After a line of rainstorms passed through southeast Michigan, 7 riders met up at Ford World Headquarters for a short ride to Comerica Park for our 3rd consecutive ride to the Detroit Tigers Bike Night event.
13 bikes and 14 riders rolled into K-mart parking lot between 5:30 and 6 and that included a couple of first-timers. Weather was typical of this summer but without the glaring sun. We left at 6 sharp after a quick briefing and a call to confirm our reservation.
45 Ford Motorcycle Club members, family, and guests attended the summer picnic at Hickory Ridge Pines Park in Highland Charter Township, MI on a beautiful sunny low 80’s summer day.
Probably the only redeeming quality of the evening was that it was a great evening for a ride. Temperature was mild, skies were mostly clear, and eleven riders showed up at K-Mart for the trip to Smokehouse 52.
8 bikes with 9 riders including a new to George A. sapphire blue Triumph Tiger Explorer set out from Ford World Headquarters. After pairing up some headsets for the guided tour we made our way along Michigan Ave through East Dearborn to Miller Rd.
Wednesday’s regularly-scheduled weekday dinner ride (July 20th) to RO was dedicated to the memory our good friends and former FMC members/officers, Allen Hewitt and Jim Nail. This ride takes a moment to say a few kind words and remember them with raised glasses in their honor.
Continue reading Ride Recap 2016-07-20: Memorial Ride/Bike Night Mr. B’s (Royal Oak, MI)
….“Outstanding ride!!! Thanks George for planning and leading this.”….(unsolicited feedback from one of the veteran Thumb Ride participants)
Another Thumb Ride is “in the books” as they say, as this year’s edition added a new twist to the day. More on that later.
It was a hot evening at the K-Mart as a total of 10 bikes and 11 riders rolled in, including two new faces. We had a great variety of bikes joining us, from 1970s to 2015 and from 175cc singles to 1215cc triples. One common thread among all of them was the heat haze pouring off the idling engines. We had the briefing and took off just after 6PM, to make sure no one was “hangry” before we got to dinner.
10 riders participated at some point on the 2016 TN/NC/KY Dragon trip each with their own story to tell. I will do my best to recap what I saw and experienced and I apologize to the others if I left something important, or funny, or sad, or meaningful out.
Mark H., Paul G. and I set out Friday riding from metro Detroit to Grand Rapids for the Lake Michigan Saddle Sore 1,000 Iron Butt ride with a scheduled start of Saturday June 25, 2016 at 6AM.