Mitch Boehm's Schedule - Travelin' Fool - Lean Angle

Travelin' Fool

Despite the best of intentions, I missed some very cool adventures I'd planned to take in '05. These included-but were not limited to-the French Grand Prix (behind the scenes with Team Roberts), Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio (doing a motocross, roadrace and flattrack in one weekend-a combo that would surely have left me on death's door) and, lastly, our annual Alps Challenge Tour with Edelweiss Bike Travel. That last no-go was a bummer; there's nothing like riding the Alps, especially in the fall.

My schedule book's just as crammed this year, and though there's little chance of me making every event I've highlighted, I am going to try to miss fewer of them due to deadlines or other commitments. Mentioning my plans in these pages might help my cause by providing a modicum of shame if I fail to follow through. Call it embarrassment-based incentive.

Bike Week and Sportbike Track Time's first Barber event of '06 (March 18-19) are probably happening-or about to happen-as you read this, so I'll fast-forward to April, a month packed with neat bike doings. On April 7-10 it's off to Road Atlanta for Kevin Schwantz's 3-day Champions School. Kev and I are talking about a series of riding-skills pieces in Motorcyclist, and we plan to flesh them out while I'm there. Utah's Miller Motorsports Park hosts the Racing 2 Save Lives charity event (www.rac ing2savelives.org) April 13-16, with proceeds benefiting a host of childrens' charities. This one includes track riding for all participants, with Eric Bostrom doing special-guest duty.

May includes yet another trip to Barber-ROGUE's (RC51 Owner's Group of United Enthusiasts) annual track-day on May 12-13. My buddy Jack Seaver is bringing his RC51, though I'm still without one to ride. I'm not sure everyone would appreciate me bringing a Ducati 999R-but I might have to. Darn.

June starts off with an AMA National at Road America (June 2-4) followed by another AMA round at Miller Motorsports Park (June 16-18). I'm going to try to make the Utah MMP event, as it'll be the first time the AMA guys turn wheels there in anger. Honda's annual Hoot in Knoxville, Tennessee, finishes off the month, running from the 20th to the 24th.

July's a biggie, beginning with the USGPRU's (www.usgpru.net) "2-stroke Jamboree and Mosquito Extermination Festival" at BeaveRun raceway near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 1-2. They'll have a class for big-bore two-strokes, which I'm hoping to take part in. Following the smoke-fest is what might well be the coolest event of the season-Sportbike Track Time's Superbike Fantasy Camp at Mid-Ohio. This takes place during two days of factory race team tire-testing at Mid-Ohio's newly repaved circuit, with 50-some lucky participants splitting time on the track with the factory superstars. Plans hadn't been finalized at presstime, so be sure to click www.sportbiketrack time.com and our web site (www.motorcyclistonline.com) for more information, including dates and pricing. Later in July (20-23) is the U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca (no hype needed here), and the month's final weekend (July 28-30) features the Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio, with AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) dirt and asphalt racing, bike shows and what's considered the best swap meet in the country. Click www.amadirect link.com for more information.

In September (August is usually aloha-time for me) I plan to make up for last year's Motorcyclist Alps Challenge no-show by doing the 2006 edition-with my dad! He and I have done precious little riding together over the years, and we're fixin' to change that September 8-17. We'll start in Munich, meander south into the Italian Dolomites, then head east toward Slovenia. On the way back through Austria we'll traverse one of the Alps' most famous bits of curvy pavement-the Grossglockner Pass. This one's bound to fill up quickly, so reserve your spot now. Prices range from $3290 to $4640. Contact Tri Community Travel at 1-800-507-4459 or click on www.edelweissbiketravel.com.

October's just golden-a perfect cap to the season. First up is the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum (www.motorcyclemuseum.org) Induction Ceremony and Concours October 7-8-an event I try to make every year. Barber and AHRMA team up for a weekend of classic bike racing, swap meets and classic-bike good times at the second annual Barber Vintage Festival, October 20-22. A week later is our annual Dream Rides track-day event (October 28-29) at Barber with the Sportbike Track Time folks. Oooh, I'm feeling tingly all of a sudden...

Hopefully, all this not-so-poetic waxing helps you design your own Dream Season. Maybe I'll see some of you out there.