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6 Oct 2015

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Another little yarn to start things off

Long To Live

This biker lady has a heart attack and is taken to the hospital. While on the operating table, she had a near death experience.

Seeing god she asked “Is my time up?” God said “No you have 43 years 2 months and 8 days to live.”

Upon recovery, the women decided to stay in hospital and have a facelift, liposuction and a tummy tuck. Since she had so much more time to live, new roads to ride, she figured she might as well look even nicer.

After her last operation, she was released from hospital. While riding her motorcycle home, she was run into by a delivery truck and killed. Arriving at the pearly gates in front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said I had another 40+ years? How come you didn’t pull me out of the path of that fricken truck?”

God replied, “I didn’t recognise you.”

Hi Everyone

We had a good turnout for the wood chop but couldn’t do much as there was a horse event on and they didn’t want chain saws going, so we did the usual thing, had a BBQ lunch and a couple of drinks. The Meeting on the Sunday at Forks Hotel was well attended, was a nice ride down there first time my bike been out since May. Our rally is getting closer and everything is under control for it. It was good to see Maxine at the meeting and  we all hope your leg is getting better and you are back on your bike soon.

Ride safe and have fun

Shayne S.    TTAG


Shayne and Vickie`s USA Trip.

Finally after 20 odd hours of traveling we finally made it to DC at 4.15 in the morning. So hot, even at that time of the day!! After a few hours of sleep we had a wee walk around and found a nice Irish pub to have a cold beer and some much needed food! Just chilled for the rest of the day. Sunday we did a bus tour of DC. Super-hot once again. Monday arrived and time to get the bike. Slight problem with the GPS…kept turning off!  Not ideal on those roads. Back to Eagle Rider and they fitted a new one and then we were off!!! First day was just a short ride. Took a while to get used to the roads and bike. GPS took us a few wrong turns but we finally got it sorted on the 3rd day. First ride we did was The Skyline Drive. Amazing views. Met some fellow bikers while on a drink break. All very friendly. 4th day we did the Dragons Tail. Took a while to find our way there. Met a real live hillbilly while stopping for directions. He said he had trouble understanding us!!!  Right back at ya we thought!  Dragon’s tail was pretty awesome. Passed some guys who had gone over the edge. Good luck getting their bikes back. On the eighth day we headed for New Orleans. Tried to avoid the freeways. Found a road with bumps just about the whole way. Awesome views though so made up for the crappy roads. We had 2 nights in New

Orleans. We did a cruise down the Mississippi on a paddle boat. Went to Bourbon Street. There was a street called Frenchmen Street just 5 minutes from our hotel which is supposed to be better than Bourbon Street so we went there. Lots of jazz and bars. After New Orleans we made our way to Memphis.

Just had to do Graceland. Not as big as we thought and very 70s of course!!

But can now cross that off the bucket list. Very hot down south. And so muggy.

Did lots of swimming along the way. Slowly made our way back to DC on the 2nd of July. Was very lucky with the weather. Only got caught in one thunderstorm but it was a good one. Poured down. And a few showers on our last day but apart from that it was the high 30s for the whole 2 1/2 weeks we were on the bike. Would totally recommend it. Everyone we met was super friendly and loved our accents!!!!  Now to save for the next one!

6 Oct 2015

August Newsletter 2015

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Just for you Harley owners.

God & Arthur Davidson

The inventor Arthur Davidson, of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Corporation, died and went to heaven.
At the gates, St. Peter told Arthur,”Since you’ve been such a good man and your Motorcycles have changed the world,your reward is, you can hang out with anyone you want in Heaven.”
Arthur thought about it for a minute and then said, “I want to hang out with God.”
St. Peter took Arthur to the Throne Room, and introduced him to God.
Arthur then asked God, “Hey, aren’t you the inventor of women?
“God said, “Ah, yes. ”
“Well, ” said Arthur, “professional to professional, you have some major design flaws in your invention.”
God was somewhat taken back, and when He asked what the flaws might be, Arthur Davidson produced a list for Him to read.

1. There’s too much inconsistency in the front-end protrusions
2. It chatters constantly at high speeds.
3. Most of the rear ends are too soft and wobble too much.
4. The intake is placed way to close to the exhaust and finally,
5. The maintenance costs are outrageous.

“Hmmmm, you may have some good points there and it may be true that My invention is flawed… ” God said to Arthur.
“But the last time that I checked, more men are riding My invention than yours.”

Just for you Dale



Hope you all had a good winter, Hope it wasn’t too cold for everyone sadly Vickie and I missed most of it but we did suffer in the heat anywhere between 26 and 42 degrees. It looks like Swords run was a great success sadly we missed it. Would like to thank Phil and Michele for having the mid-winter at their place. Rally season is coming up fast so everyone will have to start checking their stuff is ready and replace it if needed. Looks like Kerry is having a great time over in the USA. He should have some good stories to tell when he gets back. Hope to catch up with everyone in next couple of months.

Thanks Shayne

Dates to remember

Wood Chop 22nd August 2015 At Winchester Show Grounds Start  12.30

Club Run 23rd August 2015 Leaving The Empire Hotel 12.00pm Heading to The Waihao Forks Hotel, Waimate.

Mt Cook Rally 17th and 18th October 2015

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July Newsletter 2015

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Only nine at committee meeting this week. Flu is keeping a few at home. Friendly banter was going on while we were sorting out the jobs for Sword`s Memorial Run on Saturday. The meeting was closed sharp at 9pm

Wishing Max & Turtle a speedy recovery

Welcome home Shayne and Vickie

Thank you to everyone who Helped out on Sword`s Memorial Run and the people that attended, also to those who Contributed to the News Letter especially Terence WMC.

Sword 2 Sword

Sword`s Memorial Poker Run

Wow, what an event. It was great from beginning to end! I believe there must have been plenty of input into the ideas for the event as everything was in place. Our females towed the caravans out to the holiday park, whilst our male counterparts took to erecting the gazebo, putting up the trestles and sorting the BBQ at the Empire Hotel, Temuka.  Food was prepared by many prior to Sat and by 11.30 we were very busy taking money and writing names in the poker run book. Nearly 100 motorbikes assembled and shortly after 1 pm we rumbled along the main street of Temuka, led by Rowdy, and cruised along to Alister at the Winch where we drew the 2nd card and refreshed with the odd ale or two. Keeping formation we pulled into Geraldine and took our time chatting and drew the 3rd card. No winners at this stage. Smarter pace winding our way to Pleasant Point where we relaxed, enjoyed a chat, and some of us were lucky enough to win spot prizes, yahoo! Back down the road to Temuka where we were welcomed with fabulous hot soup and choices of meat dishes. The wind chill factor was rising but it didn’t matter as we had been riding in fabulous weather with the sun on our backs! Finally the 5th card was drawn and lo and behold our very own Ants was first, an outsider 2nd and the lovely Jenny was 3rd. The rugby drew in a few more clients and the Southern boys, Highlanders made the day, winning a fantastic game. The band were amazing, Top Shelf form Waimate, each of them was a great musician and the pub rocked. Great singing and we danced the night away! The publican, Ian, was in fine form and also enjoyed our crowd. Thank you to each of you who came, all in all, a jolly awesome night. What a way to remember Sword and other TTAG members who had passed prior to Sword.

Cheers, Lizzie

Mid-Winter Do

Well the 20th of June was looming again which means that it was party for me again, which is always fun. I was both lucky and unlucky that weekend, lucky because I was able to attend the mid-winter party and unlucky because I was meant to be on a fishing trip which was cancelled so it was always going to be a win.

This year Phil and Michelle had offered their place as a venue which we were pleased to accept. The conditions were certainly appropriate for the occasion with snow on the ground which sort of mucked up the idea of a hangi which was the original idea. Phil however had an above ground hangi and hired a roaster which certainly solved that problem. With that and the large garage with heaters in it we were certainly comfortable. The conditions made it hard to tell that we were at a motorbike club event, with everybody except Keith turning up in a tin top, some with a caravan attached. It’s just as well one of us is a hardy soul. We had between 20 and 30 of us there which kind of filled up the available parking as no one was too keen to get far from the shingle.

The start one was always going to be fairly flexible, but more so than usual as I understand it actually started on Friday someone with some folk taking their caravans up and Mary having a birthday what more excuse do you need? I got there early afternoon and was probably about the middle of the arrivals so we got straight down to the job at hand, i.e. shifting the refreshments from where they were into ourselves in an appropriate fashion. The food got prepared by some willing individuals fairly early on in the piece so it was all ready to cook when needed. As usual the food was up to its usual high standard and far too much of it so if anybody went hungry it was their own fault.

Malc Penty brought up his cannons with him and so since, we were in the country, we had to make a hell of a noise to let the neighbours know we were there which we did very successfully and I am sure they knew something was going on although we had no complaints and didn’t put Phil’s animals over the fence so that was all good. I went over to the house with Jock to watch the Highlanders have another win which felt quite good for us Otago boys sitting in Canterbury as there seems to be a sometimes prominent team out of the competition. I enjoyed the rugby banter between Jock and Phil’s daughters which I think if points were awarded the girls would have clearly won. It was then back to the party till bed time.

Come morning we had a leisurely start followed by a good brekky which certainly saved time at lunch time. That was followed by a meeting where Mokai told us of some happenings within the club and we cleaned up the mess and went home. It was once again a very good weekend     with very good company which is of course why we do it. Thank you again Phil and Michelle it was a great place to party and you made us most welcome.


Mid Winter

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TTAG News Letter June 2015

Report from The Back Room

There was a good turnout for the committee meet. A range of topics were discussed. From Swords Memorial Run to the Rally, getting quite lively at times. Michael let us know that Max was in Christchurch Hospital we wish her well with her recovery.

Next Club Ride/ Get Together is the Mid-Winter Do 20th June at Phil and Michele`s Methvan.

A Big Thanks to Barry for sourcing the wood.

Also Thanks to everyone that turned up with Vehicles, Chainsaws.  You’re Time and effort has been appreciated


“Sometimes it takes a whole Fuel Tank Before your Think Straight”

Presidents Post

Hi everyone

Hope all that went to the staging post and had a good one and the wood chop went well. Vickie and I will sadly miss the mid-winter at Phil`s and Swords memorial run, as will be in the USA on holiday at the time. So will be leaving Bill Hessall in charge while I am away. Don’t be too hard on him. Look forward to seeing everyone when we get back. I will try and send pics of our trip as we travel around. But I’m not too good at this so will see what happens. So everybody have a good time.

That’s all for now

Shayne S