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SE Michigan / SW Ontario meet-up

Discussion in 'Great Lakes U.S.' started by MaxPete, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hi All:

    Some of us in the SE Michigan / SW Ontario part of the world have been talking about doing a meet-up around here - likely on the US side and perhaps in the northern end of Detroit where the potholes are not quite so large ;).

    If it goes well, next year, we can hold it over here on the Canadian side (once the snow drifts get down to a manageable height and beavers and moose clear off the road). :D

    JRWilliamsQM and I (MaxPete) would be happy to try to coordinate this - he's on the US side and I am in Windsor, ON.

    We're thinking something like this might be fun:
    • meet at a burger / diner type place at say...11:00 AM;
    • have lunch and swap lies for a couple of hours;
    • event ends at 2:00 PM or so - plenty of time to get back home before dark.
    Any suggestions for a good place to meet, and dates would be most welcome! I think the weather is still a bit dodgey for a couple more weeks, so I'm thinking sometime in the May-August timeframe. It won't be possible to make everyone happy, but we'll sure try to accommodate as many as possible.

    Of course all XS650.com Forum members are welcome, even if you're from further away - and any bike is welcome too!

    Cheers,

    JR and Pete
     
  2. aldo5468

    aldo5468 Redleg XS650.com Supporter

     
  3. JRWilliamsQM

    JRWilliamsQM XS650 Enthusiast

    Vinsetta Garage is definitely on the higher end of consideration for this event. MaxPete and I agreed that the atmosphere really fits what we're trying to accomplish.

    We also know end of July Early August is probably not a good time frame for a lot of people with Summer weddings or other family gathering activities. Are there any other dates that would be a definite no-go for anyone?

    Ideally the weather stops getting so choppy in early May, but with what we call Michigan Weather over here, it could still snow yet. Seems like the after winter wet drag gets later and later each year.... Anyhow, let us know on here or PM or however!!

    TTYS
    JR and Pete
     
  4. queenslegs

    queenslegs XS650 Addict

    Sounds interesting. Those who have seen the seat (well, leather pad) on the XS know that's not gonna happen from Qtown lol. Vstrom wouldn't be an issue though.
     
  5. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Then come along QL - it'll be fun!
     
  6. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hi All:

    I have sent a message to JRWilliamsQM - but he must be tied up with something else so I will press-on with this.

    I think it is time to get going on the first SE-MI - SW-ONT Meet-up. Based on our discussions in April, here are the details:
    • DATE: Sat. July 15 - 2017
    • TIME: 11:00 AM (that will ensure that we get a table and give us time to oggle each other's bikes)
    • I expect we will wrap up by sometime around 1:30-2:00 PM.
    • LOC: Vinsetta Garage Restaurant (a very cool, 1920s filling station/garage that has been remodelled into a really good diner.
    27799 Woodward Ave.
    Berkley, MI 48072
    (248) 548-7711


    I have called Vinsetta Garage and they do not take reservations - but the lady told me that if we arrive right when they open at 11:00 AM - there will not be a problem getting a table.

    I will pump out a message on the Ontario and Michigan forums and in the general forum of the XS650.com website. Please PM me if you are planning to attend!

    NOTE: XS650s preferred - BUT - ALL BIKES WELCOME!
    Ride whatcha got folks - but come and have a burger with us!


    Cheers, and hope you are all well.

    Pete
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2017
  7. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

  8. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hi All:

    It is time for that SE-MI - SW-ON Meet-up that everyone is talking about!

    To refresh your memories, here are the details:
    • DATE: Sat. July 15 - 2017 (that is THIS weekend - just 5 more sleeps)
    • TIME: 11:00 AM (that will ensure that we get a table and give us time to oggle each other's bikes)
    • LOC: Vinsetta Garage Restaurant
    27799 Woodward Ave.
    Berkley, MI 48072
    (248) 548-7711


    As noted earlier, they do not take reservations - BUT - I was told that if we get there when the place opens at 11:00 AM - there will be tables available.

    Please let me know if you plan to come so that I can grab an appropriately sized table as soon as they open at 11:00 AM.

    The restaurant is about a 40 minute ride from Windsor - NOT including the border itself - so I would count on at least an hour total. I suggest that the Canadian riders meet in Windsor and cross the border together earlier that morning - say around 9:15 AM. Obviously, Griennehornette, you may wish to use the Blue Water Bridge - but let me know please.

    Forum member "Lakeview" is also coming and I hope some others - but I sure hope he and I won't be alone at the restaurant!

    I will also a message on the Ontario and Michigan forums and in the general forum of the XS650.com website.

    Cheers, and hope you're well.

    Pete
     
  9. Wizard of Smiles

    Wizard of Smiles Retro Rookie Rider

    I hope to have my bike back by Friday. I'm cutting it close.
     
  10. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Sounds good - but if the bike isn't ready - bring a car!

    Getting together for a chat and some good food is the key IMO.

    PETE
     
  11. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hi All:

    Jst one more sleep till the SE-MI - SW-ON Meet-up!

    To refresh your memories, here are the details:
    • DATE: Sat. July 15 - 2017 (that is THIS weekend - tomorrow in fact)
    • TIME: 11:00 AM (that will ensure that we get a table and give us time to oggle each other's bikes)
    • LOC: Vinsetta Garage Restaurant
    27799 Woodward Ave.
    Berkley, MI 48072
    (248) 548-7711


    It looks like the weather will be great for a nice ride - so bring along whatever you've got on two or four wheels!

    Cheers, and hope to see you there!

    Pete
     
  12. How did this go last year and will there be one this year?
     
  13. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    It was really fun - and six of us had a ball!

    It’s now the MI folks turn to organize a lunch....I think.
     
  14. Glad to hear it turned out good.
    I'm about 500 miles from detroit in the upper peninsula of michigan
    so would be tough for me to coordinate anything unfortunately
     
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  15. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

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