Jeff Park - President
Dick Toth - Vice President
I started out in 1970 as a commuter on a Bultaco Mercurio 200. Great way to learn about 2 stroke technology while arriving late to work. My next adventure was off-road on my Bultaco PurSang 250. So quiet at idle you could hear a piano drop. After I attempted flight by riding off a cliff on the PurSang, I mellowed out with a list of soul-sucking Japanese appliances (CL350, XL250, etc.) until I acquired a beat down BMW R 50/2. It was more dependable than a Labrador Retriever and a lot smoother than riding California 101 on my Hodaka Combat Wombat 125 on full knobby rubber.
Today, I am a fan of BMW oil heads for solo Iron Butt cross-country runs and the earlier Slash 2’s for AMCA events. Like stray kittens, a 1928 JD cut down built in the early fifties recently followed me home. I am doing my best to honor its builder and the post war period by preserving the vibe while preparing it mechanically for the next custodian.
George Canavan - Treasurer
Motorcycles. I am not sure when I got interested in motorcycles but I think it was before I was house broken. My first bike was a Kawasaki 120 dirt bike. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, they had a 4-speed transmission and a rotary valve to let the fuel/oil mix into the cylinder. A little while later I bought a Bultaco Sherpa S 175 and raced it at Elsinore Raceway, in California, every Saturday night during high school in the early 70’s. I even raced in the first Riverside Grand Prix. Wish I still had that bike. Then into the Army where I was a Huey helicopter crew chief then on to flight school to fly them. During that time, I had many different motorcycles including a YZ 250. One day after a rain storm I decided to take that bike out and play in the mud. Had a great time until I went up this one hill I had not gone up before. I thought it would be a nice jump at the top but it went almost straight down on the other side. As I was flying through the air straight for the ground I was thinking “this is going to hurt when I hit”. It did. Now my passion is for street cruisers, in particular Harleys. From Reno I rode my 100th anniversary Road King Classic to Milwaukee for Harleys 100th anniversary party. Then in 2005, I rode the same bike to Alaska and back by myself. Now my long-term project is a 1965 FLH which is about 95% original. This is the last year of the panheads and the first year for electric starts.