Monday, July 19, 2010

Midwest Back Yard Bike Builders Meet 2010

Scott and I had a good time Muskegon Bike Time Rally in Michigan. We meet up with some dudes from TCU and Honda Chopper for a get together at Wolf Creek Camp Ground. I drank a little too much but overall it was fun. Scott's softail and my Vuncan 1500 never missed a beat! Met some cool guys and seen some awesome bikes. The girls were great to look at too!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Chattanooga Deep Fried Pizza Ride

Sunday July 11th Big Al invited some friends to ride to a little town in Ohio called Chatanoga for some deep fried pizza at the Chatt Bar. Pizza was ok but the ride was better.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Del Cook Cancer Benefit

On saturday 7-10-2010 There was a benefit for my sister who has cancer. The benefit was held at Crossraods Church In Lima Ohio and was put on by my sister's employer Nash Finch Foods.
The benefit included a car and motorcycle show, raffle, food and good commeradere. The amount of volunteers and work that went into this benefit was enourmous! I personally want to thank Nash Finch and the employees there for showing compasion for my sister and her husband Mike during this difficult time.
There wasn't a huge turn out as far as motorcycles go but the ones there were all very nice. Your's truely won the "Best Custom Bike Award". Here's some pics of the event.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Tribute to My Dad

This article is a small tribute to my dad, Michael D. Sackinger 1929-1997.

Dad grew up in an orphanage in New York. He moved to Ohio sometime in his teens where he met my mom. They eventually got married and after doing his stint in WWII, my parents returned to Ohio.

Dad opened his motorcycle shop in the 1950’s in a little shed in his back yard. As business and family grew he moved the family and business into a bigger place.
My uncle contributed to the business and thus S&S Cycle Sales was born.
Dad sold BSA’s, Kawasaki’s and I think Lambreta scooters.

Business was going well as my dad worked in the shop at night and at Teledyne Ohio Steel during the day. Mom worked in the shop during the day to tend to customers needs.
In 1966, my brother David (the oldest child in the family) was killed while riding a motorcycle along the rail road tracks behind our house. Dad and mom was both stunned. Blame, hatrid and sorrow plagued dad for several years. Finally in 1970, mom told dad it was either the business or her and the kids. Dad I’m sure was torn as he had worked so very hard to get established but he knew the toll it had taken on mom and the family so dad shut the doors never to reopen the shop again. He later said it was one of the best decisions he ever made.

Dad retired from Teledyne Ohio Steel and went to work at Ford Engine Plant in Lima. He hated that job. In 1975, dad was hired as the head of maintenance at Apollo Career Center in Lima. In 1992 he retired from there.

Fast-forward a few years. Dad passed away in 1998 suddenly of a massive heart attack.
I was devastated. A flood of emotions poured out from me mainly because my dad and I had a disagreement over something stupid the night before. Any ways, I never got to say goodbye to him. I know he knew I really loved him cause I had told him often. I truly miss him.
There’s a lot more to my dad’s life then what I can jot down here and if ya ever want to know more, bring a case of beer over and we can sit on the patio and I can relate to you how great of a father my dad was.
Just thought I would include some pics of what my dad enjoyed…I hope you like them.

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4th Donut Ride

Yep, that's right! Six of us got up early on Independence Day 2010 and rode the bikes down to Dayton where we stopped at a little donut shop and had coffee and donuts.
We started in Wapakoneta and took I-75 to Vandalia/ Dayton. Afterwards, we returned via Co Rd 25a. We took a short Detor off 25a onto River rd which is very senic and curvy! River Rd ends in Sidney. We made our way to a drive thru city park in Sidney and stopped to chat and take a leak. I took some pics of the gang that I rode with and one cool bike that belongs to Big Al. He's about 6'6 but he's a big teddy bear until ya piss him off, which I never want to do.
We left the park and headed back on 25a into Wapak where we split and went our seperate ways. I had a blast and the people I rode with were very nice and knew how to ride in a responsible manner!