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February 2018 President's Corner

Not February, by Jack Klauschie

Many apologies for being late. We had two trials in mid-February and March 6. Getting ready for trial is a bit like getting ready to take your life on the road – you must be prepared, know your route, stops and destinations well, be prepared for everything, and be sufficiently flexible to change direction at any moment. Any ride is more fun.

My daughter finished and passed her Basic Rider Course. Now what? Here are a few notions I jotted down for her. As we start another riding season, perhaps we all should ponder these notions.

January 2018 President's Corner

by Jack Klauschie, RCBPREZ

It’s time to Tweet to the world a milestone has been reached.

It’s not record high stock prices, elimination of net neutrality, or another alleged trickle-down tax reform act. No folks. You have suffered under my dubious leadership for a whole year.

What are my remembrances from 2017? I have many, but really only one was completely unexpected.

My daughter expressed interest in learning to ride. As I pondered what wisdom I might offer her, in the misguided, naïve delusion she actually might listen, I reflected on the advice I have gotten from RCB members in my formative, early years, and the track classes I participated in over the years. Here it is:

December 2017 President's Corner

by Jack Klauschie, RCBPREZ

Is it really December?  

As I wade through mostly empty Christmas storage bins where Lynell’s car used to be parked in the garage, I see my 1993 ATK 605 at the far side of the garage, sadly with cob webs I brushed off. I bought this bike three years ago (could be four) as a winter “project.” While the bike did need considerable TLC, I probably could have gotten it running with a new battery and carb cleaning. The fact the front brake and other niceties didn’t work was a minor – aaah inconvenience. I actually got about 60-70% of the restoration done when I stupidly injured my back eventually requiring surgery.

November 2017 President's Corner

by Jack Klauschie, RCBPREZ

We hear a lot about freedom.
Yet, our lives are so highly regulated it is hard to know what it means to be free. If a bill payment is “received” a nanosecond late, a computer assesses a hefty late fee even though we have no influence, much less control, over how these transactions are handled, more probably manipulated. We must authorize unprecedented access to our private lives by clicking “Accept Terms” we never would give to a stranger in a face-to-face conversation. Legislatures enact laws and regulations that mandate where, when and whether we can ____ (fill in the blank) at a pace that makes thinking people wonder if any rational human behavior is untouched. I do not like these trends, but there does not appear to be much I can do about it.

October 2017 President's Corner

by Jack Klauschie, RCBPREZ

My father was not a rider. He really was not very mechanical.

Like most mothers, my mother was scared to death she would not see her only son every time I left to go riding. I still recall what I now know are my Mom’s “never going to see you alive again” hugs.

Despite these things, my father and mother stoked my desire to ride as an adolescent, tolerated the tinkering I did on bikes in the garage, and let me go desert racing nearly every weekend for years. By itself, that is pretty amazing, and a gift I have not appreciated fully until recently. 

September 2017 President's Corner

by Jack Klauschie, RCBPREZ

Apologies for missing the August edition of musings from the corner.

Thanks to Gordy for making reservations for the camp sites for Tahoe Chill, and getting coffee in the morning. Thanks to Lynell and Jenny for dinners and breakfast.  Weather was good, and the ride over Ebbetts Saturday was spirited despite a few sprinkles. Hello Bear and Morning Bear topped off the weekend. I confess I slept through the visit from Morning Bear. Guess I sounded like a den mate so Morning Bear wandered by my tent without taking any notice.

July 2017 President's Corner

by Jack Klauschie, RCBPREZ

I hope y’all had a festive July 4 holiday.

Gordy mentioned several times we were very close to getting an award at the MOA Rally in Billings for having the greatest number of members participating in the Billings Rally. In actuality, we probably had more participating members, but we missed a few people. We missed the award by three people.

This year we were determined to get everyone on the list. I am happy to say WE WON with 52 participants.

June 2017 President's Corner

by Jack Klauschie, RCBPREZ

I was reading an article in ADV Moto magazine by Travis Walters that struck a chord with me. While the magazine’s focus is on backcountry touring, all motorbike rides are an adventure simply because we are doing so on a motorbike. You do not smell the flowers (or road kill), or see a shooting star in a cage. He wrote about music and riding, focusing on the periods of time between a sound and a ride. I think his observations are worth sharing. He writes:

May 2017 President's Corner

Marv Lewis made a proposal at the last Board meeting that exemplifies his character, and is befitting the memory of Lois Lewis, a proposal I believe Lois would approve. The proposal was to have a RCB Memorial Poker Run in honor of RCB members we have lost. It is a generous proposal, an excellent idea, and that is what we are going to do. The poker run will be the club ride, following the member meeting on Saturday, June 3. Ken has volunteered to put a route together with the assistance of other officers and directors.

April 2017 President's Corner

by Jack Klauschie, RCBPREZ

​Daffodils, California poppies and tree allergies are my signs riding season is about to start. It also signals the time I do not have to go through photos of previous rides to scratch my riding itch – in this case Baja 2015. I plan trips with the earnest desire they are not sabotaged by work commitments. I hope you are plotting your riding events short or long, domestic or exotic. As you think about the summer, I suggest taking a look at the RCB calendar. RCB already has gone to Mendocino for whale watching.