The 2008 SabMag Event Calendar
Wanna actually MEET some of the
amazing personalities that inhabit the SabMag mailing list? Plan on attending
one (or more) of the following events!
Last updated 4/24/2008.
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KOTNYBB&W - January 18-20, 2008 - Greenville, SC
Come meet the Greenville contingent of maggots at this
year's Kick off the New Year BBQ & Wrenchfest, or the
KOTNYBB&W for short.
Format will be typical wrenchfest fare. Bring 'em,
work on 'em and get some help from people that have
done it before (hopefully). A large, indoor, heated,
well-lit, shop with good tunes (aka the man-cave) will
be provided. Stuff like work benches, Steeeeeeeve's
'spensive high-zoot NoMar tire changing machine and
wheel balancer, motorcycle jacks, compressor, and
assorted tools will be available. The days are short
this time of year and we'll be drinking beer (except
for Ryder if he shows, he's more of a tequila guy and
KB leans towards soft drinks, but not as much as she
used to), so bedrooms and plenty of floor space are
also available, with the comfiest beds going to a
complicated formula involving age, distance traveled,
how much we like you and whether or not you piss off
The Goddess, who will be in attendance this year.
There's also a big hot-tub for soaking away those
wrenched wrenching elbows afterwards, so bring those
suits if you embarass easily, although last year it
was almost too warm out to use it (I just threw this
in to piss off Zim-Bob). Wrenching will start in
earnest Saturday morning, but brew sampling,
tire-sniffing and maggot greeting can start Friday
afternoon or early evening. We'll wrap up any loose
ends and shoo everybody off Sunday morning.
What is it: KOTNYBB&W
Where is it: big red mo's in greenville, sc
When is it: 18-20 Jan. 2008
Interested? Contact me directly Big Red Mo
with KOTNYBB&W in the subject line, for maps and directions.
Winter Maintenance Clinic (WMC) - February 8-10, 2008
Jean was so impressed by Linda's hospitality at NOE that she wants to try
her hand at hosting something herself. My ST is in need of a timing belt
replacement and new clutch springs. And for you traditionalists, we've
also got a local V65 Sabre owner who needs just about everything a
could need done to it...valve adjust, carb teardown, fork seals, steering
bearings. Sounds like the makings of a WMC!
Here are the details:
Location: 142 Wedgewood Drive, Gibsonia PA 15044
Jean has a large attached heated 2.5 car garage, a couple extra beds,
couches and enough floor space for any number of people. Gibsonia is very
close to the Pennsylvania turnpike, making getting there a no-brainer, a
nice change from visiting me in the past.
The usual WMC itinerary will be followed: arrive Friday afternoon/evening
and rub elbows with the usual suspects while enjoying free food and booze.
Dive into wrenching Saturday after breakfast and either learn something,
help out, or stand back and laugh at the shenanigans around you. Jean
plans to pull out all the stops making Saturday's dinner, so bring an
appetite. Sunday we'll clean up any loose ends from Saturday's wrenching,
if any exist.
Hit me offlist for any further details. We're looking forward to it.
It's been too long since I did one of these.
Contact David Ryder
SMEBW-08 - Bike Week 2008 - March 7, 2008 Eustis, FL - Yes, there will be a SMEBW-08
Coincides with the end of the annual Daytona Bike Week and the venue is about one hour west of Daytona
Date: March 7, 2008 Friday
Place: The Outpost, 135 Woodmere Dr., Eustis, FL 32726
A social gathering of V-4 Honda enthusiasts seeking to escape the winter doldrums.
There will be all you can eat free food and drink, and all the lies you care to hear, (or tell).
Contact me at Norm Lesmerises for further details.
SME 12.9 - Spring Shakedown, Tellico Edition V2! - April 18-20, 2008
Back by popular demand! Spring Shakedown 12.9 will be hosted in a Southern
venue on April 18-20, 2008 at Hunt's Lodge Motorcycle Campground in Tellico
Plains, TN. Come early, stay late. Meals provided for breakfast and dinner
that Friday & Saturday, leftovers for breakfast Sunday (if there are any),
you're on yer own the rest of time, although there is a grill and a kitchen
available if somebody wants to volunteer for meals. Smoked pork BBQ will be
featured at Saturday evening's dining free-for-all, who knows what else the
rest of the time. I've got 6 months to plan, so it's hard to tell what will
So far, at each SME we've had since opening, the health inspector has been
by to do his thing. Shall we shoot for a 3rd? Be here or we'll talk about
Visit: www.huntslodge.com while you're at it.
Email Lori Hunt for more information and details.
SME 13.0 - May 29 - June 1, 2008 at Burr Oak State Park, Glouster, OH
Mark your calendars. The thirteenth annual (wow--that doesn't seem
possible) SabMag East will be held in scenic southeastern Ohio the weekend after Memorial Day.
Since we have a whole bunch of newbies who are in this general region,
I'd like to both flesh out the info that Katherine provided earlier,
and extend a welcome to all list subscribers, their families, and
friends. The thirteenth annual SabMag East will be held at Burr Oak
State Park in scenic and incredibly twisty southeastern Ohio from
Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1. Since Jack and Lori, who
have hosted this event in Tennessee for quite a few years now, are busy
with their new motorcycle campground in the heart of the season, we've
swapped events on a fairly permanent basis and they now host the Spring
Shakedown, which in past years was often held in the cold rain and snow
that often passes for spring in the mountain midwest. The week
following Memorial Day is a short week for many of us already, and
hopefully you may find it easier to make time available than on a later
summer weekend. This is usually a mid-June event, but the park has
offered us a significant discount for an earlier time.
The MO for this event remains as previous years and previous Spring
Shakedowns. We have reserved a block of two-bedroom cabins on a
cul-de-sac that gives us a fairly private enclave within the state
park. There is plenty of camping available, but it would be just as
easy to camp on the back screen porch of one of the cabins. Call
1-800-AT-A-PARK, ask for Burr Oak, and ask to reserve a cabin with the
Sabmag group. We have again secured the
three-nights-for-the-price-of-two deal, so expect about $300 for 3
nights, split however many ways. The cabins have two twin beds in one
bedroom and a double in the other. The couch is sleepable and the back
porches have room for a couple more campers.
The park has a restaurant at the main lodge, but we usually pitch
together for group meals Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday and
Sunday mornings. You are free to make your own arrangements, but the
park is fairly isolated and there isn't much in the way of fine (or
even coarse) dining nearby. The cabins have fully equipped kitchens.
Besides the camaraderie and the chance to put faces with names, one of
the prime attractions of this area is the amazing variety of fun,
challenging, and occasionally downright scary roads this region has to
offer. We've had attendees from every corner of the US (and some few
from elsewhere in the world) come to the Burr Oak events, and they'll
all tell you that SE Ohio and West Virginia roads are truly unique.
I'll reserve my standard pep talk for a little later, but suffice it to
say that they'll take a huge bite out of your ego, not to say your
motorcycle, if you don't give them your entire attention and your full
respect. Remember at all times that it's a long way to the nearest
hospital. This is not a place to measure your skills against other
riders. I do promise, however, that you'll be both entertained and
We have some outstanding routes planned--some new and some old
favorites. We usually break into small groups formed for similar skill
levels and ride expectations. Some ride rather briskly and others are
more scenery-oriented. You shouldn't worry about being sucked in over
your head unless you misrepresent your skills and join up with the
nuthammers. We're pretty safety oriented. Even though Ohio is a
helmet-optional state, it's rare to see someone in our group riding
without one. Our general mode is sport touring. I'd suggest you bring
a helmet and a jacket at very bare minimum; full gear is highly
encouraged and has frequently proven to have been a very good idea for
more than a few of us.
I'm doing a lot of job hunting this spring so Katherine will be taking
the point for organization. She'll be asking for a roll call in the
near future, so let her know if you're planning to come. Likewise, feel
free to use the list to make cabin arrangements and other plans. This
event has been growing year by year and we should have easily 60 folks
there this year. If you haven't made one yet, or if you're new to the
group, the summer SME is the best way to meet and ride with your fellow
Directions: 10660 Burr Oak Lodge Rd., Glouster, OH.
via major highways: I-70, I-77, US33.
The lodge is about three and a
half miles west of Glouster on OH78. The nearest major crossroads is
OH13 at Glouster to the east and the infamous OH555 at Ringgold to the
Although there are no really good or bad ways to get there,
please exercise extreme caution if you will be arriving after dark (OK,
555 after dark would be a pretty bad idea.).
SMW 1.1 Weaverville - May 14th -18th - Weaverville, CA
Come ride the mountains of Northern California in place of the traditional Spring Fling. We will be riding the twisty roads in and
around placid Weaverville located on US299, including the Trinity, Scott, Salmon and coast range mountains. Jim Hiler had the brilliant idea and inaugurated this ride and venue last year and even though he won't be able to make it this year we are continuing in his stead as all of us attending enjoyed it immensely.
Many of us will be arriving Wednesday but come Friday for the weekend if you can't get away mid-week. For those of you that would prefer
to camp there are many campgrounds within a reasonable distance to Weaverville. In addition, the town has many colorful dining
spots and stores to go along with its history.
Most will be staying here and will be our gathering spot:
Red Hill Motel/Cabins
P.O. Box 234 - Weaverville, Ca 96093
(530) 623-4331 Office - (530) 623-4341 Fax
Red Hill Motel Email
This will be a self-directed, no host event. Post questions to the socal or big list or email the calendar maintainer.
SMENOE 11.0 - Oh Yes! August 28 - September 2, 2008 (Labor Day Weekend) at the Zimranch on Piper Pond in
Abbot Village, Maine. 4 hrs north of Boston.
Contact ZimBob for information, etc.
Don't be late in '08
Leaf Peep 2.9 Tellico Plains Style - October 16-20, 2008
Leaf Peep 2.0 will be Thursday, October 16 thru Sunday, October 20th at Hunt's Lodge. The usual itenerary of meals, riding, lies, and hooliganism will apply. Come early, stay late, be here or we'll talk about ya'....
Visit: www.huntslodge.com while you're at it.
Email Lori Hunt for more information and details.
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