukon about 830pm with about 260 miles today.

LadyDraco – The trip to the BIG Falls RR


LadyDraco – Our run to Shiloh and a few other points


2009 – Blue/Grey Ride by LadyDraco

We are going to Gettysburg to check out the History !!!
It’s called The Blue/Grey ride….
Heck you might even want to meet up and hear a bunch of Valks roaring down the Super slab…
We have Valk riders coming in from all over the US & Can…

Pics by Normandog – on the way to the battlefield

Valks at the battlefield. There was that many more in the other direction

Sean Davis‎ – My old 97
Shop Fire…

Tennessee Chapter

The Tennessee Chapter was formed in June 2003 by Steve and Sue Silva and counted 380 Riders.

Mission Statement
Our goal is to highlight the Valkyrie community here in Tennessee, as well as provide riders everywhere with information about riding in Tennessee. We feel our state has beautiful scenery and some the nicest motorcycle roads you’ll find anywhere.
From the mountains to the rolling hills and lakes, you’ll find something to float your boat here. Throw a leg over and come ride with us!

My greatest VRCC moment was going to the Honda Hoot in 2000. I had been lurking on the VRCC board for about a year and decided to try the Valkyrie. It was a Tuesday.
I test rode the Valkyrie, for about two hours, and bought it the moment I got back to the dealers. I joined the VRCC that night. The next morning, I took the Valkyrie in for the 600-mile check before leaving for the Honda Hoot.
I had found someone looking for a roomie at the hoot on the VRCC site, Ray Pilot. Did not know him, never met him, just said heck yes, he rides a Valkyrie. I was going because I had heard some guy named Lamonster would be there.
I also met Dragbars, Mosa, Hoosier Daddy, Chris and Hal, and put many faces to the names on the board. I also got a Lamonster T-shirt, still have it, always will. As the result of this meeting, I decided to become the Southern Illinois Rep.
I had always ridden alone before Lamont came along, because Lamont was the VRCC to me. I learned so much from everyone, and as a result, formed a close group of riders in our area. We ride at least once every weekend, every month of the year.
None of this would have happened if I had not gone to meet the humble man we all call our friend Lamonster.
By-the-way, recently, I received a package in the mail. Since Lamonster is now the proud owner and rider of a Boss Hoss and does not own a Valkyrie anymore, he decided to send me something. I was more than surprised to find his vest, his VRCC vest, in the package. He knows that I love the Valkyrie, and do not plan to change bikes, so he sent it to me. Words cannot express the way I felt. I rode all over Southern Illinois to see my friends in the “new” vest.
I must admit that even as I write this I get a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. Lamont is perhaps the most generous person I have ever met. He is always there for advice, technical details, and a call to someone in the hospital to lift their spirits, and just the best friend anyone could ever have. Those who ride with him, and join this forum know this as well as anyone. We are all of the same spirit. If you do not believe it, let any one of us need a friend, and everyone is there for us.
I owe him more than he will ever know. You will always be #1 in my book my friend.

I have so many VRCC memories. I guess one of first and greatest memory was when I rode my Valk from HDL in Shady side Ohio to HDL in Sunrise FL and along the way I met Mosa in Kentucky and we rode to Dragbars place in TN.
Mosa was like a long loss friend and I had never met him before. He loved to ride and he kinda knew where he was going and that was a good thing for those of you that know me. We got along great and we both liked to ride at a good clip.
We got to TN and met Dragbars for the first time and the same thing happened, it was like we were old buddies again. I really can’t remember all the other folks I met during that time but this is back when a hardcore bunch of riders and friends were being formed. I do remember meeting the famous TNT on that trip. I still consider these folks some of my best friends. I’ve told Dragbars that if I never made another friend for the rest of my life I have already made more friends than any one man deserves.
That trip is one of the main reasons I live in East TN now, I fell in love with this place then and told my wife that someday this is where I want to live. I guess dreams can come true.

Here’s a link to some of the pics from that trip.  http://www.valkyrieriders.com/JustPics/hoot2k/hoot.htm
Honda Hoot 2002 with Lamont and Dave Despain (and Hal with orange shirt in the background)
This Valk was supercharged with 8 lbs. of boost, a progressive shot of nitrous and had flame throwers so I could shoot 6′ flames driving down the road. Those were the days my friend

The first 12 years or so in Asheville, NC, and Knoxville, TN the Honda Hoot was pretty cool to check out however the last few years wasn’t much …. Honda ran off most of the other brands and the vendors went with them.
I guess you couldn’t expect much more after all Honda killed the greatest cruiser to ever roll down the highway when it dropped the Valkyrie.

I miss my Valk a huge amount… I love to ride so much and to be bikeless a terrible disease… LOL but worse than that… I miss meeting up with some of the best friends a man could ever ask for and sharing a ride with them.
Any ride is a good ride but a ride with your friends is a great ride.
I have made so many great friends over the years and I have an entire album of pictures that I pull out from time to time just to remind myself of all the great times.
One of my very first rides… Met Dragbars for the first time and we headed for the mountains of East TN… It was a great ride and I think he was testing me a little… LOL… as the Speedo kept climbing… Man that was a great day and one heck of a cold ride home… Stopping every 30 miles just to warm up.
A few months later I headed out to meet up with the group riding (or was it flying) to bike week… Pulled my baby out of the garage and it was flurrying just a little… Just bundled up and hit the road…
(that was the trip that we almost got thrown under the jail for speeding, image that…)
The trips to Vicki’s… the BBQ is Texas… Ashville… Niagara Falls… Toronto…
Lamont’s sewing party…The Hoot… InZane… Way too many stories… but they all put a smile on my face.
To all those friends I don’t get to see as often… (as life seems to get in the way, LOL) I may not get to ride with you guys right now….but I never forget the rides we have shared.

Motorcycle Daily – Honda Hoots no more

If it wasn’t for the VRCC I wouldn’t know any of you now. The day after I joined, Steve Myers from Greeneville Tn. e-mailed me saying he was another Valkyrie rider and had seen my post on the VRCC.
He invited me for a ride with a group that met each weekend. That’s where I met my best friend to this day…..RayO. Since that day, my list of friends kept growing because of the Valkyrie and the VRCC.
I first met WIA, Dragbars, and a few others on a very cold wintery ride in Knoxville. Remember the day Socrates went down? That ride has been etched in my brain all these years.
How everybody stopped the ride and blasted to UT hospital to check on him. Thats when I knew I was part of a special family.
Vicki, TnIceman and Lamont came the next year in Daytona, then again when I hosted a dinner during the Hoot as the East Tn. Rep. A lot has changed since then, but two things remain the same….. our friendship and the love to ride.

Dragons over the Smokies

Dragons Over The Smokeys was held in Johnson City, Tennessee in 2006. That was the year InZane was held in Frisco, Colorado. Redvalk did an excellent job on that gathering and helping with the two subsequent InZanes in Johnson City.

This one was set up by Tim and Dave in 2006 as the big rally was out in Colorado. It was the days of the old chat room with dozens in the place at a time. Met lots of great folks some of whom are still with us.
Bonnie and I took 3 days riding down pulling the Bushtec trailer. Stayed in Front Royal then next day rode thru Skyline Drive and had a nice ride to Peaks of Otter around mile 88 on the BRP and stayed the nite.
Great restaurant and we walked around the lake and sat out watching the bats flying and eating bugs. Very peaceful place.

Next day continued south on BRP in occasional heavy fog and rain. She was not a happy camper for sure but never complained once. We did see some awesome sights such as fog rising very fast and pouring up into the heavens over the road and over the peaks. Very surreal. Deer crossing occasionally and very light vehicle traffic. We stopped often for pictures and to just take in the scenery.
We left the BRP around Roanoke to pick up 81 and made it to Johnson City in time to go swimming in the pool. It was HOT. Had met Don and Tracy earlier in the summer and met Raymond, BlackPearl’s captain and his wife Rhonda at the pool.
Dana was his best friend and was doing belly flops and really making some big splashes! Funny thing I could not close the trunk of the Valk once I got to DOTS and Hard6 and Rusty and Warlock took the whole trunk apart finding the tiny magnet battery from a led kits light inside the latch. Have no idea how it got in there. When they put the trunk together there were no extra parts. What an experience.

Next day we rode to Wheels Thru Time with some nice folks from the Deep South Rusty & Donna, Warlock & Coolbreeze, Bird and Moonshine and her brother Magoo Once we got past the fact that they talk funny we had a great time.
Bird was a pretty steady rider what with Cindy totally standing and turning around while taking pics. That would un nerve me no doubt.
I know that DOTS is where I met many folks. Detn8er, Strider, Hard 6, maybe Smokinjoe and many others I did not know who they were but they loved riding their Valkyrie as much as we did…we had a great time
Thanks Redvalk for the effort it took to set that event up and if I am wrong and it wasn’t dots don’t correct me, sometimes one is better off in their memories than realitywas there too
On the way back we made it to near Allentown a bit over 500 miles before Bonnie said she needed to stop and sit in a swimming pool It was pretty damn hot and I found us a place with a cold pool lol! Last time she would ride for 8 hrs. nonstop
Now I fly her to rides that are more than 500 miles away or we take multiple days to get there


John Schmidt
I remember DOTS that year (2006), it was the year I also attended InZane the first time it was held in Frisco, CO. One highlight I remember about DOTS is I got the “Oldest Rider” award at the tender young age of 68 if I recall.
I wish they would have another InZane up there, great riding, great memories.
GOOD times! Don’t forget Wicked Wanda and Bones helped plan that. Lori had me in the movie “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” after I won the prize at the tent…
Yep, Doc/Lady Di and Sindee/I still remain close along with Murdoc/Messy, Threevalks/Janellen, Bones/Wicked Wanda, Wegs/Momma T, OP2/Candy, Navy Dad/ Navy Mom, KC Kid, Screwtape/Blinkie, Shaggy, Highbinder/Lady Draco and many friends…


Always a pleasure to see GIG, Fudgie, Blackdog, Hardsix, Strider, WQNX Raymond, Willow/Motomama, Normandog, Dave Ritsma (Da Boss) and all of our buddies…
Who could forget Paris chasing everyone’s daughter around the parking lot at wee hours of the morning… Or the famous “I have A Dream” speech by the great Tennessean Smokin Joe!
Sadly we lost our great friends RJ, Big Dan, and B.S. Nicely and others but they are not forgotten…
I know that I’ve truly been blessed with some of the best times in the VRCC over the last 17 years


2011 Hillbilly Ride video by waterboy79

I almost forgot how much fun that ride was…I especially liked the video and music, loved the way you left the sound of the bikes in there, good job. I’m starting to get excited about this years ride…I’ll see you when we do the scouting ride..

You did a great job on last years ride, making one of the best events of the year. The 4-H club was great group and some pretty good cooks too cooldude

2012 – DubsValk
I penned this the day before our Hillbilly gathering in Marion. I hope you like it.
Tomorrow morning I will hoist my leg over the two-wheeled beast and point her head North to Marion, Va. Saturday morning a 100 or so of us will ride into the West Virginia hills. To the land of fresh air, smokey blue mountains, fog gently rising from the valley floors, fading into the warm morning sun. Maitwan and the Molly Mcguires, Williamson and the Hatfields and McCoys, Coal Field and Rocket Man, home of Chuck Yeager, Jerry West and Bernie Watkins! A hundred bikes will crawl their way into the West, Virginia coal fields, visiting, Bishop, Big Creek, War, Coal Field, Welch, Maitland, Keystone, Northfork, Bramwell, Bluewell, Bluefield and other obscure dots on the map that used to be thriving communities.
A place where bald eagles still soar high and proud, deer and cattle graze together in high mountain pastures and sip from the same cool, fresh streams with beginnings high in the lofty peaks of the Blueridge.
I’m going home for a brief respite where fond memories abide. Where the heart beats faster and the brow lines fade as the tension from a hectic world is devoured by this special place of places.
The roar of our bike’s exhaust will herald the return of a son, trumpet his arrival, announce his presence and, sadly, his departure.
Ah, Beautiful West Virginia, you haunt my memories and I will always love you!

Meet in the Middle (MTM)

Hubcapsc – 2016 Trip Report
I left out of Seneca, SC, on Friday… most of South Carolina was covered by the hurricane rain, but my corner is still shriveling from drought.
I have a way I like to get up to Knoxville from here… I pass through Georgia and North Carolina before I get to Tennessee. Right before I get to Tennessee, I pass The Fields Of The Wood. I stopped this time and got this picture

The trip is all great roads. Until you get to Knoxville. The way to Wimps house gets gnarly where 129 (part of 129 is The Dragon) hits I40.
I called Wimp when I was about an hour out. He said I40 would be a parking lot, and sure enough it was. He told me an alternate route, and I made it right to his house
We left from Wimps house and got on I75 (which was busy, but not a parking lot) and headed out to Clinton where the motel was. We all went to eat nearby, Joe and his wife carried some folks to the Restaurant so they didn’t have to ride their bikes.
We’ve stayed at this motel before here’s us getting ready to leave from the Hardee’s next door

With last year’s several bad accidents on our minds, Joe has started several rides recently with a prayer. He called on me to say the prayer this time, everyone gathered around there in the Hardee’s parking lot…
Joe took us up into the Great Smoky Mountains on our way through to Cherokee…

The problem with places like The Great Smoky Mountains is that there’s good trails here and water falls there and all the trail heads turn into nasty quagmires of congestion..


I didn’t see any…
We finally got to the gas stop at Cherokee around 1:30 or 2:00… with 230 miles of BRP still to go
Here’s Lance, looking like a secret service agent, Wimp trying to figure out where to feed dollar bills into the gas pump, and Dennis, smiling as usual…

Punisher and Gordon hiding in the bushes, Joe’s bike, JimmyT’s bike, Barry’s Bee and Wimp’s nephew..
We headed off down the parkway, planning to eat in Asheville. Some of us missed the exit. I was following along behind the bike in front of me when all of a sudden we all pulled off to a side area… we realized we weren’t with The Group anymore.
Out came the cell phones… Some folks decided the heck with it and headed to Ground Zero on main roads, some folks headed back to The Group who were already sitting down to eat at a Ryan’s in Asheville, and me, Roger and Roy took off down the parkway towards Sparta. We got to roll hard from there, it was kind of a relief, we didn’t hit any real clogs until past Craggy Gardens…
We stopped and actually put on our long sleeve shirts… I’ll miss summer, but this great cool air was real fine We decided we couldn’t make it all the way to ground zero on the gas we had, so we dropped down to Linville for gas… hmmm… it’s only 6:30, let’s eat at this good restaurant! It was good too, but it was almost 8:00 by the time we got back on the parkway. Deer were crouched in every field waiting to pounce into the road at dark.
We passed a couple of Valkyries. Then made a quick stop, right at dark. One of the Valkyries pulled up behind us, it was Bill and Trish… the other Valkyrie was Mitch, he’d gone the other way looking for a group of four or five others – apparently The Group had split further after we had left out at Asheville. They were glad to be with us because they thought we knew how to proceed …
Off through the darkness we went, 40 or 50 miles of BRP left to go. Then we came upon another big group of Valkyries… it was what was left of The Group, and they were at an intersection, Joe had led some down the hill to get gas.
So we were mostly all back together. We all ditched the BRP at that point, so off through the darkness down some secondary road on a route unknown to me … some of the folks behind me were falling behind, so I fell back and
barely kept The Group in sight in front of me and the others in sight behind me.
Finally we passed a sign that said we were on 221, I knew how to get all the way to the Motel from 221. We came to an intersection, so I let the ones in front go on and waited for the ones behind. Before we came to any turns, we came up to The Group waiting on us again, and finally one more
jog to the motel, a little after 10:00… whew!
Mitch didn’t show up until a half hour or so later, then pretty much every one chilled. I chilled until about 1:00 am, some folks chilled a couple of hours longer than that …
A bunch of us headed to a sit-down breakfast place nearby Sunday morning and we talked about our plans. I had brought the North Carolina red book with me, and my plan was to “go south”… Punisher and 3Fan and “Ginger” liked my plan and off we went on pretty good roads, some gravel, but no
traffic. Until we hit Boone… good grief… Labor Day… we didn’t get sucked irretrievably into the traffic with the help of the red book, and pretty soon were zooming down 105 (instead of stewing miserably in the combined 221/321 Boone traffic snarl).
Mark and Debbie peeled off when we hit 40 and headed to Maggie Valley.
Me and Punisher continued on back roads until we got to hiway 11 in South Carolina. We had to pass near Lake Lure to get to hiway 9… gahhh… holidays and tourist traffic… turning onto 9 across the flow of tourists from Chimney Rock/Lake Lure was exciting.
Carolyn fixed a great supper and Punisher stayed in our plush, well-lit guest cabin… we took him out to the good breakfast place near I85 so he could head on home and got bitten by the holiday again… the good breakfast place was PACKED and it took long enough for him to get halfway to Atlanta…
We’ve changed the plans for next year… we’ll gather from all our disparate places directly at the Sparta hotel on Friday next year, ride in a group or groups all day on Saturday, and get back to Sparta Saturday night with plenty of time to hang out in the parking lot each night… no riding on the parkway in the dark…

-Mike “unless you want to…”

It’s really hard to come up with ONE favorite time, especially if you narrow it down to the VRCC stuff. I have met a lot of great people through the internet, related to bike events. I’ve made some great friends, some of the best friends I have ever had.
One great trip I will always remember was the trip to Daytona when a few of us stopped over at Smiling Jack’s and he fed us an excellent steak dinner and put us all up like we were family.
This happened AFTER spending a night at TNT & JW’s, where we were so welcome also. The ride was great, but the friendships were what made the trip stand out so much.
Once in Daytona, it was “another Bike Week” but it was the reason for the ride, just like the bikes are the reason for this board, but it sure has created a lot more. Thanks to all of you for the comraderie.

I guess one of first and greatest memory was when I rode my Valk from HDL in Shady side Ohio to HDL in Sunrise FL and along the way I met Mosa in Kentucky and we rode to Dragbars place in TN.
Mosa was like a long loss friend and I had never met him before. He loved to ride and he kinda knew where he was going and that was a good thing for those of you that know me. We got along great and we both liked to ride at a good clip.
We got to TN and met Dragbars for the first time and the same thing happened, it was like we were old buddies again. I really can’t remember all the other folks I met during that time but this is back when a hardcore bunch of riders and friends were being formed. I do remember meeting the famous TNT on that trip. I still consider these folks some of my best friends. I’ve told Dragbars that if I never made another friend for the rest of my life I have already made more friends than any one man deserves.
That trip is one of the main reasons I live in East TN now, I fell in love with this place then and told my wife that someday this is where I want to live. I guess dreams can come true.

Where Do I start?
Who knows!!!
But I do know this, Met Jim and Vicki at Wal-Mart in Memphis.
Vicki invited us on a ride, that was in June or July 2000.
Then met Danny at a Bike Night sometime there soon after.
They both invited a Wing Rider to visit the VRCC.
So I got to visiting the board and lurking.
Then in 2001 LeAnn and I went to Honda Hoot, Inzane I, and who knows what else.
But since buying the bike we have made some really great friends all over the country (not even going to try to start naming you guys and gals.)
Picked up and moved to East Tennessee, Thanks to LeMont moving out here and asking for help in building Mrs. LeMont a sewing room and us coming to help with it, and discovering how gorgeous it was on the “right side of the state”.
I am greatful and proud to call all of you friends.
I would definetly, be happy to introduce you to any of my blood family, as family, you might as well be!!!

I miss my valk a huge amount.. I love to ride so much and to be bikeless a terrible disease.. LOL but worse then that.. I miss meeting up with some of the best friends a man could ever ask for and sharing a ride with them. Any ride is a good ride but a ride with your friends is a great ride.
I have made so many great friends over the years and I have an entire album of pictures that I pull out from time to time just to remind myself of all the great times.
One of my very first rides. Met Dragbars for the first time and we headed for the mountians of East TN.. It was a great ride and I think he was testing me a little.. LOL.. as the speedo kept climbing..
Man, that was a great day and one heck of a cold ride home.. Stopping every 30 miles just to warm up..

A few months later I headed out to meet up with the group riding (or was it flying) to bike week.. Pulled my baby out of the garage and it was flurrying just a little.. Just bundled up and hit the road..
(that was the trip that we almost got thrown under the jail for speeding, image that..)
The trips to Vicki’s… the BBQ is Texas.. Ashville.. Niagra Falls.. Toronto..
Lamonts sewing party..THe Hoot… InZane… Way to many stories.. but they all put a smile on my face..

To all those friends I dont get to see as often.. (as life seems to get in the way, LOL) I may not get to ride with you guys right now.. .but I never forget the rides we have shared.

Florida Chapter

It all started with a couple in Ocala, FL… Mark & Pat Croft. Mark had a Valkyrie and posted on our Florida board.
I responded, and we rode together for a time. I’d been pondering on the difficulty we’d had trying to put group rides together… Mark and Pat were also perplexed by this…
Members in Florida were scattered all over this geographically rather large state, and hooking-up meant everybody had to make a long ride just to join up with other riders to then begin a group ride.
An idea popped into my thinker muscle one fine day… I called it ‘The Great Florida BBQ Quest’…
I just so happen to really like BBQ. Mark & Pat do too. The idea of the ‘Quest’ was that we’d simply announce some BBQ joint somewhere in Florida we would be trying out on the following Saturday, and we would invite any interested riders to join us for lunch. The idea was that we would visit that place to ‘evaluate’ its offering, but the real reason was to provide an excuse to ride and meet fellow Valkers.
Since meeting early in the morning and doing a group ride seemed impractical, our thinking was that we could all ride from our various locations and still meet up… Those who lived close enough to each other could join up for a mini group ride, and everybody was free to ride wherever they chose. Eventually we even did a few ‘overnighters’ to extend our time together and our ability to ride together.

The response was very light at first. In fact, it was not unusual for only the three of us to show up for the ‘meet & greet’… Still, we kept it up, and we would post a little write-up about the ride, food, etc.
In time, a few folks at first began to show up… then more and more… until we had rather impressive turn-outs and loads of fun!
The VRCC had already been established… more or less. The message board was operational, and we did use it. However, a couple of other boards were also used back then, and hearing about this one elsewhere is how many folks got attracted to this board…

The VRCC was an interesting innovation at the time. It just sprung up out of the minds of a couple of very creative folks, and it used a novel and previously unheard of business model… No membership dues!
All successful clubs before this one had relied on dues for much of its funding, but the VRCC relied entirely upon advertising mostly, but donations and contributions too. What a concept!!! Membership rolls exploded immediately!!!
The success in Florida came from a couple of important factors, I think… First, the no-dues aspect of the club was extremely attractive and offered no participation barrier to anyone. The second was the message board.
This provided what I call ‘an electronic club house in cyberspace’ that neutralized the huge obstacle of distance. The third, and in our case arguably the most important, was the participation of couples and not just solo guys.
We were richly blessed in that way, but it didn’t occur to me right at first. In short order, however, it became obvious, though, and more than anything else, I credit that to the long-term success. Mark and Pat are a wonderful couple and perfect ‘hosts’ or center pieces for such an activity to revolve around. Other couples soon, too, began to become ‘unofficial leaders’, catalysts of a sort, around which still others were drawn…

That was more than fifteen years ago! I recently moved back to Florida, and I’ve had the great pleasure to join in on a couple of their activities… Things have naturally evolved over time, and new faces have replaced many of the ones I’d known way back when… But, the participation levels, closeness, affection, and friendship are still alive and well!

New ‘leaders’ have stepped up to fill the void when the old ones have stepped aside, but… The VRCC with its ‘culture’, message board and the Valkyrie motorcycle at the core, this group has found a unique way to come together and celebrate that special bond that we know on a much larger scale… Good folks treating each other with genuine respect and affection… sharing a slice of life that simply cannot be found anywhere else.

I wanted to connect with Florida Valkyrie riders and posted on the national board. DDT responded. We met, took a ride and the rest is history.
Pat and I would ride during the week finding places to meet and then post that we would be at a place on Saturday at x hour and things went find. After a few regular eating places DDT came up with the idea of BBQ.
After that BBQ was the primary nutritional component. We had 42 one Saturday and once there was me. My passenger wife and one other. Never was there a time that no one showed up at one of my posting.
Amazing to me but rewarding to know that others wanted to gather and talk bikes and be with other riders.
Not much else to report but that I am still grieving over having to put my helmet on the shelf and I still have thoughts of buying a bike for riding by myself since my bride can’t ride anymore because of back discomfort.

Valkyrie Central Website
Excellent archive with over 50 great and still active Event/Trip Reports and other memorabilia. Pictures are better quality than the ones below and contain comments.

John Schmidt
Saw a pic of myself in Eustis, ’05, hadn’t realized it was that far back. I see Paul (Easygoer) and Dave Bastedo in a couple shots, often wondered whatever happened to them.
We used to have an impromptu gathering loosely referred to as the Breakfast Club, usually met at Luigi’s in B’ville. Dave and Paul often showed up. Another couple whose names I don’t recall, he was a retired local LEO, sheriff’s dept. I believe.
Never forget Red, traded bikes about as often as weather changed so you never knew what he was going to show up on. Think he was involved in a lot of rental properties.
So many regulars in the past often wonder where they are now. I often have been kidded about my slow riding, Jeff Parker (Flavalkrider) used to joke about “John actually got out of 3rd gear.”
But I can’t hold a candle to Easygoer when it comes to “easy” riding style. If he were to match DDT’s mileage, Paul would have to live to be 150. I miss the really good old days of riding in Florida

“It’s a hard life but somebody’s got to live it.”

Ocala 2000
A friendly and diverse group of Valkyrie riders gathered on July 22 in Ocala Florida to kick tires, share experiences and cruise the back roads of Marion County. The group consisted of eight bikes and ten people.
1997 through Y2K bikes were represented and no two bikes were identical. One bike was so unique and customized that the owner had been invited to ship and display the bike at a motorcycle rally in Germany, at the rally sponsors expense.
In contrast one bike seldom gets washed by anything other than rain. One bike’s odometer was pushing 70,000 miles while another had barely past 2000.
Paint finishes ranged from Honda’s bumble-bee black and yellow, to “extreme” custom airbrush motifs.

The riders of these bikes consisted of young retirees to working folks with many years to go. Their attitudes and interests around motorcycles ranged from the ‘fast long-distance rider’ to the ‘local poke along’.
With regard to the care and maintenance of the bikes, diversity was evident in these two quotes “I do all my maintenance myself if at all possible”, “These hands don’t fit a wrench”.
Though experiences and attitudes about riding were diverse there was uniformity in their spirit to help each other out with answers of ‘how do you do that’ and “where did you get that.’

Starting with a breakfast at Denny’, followed by ‘Show and Tell, the gathering was topped off with a ride through the horse country of Marion County and a few twists and turns through the Ocala Forest.
Bruce led our parade which started with 7 bikes and concluded with 2. The decline during the ride was due to other commitments that some of the riders had which required them to drop out part way along the route.
A good time was had by all.
The common thread that drew such a diverse group together is the love of riding and in this particular case the love of riding a Valkyrie. The Valkyrie is in a unique class of its own. It has the classic lines of the hot-rodding cruiser bike but the comfort of the ride meets or exceeds any tour bike made. It has a 1500cc engine with a motor sound that combines the whisper of a 747 jet and the rumble of a 1960’s mussel car Hollywood Glasspack muffler.
With its sport look and its touring comfort, the Valkyrie has been a hit with many rider types. It has more power than any interstate hiway will allow and it can be set up with more creature comforts and gadgets than any two-wheeled toy could ever use.

Neil, Bruce, Ralph, Mike, Jimmy, Karla, Hank, Pat

Daytona 2000

Dennis from Blythe
There was the first ever Honda Valkyrie Charity Custom Cruiser Bike show, held in Daytona, in 2001

2000 – Smilin Jack
I purchased my Valkyrie in Southern Ill, drove all night to get it and returned to GA the following day. Joined the VRCC and soon was involved in many of the activities such as the fund to help fellow members who were hurt.
It was Lamont and Sonny in California who really got me involved with the VRCC. Although I had not ever met either of them.

Then….I had a ride to Daytona with a lot of folks TNT. JW, Christian Earthdog and a host of others. What a blast…. I knew I found a great bunch of folks and met Lamont in Daytona also with Highlander whom I had posted with many times on the board. The rest is history…. Some of my dearest friends are right here. My daughter also joined us in Daytona and made a special friend with Christian….after a comment she’ll never forget at dinner.

There are so many folks that ride Valkyries in GA because of Jeff and I letting them on our bikes. we have a great group here in GA and really feel great to belong to this group on the BBR.
I have had the opportunity to see a lot of folks on the road while traveling such as RJ and others in Arizona. Folks like Ray Hall, Ray Oubre, Big Don and a host of others have made a life time of memories.

I wouldn’t have met all of you if it had not been for getting in the VRCC. When I bought the Valk, I didn’t know anyone who had one, much less anything about the bike.
I searched the net for Valk and stumbled on to the VRCC. I sat back, lurked for a while, and then joined in.

I was treated to many great stories and a lot of advice from the “stars” of the board at that time…Lamonster, Dragbars, Mosa, Smilin Jack, Tennessee Iceman, TNT and JDubya, Speedie, and many, many others.
I went to Daytona and met up with the group. What a thrill it was to meet all these people…and, what a treat it was to be accepted by other riders who I had never met. There ain’t nothing like the brotherhood of the group.
Later I went to Hotglue’s 5B’s BBQ and met more of the group. La. chapter was started, I met Jack in New Orleans and Anita and others.
I have been treated to the wit of Sarge, the craziness of Craze, the hospitality of Hotglue, Lamonster, DB, TenIceman, Big Jon and the Razorback wife, Mosa and his parents (at Inzane), Smilin Jack, Hurricane, RescueRoy and his wife, Gary Williams and Connie, and many others I can’t think of……that’s the problem with getting old….speaking of old, can’t forget RJ…HA!

I met lifelong – best friends – Michael P, Beverly, RPBrown and Cheryl, and Trap in Helen. I’ve ridden to New Mexico with Michael P, and then to Sturgis in 2004 with the entire group.
I have been blessed to meet and keep such great friends that are friends for life. Like Lamont, DB, Mosa, TnIceman, BigJon, and others who formed lifelong friendship, I too have formed lifelong friendships with all of you.
I have been treated to “open house” from TNT and JDubya, ridden with Speedie and others from Tn.

For me, it’s not just the memories of where we all came from, but it is where we landed today. Anytime, anyplace, anything you need, I know I can count on all of my friends and riders.
My memories are of the rides, the gatherings, and the longing to get some planned for 2005. I miss all of you and look forward to the rides next year.

2002-2005 – Panama City


San Antonio

Eustis – Friends at Friendly’s
Thirteen riders started the year off about as good as anyone can; with a motorcycle ride and hooking up with fellow riders. They all arrived at Friendly’s Restaurant near 441 and 19 for some tire kicking and conversation.

San Antonio
San Antonio Florida was invaded by 19 riders on Saturday of Aug 10. We had warm temps (not really hot) clear skies, good conversation and lots of nice rides to check out.
It was a demonstration that last minute events can work. The announcement was sent out on Friday evening around 7 PM.
It was good to see and chat with the regulars, the infrequent and the new folks. The beauty of our group is that you do what you want when you want without any criticism. Come when you can. You’ll always be welcome.
When you get a chance to ride the back roads around San Antonio take advantage of the opportunity. There are more hills and turns in this area than most anywhere in the state.

………Gab and gawk period                                                                                                                             Phil & Jean

Florida Boy’s Barbeque in Brooksville
Red showed up with a new (Debbi dubbed) “baby bike” and Bill showed up with a new Goldwing. Jim had the biggest surprise as he brought a new woman; just a family friend so you gossips will have to look elsewhere.
Deb was exhausted from her late-night hours. She and Fred brought some picture she took at Fall Panama City event. It was good to see Tom back with an Interstate after his flirting with a sport bike. Rick’s bike is still a chrome thief’s dream.

It started with a “Friendly’s” meeting in Eustis. A little introducing and tire kicking developed into Bill suggesting a ride to Minneola. Bill was proclaimed ride leader and started our excursion. About a third of the way there Jimmy became the leader.
About halfway there Robert and Ela got caught at a light, so mark dropped back to serve as a connecting dot between Robert’s vision and the lead group. Finally, the cars turned off and the gang was together again just in time to see Bill and Jimmy switch leader position again. It was a merry ride with all arriving safe and sound and together. What more can one ask for. The weather was absolutely terrific and the surroundings of the outdoor Grill was relaxing and fascinating.
The lake had skiers, sail boats, motor boats and two airplanes. Yep two Pontoon planes, one departing and one arriving, served as part of the floor show. Thanks for the suggestion Bill. We’ll do it again sometime.

BIKERS CREED – submitted by Debie

I ride because it is fun. I ride because I enjoy the freedom I feel from being exposed to the elements, and the vulnerability to the danger that is intrinsic to riding. I do not ride because it is fashionable to do so.
I ride my machine, not wear it. My machine is not a symbol of status. It exists simply for me, and me alone. My machine is not a toy. It is an extension of my being, and I will treat it accordingly, with the same respect as I have for myself.
I strive to understand the inner-workings of my machine, from the most basic to the most complex. I will learn everything I can about my machine, so that I am reliant upon no one but myself for its health and wellbeing.
I strive to constantly better my skill of control over my machine. I will learn its limits and use my skill to become one with my machine so that we may keep each other alive. I am the master; it is the servant.
Working together in harmony, we will become an invincible team.
I do not fear death. I will, however, do all possible to avoid death prematurely. Fear is the enemy, not death. Fear on the highway leads to death, therefore I will not let fear be my master. I will master it.
My machines will outlive me. Therefore, they are my legacy. I will care for them for future bikers to cherish as I have cherished them, whoever they may be.
I do not ride to gain attention, respect, or fear from those that do NOT ride, nor do I wish to intimidate or annoy them. For those that do not know me, all I wish from them is to ignore me.
For those that desire to know me, I will share with them the truth of myself, so that they might understand me and not fear others like me.
I will never be the aggressor on the highway. However, should others mess with me, their aggression will be dealt with in as severe manner as I can cast upon them.
I will show respect to other bikers more experienced or knowledgeable than I am. I will learn from them all I can. However, if my respect is not acknowledged or appreciated, it will end.
I will not show disrespect to other bikers less experienced or knowledgeable than I am. I will teach them what I can. However, if they show me disrespect, the teaching will stop.
It will be my task to mentor new riders that so desire, into the lifestyle of the biker, so that the breed shall continue. I shall instruct them as I have been instructed by those who came before me.
I shall preserve and honor traditions of bikers before me, and I will pass them on unaltered.
I will not judge other bikers on their choice of machine, their appearance, or their profession. I will judge them only on their conduct as bikers. I am proud of my accomplishments as a biker, though I will not flaunt them to others.
If they ask, I will share them.
I will stand ready to help any other biker that truly needs my help. I will never ask another biker to do for me what I can do for myself.
I am not a part-time biker. I am a biker when, and wherever I go. I am proud to be a biker and hide my chosen lifestyle from no one. I ride because I love freedom, independence, and the movement of the ground beneath me.
But most of all, I ride to better understand myself, my machine, the lands in which I ride, and to seek out and know other bikers like myself.

Pic by DDT
Sweetcheeks and the giant flask

Rick Flanders, ‘Flask’, from Florida is renowned for always having an assortment of flasks with him, and all contain various chemical concoctions sure to lubricate the imbibers!
One of those ‘special containers’ is the largest of that type I’ve ever seen, and it always gets passed around… Nope, I didn’t get a selfie, but I surely took a turn!

Arizona Chapter

First Chapter Rep was La Manza Davis in Glendale, CA shortly afterwards followed up by F6gal, Phoenix.

Take a look at this 2001 website with still some active links https://web.archive.org/web/20021218100554/http://azvalks.homestead.com:80/AzValks.html

Roosevelt Lake Ride by Connie

Sunday’s ride has got to be dedicated to Lynn Morris, who gave up her anniversary weekend in Laughlin because she could tell hubby, Ken, really wanted to ride with us. What a gal !!
Yes, it was another absolutely gorgeous Arizona winter day. Eight bikes made it for the ride. New folks today were Ken & Lynn on a Black Tourer, Doug & Charly also on a Black Tourer, and Randy’s son Cameron on his red Magna.
And our returning compatriots: Jerry & Donna, Red Wing; John Q, Blue/Silver I/S; Randy, Black I/S; Diane, Purple/White Std; and, of course, moi on my Dark Red/Cream Tourer.
The route we took today is one of my personal favorites; no matter what time of year the scenery is always breathtaking, and today was no different. We headed out SR60 under sunny skies. SR60 heading into Miami has a fair amount of twisties… pretty good entertainment value. We stopped for Mexican food and socializing in Miami. Then it was on up 88/188. Long, lazy curves with the lake and mountains for a back drop… just incredible.
I only wish I could take pics while riding so I could share the experience. We stopped for pics and more socializing at the lake station and again at a rest stop before heading down 87. 87 is another beautiful scenic route, although I thought this stretch was a little bit prettier last time when the fall colors were at their peak.
I know I say this everytime, but it’s true… Another great ride!!! Thanks everyone who made it, hope you had as good a time as I did. BTW, I love that Valkyrie, what a machine!!!!!

Southern California Valkyrie Riders and the Arizona Valkyrie Club Present

Lots of Fun and Lots of Valkyries

2002 – River Ride Central Valkyrie Rally
http://valkyrieriders.com/f6gal/RiverRun.htm and http://www.valkyrieriders.com/socal/0403laughlin/riverridecentral.htm

Shade, you say….Nearby!
Rest Rooms, you say….We Got Em !
Gasoline, you say….Just Down The Street!
Something to Slake Your Thrist, you say….We’ll Have It!
Plenty Of Valks & Valk Goodies to Oogle At, you say….OF COURSE!
A Place To Rest Your Road Weary Bones & Some Shade So You Can Stop
Workin’ On Your Tan For A Bit, you say….Well NOW, You’re Askin For Alot,

Valkyrie March Down LV Casino Dr.

2002 and 2003 – Prescott, another joint effort by both Chapters
http://www.valkyrieriders.com/socal/0903westernregionrally/home.htm and https://web.archive.org/web/20031008165134/http://www.valkyrieriders.com:80/socal/0903WesternRegionRally/home.htm


Scott – Ride the Rail Winner                                Sandy – Bite the Weenie Winner                             Scott (left) – Slow Race Winner
Grand Prize (W&W)                                                                    Mild Custom                                                                  Wild Custom

2016 – John is hosting a BBQ for Arizona and SoCal VRCC.……and has been a great succes ever since



April 2003 – Seems like some Riders got inspiration by a real-life event in Baghdad.

2004 Graig – Made it home safe

Total trip = 4,514 mi. What a bike. She ran strong and purred like a kitten all the way home. On Sunday I got an unofficial Iron Butt ride in. Made it from Paducah to just short of Tucumcari NM.
I would have made it all the way but I was freezing my butt off. I wasn’t ready for 50 deg. and rain. I got lost in one hell of a thunder storm (frog drownder) just North of Memphis that added about 100 mi. to the trip. Glenn… you should have been there to keep me from getting lost. I’ll need a new rain suit… that old one just didn’t hold up to 90+ MPH sustained winds all day. I managed to hold it together with duct tape until I got home.
At the speeds I was running…. I managed to hit reserve at 95 mi. and at one point, ran out of gas at 140 mi. Good thing I had that extra gas can.

2016 ke6aza – 1st Annual BBQ At The Barn
I want to thank everyone for coming out and making this event the success that it was. We had at least 29 people. I am not sure of the count. It was really good seeing old friends and making new ones.
I didn’t get any pictures so I hope other people did and will post some. We have met some really great people through this club. I have gotten a lot of enjoyment, good memories, and great friends from riding with the VRCC.
It is nice to be able to give back a little. I am looking forward to sharing the road with my VRCC friends, old and new. Donna and I sure had a great time. Donna is already talking about doing a BBQ again next year.
I hope everybody has a safe trip home. Again, thank you all for coming.

Great Line up

Montezuma’s Castle                                                                                                       Our fearless leader and our Gracious Host

Hackberry General Store

Nevada Chapter

2008 – OneWay Wayne invites SoCal to Vegas

Well the first thing I want to do is give a big Thank You to Wayne for setting this great ride up and making the hotel arrangements. I know you will all agree that Wayne did a great job.
It was a great day to ride. Wayne served up some wonderful weather and roads for us. We all meet at Buffalo Bills for a nice lunch at the Buffet. I think it was around 15 bikes total. Curmudgeon from the Nevada chapter joined us as well as a new VRCC members Doug and Helen. It was Doug’s first ride with us and he emailed me and said he had a great time. Looking forward to seeing him and Helen again in the future.
After lunch we all loaded up and Wayne lead the way to Lake Mead. A few of us even had a little fun with some roll on drag racing down hwy 93. I must say all are bikes are equal. We made a couple of stops along the way for gas and a break but the most beautiful spot was at Lake Mead. The lake was very low but nice all the same. We finally got to the hotel around 6:30 to check in and we meet for dinner at 7:30 in the buffet. They were very nice in seating us all together and it was fun. Wayne and Teri were the big 50/50 winners. It was his first time and I think it was great since he planned the ride and all.
Although the weather was great on Saturday it was a different story on Sunday. I was a cold and windy ride home. Lou, Rick, Rob and I did make a stop in Baker for a strawberry shake despite the cold though.
That’s about it. Hope to see you all next month for Darkwing’s Joshua Tree ride.

2009 – HotRod

Went up to Mt Charleston this AM to escape the heat for a little bit, had a nice breakfast at the lodge out on the balcony, nice cool 70 degrees, rode around the mountain for awhile enjoying each others company and the beautiful senery. Then back down the hill to hell! It’s starting to get cooler in the evening and mornings finally, been working alot of hours latley and hav’nt posted in quite a while but think about all of you often. I hope all enjoyed Inzane,wish I could of gone, heres a few pic’s from today.

Took off Saturday with two other couples to head to Kingman AZ to meet a bunch of other hooligans but one of out brother had nothing but trouble so it took us way to long to get there and the had left. We did finally make it to Kingman and had a bite to eat, I had planed all along to split off and ride to Flagstaff and spend the night, so that’s what I did and the other limped into Laughlin for the night and then back home in the morning. I woke up in Flag and had breakfast and headed north to Page AZ and then across to Kanab UT, then ST. George UT then home to Henderson NV. Nice ride just just the last 300 miles were total $hit. Gust of wind up to 50 mph, cross winds from both sides, head winds, cold and clouds coming in like crazy, needless to say I was high tailing it for home so as not to get wet if it could be avoided, and it wasn’t my day to get wet, thank God. The wind beat the hell out of me and it was time for the hot spa, oh yeah baby.

Arkansas Chapter
Natural State Dragon Riders

2000 – David R. Wooten

The Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club Arkansas Chapter is only now getting its feet planted firmly on the ground, and so it falls to the membership to help us fill out the “weakest” section of our site.
In short, we need everything and anything that might be of interest to fellow Arkansas Valkyrie riders. Email me as much or as little as you want – if it fits, we’ll add it!
You will find our members friendly and helpful. There is NO political structure here and therefore NO politics. This club is all about the love of the Valkyrie and the people who ride them.
What more do we need. The VRCC will be around for the long haul just like F6Rider Webzine, we ain’t going nowhere folks! Oh I forgot to mention, it’s FREE!

Gregg Buchanan

In years past, we had an Arkansas Valkyrie Riders Cruisers Club group. I’ve also enjoyed many rides with the VRCC group and have met more good friends there than I can count.
A great event VRCC has done in the past is the Robbers’ Cave Event where AR, TX, OK, etc., met at Robbers Cave State Park in NW OK and rode Hwy. 1 (I believe) through Queen Willimena where we lunched before looping back to Robbers Cave Park for social time.
David Mills lived in Fayetteville/Springdale-area and was very active in the AR Valkyrie Group in years past. A group of us who attended Bikes, Blues, & Barbecue rode together in the parade and had a get-together that was led by David and his wife.

Don Taylor, David Mills lived in Fayetteville/Springdale-area and was very active in the AR Valkyrie Group in years past. A group of us who attended Bikes, Blues, & Barbecue rode together in the parade and had a get-together that was led by David and his wife. Last I heard, they had an accident and I don’t know if they’re still riding.


The Arkansas VRCC chapter is hosting a Valkyrie ride-in on April 28-30. The ride-in will be located in Hot Springs Arkansas at the Clarion Inn. Plan to arrive the evening of the 28th and join the group ride on Friday the 29th.
The ride on Friday will be up Hwy 7 to Jasper for lunch and winding back down to Hot Springs for dinner in the evening. The route will be roughly 300 miles. Saturdays ride has not been decided yet, leaving Sunday for your trip home.
If you have never had the chance to ride the mountain roads in Arkansas you don’t know what you are missing! So, don’t miss this one!
Check out Scott’s pictures from the early days

2014 – Hot Springs Ride Pics

Jack B
My wife and I had never been to the Smokie Mountains and wanted to go there to see and ride along the mtn roads on our way to InZane. I e-mailed Vickie to find a good place to stay in the area since I knew she had recently moved there. Vickie and J-Dubya offered us a room and their hospitality. My wife was apprehensive since she had not met Vickie and I really didn’t know her except over the web at VRCC and Big Bike Riders.
Vickie was persistant and we stayed with her and J-Dubya for the few days we were there. We even took our dogs, Sasha and Oakley. While there, we met TJ and the Boyz. Vickie showed us the area as well as Southern Hospitality I think most of us think is dead.
Another time was HotGlue’s BBQ in Friendswood(aptly named). Mark and Flamingo Babe throw an awesome party. Best food and hospitality in Texas. While there, Texas riders showed us the area.
We met DC, Speedy, and many more of the folks we had “met” thru the VRCC and BBR. All treated us like family(heck, better).
Since then I have been to Vickie’s for her BBQ, been back to HotGlue’s again, and had Mark meet me in New Orleans for a few beers. Sarge has come to visit New Orleans. Yogi and Rocket and Big Ern has come to visit.
Wow, too much and too many good folk to mention. I guess bottom line is I have the VRCC to thank for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this.

Utah Chapter

2000 – Moab Ride

A few sublime pics by Reed England

2011 – Des – Weekend trip to Zion National Park (very nice pics)
Kendall, Michael K, Duane (Wizard) and I spent a wonderful weekend riding to & around Zion National Park in Utah.
Kendall & I had been to Zion a few years back with some Cajuns — but it’s such a beautiful experience that it’s certainly worth a 2nd, 3rd, 4th trip.
The ride up was glorious once we got up around Payson and beyond. Weather was much warmer over the weekend than we expected but once we were north it was a nice weekend — until Sunday afternoon when we dropped back down into this hell we call the Valley of the Sun.
All total we rode about 1040 miles, which is a short trip for Kendall and I — but this is our 1st real ride since we came home from Elko, NV in May. We headed out on Friday morning and was back home before bed on Sunday.
Stayed at a wonderful little place called Mt. Carmel Motel & RV Park. Owner was an elderly lady and couldn’t have been sweeter.

High points (outside of the companionship) was the couple of close calls with a pair of Bambies and the tourist chasing a herd of sheep back and forth across the road right in front of us! ***#$%@#$% tourist #$%@#$***

On the way back home Sunday Michael took us around be Jacobs Lake which is a really nice area and spectacular ride — swung back up the hill to the look out on the way to Page so we could catch a couple of the road side vendors (looking for me a new watch) — parked the Valks and no sooner did we get 2 steps away from our Dragons they were swarmed by about a dozen tourists off a bus that was there checking out the vendors. It was hilarious (pictures included)
If you’ve never been to Zion I would highly recommend adding it to your bucket list — it’s worth the kick!

2012 – MrArn – Ride to Moab Utah & Monument Valley

Pic by MarkT

Mike McDonald – Near Uvada, elev 5700’

2018 – fudgie’s X country trip
Left July 26th and got home last night. 4,176 miles. Trip was mostly Utah. Did Rocky Mntn NP, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Arches, Escalente, Capitol Reef, Capulin Volcano, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
I been putting off Utah for many yrs. Ever since I talked to strider about his “Billy & Wyatt” trip, Utah has been on my list. Made it happen this yr. smitten

Did some Pony Express stuff and center of the US in Kansas.
Stayed in Estes Park which was ok. Hotel was awesome. RMNP/Colorado I coulda skipped. No offense! RMNP reminds me of Beartooth pass/ Chief Joeseph HWY so I got bored fast. Now the wind river Canyon? was really neat.
Went to Shooters grill in Rifle Co also.
Spent 2 nights in Moab. Rented a Jeep and did 8 hrs of off roading in Canyonlands NP. Wow is all I can say.
Dixie National forest South of Torrey UT was awesome. They had a light up sign that said “motorcycles use caution. curves next 100 miles”. Awesome mountain roads.
Bryce Canyon was my fav but Zion made you say wow!
Did 2 nights on the North Rim. Had a forest fire there so they shut one of the roads down but we made it before they did.
2 nights in New Mexico. Gorgeous mountain riding. Better then CO imho. Stayed at the haunted St James Hotel. Hit 4 corners again also.
Stayed the night in dodge City KS and won my money back at Black jack in the casino. Evil Got me a souvenir Harley shirt from the dealer. Evil
We rode curves for 7 straight days and I was tired of it. crazy2 Was so glad when we got to Oklahoma/KS. Had a lot of 100 deg days but wasn’t bad. Thx heavens for Yeti, sheep skin, and long sleeves.
No humidity so its a lot more tolerable. It was 100 in Moab and we were walking around town and I didn’t even sweat. 7 miles of rain so no rain gear needed. Also was stopped by 4p so no clear glasses were used. 2 yrs in a row for it!
I think were done with the travels for awhile. Going back to Sturgis next yr. I miss it and my friends.

Finally got my cd of pics back for our annual Jul/Aug trip. Here is a sample of over 400 pics I took. 16 days and 4200 miles. 38 deg to 110 deg. Loved every min of it together. smitten
Ready to roll!
Awesome pics http://www.valkyrieforum.com/bbs/index.php/topic,103086.0.html

Colorado Chapter

Initial State Rep was Spencer aka “Popsmcwhly”, shortly after followed by Damon aka “Misfit” up to this day. The above CO website adress also mentions Raymond aka “Whooray” as State Rep at some point in time.


Well my story is just one of many in my short 1.5 years of owning the Valk. On the way to InZane IV this last year when I found myself in Sleepy town AR. On a Saturday Evening I was lucky enough to make it to the Hotel.
I made it to the hotel with Steel wear bands popping out of my rear tire.So here we are, Saturday Night in Mountain View AR. (Small Town) With a tire that is about to pop. On our way to Inzane. What to do?
Well called a few towing companies, $300-500+ to get me and the bike to the next Large city. Motorcycle shops wernt going to be open till Tuesday. I was a sitting duck.
I called my friend in KY who I had met through the VRCC board, and he said lets post a help message. I thought, What the heck it couldn’t hurt. I was about to have the bike towed to Memphis TN to wait till Tuesday for the Honda shop to open.
Well sure enough I got a phone call Saturday night from a fella in FL but no help there. So we went out for supper and I tried to find a local who wanted to make a couple Hundred to trailor me and the Valk to either Memphis or Little Rock.
No Luck. Sunday Morning comes and the phone rings again. It is a VRCC member named John. He says he is about 1.5 hours north of us. He then says I have a old spare Avon, A lift and all the tools to change the tire.
And that he could be there in the next 2 hours. WOW now here it is Sunday morning and this fella who I have never talked to or met before is willing to but his Sunday plans on hold and come out of his way to help a complete stranger.
I am blown away by this, and accept his offer. So me and my 2 ridding buddies waited for him to show up. We started taking apart what we could to get to the rear tire before he showed up.
Sure enough John, my new best friend in AR pulls up in his truck. Oh by the way thank God John also new how to change the tire. I have changed dirt bike tires on the trail but nothing like this.
So here we are in the parking lot of the Best Western tearing it down. Well it took all 4 of us to monky that tire off the rim but lo and behold 2 hours later the tire was replaced and the bike was put back together.
Now this fella John has just saved my bacon. And I donated a nice cash reward to him for his troubles and the old Avon. So we were back on the road again only 4 hours behind schedule.
Now I had never really been much of a group person before. But let me say this really opened my eyes to the power of the group. We met up with John and his lovely wife @ Inzane a few days later.
Awesome people associated with this group. I also met a bunch of other really nice people at the ralley. This by far is one story I will never forget. Out in the middle of no-where and SOL when the cavalry comes a callin.
Amazing I owe a favor back to someone in need at some point so if you ever find yourself SOL in Colorado, Pops will come a callin.

May the Power of the Group Ride On……

VRCC’s first mass ride to Colorado started in monsoon conditions, LOL

2006 oZ – Valkyrie Motorcycle Ride in Colorado video

2008 Gary’s Trip Report – Run for the border (southern Colorado)

I made a run up to southern Colorado today to check on my place in Alamosa. The weather was great, a tad nippy starting out in the mid 50’s.
The forecast had scattered showers so I had planned on getting wet at least on the return trip.
I got out of the house before 8 and was on my way. No stop at my usual spot to check out Rio Chama just before Abiquiu this morning since I had hoped to minimize my rain experience today and it was slated for somewhere around 11:00.
As I rolled into Chama I could tell the train was either getting ready to or had just taken off from all the black smoke in the air.
Lots of camera folks out after the train this morning. Got a few shots of the Rio Grande Express just north of Chama.

2009 GorisGreen – Colorado Motorcycle Ride Million Dollar highway video

2012 Scott in Ok – Those great bucket list motorcycle trips – Colorado

Have you taken one of those great motorcycle trips, and marked one off the ole bucket list? I have several still on my list, but when I got my first Valkyrie in 1999, that bucket list trip was to Colorado.
When I was young, my family would take a trip every summer to Colorado on a family Vacation. It had been twenty years and I wanted to go back and do it all again on a motorcycle.
That trip came together in 2005 with BlackPearl’s Captain and Rhonda, Gary(NM), and Buzz(an early VRCC guy who was riding his BMW).
It all started in Alamosa, Co staying at Gary’s house.

Dennis from Blythe

RJ Hey good buddy, there are 752 members in Colorado.

2013 *!*! Colorado Riders !*!* Pikes Peak Or Bust Ride

Josh, our rideleader

2013 Gary’s Trip Report – Mesa Verde & Zion NP’s Run

I’d left off in San Clemente, leaving my bike at my sister place in SC.
My son and I headed back to New Mexico in his jeep to hold a Yard Sale at my place. Following the Yard Sale, we came back to San Clemente via the more scenic route vs I-40.
We headed due NW to Mesa Verde NP. Mesa Verde offers some nice roads and scenic views, especially by bike.
If you’re into cliff dwellings, this is the place for you. We have our own in Bandelier NP in my own backyard, this place exceeds that.

Imagine coming back from a long day at the… hunt, and then having to climb up to your complex with your days score? We did see a fellow Valker on the trip, didn’t meet them but seemed to be a family of 4 on this pup with AZ plates.

South side distant view of Monument Valley traveling along Hwy 160W just before Kayenta, AZ. We did an overnighter in Kanab, UT and hit Zion NP in the a.m.
Since this was tourist season, camp sites and most motels were booked solid. We lucked upon a decent place to stay, The Treasure Trails Motel and then had a nice dinner at The Rocking V Cafe. What kind of ale do you drink when in Zion???

Had a great trip, spending time with my son, daughter, dad and family in general.

In 2013, Misfit started a very nice and extensive thread about Colorado Rides

2014 Poindexter Throckmorton – Heroes & Valkyries on Skyline Drive
Awesome narrow road on top of a 900ft high hogback ridge near Canon City Colorado. Dropoff cliffs on both sides of the narrow road. Traversing the ridge in this video on Valkyrie motorcycles, filmed at 720p front and rear views, picture-in-picture.

Skyline Drive just west of Canon City, CO. I did a couple videos of it on youtube. That’s Misfit in front.

2017 Mark T

I suppose but if we can make it to Crawford we’d like to see what has happened to the Mad Dog Ranch Fountain Cafe. We have a history there 15 years ago, many trips to visit, stayed at the house, as friends of Pam & George Magenta (her brother) and acquaintances of Joe. Ate in the cafe many times. Pam had a GW trike, and a Shadow. I rode her trike – the only one I’ve ever been on. She openly invited bike clubs on their web site. Kind of annoyed the townfolk, I understood.
She and Joe hosted the VOA ride-in at the town park across the street around 2003 I think it was. Pretty cool, Joe Cocker giving out the club awards.
George had a black and jade ’97 or ’98. Very aggressive rider, he had a mishap with his niece on the back. We have some pieces from the Cocker’s house yard sale around 2008, signed by Joe.
We haven’t been back since they closed the cafe and now that Joe is gone and Pam has sold the “big house”. As I said before, I noticed the Cafe is up and running again, on a recent ride – I wasn’t leading and we just sailed by – I understand from a Western Slope VRCC local (He posted in this thread), under new ownership.
Back in the day, this was a High Country Cruisers ride I think – that’s a HCC T-shirt by the front door. That’s George Jackson (who built my “George” bike) behind his yellow wing.

2017 Ron – Fall Color Ride

Well I’m just getting around to posting pictures of my Annual Fall Color Ride to Colorado that I took last week. I was a little early this year, but still got some good colors. I had a great ride and the weather was pretty good most of the ride.
When I got to the top Wolf Creek Pass the bottom fell out on the way down. Heavy rain, strong winds, lighting, very close thunder and of course hail (Not to mention I was almost out of gas with 235 miles on the current tank).
This went on for about 15 miles, but then I had blue skies again into Pagosa Springs. It was a great trip can’t wait until next year. Enjoy!!

Million Dollar Hwy Above Lake City

The most beautiful out house in Colorado                                                                  Road to Creede

Wisconsin Chapter

The current Chapter’s Message board starts in 2004, mainly with concerns about the cold weather

2005 Richard (State Rep) Welcomes Cajun Angel from DFW VRCC

Welcome to the Dairy State, please bring some warm weather with you . You’ll find that the VRCC is a loose organization here in Cheese Land, I don’t know why, but even my Honda Riders Club chapter based out of Sportland 2 in Oak Creek suffers from apathy. As always the Wisconsin VRCC Chapter will be what you make of it.

Present State Rep is the Don

2007 Ride Report by Kaz

On Saturday Jack, Lee, John & Travis led John, Denise, Marilyn and I on a ride from Two Rivers to the Kettle Moraine State Forest and back.
We left Jacks place near Two Rivers, WI and proceeded south through Manitowoc to county highway LS to Cleveland where we topped off the tanks. From there we went to Kiel, WI and onto Elkhart Lake where we stopped at a point behind the Road America race track where we watched what appeared to be Porches on the track. We left that stop and went onto Greenbush, WI where we got onto the Kettle Moraine Forest Scenic parkway and followed it through the twisties to a point near Hartford, WI. From there we dropped down to the man’s mall commonly referred to as Cabelas, for a short walk about and then it was back on the road to Two Rivers and a barbecue at Jacks’.
In all we put on just a little over 200 miles before it was all said and done but we had great weather and roads. We saw some of Wisconsin’s finest country out there. It was just awesome. There were a total of six bikes and eight riders
When we got back to Jacks’ place he threw a cookout for us that beyond words. Thanks for the great ride Jack! Marilyn and I are looking forward to the next one!

Trip Report to da nort
Earlier today, John and Denise Horton, Marilyn and I took a ride up into da nort woods to see the fall colors and some of Wisconsin’s Waterfalls.
We left Green Bay and rode up Interstate 43 until we hit US 41 / 141 and got to the Hwy B exit at Suamico. There, we got off the slab and followed the county roads J and S into Oconto, WI where due to road construction; we stayed on Cty Hwy S until it put us back out on US 41.
We then followed 41 through Peshtigo, WI until we got to the western edge of Marinette, WI. At the intersection of US 41 and WI 180, we turned left or North and started to follow the Menominee River on the Wisconsin side.
The Menominee River forms from the confluence of the Brule and Paint Rivers and is part of the border between the states of Wisconsin and Michigan. It runs from its’ head waters north of Iron Mountain, MI to where it discharges into the Bay of Green Bay at the twin cities of Marinette, WI and Menominee, MI.

We stopped at a Marinette County park that was along Hwy 180 near Mc Allister, WI for a short break and some photos along the river and then we proceeded to Wausaukee, WI where we once again hooked up with Hwy 141.
We turned north and followed it to Pembine, WI where we topped off the tanks. Then we rode south about two miles to Cty Hwy Z where we turned east and rode the eight miles or so to Miscuano Island and the Four Seasons Resort where we had lunch.
The Four Seasons Resort was built as a getaway for the rich and famous lumber barons back in the late 1800’s. It’s on Miscuano Island which sits in the middle of the Menominee River.
A steam train would bring the guests to the island via two trestle’s which are now used as the roads onto the island. Once the guests were on the island, they would be entertained by golf, tennis, canoeing, fishing and swimming.
You can still do that there today.

After lunch at the Boundary Waters Café, we left the island and returned to Hwy 141 for the trip back down to Green Bay. Before we would get to Green Bay however, we stopped at Dave’s Falls. Another Marinette County Park.
There we walked through the woods to the Pike River and one of a series of waterfalls. Because its fall, the water is much lower than it was in the spring and some areas that were flowing then, were dry but the views were worth the walk.

After we had seen the falls, we saddled up for the ride back to town. We were about seventy miles out at that point so we got onto the bikes and pointed them south until we hit Crivitz, WI where we stopped for a beverage.
Then it was back to Green Bay where John and Denise peeled off to the left and Kewaunee and Marilyn and I went down the street to our home.

2008 Copper Harbor Run
Mrs. K. and I hit our door today at approx. 3:30 PM after our trip with Michigan’s Misguided to Copper Harbor. As always, we had a great time. Many thanks to Timbr and Chili for setting up such a way cool event.
We definitely need to get more Wisconsin dragons into this herd!
Marilyn and I left after work on Friday and rode up to the cabin in Channing, MI where because of the time, we spent the night. This ended up being a good idea because of the storm that blew over us that night.
She was a good one and boy did it rain.

When we got up on Saturday morning, the skies were clear and it was comfortably warm. We hit the road from Channing at about 09:00 AM and proceeded up M95 to the intersection of M28 & Hwy 41 where we turned left and pointed our Dragon west towards Lanse, Baraga and the Keweenaw Peninsula.
When we got to the Baraga State Park we pulled off the road for a short break and some photos of the Keweenaw Bay. After we dewatered, we pressed on until we hit the town of Chassell, MI where we got stopped by the annual Strawberry fest parade. Ironically, Timbr, Chili and Black Dog were there somewhere enjoying the festivities too.
We drove the parade route at a foot per hour and didn’t see anyone we knew so once it was over, we kicked the dragon into hyper speed until we got to Han#### where we stopped for fuel.

When the beast was sated, we once again turned our attention to the ride and headed north to the tip of the Keweenaw and Copper Harbor. The farther we ranged the more desolate it got. There were however small pockets of civilization.
Towns such as Calumet and Laurium. We really wanted to go to Gay, MI and have our picture taken in front of the Gay Bar but we were running late and wanted to get to Copper Harbor before the end of the day.
We rode Hwy 41 all the way to its end and then found the motel. Nothing fancy but nice, quiet, and clean. The dragon got fed earlier so once we got checked in, we walked up to the Tammerack Inn where the girls took care of us and we had lunch.
Then it was off to the local junk shop for a tee shirt, ice cream or whatever Mrs. K wanted.

Copper Harbor, like most of the little towns up there are just full of little artsy shops and museums like the Finnish Homestead museum. It takes you back to an earlier time when life may not have been so hi tech but just as complicated.
The next time we go there, we’re going to leave early enough to ride the loop and get some bread from the Monks. We also want to ride to the top of Brockway Mountain and get some panoramic pictures.

Around 4:30 PM RTaz and Devlin pulled in and we paid them a quick visit. Then, a little while later Blackdog rapped at our door and checked in on us.
From Steve we learned about the dinner plans. Chili had made reservations for the group to have dinner at the Keweenaw Mt. Lodge at 7:30 PM.
So after a little goofing around at the motel we waited until the leader said “saddle up” and we all mounted our dragons, wings and VTXs and off we went up to the mountain and its lodge.
Holy wha, what a dinner! Dinner was superb! A salad and Prime Rib buffet fit for a King and what a place, absolutely gorgeous! The lodge has its history back to the 1920s or 30s and is comprised of a series of guest cabins, motel, the lodge itself and a beautiful golf course.

After dinner, we all returned to the motel for the evening’s festivities. Gary wanted some pictures of his dragon on one of the piers so out he drove and because he’s such a stud muffin, all the girls decided that they had to have their picture taken with him around his dragon. After that we set up a Goldwing that had an XM radio and listened to the tunes until IT happened.
Someone had set up (I think by magic) three chairs in the middle of the circle and RTaz said “it was time”. Earlier in the day I poked him about becoming one of Michigan’s Misguided.
After all, we now own property in upper Michigan and I figured what da heck?

Well, wouldncha know Old Nick himself was there that night and Black Dog, My Bride and I was led to them chairs where Black Dog said to me “if they start putting fire wood around our feet, run!”
Then, all the misguided got up and started dancing around us and Old Nick appeared and we were initiated into one of the most prestigious and venerable groups in the VRCC. Michigan’s Misguided.
I don’t think I have laughed so hard in a long time. It was fabulous!
We had a great time and I want to thank Timbr and Chili for all the effort they put into this ride. Mrs. K and I are signed up for the next one!

2008 Midwest Valk Ride In
Yes, it is that time of the year when the roads of Southwest Wisconsin call out to us to ride and have a very enjoyable weekend up in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and beyond.
Lee, Dale and I left for Prairie Du Chien on 9/11. We hit some light rain 25 miles into your trip. On with the rain suits all the way there. It was wet but no heavy rain. We stopped for lunch in Beaver Dam, then we stopped in Spring Green by The Ring Brothers to see the Good Guys street car of the year (2nd year in a row they won). It’s a small shop that builds some of the best cars in the nation. Look for it on the cover of an upcoming Hot Rod mag. One more stop at a Honda dealer in Richland Center.
Once in Prairie Du Chien, 12 bikes went for a ride on Hwy C lots of turns & hills, then out to eat. The next day we rode north. This is a great place to ride all hills and some tight turns and great scenery. We ended up in Melrose. Dale & I headed home since I had to be home by noon on Saturday and they were talking about rain & more rain so I got home at 10 pm. Dry but tried. Lee stayed till Sunday. They went for a ride on Sat. but it was wet and no fun so they cut the ride short.
On Friday we had 12 or 14 bikes (not sure) On Sat I think they had about 18. Should have had 40 plus bikes but with all the rain some played it safe and stayed home.
Great ride, weather sucked.

2009 Kaz – The New Fox and Hound
Is definitely on the list for a run on the Valkyries this coming summer. Besides, the deserts alone are worth the ride. This was the first of the Wisconsin VRCC winter meetings and it was a huge success. I would like to thank everyone for coming.

2013 – Thedon

Hello Everyone,
We are Don (thedon) and Barb (Barbo) Bartz. We are the new state reps for Wisconsin. We live in Watertown which is in the South-central part of the state. We have been members of the VRCC for 4 years and were asked at Inzane XIII if we wanted to be the reps. We gladly accepted. Since Inzane we have received information on how to get an email list of all the Wisconsin VRCC members. We got that. Thanks Scott!!! Thanks to NICO from the Chicago area for sending me his survey which I edited and sent out to everyone on the list. If you did not receive an email with a link to the survey, please send me a PM and I’ll get it to you. We look forward to, hopefully, getting the word out on rides or events from all parts of Wisconsin. Please check the Wisconsin board often as this will be used for posting of events.

2017 Oss – Highway 42, the northern end Door County

Georgia Chapter


After many exceptional rides with Earthdog he mentioned that he road to Daytona with some crazy folks. He told me they actually left him in the dust…. Jeff had his Valkyire at that time and thanks to Gary Williams showing off on Hwy 60 near Suschess I decided it was time to plunge and get a Valkyrie.
Nov 16, 2000. I purchased my Valkyrie in Southern Ill, Drove all night to get it and returned to GA the following day. Joined the VRCC and soon was involved in many of the activities such as the fund to help fellow members who were hurt.
It was Lamont and Sonny in California who really got me involved with the VRCC. Although I had not ever met either of them.
Then…..I had a ride to Daytona with a lot of folks TNT. JW, Christian Earthdog and a host of others.. What a blast….I knew I found a great bunch of folks and met Lamont in Daytona also with Highlander whom I had posted with many times on the board. The rest is history…. Some of my dearest friends are right here. My daughter also joined us in Daytona and made a special friend with Christian….after a comment she’ll never forget at dinner.
There are so many folks that ride Valkyries in GA because of Jeff and I letting them on our bikes. we have a great group here in GA and really feel great to belong to this group on the BBR.
I have had the opportunity to see a lot of folks on the road while traveling such as RJ and others in Airzona. Folks like Ray Hall, Ray Oubre, Big Don and a host of others have made a life time of memories.

2000 Helen – As experienced by Jim Duffy

At the height of the activity there were some 75 or so bikes gathered in Helen, GA. for the weekend.
For those who couldn’t or didn’t make it, and have never been to Helen GA, it is a small, picturesque German Village nestled in the northeast corner of The Great State of Georgia.
As we neared Helen the roads just got better & better. Vicki managed to scrape her pegs several times and declared she had done this in Jim’s (DIA BOH) honor, as his job kept him from attending the Gathering.

On Friday, guys and gals were arriving at the host Motel for the Southeastern Gathering of the Valkyries. The event was sponsored by the Dixie Desperados and was hosted by Dave and Debbie Lott.
Friday evening, as we waited in line to buy shirts and such, conversing with those who were also waiting, we enjoyed drinks and chips with one of the best cheese dips I’ve ever had, and those who met me can testify to the possibility of my having tasted many.

The host Motel was a choice of shear genius; I’ll go into that a little later. The rooms didn’t have all the little niceties like a refrigerator, microwave, or coffeepot, but they were spacious, clean, and something high on my list, had plenty of hot water.
The beds were also comfortable so I’d give it at least an 8 rating so far.
As the evening approached, the dinner meal was drawing near. Earlier I had walked across the street in search of some adult beverages and supplies. We found a nice German Restaurant with wide selections on their menu.
The group we were with decided to make that our restaurant of choice, and as we entered, we found it was Karaoke night. For some this is a fun thing, for me it means loud music and no conversation.
As is usually the case, there were some really good singers who must do this often, but there were also the rank amateurs who almost made you run for the doors? The Karaoke Master had a little fun with the group of Valkyrie riders by starting a song most people knew, then shoving the microphone into someone’s face to sing a verse. Fortunately, it never got to me. Not only did I not know the words; I couldn’t see the monitor either. Not to mention I can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

At my table was a friend, John Rogers, who attends a guitar work shop almost every year, so he’s not only familiar with a number of songs but does have a little experience performing in public.
He selected a song and sang to the delight of all. One of the better singers if I do say so myself. John is one of the parties I rode to the event with, he, on his Yellow and Cream Valkyrie, me, on my Magenta Goldwing, Miss Vicki, my SO, on her Purple and White Valkyrie with the beetle bags, and Lynda and Donnie Nelson on their White Goldwing.
After dinner, and enough song to last the evening, we headed back to the Motel, and this is where the choice of Motel really showed its brilliance. Since all the room entrances were to the parking lot instead of a central hall way, groups of riders were pulling up chairs from the rooms and pool area to form up small “Parking Lot Camp Fires.” The only thing missing was the fire. It was great to sit and hear the stories of how everyone found themselves riding the Valkyrie, the personalizing touches made to their Bikes, and how many guys wanted their Ladies to ride their own Valk!

As a rider myself, and having had the opportunity to do a little time on my SO’s Valk, it’s easy to understand not only why so many have made the change to “The Fat Lady, or The Dragon”, which ever you prefer, but also why they are so excited about the Bike, and how it draws an otherwise diverse group into a close-knit knot of friends. At one time I had already written an article on “Why a Valkyrie?” It may be still on my hard drive if anyone’s interested.
As the night grew old, almost as if by magic, most everyone turned in for a little sack time before the coming day’s rides.
Saturday morning came quickly, and the activities in the parking lot started early. The Deals Gap ride was pulling out at 08:00 sharp because it was pretty much an all-day ride.
This ride was being guided by Bubba Hog (Hal Hogan), who is well known for his ability to take the twisties with the best of them.
A short time after the Deals Gap riders pulled out, two more groups formed up. The common choice, it seems, of the two groups was the Highland ride, but fortunately we took different paths.
I estimate there were at least 25 bikes total between the second and third groups to pull out. Our paths did cross at some point during the ride, and I believe both groups were in Highland, NC at the same time, but we never caused a problem with traffic anywhere we went. It seemed we rode about 6 or 7 hours with a lunch break in the city of Highland, and traveled the States of Georgia, North Carolina, and a little piece of South Carolina.
We were led by Mark Bo and Tiny, who did a great job of navigating the back roads. All totaled, the Memphis group rode in 6 states this weekend, the above mentioned three as well as Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.

As our host had commented, you can’t make a bad turn in this neck of the woods. Every road has its challenges and was fun to ride. Mark’s SO, Miss Karen, was riding her own V Star and she hung with the best of them.
Strangely, Sunday morning as we were getting ready to leave I noticed her front tire had most of the center tread intact and the side tread worn down about a sixteenth of an inch. Not like riding in Memphis where we wear our tires flat.

After returning to the Motel for a little refreshment, we heard about Phil Ferguson, the fellow from Alabama, who lost it during his ride and was taken to the Hospital. He was riding one of the other two purple and white Valkyries.
Vicki and I had talked with him earlier that morning while refueling. This was sad news and dampened our spirits, but we soon heard he was banged up and had a few broken bones but nothing life threatening.
Later on the web page a picture showed Phil sitting up in the hospital smiling with the V sign for Valkyrie. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I wish him a speedy recovery and an insurance adjuster who rides.

Before the planned group dinner at Unicoi Lodge we visited the local leather and T-shirt stores for a little shopping. There was a nice leather jacket that John wanted, but the price was a little too steep, so we had to let it go.
The owner demonstrated a pocket hidden in the jacket he said would be perfect for carrying a piece (Handgun). He commented that he always carried one when he rode. I asked why he felt it necessary to carry a gun, and he related an incident that happened to him. “I was riding, approaching an intersection when a four-wheeler ran the stop sign. He asked if I knew what he had done, to which I replied…” You shot the SOB”!? The owner, after hearing my reply, looked at me a little funny and said…” No! I laid my bike down!” It was about this time another customer distracted him and we all looked at each other trying to figure out what that story had to do with carrying a gun. I guess you had to be there?

After that amazing story we went upstairs to the shirt shop and I selected a T-shirt for my upcoming weekend with my brothers on Dale Hollow Lake. We then headed back to the Motel to prepare for the ride to Dinner.
Now this was pretty impressive too, some 50 or so bikes about 99% Valkyries, pulled onto the main drag through town to ride to dinner. I believe we counted 56 bikes at the dinner, and a few more later at the group photo.
The Lodge was a huge place who served dinner to others as well as our group; we did however have our own dining room. On the menu were…let’s see, shrimp cocktail, salad, beef tips, pork and sauerkraut, scalloped potatoes, notice the “S” on potato, nobody eats just one, and many desserts. For Banquet food, it was pretty good.

After dining, Dave got up to say a few words, and updated us on Phil Ferguson’s condition. It sounded like Phil would be OK. Dave and Debbie got a standing ovation for the work they had put into making this ride the best motorcycle event I’ve even been to.
There were door prizes too, and as they were drawn, a strange thing happened. Dave asked the Rabbi to draw from the hat, actually more like a piece of Tupper Ware. With his head twisted away and looking to the heavens, he drew about three or four names of people who were sitting close to him. Bill Carty and his wife, from the Nashville, TN area, were both winners. This looked a little strange, but that’s about it. He reached into the hat, and drew I believe five times.

Now luck is a strange thing and can be amazing too. One of the guys from the Memphis group, Mr. Ed Bell riding a Red and White Valkyrie, won the $40.00 gift certificate from the leather shop mentioned earlier.
Ed knew John wanted that expensive jacked from the leather shop, you know, the one with the carry pocket, so he offered the certificate to John, who added it to the already generous 10% discount, and picked up the jacket for the ride home.
It’s nice to know people of this caliber, and the amazing thing is we were with a whole room full of them. Lastly, while picking up the jacket, they asked the owner if he was going to take a loss on the jacket and he said no, he wouldn’t make much but wouldn’t lose either…another winner.
After dinner, at the Motel, another evening of “Parking Lot Campfires” was under way. Miss Vicki treated some to her special recipe Margarita, a real treat.

I’d also like to mention one other aspect of Valkyrie life. Those of you who go to the VRCC website and visit the chat room will be familiar with Barbarian and his “Band of Hooligans”. Well, they were well represented too. Of course, the ranking member of the Band of Hooligans on site was the VP, Miss Vicki, my own SO. Also in attendance was Mark Bo, DCO i.e. the Director of Culvert Operations, Tiny, VFT i.e. Valkyrie food tester, Bubba Hog, DOVAH, i.e. Director of Valkyrie Approved Highways, and 8ball, NPTI i.e. National Pool Table Inspector. (If any other Hooligans were present and I missed you please forgive Miss Vicki & I). Conspicuously absent…Barbarian himself. After making all the noise about Black Valkyries being fastest and challenging my SO to a race to prove his theory, he candied out. 😉 It’s probably best he wasn’t there, as I understand it, the race was supposed to be a straight-line race, and as we all realize, there would have been no place to hold it.

At the dinner, the people who had the longest ride from home to Helen were recognized, and it was a couple of guys (sorry I can’t remember all the names) from Pennsylvania. However, after dinner at the parking lot campfire, who should arrive…late but still smiling…Crazy Al. He had come from some point north of Chicago.
He pulled up on his Black Valkyrie, with GPS and radar detector wrapped in Baggies, and a hand-written scrolling device for directions. I think Al deserves some recognition for having ridden the furthest and dealing with the worst weather and still making it even if it was all but over when he got there. A true example of the Valkyrie Spirit! As the British would say…” We Shall Endeavor to Persevere!” He did however, get to enjoy some of the campfires.

Sunday morning started out dark and rainy. A quick glance of the parking lot showed all the chairs had been returned to their proper location and no signs of the parties the night before.
I had to make room in my Wing to stow the old jacket John had worn to the event (typical of an ex-Harley rider), and with this done, most of the Memphis group was ready for the road.
We rode for about an hour and a half before we ran out of the rain, but it took several more hours before the clouds cleared and the sky looked good. We arrived home some 10 hours later.
I know this doesn’t do justice to the weekend, but I didn’t want to take weeks writing up the event. It’s also just one man’s experience, and I never really got to see the West Side of the Motel.
I really enjoyed the weekend and look forward to next year’s Helen Gathering as well as Montrose, CO. in July.



The Annual Southeastern Gathering of the Valkyries takes place in Helen from Friday through Sunday. While focused on the ‘Cruiser of the Decade’ – the magnificent Honda Valkyrie – the event is open to all riders and makes of motorcycles.
The primary objective of the Gathering is to allow Valkyrie owners to get together at the beginning of the prime riding season and taste once again the delights of the north Georgia roads. We start with a Reception and Registration on Friday evening.
For those that arrive early, there will be a couple of escorted rides around the area on Friday afternoon. Saturday will be a full day with lots of rides (escorted and self-directed) and a group ride up for another great dinner and door prizes.
Sunday morning will see folks starting to pack; but some may get in one more ride before heading home.

Gosh there are so many but for me the coolest thing was the fact that the Valk group changed my life. I have a bunch of great high speed riding memories that I’ll never forget but it’s been the people that are my favorite story.
I have never been a people person. I have had a few close friends in my life but not just a whole bunch of friends. I had wrenched on a few bikes before the Valk thing but never met so many folks that loved to tear their bikes apart and make them “better.”
I rode out to Montrose for the VOA rally all by myself. That was right after I got my first new Valk and wanted to see what this whole thing was about. The rest is history. On the way home I was deep in thought about how a lot of my life had been wasted by not reaching out more to people and making new friends. Long story short…since that time I have made a bigger effort to meet new people and make new friends. Who ever woulda thunk that having a love for bikes would lead to having such a big love for other people that also love bikes (there’s a lot of LOVE in that sentence ) I still have a long way to go in the area of people skills but this fine group of Valkyrie folks and BBR folks has made me a better person.

2004 5th Annual Southeastern Gathering of the Valkyries in Helen, GA

2006 – Dragons on the Beach Multistate Event

Weekend Events: Thursday through Friday: Morning and evening

Thursday evening: tire kicking in parking lot and BLUE MOOSE lounge for

Friday: 11:30 kickstand up Lunch group ride to OUTLAWS for
some “Q”
Friday Evening at 5:45 kickstands up for group ride to Tony Romas for group dinner. Afterwards, Tire Kicking and REELAY the DJ in the BLUE MOOSE Lounge

Saturday Morning: Kickstands up at 9:00 for group ride to the WALL in Milton, FL then lunch.
Saturday Evening: PAVILLION Party with Reelay the DJ, raffles, Chinese
Auction, Grand Prize, Ladies tattoo Contest (if wanted) and socializing.

2013 Andy (Germany Rep) pays a visit to Duffy

I am happy to report that I will be riding up to meet Yuri (Ice) and Petra, and Andy and Biene from Germany Sunday.
We plan to ride around that area some (maybe Skyline Dr and New River Gorge..) and may head further south. Anyone in the area want to hook up Monday thru… (?) next week let us know.
It will be great to see the Germans again, they are all very nice. Andy and Biene invited me to stay with them in Berlin when I went over for Werner’s memorial service in 2011. They are awesome
And Ice heard I was trying to hook up with Andy while he is here visiting his mom and opened his home. What great people VRCC friends are, around the world. Thanks Yuri and Petra!
See y’all Sunday.

This Club Rocks, what great people are here.
Hope to meet some of you on our way down south.

Jess from VA

Well, Yuri, Petra, Duffy, Andy and Biene and I departed Winchester VA for a long WVa loop yesterday… Seneca Rocks, then up the mountain to Cacapon State park and Blackwater Falls. We did not get any rain, we got a snowstorm.
Stopped in a nice custom coffee shop and took a break, and watched the heavy blowing snow with some humor. It slowed, we got on the road, and it started again. I’ve been in colder weather and in snow fluries before, but never ridden a motorcycle in a near whiteout blizzard that covered my windshield before. Everyone lived. Off the mountain and halfway home the sun came out and 50* never felt so good before.

Short video of lid falling off Andy’s hardbag https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-RbADaE1MA

2018 T-Bird about Smokin Joe’s Fall Color Ride

Smokin Joe, always a great time at one of your rides….even if you don’t ride It’s all about the company now, But I had a great time hanging with the women folk Saturday!
Joe, Rick & Christy, Mark, Preston, Gorden, Roger, Mike, Robin & Judy, Keith, Jane, Big Tom, Jim & wife, Duffy, Coot, Lance, Stanley, Binky, Skin head Joe, Dan, & Trish, Tom & Joyce, Mac, Gig, LuLu, Mitch, Dex, & Sugar thanks for all the good memories over the years, you guys are family, A special thank you to 2 great roommates every year, Steve (Rainman) Hal (hal47)
I hope to start caging to more of these rides

P.S. Britman, I never did get to talk with you, hope to see you in the future, I miss that damn accent!


State Representative                      – Ron aka “blackrams” #29981
Chapter Rep Western Kentucky –  Edwin  #22174

2004 Indiana Covered Bridge Ride

2009 SmokinJoe
Hwy 160 from Cumberland to the highest point is awesome after you cross into Virginia it’s marbles in every curve comin’ off the mountain.
It was a beautiful day to be riding.Sign is just letting you know you’re at the highest point in the Blue Grass.

Lucky 13 diggin’ the view from Black Mountain, Kentucky.

2010 Lady Draco – Whiskey Run
Each year Highbinder and Smokin’Joe set up a big ride a VRCC Event …This year was not different… This year’s destination was Bardstown

We checked out the Dinner Train.

Saturday morning staging. And of course, some tire kicking. Ya always like to see what someone else has done to their Valk. We had 60 bikes but a few riders heard that big rains where coming, and some locals just stopped by to say Howdy.
Pibit headed home to Can… To try and beat some heavy rain up his way.

So, we now left with 54 bikes in all… Heading to Makers Mark Distillery. Ah time for Dragon herding… Highbinder takes point. Wow!! That is some line of riders… That’s our buddy Smokin’Joe behind me.
The group stayed together very well. Highbinder is an excellent Dragon herder… We had other CB’s in the group that really helps to keep a group of Dragons together. Our buddies Thom & Mike rode Drag.
They are way in the back…

Once we got to Makers Mark and settled down. The Tour will start.

With that finished it was time to take in a little country side ride and eat at the River Bend State Park. The rain was holding off… Once we snaked our way to the state park… Bandit knows what’s under a kilt: evil.
He told the ladies: augie at this point my cameras batteries died…Once we ate we were to go to the Corvette museum, but it was so bloody hot that we all scattered like a covey of quail and headed back to the hotel.
Once back to the hotel everyone jumped in the pool

We sure had a grand time. With our old and new friends.
Bikes ~Good Friends~ Whiskey~ Pool. It just doesn’t get any better than that… Yes, life is good…

5 years ago we started these rides, 1st was the Blue/Gray Ride to Gettysburg, Pa., 2nd was the Whiskey Run to Bardstown, Ky., 3rd Hillbilly Highways to Franklin, W.Va., then Hillbilly Highways II to Marion, Va.
This year its back to Kentucky to the Cumberland Gap….if you haven’t join in on any of these rides in the past now is the time!

The ride starts at the Landmark Inn in Corbin, Ky. on Friday May 24th and ends Sunday morning May 26th….Friday night is when everyone gets acquainted around the pool area and parking lot, kicking tires, telling stories, and enjoying the company of your fellow riders…The ride starts out Saturday morning at 9 am taking a leisurely ride thru the back country of Kentucky, over the ridges and along the rivers until we get to the Cumberland Gap stopping at the visitor center and museum, from there lunch at Ryan’s. After lunch we head back to the motel stopping at the Cumberland Falls State Park along the way…this area is rich with history and historical places and great scenery, so if you can, come join us and experience the camaraderie of the VRCC and what makes this club so special, riding the Valkyrie Motorcycle or whatever you may be riding.

2010 JimL
With this nice weather we are having (high of 78 today), Phyllis and I decided to ride up into southern Kentucky and buy some Sorghum Molasses that were just made in this Mennonite community.  This place is just off Highway 100 in Allen County Kentucky near the town of Scottsville.
Very interesting place, I will no doubt come back again.  After a couple of minutes it became clear that German was the official language….but it was the strangest dialect of German I had ever heard.  Once I got back home I looked it up and it is referred to as “low German”.  Anyway everyone we spoke to were very fluent in English also.

There is a very high probability that we will be having some molasses cookies in the very near future.

2013 Rainman – Ky Memorial Day Ride


Highbinder – What I learned at the Kentucky Memorial Day Ride…
1. I learned that after doing 5 years of these rides that each one is as good the last one or better..
2. I learned that in KY,VA. And TN., the speed limit is just a suggestion….
3. I learned not to stand next to trailers that look like boats because they leak..
4. I learned that riding between Fudgie and Kip is not a healthy thing to do because their bikes are kissing cousins…
5. I learned that Oss’s slow ride abilities can be put to use as drag rider and he does a great job….
6. I learned that when you blow your horn with 75-100 Valkyries in the parking lot, it looks like someone yelled “START YOUR ENGINES’, people snapping down helmets, putting on gloves, buttoning jackets, adjusting sunglasses, engines revving and hands on the handlebars waiting for the first bike to move…you’ve have to see it someday..
7. I learned that Lawdog, one of our latest members, can stop 4 lanes of traffic without getting off his motorcycle, good job Lawdog..
8. I learned that if you want a manly message delivered to your wife just grab 3valks and have him deliver the message, it gets profane results…
9. I learned that with all the spare parts that Valk riders carry, if you put them all together you could probably build another motorcycle…
10. I learned after 5 years these rides, that you can put 75-100 motorcycles together in one ride and keep it together for a couple of hundred miles and still have fun, these rides seem to bond the riders closer together, having all the bikes in one group at gas and break stops, folks share ride experiences with each other and such…plus one big group meal together…… with almost all the folks being together from the start of the event to good-byes on Sunday…seems to work, because each year I see a lot of the same friendly faces every year….its the bikes that start the bond and it’s the bikes that strengthen it..
11. I learned that when you call Ryan’s Restaurant and tell them you coming with 100 people in about 1 hour, they tend not to believe you,..Robin and Judy went ahead and informed them we were really coming and they still had their doubts..when we pulled into the parking lot they were all smiles…
12. I learned a lot about the bikes we ride, talking to different people who have tried different equipment, tires and such…we have a great time talking bikes..
13. I learned that next years ride will be called “Return to Hillbilly Highways” hope to see you all again next year…

2013 Robert H – Kentucky Mountain Ride
Another great ride with the VRCC crowd. Rode some bodacious roads. If you have not ridden the Daniel Boone National Forest or Cumberland Gap area, I highly recommend it. What a great time. Fantastic ride.
Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC-lvR7Qxo4

2013 SmokinJoe’s Kentucky Ride
This has been a long wait getting here and the time is finally here cooldude Some folks have been on the road several days getting here. I’ve got ( 5 ) bikes at a local motel here in my hometown with riders from Louisiana, Georgia , Alabama and Illinois. Along with these folks and my local ridin’ buds we will have 10 bikes ridin’ up to Kentucky today. We plan on making a ride getting to the ride as we cut up through the woods with a pass through the beautiful Big South Fork. Everyone ride safe and we’ll see you in Corbin this evening

2013 – Meet, Greet and Eat in Kentucky
Wanted to invite all interested Valkyrie Riders to the Meet, Greet and Eat I’m hosting in Frankfort, Kentucky. I’ve met quite a few of the Valkyrie Riders in this and the surrounding area but, we don’t get together often so, I (in conjunction with a couple of others) decided to host a gathering of Dragons and their riders here in Frankfort. I am still firming up some details but those will be ironed out as soon as I have a headcount on who or how many are attending. I know this is short notice for some folks and I know money is tight also. That’s one of the reasons it’s only a one night and one day event. I can’t afford to go far either
Yes, it was wet before and during our ride. Sure enough, the weather cleared and the afternoon was clear blue and twenty-two (visibility), just my luck. Sad But, I’m glad you folks made it home safe and sound. My last visitor John left about 10:30 last night. He headed back to Nashville after a Mexican Restaurant dinner. Said he wouldn’t need to stop for gas but once. Not sure exactly what he meant. Huh?
Regardless, I sincerely hope everyone had a good time. I’m going to have a long discussion with my weather scheduler. She definitely let me down. BUT, it was wonderful visiting with those that did make it and hung out with a few Kentucky Good Ole Boys. I’m going to try and make the Indiana Dragon Run and hope to see you there.

Thanks Ron For a Great meet and ride….. screw the rain..LOL still was fun!! Got to meet new Valk riders and see some new country…. Had a great time…
I retraced our route from yesterday this AM and the went east along 42…….. better the second time! cooldude
Thanks again and we will be back……. I will post some pic’s when I get them loaded.

Blue Moon
Had a great time, Ron. Thanks for putting it together. My wife and I stayed over another night and no rain on the way home on Sunday — Just 85 miles.
Liked Stinkys on the Creek and the back roads I have never ridden before. Even my wife commented on the nice ride.
Sorry we missed the lunch with you all in favor of hanging with the wingers — but we are members of the NKY chapter and felt obligated to participate when invited.
We even went over to the KY Vietnam Vet Memorial with the wingers after dinner — very moving. Almost hit a deer — close.
Great to see and meet Valk riders I had not met before. We will see you all on the Dragon Ride in IN.

Thanks to those who came and those who tried.

Blue Moon
A pic of some KY valk riders during the Vallhala Relay (mugs) a few years back. Location is Keenland Raceway, Lexington

I am the guy in the black shirt with the mug.                                                                              Churchhill Downs.

NW Chapter

In 2010, VERMIN from Washington State and the Pacific NW was incorporated in the VRCC.

Listed State Representative Cal aka “Redline” #30981

2010 Redline – Northwest Valkyrie Spring Roundup

The new Washington State Chapter, the Vermin Club, extends an invitation to join us on our excursion into Idaho to ride Lolo Pass, May 14-16. The Lolo Pass area is a central location for WA, OR, ID, MT, and Southern BC Valk riders.
Lolo Pass, elevation 5,233 feet, is a mountain pass in the northern Rocky Mountains on the border between Montana and Idaho, approximately 25 miles west-southwest of Missoula, Montana.
It is famous as the location where the Lewis and Clark Expedition crossed the summit of the Bitteroot Range via the Lolo Trail on their outward and return journeys in 1805-06.
If you like curves, this is one of the best roads West of Deals Gap. US Highway 12, consisting of predictable, constant radius sweepers along the river with some twisties up towards the top of the pass, is Valk nirvana!
The road surface is abundantly wide and generally in good repair. However, as great as the road is, the scenery is better, it’s beautiful country.
The Vermin will arrive in Orofino, Idaho Friday afternoon/evening, May 14th and be staying at the White Pines Motel. We reserved the entire motel, it’s not real big, as of this writing rooms are still available.
There are other motels in the area if needed.
There will be a meet and greet dinner Friday evening at the Ponderosa Cafe. Saturday we ride US Highway 12 towards Lolo Pass and stop for lunch at Lochsa Lodge.
Continue on to Lolo, fuel, turn around, and ride back to Orofino for another fun filled evening. The Vermin will ride back to Seattle on Sunday. So…round’em up and ride’em to Idaho…we’ll meet ya there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utQu38FVQzg– Warning: This video contains annoying BMW sounds.

2016 Photochaser – Pics from NW Chapter ride from Port Angeles to Cape Flattery

2007 Tour Mt St. Helens by tedshredd

2014 Whooray

VRCC ROCKS….I know that there are a lot of us Valkyrie riders out here and I just wanted a place where we could make contact without going to the “VRCC general board”
First of all if any of you in your areas are having a get together at any time please put a note here so everyone can read it. If given enough advanced notice it could be possible for others to attend that are further away.
INZANE….If you have never been, you need to go…seriously, I know you won’t regret it. I’m already planning on going to the next one… we have the dates. We can meet up and ride out together wherever it is.
Get together with someone from your area and share a room if possible. I know the VRCC members and they want to help you love on your Valkyrie.
Thanks for your time and let’s stay in touch…. now get out there and ride.

2014 Greg Cremer – Ride to Glacier
The nature and scenery shots are stunning.

Oregon Chapter

The Oregon Chapter was founded in January of 2002 by Kirk Baumann, Doug Filer and Ric Martin.

2005 – Craig “FlatSixRider” Adrien
With some encouragement from a few fellow Valkyrie riders, I (Craig, FlatSixRider) have decided to resurrect the Oregon Chapter website. With much thanks going to Kirk Baumann who designed the website and assisted in starting the Oregon Chapter nearly 4 years ago. Having had the good fortune of meeting several local riders, I feel there is a need to organize more rides and meetings. Let’s show the likes of RatDog, Strider, Oz, and f6gal what we can do!

Our goal is to highlight the Valkyrie community here in Oregon, as well as provide riders everywhere with information about riding in Oregon. We feel our state has some of most beautiful scenery and best motorcycle roads you’ll find anywhere.
From the steep rocky coastline to the snowcapped mountains to the high desert rim rock canyons, you’ll find something to float your boat here. Turn the Fat Lady on and go for a ride!

Since Oregon is a large state, we encourage members throughout the state to plan rides in their area. Feel free to send us the ride info such as dates, meeting places, locations, etc. and we’ll post it on the site for you.
A big thanks goes out to Lamont & Oz for creating a place where all Valkyrie riders can come together and share their knowledge and camaraderie.

2002 Ride-In by the Kirkster
We had a pretty decent turnout for our first ride-in. All in all, we had about twenty people for breakfast each morning and eleven bikes on our Saturday ride. Our route took us from Bend through Alfalfa and across the dam at Prineville Reservoir.
Then in to Prineville and out to Smith Rock State Park. From there we went to Sisters for lunch and on up the McKenzie pass road to the big lava fields. We went back to Bend after that and relaxed a bit before meeting for dinner.
Sunday, we had a big breakfast and chatted for a long time in the IHOP parking lot, before everyone went their separate ways home. We had members from Klamath Falls, Heppner, Hermiston, Bend, Redmond, Spokane and the PDX area.
It was a great weekend and many new friendships were made. We will definitely do this again… it was mucho fun.


2001 – VRCC & Vermin Invade Detroit, Oregon

50’s Cruise In at the Lake September 15th, 2001
A few of us from the Portland area took a nice little cruise to a car and bike show in the tiny mountain town of Detroit Oregon. Drifter (Doug Filer) entered and walked away with first place in the stock category leaving a few Harley riders scratching their heads but acknowledging the work Doug put into his ride and giving him due respect. Sadly, I missed the obligatory “rolling burnout” that Doug did during the parade of winners but I was able to capture the award ceremony.


Valks Over the Cascades

Wow, what a trip!
It all started on Friday morning, June 29th. I met Ric (Valkano) and George Yarbourough at the Elmer’s restaurant in Clakamas, OR for breakfast and then we took off for what was to be a great weekend of riding in the incredible natural beauty of Central Oregon.

Friday, June 29th, 2001
I met Ric Martin (Valkano) and George Yarbourough at the Elmer’s at OR 211 and I-205. After a nice omelet and coffee, we took off up the twisty Clakamas River Road and over the lower Cascades to Detroit, Oregon. Detroit Lake was all but dried up due to the drought this year, but we stopped for a photo anyway. It was the 3 musketeers on 3 black Valks, heading for the hills.
From Detroit we headed over the high Cascades to Sisters. The Harley dealer in Bend has a shop in Sisters to sell t-shirts, hats, stuffed animals and all those other Harley accoutrements.
We decided to park there while we ran across the street to get a bite to eat.
After leaving Sisters, we headed to Bend to check out the Bend Bikefest. The event was sponsored by the Norwestars (a Yamaha club) and there were mostly metric V-Twins there at this point.
We saw one Valk there (black of course) and what do you know, it was Musclehead (Tom Rudd). Now we had 4 black Valks (Hmmm, where are all the 2-tones… Still back in Portland? LOL!)
We chatted with Tom a bit but he had to go to work, so we rode out to Prineville.
I was staying with friends there and Ric and George were heading back to Portland that evening. We stopped for gas in Prineville and the kid at the service station said, “Man, this is the most impressive motorcycle I’ve ever seen”.
I told him he’d probably never see three at the same time anytime soon.
As Ric and George headed west back to Portland, I headed up the steep dirt road to Uncle Cliffie’s hideaway, where fried chicken, jo-jos (potato wedge fries) and cold beverages were awaiting my arrival.


Saturday June 30th, 2001
Cliff and Jerrie have had a peacock squatting on their land for about a year. If you’ve never heard a peacock squawking at 6am you’re luckier than I am, and Clyde who lives on the end of the ridge don’t like the daggone thing either.
So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when I heard a gunshot while lying there in bed at 6:30am. Clyde missed, so I guess old “Biggie” gets away with it this time.
After getting my usual daily dose of java, I called Musclehead to see what the plan was. We met at the Bikefest at around 11:00am and walked around to check out the machinery.
There were actually some Valks there that day including a wild custom named Valkzilla. We walked around for a bit and then took off for a ride up on the Cascade Lakes Highway.
Upon our return to the Bikefest, we were informed that we had missed the bikini bike wash. DOH!
Tom and I hung around at the Bikefest for a while and then I decided to head back over to Prineville. When I got back to Cliff and Jerrie’s, I stuffed the Valk back in the woodshed and headed in to get some grub. After dinner, we dragged some chairs up on top of the ridge to do some stargazing.
The night was crystal clear and the breeze was cool. As the sun tucked itself away behind Grizzly Mountain, the sky above us was transformed into a black swatch with a billion twinkling pinpoints scattered across the horizon.

Sunday July 1st, 2001
I woke up Sunday to a homemade breakfast of waffles, bacon and plenty of hot coffee (black, of course). After helping Cliff load some junk in his truck for a trip to the landfill, I packed up my gear and prepared for a scenic ride home.
One more time down that daggone dirt road and then off to my first scenic stop.

Smith Rock State Park is only about 8 miles from Cliff’s place as the crow flies, but on the road it’s about 20 miles. The beauty of this place never ceases to amaze me and I stop here every chance I get when I’m in this neck of the woods.
After leaving Smith Rock I headed back to Sisters and grabbed a bite to eat.
After lunch, I decided to take the scenic route back over the Cascades and I headed up McKenzie Pass. Mother nature did some serious regurgitating up here and there are huge lava fields that stretch for miles scattered between the high Cascade peaks.

The road is narrow and twisty and you really have to watch out for gravel in the turns. As I was pulling over at a scenic overlook, what to my wandering eyes should appear, but yet another black Valk! It was Keith (K-man) and Terri Odoms from Bend.
Keith is involved in the Christian Motorcyclists Association and is a member of the Prison Ministry Team. He told me that he rides his Valk into the prisons and that really gets their attention. Keith has been with the VRCC for a while (member # 498)!
OK, so I’m only about 10,000 behind him at 10,419.

After riding down the twisty McKenzie pass road, I hit Highway 126 and backtracked about 20 miles so I could pick up Highway 20 to Albany. I practically had the whole road to myself for miles, but finally hit a string of vehicles with trailers.
The first chance I got I kicked it down a gear and blasted past them. When I was gassing up in Albany, the attendant asked me how to pronounce the name of my bike. He said he had never seen one and that they get bikes coming through there all the time. He couldn’t stop staring at the Valk and my head was getting too big to fit back into my helmet at this point.
Well, it was all highway back home from there on out. What a great weekend! To Ric (Valkano) and George, thanks for riding out with me. It was a blast! To Tom (Musclehead), thanks for the ride to the Cascade Lakes area and thanks to your daughter for the extra roll of film! Keith and Terri, it was great meeting you and I hope to run into you again out there in God’s country! And finally, to all you folks out there in VRCC land… come and visit us out here in the Great Northwest.
We’ll show you a good time!


2015 – Whooray
We (Kirk, Gary, Greg. Merle and me (Raymond) certainly had a great time on the Pacific Coast last week. From Boise and back we did about 1800 miles all total.
We stayed in Lincoln City the whole time and took in as many sights as we could up and down the Oregon coastline. Like I said it was a great ride with great friends except…….. 🙁 the smoke from all the fires.
We had smoke from Boise to just west of Eugene Oregon.
On the way back, we even went to Crater Lake and rode the rim but the smoke was so thick that you couldn’t see the beauty of the lake its self, maybe next time.

Idaho Chapter

Pic by Hershell Phillips                                                                         State Rep Whooray

2010 Mikes1800 – This is the third leg of the Lowman Loop, Banks ID to Garden Valley ID on the Banks-Lowman Road.

2013 Greg Cremer – Greg & Doug’s Excellent Florida Motorcycle Adventure
Great Vid – Florida to Idaho, 3500 miles in 20 minutes

2014 …….and Greg has more!
Riding down the Pacific Coast Highway on a motorcycle has been on my bucket list since I first rode it in the rain on a Yamaha 650 twin back in 1978. Well, fast forward to February 2014. The bike is a 6-cylinder Honda Valkyrie. Smoothest sport cruiser on the road. My brother and his wife and I took a trip down to Santa Barbara, CA from southern Idaho in February. We trailered the bikes to Sacramento (mainly because there was so much ice on the road and it was -17 outside). Then rode from Sacramento down, and then back up again on Coast highway 1. What an awesome trip!

Coast highway 1 or bust by njs video

2014 Nogrey
I’ve been riding Honda Valkyries for about 5 years now. I’ve personally taken maybe 20 Honda Valkyries from junk to beautiful. I currently own all 3 models. I have sold or caused several friends to buy them and enjoy riding with my Valk buddies. My question is this: What does it take to have an “Official” “Idaho Chapter” of the VRCC?

Just you and Whooray (Chapter Rep) and a few Valkyrie riding friends.

Our Idaho brothers have started a Chapter Board for Northwest Valkyrie Riders. I found this video staring our new member LocoMech and his wife Gina. The video was produced by VRCC member Greg Cremer (Nogrey) from Nampa, Idaho. It’s worth a watch.

2014 Nogrey – Coeur D’Alene

It was a BLAST for Gina and I. It was our first a definitely not last meet-n-greet with them. What awesome people to spend time with! Greg is a first-rate videographer and they showed us an awesome part of their wonderful state.

Greg Cremer/Nogrey
I just have to say, as I get ready to ride to the Oregon coast with some of my best friends. It wouldn’t be so where it not for the Valkyrie. I honestly believe that someday, it will be heralded as one of the greatest motorcycles ever commercially built. Even if it isn’t, and I really just can’t believe that it isn’t, it’s the most amazing bike I’ve ever seen, heard, or ridden. Call me smitten, but this is the bike for me. I know, the triumph rocket is awesome, so is the Hyabusa, and a myriad of other smokin’ machines. But none of them garner what I perceive to be the “true American Motorcycle”. I mean, there’s a bike in my mind that I see to be the “Charles Bronson” bike. The “real” sports cruiser. It’s the Honda Valkyrie, a true biker’s motorcycle. Just my opinion.

2014 Nogrey – Great ride to Bogus Basin
Had a great ride today(short but sweet) Rode up to Bogus Basin in Boise with Greg, Gary and Shaun. Good times! Found some really nice older sports cars in the parking lot at the top. What a great day! We had a huge breakfast, then went and saw some Indian Motorcycles, rode to the top of Bogus, then had a huge pizza for lunch. Man, that’s the way to spend a Saturday!


Al in AK

The VRCC BBS contains many great Valkyrie Trip reports to Alaska
Some examples

2004 Daniel Meyer

2008 Alaska Journal by Bonnie and John Bowman
On my first trip up through Canada I entered through Sweetgrass, Montana and rode up through Edmonton and to the Alaska Highway. I’d recommend this route. Your only other choice, in my opinion, is to enter through Blaine, Washington at Peace Arch Park. This is where we entered Canada on the second trip. Once in BC, you can pick up the Sea to Sky Highway and on the Cassiar Highway. Sounds great, but this route proved to be slow-going.
The Cassiar was only paved in sections. Once on the Cassiar you’ll go all the way to the AK HWY before you find a place to stay…unless you’re camping. We only made 190 miles in eleven hours of steady riding on the Cassiar because of construction, rough roads, etc. If we hadn’t thought to pack a sandwich, we’d have not eaten because it is desolate. If this all this appeals to you, and appreciate a bit more of an adventure, then enter in Blaine. If you want to make 4-600 miles a day, enter in Sweetgrass.
Either way, the scenery is stunning and you’ll have a blast. I think you can click on the PDF below and see our “Alaska Journal.”

The Milepost was the best information I ever found for my runs to Alaska. Been up there 3 times. 1st trip was on a Cog-A-Sock-I 2 stroke, in 1979. vibrated the fairing off of it. That was a fly into Alaska and ride the bike to my home.
Son was up there, graduated from the University of Alaska, and moving back here. NO room on the moving van for the Cog. He had a truck & heavily loaded double axle trailer loaded to the gills to bring back and his wife, Army brat, had a car, so good old natured dad said he’s ride it down…… I probably should have rented a trailer to put on the back of Kathy’s car and then drive it, but hind sight is not always present at the decision making time.
For many years I said I’d never do it again. I got a 86 Wing SEi with fuel injection and rode it a round trip, then in 98 my Valkyrie made the round trip. Wing I pulled a trailer, will never do that again.
That sucker was all over 7734 behind me. Couldn’t run over 70 with it on, mostly around 55 to 60 and that makes for a long trip from Fairbanks to the states…………

2017 DDT Reflections

Well, the big adventure to Alaska has concluded. We came out from the ride down HWY 37 just up the road from where we’d stopped on that first day to don the Gerbings.
We turned south again and headed through Kamloops for the return to Washington state…
Forest fires had dictated our route selection once we’d left Hyder… We did make the ride out to Prince Rupert, though… I hadn’t planned on going out there, but the ride to the coast at Hyder had turned out to be such a pleasant surprise, I thought “why not?” That was a most pleasant surprise, as well! Great scenery and a good road all the way following along a river.
I’d wanted to ride down HWY 97, then across HWY 99 through Whistler, BC, but fires had parts of both of those roads closed at the time, so… We took what was available – the detour east off HWY 97 on HWY 24 back to HWY 5.
It was at HWY 5 the big loop had been completed.
I’d also thought about swinging over to Jasper and down through Calgary to visit friends there, as well. However, there were also fires being reported around Banff and in the national parks in that area, so, I passed on one of the top rides in all of North America. Natural events do play a roll more than we might suspect, and that was certainly the case this time.
Ahhhh, but what an adventure it was! It started out as a whim… I suppose you could argue that it had been in the back of my mind for some time, and the combination of opportunity and lack of reasons not to go had pushed me to pull the trigger.
Possibly, I think it is conceivable that my subconscious had been moving me imperceptibly along that path for longer than I knew… Who knows?
As with all ‘open-ended trips’, this one afforded me the luxury of coming and going, staying or moving on, as events and opportunities presented themselves… No boundaries or limits to force me to go one way or another, I could literally just roll with the flow… I like it that way…
There were several surprises on this outing… and all were pleasant. First, the roads were vastly superior to what we’d encountered back in ’94! I’ve made mention of that already, so I won’t go into it too much here, but suffice to say, there were no really bad stretches like I’d worried there might be. I guess what we see depends to a large extent upon what we look for and what our frame of reference is, however…
That nice guy trying to be helpful back in Ft. Nelson on the way up, who’d tried to warn me off taking that ride in the first place… To him, the road was terrible, and he was clear on that.
Myself, I found it, in comparison to really bad stretches I’ve encountered over the years, to be a wonderful road! Not perfect by any means, but there was nothing I came across that had caused me to think about turning around and abandoning the trek…
The bugs were another surprise! My recollection of mosquitos, flies, and other insects was seriously bad!!! Not this time. The locals told me that the weather since winter had been too cold and otherwise not good for them to develop like they certainly can, so they were not nearly the annoyance this time that I’d experienced on the previous journey… Luck of the draw, I guess… Some years it can still be like I remembered, just not this year… thankfully!
Wild life viewing seemed much better this time… We did see plenty on the previous trip, but there just seemed to be more of it, and greater varieties of it this time. A real bonus, as I do enjoy seeing critters unlike anything to be found where I’m from…
The novelty alone is fascinating, but the thoughts it generates, and the fantasies it creates make this aspect of travel that much better…
Fuel and motels were never a real problem. I wasn’t sure what to expect this time, but even modest caution and watchfulness got us through this challenge with no issues… Prices were even not as bad as I’d expected.
Very high, to be sure, but again, ones expectations play a large roll in how things are perceived.
Contact with Native Americans was very different, and I’m particularly happy with the way that turned out, and that I had a chance to gain a different perspective… The vast majority of my previous contacts, but based upon an admittedly small base of actual contacts, had caused me to see them as quite reserved, stoic, even a bit stand-off-ish… Not so this time!
I had many contacts on this trip, and they all without exception were pleasant. I found them to be warm, friendly, and just like any other folks! A really good lesson here on being careful about forming opinions with limited information or experience!
What you think you see may not be what is actually the case!!! And that goes both ways… where we are mentally at any given point can influence how others see and respond to us!
Contacts generally with all people were most positive and pleasant! I was amazed at this. Usually I get along well with everyone, and I easily meet folks along the way.
This time, however, it all seemed better… easier and even more enjoyable than usual…
I suspect it must have something to do with me and the aura I projected this time. I am a work in progress, and I have been evolving over the years… Is it possible I’ve actually ‘improved’ a bit?
That brings me to one of the biggest revelations of all… the roll my own thinking, perceptions, and state of mind plays in the interpretation of events unfolding around me.
How much of the ‘difference’ in everything I thought I saw was really pretty much the same as it had been before, and how much had my own thinking and perception evolved over time? I was clearly in a different mental place twenty-three years ago than I am today, so… Hmmmm…

2018 bg
This is a short video of my friends Doug and Dave…..they are twins and were my riding buddies when I lived in Michigan.
They are BMW riders and I would tag along on my Interstate. We had numerous great rides in Northern Michigan, The Upper Peninsula and Canada. They documented their last trip to Alaska….they have been 2 times….and this video is done in a professional manner.  Enjoy the ride……..make a memory

Jane and I left West Virginia June 10, rode to Chicago to start the route 66 Mother road Rally. We joined 56 other bikes for 12 days on Route 66 to Santa Monica Pier, Ca. From there we headed north with 7 couples including our VRCC brother and sister Robin and Judy. Three days later Robin, Judy and New York George & Judy dropped off to continue their separate rides home. The 5 remaining couples continued on to Alaska.
We have taken the Alaskan Highway thru British Columbia and the Yukon. We visited Dalson City for 2 days, returned to White Horse YT, then to Beaver Creek YT. After 28 days and 7100 miles. (Jane ain’t killed me YET) we crossed the border into Alaska and rode to Chicken, turned around and rode to Tok to spend the night. We’re headed to Valdez tomorrow. Then 9 more days in Alaska before going to Glacier National park and parts yet to be determined.
As our main man Bruce said after his trip up here last year, if you’re thinking about riding to Alaska. Do It, you will not be disapointed. You will not believe the amazing beauty of this great continent.
This size of it is mind boggling. Snow covered mountain tops, lakes upon lakes, spruce trees large and small. We have met people from all over the world, bikers, motor home campers, blue hair bus tours, and best of all locals, and as Will Rogers said, I never met a man I didn’t like.The roads have been great, compared to what I’ve heard for years. The are a few rough spots, a few off and on miles of gravel, but really not all that bad. I am yet to bottom out.
The road to Chicken has so far been the worst we’ve traveled to date, quite a bit of gravel and washboard.
So far we have not been attacked by bugs, though the bike does babe a pretty good collection each evening. Unlike Bruce I have started off each day with a somewhat clean bike so I can collect a fresh batch.
Weather wise, the temps have been high 40’s in the mornings to mid 70’s in the afternoon. We’ve had maybe 12-15 hours of off on light rain since leaving the US. It looks like it rains all the time in Valdez, so our rain time may go sour tomorrow.
I know I should post pics, but I am doing this on a tablet. With all the hoops you need to jump through, I’m not computer savvy enough to resize this, download that, etc, etc, etc.
Maybe I need to take a picture posting class from Dennis.
One last quote from Bruce, and I’m outa here. If you are considering riding to Alaska, don’t just talk about, DO IT. Start saving you Nickels and dimes, cause it’s pricey.

KUGO – Tips

Yes, it IS expensive. Costs a lot to get anything up there, obviously, and then costs more to those who want/need the stuff sold back to them (food, gas, everything), but the trade-off this time of year is the near-constant sunlight. (We set off fireworks into a huge canyon at 2 AM on the “night” of July 4th, after playing volleyball until well after midnight, all with sunlight still keeping things semi-lit. Fun!)
Depending on what you’re up to (camping?/motels?), mosquitoes can be worse than brutal. They have specimens that look like pterodactyls in little Lucite blocks on key-chains with the words “I Gave Blood in Alaska” imprinted. Seriously.
Back to camping/hiking: it can be dangerous. Follow all food rules, “stay out” areas, etc. as if they were important. I could give you a couple of funny stories about my experiences up there, but I’ll wait until you get home safe before I share. I’m not trying to take away your fun!
Gas up whenever you get the opportunity when going off the “beaten path”, which is not as evident as you may be used to. Gas stations/restaurants can be very sparse, depending on where you head. (I remember thinking at the time, while behind the wheel of a monster motorhome with a gas-tank that required second/third mortgages when filling up, that my bike, with a slightly 100+ mile range at the time, would never make it w/o additional gas brought along.)

Gravel roads are NOT the same as here in the rural Midwest. The individual pieces of gravel can be really large, some slippery-round, some razor-sharp, so just know what your tires and bike (and you) are capable of and be prepared for flats.
People who may occasionally drive by are usually helpful in a pinch. They seem to kind of have a “code” up there to survive. They also don’t seem to “suffer fools lightly”, either. “Don’t go where ya don’t know.”
I have a friend there who is a professional hunting/fishing guide, complete with float-plane, who gave us a week-long tour beyond belief. He impressed upon me that there really are things you’d better pay attention to.
He flew me hundreds of miles over areas WAY back into the hinterlands and we could see crashed aircraft deep in the woods, some of WWII vintage, that he said no one knows the stories about.
There’s no one up there to save your butt when you need it, and I don’t care what apps you have in your smart phone.

There are some roads that are just the opposite of what I described above, with stunningly beautiful scenery, smooth pavement and sweeping curves. What could be any better? Just don’t get numbed into not watching for moose around those curves.
Re-read that last sentence as many times as necessary, and if traveling after “dark”, ask yourself, “why didn’t I read that one more time?”
Best to all of you, ride safely, and thank you for sharing your experiences from up there. Especially with your limited access/tablet capability. More people should put that place on their bucket lists.
If they had only known how amazingly varied their experiences can be in that vast state, they’d have put that much higher on the list! Bravo to you guys!!