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  • 28 Mar 2021 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The difficult decision has been made – the Hodaka Days 2021 reunion/celebration will not be held.

    Following our February planner’s meeting and an additional four weeks of consideration of the “in’s and out’s” of putting on the event, our March meeting resulted in the decision to cancel the event for 2021.  The Board Members of the Hodaka Club and virtually all of the event organizer’s agreed that for the safety of our members and the local townspeople it would be best to wait and put on a hum-dinger of an event in 2022.

    We will all miss the riding Hodaka’s – and looking at all manner of original, fully restored and customized Hodaka’s – and getting together with Hodaka family members from across the country/globe.  However, the complexities and risks of putting on an event such as ours during a waning(?) pandemic greatly overshadow the benefits of some optional “play days” for our generally, er, um, “mature” Hodaka family members.

    Keep your calendar open for the last full weekend of June 2022.  We’ll have all your favorite Hodaka Days events plus a few special surprises.  You won’t want to miss Hodaka Days 2022 – it’ll be a big one!

    Ed Chesnut, President – Hodaka Club

    PS:  Keep the rubber side down between now and then, OK?

  • 29 Nov 2020 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hoping for the best, but prepared for anything

    The Hodaka Club board and other key organizers met (virtually, of course) on November 19th to discuss options for Hodaka Days 2021.

    Obviously the current pandemic situation makes it difficult to anticipate what the future might bring.  But if we’re going to have an event this year, then we need to set some things in motion.  Many options were discussed varying from moving ahead with our full traditional event, to changing the date, to running a scaled down event, to cancelling Hodaka Days altogether as we were forced to do in 2020.

    In the end, the decision was made to continue forward with planning for a full event on the traditional last full weekend in June (June 24 through June 27) in Athena and Weston, Oregon.  The group will reconvene again in late February to make a final “go / no go” decision.

    In the interim, stay safe and Keep on Hodakin’.  We have our fingers crossed that we’ll see you all soon at Hodaka Days this June.

  • 21 Mar 2020 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    President’s Corner

    “What a revoltin’ development dis is!”

    Chester A. Riley in “The Life of Riley”  TV show 1953-58

    "I’m betting that a quite large majority of Hodaka Club Members and Hodaka Fans can close their eyes and “see” (and maybe even “hear”) William Bendix as Riley exclaiming “What a revoltin’ development dis is!”  Am I right?  You know I am.

    A virtual (internet) discussion by the intrepid, dirt bike ridin’, um, “mature” folks who put together Hodaka Days has resulted in the tough decision to cancel Hodaka Days 2020.  None of us like the idea of not having Hodaka Days in 2020, but it seems clear to all of us that proceeding to attempt to have the event would be foolhardy.  When a group of “mature” dirt bike riders make a decision that attempting to do a thing is just too risky – well, you can be sure there are some very serious risks which simply should not be taken.

    We are continuing to talk about ways in which we might still be able to “do” Hodaka Days 2020 by “virtual” means (internet/social media/etc.) – perhaps you have some ideas on that sort of topic?

    We will start planning for a joyous reunion of the Hodaka faithful in 2021.  In the meantime, do your social distancing, wash your hands often – stay safe and healthy!  Did I mention wash your hands often?  (Yeah, I know – I did.  But I’m talking to two-stroke dirt bikers with decades of experience, so sometimes I need to repeat things – right?)

    . . . and keep the rubber side down!

    Ed. "

    - Ed Chesnut, Hodaka Club President

  • 29 Jun 2018 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As usual, the Bike Show at Hodaka Days attracted a great variety of vintage Hodakas, in full restoration, custom, and riders. The great weather added even more good times! Here are the results!

    DATE:  June 23, 2018

    Total bikes in show:   76

    Total ballots submitted:  114

     Class  1st Place Entry  2nd place Entry

    Harry Taylor Award/Best Custom MX

    32  Lee Fabry 1973 C/W custom MX

    Trials 55  Danny Messmore 1977 250

    Best Hodaka powered (Other brand)    

    32  Lee Fabry 1972 Challenger

    Custom 74  Lee Fabry 1968 Ace 100

    Ace 90 17  Dale Dvorak 1967 Ace 90

    Ace 100 (all) 50  Tom Jakoski 1968 Ace 100
    Chrome Tank Super Rat 3  Mike Murray   1969 Super Rat 
    Wombat (all) 2  Robert Swift 1972 Wombat 

    11 Dave Chappel  1977 Wombat &
    66 Rex Anderson  1973 Wombat
    Combat Wombat 47  Nate Ewer  1973 Combat Wombat

    97 Super Combat & 89 Super Rat 13  Grant Warren 1974 Super Combat

    Road Toad (all) 31  Rick Burk  1976 02 Road Toad

    Dirt Squirt (all 44  Bud Schmidtgall  1975 Dirt Squirt  
    175 SL  75  Greg Houchin  1978 175 SL

    250 SL & ED 72 Erv Robinson 1977 250 SL
    Bad Rock Ride 56  Aiden McKeirnan  1973 Dirt Squirt

    Henry Koepke Award/Best Technical Innovation

    32  Lee Fabry 1973 C/W Custom MX
     Best Original 24  Joyce Dunning  1975 Dirt Squirt

     Best of Show 32  Lee Fabry 1973 C/W  Custom MX


    If you are a winner and have a good photo of your bike we can post up here and on our Facebook Page, shoot a copy to :

  • 16 Jun 2018 12:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to construction in Weston, the starting point of the 2018 Bad Rock Reunion Trail Ride at Hodaka Days 2018 has changed. Pass the word!!

    We will NOT be starting at the downtown tennis courts as planned. The new starting point is approximately 1/4 mile south of Weston at the Perrine Farm - 78573 McLean Road.

    WARNING: Don't use Google maps to find this address. The reported location is wrong. The location from MapQuest is more accurate.

    Take Water Avenue south out of Weston and follow the signs (and the Hodakas!)

    Thanks for registering and we are looking forward to seeing you!

    Best regards,

    Hodaka Club

  • 14 Mar 2018 10:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As is often the case with Web Technologies, merging several different existing web properties which all use different tech has resulted in a much larger project than we originally expected. Since we have Hodaka Days coming up soon, and we need function over form for event registration, we have decided to maintain the exiting sites for the time being.

    The plan to merge all sites is in process in the background, and our plan is to make the switchover as painless as possible for members, and with as few technical glitches as we can.

    In the meantime, the Hodaka Chat Group ( is being maintained by the club.

    Thanks for your patience. We suspect you will be very happy with the final product!

  • 06 Jan 2018 6:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our club web team has been feverishly working on a new website for club members. We are integrating the club membership features, as well as the famous Hodaka Chat Group, and many more cool things of interest to the Hodaka World!

    If you are a member of the Club, the Hodaka Chat Group, or even the Hodaka Fan Club on Facebook you will hear more as we vector in on going live. Tentative target is Early Feb, 2018, but please be patient . . . No Wine before it's Time!

  • 06 Jan 2018 5:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hodaka Days 2018 is scheduled for June 21-24, 2018
    More details will be coming soon!

    The planning committee has met, and details are being worked out behind the scenes, but get this on your calendar NOW!

  • 16 Dec 2016 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hodaka Days in Athena, OR will be held from June 23-25 next year. In the HD planning meeting held recently in Milton Freewater, OR the Club decided that the most popular events will be continued in 2017:

    • Hodaka Parade through downtown Athena
    • Vintage Poker Run Road ride
    • Badrock Trail Ride in Weston, OR
    • Hodaka Observed Trials Event
    • Swap Meet/Vendor Booths
    • Hodaka Bike Show
    • Barbeque, Live Auction, Silent Auction
    With regard to the Sunday Scrambles event, the Club officers decided that to attract more participants on Sunday, and because of the very high cost of event insurance, the Scrambles will become a "MX Playday" on the Diamond Eye vintage track allowing more Hodaka folks and their entire families to ride on Sunday.
  • 03 Jun 2016 9:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two long time Club members were recently elected to the Hodaka Club Board of Directors. New members on the board include Erv Robison of Spokane, Washington and Ed Chesnut of Milton Freewater, Oregon.

    Shortly after the election, Paul Stannard submitted his resignation as Club president. As Paul wrote in his recent Hodaka Resonator article, he had some tough choices to make and wanted to find some balance in his life.

    Paul will be carrying on promoting the "Preston Petty Products" line on behalf of Preston and overseeing his Strictly Hodaka online parts business. We all wish him well and thank him for a long and successful tenure as our President.

    The board wasted little time in selecting Ed Chesnut as the new Hodaka Club president. We are are all excited to have “The Captain” at the helm and we would surmise that Ed will share his thoughts as President in one of his Resonator columns soon.

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