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Bike under snowWinter Storage
Although we really don’t want to come to the end of another riding season here in the upper Midwest, many of us will call it quits any day now.  And that means thinking about preparation and storage of our bikes for the winter.  Many local shops offer winter prep and storage and we’re compiling a list for your reference.  If you elect to do the work yourself, here is a comprehensive “To Do” list shared with us by our good friends at Motoworks Chicago:

1. Drain the Carburetors
2. Prevent Fuel-Tank Corrosion
3. Ensure A Happy Battery
4. Finish Care
5. Coddle Your Engine
6. A Break for Your Brakes
7. Check Your Coolant
8. Retire Your Tires?
9. If It Moves...
10. Cover Up
11. Get Ready for Spring
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Brough Superior Black Alpine 680 partsDo you consider yourself handy with a wrench?  Take care of repair and maintenance on your own bike?  Ever wanted to build one from scratch?  Here's just the opportunity you've been waiting for!  The parts for a 1930  Brough Superior Black Alpine 680 are up for auction in London. Brough Superior restoredThe owner bought the parts in 1960 with the intention of restoring the machine, but never got around to it and the parts were kept in a shed.  The Brough brand is often considered the 'Rolls-Royce of motorbikes'.  Let's hope the new owner doesn't let the project languish.

 

A Rider uses some ingenuity and rescues a calf from water in a canal.  Question:  Did the calf enjoy the ride?  We want to know how he rigged the hoist so the bike didn't end up in the canal, too.Man rescues calf in canal

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An American Chopper Battle Royale is in the works. American ChopperThe Discovery Channel has announced custom bike builder Jessie James, founder of West Coast Choppers, is pitting his skills against the celebrated Teutul clan of American Chopper fame.  After the two-night show (Dec 5 & 6), you will be able to vote for your favorite, which will be announced on the show's first live episode broadcast from Las Vegas.

Harley-Davidson USA announces its Honor the Brave program to Salute the Military beginning this month.  Dealers will be collecting donations for USO care packages and H-D has challenged its HOG chapters to raise $500 each for the Operation USO care package program.  At the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, all current and previous military members and their immediate families will receive free admission on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6. .And on Dec. 1, there will be a military-only concert in San Diego with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.  Read more about H-D's support of the military.

Safety Tip - Watch out for wet patches of pavement. Dave Wendell, owner of Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Safety, Inc. who has been teaching motorcycle safety classes for 22 years has this advice:  Watch out for wet patches of pavement. Dark spots in the road ahead could very well indicate wetness, which won't give you as much traction as dry pavement. If you do come across a slippery portion of the road that can't be avoided, straighten up the bike, squeeze the clutch and stay off the brakes; coast through the slippery spot without any driving force on the rear wheel. If there are leaves on the pavement in your path of travel, and there's any possibility that they might be wet, try to avoid them or slow down far beyond normal. Wet leaves on the road surface can be extremely slippery.

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 www.LocalMotoHub.com for a complete calendar of local events.

Thur - Sat Nov 3-5 - The Lee Roy Hartung Collection presented by Auctions America, Glenview, IL

Sun Nov 6 - Manteno Veterans Ride, Tinley Park, IL

Mon Nov 7 - Motorcycle Monday at the Five Star Bar, Chicago, IL

Sun Dec 4 - Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade, Chicago, IL

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

Looking for a GETAWAY? Plan a trip to the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois and see incredible rock formations, beautiful lakes and the Ohio River.

For a day trip ride out to Sycamore for lunch at PJ's Courthouse Tavern.  Enjoy the memorabilia from the building's storied history.

Please note that we will be going to a monthly schedule for our newsletter for the winter.  Look for your next issue in early December.

When you take a ride or attend an event - let us know by adding new entries or commenting on existing destinations, roads, or the event you attended.

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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