When you go too far…

Professional Motorsport Racing is both dangerous & exciting. That’s why most of us love it. Be it cars, motorcycles, boats or anything with an engine, we enjoy watching the competition and risk these pilots attempt…as long as the “rules of sportsmanship” are followed.

HOWEVER, there are lines you DO NOT CROSS and if you do, harsh penalties will undoubtedly come your way.

Italian motorcycle racer Romano Fenati was black flagged during the Moto2 race in San Marino, Italy this past weekend. Although he was suspended for the next 2 races, further discipline, I am sure will haunt the 22-year old racer.

While close, exciting, competitive racing is expected & accepted on track, incidents like what happened Sunday have no place when you are running 140+ MPH or any speed, anywhere. The video below shows what happened.

Below are comments from his Race Team:

“We can communicate that the Marinelli Snipers Team shall terminate the contract with the rider Romano Fenati, from now on, for his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all,”

“With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologised for in any way. The rider, from this moment, will not participate in any more races with the Marinelli Snipers team.”

I am sure it was a tough decision for the Marinelli Snipers Team, but Well Done!

2018 Rally Entertainment

Two great local bands are set for this years event:


Celebrating classic American and British Rock from the 1960’s and 1970’s  from Blacksburg, VA

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/TheArkenstoneBand/

Dogtown Roadhouse April 7th,2017

Posted by Arkenstone on Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Acoustic and Newgrass group from Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

More info: https://sinkingmonroe.com/

9th Annual Rally Twin Valley Rally – Registration CLOSED

The Jackpine Gypsies

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.

Check out the rest of the timeline here:


Motorcycle Camping: Myths and Realities

Our Rally is almost upon us and it may be a little late for this article, but interesting reading anyway.

Not a Camper? Prefer a Hotel?

I found a good article on Sound Rider:   10 Motorcycle Camping: Myths and Realities

  • I don’t want to sleep on the hard ground
  • Too hard to set up a tent
  • No room for camping gear
  • I want a clean/fresh bed at the end of the day (if you use that excuse, don’t read the article)

Click on this link  Myths & Realities and check out the entire article.

Future Members (Ages 1 and up)


A neat Christmas Gift Idea for future members. Based on our current membership ages, maybe our grandkids?

Mimi and Moto are a pair of motorcycle monkeys created to help motorcycle riders everywhere start their little riders off right!

Designed for AGES 1 & UP and EARLY READERS, the lessons to be shared with children through Mimi and Moto are…

  • Motorcycles are fun
  • Safety is always first
  • Girls and boys ride
  • There are many kinds of motorcycles

Check their website for more information

Amazon as well

I think on the website you can get the Book & a Tee-Shirt!

We, The Riders


It seems the major players in motorcycling are joining the “We, The Riders” campaign – call to action.

From the International Motorcycling Federation website


We, The Riders. We are a movement of motorcyclists from around the world. We share the joy of riding – and the fight against invisibility.

In 2018, it is still far more dangerous than it should be to ride on our roads. That needs to change – and it will only change if all motorcyclists come together as never before to demand it.

Dorna, FIM, ACEM, Red Bull and MotoGP Ambassadors Andrea Iannone (ITA), Marc Márquez (ESP), Jack Miller (AUS), Jorge Lorenzo (ESP), Johann Zarco (FRA) and many, many others are all onboard.

Who knows, maybe TVR will join the ranks ?

Read the full article from FIM here

Take a minute to check out the website, watch the video and take the 2 minute survey. It had some interesting questions.


We will try and follow this and keep you updated!

No forks?

Yes, it has been done. Most of us don’t remember or have ever seen one.

The Yamaha GTS1000 was introduced in 1993 with a single-sided front swingarm.

Here is a clip from the February 1993 issue of CycleWorld:

The GTS wasn’t designed to be the last word in handling, though, it was designed to be “technologically superior…the most sophisticated road-going Yamaha motorcycle ever produced.”

Read the full article here. It is kinda neat!



Riding with a Passenger?

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