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The 2009 SabMag Event Calendar

last updated: 10/14/2009

Wanna actually MEET some of the amazing personalities that inhabit the SabMag mailing list? Plan on attending one (or more) of the following events!

This is a summary of the "official" SabMag Events for this year. There may be more information available on the SabMag mailing list. Check/ask there if you don't find enough information here.

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Michigan Maintenance Clinic & IMS - January 2-4, 2009 - Ypsilanti, MI


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Michael and I have just ordered a table lift to put the bikes up on, so we can work without straining our backs. It needs proper breaking in. And the International Motorcycle Show will be in Novi, Michigan, the weekend of Jan 2-4.

So, we'd like to invite any interested 'maggots to come on over, the weekend of Jan 2-4. We'll work on bikes, and go to the show.

He's got a V65 Sabre that needs the usual stuff - carbs, maybe a valve adjustment, etc. We know the drill here; we'll order the usual parts so they'll be ready to go. And if we get bored with working on Sabres, we'll work on the VFR or the V-Strom or one of the TDMs. After all what's the point of having a fancy lift table if you don't run it up and down to switch bikes a few times?

People who have been here in the last couple of years know we have a heated, well-lit garage, lots of tools, and that I always buy plenty of beer. We'll do our best to fatten you up in something approximating the style 'maggots have become accustomed to. We have beds enough for a few visitors, floor space for more, and nearby motels for the less parsimonious.

So, save the dates. Weekend of Jan 2-4, Ypsilanti MI.

Katherine Becker



KOTNYBB&W - February 20 -22, 2009 - Greenville, SC

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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.

This year we'll do something different, round up the troops on Saturday afternoon and head for the fantabulous Cycle World International Motorcycle Show which, conveniently enough, is just a pleasant 15 minute ride down the tree-lined streets.

Following that, the troops will converge at Barley's Taproom & Grille, known for miles around as the happening place for flying-saucer sized gourmet pizzas and 64 fine micro-brewed beers on tap (along with a couple hundred more varieties in bottles).

What is it: KOTNYBB&W
Where is it: big red mo's in Greenville, SC
When is it: 20-22 Feb. 2009

Interested? Contact me directly, Big Red Mo, with KOTNYBB&W in the subject line, for maps and directions.


SMEBW-09 Bike Week 2009 - March, 2009 - Eustis, FL

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SMEBW-09 - Bike Week 2009 - March ??, 2009 Eustis, FL - Yes, there will be a SMEBW-09

Coincides with the end of the annual Daytona Bike Week and the venue is about one hour west of Daytona

Date: March 6, 2009 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.


Winter Maintenance Clinic - March 13-15, 2009 - Gibsonia, PA

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March 13/14/15 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. If you decide to fly in, we'll be happy to pick you up at Pittsburgh International.

The subject bike for this weekend will be Jed Gregory's 91 ST1100. We'll be doing a valve adjustment, timing belt, clutch, and steering bearings.

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, David Ryder, for any further details.


SME 13.9 Spring Shakedown, Southern Style - April 16-18, 2009

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SME 13.9 Spring Shakedown, Southern Style April 16-17-18

Location: Hunt's Lodge Motorcycle Campground Tellico Plains, TN

Come early, stay late, be here or we'll talk about ya'... Breakfast and dinner will be provided Friday & Saturday, yer own yer own fer lunch (ya' should be out riding, anyway). Pulled pork bb-q for dinner on Saturday, who knows what I'll come up with for the rest of the time... I do have 6 months to plan.

Free range style camping available, ping Lori if you'd like a bunk. Most of the beds are spoken for already, but we can put you on a waiting list or see if the cabin-holders would mind squeezing you in with them. We're also hoping to have two more cabins some time next spring, so if you're on the waiting list and those get put in before the SME, guess who gets called first? :o) If you don't want to chance having a bed upon which to lay your weary head, other places to stay can be found at http://www.huntslodge.com/Local_Accommodations.html.

See ya! Lori Hunt

Hunt's Lodge Motorcycle Campground
9555 Hwy 68
Tellico Plains, TN 37385
423.253.2918
Email Lori
www.huntslodge.com


SMW 2.1 Weaverville, CA - May 13 - 17, 2009

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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 in 2007 and we are continuing in his stead as all of us attending for the last two years have enjoyed it immensely.

Many of us will be arriving Wednesday but come Friday for the weekend if you can't get away mid-week. Some may leave for Infineon on the weekend for the races. 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
Proprietor:
Patty Holder
(530) 623-4331 Office - (530) 623-4341 Fax
http://www.redhillresorts.com/
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.


SME 14.0 Burr Oak State Park, Glouster, Ohio - June 4-7, 2009

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Mark your calendars. The fourteenth annual SabMag East will be held at Burr Oak State Park in scenic and incredibly twisty southeastern Ohio from Thursday, June 1 through Sunday June 7.

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's far away and 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, a double in the other, and a rollaway in the hall closet. The couch is sleepable and the back porches have room for a couple more campers. Towels and bedding are provided, and the cabins have full bathrooms, heat and AC, grills and firepits, but no telephones or internet service. Cell phones do now work there.

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 challenged.

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.

Directions: 10660 Burr Oak Lodge Rd., Glouster, OH. Regional access via major highways: I-70, I-77, US33.
The lodge is several miles east of Glouster on OH78. The nearest major crossroads are OH13 at Glouster to the west and the infamous OH555 at Ringgold to the east.

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.).

For more info, or to volunteer to help, contact me directly, Katherine Becker, or just post to the list.


SME Kitchener - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

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Well, it's about time I had maggots over to the house. So, July 17th weekend it is. There's no plan (although I do have a v65 Sabre that's been sitting for a few years I would like to get running again so that I can sell it to make room for Jenn's VF500F...).

There's a double garage with a decent number of tools of various types and sizes. It's fairly full right now, but room can be made for wrenching. There's a futon and 2 kids bedrooms, as well as a basement with a couch and lots of floor space.

Please RSVP... let's at least get the Ontario Maggot's out!

PS: Note that I'll be doing the cooking that Domino's doesn't, which isn't a horrible thing, but means don't come with expectations of a feast a la Lori or ZimLinda!

Location: 189 Royal Orchard Dr. Kitchener, Ontario

Contact info: Chris Park (phone number and cell # available upon request)

ChrisP in Kitchener


SME Willville 2009 - Meadows of Dan, VA


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SME Willville 2009 - August 14-16, 2009 Willville Bike Camp, Meadows of Dan, VA

Come one, come all, beat the heat of the late summer with a weekend of camping in the mountains. Gather August 14-16 at Willville, www.willvillebikecamp.com, just off of the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway in Meadows of Dan, Va. Enjoy the local roads, local wineries, quality bluegrass music, good food and the company of fellow sport-tourers. Will has plenty of tent space at the well equipped campground. Enjoy the local roads, local wineries, quality bluegrass music,

You can find hotels nearby, although I have not sampled them to date:

Rocky Knob Cabins, Parkway, Meadows of Dan, VA - (540) 593-3503

Blue Ridge Motel & Restaurant, 2295 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Meadows Of Dan, VA -(276) 952-2244

There are also a few RV campgrounds in the area if you wanna bring your bike in luxury. You will need to google that.

Your de facto host will be Harvey Hexnut; he is less than an hour away and has tools and garage space in the event that either are needed. Reservations not needed, just show up! Please obtain permission from Will before bringing any pyrotechnics to the campground- last year a handful of blackcats "fell" into the campfire and dampened the festive mood.

Contact Harvey Hexnut for information, etc.


NOE 2009 - Labor Day Weekend - Piper Pond, Abbott, ME

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SMENOE 12.0 - Oh Yes! September 3 - September 8, 2009 (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 behind in '09


Marietta Sternwheel Festival - September 11, 12, 13

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Marietta Sternwheel Festival, Sept 11, 12, 13

Do you like fireworks? Then you've GOTTA see THESE! I don't even like fireworks, and *I'm* impressed by the demonstration this festival puts on. And best of all, it's FREE! Come down Friday night and hang out with maggots, spend the day Saturday riding around the best roads east of the Mississippi, then attend the fireworks Saturday night in downtown Marietta.

Typically maggots stay at either the Aldeco or St. Mary's motels (New Matamoras, OH and St. Mary's, WV, respectively) or you el cheapos can grab grass for your tent at the Leith Run recreation area, about 10 miles south of the Aldeco, on SR 7 in Ohio. No matter how you play it, the game plan is always to meet up in downtown Marietta for dinner Saturday night, then head for the festival. Ambitious maggots often hang out in the area Sunday morning and ride some more.

Contact David Ryder for more info, or for a cell number to use to meet up.


SMPNW - September Eastern Ory-Gun Ride

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SMPNW - September 18 - September 20, 2009 - Oh Yes Again! The Devlins are back.

Now that we are kinda livin' back in eastern Ory-Gun, the September ride is on. The date September 18, 19, & 20. Our friends that live here locally, known as the Romtvedts, have opened their home, once again, to a bunch of hoolagans. We have options for the ride. There are the local routes, liked by all. There is the big nasty hill climb about an 1.5 hours away: www.bignastyhillclimb.com. We are open to suggestions. Hope to c-ya'll there. Life is good, J&P

Contact Jim & Penny for information, etc.


SME Leaf Peep 3.0 - October 9-11, 2009 - Tellico Plains, TN

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Hunt's Lodge now has a Facebook page (yes, I know, the ultimate in geekdom, but hey, I can't be the only one who spends way too much time on Facebook, so I might as well do something somewhat productive, right?).

Anyway, as I was updating the Events with the various groups that are coming in this summer, it hit me that we have not announced any dates for the fall Leaf Peep. I figured the nice thing to do would be to make the general announcement here where everyone can see it and respond accordingly.

We had originally thought it would be the 4th weekend of October, but common sense and messed up vacations schedules have prevailed to bring Leaf Peep 3.0 to you a little bit earlier in the season, before the weather around here typically starts trying to get slimy. So, here goes the details:

What: SME Leaf Peep 3.0

When: October 9-11, 2009

Where: Hunt's Lodge Motorcycle Campground
           9555 Hwy 68
           Tellico Plains, TN 37385
           423.253.2918

Why: Why not?


The agenda is as usual for a Tellico Plains SME - grub, ride, on your own for lunch, ride some more, more grub, lies and indulging in adult beverages, sleep, repeat.

Lori Hunt

Hunt's Lodge Motorcycle Campground
Email Lori
www.huntslodge.com

Mary's Land Gathering - November 6-7, 2009 - Union Bridege, Maryland

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Mary's Land Gathering
Nov 6-7, 2009.
1460 Marble Quarry Rd.
Union Bridge, MD 21791

Mini wrenching and gathering at my house. Floor sleeping for many. Simple food, friends, fire (maybe), some wrenching, and maybe a ride. Welcome to come a day early (Thursday, Nov 5) but must be gone by Saturday evening.

Jed Gregory

Interested? Contact me directly, Jed


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