Friday, January 7, 2011

Motorcycle First Thursday at Dulono’s – January 2011

Triumph and ural january first thursday

Last night was Motorcycle First Thursday at Dulono’s Pizza in Minneapolis. When I arrived, I was again the only rider. I went inside and found some friends to talk to.

While I was listening to plans to ride in the Baja and the Copper Canyon in Mexico next month, a guy walked in wearing a tour master rain suit. I was impressed! It was nice to see another rider. I went all last winter as the only one.

His name was John and he was riding a Triumph Trophy. I think it was his first time at First Thursday.

John on his Triumph Trophy

It was about 13F outside and the streets weren’t completely clear. He rode from a few miles away in Minneapolis on some very worn tires.

Triumph trophy at first thursday dulonos

I also met a guy name Craig who is leaving for Kyrgyzstan as soon as he finishes his taxes. He’s going to support his wife who is a volunteer for Doctors Without Borders. He thinks he’ll be gone for about nine months. He’s going to try and get an old Ural or a 2-stroke bike to ride around while he’s there. Very cool. Good luck Craig and stay safe!

I had a fun time tonight. I’m thinking it is more fun in the winter than the summer. In winter there are less people, and it’s easier to find your friends. Summer is nice for looking at bikes, but with the usual thousand people you normally just find your friend’s bike.


  1. I like the Scooter Club Meetups in the winter better than the summer. There are fewer folks and the conversation tends to be more riding related and less food related. It is sort of funny now that I think about it.

  2. Keith: That is funny that they talk about food in summer and riding in winter. There is also much more talk of riding at First Thursdays in winter than summer.

  3. Dear Chris:

    At the risk of embarrassing myself as a BMW rider, the four inches of snow we have on the ground outside has effectively called a halt to my riding plans. Even if I could get the ice out of the driveway, the thought of exposing my black frame, black riding accessories, and German chrome (such as it is) to road salt is daunting. (I do not feel like sitting out in the unheated garage, washing the salt off the K75 using bucket after bucket of warm water.

    I'm glad you're having fun though.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

  4. People just love irony, talk about winter when it's summer and vice versa. Especially riders:)

  5. Dear Jack: No worries. Riding in winter is not for everyone. I hope I can keep you entertained with my frozen antics until the shiny K75 wakes up from its hibernation.

    Carla: LOL! So true! Thanks for stopping by.