The Disappearing Downtube

There seems to be a trend in the Custom world to push the limits. One of these areas that is pushing the limits is in the design of frames. We are seeing some radical designs out there but none more interesting then the "disappearing downtube". Safe? We can argue it...many of the older designs in the motorcycle world did not have full downtubes if any at all but they also were not housing the power plants of today either. Many of today's builders are not just your average backyard mechanic...they have engineering degrees that took years to get so they must know something. I don't know if I'm ready to crank the throttle on a bumpy road or test them on week long road trip that includes 13 hours of road a day, but they sure do look cool!

Rembering Mike

Hard to believe that it has been 2 1/2 years since Mike "Toad" Roach passed away. He still makes Bluenosers proud. Mike was a Nova Scotian treasure. Here are some of his famous builds and his obituary. We miss you Toad and think of you often on the road!

ROACH, Raymond Michael "Toad" - 49, Dartmouth. It is with great sadness and broken hearts the family announces the passing of Toad on Monday, January 22, 2007. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Milton and Rita (Wilkes) Roach. Mike turned his passion for motorcycles into a business and founded Toad's Cycle Works in 1979. In addition to running the business "doin' it right", he built dozens of world class custom bikes including the first ever side by side double engine Harley. More than just a local legend, Mike was recognized world wide for his achievements. The motorcycling world is a poorer place for his passing - he was a biker's biker. He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene; children, Collin (Leora), Derek, Wanda (Scott) Wilson, all of Dartmouth; sisters, Nancy (Mark) Tomney, Calgary; Brenda Roach, Halifax; grandchildren, Kaelyn Leadley, Nadalie Roach, Jace Wilson. Arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St., Dartmouth. Visitation for family and friends will take place from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, memorial service 2 p.m. Friday, both in New Covenant Ministries, 110 Thorne Ave., Burnside, Pastor Gary Hooper officiating. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Mike's memory to any children's charity would be appreciated.

"Be of good cheer, Toad is ridin' with the angels."

You know its a party when things get repoed!!

The food was delectable...the company was great...the laughs were many...and a vehicle got towed. What more do you want in a back yard grill time!? Thanks to all the members that made an appearance. We had a great afternoon and despite all the things that went wrong for least we had a good laugh. Everyone buy Neil a coffee when you see him to help him smile! He took it on the chin like a trooper...and it really was a wonderful time for all!!!


The members Meat Grill will happen at Neil's place today. The rain is threatening to come down and Neil's deck lends us to more shelter if needed. So note the change and come have some fun at 3 pm!
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John's Rig: COMING SOON!!!

She roared to life and spit fire!


The DC Riders are having a Father's Day Bar-B-Que, on June 21st at 3:00pm. It will be held at John & Rosemary's place, 6 Prince William St., Digby. This Bar-B-Que is for DC Riders Association Members and their families. Everything will be provided, you just have to bring yourself, and your family.

Poker Run

Thanks to all who came out and made the poker run a big success...we have some new pics on the side and more will be added in the coming days! The first place winner was Reid Ross with 4 of a kind...he took home a 166 piece socket set. Second place with a flush was Becky Flemming...she got a 20 piece screwdriver set and a gift certificate from the Lequille Country Store. Third place was Tim Peck with a straight to the 10...he got a Easy Riders/Leather Barn T-Shirt! Congrats to all those who took home prizes from some of our other 33 draws! It was a great day! Be watching for the next one.

NOTE - Poker Run changed to: SUNDAY AT NOON!

We are taking off from the Scallop Shell. Registration starts at NOON. They are calling for a sun filled day with temperatures as high as 18 degrees! It is $10 to register and there will be a tonne of give-a-ways.

The winning hand will win a 166 piece socket set with a lifetime warranty! Valued at over $180! Don't miss this great event!