NorCal Voyagers
Newsletter
Issue 2                                                                                             February, 2001
Message from the Editor StuBow
Newsletter Editor/Webmaster

Hi All,
As always I am looking for content from our membership for the newsletter.  If you have anything you want to tell our membership this is the perfect forum for it.  Also any suggestions about our website are appreciated.  I try to implement the changes the same day as they are requested.  Please submit an entry for our Logo contest.  You don’t have to put it together with the computer.  You can simply scetch something out and I can put it together for you.  I have done that already for a couple of the logos that are up on the site presently.  I even created one for Uncle Ray by a simple description of what he wanted in an e-mail.  I think it turned out like he suggested.  Anyway I hope everyone is doing well and if you have gotten an e-mail address, but are still receiving a hard copy of this newsletter please let us know.  We can publish your e-mail for the group and save a few cents on postage by sending your newsletter electronically like I do for the rest of us.

Happy Trails and keep the rubber side down.
StuBow

Message from the President
Uncle Ray
Hello friends & NCVC Members,
Here it is time for another page on the ole calander to turn over which means we are getting closer to riding and camping season, and speaking of camping we were supposed to go camping at Sunset beach just out of Watsonville, the weather was awful as far as I was conserned, but that didn't hinder our tour and camping director, when it came time to go John BB's Adkins was there and ready to go and he did too I might add, But old Ray NB's Walls backed out at the last minute and let poor ole John to flounder all by himself, he wrote up a short story on his trip so I wont elaborate on it any farther. John has us pretty well set up for most 

of the summer, as far as camping is concerned but I feel we need to git involved a little more often than once a month, we have a place here in Fresno that is as good as the mercer caverns, it's an underground garden this guy dug out quite a few years ago and it is well worth coming down to see and maybe spend the night here and possably go see a semi pro ball game (Fresno Grizzleys) or something entertaining.
And if any of you members or none members for that matter have any special places or things you would like to do, give John Adkins a call on the telley or e-mail him and talk it over, I'm sure he will be very open for any suggestions you might have.
I want to remind everyone that we are still collecting the dues for 2001, you have untill the 31st of March, if we haven't received your dues by than, all we can do is assume that you no longer wish to be a member of this fine up standing organization and we will remove your name from our membership list, It really pains me to think that anyone would want to bail out on us just when we are getting started, plus we have the AVA rally coming up in July and I was very much in hopes of taking the largest chapter present trophy away from the ( I think Keystone Voyagers) they have won it two or three times and now it's Californias time, so please send in your dues,I'm quite sure $10.00 isn't going to break you, after all it's only three beers in a bar  and a 12 pack at the store.
That's it for now, hope to see a lot of you at the March meeting.Cheers.
Uncle Ray.
President

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Board Member Editorials
Upcoming Events
Last Months Events
Safety Tip
Other News
Member Editorials
Classifieds


 
 
Doris Brubaker Secretary
Don Brubaker Tail Gunner/Referee

Lee House Treasurer 
Hello there!  My name is Lee House and I'm currently your Northern California Voyagers Treasurer.  A little about myself.  I'm 56 years young.  I reside in Fresno, California.  I'm currently and have been employed as a Substation Electrician by Pacific Gas and Electric Company for over 20 years, however, current energy crisis considered, that could change any minute.  Prior to that and concurrently with PG and E employment, I proudly served 11 years active and 13 years reserve in the U. S. Navy.  I have two wonderful daughters, Erica and Kristi whom I love very much.  My favorite pastimes include model railroading (HO Guage), Fishing (just ask Uncle Ray and C. G. Greer), being a HARDCORE FAN of California State University Fresno Football and Basketball teams and motorcycle riding, prioritized pretty much in that order.  Maybe now some of you will be able to understand why it"s not always possible for me to make all the meetings/rides/trips.  As for motorcycle riding, DON, I currently ride a 1992 Kawasaki Voyager which is Black and Teal.  I hope to install Progressive Springs and Shocks on the Voyager and I'm going to try and purchase a matching cargo trailer and hitch this year. I also have a 1986 Honda Goldwing Aspencade SEI which I'm restoring.  It has 958 Actual miles on it.  It sat in a garage on the coast for about thirteen years and had cancer in the fuel tank and on the chrome ans polished aluminum.  Well , that's enough about me, busy man--too many toys--not enough time.  Hope to see you all at our meetings/rides/trips. 

Lee House, Treasurer.

Clarence Greer VP
Just a short note to say if we can get our tour director to O.K. a campout in April or May near here on the bank of the Kings 

River at a real neat campground. From there we can go into Kings Canyon National Park  Wishon Lake, Huntington Lake, Shaver Lake, We can go into Cedar Grove, and if you have never been to Cedar Grove the view is absolutly awsome, It is at the bottom of the Kings Canyon and you go from about 7000ft to 2250ft down into the canyon all good road. Sheer straight up cliffs and a Roaring river running into this canyon deep in the mountains. I am sure all would injoy it and I will camp out also even if the campground is 20 miles from my house. I would appreciate it if you put this in the news letter and we can ask the tour director about doing it. Thanks 
C.G. Vice Pres. Norcal Voyagers.

John Adkins Tour Director
Sunset Beach Feb 17th - 21st
I was quite suprised that all the campers played hookey on Friday and arrived at the campgrounds at the same time. After checking in and setting up camp there was time for a walk along the beach and wildflower inspection. A quick run back to Watsonville for groceries and John insisted that he do allthe cooking and cleaning for the entire weekend. Everyone else was instructed to kick back and relax. Five dollars worth of firewood was all that was necessary for the campfire as everybody was tired a called it a day quite early. Saturday morning after breakfast a ride was taken north on highway one towards SanFrancisco. Somewhere North of Santa Cruz some raindrops appeared on the windshield. That was the signal to turn back to sunnier locals. On the way the ride went to Bonny Doone. The twisties up the mountain once again brought on sprinkles so the rid e retreated back to lower elevations toward Freedom. Funny how there seems to be places you've never been if you just go and have!
 no destination. After supper theEveryone in attendence had a great time and have the pictures to show those who could not make this one. Maybe we'll see you in March for the Castle Air Museum and Chili feed. Keep an eye on the screen for details to follow.---------John Adkins


 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Vacaville Poker Run
Place: 630 Orange Drive #B 
Vacaville, CA   95687
Time: March 10th 8:00 AM
Contact:Bob Webb 707-448-2363  after 5:00
Charity poker run to raise money for Tim Martinell's son Kenny who has cerebal palsey 

HOLLISTER INDEPENDENCE RALLY
PLACE: HOLLISTER
TIME: JULY 06, 2001
CONTACT: 831-634-0777
The West Coast's largest Motorcycle Rally filled with vendors, bike shows, entertainment, and thousands of bikes!

Red River MOTORCYCLE RALLY
PLACE: RED RIVER, NM
TIME: July 24 - 26, 2001

Other Important News

Membership dues for 2001 were due in January.  If you haven’t done so yet please submit your dues to Lee House via Snail mail at 
P.O. Box 12703, Fresno, California, 93778-2703
Be sure to include something defining who you are.  Dues are $10.00/single and $15.00/couple.

Logo Ballot cast your vote before 3/10/01
Please cast a ballot for our new logo.  We will be using this logo for patches as well as membership cards.  Your vote can be cast at our website located at 

Member Editorial

Classifieds:
I was just informed about a Goldwing for sale.  It's a Honda Goldwing 1987 Interstate model, Pearly Beige color, approximately 37,000 miles, has extra chrome detail, has a backrest, recently shop serviced, has a new rear tire, has a CB radio and two helmets go with the bike. Asking price is $5,000.00 (my thought is owner may be willing to barter a little).  If interested, please contact Lee House, phone 559-229-0828 or pager 559-445-4014 and I will put you in touch with the owner.  Thank you.  Lee House.

Classifieds Cont.
Stock Voyager rear air shocks with oil seperator. I just put on Progressive air shocks and don't need these any more. $75.00 or best offer plus shipping. Under 4000 miles but in excellent shape.  bobwebb2000@juno.com

MURPHYS MEETING/MERCER CAVERNS
Report by StuBow
We had a nice time in Murphys.  The weather was quite chilly so only 3 bikes showed up Don and Doris on their 1300, John on his Goldwing and Dottie on her Honda?  Mary-Anne and I showed up
Saturday around 5:30 and checked into the Historic Murphys Hotel.  We opted for a room in the new section of the hotel.  The room was not bad only $75.00 total after a AAA discount.  We stopped by the
Saloon and poked our head in to see if there were any fellow NCVC there.  Didn't see any so we decided to have dinner at the hotel.  No NCVC there either.  The chef was great and the food was some of the best I've had in awhile.  We decided to just call it a night and lounged around our room.  John and Dottie apparently stayed in the original Hotel.  Their room was right over the saloon and they said they weren't able to get any sleep until the band stopped playing around 1:30 am.  Keep that in mind next time you book a reservation at Murphys Historic Hotel.  Apparently they have a live band every Fri and Sat night. 
Next morning we woke up and had a couple of cups of coffee and watched the beginning of the playoff game while getting ready to meet the rest of the NCVC.  15 of us hooked up outside the hotel and left for Mercer Cavern's at around 11:15 or so.  Mercer Cavern's was interesting.  It was all stairs and apparently we went approximately 16 stories under the ground.  I don't remember exactly how many, but I think it was 267 stairs we had to traverse.  The cavern was pretty cool with all the different formations and such I think we all had a pretty good time.  Several of us sifted through bags of dirt, that were being sold at the counter after the tour, for various different stones, crystals etc.  That was a kick.  We proceeded back to the hotel for our business meeting and lunch.  I will leave the business meeting info for the meeting minutes, which I should be able to post on the website in a few days. 

StuBow
Newsletter/Website editor


 
Safety Tip
Contributed By Uncle Ray

The Fast Guy
          by Hiro Minowara

THE FAST GUY.  Everyone knows him, or has at least heard of him. Almost everyone, anyway.  For those few who may not have made his acquaintance, here's a brief introduction (insert the location of your choice for local color):  "You know so-and-so, right?" "No, never heard of him." "He's the fastest guy on the mountain.  He's been riding up here forever.  Knows the road like the back of his hand.  He's the smoothest rider I've ever seen.  Rides a such-and-such brand bike, bone-stock.  No one's ever been able to keep up with him.  One time, I had him in sight for a couple of turns, but then he just disappeared..."The Fast Guy is legendary no matter where one hears of him.  Many riders believe he possesses such a high level of skill it would be quite impossible for him to crash, no matter what the road conditions might be.  I queried one middle-aged sportbike pilot about this phenomenon. He explained that if a rider could turn such - and - such a lap time at a certain race track, said rider would then have proven sufficient skill to run at a blistering pace on the street and never crash.  I found this perspective rather peculiar, as I had turned similar times at that self-same track, and didn't feel myself especially immune to crashing. Other riders—the sort who never see the Fast Guy until he's finished his third cigarette while waiting for them to catch up—seem to think being smooth is the key.  The Fast Guy's ethereal fluency is lauded ad nauseam, until the listener becomes so disheartened with his own riding he very nearly pushes his bike off the nearest cliff.  But is it really a seamless and facile style, or the ability to turn a certain lap time, that gives the Fast Guy his amazing speed and status?
 I think not.  No, belay that qualification.  I know not.  The thing that makes the Fast Guy fast is denial.  Denial  that anything could be waiting around that blind curve he's entering at triple-digit speeds and maximum lean angle.  Denial that he has any responsibility whatsoever to other motorists to ride responsibly.  Denial that the rules apply to him in any way, shape, or form. 
 

Rather, the Fast Guy's main trick is to memorize the road from years and years of riding it, and behave as if nothing will ever happen.  Yes, there is a modicum of skill involved, but nowhere near that demonstrated by even midpack club racers.  On the rare occasions when fast guys sign up for a
school, they are invariably bested by moderately skilled club racers on machines much older and smaller than their own.  No, it's not skill, it's denial—and luck.
Luck notwithstanding, Fast Guys are frequently involved in tragic circumstances, even if the crash is not their own.  The Fast Guy is often at the head of a pack where a rider or two crashed trying to keep up.  Or maybe he's chopped off another rider to show him who's best, angering one or more of the group with his irresponsible actions.  Either way, he's generally mixed up in the kind of mischief that leads to accidents, citations, lawsuits, and tragedy. 
But every Fast Guy's luck runs out one day.  It may take decades, but all Fast Guys eventually encounter a set of circumstances well beyond any rider's ability to manage, regardless of the lap times they can turn.  I can think of five "Fast Guys" right now, and for each there was a different way to die.  For one, it was a locked snow gate, impacted at 90 mph.  For another, it was a 30 mph turn taken at 130.  For a third, it was a stalled bus in the apex of a blind turn.  There was the hidden layer of fine sand for a fourth, and a vicious high-speed tank-slapper for the fifth.  All dead, and all because they had doubled or tripled the speed limit.  There was no time to react and no room to maneuver at the speeds these riders were traveling.
          Fast Guys may enjoy local notoriety, and attention from slower riders that approaches deification.  But in thegrand scheme of things, they've earned nothing.  They endanger the lives of others, scoff at common sense and the basic speed law, and generally believe they are above and beyond the rules that apply to ordinary people.  But they are not.  The odds always catch up with them one way or another.
 What the Fast Guy has done for us is to show us what not to do, and where not to do it.  High speed belongs on the racetrack, not the street.  There is a long list of corpses that, if they could speak from the grave, would likely agree. 
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