Northern Colorado IMRG Upcoming Events
Saturday, December 16th—Wreaths Across America. We will meet at the Grandview Cemetery at 9:45 a.m. (Note that the sponsor has changed the ceremony time to 10:00 a.m.). The cemetery is located at 1900 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. Wreaths placement will immediately follow the ceremony.
This event is in lieu of our regular Monthly Chapter meeting. We will be gathering later in the day at 12:00 p.m. at the Dealership for our Northern Colorado IMRG Holiday Social.
Attending Wreaths Across America is a NoCo IMRG tradition. Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization that places wreaths on the graves of veterans at cemeteries across the United States. Its mission is to “Remember the fallen, Honor those who serve, and Teach the next generation the value of freedom.”
It is a very humbling experience to be able to pay tribute to veterans who are no longer with us by laying wreaths upon their grave sites. You can learn more about this national event at WreathsAcrossAmerica.org. Please attend if you are able.
Saturday, December 16th—NoCo IMRG Holiday Social. 12:00 p.m. at Indian Motorcycle of Fort Collins. Embracing the holiday season, we will have a festive gathering for Northern Colorado IMRG members following our heartfelt participation in Wreaths Across America. Food will be being catered by Nordy’s BBQ.
This NoCo IMRG member’s only social will provide an opportunity to reminisce about the past year’s thrilling rides and anticipate what next year has in store. In the spirit of our camaraderie, a delectable catered lunch will be served, allowing members to savor delicious food and engage in social conversation.
Whether you’re a veteran member, or a recent addition to the NoCo IMRG family, we welcome you join us in our shared passion of motorcycles, the thrill of the open road, and the enduring bonds of friendship.
For up-to-date information on all Northern Colorado IMRG rides and events, visit our Events Calendar.
RENEW YOUR CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP FOR 2024!
Did you know your Northern Colorado IMRG Chapter membership expires December 31, 2023, and it’s once again time to renew your membership for the 2024 year? You don’t want your membership to expire. So, please fill out the form and remit your payment as soon as possible, and support your local IMRG Chapter.
Membership in the Northern Colorado IMRG Chapter is more than just about riding motorcycles. It’s about being part of a remarkable community of individuals that foster camaraderie, adventure, and personal growth. At the heart of the NoCo IMRG Chapter lies a vibrant network of passionate motorcyclists who share a deep-rooted love for the open road and the thrill of riding. Our members are more than just fellow riders. They’re friends, confidants, and a source of unwavering support.
We have so much fun together, and truly value all the good times we have with our Chapter members through riding and socializing. Here are a few other benefits of belonging to the NoCo IMRG membership:
- You can immerse yourself in a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion of riding, laughter, and camaraderie. Forge lasting friendships and create unforgettable memories with fellow enthusiasts.
- You can embark on a variety of group rides and experience the thrill of the open road with a diverse range of group rides tailored to every preference and skill level. Conquer winding mountain passes on exhilarating day rides, savor scenic landscapes on leisurely breakfast or dinner rides, or go on overnight adventures for an extended dose of camaraderie and exploration. Whether you seek short escapes or epic journeys, our calendar is always packed with exciting opportunities to connect with fellow riders and discover new horizons.
- Plan your riding adventures with ease and stay ahead of the pack with our well-organized calendar of upcoming rides and events. Plan your outings effortlessly and never miss an opportunity to connect with fellow riders and explore new horizons. Our comprehensive calendar ensures you’re always in the know about exciting gatherings and exhilarating riding adventures.
- Safety is a priority on every ride. Our group rides adhere to strict safety protocols, ensuring that every rider experiences the thrill of the open road with confidence and peace of mind. Our experienced Road Officers carefully plan and guide each ride, ensuring proper riding formation and adherence to traffic rules. Embrace the exhilaration of riding while knowing that you’re in the hands of our safety-focused community.
- Enhance your riding proficiency and safety through our motorcycle skills practice sessions. Learn from seasoned riders to help you in refining your techniques and gaining confidence in various riding scenarios. Our training sessions empower you to become a more skilled and safety-conscious rider, and to be better equipped out on the open road.
- We host monthly meetings where you’ll stay in the loop on upcoming rides, events, and activities. Learn valuable tips, and connect with fellow riders in a fun and social atmosphere.
- As a valued member of the NoCo IMRG Chapter, you have access to discounts on a wide range of parts, gear, and accessories at our sponsoring dealership. Whether you’re seeking a stylish new helmet, protective gear, or performance-enhancing accessories, our sponsoring dealership has everything you need to elevate your riding experience.
- We understand that everyone has different schedules and preferences. Your level of involvement in our Chapter is entirely up to you. Whether you want to join every ride and event or participate occasionally, we welcome your presence and enthusiasm. Our community is built on flexibility and mutual respect, allowing you to engage as much or as little as you like.
Despite the many weather challenges that Mother Nature presented, 2023 was an incredible year for the NoCo IMRG Chapter.
- We rode a total of 4,597 miles together, embarking on 25 exciting riding days.
- Our adventures included multi-day road trips like the Durango Rendezvous, Glenwood Springs Loop Ride, and Thermopolis Road Trip, along with epic all-day rides like the Beecher Island Battlefield Ride and Walden-Snowy Range Ride.
- We also enjoyed dinner rides, exploring hidden gems like the Wyoming Territorial Prison and Morning Fresh Dairy Farm, and embracing the diversity of Colorado’s landscape with flatland adventures and mountain escapades.
- At the heart of it all were our monthly Chapter meetings, where we connected with friends, shared stories, and celebrated our shared passion for motorcycling.
The NoCo IMRG Chapter is a testament to the unwavering spirit of motorcycling. We look forward to many more unforgettable rides and camaraderie as we move into 2024!
There are two easy ways this year to renew your membership and pay your 2024 dues:
- You can fill out the membership enrollment form available from nocoimrg.org/membership-form and pay your 2024 dues using the traditional methods. You can drop your membership form in the Northern Colorado IMRG drop box at the dealership. Or, you can bring your membership enrollment form and payment to a Chapter meeting. We’ll be accepting these at our December Holiday Social. Or finally, you can also mail your form with your check to the dealership using the address below.
IMRG Chapter 2036
c/o Indian Motorcycle of Fort Collins
1800 SE Frontage Rd
Fort Collins, CO 80538
Make your check ($25) payable to: NoCo IMRG Chapter 2036
- Starting this year, you can now pay your membership dues by using PayPal and emailing your membership enrollment form. Begin by downloading and filling out the membership enrollment form from nocoimrg.org/membership-form.
1. Scan the form or take a picture of your completed membership form. Then email it as attachment to: [email protected].
2. In the PayPal notes for your payment (“What’s this for?”) enter the following using your name: “firstname lastname 2024 NoCo IMRG Dues”
When prompted for the type, please choose “For friends and family.” This way, NoCo IMRG does not incur a PayPal fee.
Let’s come together and make 2024 another awesome year!
BUILDING BETTER CONNECTIONS: TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLISTS TO FOSTER POSITIVE
RELATIONSHIPS WITH NON-MOTORCYCLISTS
Motorcyclists often face negative stereotypes from non-motorcyclists. Some people view motorcyclists as reckless, loud, and dangerous. Others may simply not know much about motorcycles or motorcyclists, and may have misconceptions about them. It’s important for motorcyclists to build positive relationships with non-motorcyclists. This can help to dispel negative stereotypes and create a more wel-coming environment for everyone on the road. Interacting with non-motorcyclists as a rider involves a unique set of considerations and etiquette to ensure positive relationships and promote a positive image of the motorcycling community.
Some people who don’t ride motorcycles might see us as intimidating or even threatening. So, if we want to build better relationships between motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists it’s important for us bikers to understand how to come across as less threatening and be considerate towards those who may not share our passion for two-wheeled adventures.
Let’s explore some simple ways for motorcycle riders to make themselves more approachable and show respect to non-motorcyclists.
Noise Consideration: While the distinct sound of a motorcycle engine can be thrilling for riders, it may not be as appreciated by those who don’t share the same passion. When riding in residential areas or quiet zones, consider keeping the noise level down by avoiding unnecessary revving, especially late at night or early in the morning. Being mindful of noise pollution helps create a positive image of motorcyclists in the eyes of non-riders.
Respectful Parking: When parking your motorcycle in public spaces, be considerate of pedestrians and other vehicles. Avoid parking on pedestrian sidewalks, disabled spaces, and blocking entrances. If parking near sidewalks or pedestrian areas, it’s important to make sure there’s plenty of space for others to pass safely and comfortably. Ensure your bike is securely parked to prevent accidental bumps or damage to nearby cars or property. By being mindful of others’ convenience, we create a positive image of motorcyclists.
Riding Gear: Non-riders may not be familiar with the different types of motorcycle gear, and seeing a rider in full gear might be intimidating. When off the bike, it’s best to avoid wearing clothing or accessories that could appear aggressive or intimidating, especially in social settings. Consider removing your helmet to make your face visible. This simple act humanizes the rider and can make interactions more comfortable for non-motorcyclists.
Approachability: Motorcyclists often form a close-knit community, but it’s essential to be approachable to non-riders. If someone expresses curiosity about your motorcycle, take time to answer their questions and share your passion. Engage in friendly and informative discussions about motorcycles. Avoid using exclusive jargon or dismissing their interest as this can create a sense of alienation. Adopting a friendly and approachable attitude goes a long way in breaking stereotypes about motorcyclists, and this gives you an opportunity to educate and correct any misconceptions they may have.
Riding Mindfully: When hitting the road, remain mindful of your surroundings and ride defensively. Stay predictable by signaling clearly, keeping a safe distance from other vehicles, and obeying traffic laws. Remain attentive of the potential risks ahead of you and make riding adjustments to avoid sudden braking or acceleration, or weaving in and out of traffic. Be respectful of your speed in residential areas to show you are aware of your surroundings and that you are respectful of the people who live there. Be courteous to other drivers, and pedestrians. All of this will help to create positive interactions with non-motorcyclists.
Educate about Safety: Non-riders may have a preconceived notion that motorcyclists are risk takers and are not concerned about motorcycle safety, or the safety of others. Be proactive and demonstrate to non-motorcyclists that you prioritize safety above all else on the road such as wearing protective gear and demonstrating responsible riding habits. Never engage in reckless behavior on the road. By being a responsible rider, you can dispel the notion that motorcyclists are simply daredevils and don’t care about their own safety. Showing you are a safe rider, and wearing protective riding gear will help non-motorcyclists to respect and watch out for you on road.
Show Respect and Appreciation: If someone compliments your motorcycle or expresses interest, thank them and share your enthusiasm. Positive interactions leave a lasting impression and contribute to changing any negative preconceptions they may have about motorcyclists. A friendly nod or wave can go a long way in showing respect to pedestrians and fellow motorists. Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. Practice patience behind the handle-bars. To foster unity, we should treat all road users as equals and respect their rights too.
By being aware of how others perceive us as motorcyclists and making an effort to come across as less threatening, we can create more positive interactions with non-motorcyclists. When we ride responsibly, dress appropriately, and display a considerate attitude towards others on the road, we break down stereotypes and contribute to a more harmonious coexistence for everyone out there. Ultimately, by acting as ambassadors for our passion, we can foster understanding and appreciation among non-motorcyclists. We can help contribute to ensuring safer roads and a more inclusive environment for riders and drivers alike! Ride on!
DECODING THE NORTHERN COLORADO IMRG CHAPTER PATCH SYMBOLISM
Have you ever paused to consider the rich symbolism embedded within Northern Colorado IMRG’s chapter patch? While you may have a general understanding of its representation, there are likely hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
Let’s delve into the rich symbolism of the logo and uncover its deeper meanings…
A Tapestry of Colorado’s Essence
The NoCo IMRG logo draws inspiration from the iconic Colorado state flag, weaving together a tapestry of sym-bols that embody the state’s natural beauty and unique character.
The Sky’s Embrace
The serene blue that envelops the patch mirrors the vastness of Colorado’s awe-inspiring skies. It is a constant reminder of the state’s boundless beauty.
Sunshine’s Golden Touch
The radiant gold circle that graces the patch embodies the warmth and brilliance of Colorado’s sunshine is a symbol of the state’s vibrant energy and
A Salute to the Earth
The fiery red hue that accents the letter “C” represents the state’s captivating red rocks and the rich earth that nourishes its diverse landscapes. It pays
homage to the land’s enduring spirit.
The Pride of Colorado
The prominent letter “C” proudly proclaims the Chapter’s connection to the state of Colorado. This a testament to the organization’s deep-rooted identity and unwavering commitment to its home.
Peaks of Majesty
The pristine white peaks that adorn the logo symbolize the snow-capped summits of Colorado’s majestic mountain ranges. They stand as enduring
testaments to the state’s rugged splendor.
A Beacon of Strength and Resilience
The towering mountain that anchors the patch symbolizes the Rocky Mountains. They are a symbol of strength, resilience, and unwavering determination—qualities that embody both the state and the Chapter itself.
The vibrant green trees that adorn the patch represent the abundance of evergreens that grace Colorado’s forests. They symbolize the state’s enduring
spirit and its firm commitment to growth and renewal.
United Under a Common Cause
The inclusion of the National IMRG logo signifies the NoCo IMRG chapter’s integral role within the larger IMRG organization. This emphasizes the
shared values, goals, and steadfast commitment to excellence that unite us.
The Northern Colorado IMRG chapter patch is more than just a visual identifier, it is a profound emblem that encapsulates the essence of Colorado, the
spirit of the Chapter, and the dedication of its members. Each element within this intricate design carries a reflective meaning, forming a cohesive
symbolic representation of the Chapter’s identity and its connection to the state it proudly represents.
1947 INDIAN CHIEF RESTORED TO FORMER GLORY BY WD DETAILING
A 1947 Indian Chief motorcycle was found in a basement covered in dirt and debris for decades. It was unknown how long it had been in the basement, but it was estimated to be at least 20 years. WD Detailing accepted the challenge to restore the bike to its original mechanical form and beauty.
WD Detailing started by pressure washing the entire bike to remove the dirt and debris. After that, they washed and clay barred the bike to remove any remaining dirt and grime.
Once the bike was clean, they polished the paint to bring back its shine. They also assembled a side car with the frame and fender for the first time in this bike’s entire existence. The bike was in surprisingly good condition considering it had been sitting in a basement for so long. WD Detailing was able to restore the bike to its former glory.
Overall, the 1947 Indian Chief Motorcycle is a rare and valuable piece of history. It is amazing what WD Detailing was able to accomplish in its restoration of this vintage treasure. The bike is now on display at the WD Detailing shop and it is sure to be a popular attraction for visitors.
You can watch the video to find out more about this beautiful restoration.
NORTHERN COLORADO IMRG REVS UP WITH NEW VIDEO LAUNCHES
Join the Adventure Promo Video. Embark on adventures with the Northern Colorado Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (NoCo IMRG), a proud chapter of the National IMRG and a trusted partner of our Indian Motorcycle of Fort Collins sponsor. Our diverse community unites individuals who share an unwavering passion for motorcycles, a deep reverence for the Indian Motorcycle brand, and an unwavering commitment to preserving its rich legacy. With the majestic Rockies as our playground, we revel in the freedom of the open road, forging unbreakable bonds of friendship as we navigate breathtaking scenic routes. Our chapter embodies the spirit of camaraderie, fostering a culture of laughter, friendship, and shared experiences that extend far beyond the thrill of riding. Join us and discover the joy of camaraderie, the thrill of adventure, and the enduring legacy of Indian motorcycles.
Thermopolis Road Trip—Day 2. On day two of the Northern Colorado IMRG Thermopolis Road Trip, the morning started out taking in sights of the hotel’s surroundings. We gathered for breakfast, and then mounted our bikes for the ride to Red Lodge. We came upon the fascinating town of Meeteetse, WY where we strolled the main street. We explored the local museum and visited a car show at the edge of town. Later, we made a stop in Cody for a lunch break where we dined at the renowned Buffalo Bill’s Irma Hotel. The hotel was named after Buffalo Bill’s beloved daughter Irma, and the entire town of Cody was built around this magnificent hotel. We made it to Red Lodge, MT, and managed to stay ahead of an incoming rain storm—that is until we were just about at our destination hotel. After we checked into the hotel and rested for a little while, we went bowling and then ate dinner in town.
Glenwood Springs Loop Ride—Day 1. This video chronicles our ride from Loveland to Red Cliff, CO, where we spent our first night. On day one, we rode through Rocky Mountain National Park going over Trail Ridge Road with breathtaking mountain scenery, stunning views of snow-capped peaks, and alpine meadows. As we descended from the summit, the road wound its way through meadows and forests. We eventually arrived in Granby, and continued our journey to Kremmling where we had lunch. Leaving Kremmling, we traveled south, passing the Green Mountain Reservoir and continued to Silverthorne, a town nestled on the shores of the Dillon Reservoir. From there, we headed further south toward the historic mining town of Leadville. Just before reaching Leadville, we turned north onto a small, unassuming highway to our destination, Red Cliff where we would spend the night.
EMBARKING ON AN ENCHANTING RIDE THROUGH THE SNOWY RANGE
In the heart of August, a group of Northern Colorado IMRG riders embarked on a memorable journey through the breathtaking landscapes of Wyoming’s Snowy Range. Our 269 mile adventure began with a scenic cruise along Poudre Canyon, winding our way towards the inviting town of Walden. From there, we ventured northwards with the majestic peaks of the Snowy Range beckoning us closer. We traversed the Snowy Range Scenic Byway and were captivated by the panorama of towering peaks, and sparkling alpine lakes. Our route took us through the historic town of Laramie where we continued our southward journey home.
With anticipation of the day’s adventure and revving engines, we set off from Ted’s Place and rode along the Poudre Canyon, a scenic valley that is home to the Poudre River. We ascended the narrow Poudre Canyon with its towering cliffs until we reached Cameron Pass summit.
The Cameron Pass summit has an elevation of around 10,276 feet with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. Cameron Pass divides the Medicine Bow Mountains to the north and the Never Summer Range to the south. As the name suggests, Cameron Pass was named after Robert Cameron, a man of vision and determination. In 1870, Cameron, a former Union general and the founder of the Fort Collins Agricultural Colony, recognized the pass’s potential as a vital transportation route. Through his tireless efforts the road over Cameron Pass was established, connecting the fertile agricultural lands of eastern Colorado with the mineral-rich regions of the west.
After a brief rest at Cameron Pass absorbing the beautiful surroundings, we descended the mountain and continued traveling westward to Walden. As we neared the town, the valley floor widened revealing a patchwork of farms and ranches. Upon entering Walden, we were greeted by a sense of tranquility and small-town charm. The streets were lined with historic buildings, their weathered facades whispering tales of a bygone era. We had ventured from the towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains into the heart of a rural valley where the pace of life was slower. We stopped to top off our tanks before continuing north toward the Snowy Range. As we left Walden, we carried with us a sense of peace and an appreciation for the simple beauty of this unspoiled corner of Colorado.
Before embarking on the majestic Snowy Range, we paused in the small town of Riverside, Wyoming. This delightful community, nestled amidst the foothills of the formidable mountains, seemed to beckon us with its promise of rustic charm and culinary delights. We stepped into the Bear Trap Café and were greeted with a welcoming rustic interior adorned with hunting paraphernalia and local memorabilia. It exuded a sense of history and camaraderie. The friendly chatter of fellow travelers filled the air, creating an atmosphere that was both inviting and comforting. The Bear Trap provided the perfect respite before our grand adventure into the Snowy Range. With renewed energy and a contented spirit, we bid farewell to Riverside and continued onward to the Snowy Range.
As we crossed the Snowy Range Scenic Byway which winds its way through the heart of the Snowy Range Mountains, we were captivated by the panorama of towering peaks, grassy meadows, and sparkling alpine lakes. The crisp mountain air invigorated our senses while the serenity of the wilderness soothed our souls. The ascent towards the summit hugged the contours of the mountains, and offered glimpses of snow-capped peaks piercing the sky. The air grew crisper, invigorating the senses as the altitude increased. Panoramic vistas stretch as far as the eye could see. The sight is so awe-inspiring that it takes your breath away leaving you speechless in the face of nature’s grandeur. The journey across the Snowy Range Scenic Parkway is not merely a ride, it is an immersion into the heart of nature. It is a journey that awakens the senses with awe and wonder.
After descending the Snowy Range, we stopped in Laramie to refuel. We then continued south-bound until we got back to Ted’s Place where we ended the day’s ride. We couldn’t help but reflect on the extraordinary journey we had just experienced and shared smiles and exchanged stories. We bid farewell to our fellow riders, each of us carrying within us a treasure trove of memories and a renewed appreciation for the wonders of nature.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD MOTORCYCLE RIDE?
Have you ever pondered about what makes a good motorcycle ride? There’s no finer way to forge a bond with the open road than atop a motorcycle with every sense you have fully engaged throughout the journey. This heightened state of awareness gives us an unparalleled thrill that can only be truly grasped through firsthand experience. Riding on two wheels grants the freedom to immerse yourself in the sights from every perspective which can transform a picturesque route into an unforgettable journey.
No matter where you live there are beautiful sights within riding distance. These sights might be the prairie grass of the eastern plains, the great lake shoreline routes, or the mountain range byways. However, man-made structures can be just as splendid. Riding through old towns, crossing bridges, and even cool city complexes can all add visual interest to any landscape.
A good motorcycle ride is a subjective experience, but here are some facets that contribute to a truly enjoyable and memorable ride:
Connection with nature: Motorcycling offers an opportunity to connect with nature. The wind and sun on your face, and the fresh air filling your lungs provide a sense of exhilaration and well-being. The changing landscapes and diverse scenery along the route create a sense of wonder and exploration.
Sensory engagement: Motorcycle riding engages all of your senses—from the rumble of the engine beneath you to the fragrance of trees and fields in the air. The sights and sounds of nature are amplified, creating a sensory experience that is both stimulating and relaxing.
Freedom and escape: Motorcycling provides a sense of freedom and escape from the daily grind. The open road offers a place to clear your head, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. The feeling of being connected to the motorcycle and the road creates a sense of unity with the environment.
Fellowship and camaraderie: Motorcyclists often form strong bonds and friendships through their shared passion for riding. Riding in groups can be a great way to meet new people, share stories, and experience the camaraderie of the riding community.
Skill development and personal growth: Motorcycling can be a rewarding way to develop new skills and improve your overall riding ability. The challenges of mastering different riding techniques and navigating challenging roads can provide a sense of accomplishment and personal growth.
Sense of adventure and discovery: Motorcycling encourages exploration and discovery. The feeling of venturing off the beaten path and discovering new places is an exciting part of the riding experience. The thrill of exploring new roads and landscapes is a constant motivation to keep riding.
Sense of mindfulness and connection to the present moment: The focus required for safe and enjoyable riding can create a sense of mindfulness and presence in the moment. The distractions of everyday life are minimized and you are more fully engaged with the experience of riding.
A good motorcycle ride is more than just a physical activity. It is an immersive experience that engages the senses, stimulates the mind, and connects you with the world around you. It can also be a journey of self-discovery, adventure, and personal growth providing you sense of freedom, exhilaration, and fulfillment.