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Mods vs RockersMods vs Rockers 2012!

 Scooter vs. motorcycle. Slick suit vs. leather jacket.  Mod vs. Rocker. Decades ago, this debate turned into all-out brawls in English resort towns like Brighton and Margate. These days, Mods vs. Rockers is less about dust-ups with deckchairs and more about showing off the vintage style, music and machines from a unique time in two-wheeled history.
If you love vintage machines (heck, if you just love motorcycles and scooters period), you won’t want to miss the 8th Annual Mods vs. Rockers Vintage Motorcycle & Scooter Rally June 15 and 16 in Chicago.  Local Moto Hub participated last year and we’re ‘gearing’ up for a great rally again this year.  Expect hundreds of bikes and scooters from all eras and makes, custom and restored, and some totally decked out.
The event debuted in Chicago in 2005, the brainchild of Chicago vintage scene icon Larry Fletcher and hosted by Ton Up Club Chicago.  The Wilkinson brothers (Corey and Casey) of Good Spark Garage have done a fine job of video documenting the events and have produced a few teasers for the 2012 Mods vs Rockers.  View here and here

Great food and music and lots of very cool motorcycles and scooters.  Stop by our booth for a chat.  Click here for the full schedule

  1912 witnessed the Stockholm Olympics, the sinking of RMS Titanic, and the invention of the Scoville Unit (used to measure the heat of peppers).  Kegel H-D Centennial CelebrationAlso that year, Joseph Kegel founded what was to become Kegel Harley-Davidson dealership in Rockford, Illinois.  Mr. Kegel began selling bicycles in 1909 in Freeport, IL.  A year later he was selling motorcycles and by 1912 became a Harley-Davidson dealer.  Kegel H-D is the world’s oldest Harley dealer, is still family-owned and operated, and now has the 4th generation of Kegels carrying on the great tradition. 
To celebrate this centennial milestone, the dealership is sponsoring the Great American Biker Jam on Saturday, June 23 at their location in Rockford.  Local Moto Hub will have a booth, so stop by and say hello.  Click here for details

 Is Honda poised to take over the electric motorcycle racing scene? Honda Mugen Electric Motorcycle Electric motorcycle racing became a lot more interesting when the TT Zero race at the Isle of Man was recently run and the top three riders all finished at average speeds of more than 100 mph.  Segway MotoCzysz prevailed to take top honors for the third straight time, but the Honda Mugen posted a strong showing with a 102.215 mph lap.  Read entire article

  Ducati announced a record-breaking sales month for May in the North America  region.  Sales were up nearly 50% over May 2011.  Showing off for Audi, perhaps?  We hope our local dealerships did well – Motoworks Chicago, MCC in Villa Park, Ducati Indianapolis, Life Cycle in Kalamazoo, and Ducati Milwaukee.

And if you didn't make it to the Isle of Man for any of the races, here's a very cool video of some fine racing.  Click here for video

Safety Corner - Road Hazards
With the riding season in full swing – and there’s nothing better than finding yourself on some scenic twisties – stay focused on what may lay ahead or you might just find yourself between a rock and a hard (asphalt) place.  You might not have to worry about that texting teen but many other potential challenges await around the next bend.  As a rider your best defense is to anticipate and plan. Huge boulder in roadway

  • ALWAYS have an escape route – for example know if the shoulder is available
  • PREPARE for the unexpected – practice “What-If” while riding.  This will give you a head start when something DOES HAPPEN!
  • KNOW your capabilities and ride within them – save “pushing your limits” for the track; riding on the edge of your skill level provides no margin of error when the unexpected happens!
  • CONTINUE to improve your skills – you can never be too good of a rider.  Knowing what to do and not panicking takes training.  And as you age your reflexes and abilities will continue to degrade and you will need to compensate.

Motorcycle riding provides little room for error.  Facing the same situation on two (or three) wheels is quite different than being in the same spot with four wheels and surrounded by metal!  The more time between identification and taking appropriate action might just be the difference between life and death.

Now that you're ready to ride here are a few upcoming events to check out. Click on the link to get details or go to for a complete list of local events.

Fri June 8 - Sunday June 10  AHRMA Vintage Classic races, Elkhart Lake, WI

Fri June 15 - Sat June 16 Mods vs Rockers, Chicago, IL (visit our booth!)

Sat June 16 - 10th Annual Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run, Morris, IL

Mon June18 - Ride your Motorcycle to Work Day!!

Wed June 20 - Bikes and Burlesque, Chicago, IL

Sat June 23 - Great American Biker Jam and Kegel H-D Centennial Celebration, Rockford, IL (visit our booth!)

Sun June 24 - Walneck's Motorcycle Swap Meet, Woodstock, IL

Organized event not your thing?  Longing for the open road?  Check out for ideas of places to ride.  Here are suggestions from our members:

Looking for a GETAWAY? Enjoy some of the great roads in Southeastern Wisconsin along the lower Wisconsin River Valley, with Richland Center as your overnight destination.   

For a Day Trip, one of our members recently rode to the World of Motorcycle Museum in North Judson, IN, and on the way stopped for a bite at Buddys Drive In, Beecher, IL

A special welcome to our newest sponsor, Green Light Insurance for helping to make this newsletter possible.

Send us your day ride and overnight suggestions and we'll share them with fellow riders on our website and in this newsletter. If your overnight getaway is selected for publication, you'll receive a $100 gift certificate to any one of our sponsors.  Send your day rides and overnight getaway recommendations to

To those of you who have visited the site recently, thanks!  If not, please check us out - we continue to add new events, destinations, and ROADS every day.

Remember to "be careful out there" and keep the rubber side down!

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