|Posted by DrifterDon on April 30, 2019 at 4:25 PM|
Victory Riders Calgary
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.
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.
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 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.