Highland House closes

The Highland House in Highland Park, IL closed Sunday. The restaurant had been a popular motorcyclist meeting place for 25 years, and even back to the fifties, when it was Hal’s Pizzeria. Hundreds of bikers would meet and eat at the Highland House every Sunday morning before heading off for day-long rides in Wisconsin or Northern Illinois.

The Hulk is a Pussy

Andrea spotted this treat in an interview with Eric Bana in The Guardian: “Oealthough I have a very big love of Italian motorcycles, so maybe there’s some connection there.” [interviewer] A strapping fella like you would probably ride a Ducati, not a Vespa, correct? “A Vespa’s not really a man’s motorcycle, is it? It’s transportation. A true motorcycle should definitely be anything but comfortable transportation.” The Hulk has clearly never broken down on a Vespa 150 after riding sixty miles in the rain.

100cc 100mi $100

100clubX.jpgRemember that post a couple weeks ago about the Wildcat 100? 100 Wisconsin miles on a 100cc (or smaller) motorcycle or scooter? Well, Grace had the mighty cool idea to try to find a bike under $100 and get it running in time for the Wildcat 100, so 2SB is throwing out the challenge for others to try this challenge-within-a-challenge. If you’re interested in getting a $100 rat bike together by the end of summer, email us. I’ll make a page explaining the rules and outlining the progress of each team. any sub-$100 sub-100cc 2-wheeled vehicle is eligible, the rattier the better.

Isle of Goose TT

ChiVinMoto is hosting another Isle of Goose TT (for under-50cc and under-100cc bikes) on Sunday. Their events page says “7:00 a.m. If you don’t know where the IoG TT is run, you’re not invited.” It’s pretty difficult to figure out, since the name of the event narrows it down to about a square half-mile. I can’t figure those guys out, half of them post their events on scooter lists and beg us to come, and the other half sneer at us when we do.

Rumble on the Beach

a.k.a. The Camp of Dr. Caligari. Editor’s note: As promised, Elvis ‘e*rock’ Jones’ Daytona story, guaranteed to scare you away from Florida for life:
Most of the license plates around here have a green peninsula and a juicy ripe orange inked by prisoners in back of the numbers. At the bottom, it reads: SUNSHINE STATE. Not this time. Shortly east of Tallahassee, the rains came. And came, and came. In the back of the truck, there’s no air filter or protective housing on the big Mikuni carb, except for the Lammy sidepanels. Fresh rainwater in the chamber does not make for a fun rally. If only I had a stock twist ‘n goOe
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MASS under-8 series, race one

Liam Bradley, 3, passes his sister Fiona, 7, on the outside in turn one at Kiddieland International Raceway. The siblings miraculously finished in a four-way tie with Louise and Winston Upchurch in the eight-lap race, then celebrated by poking sticks into my air conditioner.

JKSC Hot Rod Ride

JKSC Chicago is sponsoring a ride this Saturday to the Voodoo King’s weekly vintage hot rod cruise. (Woodfire Chicken, Irving Park Rd. & Rohlwing, Itasca, IL) “See old cars with dangerous modifications leaking fluids & polluting the air! Hear rockabilly & psychobilly from DJ’s & bands throughout the summer! Eat fire-roasted chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, ice cream!” Meet at Scooterworks, USA at 4pm, ride leaves for Itasca at 5pm.