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Rides & Events Calendar

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The 2020 Rides & Events Calendar has been published in the FORUMS section of this website and is also on our Facebook Page under EVENTS in the listing to the left of the page.

February 2020 Meeting Minutes

Posted by DrifterDon on February 23, 2020 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Minutes

 

Victory Riders Calgary

 

February 23, 2020

 

President DrifterDon called the meeting to order at 10:30 am with 18 members and guests present including new member Dan V from Airdrie.

 

Spring Tune Up - The Prez passed around a “indication of interest' sign up sheet for the Spring Tune Up motorcycle skills training session and a dozen members present expressed interest. Spring Tune Up is May 23 and 24 this year with six two-hour sessions with a professional motorcycle instructor. Cost is $25 per session. The Tune Up is a great way of knocking off the build up of winter rust on your riding skills, focussing mainly on low speed manoeuvring, balance and riding confidence. The session is also loaded with tips and tricks to keep you safe on the road.

 

Patches – Samples of the new large back patch and small patch were circulated. The Pres reported that an order had been placed for 10 large and 25 small. They could be available for the March meeting.

 

Door Prizes – Eight LED flashlights and a $10 gas card courtesy of the friendly folks at Blue Circle Insurance were doled out to lucky door prize number holders. It was noted that $10 worth of gas was a tankfull for the steel frame Victorys and half a tank for the Aluminum frame bikes. Thank you to Blue Circle Insurance for their support of the club. Look for more door prizes at future meetings (they gave us a lot of flashlights.)

 

Rides & Events – The updated Rides & Events schedule was circulated. It will be posted on the website and Facebook page. Additions are always welcome.

 

Two Wheel Sunday - We have secured two display sites for Two Wheel Sunday on June 7 and are going ahead with the plan to display as many different Victory models as we can accommodate. Because of our past support of Two Wheel Sunday, the event executive waived the $100 space rental fee. The Prez passed around a list of the 16 Victory base models and asked the members to note which ones they had or knew were available for display.

 

The belt knife that member John B hand made and donated to the club as a fundraiser was auctioned off. Member Wallie was the high bidder and enriched the club coffers by $200. Through fund raising occasions like this, the club is able to remain dues free. Thank you for both John B and Willie for their support of the club.

 

There being no further business etc. Adjourned at 11 am.

Minutes - January 2020

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Victory Riders Calgary

Meeting Minutes

Sunday, January 26, 2020

18 members and guests were present in our group at the Lighthouse Pub as Drifter Don called the meeting to order. Introductions were made around the table – President Drifter Don, Vice President Tony, Secretary Karen, Ride Captain Woodie, Laura, Ed, Betty, Dusti, Wendy, Bobby, Mike, Kim, Ken, Peter, John B., Victor, George and Wes.

Spring Tune Up

Drifter informed the club that the rent on the Calgary Stampede lot has increased to $150/day + GST.

MOTION: Tony moved that we accept the new fees imposed by the Calgary Stampede. Ed seconded. Carried.

We need 26 riders to recover the fees. We have a commitment from the Blue Knights already. Drifter stressed the importance of what is being taught and practiced that weekend including the safety aspect with a professional trainer. He encouraged everyone who will be joining in the group rides to participate in a training session.

Tony suggested that the IMRG group may wish to reserve their own session with a minimum of 10 riders @ $25 each. Woodie will approach the Calgary Motorcycle Club with the opportunity to have their own session as well (with the minimum 10 riders).

Two Wheel Sunday

As a follow up to our November meeting discussion:

MOTION: Woodie moved that the club book space for two side by side booth sites at a cost of $100. Ken seconded. Carried.

Drifter showed the donation received from Kevin at Cycle Works Foothills of large wooden V I C T O R Y letters. Past President Ronny has donated a Victory Sign to anchor the center of the display which will be used at the club’s display at Two Wheel Sunday.

Tony suggested the display of Victory bikes be showcased by making the display look like a dealership with as many models as possible represented. For the size of the display, 9 bikes could be the maximum. Larry had by now arrived at the meeting and said it was likely that Two Wheel Sunday organizers could put us in a location that our space could be “extended” if required. Members were asked what their preference would be to have on display – stock or customized?

 

Tony suggested that the bikes on display should be the truest to form of the original model year and after discussion the membership present agreed. Tony will work with Drifter Don to get a process set up to begin to solicit entries for consideration. In a survey of those present in the room, models currently available are: Kingpin, Kingpin Tour, Magnum, Cross Country Tour, Cross Country, V92, Highball, Vision and Boardwalk. Someone mentioned a Victory model tucked away in the NE back corner at Cycle Works Calgary.

Patches and Coins

Drifter Don asked for authorization to purchase more patches – both large and small. It would be best to find a Canadian supplier. Woodie offered to get a local price from Danielle. The order needs to be completed prior to Two Wheel Sunday.

MOTION: Tony moved that the club spend up to $500 total on patches. Larry seconded. Carried.

Woodie mentioned that Danielle also does buttons, key chains and other swag if the club is interested.

Challenge Coins are available for purchase from Drifter Don and James.

Ride Schedule

Drifter circulated the current ride schedule and asked for input and suggestions

Club Fundraising Auction

Club member John has donated a hand-made knife to be auctioned at our next meeting as a club fundraiser.

Other Business

IMRG member Dusti was present and showed a colouring calendar that she has drawn and produced for sale. The cost is $20 with $10 going towards wildlife wildfire rescue in Australia.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 am.

 

Meeting Minutes - November 28, 2019

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Victory Riders Calgary

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Prez Kelly called the meeting to order and immediately announced his resignation. He stated that he has enjoyed the past two years as President and thanked the folks that helped out in his absences due to his work needing his focus.

15 members and 1 guest were present. Introductions were made around the table – Prez Kelly, Ken, Ride Captain Woodie, Lloyd, Marilyn, Ed, Past Prez Ron, John, Treasurer James, George, Mike, Larry, Wes, Ride Captain Tony, Secretary Karen and Vice-Prez Drifter Don.

Patches and Coins

Drifter Don reported that the Challenge Coin sales have been brisk. The first order of 50 sold quickly @ $15 each for club members and $20 for non-members. He placed another order and was given a great discount – we received 100 more coins for just $6 more than our original order of 50.

Small Club patches are available from James for $12. We have about a dozen left. The large patches have sold out at $40 each. There may be some interest to do a run of large patches – the minimum order is 10. There could be interest in a black one (instead of the red accent). Drifter will put it out to the members via Facebook to see if there is any interest.

Treasurer’s Report

James reported that our bank balance is approximately $1,400

Club Get Together Dates

Karen asked if anyone was interested in hosting a winter garage get together. Kelly offered to host a breakfast meeting prior to a ride in the summer.

Drifter suggested having a Christmas Social. Wednesday, December 18 was agreed for the date. Various suggestions were made for a venue instead of our standard Mug Shotz including Stavros in the NW, Stockmen’s @ Dunbow Road, Toad N Turtle in the NE and Scotchman’s @ Creekside. Members were encouraged let Drifter know of other locations that would be good for our group.

Spring Tune Up

Ron reported that instructor Jim Perry is willing to do the sessions again – he just needs date confirmation. There will be six time slots: Our club, Blue Knights, Inferno M/C, Women Only, and two other sessions.

 

In past years, we have held the riding clinic on the Mother’s Day weekend. We may have better attendance and weather if we pick a date later in the month. All agreed that the location at Calgary Stampede was excellent. James will talk to his contact there to see if May 23-24 is available from 8 am to 6 pm. It was noted that when the scheduling is planned, more time needs to be allowed for in between the sessions.

Elections

Kelly opened nominations for President.

Tony nominated Drifter Don. Larry seconded. Drifter Don accepted. There were no other nominations for President. Drifter was unanimously voted in as our new President.

Kelly opened nominations for Vice-President.

Larry nominated Tony. Ken seconded. Tony accepted. There were no other nominations for Vice-President. 14 members were in favour and 1 opposed. Tony is our new Vice-President.

Tony stepped down as Ride Captain. Woodie agreed to continue as Ride Captain.

James stated that it will be important for the new VP to learn the many tasks that Drifter has been capably handling in order to share the work load.

Two Wheel Sunday

There was a lively discussion as to the role that Victory Riders Calgary should take at Two Wheel Sunday. Last year we assisted the IMRG Calgary club in organizing the Show n Shine. James asked if the club would like to continue to partner with IMRG.

Drifter proposed that our club do a display of as many Victory models as we can. Larry said that we would need to purchase display space which is $50 per site. We might want to purchase two sites because that would give some extra room in between.

Tony made a motion that our club opt out of being involved in the Show N Shine. Seconded by Drifter. Discussion regarding the future of the Show N Shine and the involvement of the IMRG. Carried.

Tony made a motion that our club purchase up to two display spaces at Two Wheel Sunday for a Victory Motorcycle display. Seconded by Woodie. Carried.

Drifter moved that we support any activity that the IMRG does at 2 Wheel Sunday. Woodie seconded. Discussion as to where we should put our club involvement. Drifter modified his motion to state that we let IMRG Calgary know that we are available to help them and will volunteer as individuals at their request. Carried.

Two Wheel Sunday will have a booth at The Calgary Motorcycle Show January 10-12. Volunteers are needed and passes are provided for working a 2-3 hour shift. If you are interested, let Drifter know.

Club Fundraising Auction

Drifter attended the Cycle Works open house and Tracey had found some Victory items to donate to the club. This initiated some other items being donated and an auction was held:

Paradise Hill Farm tomatoes – 5 bags sold for $5 each

Tony and Karen donated a heated vest – Sold for $60

Victory Hat - $20

Sky Fire Industries steel frame item - $60

Victory glasses - $96

Victory Mugs - $80

Ladies T shirt - $20

Tie Down Straps - $20

Woodie donated a pair of fork covers made by Kevin Muncie - $120

Total of $501 raised which will keep our club dues free for another year.

 

Drifter made a motion to thank Kelly for his 2 years of service. Woodie seconded. Unanimously carried and clapped for.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm

 

Meeting Minutes - June 23, 2019

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Victory Riders Calgary

Meeting Minutes

June 23, 2019 @ Denny’s NW Calgary @ 9:30 am

Prez Kelly (CCT), VP DrifterDon (CC), Secretary Karen (CCT), Ride Captain Tony (Highball).

Kelly called the meeting to order after we’d finished our delicious breakfasts.

Introductions were made around the table: Also in attendance were Mike and KD (CCT), John (Vision), John (Kingpin), Wes (CCT), Steve (Kingpin) and Trish (HD Heritage). Total of eleven in attendance.

Two Wheel Sunday

Don reported on the success of the event. The Victory Riders will likely be turning over their involvement in the Show n Shine to the Indian Riders (Calgary IMRG 1908) and moving forward in other ways of participation.

It was suggested to have a Victory Riders Calgary booth to display the various models of Victory motorcycles that our members ride. Even looking outside the restaurant on the rainy day of this meeting we had 5 different models in the parking lot!

Challenge Coins

Don reported that the Challenge Coins have been ordered.

Rides and Events

There will be a group riding to Drumheller for the VooDoo HooDoo if you aren’t able to be there for the whole weekend.

Dates and information for all rides is on the Club Rides and Events calendar on the website www.VictoryRidersCalgary.com.

Some members are riding to a USA Victory Rally, Sturgess Bike Week and even Rally in the Valley in Eastend, SK!

Other Business

Karen said that she had recently replaced the bushings on her shifter and brake and was going to be ordering a spare set. Others were interested in doing a group order so she is going to hold off doing the order until the minutes are sent out and folks have a chance to order.

 

• If you are interested in getting a set of brass bushings, the cost is $40 US dollars plus your share of shipping. Let Karen know by Friday, July 5th if you would like to be included in the order from Witchdoctor.

 

The meeting was adjourned and the hardy rain riders ventured through many construction areas to Drifter Don’s house.

 

June Social Meeting

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June Social Meeting

 

Once again the predicted riding weather sucks so the June meeting will be a Social Meeting. That's this Thursday, June 20. We will gather at https://www.yelp.ca/biz/mug-shotz-sports-bar-and-grill-calgary" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mug Shotz (best wings in town, 2808 Ogden Rd SE, Calgary,) after 6:30 pm.

 

We picked up several new members as a result of Two Wheel Sunday and other activities we've been involved in, so this will be their chance to meet existing members and maybe change their minds about joining.

 

We can discuss upcoming events like Victory Voodoo in the Hoodoos and the Northwest Regional Rally.

 

Bring a friend, bring your parole officer; everyone welcome.

April 2019 Meeting Minutes.

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Victory Riders Calgary

Meeting Minutes

April 25, 2019

Prez Kelly in the Chair, Treasurer James and VP DrifterDon as acting secretary.

Kelly called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm., right on time despite the fact Secretary Karen wasn’t at the meeting.

Introductions were made around the table. Twenty-one members and guests present.

Spring Tune Up

Prez Kelly reported that the Spring Tune Up is signing people up. There were 24 confirmed participants. He encouraged members to promote the event to their riding buddies to fill up the 51 available slots before the May 11 and 12 dates. Kelly pointed out that the women-only session was garnering interest. Woodie said he would take it to the Calgary Motorcycle Club meeting next week.

Guests

Kelly introduced Cycle Works Calgary Service Manager Brandon and Parts Manager Allison. They were there to talk about Polaris’ commitment to supplying parts for Victory for 10 years (after the January 2017 massacre.) Brandon has been with Cycle Works for 11 years and talked about the quality of the mechanics at CWC and that he personally test rides each bike repaired at CWC. He said CWC is exploring other options including custom bikes. Asked about the availability of Victory oil in the future, Brandon said Indian oil is the same. He added that all recalls will be honoured with the possible exception of the backrest one because of the unavailability of accessories which Allison expanded on.

Talking about regular maintenance Brandon said the most important thing was oil and oil filters which CWC will continue to stock. Beyond that he stressed the importance of lubricating cables and pivot pins, particularly in the cable clutches and throttle. He said silicon lubricant was best. He said he wouldn’t worry about belts unless they were squeaking.

Allison who works in parts at CWC has been there for 13 years said Polaris was appearing to honour the 10-year commitment to parts; but that did not apply to accessories. She said that Polaris would probably stop making all Victory parts at the 10-year point (January 2027) but said she has had some luck sourcing aftermarket parts. We can order parts from companies like WitchDoctors through her. She encouraged club members to give her the names of aftermarket manufacturers that they have had success with. She said she can order from them for club members. She said we wouldn’t pay any more and would probably save on shipping and customs, and returns to her would be far less hassle than returning to the source company.

She warned against stockpiling rubber parts such as fork seals or belts because they have a shelf life and can deteriorate with age. She also said she can give advice on aftermarket parts as some are not as good quality as others.

Voodoo in the Hoodoos

Woodie introduced the ride/camp event he has planned for July 6 and 7 in Drumheller. Voodoo in the Hoodoos is open to Victory riders everywhere. He has reserved 10 camping and 10 RV sites at the Hoodoo RV Resort south of Drum for that night.

Plan is to have the riders meet at HoodooVoodoo motorcycle shop in downtown Drumheller at noon on the 6th. Three rides are planned around the Drumheller valley taking in the Tyrrell Museum, the Last Chance Saloon in Wayne and other sights. Riders would then rendezvous at the RV resort for recreation, a barbecue and socializing. There will be a small charge to cover food for the barbecue. The club endorsed the event.

See the website and Facebook page for details.

Two Wheel Sunday

James introduced Paul Calgary Indian Riders group (IMRG 1908). IMRG is partnering with VRC to ruin the Show & Shine at Two Wheel Sunday on June 2. James circulated the voting sheets from last year and asked the club to think about the bike categories. The Scooter and Sport Bike categories have been under represented in the past and suggested we should consider dropping them. They could be replaced by a People’s Choice or Home Built category.

He also encouraged members to put their own bikes in the show – Promote Victory! James talked about the new layout with traffic arriving from the north end. The Show & Shine will be moving to the middle of the block and sharing the space with the Garage Sale area with lots of opportunity for c ross promotion and attracting customers.

James circulated a letter that members can take their local bike shop or other favourite asking for prizes for the S&S winners. The prizes don’t have to be directly bike related, he said. They could be restaurant gift certificates or gift cards for other services. If the members can get the merchants to commit, James can come by and pick up the prizes.

James said Cycle Works Calgary would be having their Indian demo days that weekend, but at the CWC location near Two Wheel Sunday.

Challenge Coins

DrifterDon circulated a design for the club challenge coin and some samples while Woodie and PastPrez Ronnie explained their various meaning and uses. Drifter said he can get the coins produced for $15 per coin if enough members were interested. The money would have to be paid in advance. Fifteens coins were purchased in advance at the meeting. Drifter will be collecting money at the May meetings

May in the Mountains

Paul from IMRG invited the Victory Riders to join the Indian Riders on their annual May in the Mountains, a four-day round trip through the Kootenays on the May long weekend. He will send the club more information on the ride and costs.

Next meeting

Next Meeting is the first breakfast meeting of the riding season, May 5. Breakfast is at Denny’s at the Flying J on 114th Ave. SE in Calgary. Ride to follow.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm precisely.

 

 

February Meeting Minutes

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Victory Riders Calgary

Meeting Minutes

February 21, 2019

Prez Kelly in the Chair, Treasurer James and Secretary Karen

Kelly called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.

Introductions were made around the table starting with a new member, Guy, who rides an Arlen Ness Jackpot. Also in attendance were Ron D., Wes V., Tony L., Woodie L., John B., Larry A. and Randy H. Total of twelve members once DrifterDon arrived later during the meeting.

Financials

James reported on our current bank balance to be $1268

Two Wheel Sunday

James gave some background information on 2 Wheel Sunday, which was started 5 years ago and is held the first Sunday in June. It’s a great get together for all motorbike folks. He reported that Victory Riders Calgary will be doing the Show & Shine at Two Wheel Sunday on June 2. This year we will be sharing the duties with the Calgary Indian Riders group (IMRG 1908). He handed out a letter to all of the members in attendance and encouraged everyone to pursue getting donations. Last year there were 25 bikes in the Show & Shine. This year we are aiming for at least 40 bikes. The club members need to spread the word and get the bikes to participate. Bikes need to be on display from 10 am until 3 pm. Volunteers are also needed – if we get enough people to help, the shifts will be shorter. Members can put their own bikes in the show – Promote Victory! Larry also talked about the new layout with traffic arriving from the north end and that there will be a live band “Older Than Dirt”. Kelly will be providing a sound system. There will also be a garage sale area where tables can be purchased for $15/table.

Spring Tune Up

The Club is still looking for a suitable location for the Spring Tune Up event. The Club works with a certified instructor who puts members and guests through a series of usually low-speed manoeuvres designed to knock some of the winter rust off the rider and give him or her more confidence leading into the riding season. A barrier-free paved area of at least an acre is ideal for the event. The club arranges the insurance and participants pay a small fee that covers the instructor and insurance. Any profit goes to general revenue.

The club is looking at May 11-12 as potential dates.

Several members had researched potential locations but were all told NO. James is going to check with MRU to see if their area is available and how much it would cost. If we can’t find a free location, we may have to pay for the spot and look for a sponsor. In the past, participants paid $20 for the course. It was suggested that pre-registered be $20 and day-of should be charged $25.

Rides and Events

Ride Captains Tony and Woodie put forth some dates and suggestions for rides from May to September. A list of the rides will be on the Rides & Events Calendar on the Club website shortly – www.VictoryRidersCalgary.com. Members are invited to add events that the Club might be interested in.

For the breakfast meetings, meet up locations suggested were: South - the Denny’s at the truckstop near the Deerfoot Inn & Casino; North – Perkins near Barlow and 32nd; West – Denny’s near COP; East – Langdon, Chestermere or Strathmore.

Next meeting

Next Meeting is March 21, watch the website or the Facebook page for details.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:08 pm

 

January Meeting Minutes

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Victory Riders Calgary

Meeting Minutes

January 17, 2019

Prez Kelly in the Chair, VP DrifterDon by his side. Treasurer James nearby

Thirteen members in attendance, including some new faces.

Financials

James reported on our current bank balance and also offered club patches for sale. Three members

bought the large/small combo for $50 a set. DrifterDon reporter he is getting quotes for a VRC challenge

coin. The money that the Club makes on items like the patches and events like the Spring Tune Up go

into Club general revenue and replace the members having to pay dues.

Two Wheel Sunday

DrifterDon reported that Victory Riders Calgary will again be doing the Show & Shine at Two Wheel

Sunday on June 2. This year we will be sharing the duties with the Calgary Indian Riders group (IMRG

1908). He and James will be meeting with IMRG to work out duties and responsibilities.

Spring Tune Up

The Club is still looking for a suitable location for the Spring Tune Up event. The Club works with a

certified instructor who puts members and guests through a series of usually low-speed manoeuvres

designed to knock some of the winter rust off the rider and give him or her more confidence leading into

the riding season. A barrier-free paved area of at least an acre is ideal for the event. The club arranges

the insurance and participants pay a small fee that covers the instructor and insurance. Any profit goes

to general revenue. The club is looking at mid-June as a potential date. We can use out presence at Two

Wheel Sunday to recruit riders. Several members said they knew of potential locations and would look

into availability. The Club needs a free location to make any money on the event.

Meeting Change

Prez Kelly put forward a motion that the Club change its meeting schedule for the riding season. Instead

of Thursday evening meetings, the club would meet on a weekend morning for breakfast and then ride

afterward. The 10 a.m. breakfast meetings would be short and informal with rotating locations. The club

would still have four evening business meetings per year at the call of the chair. The motion made by Ed

and seconded by James passed unanimously. The first breakfast meeting may be the April meeting,

weather permitting.

New Executive Positions

 

Because the Club would benefit from an expanded executive, three new people were added to the

executive. Karen will take over as Recording Secretary and Tony and Woodie will become Road Captains.

The motion made by DrifterDon and seconded by Woodie was passed with one no vote.

Rides and Events

Veep DDon circulated a list of rides and events for the 2019 riding season. The events are also on the

Rides & Events Calendar on the Club website – www.VictoryRidersCalgary.com. Members are invited to

add events that the Club might be interested in.

Victory Ride In

Woodie told the group he was organizing a one-day Victory ride-in event for some time in the summer

at Drumheller. This would be for all Alberta Victory riders and their friends. Options include a barbecue

at Woodie’s RV site just south of Drumheller or piggybacking on Drumheller’s or Wayne’s bike events or

those at Top Rocker in Rosedale. Woodie and DrifterDon will continue developing the idea and choosing

a date. Jeremy at Hoodoo Voodoo bike shop in Drum is supporting the event.

Next meeting

Next Meeting is February 21, watch the website or the Facebook page for details.

October Meeting

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Victory Riders Calgary

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Cycle Works Calgary

7 pm sharp.


Bring your summer riding stories and ideas for next year's rides and events.


Following the meeting, we can adjourn to Mug Shotz for bike talk.


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