We're Going to a Pirates Game! Sun. May 22, 2016
Join the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Greater Pittsburgh Motorcycle Safety Council to celebrate Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and enjoy a special event ticket price! Order Deadline Wed. May 4th.
Festivities begin at 11am on Federal Street before the game and include a Police Escorted Ride across the Clemente Bridge to kick-off the day’s events! Ride usually leaves the Rt. 8 GetGo in Shaler at 10 a.m. and proceeds along Rt. 28. The bridge will be open to pedestrians only. Individual bikes will not be able to gain entrance except with the escorted ride. People are free to leave at any time, stay for the game, or join us later just for the game.
FREE cycle parking on Federal St. in front of PNC Park where there will be activities and vendors such as Cycle Gear, ProRiderPgh Police Style Training and Eric Trow’s StayinSafe.com.
Tickets are in Outfield Box Sect. 107 for $30 which includes $10 “loaded value” for spending at the concession stand /team store on game day. We’ll send in a group order for tickets so our seats will be together and eliminate the “convenience fees”. Non-riding families are encouraged to order tickets with us and park elsewhere. Children less than 32” tall are FREE. Mail check to: 4 Winds Treasurer, 180 State Rd., Valencia, PA 16059.
April "Vice" President's Corner, Pictures and Minutes from Fox & Hound
Experience a BMW MOA National Rally
Sunny and 75 brought lots of bikes out of hibernation last Saturday as 30 people found their way to a new meeting place at Fox and Hound in Northway Mall. The restaurant was very welcoming and accommodating with plenty of space and a large TV for computer hookup.
President John was away on a business trip and so I was asked to write the “V.P.’s Column” this month.
With the 44th MOA International Rally being held so close to us in Hamburg, NY, south of Buffalo, five miles from Lake Erie’s shore this July, we wanted to do a presentation about “Nationals” and encourage people to go. All different sizes of rallies are enjoyable. I’ve heard the metaphor that local rallies are like scrimmages, the RA is the playoff, and the MOA is the superbowl. Cont'd. here . . .
Pictures from Ron Latkovic online HERE
Photos Online from April 24th Packard Ride
Thanks, Ed for leading a great ride. Photos in our SmugMug gallery here.
WHAT: “What’s In Your Barn” features thirty “Barn Find” motorcycles manufactured between 1939 and 1983 that were once collecting dust and cobwebs in corn cribs and cow sheds as far away as France. The exhibit includes a number of “barn fresh” all-original bikes as well as motorcycles restored to pristine condition. Whatever their condition, all of the motorcycles in the exhibit come with surprising stories of where and how they were found.
Widely recognized as one of the nation’s finest motorcycle exhibits, this has become “the one to see” every year! The museum’s Antique Motorcycle exhibit regularly attracts visitors from around the world - in spite
of last winter’s bitter cold and snow, the museum welcomed guests from 30 different states and from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Poland, and the United Kingdom! Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren, OH 44483
MOA Annual Mileage Contest Starts April 9
Three separate choices of time periods this year. Summer, Winter, or Annual. It's fun to see your name listed at the end of the year in the magazine and see how many people enter from each state. Don't worry -- there will always be someone with lower miles than you. Details and entry forms in the MOA ON monthly magazine or online HERE. Witness signatures for verification required.
Hocking Hills Hopewell Rally May 6 - 8
Please join the Southeastern Ohio Beemers at Hocking Hills State Park Campgrounds in Logan, Ohio. The historically-themed rally offers some of the best riding roads east of the Mississippi River. Named in honor of the Great Hopewell Road, the rally offers three levels of rides to allow the enjoyment of this phenomenal setting for all skill levels and dual sport motorcycle types. Two guided rides on Saturday which will take you to the largest geometric earthworks, effigy mounds, and hilltop enclosures in the world constructed by the Hopewell Indians. The historic sites include Hopewell Culture National Park, Serpent Mound, Seip Mound, Fort Hill, Leo Petroglyphs, Ash Cave, Newark Earthworks, and the Tarlton Cross. A dual-sport GS ride is offered, as well as self guided rides. Friendly campgrounds with shaded spots both primitive and electric, RV hookups, mini cabins, and hot showers. Featuring Friday night chili with all the fixings, Sat night dinner at Hocking Hills Lodge with all the trimmings, door prizes and hot coffee/beverages. Patch and sticker to the first 100 pre-registered guests. Pre-registration is $60 by March 31st, at the gate $65.
May 22 British & European Motorcycle Day in Maryland
WHAT: 15th Annual British and European Motorcycle Day ADMISSION: $10
WHEN: Sunday May 22, 2016 from 10 am - 4 pm
WHERE: Point Farm, Clarksburg, MD (right off Rt. 270 near Clarksburg)
DETAILS & DIRECTIONS: Classic Motorcycle Day website
Judged concours show for 1983 and older bikes. Swap meet, tech talks, door prizes, vendors. This year's Marque is Vincent / HRD, legendary cycles made from 1924 - 1955 in England.
2nd Annual Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Workers Rally May 20 - 22
Where: Artillery Ridge Campground, 610 Taneytown Rd. (Right behind Little Round Top)
Backstory: Historian, Sam Booth, led a day excursion from the 2013 MOA National rally in Bloomsburg, PA to Gettysburg. It was so popular, that in 2014 he helped the MOA plan one of their Regional Getaway Weekends there, at which time the BMW Motorcycle Owners Of America became stewards of the monument located on the first day's field of battle: Battery I, 1st Ohio Light Artillery.
Sam, a member of the Southeast Ohio BMW Riders, personally organized a trip there in 2015 and now again in 2016 for the 2nd Annual outing.
What: Join us for a BMW rally devoted to a volunteer day for the National Park Service in battlefield restoration/preservation. Great Pennsylvania riding, food, fellowship, and of course, American History at its finest. No rally fee except $20 total for two nights camping and a rally patch. RV spots and cabins are available, but you must call ahead to reserve those separately. We gather on Friday, work Saturday, tour the area, and party like it’s 1863 until Sunday. If you are not wishing to camp, then there are more than enough hotels and BB's to choose from to stay indoors. The BMW MOA ON magazine August 2015 issue has a great story about it on page 52.
Contact: Sam Booth at samrbooth@yahoo. Also, check out the Facebook event page under the same title.