April 9, 1914
A Stockton Rider Talks On Livermore
ABOUT that Livermore matter: Our riders and the Stockton Motorcycle Club have passed resolutions boycotting Livermore, because of the over-ambitious efforts of its motorcycle officer. When one journeys to Livermore nowadays, he feels as if he were stealing chickens at night. One never knows when he is going to be pinched, for it makes no difference whether you go 10 or 100 miles per hour. Guess it’s whether the officer needs the commission or not.
Leaving all jokes aside, the matter is not one to be made light of. In the Livermore valley a man on a motor is treated as if he were a criminal. One instance, where the officer joined the boys in a sociable stop at a way house (at their expense) and they were asked whither bound. He said he would ride a ways homeward with them. After coaxing some of the members into a little burst of speed, the whole bunch was pinched and haled before the ever ready justice.
All you need is someone to go to the different riders in this city and ask their opinion of Livermore and its speed cop and-well, the answer in each case would not be very favorable to Livermore and its officer.
Stockton, Cal., March 26.
Stockton, Cal., April 4.
MUCH interest is being shown here in Sacramento’s “Motorcycle Day.” The Sacramento club has challenged the Stockton M. C. to a motorcycle polo game, and every evening our teams are seen trying new stunts. The S. M. C. called a special meeting to arrange for a run to Sacramento on April 19, so as to win the silver cup offered for the club showing the most members on parade.
On March 30 the club rode to La Grange, about 65 miles out, where a stream of water three feet wide falls 150 feet into a canyon. A picturesque trip.
The first motorcycle ridden to the Calaveras Big Trees this season carried Ed Perrin, shop foreman for Branch’s, Inc., with Charles Lebhart as tandem. They left early on March 22 and arrived there at 11:45 a.m. The roads were very rough, and near the summit, elevation 5500 feet, snow made hard going even for the big “X.” For some distance it was up to the hubs. The motor was left at the Big Trees. Then there was a walk over snow four to five feet deep to Darrington, where a ski ride was taken. The return was on Monday, after taking pictures of all the points of interest. There was no trouble except two spills in which the lunch suffered considerably.
The club is considering taking this run as soon as the roads become more passable.
Motorcycle business in Stockton is rushing. Every day you see the new 1914s on the street. The largest demand is for big two-speeds. Very few singles have been sold so far.
Brady’s Cyclery reports Thor sales increasing. The big baby “9” seems to betaking the rider’s eye.
J. Fink, the Harley-Davidson man, averaged a sale of one machine per day, one week recently.
The Stockton Motorcycle & Supply Co. are like the busy bee-working always, uncrating the “red ones,” and they seem to go out as fast as they come in.
Branch’s Inc., Excelsior dealers, claim to have the finest motorcycle salesroom in the central part of the state. They report having made 18 sales in February. The repair department keeps three men busy.
The Turlock, Cal. M. C. held a basket social in Broadway Hall last Friday evening.
Arizona enthusiasm keeps a-growing.
No April 1 Joke Either
Seattle, Wash., April 1.- Your last issue was fine. So was the one before. The matter of what a fine one the issue before the last was, was discussed by the Seattle Motorcycle Club members in meeting. You are getting strong here.
J. F. Gorman.
Stockton Letter No. 2
Stockton, Cal., April 4.