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Port Jefferson Centennial Hill Climb Event – Preview

Port Jefferson Centennial Hill Climb Event – Preview

The town of Port Jefferson celebrated the 100 year anniversary of one of Long Island’s premier historical motorsport events; the Port Jefferson Hill Climb. Dozens of beautiful cars were on hand to participate in the harbor-side show, parade and ultimately the steep hill climb on East Broadway.

This post is just a little teaser; a little something to whet your whistle to come back tomorrow for a huge, photos-galore post about this fabulous event!

BMW Motorcycle Port Jefferson Hill Climb
Port Jefferson Centennial Hill Climb Antique Cars Port Jefferson Centennial Hill Climb Event Port Jefferson Antique Car Hill Climb Event

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I Spy: 1975 Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle

I Spy: 1975 Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle

I am fortunate enough to have a very eclectic group of motorcycle friends. I’m surrounded by unique and interesting characters. So too are their bikes.

Last evening while out for an after dinner walk we ran in to our friend Quacka. He just happened to pull in to town on the maiden voyage of his 1975 Suzuki RE-5 rotary project bike.

Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle

Suzuki RE5 Rotary Dash - Fuzzygalore Girlie Motorcycle Blog 1975 Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle - Fuzzygalore Girlie Motorcycle Blog 1975 Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle - Fuzzygalore Girlie Motorcycle Blog

Three cheers for the ugly duckling.

He’s turning what was a corroded mess into a real attention getter. The RE5 was never considered a real looker but it has well established cult following of Wankel-lovers these days.

Their signature roll-top gauge cluster and tail light usually garner polarizing comments. Love it or hate it, I foresee a lot of conversations with folks who “remember when they first came out” in his future.

Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorycle

In 1984, the first Iron Butt Rally had a first place tie. One of the riders was aboard a Suzuki RE-5. Fast forward 25 years to the 2009 Iron Butt Rally. Two more brave souls on RE-5s threw their hats in to the ring to compete. Although neither RE-5 crossed the finish line, they had a lot of folks cheering them on.

Suzuki RE-5  Links

The Aftermath of 4 Simple Words: Unsightly Presence of Motorcyclists

The Aftermath of 4 Simple Words: Unsightly Presence of Motorcyclists

4 Simple Words

At the core of what became a hornets’ nest were 4 simple words included in an unauthorized flyer distributed on Port Jefferson Business Improvement District letterhead:  Unsightly Presence of Motorcyclists

With social media and motorcycle forums abuzz with the initial news of the flyer, the wheels began to turn and town officials began to take note and speak out.

Unofficial and Unauthorized

On Tuesday April 6, 2010 both Mayor Margot Garant and Port Jefferson Business Improvement District President Bruce Passarelli published statements denouncing the original “Food For Thought” anti-motorcycle points. It seems that there was a rogue member of the BID trying to further their own personal agenda.

Port Jefferson Village Center Port Jefferson Main St George Wallis' Steamroom Restaurant

BID Meeting – April 6, 2010 7pm

On Tuesday evening, the BID held its monthly meeting at the Port Jefferson Village Center. The floor was opened to discuss the offending flyer, the Village, and BID’s stance on motorcyclists in town. The Mayor again reiterated that any disparaging remarks made were not the feelings of the Village or the BID as a whole. She was very open and forthright and seemed to welcome further constructive communications with concerned motorcyclists.

Concerned Motorcyclists speak to George Wallis in Port Jefferson Concerned Motorcyclists at the Port Jefferson BID Meeting Port Jefferson Mayor Garant

The meeting was attended by about 100 motorcyclists, a small handful of business owners, law and code enforcement officers and the Mayor herself. As you might imagine there were moments when the audience was very passionate about having their voices heard, but overall those that wished to address the panel were able to do so.

Motorcycles Prohibited - The Steamroom Parking Lot

Will the Mystery Author Please Stand Up

At the center of much of the ire was George Wallis, a local business and property owner who supports a “Motorcycles Prohibited” sign in his privately owned parking lot. The anti-motorcyclist remarks on the flyer are widely attributed to Mr. Wallis.

During the meeting he made no effort to soften his anti-motorcycle stance as speaker after speaker questioned his rationale. As stakeholders spoke of taking their business elsewhere, he rebuffed them noting that he had “plenty of money,” and welcomed them to do just that.

When asked about his motorcycles prohibited parking sign, he stated that motorcycles parking in his lot bring the property value down. So, the man with plenty of money is worried about his bottom line after all.

I think that it is important for all motorcyclists to avoid spending money in George Wallis’ establishments. Mr. Wallis doesn’t “need” it, but there are plenty of other motorcyclist-friendly places in town that do.

Motorcycle Un-Friendly Businesses:

  • The Steamroom
  • The Frigate – Candy and Ice cream
  • Fish & Co.
  • The Martha Jefferson

The Village of Port Jefferson – Official Website and Social Media

The Village of Port Jefferson has been open and timely in responding to questions about their stance and policies. You can follow the village on Twitter and become a Fan on their official Facebook page.

A Personal Thanks

I’d like to personally thank Brad of the New York Motorcycle and Scooter Task Force for educating me on process, laws and for communicating with town and law officials regarding this issue. Please check out the NYMSTF on the web and Facebook.

Get involved in the community you care about.

Long Island: Port Jefferson Business Improvement District Finds Motorcyclists an Unsightly Presence

Long Island: Port Jefferson Business Improvement District Finds Motorcyclists an Unsightly Presence

A newsletter recently put out by the Port Jefferson Business Improvement District here on Long Island is ruffling a few feathers in the local motorcycle community due to the inflammatory language used in 2 of it’s ‘Food for Thought’ bullet points.

Port Jefferson Business Improvement District Unsightly Motorcyclists Flyer

The plans to make a pedestrian centric area on the main business thoroughfare of the town absolutely have their merits. But, the abrasive language chosen by the author of this newsletter speaks volumes about how some business owners feel about their patrons.

  • No motorcycles
  • No unsightly presence of motorcyclists

Unsightly Presence?

How absurd! Motorcyclists are doctors, lawyers, small business owners and moms and dads just like everyone else. We are a cross section of all types of economic strata, backgrounds and walks of life. These very same unsightly people also come to town in their cars with their families, walk the streets with their children and patronize some of these resentful businesses.

With the whole world reeling from economic hardships it’s good to know that some Port Jefferson businesses don’t need our money. I wish I knew which particular businesses were so outraged. I would make it a point to appease their concerns and never patronize them whether I come to town in my car or on my bike.

The Old Slippery Slope

Unsightly presence is an interesting choice of words. Just what are they saying here? Stop a moment and think about how far you could take that argument.  When they start deeming anyone who isn’t blonde haired and blued eyed unsightly, will people react then?

This newsletter’s motorcycle bullet points read like a shortsighted knee-jerk reaction. Removing all parking from Main Street would not mean that motorcyclists wouldn’t find other places to park and still stroll through town as they do now.  They would park in the Marina lot, side street parking or in the metered lot just as they do now and walk into town and buy ice cream, coffee and eat in restaurants.

If there are issues with noise, with traffic and pollution then the village needs to have its constables address them. From minivans that run stop signs, cars with obnoxiously loud radios, pedestrians who drop their trash and don’t pick it up – these things are a nuisance. The town laws should be enforced; not selectively but across the board.

Motorcyclists – Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

  • Ride proud, not loud.
  • Pick up your trash, your cigarette butts, your coffee cups.
  • Keep thoroughfares clear for walking.
  • To be respected you have to be respectable.

Port Jefferson Links:

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue!

[edit 4/6/2010 10:00am]
Please take a moment to read Mayor Margot Garant’s statement on the official Port Jefferson website regarding the “unsightly” flyer.

“Although this flyer looks like it was endorsed and produced by the Port Jefferson Business Improvement District, it was actually posted by one member of the District while the President was on vacation, without seeking approval from the BID as a whole. This flyer represents the views and opinions of one person, not the Village, nor the Business Improvement District, as a whole.”

[edit 4/6/2010 2:00pm]
Port Jefferson Business Improvement District President, Bruce Passarelli weighs in on the offending language with a post on the Port Jefferson website.

“I, and others on the Board, are quite upset about it. I know personally the Merchants of Port Jefferson welcome the motorcyclists. I am considering resigning from the BID’s Board of Directors. Again, I was unaware of this being sent out and it should never have been sent, period.”

[edit 4/7/2010 6:30am]

I attended the Port Jefferson BID meeting on the evening of April 6. Some members of the BID and the Mayor were on hand to answer questions by concerned motorcyclists. Continue Reading…
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