January 2018

Welcome to my web site,

Recognition to Harley Tracks: Across Vietnam to The Wall builds with an 8-page article in the March issue of Easyriders magazine. Whoohoo!

Editors at the Vietnam Veterans of America magazine, also, recommend my book; veterans & non-veterans, riders & non-riders, young & otherwise connect with my story. Check out their comments, order your copy and join a ride like no other.

Harley Tracks started 2017 at a Tribute to the Troops event, then to Daytona, Rolling Thunder, the Patriot Guard Ride, Algona, Thank the SEALS, Sturgis, Kokomo, Columbus Expo, and a few others in-between, and closed the year with dusty renovations for the Eagles Healing Nest; a lot events with a lot of people enjoying their freedom with huge support for veterans and veterans families.

I look forward to a lot of miles in 2018 with more horsepower and fresh paint.

I’ve posted a few photos below, and the first couple are self-explanatory!

Then it’s me & Mickey at the Eagles Healing Nest; renovating an old state hospital to make homes for homeless veterans. Mickey smears the mud on, and I sand it off. A lot of community support in these projects.

Tom sprayed fresh anniversary paint on all my tin, and Leah will lay down some awesome graphics for posterity.

Harley Tracks happenings:

Book signings first,

Mar 3, Noon – 2 pm at Blaine Barnes & Noble

Mar 10, 4 – 6 pm at Maple Grove Barnes & Noble

Mar 17 & 18, FM Crusaders Bike Show, pending.

Mar 24 & 25, Donnie Smith Bike Show at the In Country Veterans Motorcycle Club (ICVMC) booth, in the back left corner.

Chats on a couple motorcycle radio shows are in being scheduled, one on 2/25 at 6 pm pacific time. (at the moment, I can’t remember the stations.)

I also have an internet presentation to a senior center in Mechanicsburg PA 2/26, and on site presentations in the Jackson County libraries in April 25.

About May 1, I’ll head west to meet the National Veterans Awareness Ride (aka NVAR) in Auburn CA for a 10 day ride across America and visit veterans in hospitals and homes each day. This is an item for any riders bucket list, and it’ll be my 6th ride. Please, check out my archives from past ride. Hit the NVAR link for more on the ride.

Browse the site, and check out my Harley Tracks facebook link for a lot of photo albums. Give it a LIKE, I post to it almost quarterly, or thirdly.

Thank you, Thank a Vet, & Never Forget

Mike “Track” Rinowski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recognition to Harley Tracks grows.

Through the year, I’ve introduced my story at national and local events. My thanks to new readers, and I was humbled from the comments of others who’ve read it.  But it’s those I rode for, and their Brothers who came home, who deserve a greater recognition.

I didn’t intend to make that ride, but when the opportunity presented itself, I felt an obligation as you would have. Unlike many, I was in a position to risk much in my life to fulfill it, although, I didn’t know what that would take, and that’s where faith fit into my journey.

After 6,000+ hours of writing, and re-writing, I published Harley Tracks with professional guidance, after which, I learned that’s only 5% of getting a story to it’s audience.  As I rode in faith, I wrote in faith, and those I hoped would find it worthy have encouraged me to push hard to promote it. However, the outgoing nature to market something has been only a sliver in my character, but I’ve gotten better. Many people who don’t read books have been fascinated with my story told at events.

Since you are still with me in this post, I know we have some very important things in common, and you would relate to my story much as I did, and readers have. It’s a unique story that surprised me as much as them. Who would have imagined a ride like that?  It’s a story that many people want to read, only they don’t know it yet!

Please check out the Reader’s Comments page, and keep an eye out for my story in the March 2018 issue of Easyrider magazine; available Jan. 30. The editor has planned for a lengthy article.

I proudly add that the Fat Boy passed the 100,000 mile mark on a recent road trip, which include the Kokomo, Indiana, Vietnam Veterans Reunion, and a motorcycle expo in Columbus, Ohio, where I caught up with Daniel, a fellow I met in Vientiane, Laos, 7 years ago. He’s a part of the Laos Intermission chapter in my book. Between those two events, I spent time with my friend, JT, near Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He’s a retired jet engine mechanic who now repairs Harleys. We rolled my bike onto a lift for an exploratory inspection: 180 psi in both cylinders and the leak-down was 5%, that was thrilling to find. We then found the cam chain tensioners, cams, and oil pump good for about another 30 – 40 K miles, and I decided, with JT on the wrench, it was an opportune time to change them all out for Feuling 525 cams and plate assembly with a high volume oil pump.

I look forward to the next 100,000 miles.

To start those miles, I’m in the process of a paint job, just a touch up to go along with some graphics on the front and rear fenders. I’ll take pride in presenting the bike at the IMS and Donnie Smith bike shows this Dec and Feb., and one day, giving it to it’s rightful owners, those whose names cut into The Wall. But first, I’ve got more miles to ride for them.

Thanks for the visit.

Never Forget.

 

 

The NVAR seems like long ago, and the next one is taking eons to get here.

In the meantime, Harley Tracks has been busy at local events, and I thank all who bought my book, and appreciated all the nice words from those who already read it.

I have  some great news: I got a call from Dave Nichols, Editor at EASYRIDER MAGAZINE, he asked for a 2,000 word article about my ride/book, along with photos. That’ll be quite a spread on their pages. I’ll update for sure.

Now, back to events.

The annual Patriot Guard Ride was July 8. They held a special recognition to Vietnam Veterans and Law Enforcement Officers. The weather was perfect, and the attendance was huge, more than I’d seen in the past four years. The Patriot Guard did a fantastic job with organization and schedule of respected host speakers. It was great to hear a band with a lot of brass in it, and they played on as the last of the vendors packed it in.

After sharing stories, I often forget to get a picture new readers of Harley Tracks, but they were mindful to request photos with me, and in turn, I snapped them. I had to post one with Killswitch and the bike he built from a dream; aluminum frame, anodized, and 121 cubic inches of power. Nice job Killswitch, thanks to you new readers, and Thank You Veterans.

To all Gold Star Families, our hearts and prayers are with you.

 

 

Another great ride across America to visit veterans in homes and hospitals, recognize veterans from the War on Terror with medals and thanks, visit school kids, and pay our respect at cemeteries and memorials. Lots of stories and laughs, camaraderie, support, food, and entertaining weather. Most wore denims, leathers, heated liners, and rain gear most of the ride. Winter storm Valerie forced I-80 to close in Wyoming, so sadly had to miss two hospital visit to get back on schedule in Grand Island NE. Although, a group from Grand Island will return for those visits.

I returned home after 5 weeks with 7,600 miles behind me. Check out those spark plugs, 96,000 miles on the Fat Boy; 71 hp and 82 lbs torque! It’s a blessed bike that runs strong for those who gave all.