Clarence “Pappy” Hoel, purchased an Indian motorcycle franchise in Sturgis, SD in 1936 and formed the Jackpine Gypsies MC Club. (love those uniforms!!!)
The first rally was held by Indian Motorcycle riders on August 14, 1938
This year, tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife as a rivalry older than the rally itself plays out right before your eyes. Presenting sponsor Indian Motorcycle will be tapping into the same spirit of competition with Harley-Davidson that sparked the first races between the Jackpine Gypsies and Rapid City Pioneer Motorcycle Club during the Sturgis motorcycle rally in back 1938.
Part of the Sturgis Rally Timeline
1936 Clarence “Pappy” Hoel purchased an Indian Motorcycle Franchise in Sturgis, SD. The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club was formed.
1938 The Rally Begins…The first Sturgis® Rally, known as the Black Hills Classic was held on August 14th with a race of 9 participants and a small audience.
Due to gas rationing in support of the war efforts the Rally did not take place from 1939-1941. 1942 was the return year of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
A great article in the RoadRUNNER Magazine news feed this week titled “Ten Questions to Ask a Motorcyclist Before Becoming a Passenger”
It is more directed to the passenger, but if you are the pilot, these are good thoughts for us to consider as well before taking on the responsibility. Below is a little clip:
“Sometimes a rider may try to impress his or her passenger with aggressive speed and deep leaning in corners. This type of riding behavior may well ensure that the passenger never gets on a motorcycle again, and it might even terminate a friendship”. Pretty good advice!
I haven’t ridden 2-up since I was teenager, screaming down a gravel road, barefoot and no helmets on a old rattle trap dirt bike. Yeah, we used to do that back then 🙁 . Currently I have no desire to ride 2-up, my wife will never get on the back of one, and I am not sure I would feel comfortable with that responsibility anyway.
If you are thinking of taking on a passenger, Click Here and read the full article
I had never even given it a thought until 2012 when several TVR members attended the two day Reg Pridmore’s CLASS at VIR. I was nervous at first but by the second day the jitters wore off and I felt a lot more confident on the track and even later when riding on the street. It was a little pricey but I thought it was money well spent.
I have no desire to be a track racer or “drag a knee” and not sure if I would ever take the class again, but I really enjoyed it!. Don’t worry if you are a novice, you are separated in groups by skill level and take turns on the track and classroom.
(Oh, BTW, that is me in the photo :-). Ride your own bike, no knee dragging, body just a little to the left as they instructed me to. No special racing gear was required, just good tires, proper street riding gear, a brief inspection and you are ready to go.)
The 650 Thumpers. Most of us have owned one, at one time or another, or we will.
So why are they still being made in this age of modern technology, fuel injection, heated seats, on-the-fly suspension adjustment and on and on? I guess riders are still buying them.
Zack Courts @ Motorcyclist Online recently posted an excellent article on these time-proven standbys. Hard to believe, but did you know the Kawasaki KLR 650 was first introduced when Ronald Reagan was President! Think about that time span ( Reagan, George H, Clinton, George W, Obama, Trump)
Here are a couple of snips I enjoyed from the article:
it’s easy to forget that uncomplicated machines still exist, but they do.
No liquid-crystal displays, no light-emitting diodes, no fuel injection. They are uniquely unsophisticated in this day and age
650cc of tugboat thrust means there’s enough power to get out of the way of traffic
All of these bikes are as simple as a hammer and just as reliable
We never intended to rank these bikes, frankly. Because 35 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque is the same
Please continue reading the full article with the link below. I am sure you will enjoy it!