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  • 10 Jun 2024 6:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just a friendly reminder that Friday June 21 is the last day to register for the 2024 Bad Rock Reunion Trail Ride.

    If you aren't already signed up, don't miss out.  Go to https://hodakaclub.org/event-5659477 to register.

  • 03 Jun 2024 8:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you planning on attending Hodaka Days.  If you are and you could spare a little time, we could use your help.

    Hodaka Days has grown over the years. Attendance is up. More activities added and what used to be two and a half days, has now become four. With the additional activities and larger crowds, comes a need for more help.

    Although we have a dedicated group that toil year-round to plan and put together Hodaka Days, there is just too much going on for them to do it all.

    We need help! Can you spare some time at Hodaka Days to make sure we’re successful?  It’s fun. You can make some new Hodaka friends. And it can get you one punch closer to being a Hodaka “Iron Man”. What’s an “Iron Man”, you ask?

    Participate in five events in the next four days and earn yourself the distinction of being a Hodaka Club “Iron Man”.

    Eligible events include:

    • ·         Poker Run
    • ·         Trail Ride
    • ·         Parade
    • ·         Bike Show
    • ·         MX

     Or you can earn a credit for volunteering to help with an event.

    Ask for your Iron Man card and get it punched at any event. Then have the crew punch your card as you participate in additional events. After your fifth event, turn in your card for your Iron Man patch or, if you’ve already proved your mettle in prior years, you can get a “2024” rocker patch to go with your previous award.

     Below and on the next page is a list of the tasks we need volunteers for. If you can help us, please send an email to volunteer@hodakadays.org.

    Thank you.

    Event

    Date

    Time

    Description

    Still Needed

    Welcome BBQ

    Thurs 6/27

    7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

    Set up buffet table and keep stocked with food, utensils, etc. Also tear down and cleanup.

    4

    Poker Run

    Thurs 6/27

    1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

    Check point operator. Provide navigation directions. Observe and record cards “drawn”.

    1

    Poker Run

    Thurs 6/27

    1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

    Chase truck / trailer: Follow route and pick up stalled riders. NOTE: Requires a pickup truck and ramp or trailer.

    1

    Trail Ride

    Fri 6/28

    10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

    Gate keeper:  Man cattle gate. Open for riders and close after they pass through.

    2

    Ice Cream Social

    Fri 6/28

    6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

    Set up and serve Ice cream before the Peter Starr tribute.

    3

    Trials

    Sat 6/29

    8:00 AM – 11:45 AM

    Observer:  Score trials riders in a specific section.
    NOTE: Volunteers for the trials get a line pass for the pancake breakfast to be sure they are fed and ready to by 8:00 AM.

    4

    Trials

    Sat 6/29

    8:15 AM – 11:45 AM

    Crown control:  Monitor spectators and keep them clear of riders and out of trials sections. NOTE: Volunteers for the trials get a line pass for the pancake breakfast to be sure they are fed and ready to by 8:00 AM.

    2

    Parade

    Sat 6/29

    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    Barricade setup and tear down:  Transport barricades from city shop and set up on side streets just prior to parade. Remove and transport to MX track after parade. NOTE:  Requires pickup or trailer.

    3 – One driver and two runners

    Table transport

    Sat 6/29

    5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Transport portable tables from the park to elementary school cafeteria. NOTE: requires a pickup truck or trailer.

    2 (only one vehicle needed)

    MX

    Sun 6/30

    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Corner flaggers. Breaks will be provided.

    4

  • 03 Jun 2024 8:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hodaka Days trials start at 8:30AM sharp Saturday June 29.  If you’re not registered and ready to go at that time, you may find yourself a spectator instead of a participant.

    Avoid the Saturday morning rush and be prepared.  Take advantage of pre-registration on Friday afternoon between 1:00 and 4:00 PM.  You can take care of your liability release, class choice, and number assignment all in just a few minutes.

    And don’t forget to have your AMA card to present when registering.  We cannot just take your AMA number verbally.  If you don’t have a current AMA membership, you can purchase or renew it at pre-registration or better yet, go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com or call 800-AMA-JOIN and take care of it online before Hodaka Days.

  • 02 Jun 2024 2:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The official 2024 Hodaka Days Programs are now available for download at

    http://www.hodakadays.org/program2024.pdf


    Hope to see everyone there!

  • 20 May 2024 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    PLEASE READ

    TRAVEL - PLANNING ON COMING FOR THE FIRST TIME? AIRPORTS NEAR ATHENA - Pendleton, OR (PDT), about 20 miles south, service by Boutique Air, some rental cars available. Walla Walla, WA (ALW), 25 miles north, service by Alaska/Horizon, some rental cars available. Pasco, WA (PSC), about 65 miles northeast, service by Alaska/Horizon, United shuttle, Delta, car rental agencies.  Portland, OR (PDX), closest MAJOR airport, 3.5-hour drive west, via spectacular Columbia Gorge.

    LODGING –   Hotels - There are no motels in Athena. The Red Lion Hotel in Pendleton is the official hotel of Hodaka Days. Call 541-276-6111 and ask for special Hodaka Days rates. Special rates must be booked by June 13th!

    Camping is available at the Athena City Park, which has a pool house with showers which will be available for campers. Please, no camping or parking on the grass on the school grounds.

    For RVs, parking is available just across a footbridge from the park. There are a limited number of electrical and water hookups for RVs; no wastewater hookups are available. Additional parking is available in the high school parking lot across the street, but there are no hooks – “dry camping”.  There are several full-service RV parks within reasonable driving distance. Mountain View RV Park - 1375 SE 3rd, Pendleton, OR 97801 (approx. 20 miles from Athena) Exit 210 off I-84 (next to Red Lion) 541-276-1041, 866-302-3311 www.nwfamilyrvresorts.com  Wildhorse Resort & Casino - 72777 Highway 331, Pendleton, OR 97801 (Approx. 18 miles from Athena - right next to I-84 just east of Pendleton) 800-654-9453. Trails West RV Park - 1420 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862 (approx. 12 miles from Athena) Phone: 509-301-2400 509-200-9796

    FOOD -  There are a limited number of food options in Athena, so you may want to bring some snacks and breakfast food, especially if camping. The One Stop has sandwiches, burgers, a hot case, etc. and also sells a limited number of items from the Skippers Sea Food chain menu.  The Athena Grocery has Sandwiches, Pizza, Wraps, a hot case, and an on-site bakery. And the Long Branch restaurant is located across highway 11and three miles east, in Weston.

    Our caterer, Calvert’s Sugar Shack on Main Street in Athena will be open from 7 am - 2 pm Saturday and from 7 am – noon Sunday. They have soups, sandwiches, salads, and hot meal specials. They will also have prepared sandwiches, salads, muffins and drinks available in the park for lunch Saturday 11 am- 1:30 pm.  And serving coffee and breakfast snacks at the MX on Sunday.

    They’ll be catering the Saturday evening awards dinner at the Athena elementary school cafeteria and courtyard. Dinner will include sliced roast pork loin, salad, roasted potatoes, dessert and iced tea or lemonade, tickets will be $22 each.

    BAD ROCK SIGNUP-  Worried about the difficulty of the big, bad, Bad Rock trail ride? Although we do get to cover some of the “sacred ground” as the original ISDT qualifier from the ‘70’s and it’s not a “walk in the park”, this is not meant to be a test of endurance for you or your bike. Don’t let the name scare you off. It’s about a 50-mile ride with “social stops” to relax with fellow riders, through country roads up into the Blue Mountains. Street legality is not required, though spark arrestors are. Registration is now open to the public, so pass the word to your friends, neighbors, and fellow dirt bike enthusiasts. The link to the signup is:
    http://hodakaclub.org/event-4759626 , and, if haven't signed up already,  do it now. While the number of riders is limited, space is still available.

    STILL SEEKING AUCTION DONATIONS – For both good fun and to help finance HD’24, the Saturday swap meet, and evening awards banquet include auctioning off contributions from vendors and participants. Got cool parts (used, in good condition is OK), Hodaka memorabilia, a special Hodaka project, or services you are willing to donate? Bring them to the Club booth in the park on Friday or Saturday morning, so we can display and auction them off. Donors will be credited as sponsors and help us keep going!

    HELP, HELP, HELP! – Many hands make light work” is so true. We’re always in need of volunteer helpers at Hodaka Days. We need help managing waivers, installing banners, moving tables & chairs, moving parade barriers, putting up track fencing, serving ice cream… You get the picture! If you can offer some help, our highly paid (occasional free beer) executive staff really appreciate it. Watch for a follow up email listing specific tasks that we need volunteers for. Or just let us know when you arrive and/or check in at the club park booth. A few hours of volunteer time enable all of us to enjoy the week more.

    IMPORTANT DETAILS & PAPERWORK! Hodaka Days insurance is provided through the American Motorcycle Association, which requires:

    FULL FACE HELMETS AND GOGGLES - If you’re planning to race MX – or even just practice – per AMA requirements for racing, you must wear a full-face helmet and goggles, no one will be allowed on the track without one! Open face helmets are OK for all other events.

    RELEASES (WAIVERS) FOR MINORS– Releases must be signed by both parents (if applicable). There is one releases for recreational events (poker run, trail ride, and parade); MX and trials each have a separate form. If you need a release and both parents – with legal custody – won’t be at Hodaka Days, the needed forms can be downloaded at www.hodakaclub.org  and must be notarized if signatures can’t be witnessed at the event! If no legal guardian will be attending the event, we’ll need a notarized letter authorizing an attending adult as a guardian for the event.

    AMA MEMBERSHIP– Required for trials, MX track practice or MX racing. Membership can be renewed on-line at www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Forms for single annual ($39) or single event membership ($20). Annual membership is only $9 more than two (trials and track activity) single‑event memberships and covers both trials and track activity, as well as other AMA events for 12 months. Please sign up or renew online ahead of time to reduce the bottleneck during the trials and MX signups.

    EVENT ENTRY FORM – All participants in the poker run, Bad Rock ride or parade need to complete an “Event Entry Form”, which provides demographic information we submit to AMA. The form can be downloaded at www.hodakaclub.org .One form covers all of the previously mentioned events; once we have a completed form, you’ll receive a gold wrist band and won’t need to complete another one for the other events. If you can fill out the attached form in advance and bring it to the event, it will save you time during registration.

    HODAKA CLUB MEMBERSHIP– Save yourself and our volunteers time and renew your club membership online at http://www.hodakaclub.org/Join_or_renew_Online .

    See you in Athena!

     

  • 17 May 2024 2:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 13th is the last day to book special Hodaka Days Rates at the Red Lion Hotel in Pendleton.

    Over the last several years, we're had to compete for accommodations with folks going the big "Jackalope Jamboree" music festival. So, demand for rooms is high and available rooms are limited.

    Our group rates are $121 for single king and $136 for double kings. Make sure you are talking to someone at the hotel and not the corporate reservation desk. You should be able to just tell them you want the special Hodaka Days rate. There's no promo code or anything like that. If for some reason they have problems, ask to talk to Cheryl or Lauren.

    The phone number is: (541) 276-6111

    And follow the latest Hodaka Days news at https://hodakaclub.org/Hodaka_Days_News/

  • 15 May 2024 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hot of the (electronic) press!

    The new posters for Hodaka Days 2024 and the 2024 Bad Rock Reunion Trail Ride are available for download at www.hodakadays.org.

    Hang 'em on your wall.  Trade 'em with your friends.  And, they make the perfect Father's Day gift ;-).

    Note:  Best results will be achieved printing on Tabloid (11 x 17) paper.

  • 01 May 2024 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We’re excited to announce some Special Guests for Hodaka Days this year.

    Making his first trip to Hodaka Days, will be “That guy” riding the XS11 in the opening sequence of the award-winning Peter Starr film, “Take it to the Limit”, Don Emde. Don is an AMA Hall of Fame member, Daytona 200 Winner, and former Hodaka road racer.

    Also making the journey, a long-time friend of Hodaka, Washington State Motorcycle Hall of Fame member, and former factory Team Bultaco rider, Ron Pomeroy.

    Another Hodaka fan favorite joining the fun will be 1978 US MX des Nations team member, former factory Team Honda rider,  and Hodaka MX racer, Tommy Croft.

    And… all the way from Australia, VMX Magazine editor and author of “Hodaka – the Complete History of America’s Favorite Trail Bike”, Ken Smith.  There will be a limited supply of Ken’s book available at the event.  This is your chance to get a signed copy.

    Plus, many former PABATCO folks including Jim Gentry (Warranty Manager), Marv Foster (Promotion Department Manager), and Ed Chesnut (Service Manager).

    Come join the fun at Hodaka Days June 27 – 30 in Athena and Weston, OR.

  • 19 Apr 2024 8:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Registration is now open to the public for:

    Bad Rock Reunion Trail Ride 2024 Weston, Oregon Date: 28 Jun 2024 9:00 AM PDT

    Pass the word to your friends, customers, co-workers and family!

    AS OF 4/19/24, YOU DO NOT NEED TO LOGIN TO REGISTER! (But you still need to login as a club member if you want the club discount).

    Welcome to Bad Rock 2024.

    All makes of "vintage"* - twin shock, air cooled, drum brake - bikes welcome!

    This is your chance to ride through some of the back country and actual trails used during the original Bad Rock ISDT qualifiers of the 1970's.  This is where Hodaka motorcycles were designed, developed and put to the ultimate test.

    The event takes off from the intersection of Broad and High Street in the historic town of Weston, Oregon, approximately four miles east of Athena. 

    It's about a 50-mile course, designed to be an easy ride for someone who has not been riding regularly or who wants to protect their investment in some of those hard to find Hodaka parts.  The club will provide a trailer at several points along the route to transport bikes with mechanical problems or bikes of riders who, for whatever reason, just don't wish to finish the course.

    The course does include several sections where the route uses county roads.   Special arrangements have been made with the local authorities to allow trail bikes to use these sections during the event.   Other than county roads, all the off road sections are on private property and will not require an ORV permit.  However, all bikes must be equipped with a working silencer and spark arrestor.

    This event is an AMA sanctioned recreational event.  You do not need to be an AMA member to participate.  However, without the help of the AMA, we could not afford to put on events like this and we encourage you to consider joining.  Their web site is www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

    You need to pre-register.  This ride is limited to 150 entries and will be open to all makes of vintage (twin shock, drum brake, air cooled) bikes. Sorry, due to insurance restrictions, no passengers allowed.

    Fee is $25 for Hodaka Club members and $30 for non-members and must be paid via PayPal at time of registration or we must receive payment within two weeks of signup if you request an invoice.

    *Kids may ride "modern" bikes providing they are 14 years or younger, riding bikes 100cc or smaller, and accompanied by an adult on a qualifying vintage bike.  The ride coordinator may make additional exceptions to the "vintage" rule for ISDT/ISDE veterans and legends.


    More information and online registration: Bad Rock Reunion Trail Ride 2024


  • 21 Mar 2024 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Registration is now open to club members for:

    Bad Rock Reunion Trail Ride 2024 Weston, Oregon Date: 28 Jun 2024 9:00 AM PDT

    YOU MUST LOGIN TO REGISTER!

    Welcome to Bad Rock 2024.

    All makes of "vintage"* - twin shock, air cooled, drum brake - bikes welcome!

    This is your chance to ride through some of the back country and actual trails used during the original Bad Rock ISDT qualifiers of the 1970's.  This is where Hodaka motorcycles were designed, developed and put to the ultimate test.

    The event takes off from the intersection of Broad and High Street in the historic town of Weston, Oregon, approximately four miles east of Athena. 

    It's about a 50-mile course, designed to be an easy ride for someone who has not been riding regularly or who wants to protect their investment in some of those hard to find Hodaka parts.  The club will provide a trailer at several points along the route to transport bikes with mechanical problems or bikes of riders who, for whatever reason, just don't wish to finish the course.

    The course does include several sections where the route uses county roads.   Special arrangements have been made with the local authorities to allow trail bikes to use these sections during the event.   Other than county roads, all the off road sections are on private property and will not require an ORV permit.  However, all bikes must be equipped with a working silencer and spark arrestor.

    This event is an AMA sanctioned recreational event.  You do not need to be an AMA member to participate.  However, without the help of the AMA, we could not afford to put on events like this and we encourage you to consider joining.  Their web site is www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

    You need to pre-register.  This ride is limited to 150 entries and will be open to all makes of vintage (twin shock, drum brake, air cooled) bikes. Sorry, due to insurance restrictions, no passengers allowed.

    Fee is $25 for Hodaka Club members and $30 for non-members and must be paid via PayPal at time of registration or we must receive payment within two weeks of signup if you request an invoice.

    *Kids may ride "modern" bikes providing they are 14 years or younger, riding bikes 100cc or smaller, and accompanied by an adult on a qualifying vintage bike.  The ride coordinator may make additional exceptions to the "vintage" rule for ISDT/ISDE veterans and legends.



    More information and online registration: Bad Rock Reunion Trail Ride 2024


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