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MAY 2016

Hello Scooterfolks, On the 1st of April Brother John and I rode down to the Handlebar for their monthly bike night,and what a party it was. The Borderline Band was kicking out the jams and the Big Ragoo and the RHSC had the crowd entertained with the games and
shenanigans they do, so everyone had a great time.  It’s a top notch bike night so mark your calendar for the 1st Friday of the month & be there. The next day John, Don V. & I went up to Dana’s Bottoms Up Saloon for her grand opening bash & the Scootergoods traveling bike show, unfortunately the weather did not cooperate, the rain made the bike show entrants very low but the people that came in cars to support Dana came in droves, so even with the bad weather the party was a success. The next day I went to Webster for the swap meet, with the sun shinning and warm temperatures it was a good day to walk around and look at all the stuff. On the 4th John and I went to the Handlebar to celebrate the RHSC birthday, a good time was had by all. On the 9th I went to Crystal Harley Davidson and High Octane for the Nature Coast Biker Bash. I couldn’t believe the amount of bikes at both places, it was a huge success with hundreds of bikes present. So if you missed this one make sure you get to it next time. Now that Winter is over and Spring has sprung its time for this snowbird to head back up north. I will keep you informed the trips and events I do this summer That’s about it for this month, so I will see you all in November, until then please ride safe and beware of your surroundings. see ya soon MILKIE

APRIL 2016
Hello scooterfolks,   The last two weeks of February were kind of chilly, but I still managed to attend a few events. On the 3rd Friday of  the month is bike night at Shanty’s Bar&Grill in Holiday, a small  crowd braved the cool night to enjoy the shenanigan’s of the Big Ragoo and the RHSC. A great place for a fun bike night. On the 21st I went to the bike show at Howard’s Flea Market in Homosassa, about 10 bikes entered to compete for the really nice trophies. It was a nice event that is sure to grow larger as time go’s on. Kicking off Daytona Bike Week Don V. and I rode to Eustis Fl. for the vintage swap meet and bike show, always a good time checking out all the antique parts and motorcycles plus a nice 200 mile ride to do it. The next day was the hot rod & bike show at The Handlebar. A sunny warm day made for a lot of vehicles coming to the event. The Handlebar has been having some great events and bands so “scoot on in” and see for yourself. Don V. and I rode up to Webster on the 6th for the swap meet, a sunny warm day with stops at Dana’s Bottoms Up Saloon for free hot dogs and the Sandtrap for one last refreshment before going home for the evening. On the 10th Brother John and I rode to the Coney Island to pay tribute to D.J Joy ( it would have been her birthday) some balloons were sent skyward and a lot of thoughts and conversation about Joy went up with them. May she rest in peace. After John and I rode up to Dana’s Bottoms Up for bike night, she really spent a lot of time and effort fixing up the place, it looks great so make sure to come to the Scootergoods Traveling Bike Show on April 2nd and her grand opening bash, so mark your calendar for this one. Until next time —- ride safe ——MILKIE

MARCH 2016
Hello Scooterfolks,  In January Don V. and I rode to Gibsonton for a bike fest, the weather was great and everyone was having a good time checking out the entertainment and vendors but I thought the best thing was the helicopter rides. This has been on my bucket list for years,  it was a short ride but very enjoyable, it was the highlight of my day. Flying, in my opinion is just as much fun as motorcycling. We also had a birthday bash for Don V. and Spilla at the Handlebar with the Big Ragoo and the R.H.S.C. plus Lawless Intent, a good time was had by all. The handlebar held its monthly bike night on the 5th with Ragoo & RHSC and the band Common Ground (a really good band). Speaking of good bands, the Handlebar has had some great bands play last month like the Bearded Brothers, Jimmy Sparks and Rebel Soul to name a few. The entertainment is always changing. A few of my Teamster friends and I rode to Crystal HD on the 11th of Feb. for their bike night that is held in the afternoon from 3 to 6 pm. A small crowd enjoyed the band and free food beer and soda, a nice event. Brother John and I have been checking out the entertainment at some of the local bars, like Evil Monkey at the Horse & Crown on the 12th and on the 13th we went to see the Rev Kings at the Hilltop saloon in Brooksville and enjoyed the two dollar beers. This month is Daytona Bike Week, this is the 75th year anniversary and will more than likely break all records, so if you plan to attend this event I urge you to use extreme caution with everything you do in the area. Well that’s about it for now, so enjoy the ride and be safe. “MILKIE”

FEBRUARY 2015
Hello Scooterfolks, I hope everyone had a safe,happy new years eve andI wish all of you a prosperous year to come in 2015. Brother John and I went to Bob Cole’s annual Christmas//birthday party, the man sure knows how to throw a party, 2 live bands (The Tonebenders & Lost N Found) a pig roast & bon fire, a good time was had by all. About 100 people were in attendance. On the 1/3 Don V. and I rode to Leesburg for Gator Harley-Davidson’s new years bash, the weather was sunny and warm, the Bobby Friss Band was kickin out jams plus there was lots of vendors & all the bikes were on sale. On our way home we stopped at Buddy’s Tavern in Bushnell, they had a free bike show and chili cook off, the chili was great (about 10 different kinds) the bike show was small & everyone was having a good time. Buddy’s is biker friendly, located on Hwy. 301 just north of Bushnell, so stop in and check them out. On Sunday 1/4 I rode up to the monthly Webster swap meet, I am always impressed with the amount of vendors and people in attendance. The weather was hot and sunny, a real nice day for walking around, checking out parts,bikes and running into friends—ah yes life is good. After the swap meet I rode down to the Kickstand Saloon in Holiday, (meeting Brother John on the way) they had a pig roast and music by “Slag”. The pig was cooked to perfection and the band did a great job, they are very good, so if you get a chance to see them, do so, you wont be sorry. Don’t forget on Friday nights at the Horse N Crown (the oldest biker bar in Hernando county) has a different band every week, always a good time there. That’s about all I’ve got for this month, so I hope to see you at some of the local events Ride Safe “MILKIE”

JANUARY 2015
Hello Scooterfolks, On Nov.15th brother John and I rode to the Sail Inn to see the band Rev Kings, it has been many years since I’ve heard them, and they still do a great job of entertaining, a real pleasure to hear and see. On the 16th John and I rode up to Mike Pub (the oldest biker bar in Citrus county) for their annual ride-in bike show. This is one of the very few shows that John and I can enter because we are judges at almost all other shows in the area.(we did win awards in our classes). On Thanksgiving I rode up to the Horse , they had turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing and pie for desert, a great feast. Thank you Sandy and Tanya for your wonderful act of kindness. The rockin Tiki Hut in Hudson has a bike night on the 1st Friday of the month, with the Big Ragoo and the RHSC and about 40 bikes in the parking lot all made for a good time, so stop in and check out this new bike night in Hudson. On the 6th of Dec. Brother John and I rode to the family fun fest hosted by The Big Ragoo and RHSC and music by Lost & Found (one of my favorite bands). A good crowd of people enjoying the day. All proceeds raised went to Florida Bikers Helping Florida Bikers. From there we rode to the Sail Inn for a benefit for Kraut, a huge amount of people enjoying the music of Black Sun Circus, partying and donating cash for a fellow biker. The next day was the Nutz & Boobees free ride set up by Don V. About 20 bikes were ready to roll after breakfast at Stormies II , we rode back roads to Buddys Tavern in Bushnell and then to the Hilltop in Brooksville. About a 100 mile ride on Florida’s best riding roads in the area. Also met some new friends, looking forward to this months run.  Well that’s/about it for now, hope to see you at some bike events this month
Ride Safe “MILKIE”

NOVEMBER 2014

MILKIE: Hello Scooterfolks, Last month my friend Rick and I decided to take a ride to Birmingham Al. to visit the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. I’ve been wanting to see this extraordinary collection of motorcycles for many years, but never got around to it, so on a sunny Sunday we rode the interstate from Detroit to Kentucky then we took US 127 south, a nice road with plenty of hills and curves. We spent the night In south KY, about a 450 mile ride. The next day we continued south on 127 through Tennessee and then some other two lane roads to Birmingham, a 350 mile ride. The sun was out, temps in the 80’s life was good. The next day it was off to the museum. When we arrived we were impressed by its size, the 5 storied museum is on 830 acres with a 2.38 mile road course, and the landscaping was beautiful. After we entered the building we took the elevator to the 5’th floor and walked a series of ramps to the ground floor. On the way down you have the opportunity to look at 750 bikes on display, you can walk around most and get real close to all the bikes for viewing. This is not the kind of place you can walk through in a hour this will take some time. I did get to see some very rare motorcycles that I have only read about or seen in pictures, so this was enjoyable to me. I would definitely go back and see it again. We took two days to get back to Detroit. The weather was great with lots of sunshine, warm afternoons and light traffic. No mishaps or problems in our 1600 mile adventure. I should be back to sunny FL at the end of October. Looking forward to seeing all my friends in the motorcycle community. See you soon RIDE SAFE MILKIE

OCTOBER 2014

MILKIE on the ROAD: Hello Scooterfolks, I’ve been a bit busy the last month, so let me start with the 18 of July. My friend Rick and I rode to Wauseon Ohio for the 32nd National Antique Show and Swap Meet, this is a great Antique event that I make every year. On the 19th of July was the Detroit Teamsters annual Poker Run.
The weather was shaky with some rain in the morning but 29 motorcycles signed up and took the 110 mile ride in the country with three stops for refreshments, a good time had by all. My long time friend Cliff asked me if I was going to the 42nd annual BMW MOA International Rally in St. Paul, Minn. I had thought about it but had no one to go with, so with a quick decision three days later I was on my way to meet Cliff in Indian River Mi. The next day we crossed the Mackinaw Bridge, always a spectacular ride, and west across the upper peninsula of Michigan to the Wisconsin state line. It was a real nice scenic ride with little traffic. I’ve always said the U.P. is like going to a different country. The next day we got on the road at the crack of noon, we rode across Wi. on more scenic country roads smelling the dairy air, and stopped for the night in Cumberland Wi. The next day we rode to St. Paul, about 85 mi, spent the day at the rally and looked everything over. The BMW Rally draws about 7 to 8 thousand folks from all over the world, with big prize giveaways, bikes, trips, and accessories, a real good time. That evening we rode back to the motel In Cumberland for the night. The next morning we left for home with storms threatening, about an hour down the road the sky let loose, the temp dropped to 50 and we rode 400 mi to Indian River in the rain. That evening I mentioned to Cliff I had to take my BMW in for some major service at the dealer, ( Cliff owns the Detroit dealership ), so he calls the shop and tells them when I drop my bike off to give me a 2014 1600 GT for a loaner. What a great Hi-Tec bike. I had it for four days and 260 mi. I just might buy one. Until next time be safe. MILKIE

SEPTEMBER 2014

MILKIE on the ROAD: Hello Scooterfolks, I’ve been a bit busy the last month, so let me start with the 18 of July. My friend Rick and I rode to Wauseon Ohio for the 32nd National Antique Show and Swap Meet, this is a great Antique event that I make every year. On the 19th of July was the Detroit Teamsters annual Poker Run.
The weather was shaky with some rain in the morning but 29 motorcycles signed up and took the 110 mile ride in the country with three stops for refreshments, a good time had by all. My long time friend Cliff asked me if I was going to the 42nd annual BMW MOA International Rally in St. Paul, Minn. I had thought about it but had no one to go with, so with a quick decision three days later I was on my way to meet Cliff in Indian River Mi. The next day we crossed the Mackinaw Bridge, always a spectacular ride, and west across the upper peninsula of Michigan to the Wisconsin state line. It was a real nice scenic ride with little traffic. I’ve always said the U.P. is like going to a different country. The next day we got on the road at the crack of noon, we rode across Wi. on more scenic country roads smelling the dairy air, and stopped for the night in Cumberland Wi. The next day we rode to St. Paul, about 85 mi, spent the day at the rally and looked everything over. The BMW Rally draws about 7 to 8 thousand folks from all over the world, with big prize giveaways, bikes, trips, and accessories, a real good time. That evening we rode back to the motel In Cumberland for the night. The next morning we left for home with storms threatening, about an hour down the road the sky let loose, the temp dropped to 50 and we rode 400 mi to Indian River in the rain. That evening I mentioned to Cliff I had to take my BMW in for some major service at the dealer, ( Cliff owns the Detroit dealership ), so he calls the shop and tells them when I drop my bike off to give me a 2014 1600 GT for a loaner. What a great Hi-Tec bike. I had it for four days and 260 mi. I just might buy one. Until next time be safe. MILKIE

AUGUST 2014

I cant believe how fast the time travels, it seems like a week or so when I wrote last months article. the weather has been nice for the most part, with a fair amount of rain. a few weeks ago a group of us teamsters went to Harrison Mi. for a poker run put on by the Moose Lodge, the weather was good, it was about a 130 mile ride on some very nice and scenic roads, a great ride. The best part was at the end when everyone drew their poker hands, five of our group had winning hands and got a total of $1,020.00 dollars cash money. So that night the party was on. I haven’t done to much this last month so I will cut this short. I have a few events coming up in the next month so I will let you know how they turn out. Till then ride safe. “MILKIE”

JULY 2014

Milkie on the ROAD The Detroit area roads are about the worst I’ve ever seen around here, the other night I hit a pot hole with my superglide and put a huge dent in the rear rim, it almost launched me right off the bike (a few scary moments) but kept control of the bike and made it safely home with the bent rim. Now I’m waiting for a new rim, oh well defecation occurs. I took a ride with some friends to a party at a large leather shop in Ohio near the Indiana line, they had a band and refreshments and the weather was great, it was about a 300 mile ride, very enjoyable. Also went on a Memorial Day ride that was police escorted and all cross roads and oncoming traffic was blocked by police and fire department. IT drew between 3 and 4 hundred bikes without any problems or incidents on the 1 hour ride. I do this ride every year and still enjoy it. Another annual event that I go to is Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky, a week long event that attracts about 150 thousand bikes to the downtown area with lots of vendors, bands and things to do, it’s like a mini Daytona only on beautiful lake Erie. A very nice event with lots of room to roam or just sit on the pier a great laid back event. The weather has been nice for the last few weeks so the riding has been good except for the pot hole roads, I ride as much as possible. Well that’s about it for this month. I miss you all and I’m looking forward to returning to Florida in the fall. Until then ride safe and watch out for that old blind cage driver. Be Safe MILKIE

JUNE 2014

Hello Scooterfolks, Well I’m back in Michigan for the Summer, the weather has been typical for this time of year. Yesterday the temperature was 88 tomorrow will be 55 with a good amount of rain. I do miss the warm days and smooth roads of Florida.
A few days ago I rode to the new Indian / Victory dealership for the Detroit area. I took a demo ride on a new Indian Chief Vintage. The bike has many nice features as most new motorcycles have. The bikes handling is very good for a 800+ pound machine and absorbs bumps very well but I have to admit it did not excite me. I’m sure Indian will do very well in the future as many people will be interested in this new American motorcycle. I haven’t been doing much here but have managed to attend a few motorcycle parties and took a 150 mile ride with some friends to the Irish Hills of Michigan . I had a wonderful winter in Florida doing all the events, bike nights, parties, rides and just fooling around with my friends, I do miss you. Well that’s about all I have to say for this month, so keep the rubber on the pavement, drink responsibly and watch out for the other guy. Be Safe “MILKIE”

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MAY 2014

Hello Scooterfolks,     It’s just about time for me to head back north for the summer (yea I’m a snowbird) all I can say is it was a great winter here with good weather and lots of motorcycle things to do. Last month Brother John and I went to the Horse & Crown for a Saint Patrick day party, it was also Sandy’s birthday, the place was packed and I didn’t  see anyone not having a good time. On the 22ND of March John and I set-up and judged the bike show at Mickey’s in Crystal River, there were a lot very nice bikes entered in the 13 classes and made judging difficult but that’s what we like. My friend Rick stopped here for a few days on his way back to Mich. we stopped at Stormie’s too and checked out the monthly swap meet and then to Ms. BoJangles Moto Guzzi raffle, a large crowd enjoyed the band Lawless Intent, the games and giveaways of the Big Ragoo and R.H.S.C. and the food was good and reasonable, all profits went to her children thanks everyone for contributing. On the 11th of April I rode to Wauchula to meet my friend Chico from there we rode to Springers for bike nite. Speaking of bike nites there is a new one in town. Brother John and I have been going to Imagez in Spring Hill for a few weeks, bike nite is on Tuesday 7 to 10 with DJ Dave Martini, they have food and drink specials, lots of parking and a outdoor deck. John and I have watched it grow bigger and better, so on a Tuesday night if you are looking for something to do check out Imagez. I took a ride down to Seminole to visit Screwie Louies Porpoise Pub, a very cool and unusual place, from the round bar inside to the half buried bus bar outside, you just have to be there because words wont do it. On the 13th of April I went to the Sand Trap for a Easter candy drive for homeless children in Hernando Co. a huge party and successful candy drive, thanks everyone. Well that’s about it until next month.                                                    Ride safe        “MILKIE”