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.
After the incident! A year of hell & A year of healing & 6 months of creating a new me & a new home.
I would be honored to see Y'all. Please join me at my home for a casual holiday get together.
Drop in anytime between 5pm to midnight. Please bring a small dish to share.
Vodka, beer & other beverages will be available. BYOB if you'd like
Please bring any travel size toiletries or pair[s] of socks. They will be donated to the homeless youth at Youthlink.
5PM TO 1AM Saturday 12/22/2018
1535 4th Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Come join us for the final 2018 1st Wednesdays get-together at Eagles #34
Meet up at the normal ride leave time of 6:00 or so.
We will start another round of 1st Wednesdays on Jan 2nd, 2019 for a follow-up to the New Years antics and try to remember the New Years resolutions from the previous night.
The year-end pot luck party will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
It will be held at the home of Brent Greene, 1020 Tamarack Place, New Richmond, WI 54017.
The club will provide BBQ, but please do bring a dish to share. Your culinary talents will be greatly appreciated.
** Anyone that has a West Bank Motorcycle Club back patch with Minneapolis/St. Paul on it should bring them to the Year End Party where Scarfy will swap it for the current West Bank Motorcycle Club back patch (no cost).
The 2018-2019 Fall-Winter monthly 1st Wednesdays get-togethers are here again.
Oct 3rd, 2018 is the 1st Wednesday get-together at Eagles #34
Meet up at the normal ride leave time of 6:30 or so.
After this last Saturday regular ride Franz is going to RC from Zumbro Falls back to the No Name Saloon in Prescott for an Xtra ride credit.
I have been fielding questions about the year-end party and wanted to give you an update.
A pot luck party is going to be held at Brett Greene's home in (metro-area) Wisconsin on October 20, 2018.
You will receive a second notification with Brett's address in the near future.
Thanks and I look forward to seeing you at the party.
-- Kathi Lee
Since my memory can't be trusted anymore I did a quick (very quick) scan of some old Newsletters to see that Jerry was active from about 1978 to around 2008. I think he showed up for a ride a few times since 2008 and made a stop at Hell Hole a few times.
Here is the link to Jerry Sarff's Obituary
On tap for the Sat Sept 1 ride: After Hermann the German we could try to get a brewery tour. They do not take reservations and we might only be 5 bikes.
Schell’s Brewery Tours
* Pricing:* $5.00 – children 12 & under free *
* Tickets sold first come, first served the day of the tour *
* Saturdays*: *12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00*. Ticket sales begin at 11:00 *
About the Tour
Brewery tours typically last one hour. We start off in the Museum of Brewing with the history of the founding family and then depart to roam the grounds and learn more about the brewery itself. The tour ends with an assorted beer and 1919 root beer sampling in our Rathskellar Tap Room.
*Note: Our Tap Room is used exclusively for our tours. You must be on a tour to do the beer sampling.
Tours do go outside to see some areas of the brewery and steps are involved. Our tours do not go into all areas of production due to safety regulations. You will be able to view one of our bottling lines and you see our original copper brew kettle. Tour tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis the day of the tour. We do not take reservations for tours.
Free Admission; Museum Hours: Weekdays: 12-5; Saturdays: 11-5; Sundays: 12-5
-- Peter Zimmermann
Late Thursday evening Scarfy informed me that Hell Hole party is on again.
There is a ride, with a 10am leave, scheduled to go in that direction - No other details provided.
Hell Hole Lake: 24069 Cranberry Marsh Rd, Webster, WI 54893-9230.
The Sat. Aug 11th ride will go to the Lookout Supper Club for a rest stop and then onto Stockyard Days in New Brighton for the sign in.
The address for the Lookout is 8672 Pineview Lane N, Maple Grove 55369 and the address for Stockyard Days is Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Highway 8 NW New Brighton I will have maps at the Eagles.
Stockyard Days will have an Antique Car run from New London MN to New Brighton that should have the cars arriving starting around 3:00 PM.
Jim Morin has planned a ride to Rivals Sports Bar and Grill in Wheeler, WI leaving Eagles at 12noon on Sunday, July 29, 2018.
Close by is the Hay River where we've been dippin' our bodies into the always cool waters many time in the past years - You may want to bring a bathing suit and towel.
NOTE: The linked maps are for reference only. Jim, as the RC, will be choosing the actual route.
26th Annual Pre-Strugis Hog Feed Sun, July 29, 2018 at The Joint from 12 PM - 6 PM rain or Shine.
This will be at The Joint Bar, 913 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, starting at 1PM, Sunday July 8th, 2018.
Vern was at the Highland Chateau Health + Rehabilitation Center in St. Paul after having been treated at the VA with lung and breathing problems. He had been to the VA 4 times in the previous 4 months.
Earlier this year Vern had planned to move into a 7th floor apartment of the Kenwood Assisted living facility where he would have a skyline view of Minneapolis.
Here is the link to Vern Eck's Obituary
The MidSummer Party is at Anna's place, 18600 Duck Lake Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55346.
Since this is a potluck event it will be appreciated if everyone brings something to share. WBMC will supply some of the basics like dogs, brats, condiments, buns & tools so you don't have to use your fingers too much.
Members that bring food in 4-wheelers will get a ride credit.
One more thing: Don't forget to bring a towel & swim suit if you want to engage in water activities.
WBMC management has canceled the Sat, 6/2 ride due to very possible rain, heavy rain or down pours previously scheduled for the day.
Sounds like many that would have been on the ride will still show up in 4-wheelers for breakfast and discussions. Remember that breakfast is only served from 8am to noon.
Get there after 11:55 and it is possible that your breakfast order will not be taken so get there early and get a good seat at the table.
After I was told to post the cancel notice I see that Clay G. got on the Ride Schedule as RC for a 6/2 ride at 12:30 - if there are any takers. I'm thinking he's betting that the thunderstorms will go around his planned ride route/destination like it did on the Wed 5/27 Blacksmith ride.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for good weather.
Mark C. has scheduled an Xtra Ride to Wabasha via Hwy 60 on May 27. Note that the leave time is 11:30 - which should mean 'kick stand up' at that time.
If you haven't found the Xtra Rides schedule just look to the left, below the Sign in Sheet link and above the Subscribe to links. Been there for a while now.
Xtra Ride schedule and Xtra Ride Count links are also on the Rides page. Xtra Rides are now included by default in the Ride Count list with a check box option to exclude the Xtra Rides.
I'll be sending out a 'Rides email blast' real soon now. If you expected to receive one but haven't gotten one then check your Newsletter subscription settings. It's part of the Newsletter signup page
Comments, suggestions, ideas, etc can be directed to XtraRides@westbankmc.org
Vinni made it to the second stage of manhood - Graduation from high school - and the unbridled freedom that may bring.
In case you don't recognize him in the above picture here he is with the long hair he had when he was riding with us.
Vinni would like to invite whomever remembers him to his graduation party.
Warm and Sunny for a ride down the Minnesota River west side to Mac's Green Mill Bar in Le Sueur.
Starting off with breakfast at the Eagles Peter Z. lead a casual ride through congested traffic on 94 and 35 and on through Eden Prairie and Chaska for clear sailing down 40 into Henderson where we picked up 93 which deposited us in Le Sueur.
Finding parking at Mac's Green Mill was easier than finding the entrance to Green Mill as most headed straight into The Bar, whose entrance seem more inviting.
I'll now leave it up to someone else to finish off this narrative... I will tell you that I pulled into my driveway just as the first drops of rain intercepted my bike and body.
For our first Wednesday ride 'tornado' Mike is taking us to Nelson's Ice Cream in beautiful Stillwater where the water may still be rising (1 foot below flood stage on Monday) and the boat traffic is running at idle.
For those wanting the beautifully crafted Ride Map made up by Mike, here is the link to the Ride Map .pdf file (164KB).
Now how about someone grabbing next Saturday's ride and a few others jumping on to the next couple of weeks rides. Don't keep us guessing.
On this warm Saturday, after the blizzard with over 15 inches of snow and 2-3 foot drifts just 2 weeks ago, the West Bank Motorcycle Club met at Eagles #34 for the start of the 2018 season. There was plenty of parking both in front and in the back in the 'Motorcycle Only' area. Also in the back there is a nice seating area for the smokers and those liking the outdoors better than indoors. On Wednesdays we may have to jockey for space with the dinner and Bingo crowd - we will see as the Wednesday rides start to add up.
All those that had breakfast were quick to say that it was not only very good but one heck of a value for the large portions received. Be advised that they usually stop taking orders by noon so get there a bit earlier than you may have been used to in past years at Whiskey Junction.
The ride got off at the usual 'West Bank Time' and started an uneventful run (only because there were no ‘boys in blue’ taking notice of us) leading us right on by the usual Whiskey Junction starting point and onward to North 35W.
Loren kept up the 'required' pace with the group keeping to a well order staggered formation through the fairly light traffic. Turning off on Lexington got us to the road styles most of us like and again Loren kept up a steady pace that made for a relaxed, comfortable ride.
Arriving at EJ’s Bar & Bottle Shop (They are now one of our sponsors so visit them when in the area) we were still in a compact group and entered the fairly dark premises, compared to outside, for a quick brew or pop along with conversations that covered more topics than can be conveyed in a few short paragraphs. Besides, “what you Hear on the road Stays on the road” - or something like that...
Not wanting to loiter at EJ’s too long Loren got us back on the road, heading South and West on Viking Blvd back to MarkC’s place where the &ldqou;First Ride Chili Feed’ was being set up.
On the road going to and through Coon Rapids made for a couple of short stops to wait for those held up by stop lights. Each was very safe and controlled, in my view, which kept all within the ride group.
The final stretch was on East River Road with a ‘are you sure you know where you are going’ final twisting into Mark’s driveway.
Food was out, chili hot, very good salad, more that enough sweets and eats for all.
Some would have asked asked for better weather, as for a little less bite from the cool wind, but for me it was close to perfect for riding, and standing, with the right riding gear - I was good in T-shirt and jeans. Interesting watching how the groups moved about trying to keep out of the shadows. A fair number of members not on the ride started showing up (and paying dues.) Looks like we are already up to 43 members listed (52 end of last year)
A few words from this years treasurer, Scarfy, and a call from Secretary Amy for someone to sign up for a few of the early years rides is all that interrupted the group conversations and eating.
After five, while a few people left and a few continued to arrive, the party atmosphere continued on. As you older members see faces you've not seen before introduce your self and make the new members feel welcome.
And as always - please be safe out on the road and especially careful when on the group rides. Please; make this a year with NO accidents (or fall down or close call/Oops events.) ~hn
One last thing: I have no doubt that there are members out there reading this that can slap together a bunch of words that make the above look like a grade school ‘What I did this summer writing assignment’. Please, take some time to write up something dealing with club activities and send them in to the Editor at westbankmc.org for the Newsletter or to the webmaster (or both) if you would like to share with the World Wide Web audience which is mostly West Bank Motorcycle Club members and friends. Please
If there is some prose submitted I promise not to mention this subject again - really; you can trust me... (and the editor and myself will correct any spelling/word errors to make your writings look professional if you so desire.
This Saturday is the first ride & the annual chili feed. Please coordinate with Mark Cady with your contribution to the pot luck.
We need the same things we use every year:
Anything else you want to bring. BYOB.
Napkins, Plates, Cups, Dinnerware & a case of beer will be provided by your club.
If anyone wants to come by to cook on Friday night or Saturday, Just show up.
Back door will be open Saturday. Apartment #1.
Ride will leave at 12:30. Riding to EJs bar. Hang out for a bit then off to Mark's house.
We anticipate arrival around 2:30.
Party may go as late as y'all feel like. - There may be fireworks.
The West Bank contributed at least 5 riders to the very light turnout of the 2018 Spring Flood Run®. With the very warm and sunny weather this was a bit of a surprise.
Starting early on Saturday morning I (Harald) removed a few cold weather items from the FJR, gave the tires a last minute checkup, looked for the oil stick to check the oil (Oops - wrong bike; look in the window) then headed out for gas and then on down to the Eagles #34 (Fraternal Order of Eagles, 2507 East 25th St., Mpls).
After almost running down the same route I've run for so many years before to the Whiskey Junction I corrected the route to continue on down Hiawatha to do a left on 26th then another left going back north on Minnehaha Ave. With just a slight bit of confusion finding a 23rd Ave between 26th and 25th I managed to hold on until the right on 25th got me to the Eagles.
Finding no bikes there I did a slow tour around the building to check out the parking situation and layout of the area. With the tour finished and their being no cars near the front door I parked it there. It's about 9:30 and already warm so it's off with the coat and get the camera out for some pictures of the building to use in future web and newsletter articles.
Wasn't long before Scarfy showed up on 4 wheels to see what they had to offer for breakfast. He latter said it was very good. During this time JimG and PeterZ showed up. A little after 10am 'Doc' showed up. After a very good Cherry-Coke, which included cherries, we milled around waiting for 'West Bank time' to roll around, just in case there would be late comers showing up. Times Up - mount up - Head out.
No one wanted the RC position so I reluctantly took it. Heading out from the Eagles is very easy. Head East to the stop light at the end of the block and head north to 94. You have the choice of either East or West. Because I had the GPS fired up I decided to follow it's instructions and head East - Good choice; Huh...
An uneventful, with light traffic, run to 61 South got us to Prescott in about 25 minutes. There were no lines of cars or bikes so it was an easy entry to the parking in front of and beside No Name. It's been many, many years since I've seen so few bikes at the Spring Flood Run where the weather was this excellent.
I grabbed some shots of the light crowd, bikes, people, more shots up and down the street and then headed on over to Boat Drinks to see if the rumor I thought I had read about it's closing was real.
Nope, Not real - Kerri at Boat Drinks greeted me with a big hug and told me that they are doing well and will be open for a long time. What a relief to hear that. I've got to have a few helping's of the shrimp's and oysters a few times during the riding season to make the end of a riding day complete.
Before noon it was off to Diamond Bluff's Nauti Hawg on a slightly different route than straight down 35. JimG and PeterZ followed me while Doc decided to go on 35 in a short while. Just after leaving Prescott there is 570th Ave which allows for a bit more of a interesting riding experience than 35. At the end of 570th there is QQ which took us back to 35 where we saw Doc pass by just as we arrived at the stop sign.
Hind sight now tells me I should have headed up to 10 and then Gas-Lite to take O. Well, there was not much sand on the back roads but why take a chance so early in the year. Diamond Bluff was calling me to relax on the deck overlooking the river with a refreshing liquid and a few friends for company.
At Nauti Hawg we ran into RonH to make it 5 WBMC members signed in for the 1st Xtra Ride. Could have used some sun screen. After listening to bunches of loud engines, many obviously in need to a tune up, it was time to either head further down the road or wander home. Home it was as Jan was waiting to serve me a fine evening meal.
For those wanting to see how crowded it was here's a link to a YouTube Video from the 2018 Spring Flood Run
If you look around on the web site home page, at the left side, and the Ride Page, you will see links not only to the 'normal' Ride Schedule but also the Xtra Rides schedule (I may combine both into one page with check boxe for the Xtra Rides).
OK - that's it for my contribution now it's your turn to get 'your stories' out on either or both the web site or newsletter. It's not hard to punch a few keys and send them to the Editor or Newsletter at WestBankMC.org
Due to lack of communications this first attempt at an Xtra Ride is totally FuBar. But we recovered...
I'll take some of the blame; for putting up the Xtra Ride Schedule before someone actually said they would be the RC and then I flubbed up on the initial blurb of this website saying it's 'On' then 'Off'; now 'On' again.
I've just heard that JimG and PeterZ will be at Eagles Club by 10am so I guess the powers of the club (Treasurer, Secretary, Road Captains, Safety, Ambassadors, 20Riders) may OK this as an actual Xtra Ride Credit ride. Because of the confusion it may or may not be fair to all.
Again: The ride meeting place will be at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 2507 East 25th St., Mpls.
Do all the finger pointing, blaming, arguing you want but save some time to help put a procedure (for clear, early, communications of intent) in place before this happens again.
Hey; It's going to be a very nice day so enjoy it with whom ever shows up. Do you think someone will have a signin sheet?? Guess who had it.
First off there will NOT be a 'Xtra Ride' for the flood run. Your Sat. is free from WBMC commitments. For anyone that read the first draft - Sorry for the confusion. [Where's my proof reader...]
Can you believe we had a major blizzard last weekend. I can as my back and arms are still sore from shoveling. 'DeFrost Your Nuts' run was canceled - so sad.
Been a while since there has been an update on what will be happening this year. The new beginning of ride meeting place will be at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 2507 East 25th St., Mpls.
Also known as Eagles Club #34, it is about a mile south of our previous home at Whiskey Junction. Follow Minnehaha south, hang a left on East 25th Street and after crossing 25th Ave. South you will see the Eagles Club on the right
With the creation of Xtra Ride Credits you will find a link to that schedule on the home page, left side below the usual Ride Schedule/Ride Count/Sign in Sheet links as well as on the Rides page under the top banner. The name for now will be Xtra Rides. If you can come up with a better name let me know.
Looks like the snow is fast disappearing, roads mostly dry and a forecast of 'Mostly Sunny' with temps expected to be get up to around 57; may even go over 60 - Keep your fingers crossed.
Mark C. asked for a Flood Run ride for Sat the 21st of April but no one grabbed for the RC position so there is NO Xtra Ride for the 21st. With the mild weather forecast I'm sure there will be a group heading out to Prescott this weekend. Keep your ears open and cell phones charged and on your person.
These Xtra rides should be scheduled at least 7 days in advance (after this one) with the Secretary. Conflicts will be worked out somehow or other. Schedule and not do the ride (without 2 days notice) and you lose one (or two) ride credits... Unless it's a really bad weather cancellation.
Well, lots of details still need to be worked out or we will just make it up as we go - which is probably good as it's worked out well in the past.
That's about it as I need to go check tires, oil and battery in the FJR along with finding my early spring riding duds.
One more thing; when you see Kathi Lee give her a 'Well Done' on the last two newsletters and encourage her to keep up the good work. Also pass on any interesting club news items, a ride report or give her a couple of paragraphs of copy that she can use for the newsletter. I'm sure she will appreciate the help.
Let's make this an 'Accident Free' year - Keep your head on a swivel and pay special attention to what the driver in or on the vehicle that is behind the vehicle in front of you is doing.
Fire them up and line up for another great year (the 49th I believe) on the open road for The West Bank Motorcycle Club. April 28th is the First Club Ride for 2018 - See you there. ~harald
For the First Wednesday in April, that would be April 4th, we will be meeting at one of the contenders for our new ride meeting place; Memory Lanes, 2520 26th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 721 6211.
If there are any other places you know of that would be able to accommodate the WBMC for their Wednesday and Saturday ride starting point please let one of the club officers know; preferably Mark C.
I just got notice that the March 31st Road Captain / 20 Riders Meeting will be at Route 47 Pub & Grub 7820 University Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432 | (763-444-1347)
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 the issue/s can get on the agenda.
Gavel down & meeting will come to order around Noon - maybe...
Don't forget about the April 7th General Membership Meeting; probably at the same place.
There may still be a foot or so of snow on the ground but it looks like April will start with temps of 40's and end in the high 60's (It's 50+ degrees on Sat, 3/18 at 3pm) so get out and give your bike a once over, especially the tires, so you know what to deal with before you want to hop on and take off for a ride.
Don't forget about March 7th at Route 47 Pub & Grub
— “First Wednesday” for March at Route 47 Pub & Grub —
Loren would like the club to give Route 47 Pub & Grub a try. Spread the Word...
Route 47 Pub & Grub | 7820 University Ave NE Fridley, MN 55432 | (763-444-1347)
Coming up on March 31st is the Road Captain/20 Riders meeting and on April 7th is the General Membership meeting. No location set yet but we'll find someplace
Oops! I'm sorry - Looks like I've forgotten to update the events page. Well for now how about you just look at the 2017 events and adjust the dates. I'll get to it Real Soon now...
— “First Wednesday” for February at Yacht Club —
Yacht Club has been reported to have good food (get the pork tenderloin sandwich), it's not busy on Wednesday evenings and has a parking lot. Spread the Word...
If you got any ideas for next one pass it on to Mark and others and/or post it on the Discussion Board or facebook.
— 2018 “First Wednesday” at Hexagon Bar Jan 3rd —
Hope everyone got what they wanted for Christmas and your New Year antics are, or have been, as you've expected. Try to get rested up on Tuesday.
The West Bank Motorcycle Club will be having our “First Wednesday” get-together on Jan 3rd at the Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55406 (612) 722-3454
Let's hope for a bit of a warm up, like to above zero, so there will be a good turn out. Pass the word...
— Last “First Wednesday” at Whiskey Junction Dec 6th, 2017 —
I'm sure that all the members and friends of the West Bank Motorcycle Club are sorry to hear of the closing of Whiskey Junction on Decenber 31st, 2017.
On Wednesday, December 6th the West Bank Motorcycle Club Membership will again have a “First Wednesday” get-together at Whiskey Junction where we will surley discuss all of the wonderful times we have had there.
Tom O'Shea and Little Obregón along with their employees have always been more than kind in providing us with a gathering and meeting place along with excellent service.
We wish Tom and Little the best of luck in their future endeavors.
After 12 great years of business, The Whiskey Junction will be closing its doors for good. Our last day of business will be December 31st of this year.
Unfortunately, after recent changes in the Minneapolis ordinances regarding minimum wages and primarily the lack of a tip credit provision, we feel now is the time to get out of the bar business. We fought for a voice to explain how minimum wage without a tip credit will be detrimental to the small bar and restaurant owners of Minneapolis but we were not listened to. Therefore its on to the next adventure!
I wish to thank our wonderful staff and customers who have been friends and family throughout the years. YOU are what brought us back every day and made working fun! We truly couldn't have done it without you, and we will miss you all.
"Doing a good job around here is like peeing in a dark suit,
It makes you feel warm but nobody notices" Jason Bolt
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.