The West Bank Motorcycle Club is moving to 'The Joint', 913 Cedar Ave S., on August 21st, 2019.
Yes, you heard right - The Joint
A little history: The West Bank Motorcycle Club started out at the University of Minnesota as the University Motorcycle Club.
In late 1969, after a name change to the West Bank Motorcycle Club it was off to the Riverside/West Bank area and Viking, 400 and Triangle Bars.
The West Bank Motorcycle Club's first ride out of The Joint was on April 29th, 1972 to Tom Carroll's place for a "get acquainted party". [April 1972 Newsletter].
Next it was a short hop next door to The Golden Leaf, renamed in 1984 during an owner change to Whiskey Junction, for 1980 to 2017.
On Whiskey Junction's closing the club scrambled to find a new meeting place. After checking a couple of places we selected the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Eagles #34, for 2018 to Aug 17th, 2019.
- Thank you Eagles; We very much enjoyed the time there and your hospitality was very much appreciated.
Starting with the Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 ride, it's back to The Joint - life does sometimes seem to go in a circle.
I have been told the management of The Joint is happy to have us. I've also been told there will be food service available so get there early; Don't make us wait for you to finish eating...
Come on down and make it a happy house-warming party type of event.
Pat is again opening up his marvelous section of land around his private lake for us to enjoy with him and Marlene.
This is a family event so any mode of travel gets ride credit. Read the flyer. Treat his place as you would treat your own. Let's all enjoy ourselves, be respectful of any of Pat's or Marlene's requests, leave the place cleaner than you found it and most of all get home safely afterwards.
Here's another link to the 40th Annual Hell Hole Lake Party flyer.
Jim was persistent; shouting out the countdown from 15 minutes to 5 minutes. He did get the group rolling pretty close to the "kick stand up" time. Jim got us out of town quickly on 35 then east on 36 and finally North on Manning where we were almost out of any noticeable traffic.
On getting to 97, or Scandia Trail, we were all together and about to enter one of the better parts of the ride (IMHO). One thing about the route was that it was so well laid out that with a group that would maintain a close riding order there would have been no need for corner markers. Come to think of it I don't think we did use any up to this point - maybe one, two - maybe...
So now a left on 97 and a right on 2 and we are on what I felt was another of the better parts of the ride. Taking the North Shore Trail/North Shore Drive around Forest Lake was a nice drive but I would also like to be riding as passenger where I could fully take in the scenery and take lots of pictures. It was a wonderful part of the ride.
And so we finally spilled out on Broadway Ave where we just kept going and going west until we got to the T where we only had two choices, Left or Right. Choices! Don't need to make no stinking choices, Jim's leading, we just follow - to the right of course.
And that's about it; Only thing left is a slow meander down a tree lined country road and there was Smokey's Pub N' Grill.
The place was packed but the service was pretty fast, for me anyway. Food looked really good and the portions look quite large, I would say Huge in many cases.
If you were not on the ride I would say to you> Grab the map (here's the link), head on out, enjoy the ride, grab a half or full slab of ribs, sit an hour to digest and relax - then slowly head home satisfied.
Smokey's Pub N' Grill, 552 Lincoln Dr, Coon Lake Beach/East Bethel, MN 55092
(651) 464-6046 smokeyspubngrill.net
Lots of good comments for a great ride. Mostly all were eagerly awaiting to get into the cool waters of the pool and at the food they knew would be waiting there.
The day was perfect; Comfortable temperature, slight breeze. Pool water crystal clear and just the right temperature before getting into the water and when getting out of the water.
A few jumped straight into the pool and others grabbed some of the great Sloppy Joes and beans along with fruits and veggies before diving in.
A couple of people made good use of the high powered squirt guns to annoy people up to 30 feet away with well placed shots in the face. Others got unintentional Frisbee hits to the head and other body parts.
Along with water balloon throwing, back flips from the diving board and the guy hogging the noodle to just lazily float the length of the pool multiple times, it was obvious every one was having a good time at Mark & Sandy's Pool Party.
the noodle worked real good to beat Mikey over the head a few times to slow him down on his squirt gun antics...
As things started slowing down Mark got on the horn and blew out some sounds that he said were songs - OK...; Every one did enjoy the playing and even asked for more.
It was very nice of Fred to do pool clean-up. I hope everyone thanked Mark and Sandy for again having the West Bank Motorcycle Club over for another Pool Party.
Looks like it will be best to ignore the forecasts for Saturday and head on out to the 50th at the Gas-Lite looking for the cooler temps and a bit of wind to cool and keep the bugs away.
With the recent rains the Trimbelle River, a little creek most of the time at the Gas-Lite, will be flowing fast, deep and cool and waiting for some splishing and splashing by those that show up.
For those that may not know this is a family event and getting there by any means will get you a ride credit.
Hope to see many old timers there; I'll have extra batteries for the camera so please don't hide those smiles. Lets get lots of pictures for a 50th album. There may be someone, or more, around for the 100th that may be interested in what we were up to in the past...
On July 20th, 1969 the first human footstep was placed on the surface of the moon by Neil Armstrong. Were any of you glued to your TV to watch this event? I was; with the same well worn camera I had during my second tour in Vietnam I was clicking away hopping that I was getting at least a couple of good shots off of the old black & white tube. They were grainy but I had a half dozen good slides. Now if I could only find them among the hundreds stored away somewhere...
The July 10th ride to Route 65 Pub and Grub will be a memorial ride for Greg & Sara.
Mark it on your calendar so we can have a good turn out in remembrance of Greg & Sara.
I arrived at the Eagles about noon. Waited until 1:15. Only 3 of us showed up - Me, Myself and I.
The weather report wasn't looking good at all but I went for it anyhow. No heavy rain, just minor sprinkles on the way there.
After I arrived at Brookside I had a quiet lunch with a $2 Hamm's to keep me company as I waited for the clouds to move on out and the sun to make a showing.
On the way home it wasn't so dry as it was on the way out there.
-- Fred Dischinger
Plan was to get to the Anoka Airport and hang around for a bit but...
Just as we got into the left turn lane to enter into the Anoka County Airport the first of what looked like a very large group of bikes was starting to head out.
The police had all traffic stopped as they waved the bikes through. After a long wait I believe Loren talked to one of the officer and was told this was the 6th and last group of bikers heading out. Loren must have asked nicely if we could jump out of the left turn lane and latch on to the tail end; Must have got the OK because that's exactly what we did.
We were now at the tail end of an early years Flood Run worthy, mostly roaring Harley chromed & shined mounts. This and previous groups of riders are now on their 70 mile Patriot Ride route.
It was a nice ride with police holding the intersections open. Plenty of kids, teens, parents, grand parents, people of all ages waving and saluting. Riders waving and saluting back - weaving back and forth across the lane/s while doing so.
The ride pace was mostly smooth and speeds within 'this is boring' to 'I can finally get to third' to 'this is nice' to 'catch-up-time'. And of course the one corner with half-dozen large crusier, Harley bikes near, at, around a 90 degree corner with a couple of people frantically waving to slow down.
Well, we were already at 20 or under with bikes front tire to rear tire. Probably just me; I had to grin, shake my head a bit - such an easy corner, steeply banked, full view... Couldn't see any bike in the weeds. Must be the muddy one; maybe got too low at the inside of the corner and hit the mud.
Not much farther down the road was a place we had been to a time or three before and Loren broke us out of the tail of the group and into EJ's parking lot.
Some gabbing, a refreshment and before long it's back on the road again heading off to the final destination of the HammerHeart Brewing Co. on Lake Drive in Lino Lakes.
There we find a small, almost hidden Nordic log cabin looking building housing a cozy, rustic taproom with a shady, breezy outside seating area that was more suited for us than a taproom.
Great place to stop for a Nordic-inspired craft beer right where it's brewed.
~ harald (can't prove I was there - not in any of the pictures)
42nd Blind Lizard (Yes, this is a Sunday; Yes, it is also Fathers Day; Yes, it's a great time)
Founded in Minneapolis in 1975, the Blind Lizards Motorcycle Club meets exactly one day a year.
See Events page for details and other goings on.
Keeping it Simple; We went to Prescott, used some of the same roads we used in the past and stayed out of traffic as much as I could.
Got some positive comments from some of the long time members. Smooth ride!!!.
-- Fred Dischinger
I found this to be a very enjoyable, stress free, smooth ride. From the start we flowed smoothly to Franklin, over the Mississippi and made it through the light on to East River Parkway in one group. I've had a dislike for that light for a long time, short timing and no turn on red (long time riders will know what I mean) - but I think I'm better now (that the light timing and intersection has changed).
So - Heading south on East River Parkway at a leisurely pace we rolled on to Mississippi River Blvd and made it around the sharp hair pin of Shadow Falls Park without incident even though some did try to fall back and then make like road racers, but with lots of red tail lights showing just before the apex to give away their riding style.
Next interesting view was the very large, no HUGE, vacant lot once occupied by Ford. That's a lot of weeds behind those fences that could be peeked at under the wind blown back black tarps hanging on the chain link fences. Gotta take a bicycle trip out there one of these days to see if there is anything interesting going on or hiding in the background areas.
Another zig and a zag, a name change to Shepard Road and we get up to a brisker pace on the mostly straight stretch heading towards Highway 61. Now here I wondered, as I saw that Fred was turning left, going North on 61, was Fred wanting the 'Wrong Way Mel' button? - Nah; Can't be - Fred's too good of an RC to do that kind of a stunt just for a button. He's got a plan. It was probably on the map that I gave away before I took the time to read it.
Within minutes the group is thundering east on 94 keeping slightly ahead of the cagers racing at breakneck speeds to get someplace that must be really important.
Didn't take long at our current rate of gas consumption to get us to a familiar turn off to go find Indian Trail and meander on down it's tree lined smooth road to meet up with another wonderful route we all know so well, Stagecoach Trail a.k.a. Country Road 21, Heading into Afton.
One of these days I'm gonna ride as passenger on those roads so I can look around, take dozens of pictures for remembrance and enjoy the scenery; maybe even sit backwards on one of the runs - you bet there needs to be more than one run; In both directions; both fast and slow. Same goes for many of the highly twisted WI roads.
That about covers the ride, except for the last tight left hander at the end of St. Croix Trail where again there were lots of red from the brake lights on those that held back and then rolled it on before shooting into the corner - and of course down the hill. Hope you'z all have checked your brake pads [especially the fronts]. And you Harley riders take another look at the backs. (OK, just kiddin – I'm sure most of you'z also use the fronts)
Rolling up to Boat Drinks there was Kerri, looking very happy to see us, waving to us from the top deck. Every one rushed in to get orders in for refreshments and either pizza or the jumbo shrimp and I may have seen an oyster plate or two. One thing I have noticed is that the West Bankers are some really wonderful people, always offering to share a bite of two to their friends. That is so great to see. Now if you try to get between me and MY Shrimp - you bet I'll growl at you first and then if you get too close... Well, just ask 9 finger Charlie what happens. Ever hear the saying "Mine - NOT yours". Sometimes asking real nice works but... also look for the smile/grin.
On this website that is. Got notice from our ISP (the people hosting this website) that they have updated some of the software.
This may cause 'some things' (that's a hard to explain technical term) to not work correctly on all browsers and devices, some of which can be hard to spot at first quick glance.
I've done a spot check on my desktop system with Firefox and Chrome, also a loaner LG Stylo 3 cell phone [WiFi only] and didn't spot anything unusual so now I'll leave it up to those browsing with the various devices to let me know if they spot anything unusual.
(my grammar and spelling errors do not count as unusual)
It's a slim chance those with ChromeBooks, Tablets, Macs and cell phones will be affected. Those on cell phones going after the Ride Schedule, Ride Counts and Signin Sheets; Well, you let me know if you're getting scrambled displays/data. Don't forget to refresh the display before deciding it's bad. The cache can/may causes all kinds of strange problems that suddenly go away after a refresh or two.
When you respond please include any error messages, your device (desktop, tablet, cell phone) and type, browser; and a description of what you did, expected and actually happened. Most of all something better then 'It didn't work'.
This is one time I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll hear nothing so that I'll have nothing to do...
Hey - You Jokers & yokers out there - no fake/dummy error reports...
Here it is the evening of the 4th of June with thunder rumbling overhead and large rain drops splashing loudly on the roof. I'm sure the weather people are correct that tomorrow will be fine riding weather for the start of the next quarter of rides.
A quick look at the Aviation weather shows good from Wednesday through Saturday. I'm gonna hold on to that and not look any further.
Now all we need is to get an RC and ride destination placed on the schedule. I remember many years when there were arguments starting from the RC/20 riders meeting and GM meeting on who gets what ride.
Guess this is just one of the slow years or it's getting harder to find places the club has not visited. I know it is hard to find a park that will allow our kind of 'visit' even though we always leave the place cleaner then when we get there.
OK - Back to coding/debugging my little uncooperative menu icon to poop out a menu to the upper right... it worked yesterday; I think... I gotta get back on the bike.
Was a bit of a wet, ruff start but from the ride count it looks like there were plenty of hardy riders able to tackle the elements - or the elements were not as bad as they may have looked from indoors.
Lately the forecasts made it sound worse than it ended up being. Lots of the weather went around our riding area which suits me, and I'd guess many of you, just fine.
I haven't been able to make the rides lately but I am glad there are those that have taken on the task of RC'n a ride or 2 or 3. Thank You.
Now if someone [or two to three or more] would just send in a paragraph of more [spelling and grammar don't count] it would go a long way to keeping this web site looking like it's doing some good for the club.
As for me I'm hacking away trying to make the front page a little more cell phone friendly where you will be able to easily access the ride schedule, ride count, signin sheet on those tiny screens.
I'm almost there; It's one of those two steps forward and one step back since I don't have but one small cell phone with no cell service; but the WiFi service works good and is much cheaper. Hope to see more of you'z guys and gals soon'r than latter. Keep safe out there.
Maybe unsafe to ride but not to Party
Looks like there will be rain and possibily a few flakes of the white stuff showing up around ride time on Saturday so at this time the decision is to have a party starting at 3pm.
Come by any means you like; 4 wheels, three wheels, two wheels, one wheel or get some exercise and ski on in. All will get a ride credit - That is if you have paid your dues by the end of the day...
I would imagine Mark will be getting the tarp up as in past years if it looks like more than a on/off drizzle else I'm sure he'll have a 'full house'.
BYOB and cold/chilly weather gear with something to keep that liquid sunshine from soaking down to your underwear.
Ya know - like all rides with bad weather on the horizon... It may look bad at the start but then it usually gets better and then before you know it the sun peeks out; it may then not be the warmest and driest but it ends up being not so bad. Lets look forward to the best of the possible conditions and hope for that outcome.
Hope to see many of you there; Don't forget your dues. Scarfy- remember the receipt book; Someone volunteer to take photo's. A couple more take on the task of dragging in some warm, sunny weather. Hey Milo - Send some up this way - Quick...
3PM Sat 4/27, 1535 4th Street NE, Suite 1, Mpls, MN 55413
Here's a link to get you very close to Cady's place. Can't miss it.
Update 4/27 3pm Weather persons were very wrong for twin cities. Beautiful day, sunny, 6-7 bikes and around 40 persons showed up. Lots of food; 3 large pots of very, very good chili.
Real soon now the first club rides will be getting started from Eagles #34. Look off to the right to see the count down to the First Ride ‘kick stands up’ - Maybe add an few 10's of minutes or more...
Looking at that count down just now I think I've figured out why we've been leaving closer to 1pm. It's possible members/RCs looking at the count down timer during the off season (and assumed it's correct) had not realized that for about the last 10 years or so it's been long by an hour; counting down to 1pm instead of noon. Yup, a coding error/bug, darn CST - DST switch. Now that it's corrected let's see how we do... I will now return to my abnormal self.
This first ride will be another of Mark's Chili Rides. I'm sure we all appreciate the efforts Mark goes through to host us. Don't forget to thank Mark for his hospitality and generosity - especially the use of the bathroom.
I don't know if anyone noticed but at the Road Captain / 20 Riders Meeting and also the General Membership meeting no one brought out a Ride Schedule sheet. Yup, the guy that usually pulls one of these out from somewhere screwed up and forgot all about this one thing this one time.
Instead of waiting until the first ride how about You'z guys and gals scratch your heads a bit and see if you can come up with some unique rides and get them on the sheet earlier instead of latter.
How you ask... Well; Since the Secretary position is not fully staffed and operational at this time how about you send in your ride date, RC name, destination, leave time and any notes you want added to Treasurer at westbankmc.org or you can also shoot them to the webmaster.
Wonder where previous rides have gone? Look at the top right of the web site Ride Schedule sheet and select a Year and up will pop the schedule for that year. So how about thinking of some interesting places to go and sign up as Road Captain and lead the way.
Here's an interesting idea... Register on the WBMC Forum/Discussion Board and discuss rides, destinations and whatever... Feel free to suggest changes/additions to the forum topics.
This years General Membership Meeting will be on April 6th at our usual starting place, Eagles #34
So that the meeting can proceed in a orderly and timely manner let one of the officers know of any issues you want brought up so those issue/s can get on the agenda.
Gavel down & meeting will come to order around Noon - maybe...
Issues brought up at the Road Captain / 20 Riders Meeting and new issues from this meeting will be voted on so be here to make your wishes known.
We need more members to become active and volunteer. Not sure what the jobs involve? Ask the officer and I'm sure they will be more than happy to fill you in an the duties and obligations of the position. I'm also quite sure that an offer of a helping hand would not be turned away.
You've now got about 3 weeks to get your ride ready for the first ride. Mark Cady has already offered up his place for another Chili feed.
There are also lots of empty slots on the Ride Sheet so how about thinking of some interesting places to go and sign up as Road Captain and lead the way.
Now on to the future - Scarfy has already secured the use of the Gas-Lite Bar & Grill grounds for the West Bank Motorcycle Club 50th Anniversary Party - pass the word... contact all the old timers you know... More info will be posted/distributed as we close in on the date.
I know; I need a proof reader/watchdog... or someone to gobble up those extra dots I keep dropping... look it up.
And thanks to every one that actually looks to this web page for news once in a while for not mentioning that I've forgotten to mention that it was the last ‘First Wednesday on April 4th’.
Sorry; I've been really busy catching up on 20+ years of neglected spring cleaning (which actually breaks down to throwing away 20+ years of projects of the mind only). And now I've got the BMW to work on hoping to take it to the meeting...
~ Oh, Oh - Sat forecast: Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm... Darn...
The Road Captain / 20 Riders Meeting will be on March 30th at our usual starting place, Eagles #34
So that the meeting can proceed in a orderly and timely manner let one of the officers know of any issues you want brought up so those issue/s can get on the agenda.
Gavel down & meeting will come to order around Noon - maybe...
Don't forget about the April 6th General Membership Meeting where the issues are voted on - same place, same time, many more people.
Snows almost gone and April temperatures are expected to start in the 50's then start a roller coaster climb to finally stay around 70's by May.
Time to get out to your bike to give it a once (or twice) over paying special attention to the tires, brakes, brake fluid & battery, so you know what you should deal with before you want to hop on and take off for a ride. Also touch/twist each nut & bolt to see if any are loose.
You did put your 2019 tags on your plates
Now that the January deep freeze is over it's time for another get together at Eagles #34
Meet up on Feb. 6th at the normal ride leave time of 6:00 or so to share your stories of your battle with the cold snap.
First thing for 2019 is the 1st Wednesdays get-together on 2 Jan. at Eagles #34
Meet up at the normal ride leave time of 6:00 or so.
For those that are not into tracking the passing of time let me inform you that this year is the 50th year of West Bank Motorcycle Club rides.
Let's make this a banner year; one where everyone pulls together to give those that will follow something to talk about with pride.
It's only a couple of months to the yearly meetings and then riding starts. Not too early to come up with routes and start discussions on the officers selections.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe New Year and I promise I'll get the rest of the 2018 photo's posted real soon now - which I finally did..
WHO WE ARE: West Bankers are just people who love to ride.
We ride twice a week and reward the most fanatic among us.
Just a "weekend rider" ? Come ride with us on the weekend!
Feel free to send us your opinions - I'll pass it on to Dr. LockSprocket and the management.
~ Previous News & Ride Reports are on the News page ~
"Doing a good job around here is like peeing in a dark suit,
It makes you feel warm but nobody notices" Jason Bolt