NEW ULM - Motorcycle enthusiasts reunited, enjoyed a beverage, mulled over used bike parts, dreamed and told of warm, summer rides through the Minnesota River Valley Saturday at the Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club barn.
Former club president Bryan Clancy, the owner of 30 motorcycles, said his 1978 Harley Davidson low-rider was his favorite.
"It's about nostalgia," Clancy said. "It's a good old bike. Not as comfortable as the newer bikes, but good enough to ride across Montana and Idaho and back a couple years ago."
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
Motorcycle enthusiasts look at bike parts Saturday at a swap meet at the Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club barn, off 110th Avenue, several miles southeast of New Ulm.
Butch Arndt of New Ulm, who organized the swap meet that featured everything from old Harley-Davidson (H-D) motorcycle parts to sheepskin and stove pipes, said he enjoys riding his 2001 H-D Road King.
"It handles and performs well and holds value," Arndt said. "I don't care about gas mileage. Most of us buy motorcycles that we think are the most fun."
Arndt said he enjoys old cars too. His collection includes a restored 1964 Ford Falcon and a 1948 Ford coupe that formerly raced at drag strips.
Kenny Drexler of New Ulm said he enjoys everything about his 1959 H-D pan head.
"It's always a good time here at the (motorcycle club) barn," Drexler said.
Kris Karpen of Hanska, who has ridden motorcycles and trikes for 30 years, said he used to ride Harley Davidsons until he dumped a few of them and now prefers his 2012 H-D trike.
"I've had a few trikes, including some with Volkswagen engines," Karpen said. "They ride better and are easier to keep up."
Scott Hager of New Ulm said his 2001 H-D Sportster is fast, light and handles well.
"My favorite thing to do on a warm afternoon is ride in the Minnesota River Valley to Mankato, then head north in the valley, riding curvy, two-lane roads all the way to the Twin Cities, turn around and ride home. Before you know it, the afternoon is over."
Wally Krenik of Cleveland, Minn., who sometimes rides with the Minnesota Dry Riders club, said he likes his 2008 H-D Street Glide because it's easier to handle than most big bikes.
The Dry Riders promote themselves as an organization of family-oriented men and women who promote the benefits of motorcycling without the use of alcohol or drugs. Chapters are located in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
"Last winter, I hauled it (cycle) to Mission, Texas," Krenik said. I've ridden with the Dry Riders to Sturgis, S.D., Durango, Colo., and Maggie Valley, in the Smoky Mountain range in North Carolina."
The Flying Dutchmen host a road run on Sunday, June 2, 2013 with a noon signup. The group's summer party is set for Saturday, June 22nd with free admission, grilling at 5 p.m., free camping on the club grounds and live, outdoor music at 7 p.m.
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