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holy crap, you gotta watch this:
http://lakeerieloop.com/video.html

Too bad that's on the same weekend as the Summit/ NHIS double header! I'll have to do that some time....

Here's the scoop:
June 8-10, 2007

The Lake Erie Loop (LEL) is a fundraising event to
benefit the "Aluminum Cans for Burned Children" Foundation (ACBC). ACBC provides many services for pediatric burn victims, mostly through the donation of discarded aluminum cans.
The foundation provides medical supplies including special bandaging materials needed for the care of burns, a scholarship
fund and a summer and winter camp, all at no cost to the children or their families. The "Learn Not to Burn Trailer" is another feature of ACBC. This adolescent sized two story house trailer visits elementary schools in North East Ohio to teach young students about burn safety in their own homes.
Raising additional cash for ACBC through motorsports
was started in 2003 when Brookpark, Ohio firefighter Bill Murar, an avid motorcycle enthusiast, rode over 12,000 miles to the four corners of the United States, many of them on a 1965 Sears 106SS motorcycle. Bill is continuing his fundraising efforts in 2006 by sponsoring the Lake Erie Loop, a 650 mile endurance run around the lake to be completed in one day.
There will be two distinct groups involved in this event; under 225cc bikes that will be competing for cash prizes and unlimited size bikes riding along for fun. For the smaller bikes, this will be an all
out endurance run to see who can complete the trip in the shortest amount of time.
The bikes will be divided into four classes;

=Unlimited 50's - if it started life as a 50cc it's eligible and vintage bikes up to 110cc.

=125's - up to 125cc and vintage bikes up to 160cc.

=200's - up to 200cc, any Cushman style scooter with a stock based motor (no Cushman hybrids) and vintage bikes up to 225cc.

=Tourist class - any size, any bike. There will be no authorized competition in this class, it's a fun run only.

*** Vintage bikes will be bikes 30 years old and older, or "like" models.

The cash prize for the each of the three smaller classes will be a 50/50 payout of the entry fees. Entry fees are $50 for the small bike class and $25 for the Tourist Class. I.E., if 20 bikes enter the 125
class there will be $1,000 paid in entry fees, $500 (a 50/50 split) would go back to the class as a cash prize. The $500 would be paid out to the top three riders with the first place rider getting 65% of the purse ($325), the second place rider getting 25% of the purse ($125) and the third place rider getting 10% ($50).
The LEL is a three day affair that will begin and end in Wellington, Ohio. On Friday, June 8th we'll gather at the Clare-Mar Lakes Campground, Saturday morning we'll head out around the lake and
Sunday we'll hand out the awards. There is no official route, all we ask is that every rider leave Wellington, go through Detroit, across Canada into Buffalo, then come back to Wellington. You pick your own route, ride safely at your own pace and return as quickly as possible. There will be a few checkpoints along the way. The location of these checkpoints will be revealed just prior to departure to help ensure fair play amongst the riders.
All participants must have a motorcycle endorsement if one is required in your state or province. Wearing of helmets is encouraged and is mandatory in many of the areas we will be riding and proof of
insurance must be provided. A birth certificate or passport will be required at the border crossings between the US and Canada. Failure to bring one of these documents may bring very long delays. All motorcycles and scooters must have working headlights, taillights, brake lights and horns. All riders will be required to sign a waiver release form prior to the ride.

BORN TO LURK, FORCED TO WORK.
www.NYCvinMoto.com
www.VinMoto.org

Edited by - ROSKO on May 27 2007 01:58:18 AM
 

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Sounds like a blast! Except riding thru Detroit...

I think we usually ride about 150 miles a day on the Giro, and my butt is sore then. I'll have to get a super gel saddle!

This is right down Champs asile but he would need an extra saddlebag just for the speeding tickets!

Can you picture 650 miles in a day on a 50cc? 650 miles divided by 40 mph =16.5 hours. Not alot longer though than I could do at 55 on the old CA160. It can hit 70 on a downhill grade and 65 on a flat but it would burn up after a while.

Lets DO this next year!!

I have also read about a one day 50cc run down in Georgia or Alabama sometime in October. It is an annual thing. I thought someone at the Giro mentioned it too.
 

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That guy Bill and his wife was at the last fall giro and spent a bit of time after supper describing the whole thing . . . .
 

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quote: Sounds like a blast! Except riding thru Detroit...
Ouch!! That hurts.

Seriously, Detroit's not quite as bad as everyone thinks. It was once one of the most exciting, wealthiest cities in the US. There's a ton of fantastic architecture in town (most still visible as ruins), although much of it survives. The Fox theatre, for example, has got to be the most fantastic movie palace ever built in America (it was 20th Century Fox's flagship movie house when it was built), and was restored several years ago by Mike Ilitch, owner of Little Caesar's. And the Guardian Building is a world famous art deco masterpiece, its lobby will leave any of you speechless. We also have a world class Symphony, whose home is considered to be one of the best concert halls in the world. Not to mention a first rate art museum - I was there yesterday with my wife & kids. ... And currently our Tigers KICK ASS!
Not to mention Pistons & Red Wings. Sadly, there's no football team in Detroit.

That said, any of you planning to participate, make sure you get through the city before dark!
 

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Judy,

Didn't mean to insult you or Detroit, mostly I was referring to traffic, express ways etc. On a small old bike they are downright dangerous. Seems like it would be like NYC Cross Bronx or West Side Hwy.

Even a couple places on the Spring Giro had a bit too much traffic for comfort, at least to a country boy like me.

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No offense taken. There are potholes in Detroit (On the expressways) that would swallow whole my Triumph Thunderbird & I'd never be heard from again (I think my corpse would probably be devoured by the hungry natives). And yeah, the traffic is rough. The traffic on most highways runs 80mph-ish plus & you really won't get pulled over unless you're doing a solid 85.
Detroit's a sewer, make no mistake, but it's our sewer & we try to love it. I'd love to live in a real city & Detroit would fit the bill, but I can't move into the city with kids, at least until they're old enough to learn how to operate some heavy artillery.

I've heard of the Lake Erie Loop before & it would be fun to do. I've ridden to Cleveland via rte 2 a couple times & it's a good ride. Not to mention the route from Detroit to Buffalo can be super nice if you're not in a hurry. We make that drive every summer when we head out to ME on vacation. Maybe I'll rope Catboy into joining me next year (if he ever gets his bike together). Makes me wish I had a smaller bike so I could do it properly. My smallest bike's a 360.
 

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In-laws have a place in Nobleboro (near Damariscotta), where they live from May thru Oct. They're nice enough to provide us with accomodations every summer. My father was born & raised in Portland, and we make sure to visit there every summer as well. They treated us to a schooner cruise with them shortly after we were married, and I'd recommend that, but preferably w/o the in-laws. Unfortunately, mother-in-law is currently battling breast cancer so we don't know if they'll be making the trip this year and we are not planning on it either.
My wife loves ME, and we have plans eventually to ferry a bike to Nova Scotia from Portland for a long weekend while her parents watch our brood.
Someday I'd like to plan a vacation around a race weekend. NH is not too far & I get jealous every time you guys talk about what a great time you have racing out there. Gotta get a racebike together first (2 yrs, 2yrs, 2yrs - kids will all be finished with expensive daycare).
 
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